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This Top Young Belgium Striker Would Cost Just £3M

11:41 am, Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 57 Comments

Michy Batshuayi joined Belgium club Standard Liege back in 2008, after playing for both FC Brussels, his home town club, and RSC Anderlecht.

Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi – 19 year-old young Belgium striker

This is another article in our series of looking at some good young players who Newcastle may be wanting to sign now. or some time in the future, but we have no evidence that Newcastle are currently interested in any of these players.

The 19 year-old has scored 21 goals in 71 appearances for Standard Liege, after making his first team debut in February, 2011, in the 4-1 loss against KAA Gent, when he was just 17 years old.

And last season the player who is of Congo descent, scored 12 goals and had five assists for Standard Liege in 36 appearances.

Michy stands 5’11″ tall and has appeared 5 times for the Belgium U21 side, and he just signed a new contract that keeps him at Standard Liege until June of 2017, when he will be 23, and that also protects the Belgium club’s investment in the youngster.

He’s listed on as being worth around €3.5M, which is about £3M at today’s conversion rate.

Here’s some video of the youngster in action.

Maybe he needs to start scoring a few more goals at Standard Liege, but what do you think, would he be a good buy for Newcastle at £3M?

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57 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nut meg // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Belgium are really producing some great talent just now,worth a good look from our main man GC.

  • 2 Ben3arfa // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Seems like a logical signing .. young and hungry player ..

  • 3 Patoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    McGeady is a 1 trick pony, i’ve seen him loads of times for Celtic, can b completely amazing at times but goes missing far 2 often, not that strong on the ball either and will never cut it in the premiership, always thought that Stephen Hunt was better on the wing for Ireland cos he didn’t get pushed about as much

  • 4 Patoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Big Pappa Cissé

    Would agree ther about Cisse’s heading ability, but our 2 best crossers never play, don’t think Fergie is good enuf 2 hold down a starting place but if ben arfa and who ever is gonna play on the other wing wer drilled in training 2 cross the ball their crossing could improve and would b great for Cisse

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Pawl…you need two players in each position. If Santon is at LB and Debuchy get injured at RB then you don’t slot in Santon and RB and Haidara at LB that solves nothing in the long run.

    …that is what you do if you have no other option.

    We need a reconised young RB to fill in for Debuchy. Tav is nowhere good enough; he needs to go out on loan (I don’t think he will ever be good enough)

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Pawl…the club can bit on several players at the same time. It doesn’t change the fact that we need at forward.

    A forward (maybe two) and a RB is all that is need in terms of width, but in terms of quality we need to update most of our fringe players.

  • 7 Ian Toon // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Jesper- Gooday sport. I agree. We tended to suffer under Llambias , of make do and mend. Much of the criticism of Pardew playing players out of position was because we didn’t have for most of the season two players of quality, for each position. We’ve left the age of purple and have moved into sunlight. A lot of play during a game is instinctive and players need to be comfortable in decision making to perform at their best.

  • 8 Slank // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM


    If he is 19 years old now and joined Standard Liege in 2008 (when he would have been about 14 or 15) but only after playing for both FC Brussels and RSC Anderlecht, so how old was he when he made his debut (12, 11, perhaps 10 years old)?

  • 9 Ben3arfa // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Heard Kinnear has cut his holiday short to begin talks with Shefki Kuqi .. Any truth in that???

  • 10 nufcsam // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    I find it enormously frustrating that seeing as we aren’t getting the targets we are looking for, presumably everything is always kept under wraps anyway, everyone is linking us to people who we won’t even approach. Let alone buy. You say that Newcastle may want to sign these players, is there any source or article that proves and backs this up? Or is this just wishful thinking to shy away from the fact that we are completely inadequate in transfer windows, leaving us with second-rate players that other clubs are desperate to offload.

  • 11 ArtyH // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    FFS Cisse is good enough but got no service last year and still scored a lot of goals even if 7 were ruled incorrectly as off side. If his ” off side ” goals had counted at the time who knows the outcome of the game? He does need backup and the team need another option.

