Newcastle gave a poor performance last night in Bordeaux, and the truth was that we were not in the game, and the home side won much easier than the 2-0 scoreline might suggest, and it maybe that the strategy of playing the youngsters in Europe is just not enough for this season.
Nile Ranger – in action last night
Newcastle’s best player last night was Rob Elliot, who kept the score down in the first half with four magnificent saves, and while Nile Ranger looked threatening and fast at times, not many of our youngsters impressed last night, although Gael Bigirimana had a decent game in midfield.
Alan Pardew was clearly disappointed with the displays of a number of Newcastle’s top youngsters:
“The truth of it is that a lot of our young players who played tonight, I was expecting a little bit more.” We will have a good look at them now because I don’t think the opportunity is going to come around for them again this season unless we really suffer like we did tonight, in terms of who was available – because I didn’t leave anyone behind who was fit.”
“I think they need to learn a little bit more about this game away from the black and white, and the pressure of the jersey here and the level we are playing at.” I will probably look at loaning a few of those who played tonight, hopefully after January when I have got a stronger position in the squad”.
That’s a big hint there that Newcastle will bring in a number of players in January, and that some of our youngsters will be shipped out on loan to learn their trade at other clubs next month.
And expect us to be linked with a number of players – all over the park – in defense, midfield and with strikers too from now through January.
Last night’s performance was simply not good enough for a Newcastle side playing in Europe, and it dampened the enthusiasm coming out of Monday night’s game against Wigan, when our lads looked back on track again.
Mike Williamson may be the only player who started last night, who will make the line-up on Monday night at Craven Cottage, and we have to hope for a much better performance and a win in London in three days time.
We cannot field two completely different teams that can do well at the moment, simply because the squad is not good enough or big enough, but we knew that at the end of last season.
What do you think?
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