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Good News – Top Youngster Coming Back For Newcastle

5:34 pm, Friday, November 30th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 78 Comments

We were wondering what the status of top young center back Remie Streete was – as the youngster turned 18 earlier this month – and it’s good news on the lad who has been injured for the last nine months.

Remie Streete – fit again after nine months out with ankle injury

It seems the 18 year-old is now fit to return to full training on Monday, and the 6’2″ youngster, the son of former Wolves player Floyd Streete, is certainly one for the future at Newcastle.

The South Shields youngster has been out with an ankle injury for nine months, and is one of the brightest young prospects at Newcastle United, along with striker Adam Campbell.

Remie won the inaugural Jack Hixon award last year, named in memory of the scout who discovered Alan Shearer, and earlier this year was the recipient of the Wor Jackie Award.

That’s given out to the best Newcastle U18 player each year, and is named after the great number 9 – Ashington-born Jackie Milburn – who scored 200 goals for Newcastle United in his career.

It seems that Streete had been so impressive playing for both the Newcastle U18s and Reserve teams last season, that Alan Pardew was going to have him train with the first team, but his ankle injury stopped that.

But when he is fit again, we could see this lad quickly join the first team squad – and who knows – he could even get into the first team 18 squad before the end of the season.

The youngster was born in South Shields, and he reminds us a lot of Steven Taylor, when the Whitley Bay lad was the same age, and of course Steven went on to captain the England U21 side.

We think Remie has the same potential as Steven had, and don’t be surprised if this lad is making his debut in the Newcastle first team within a year or so.

We’ll continue to watch out for Remie, as he makes progress through the ranks at Newcastle, but now is a great opportunity for the 18 year-old to show what he’s made of – since we currently have only three experienced center-backs – and Steven Taylor is out until February.

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78 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Prophet Of Doom 01.12.12 // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Oooooopppsssss

    Spot the mistake.

    100 points to the first person

  • 2 Dannyo // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    This lad is a TANK.
    I saw him in a recent picture, and he is a wide mo fo.
    And he’s of the tackling old school kind. Watch him take center stage at CB at some point soon.

  • 3 Graeme // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Will be like having a brand new signing – guess that’s our new CB sorted then!! Lambs Arse will be over the moon lol

  • 4 The Prophet Of Doom 01.12.12 // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Bloomin hell Ed, you fixed that quick enough.

    100 points to Ed

  • 5 tequilamag // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Come on then Prophet what was the mistake?

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    and what do points make???

  • 7 Dannyo // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    @Tequila
    Ah, like that. Lol, well atleast thats one end of the tunnel.
    How about winning, and winning well at Wigan tho?

  • 8 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Prophet….I have checked my diary and Sunday doesn’t work for me, can we re-schedule?

  • 9 mattyNUFC // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    quick skim through the previous thread solidified my decision not to partake in the blog today

    the pessimists still trying to prove the same points (fair enough, i’m in there too i suppose) and the optimists calling anyone with any form of dissent less of fans or mackems

    anyway, good think Streete’s back. we might need him soon.

    and APBWA from last thread

    love your speculative transfer list. should have at least gotten Guidetti and Mbiwa in the summer. oh well.

    Looking forward to Monday against a strong Wigan side. Think this’ll again, as Swansea and Stoke proved, to be more a battle of the managers’ tactical-nous. hope alan’s on his game. HTL

  • 10 Ginger // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    I know him, he’s my mates older sisters boyfriend.

  • 11 tequilamag // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Dannyo. I rate our chances I think Wigan have a few players out as well including ex Newcastle superstar Gary Caldwell. I am hoping for an early goal to relax everyone building up to a 4 nil rout.
    Seriously I do think we should win tomorrow.

  • 12 Dannyo // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    @tequila
    I think based on last season we should have won plenty of games, but we just havent.
    AP got sacked at WH for having the worst losing streak in 30 years, and he got fired from Charlton after a poor streak aswell.
    I can’t see him not getting out of this, but it’ll take some faith and he’ll have to take the heaviest pressure of his life.
    Caldwell played well when we lost to them i recall? Not so much otherwise in the season…

  • 13 tequilamag // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Dannyo , other than Europe season has been a big downer.
    It`s not just blind faith though. Caldwell and Ramis have been ever presents for Wigan this season so its bound to have an effect, Kone and Long have scored less combined than Ba. I think we should have enough .
    Changing manager is no garuntee of improvement it`s just as likely to get worse as better. Everyone will have a much clearer view as to how the season will pan out after the trans window closes.

