One aspect of Newcastle’s play that has been disappointing so far this season are the set plays, and so far, as Alan Pardew point out today, they have been awful.
Alan Pardew – we’re not proficient on corners
In fact at the end 0f last season Alan Pardew said Newcastle needed to score more goals from set-plays, and he wanted to bring in a goal-scoring center-back who could score 10 goals a season.
At the time that was thought to be Ajax center-back Jan Vertonghen, but he didn’t join us, but went to Tottenham, and we didn’t sign FC Twente center-back Douglas, who could have helped in that department.
As a reminder poor Mike Williamson still has to score his first goal for Newcastle after 75 appearances, although he’s gone very close on a number of occasions.
Alan Pardew talked about set plays today in the local press:
“The set plays were awful against Villa.” “That’s why it was frustrating for a coach. We weren’t hitting the right areas.” “We’re not brilliant from corners. Our record suggests we haven’t got great assets to score from corners. We’re not proficient.”
“As far as I’m sitting here now, I still feel we’ve had a decent start.” “We’ve had tough games.” “We have to take four points and qualification for the Europa League group stage and say okay, we need to up it a gear.”
It seems that for whatever reason, Newcastle came up short in the summer transfer window, because we’re sure that Aan Pardew was hoping to get at least one good defender through the door, and one young striker too.
But Newcastle failed to bring in either of their top targets in Luuk de Jong or Douglas from FC Twente, for different reasons.
We would hope that Newcastle will do one or two deals in the January transfer window, but a lot will depend on how Newcastle do before then, and how bad we’ve suffered from injuries, which aren’t looking too good at the moment.
And also of course, whether any top players are available, which is not always the case in January.
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