Four Basic Things Newcastle Must Do Better Next Season


We scored 45 goals last season and conceded 68 goals, the most we have ever conceded in the Premier League – ever.

fabricio coloccini in white

Captain Coloccini – makes a huge difference at the back

And it was obvious in the run-in to the season that we had great difficulty scoring goals, and scored only three goals in the last six games and conceded a massive 12 goals – so that our goal difference as also the worst ever at -23.

So two things we have to do next season is to tighten up big time in defense, and not let in so many goals, and then we need at least two additional strikers to put the ball into the back of the net.

We have some good players in defense, Mathieu Debuchy, Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon and Massadio Haidara – so surely we can make a few solid back fours out of those available players.

Maybe our best back four is Debuchy, Colo, Steven Taylor and Davide Santon, but we think Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will get in there somewhere.

Colo returned for the last three games of the season, when we conceded only two goals and he was massive at the back, and we have to keep this man on Tyneside, even though San Lorenzo have started to make noises that they want him back in Buenos Aries for next season.

As for the attack, we need to bring in two good strikers, but it doesn’t look like Andy Carroll will be one of them – he seems too expensive at £15.5M from Liverpool, with West Ham now in the driver’s seat for him.

It would be great to have the local lad back a the club – and at least he would be a threat in the penalty box with his heading ability.

And last season we have over 70 injuries, and it was one of the worst seasons for injury we’ve had in a long time, with top players like Ben Arfa, Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Colo being out for months at a time.

We hope that was discussed in the meeting on Wednesday with Mike Ashley, because we are doing something wrong in training or the way we treat our players after they get those knocks.

And finally we haven’t scored from a corner in ages, and the last time was that hand-ball goal from Demba Ba at Reading, and we’ve looked pitiful from our set plays this year – so a good header of the ball – like an Andy Carroll – would at least help.

So those are four things we have to do better next season – it’s simple really – the main two are concede less goals in and score more. 😀

And then fix the injury problem and be more creative on set-plays.

If we can do that of course we’ll be better next season.

Over to you Alan Pardew.

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11 comments so far

  • JackButler

    May 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    ‘Four Basic Things Newcastle Must Do Better Next Season’

    1 – Better tactics
    2 – Better formations/system of play
    3 – Better condition of players
    4 – Better coaching

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  • pbandj

    May 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    What people seem to let Pardew and the players off the hook for is not just the fact we let in so many goals but we did it playing defensive football. It’s like if Stoke let in 68 goals in a season playing the way they do. Word on the street is also that Pardew is the one coaching mainly the defense.. so maybe its no wonder we let in so many goals….

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  • jeff

    May 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Four Basic Things Newcastle Must Do Better Next Season:

    Possession
    Patience
    Penetration
    Pressing

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    It really is bad when bloggers have to point out the team’s deficiencies because we have no faith in the manager’s ability to :-
    a) see the problems in the first place
    b) actually change the way we play

    Absolutely gutted we couldn’t upgrade to a purple manager.
    This one is brown and has a very nasty smell.

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  • croftus5678

    May 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    it took collo quite some time to settle in and its te same for some of the new recruits i suspect (yes they hae the odd good game but for consistancy they need prem experiance .

    wingers/strikers in and collo to stay is what we need and once the french guys learn english and start to understand all there team mates and manager/coach ect they will look a lot better.

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  • JackButler

    May 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Hatem’s better than Messi

    Having Pardew in charge is like trying to run a Ferrari on duck p**S

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    croftus

    Debuchy and M’Biwa are top class players.
    Haidara looks to have the potential to be a brilliant LB.
    Gouffran gives 100%, not sure about his strike rate.
    Sissoko is a powerful box to box MF not a no10. His passing is very suspect.

    As you say they’ll be better for a pre-season and if we can keep everyone fit then we’ll finish top ten despite Pardew, although he’ll take all the credit.

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  • geordiemark

    May 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    as for next season the way I see it if we dont play well we will be looking for a new manager, think he will have 10 games to prove after that hes out the door I reckon this is why ashley hasnt sacked him already as it saves him more money if a new manager come in during the summer to which he would want his own players and a massive cash outlay by ashley which he would hate to do considering hes as tight as a fishes arse 🙂

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  • Geordie-Exile

    May 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I am of the opinion that Ashley will spend because he has been made aware of the shortcomings of our current squad. He has watched sufficient games to know that we are not good enough in certain area’s and need reinforcements.
    The current debate on whether Colo goes or not raises the issue that we need a CB regardless. We were woefully short when Colo was injured and this highlighted our need for a competent backup. Yes, we have the kids coming through but they need experience and should be farmed out into the championship to get that vital experience.

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  • widowmagandapoke

    May 25, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree with geordiemark,
    If there isn’t significant improvement, by quarter term the knives will be sharpened.
    Mind, I can’t understand how, after making a reasonable start, Pardew resorted to 1990 kick and rush tactics. maybe he got sucked into a time warp

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  • toonluvva

    May 25, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Worryingly all the areas that need to be improved are down to Pardew.

    Sadly the man is not for turning.

    As he seems to have only 10 games to show an improvement he’ll be even more negative in my opinion.

    He might get lucky with the fixture list for the first few opening games, but he’ll be found out eventually.

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