Malcolm Macdonald tends to be outspoken, but we’d rather hear the unvarnished truth from Malcolm, than political correctness tripe from Michael Owen.
One of the problems Newcastle fans had with Owen was that they never knew what he was really thinking.
When he was interviewed he would always say the politically correct thing – and he hardly ever let his guard down on what he really thought.
There’s no problems like that with Macdonald – who tells it like it is.
He has said today that he thinks Nile Ranger is probably the best footballing forward at the Newcastle club right now, and wonders why he’s not starting. In fact it looks like Nile will be sent out on loan next season.
Malcolm also doubts Andy Carroll will improve much next season, and thinks Leon Best should be put out of his misery, by selling him to a Championship club this summer.
People who say he’s a big, young lad who’s going to improve vastly over the summer are fooling themselves. The step up in class is going to be huge.
The assistance from the rest of the team is going to be diminished and he’s going to face a whole new set of problems.
The pressure will be severe and I don’t think he dealt well with pressure last season.
He’s got to stay on his feet, he gets knocked over too easily for such a big lad and needs to sort his balance out.
He did OK, but is he a forward? He has pace, and has become a bit of a fans’ favorite – but can he deal with the Premier League?
It’s all very well doing it in the Championship, the Premier League is completely different.
He should be given a chance but will have to keep earning it. When he’s not scoring goals he doesn’t offer much else.
He’s in there to score goals, and 20-25 is a good figure. Twelve gets you relegated.
Shola’s had more than a few chances to prove himself in the Premier League and I don’t feel he’s really done it.
I’m not sure he’s looked really up for it. He has all the attributes but you have to question if he’s really prepared to get out there and make a difference.
It’s all too easy to go out and be one of the 11, as a striker you have to stand up and make a difference.
He has been unfortunate with injuries but you have to stay fit if you want to be of any value.
I think he’s the best footballing forward at the club but there are reasons he’s not a regular that only he can overcome.
He should be playing but he’s not. You can’t question Chris Hughton, you have to question the player himself.
Why, with his skills, the best touch among the strikers, is he not in the team?
I know he’s only young, he’s just starting out in the game, but young players come through at his age. Is it his attitude, a lifestyle thing? Only he can say.
Even when he came from Coventry City, I had serious doubts about whether he was even good enough for the Championship.
To be fair, we haven’t seen an awful lot of him, because Carroll and Lovenkrands were keeping him out of the team.
But when he did get the odd chance he didn’t convince me.
My advice to Newcastle this summer would be to get a nice little deal sorted to get him back to the Championship, and put him out of his misery.