Last season Newcastle were very good at set plays, and got a number of goals from corners and free kicks.
Douglas – FC Twente 6’4″ Brazilian center-back
Of course it helped when Andy Carroll was at the club, and he could get to the balls with his head, and often knock them down for other players to put the ball into the back of the net.
But this season, even Steven Taylor when he was fit, was not able to score from set-plays, Mike Williamson has still to score his first goal for the club, and Fabricio Coloccini has only one goal in his 38 appearances for the club this season.
So it seems that Newcastle may even bring in a center-back in the summer, who can get some goals from set-plays- and this is how Alan Pardew explained the situation:
“Set plays have been really disappointing this year and I am contemplating bringing in someone because we don’t have a dominant header of the ball,”
“On the scouting front, we are looking at a centre-half who can come and score us eight goals next season.”
“We are saying to Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson, ‘Are you going to bring that for us’, and putting a bit of pressure on those guys to improve.”
Newcastle’s scouting team have been looking at a number of targets at center-back this season, and we think 6’4″ Douglas of FC Twente, is probably the best header of the ball.
By our reckoning Douglas has played 189 times for FC Twente in all competitions with 13 goals, so that’s not really a whole load of goals from the Brazilian, but he could also be setting the goals up from set-plays too.
It’s a better record than Fabricio’s record, and the Argentine has 5 goals in 153 appearances for the Magpies, and Steven Taylor has 13 goals in 196 appearance for his local club.
What do you think?