Last season (2011-2012) we had some great performances from some of our top players, and according to our Player Of The Season poll the top vote getters were Fabricio Coloccini, Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse.
Ben Arfa – out for most of the season with that hamstring injury
So how did those same players perform in the season just ended with Newcastle 5th bottom?
Demba Ba kept producing with 13 Premier league goals in just 22 appearances, before he left in early January for Chelsea, and it’s hard to criticize his form last season, well at least for the time he was on Tyneside.
Coloccini continued to play well but missed games at the beginning of the season, when he went off to play for Argentina and came back injured, and then in the Southampton game he did his back in and missed the next 12 games, and that’s when Newcastle went into a massive slump in the Premier League.
Yohan Cabaye also was out injured with his groin for a few months late last year, but when he did come back he looked only a shade of the player he was last season, which was his first full season on Tyneside.
Tim Krul also missed a number of games, and didn’t quite reach the heights of the previous season, which was this first as the new Newcastle number one, after taking over from Steve Harper, who leaves the club after 20 years next month.
Ben Arfa, when he did play, performed quite well and with some determination, but he was out from late November with that hamstring problem, and only really came back for the last few games of the season, and then he looked good, although he gave the ball away too many times in dangerous positions.
And Papiss Cisse had a very disappointing season after scoring 13 goals in 14 league games last season to push us up to a fantastic 5th place, he scored only 13 goals in 47 appearances this season, which is a huge tailing off in his goal scoring prowess.
However, Papiss was unlucky and probably scored three good goals that were disallowed – but that was Newcastle ‘s season – nothing seemed to go for us.
And Cheick Tiote had another poor season, and apart from his first season on Tyneside, he’s looked rather mediocre over the last two years.
The fact is we already have a number of very good players at the club, and a lot of them were either out injured too much last season and/or didn’t show the form they are capable of.
In that sense they owe it to the fans to produce their best form next season – and hopefully we can work out why we picked up so many injuries last season and not have our top players out all the time.
We really hope somebody is looking at that right now at the club.
And Alan Pardew and the coaching staff are all well aware that they need to do a lot better next season, if they are to hold onto their jobs.
And the five players who were brought in last January could be massive for us next season, and they have certainly gone through a fiery baptism at Newcastle, but they will be all the better for it next season.
We already have some very good players at the club, and maybe we need just two strikers brought in over the summer.
We hope we can keep Colo at the club, that’s massively important, as well as all our other top players this summer.
But the Newcastle stars owe the club and the fans some loyalty and payback for this horrible season, and need to show some much better form next season.
If we can keep our top players, which should be easier since their form this season has generally dipped, things may be looking rosy in the Newcastle garden next season, and sooner than we think.
We hope be things will be looking rosy in the Newcastle garden next season, sooner than we think. 😀
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