  • 14 tequilamag // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    * not Long Di Santo

  • 15 Toon Tang // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    ginger, we probably all know him if were going on the ‘sister of a brother of a cousin of a pet hamster thrice removed’ routine.

    were all related on this blog

  • 16 Dannyo // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    @tequila
    I think it’s well proven if you look back that Europe has an effect on teams, especially those who don’t add to the squad in paralell with accessing Europe.
    It’s odd tho that Europe has given us so many injuries, considering that Euro refs don’t allow for much physicality as in the english game.
    So all in all, EL has had it’s sideeffects.
    Also, having an ever present back 4 last season did us wonders, just as it has done for Stoke and just as it helps Wigan too.
    Seeing how little we played youngsters last season and looking at the few injuries we had, outside those in midfield and Saylor, we fared far better due to a very consistant side and working towards one competition mainly.

    I think what would help massivly would be getting in a continental coach to help ease the transition between EL and PL. Some experience in Europe is severly lacking in our staff.

  • 17 mattyNUFC // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    dannyo

    agree with the continental coach. someone brought that up a few days ago. I think both carver and pardew are far, far too direct, as their records indicate

  • 18 tequilamag // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Dannyo I think that`s a fair summing up of last season. The big difference for from last season is the lack of clean sheets. They are the difference between wins and draws when your not scoring much. We were very lucky with injuries last season and that certainly played a big part in the settled defence//clean sheets.
    Perhaps the EL has not helped with injuries but a lot seem to have come while players are away for internationals. Col Krul Cabaye twice. Whatever the reason reinforcements in defence are a must for Jan.

  • 19 Dannyo // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    @mattyNUFC
    AP has never striken me as the type that asks for help.
    He himself has talked about his arrogance, and usually with arrogance comes stubborness.
    The latter having been shown with his lineups and formations in the PL.

    It’s not like we can’t afford it. We’re making money on a monthly basis now, hopefully there’s talks of adding to the coaching staff. Sooner rather than later.

  • 20 lee1892 // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Same old mongs with the same old banter on here these days. You’s lot just add eachother on facebook rather than wasting people’s time with your non-footy crack.

  • 21 lee1892 // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Same old mong’s with the same old banter on here these days. You’s lot just add eachother on facebook rather than wasting people’s time with your non-footy crack.

  • 22 mattyNUFC // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    lee

    sorry if you’re referring to anyone else, but we’re clearly talking football…and moreover newcastle

  • 23 Dannyo // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    @tequlia
    Ye, reinforcement are a must, deffo! Atleast 3, maybe 4 players. CB, FB, CM(attacking) and a Striker.

    Surprised Tav hasn’t seen more gametime yet, he’s done a few mistakes in Europe, but many only learn by doing, i think he could do well at CB tbh. Very comfy on the ball.

  • 24 Toon Tang // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    lee1892 comes from a family of mongs so he should know one when he sees it.

    whats it like being a born and bread mong lee??

  • 25 tequilamag // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Dannyo, not sure about Tav not really seen enough of him in games to make a judgement. But if he could not get a game when Simmo was out, it looks like Pards does not rate him. Young home grown players always get bigged up to be amazing but very few make it.

  • 26 JAMSHA // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    2 CB 1 MID 2 ST NEEDED…REMY AN A YOUNG ST WOULD BE GOOD

  • 27 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Reminds me of Saylor too, Ed, he’s started his career in imitating Saylor’s injury ravaged record.

  • 28 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Nov 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    Hi Lee
    Go and take your face for a long poo.

  • 29 Mister Tuff // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    lee1892 @20/21.
    you have appeared from nowhere slagging off people using a derogatory term as they are not discussing football.
    Seems exactly the same as someone making a post slagging off people without mentioning football.
    You clearly therefore have fallen within the scope of your own offensive term.
    Mong is such an offensive term -it is an abbreviation of “mongol” or “mongoloid” a term used years ago -a condition which is now known as “Downs Syndrome”.
    You clearly are an offensive fellow -please do everyone a favour and clear off.

  • 30 Sawbuck // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Lets hope Hoots does us a favor Sunday. Give us a nice feel good for Monday.

  • 31 stuart no9 // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    trquilla @11 i dont think we;ll win tomorrow – we’re not playing.

  • 32 Ginger // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Toon tang – you make a good point dad.

  • 33 Ginger // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Toon tang you make a good point dad.