  • 12 toon22 // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    We will probs get out bid by clubs like Hull.
    Its obvious to everyone anyway we really need another CB/GK anyhow so theres no point in speculating.

  • 13 doonundertoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    @munster mag from 2 threads ago

    i don’t feel i over-rate tiote, he just isnt a ball playing central midfielder, if he is given the job of sitting infront of the back 4 to break down the play and smartly redistribute to the men infront of him (no long passes lol) then he is one of the best, if not the best in the premier league (im being biased but he is really good in that role), people say he is ill disciplined and it costs us games but that not true at all, I have recorded every game from last season and reviewed them several times for my job of training people to get thier coaching badges here in australia, and i have used pardew as an example of what not to do to my students this year lol, and the only thing tiote is guilty of is trying too hard in a system that was set up wrong, the amount of space we allowed in the center of the park last year was far too much and at times we were chasing shadows against teams like wigan and norwich.. simply because they outnumbered us in midfield, and tiotes game is strength and aggression, it puts the opposition small, technically gifted central players off thier games when they are getting knocked around by a brick wall with legs lol, but when players are running rings (or triangles if you want to get technical) around you and your chaseing shadows all game, players tend to start getting desperate to get the ball back for the team and start going to ground when they shouldnt and just generally stop playing their natural game.. and because our wing play was none existant at the start of the season and pretty much all the play went through the center of the pitch (even when we went out wide we still have wingers who prefer to cut inside) tiote ended up starting to try and play the clever through balls, which worked once for that excellent Ba volley, but not once after that unfortunately, and im not sure if pardew saw that pass and expected him to start playing them more regularly (wouldnt suprise me) or if tiote started to believe that he could start playing more of those passes himself and did it of his own accord, but either way the indiscipline (which im sure he gets treated harsher than most people due to his “reputation”) and the fact that he was misplaceing many passes (and the crowd constantly groaning everytime he did :P ) probably led to a drop in his morale and just a generally bad season, but if you remember the 5th place season where he stayed on his feet and just out-muscled players off the ball and got the ball when by rights we really shouldnt of, you can see how valuable of a ball winning midfielder he is.

    on the topic of where would i play sissoko, id play him in a central role such as this

    debuchy – mbiwa – collo – santon

    sissoko – tiote – cabaye

    Ben Arfa Cisse Gouffran

    last season whenever we won the ball in our own half we had very little options for where to pass, we could either go left to right between the two DM’s as the “#10? player was too far up the field and often isolated, but from there you generally go to your wingers to stretch the play in order to make room for your number 10, but it never ever worked like that, it would get to the wingers and they would never hug the line and get forward they would either cut inside, compacting the midfield even further, or just go back to the DM’s allowing the opposition team more time to press us in our own half, which would often result in us lumping the ball up the field, or the number 10 dropping deep and then trying to run with ball to create space, and it just never worked that way, and whenever we played 442 it just didnt work due to not having any width to stretch the opposition team out and the fact that ba and cisse are basically the same type of player and dont compliment each other in any way lol

    im not claiming to be some kind of tactical genius, this is just coaching 101, if your getting overrun in midfield on a consistant basis, pack the midfield, assign tiote to be the designated player to sit deep, and have cabs and sissoko sit just infront of him, allow sissoko to get into the box when we are on the the attack, the kid has so much stamina that he will have no problems going up and down the pitch for 60-90 minutes.. don’t allow cabaye to get into the box but to hover around between half way and the box to pull the strings when we are on the attack, but when we defend all three of them get behind the ball and break down play, and when we get the ball in our own half it shouldnt be a case of cabaye and tiote passing the ball between themselves and sissoko being up near the opposition defence with cisse, hopeing for a defence splitting ball to get to him, he should be down with the other midfielders getting amongst it, makeing it happen, our wingers need to also stop being so defensive minded, we should basically have a front 3, and having 3 in central mid would allow this for 2 reasons, when the opposition marks our midfielders it creates space between the opposition midfield and defence as they are coming so deep into our half to mark our midfielders creating space for cisse and the wingers (inside forwards) to move off the ball, but as well as that, if a winger lost possession in the opposition half and the opposition broke on us, all that has to happen is one of the CM’s move out wide to cover untill the winger is back behind the ball, this is just the way i would setup our team with the resources we have at our disposal, im not claiming to be 100% right about this, but i do feel pardew is getting the setup fundamentally wrong, and i had hoped he would have tried to rectify that this season, but by his comments today about not knowing where to play sissoko, its obvious that its gonna be the same old shit again :(

