The always interesting, if sometimes outspoken, Malcolm MacDonald, has talked today about Newcastle’s current strikers.
Malcolm Macdonald – when he played at Newcastle
Malcolm Macdonald told the Evening Chronicle today.
“I would have to say to the strikers, ‘Do you really feel you made a difference?’”
“In the euphoria of instant promotion I think a lot of people have overlooked this, but I see the season for what, in certain areas, it wasn’t.”
“It might sound mean, but I was somewhat disappointed that the forwards didn’t score more than they did last season.” “Having won promotion with a record number of points, and won games by some very high scorelines, nobody got 20 goals.”
“For not a single forward to reach 20 goals in an absolutely runaway season, when the side is scoring goals for fun, is disappointing to me.” “So if they couldn’t do that in the Championship, how do they hope to in the Premier League?”
“Defenses are very much better, and Newcastle won’t enjoy all the possession they did last season. Then the whole thing is turned on its head and suddenly you’re desperate for goals.”
“How are they going to score under that pressure? Who is going to score? This is the biggest question for the club next season.” “The club is going to desperately need a couple of guys who can get 20 goals.”
“If they think that what they went up with is good enough for the Premier League, without improving, that is sheer folly,”
Malcolm makes some very good points in his statement above.
Now we’re a little worried whether we do have enough goal-scoring prowess for the Premier League, but we also know that Chris Hughton has said he needs a proven PL goal-scorer for next season.
The other point we will make is that since Wayne Routledge arrived on Tyneside we seemed to start scoring a lot more goals, because we had a threat on both wings.
By our reckoning from February 5th, Newcastle scored 47 goals in the final 19 league games – and that’s an everage of around 2.47 goals a game.
In the previous 27 league games, before Wayne arrived, we scored only 43 goals, which is an average of around 1.59 goals per game.
So that’s something significant that shows the impact of Wayne Routledge on Tyneside, and of course after he arrived we racked up wins of 5-1 (Cardiff), 4-1 (Coventry), 6-1 (Barnsley) and 4-1 (Blackpool) – so we were certainly able to score lots of goals at home.