Former Newcastle and England winger Chris Waddle thinks Sam Allardyce has an opportunity to take the heat off himself and the team by bringing in a couple of entertainers, or flair players, during the transfer window to excite the Geordie faithful. But we really don’t think it’s quite as simple as that.
Chris Waddle – two flair players is what is needed
Waddle told BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday after the game:
“The fans are frustrated because they like their entertaining football and the football now is not entertaining,” “When Kevin Keegan came back to the club he brought a lot of entertaining football and the fans thoroughly enjoyed what they were seeing.â€
“Now the football is not entertaining. They have not got creative players. On the whole they have not got players who entertain the crowd and the football is very direct at times.â€
“The fans will stick by them because they are so loyal to the club but I think it will be interesting in January if he (Allardyce) brings in a couple of flair players.â€ “He had flair players at Bolton – he had (Jay-Jay) Okocha, (Youri) Djorkaeff, (El-Hadji) Diouf, (Nicolas) Anelka – so he does like the flair players.â€
“If he can get a couple of players like that, who can do the job on the pitch but can also entertain, it may buy more time.â€ “I think the fans are just waiting to see who he signs in January before they start banging the drum.â€
We think Chris is rather simplifying things by saying a couple of flair players will cure the problems Newcastle have right now. That’s almost old world Newcastle – the fans are unhappy, let’s bring in a couple of star signings to keep them happy. Hopefully the club has moved on from that kind if thinking. That’s not to say Newcastle fans do not want to see free flowing football, because they do, and there’s no argument about that.
But one of the real problems Sam has are that his players are inconsistent and we never know which players will turn up. One thing Sam needs to do is to work out if some of that temperament is permanent in some players, and if so get them out of the club, probably in the summer. And we already have a lot of â€œflairâ€ players at the club. Emre, Duff, Milner, N’Zogbia and others have a lot of flair and we donâ€™t think thatâ€™s the major problem at Newcastle right now.
Thatâ€™s not to say Big Sam will not bring in some skillful players during the January window and we think the Russian captain Andrei Arshavin is a good possibility. But let’s be clear that Sam still has lots of problems to solve with the players he has already brought into the club.
We also donâ€™t know how willing Chairman Chris Mort will be to bring in players with no Premiership experience in January. We donâ€™t think he will be too keen, quite honestly.
What do you think?
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