  • 14 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Yeah, almost read that.

  • 15 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    What about our fantastic set pieces?

  • 16 daztoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Both Man city games last season Pardumb started defensively and they ripped us apart.Will be interesting to see if he has learn`t anything.

  • 17 AaranD // Jul 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Tipped for big things, like many of the young Belgiums, probably worth a punt.
    Really starting to like some of our youth prospects and feel they will do much better than recent years have.
    Wouldn’t surprise me if we took on 4/5 top youngsters this summer and really crack on the new youth project.

  • 18 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I agree with what I read of it.

  • 19 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Bid accepted on Alderwiereld from Norwich.

  • 20 Klatoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    did not read that

  • 21 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Real Madrid is signing well this summer so far.

  • 22 doonundertoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM


    i posted about that 3 threads back in another long rant, i dont generally come on here and post because 90% of what is on here is garbage fantasy football posts about potential signings that just incite negativity when they dont happen, but when 3 garbage quotes come out in one day from the man in charge of our squad i felt it was time to vent, i just wish he would stop trying to convince everyone that he is the “man for the job” but instead, do something to actually make us believe he is, i really believe that when he guided us to 5th place he was riding on the coat tails of the team spirit that was instilled in us by chris hughton when we came up from the championship, that battling vibe is gone when i watch the team now, the team used to be in it for each other for the full 90 mins, now when i watch us i just feel like players are hopeing they are the first one to be subbed.. we really had something special 2 seasons ago, we didnt have many gifted game changing players, but every game the squad would come out with the attitude of “yeah you have better players than us and your meant to win, but we wont lay down for nobody”, made me proud to be a geordie, but pardew single handedly destroyed that spirit last year by constantly makeing bad decisions, and blameing everyone and everything else but himself, and id be lieing to myself if i honestly believed he has learnt anything from it :(

  • 23 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Two players who I think we could attract and would like us to sign:

    Striker – Adam le Fondre – Englishmen, Impact player, Prem-Experienced, can find the back of the net. Miles better then Bent is presently.

    Winger – Nacer Chadli, young and good on the wings. Should be a big improvement on Obertan and Guttierez (Attack wise)

    The pair of them should cost us less then 10mill imo.

  • 24 Klatoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    that too

  • 25 plana // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Dont waste your time worrying about transfers. Nothing will happen until monday when the proper boss is back. Pardew is just minding the shop and looking more pathetic everyday.

  • 26 Rotonda heights // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Pointless bringing in youth unless we have the personnel to develop them which we clearly don’t.

    Pardew is way out of his depth and is stuck in his archaic 80′s style training methods and negative thinking. The only decent coaches we have are probably the 2 young guys who went round Europe looking at other coaching methods.

    Pardew is certainly making up for his advised silence during JFK’s arrival. We must be really cursed to have a s..t manager, D.O.F, sponsor and owner. When will it ever end?

  • 27 headtheball // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    My wife has just asked me why I am spending less time on the blog. She doesn’t know about pawl! ARGHHHHHH!!!

  • 28 plana // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Headtheball… Does she want you too go on the blogs abit more whilst she is nesting her new man?

