It’s a fairly well known fact that Newcastle United have scored only once from a corner all season, and that was when Demba Ba clearly handled the ball in the game at Reading on 29th September, and that goal got us a 2-2 draw.
Demba Ba – after Reading goal – I handled it
That’s the same day Steven Taylor picked up an injury, and Newcastle started to lose players, and we went on that terrible run in the league when Newcastle lost 10 of 13 league games.
And things are not much better today, as we’ve lost three of our last four league games including a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City and a 3-0 loss to Sunderland – and those scores don’t help our goal difference one little bit.
Newcastle’s play from set pieces this season has been hopeless, and only Yohan Cabaye seems capable of scoring from a free kick.
We thought that would be improved shortly with Ryan Taylor coming back, but the tragic news about Ryan this week means he will be out for another seasons, after picking up another ACL knee injury – that’s just tragic for Ryan. 🙁
Alan Pardew had talked a year ago about wanting to sign a good tall center half who could score some goals – but we didn’t do that.
So it’s hardly surprising to hear that Pardew now wants to sign players in the summer who are tall and good in the air, which is one reason Newcastle may try to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool this summer – at a knock-down price.
This is what Alan Pardew said about set=pieces:
“Our record from set-pieces is definitely something I’ll look at in the summer, 100 per cent.” “In terms of the group, when you take Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor out, we haven’t really got a dominant header after those two.”
“I think we need to add to that in the summer, and we will. We’re coming up against Premier League sides with six foot four players, and we’re finding it difficult to get that second or third header of the ball.”
“That’s what usually gets you the goal, and it’s an area we’re going to focus on in the summer.”
So given what Alan says, it’s not surprising we are after 6’4″ Portuguese Under-20 international striker Amido Balde,
And maybe we’ll try to bring 6’3″ Andy Carroll back home too – and at least that will give us two good herders of the ball in the Newcastle attack – we have none at the moment.
What do you think?
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