  • 34 tequilamag // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Suart Doh,, brain hurts today trying to do much at same time

  • 35 jimmysmith // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    This criticism of Pardew is well placed but harsh. He is the one person at the club taking on the greatest added workload that comes with Europa participation and it is showing in our performances on the pitch.

    Injuries, suspension, and poor form just compound the problem. He’s under enormous pressure and because of his achievements with the club surely deserves and actually needs to be supported. Under the the circumstances vitriolic criticism seems knee jerk, short sighted and on occasion just mean spirited.

    I’m not entirely confident he’ll succeed, but believe he should be given every opportunity to do so.

  • 36 Ketsbaia9 // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I’m a 100% certain that QPR will not go down. I also think they will give us two tough game and get 4 points out of us. Teams like Reading, Villa, Norwich and Soton will be fighting relegation. We’ll be in that battle if we keep playing Williamson and Simpson.

  • 37 Ketsbaia9 // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Infact, I think QPR will now go unbeaten for 6 games. They’ll beat Villa tomorrow.

  • 38 tequilamag // Nov 30, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Mystic Kets , do you go into a trance before you get these visions or is it like a voice in your head tells you ?

  • 39 Blaydon-Toon // Nov 30, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Kets what if the r’s sign Simpson and Williamson ? :-)

  • 40 Dannyo // Nov 30, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Mark Douglas ?@MsiDouglas
    Curtis Good is making his senior debut in English football. Bradford taking on Brentford in t’Cup #nufc

  • 41 nick_9 // Nov 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Interesting article on agents fees -

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/20562889

    3.5 Million paid out to agents between October 2011 and September 2012. We signed Cisse, Anita, Bigirimana, Good and Amalfitano in that time period.

  • 42 eaststandgeordie1982 // Nov 30, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Is it safe to come out yet???????

  • 43 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 30, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    eaststand….Not sure, let me check the table…..holy f***! Ermm….right, let’s see who our manager is…….Ahhh! Right then, do we have suitable defenders that all fans like…..okay….

    ….No, i’m guessing it’s not.

    Nick_9….Interesting article. Maybe they’ve misplaced a comma and some zeros and it’s actually £35,000,000m? Would answer a lot of questions

  • 44 eaststandgeordie1982 // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Ibiza

    Ok i will go back into my dark hole…..

  • 45 Graeme // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Latest news on our would-be signings!!

    QPR are lining up an £8million bid for Loic Remy. Harry Redknapp tried to sign the Marseille striker, 25, when he was still Tottenham boss. (The Sun)
    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is tailing £3.5million-rated Dutch centre-back Stefan de Vrij, 20. De Vrij is already captain of Feyenoord and made his international bow three months ago. (The Sun)

    Obviously, the veracity of this information is questionable!!

  • 46 stuart no9 // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    tequilla @38 – wonder if kets can tell us who pards is going to spend the £20m on lol

  • 47 catchy in norway // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    ruddy

    i could say sort of the same to you,,

    you say you love the club, yet this dosnt seem to bother you to much, you show no emotion, try your best to back all of pardews decissions up, when clearly the guy needs commitited to get his head sorted out,
    i dont understand how you or anyone can sit there and just let it happen,
    you might not think you have a say in what happens , but you do, we as fans expect certn things, we accept we might not win a league or a cup, but the least we should be is entertained, this is just a job to them, one where they get paid bg bucks to make big dessicions, i feel you and a few others just accept any shit that is fed to you, swallow it and say please sir can i have more,,,

    you or no one can deny that the football has been poor and the only thing that kept him in a job was results, i think if the football had of been better and the results not as good, more ppl would be happy,
    if we get relegated again though lack of football, it will be bcause of fans like you saying we will give him until the end of jan
    even if ashley gave him 50 mil to spend,, what makes you think all those signings would hit the ground running,, there gona come into a team that is struggling, fans will and are on his back now, and rightly so,
    shearer had 9 matches to save us, lets not make that mistake again
    qpr only have to climb 3 places, and i think they can, they now have a manager who has nothing to lose and loves to play attacking football, at this minut they carnt get any lower

    he boils my piss so much,, on monday,, it was better, nut only in effort, and only for a short period of time, and he came out and said, im proud of my boys, they follow the plan, if we play like that we wont go down,

    he is on another planet,

    and yes we can make a difference,

    there is about 95 million at stake, for the sake of about 8 million,, its not a hard choice, thats 95 +++ what ever he has to put into the club out of his own pocket, so i recon about 125 million for one season, if we went down, more if its more than one season down there

  • 48 catchy in norway // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    tequila

    no i dont think pardew had control over the signings, but he also never made up lies as for the way he played to,
    no one can deny, the guy was as honest as the day is long,, in the mould of sir booby how he handled himself,
    he will always have my respect,

    im not sure who, but someone said on here about keegan being a coward,
    he is a hero because of what he did,
    first time he left was because of making the club a PLC, and he new he would have less control of who he got, dessicions taken out of his hands, did the right thing imo

    second time he came, he got lied to and proved right in a court of law, he had deals agread for players, and DL and wise were ring them up and changing the deals behind his back,
    he was right to do it again

    no one should ever be made to look a mug,,

  • 49 Ketsbaia9 // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Maybe Sebastian Courchia from Socheaux. Can’t see Remy being only £8m.