  • 29 AaranD // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Really hope we have a pop at Chadli, really is a player we need. Heard Spurs are after him though…

    Attacking winger (Chadli)
    CAM/Link up player (Siem De Jong)
    Striker (Remy)

    Can play 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3

    Deb – Yanga – Colo – Santon
    Sissoko – Cabs
    De Jong
    HBA Chadli

  • 30 DokToon // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    gmorning all,

    plana, youre an idiot, nuff said… go back to mackemland

  • 31 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Next season will tell if it is all talk. But him admitting he didn’t get things right in todays chronicle its good step rather than blaming injuries and EL.

  • 32 cestriasteve // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    doonundertoon great post and a great solution to Sissoko, nobody really talked about that much on the Sissoko thread.

  • 33 plana // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Dok toon i dont know whats worse… Your crack or the fact you’re nesting headtheballs wife

  • 34 AndyNUFC // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    What’s nesting?

  • 35 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I don’t see us getting this 1… any update on bafatimbi… we A POWERFUL forward! with strength! just bring back Demba Ba! and let the bygones be bygones! we would all love to have him back!

  • 36 doonundertoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM


    thanks mate :) i watched him a fair bit when he played for Toulouse, playing him as pardew is playing him, is not using his natural attributes correctly, which are his stamina and workrate, makes me wonder if pardew even heard of him before the january transfer window because if he did, he wouldnt of played him in the position he has been playing him in, i think he is just so stupid that he just see’s a tall strong person and thinks “he could play as a striker”..

    by that logic micheal owen would be a good fullback because he is quick..

  • 37 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I wouldn’t love to see Ba back. He can go suck a lemon for all I care.

  • 38 Ian Toon // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    doon- excellent post sport.

    I thought the biggest problem for most of the season was an inability to link the play – defensive to offensive. Newcastle just too often looked incapable of getting beyond opponents central line in midfield . We looked short on ideas .
    This was personified in the first game of the season against Spurs where only HBA’s runs with the ball were productive. For much of the season thereafter we chose to go long often without any tangible benefit. The injuries incurred to key players in midfield left us bereft of the necessary talent to seriously influence games. Hence the resort to the long ball. Likewise Ba’s departure without a replacement left an intolerable burden upon Cisse. With the right services Cisse being an instinctive goalscorer will deliver.

    I keep a notebook of the games i have seen and the Spurs game indicated a lot of what was to be on show from individual players for most of the season. In that game we were facing a side lacking firepower but with three opponents in central midfield. Cabaye was restricted to playing very flat and ineffective as an attacking player. Tiote was required to run around rather like an headless chicken which was not helped by his lack of match sharpness. Generally Tiote and Cabaye were pulled out of position too easily, and played too deep. This meant the space between midfield and Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse upfront was too wide and the frontmen were isolated.

    To combat Ba dropped deep to collect the ball, with some success, but it wasn’t until the team moved in the second half to a more balanced 4-3-3 that we started to click as a unit. Ba did not like playing wide left but i could see why Pardew wanted Ba left of a front three, and it was from that position that he scored against Spurs.

    Changes in formation during games are vital and in the Spurs game this led led to HBA finding more space something which was not repeated enough during the rest of the season. This also meant Jonas could play in the middle, where he turned out to be far more of an influence. Something not seen for the majority of the season.

    Going forward i certainly favour Tiote being played in a Claude Makelele disciplined role in front of the back four with no ambition beyond protection. He was required to venture too far forward and dwell on the ball which is not his area of expertise. Tiote should look for the short passes to Cabaye and Sissoko . The latter being a box to box rampaging CM .

  • 39 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    anyone got any update on when the new kit is coming out? although I wont be buying cuz of the cheap Wonga Look. but still intrigued…

  • 40 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    RUDDY.. if Ba came back and deliver us 25 goals a season… would you really… seriously its a results business… I want the best men for the job rather than have these morales about him leaving us for the money.. if we were professional footballer and were offered 30 40 grand more than we were receiving at current club we would be off!! there human just like us!

  • 41 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Money Talks!

