Newcastle have 8 games to go in the season, and have only taken one point from their last three games, which has caused some concern with Newcastle fans.
Leon Best – Newcastle missed this player on Saturday
It’s true that Newcastle have had injuries of late, and have recently been without Joey Barton and Jose Enrique, amongst others, and now we will be without Cheick Tiote for two games, as the Ivorian is suspended, after getting his 10th yellow card of the season at Stoke.
And it’s kind of interesting that those three players are three who could leave Newcastle in the summer, when they are obviously huge players for Newcastle.
So if nothing else, that should tell the powers that be at Newcastle, they should do their utmost to keep all three players at the club come September 1st. Indeed if we can do that this summer, that’s some big success right there.
But the injuries also show the Newcastle squad is just too small, and while that may be good to keep the wage bill down, it’s not going to be much good if we get relegated again, for the second time in two years. That would be a lot worse than a terrible disaster.
With 8 games to go we probably need 6 more points to be safe, and a simple way of putting that is that we need two more wins, but those seem hard to come by these days, and we’ve had just a single win – at Birmingham – in our last 10 games.
Wolves are 3rd bottom and have just two away wins all season, so if we cannot beat Wolves a week come Saturday, then things will get more serious and worrisome on Tyneside, and they should do too.
But our team has a lot more of that fighting spirit and team-work, than the team of two years ago – that’s a cast iron certainty.
So it’s now time for all our players to step up to the plate, to use a Baseball term, which seems popular in England – the term that is.
The Wolves game is a very important game for Newcastle, no doubt about that, and the lads don’t need anybody reminding them of that.
But the players have to concentrate a lot better than they did on Saturday, and we have to hope that Leon Best is back for the game, which is likely.
For all the possession Newcastle had in that second half at Stoke, we never really looked like scoring too many times.
The attack seems very blunt at the moment, and Leon is probably our best striker during the run-in, and we have to hope he can add to his 6 goals in 11 appearance this year.
And Leon could be an unlikely Newcastle hero come the end of the season, and if the lad can score more goals through the end of the season, he could have a good career ahead of him with Newcastle.
You talk about a player coming in from the cold, Leon has done great for Newcastle this year, and all credit to him for that.
That’s what’s called stepping up to the plate!
Howay The Lads!!