Routledge Had Huge Impact On Goalscoring At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Thump

    May 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #1

    ”Having won promotion with a record number of points, and won games by some very high scorelines, nobody got 20 goals.”

    I used to agree with this, but how many teams have two players who score 20+? We had three players with 15-17 scoring record… that’s gotta count for something!

  • coxonfamily

    May 29, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #2

    McDonald was a great player… ok thats the positives out the way. Now the realistic thing, what does he know about management, coaching etc.? I stopped listening to the 3 legends when i was a kid (im 25 now) when McDonald was spouting out tosh, such as “mark my words Carl Cort will be a future England star”….. wheres carl at now?

  • boater

    May 29, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    And… next week on ‘unhelpfully stating the obvious’ malcolm will be looking at why our defense conceded so many away goals.

    The point is valid we don’t have an obvious world beating no.9 in the shearer/ cole/ macdonald mould BUT this was Carroll’s breakthrough year, ameobi was injured for just over half the season, lovenkrands took until xmas to get going, and Best – well OK that’s harder to justify why he didn’t add to his 13.

    this is testimony to how CH got the team attacking as a unit – goals were divided which is a positive thing.

    All this plus I have no doubt CH will bring in at LEAST 1 more forward and it sounds like Macdonald is just donning the ol’ curmudgeon hat again.

  • Toon1978

    May 29, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Routledge has been a great signing but can he step upto the EPL? I have just gettin back off me holidays is there any news on potential signings, any info would be appreciated thanks??????

  • Geordie_Pants

    May 29, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Without Routledge we would not have passed the 100 point mark , last season!!! I think he will make the step up, purely because of how much confidence he has playing in this newcastle side. Hughton managed to make him believe he can conquer the world from the right wing and he certainly conquered the Championship in our side.






    I think the team above would be strong enough for the Premiership, but we need some good substitutes to give us an extra edge. We should all hope and pray that Barton, Nolan and our back four remain fit for every game this coming season.

    Happy Days, im soooo excited!!!!!!

  • Geordie_Pants

    May 29, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #6

    p.s if we play 4-4-2 in for the majority of our games i am confident we will get relegated. 🙂 However under 4-5-1 i know we stay up!!!!

  • cupiddstunt

    May 29, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Mac is maybe a little off in the way he is looking at it, as a player he was about the most single minded goal scorer I have watched, even stealing the ball of team mates in order to put it in the net to get another tick against his name.

    He would kick his granny out the way if it meant scoring a goal.

    There are very few 20+ a season forwards in the EPL when counting league goals there are only three players in the top four teams who broke the 20 league goals barrier and two of them were for Chelski with just two more outside the top four so from a league of twenty teams only four teams had20+ league goals scorers.

    So Mac you are talking c**p we had three forwards into double figures and had they had full seasons may well have cracked the 20 barrier.

    We have been able to spread the scoring around and that makes us far harder to defend against, if we can get anywhere close to the number of players getting in on the scoring act then we will be very comfortable indeed next season.

  • gorskino10

    May 29, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #8

    he is talking crap, he hardly assisted and he was sooooooooo negitive he got the ball with most of the time open space and ran BACKWARDS he is more of a defensive winger, and to me one of the weakest links in the team we need a more attacking winger not one who cant even beat his man and is scared to even try.


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