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Newcastle FanZone blogger Liam Parkin argues there are a number of players that are more to blame than Alan Pardew for the club's poor season.

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What a nail biting season this has been for Newcastle United and their fans. The ups of European football have been hindered by lazy performances in the league and poor cup runs. Yet, unbelievably, if Newcastle win their final game against Arsenal and other results go their way, they can finish 10th.

The team has under-achieved massively compared to last season, and so have a number of players. Plenty of excuses have been thrown about as to why that is.

A lack of impact signings, lack of set piece threats, lack of possession and passing...there are a whole bunch of excuses floating around St James' Park, and they all mount up to wanting rid of the manager, Alan Pardew.

Fans have been quick to point the finger at Pardew despite the man doing wonders for the club last season.

However, I get the feeling that there aren't many big characters in that dressing room and when the biggest (I believe) of them all was snapped up by Chelsea in January that spelt out danger.

Demba Ba was outstanding last season, and although people doubted him when Papiss Cisse arrived, he still played on that pitch and put in a massive shift every game.

I felt at the start of this season that he was the only player that looked alive.

Fan favourites Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye have been so inconsistent this season and yet they get off with murder, Tiote especially. There are a lot of players who are so hyped up that their shocking performances are overlooked.

Mathieu Debuchy for me has been the club's worst signing yet. He doesn't look bothered and that was shown against Liverpool when he almost deliberately got himself sent off.

Now, I watch a lot of overseas football, mainly the French and Italian leagues, outside of the Premier League and Championship, and having watched Lille quite a bit Debuchy hasn't even started yet for Newcastle - take what you want from that.

Personally I don't feel the players who arrived in January have stepped up yet.

Yoan Gouffran, who was second behind Loic Remy (who signed for QPR thanks to a game of FIFA), has probably had the biggest impact, though for some reason always gets subbed off.

Danny Simpson is reportedly leaving at the end of the season due to not being offered another contract. Why haven't Newcastle offered this lad a new contract?

He isn't amazing but he puts in a shift, he does the simple things right and throughout all of last season he was consistent and I couldn't really pick a fault with him for this season?

As for what I expect from next season, I pray to the high heavens that Fabricio Coloccini remains at Newcastle. He is the rock of the team, the captain and another of the few big characters in the dressing room.

This guy is Newcastle's superhero. Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Steven Taylor aren't on this guy's level, although Taylor for me could be if not for his silly amount of injuries.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is another of the January signings that looked totally different playing for his previous club, Montpellier. I'm hoping that over the course of the summer the team can come together and prove that they aren't one season wonders.

Newcastle United is a fantastic club and has amazing support, and I truly believe that they deserve to be up there fighting for European football and not relegation.

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