  • 50 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Theres no one here brother.We’re in charge now

  • 51 Jamiemac // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Catchy

    Sacking the manager is NOT the answer! Man U, Arsenal, Everton have proved that.

  • 52 tequilamag // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Catchy why are you so hung up on what pardew says? It`s all just playing the media game. Would it have been better if he came ouut and said Willo cost us 2 goals on Monday rather than making a mundane comment about errors? Seriously what would be the benefit? Idt matters not what he says as you will construe it in a negative way. Wenger lies through his teeth every time one of his players makes a bad tackle and says he never saw it? Everyone knows it`s Bs but it does not make him a bad manager he just knows there is nothing to be gained by criticizing his players in public.

  • 53 stuart no9 // Nov 30, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    jamie@51 man u – arsenal- everton havnt been relegated !!!!!

  • 54 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Catchy

    I love my club, but I love being happy more. I don’t want to make a difference if it means that I let a manager “boil my piss” as Pardew does to you.

    Pardew, like many managers before him will eventually leave or be pushed out of our great club, but our club and its fans will still remain. We are a Premier League club, going through a bit of a blip at the moment, and I back our manager to get us out of it as I feel he is deserving of that time and space.

    Any fans who think that Pardew should be sacked then I encourage you to start a movement to have him removed, perhaps if you do this you will see how much you are in the minority when it comes to Pardew’s management.

    Also this notion that you have that fans would be happy with good football and poor results is an utter fallacy. Football is a results business, if we can be entertained while we’re getting them then that’s an added bonus, but if we were like Wigan, playing fantastic football but scraping out of relegation every year, I’d be calling for the manager’s head. Only one thing matters in football and that is the final result, you can argue as much as you like on this score but points on the board counts more than individual performances.

    If I asked you who won the 1994 World Cup you would tell me the answer, if I asked you how both teams played I doubt that information wouldn’t be as readily available because all that matters is the score.

    You think I don’t care about my club because I choose to be rational? You think I don’t show emotion when we lose or win? I feel like every other fan does, but the difference lies in my ability to not let it affect my everyday life.

  • 55 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Right, time to watch Flintoff get knocked out then :)

  • 56 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Stuart

    I think you have proved Jamie’s point don’t you?

  • 57 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Bravo Ruddy I liked that speech.
    You spoke so well.

  • 58 alex84 // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Can’t wait to have HBA back, worth a watch!

    http://youtu.be/4iXigKaL93k

  • 59 Graeme // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Ruddy @ 54

    Nicely put, nicely said. Couldn’t agree more

  • 60 archaeomag // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    I don’t think there is enough ‘piss boiling’ at the club, but I’m not sure who to blame.

  • 61 archaeomag // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    … Where does it go after it is boiled ?
    And is someone taking it?

  • 62 89Norcal // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Just read to article about speculating whether MA should put away 20m for January. Good stuff, Ed.

    It’s only what I’ve been saying since June :) When you consider the rewards for not just staying in the PL, but finishing well, it makes you shake your head at how we missed out on much needed players by 500k-1m last summer.

    MA can play hardball all he wants, we didn’t necessarily have much leverage in the Douglas/Debuchy deals, and leverage is half the battle. Doesn’t matter if a player WANTS to be with us, especially if his club want to keep him.

    Newcastle dropping places (or divisions) would be a lose/lose all around. That spells less air time for Mashley’s precious SportsDirect.com banners.

  • 63 yorkshireToon // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    does anyone has a stream for the flintoff fight? much appreciated

  • 64 stuart no9 // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    ruddy @ 56 so much for the short answer- ok when was the last time man-u or arsenal LOOKED like getting relegated – never no need to change managers really . man u win the title most years arsenal are there abouts and in champs league , why change managers? everton have done nothing but never really looked in danger.while we have the prospect of 2 relagation in 4 years. hope i have cleared that up.

  • 65 catchy in norway // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Jamie

    Look at the ruthless Russian 10 trophies in 8 years or something like that and as many managers

    Barca and real change there managers nearly every other year, 2 ov the best teams in the world ,

    What’s your point?

    A few seasons ago Everton made not one signing and finished 6th, I did not hear them complaining about that,

    Good luck to those managers , they have dound a club that suits them

    Ruddy ,

    I neve ment it to be us losing every week playing good football,

    And I think last season kinda proved your point, some fans just look at tables , but there are a lot of fans out there like me who love to watch good football, fans will accept getting beatif there playing well and putting in a good shift,
    The players we have right now are the best we have had in a good few years , and I think are capable of winning a cup, but not if there being held back with poor tactics and and defensive football

    Anyway I’d love to start a movement and I’d be very proud of the fact that it was me who got him out,

    Unfortunitly , I think the players will do that for me,

  • 66 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    @ Yorkshire

    Just about to start

    http://www.vipboxsports.eu/boxing/90591/1/freddie-flintoff-vs-richard-dawson-live-stream-online.html

  • 67 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 30, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Hahah. Anyone else watch the Flintoff fight ? . I have seen more boxing talent in bum fights :)

  • 68 jimiley // Nov 30, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Our key player Jonas to set up a couple and bag one himself. Four nil to the Toon. Simples.

  • 69 Catchy In Straight Jacket // Nov 30, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Funny guy Jimiley.
    Like a ship hitting an ice berg.

  • 70 yorkshire_magpie // Nov 30, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    MA is a fookin fat bar5tad!

  • 71 yorkshire_magpie // Nov 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    I think it’ll be a draw against wigan at most. Cant see us winning with hoofball tactics.

  • 72 Jamiemac // Nov 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Catchy

    There’s no point sacking the manager this early into the season. We should at least wait another year see how things are going. I’m not sure if you’ve realised but realistically we can’t compete in the top 6 so mid-table for the next couple years is a realistic target. At the moment we are low mid-table. Absolutely nothing to worry about in my opinion. If we do end up in a relegation dog fight then I may well change my mind. But I’m not getting caught up in last seasons success, mid table is where we belong for now so a few bad results doesn’t mean we need to sack the manager. Ridiculous talk.

  • 73 t00ntime // Dec 1, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    when people talk about remy for 8million (25years old) i think to myself 1) he wont be that cheap 2)why not go for insigne

    -he plays for napoli (keeps getting loaned out)
    -played 70games in serieB scoring 37 times
    -14games in serieA scoring 3
    -8games for italy U21 scoring 5
    -recently made debut for italy senior squad
    -21years old

    not the best scoring record but at only 21 this kid has skills, speed, and the chance to be great. If you ask me this kid would be cheaper than remy and by the time he is 25/26 worth atleast 3 times what we would have to pay for him.

    here is a vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aTENOX8VRM

    dont watch alot of italian football though (pretty much only for santon and thats when i saw this guy) but if i was a carr i wud definatly be having a look.

    not likely but trying to change the subejct and this is better than talking about sacking pardew or not lol

  • 74 AMEOBI // Dec 1, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    How did flintoff get on?

  • 75 obatoyou // Dec 1, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    The 94 final was 0-0 draw, one of first games I watched heh

  • 76 jimmysmith // Dec 1, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Krul

    Simpson Collocini Williamson Santon

    Tiote

    Anita Gutierez

    Marveaux Ba

    Cisse

    A month ago, I imagine the general consensus would be that that was a decent 11 and my team to go up against Wigan in a 433.

  • 77 toonheroes // Dec 1, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Wasn’t our good start to last season put down to Pardew setting up the defense right, being able to identify the attacking threat of the opposition and meticulously working on nullifying it? Our attacking players bought into the idea and everyone was happy. Even HBA began to play more for the team with offering more for the defense.

    This season however, there has not been such a consistent defense with injuries and suspensions, but Pardew is still trying to concentrate on defense with the emphasis on players closing down the opposition. We work hard when we don’t have the ball. Goals against us are normally down to individual mistakes.

    What we don’t do well is work hard enough when we do have the ball i.e. movement off the ball. The whole set up of the team and the psyche is too defense minded. Everyone even the flair players seem to be on the back foot.

    This is an area I think Pardew has to address. New and better defenders are going to cut out the mistakes maybe, but I think we have to get this defense mentality out of the flair players minds and concentrate a bit more on getting some goals.

  • 78 toonheroes // Dec 1, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Oh and first on the blog today




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