  • 42 WWYCD // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    If we are going down that route I’d rather Remy tbh I still have a lot of time for Ba but he isn’t the answer anymore for me

  • 43 Roy Morten // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Looks like Chris Hughton knows all about our future signings and now he buys them before us.. What the f..k is happening.. We are lucky to see 10m being spent on one player and (smaler) teams buys players for the same amount that we paid for (dare i say it) Owen.. Our most expensive player .. Don’t thonk we need many players.. But would like De Jong, and a young pacy CF

  • 44 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:54 PM


    Remy would be a good buy not doubting that but he needs someone alongside him whos strong and can knock off balls too him if we carry on the long ball route.. remy and cisse are suited to a passing on the ground game not aerial strength.. so remy and another striker like demba would compliment one another cisse n remy wouldn’t work. with pardews tactics..

  • 45 bills-son // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM


    debuchy – mbiwa – collo – santon

    sissoko – tiote – cabaye

    Ben Arfa Cisse Gouffran

    I agree with just about everything you’ve said about the team – and especially the midfield – because its the same thing I’ve been saying for months.

    Where I disagree is that the team you name above – whilst the best on paper – is seriously deficient in these areas: two full backs who are 4/10 defenders at best, Debuchy with HBA in front who doesn’t track back and Santon who constantly loses possession far upfield almost in the inside left position and practically needs a second left back to cover the space he leaves.

    The second left back is actually Colo who constantly gets pulled wide to cover the flank leaving a gaping hole down the middle – and Tiote and Cabaye have no pace to combat the runners coming through the middle.

    This is why we concede so many goals.

    In the first 10 games of our 5th finish we played 442 with Simpson and Raylor at full back. Simpson was an out and out defender and Oba wasn’t given the credit for his tracking back. On the other side Raylor stuck to his position and as we all know Guti covered him brilliantly. That kept the centre of defence tight which meant Tiote and Cabaye could operate in a tighter midfield where there lack of pace wasn’t so much of a problem as it was last year.

    The top teams in the Premier have a blend of skill, pace and power – often with 5-7 players who have all three. We don’t have one – Sissoko might be the closest but he is still unproven as a really influential player.

    Your team will play some good football and win some games well but they will get steamrollered a few times as well – even by bottom half teams.

  • 46 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    plus… Ba was played out of position by Pardew… goals dryed up! he didn’t deserve that he was a goal Machine played wide left… what kinda guy moves his number one striker wide left.. absolute stupidity on behalf of mr pardew

  • 47 WWYCD // Jul 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I dunno mate Remy is pretty strong for his size and has pace to burn. I agree if the tactics stay the same as last season Remy would be wasted but if the tactics don’t change then we are fairly shafted regardless of who we bring in imo

    Ideally I’d have Cisse, Ba and Remy up top HBA no 10 and Cabaye and Sissoko behind him but its not going to happen haha choice between Ba and Remy though and Remy comes out on top for me

  • 48 WWYCD // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Tbf Cisse was our number 1 striker and moving Ba to the left worked very well for the team it was that or drop him to the bench

  • 49 doonundertoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    @ian toon

    thanks mate, i definitely agree with you on tiote, i cant remember what game it was, was one of the last 2 of the season, but he started off the game much in the vain of how he has played all season, losing the ball, misplacing passes etc, the crowd got on his back a fair bit :(

    But then he came back after half time and looked immense, just did the basics, but he does them so well, was just getting his body between the opposition player and the ball when we weren’t even in possession and just barging them off it, and then just layed it off to cabaye, and thats all he needs to do, i think he just had a lot of weight on his shoulder this season trying to lift an under-performing team, i would like to say he will be better next season, it just depends on how pardew wants to use him, he struggles in a 442 as he is forced to “play” more and that 4231 weve been using is just garbage as we dont have the required players for it..

    but unfortunately im almost certain we will be reverting to those same tactics we used last season as pardew will be trying to convince everyone that he is infact a good tactician, and i find him so transparent that i can almost predict his every move :( so if i can, imagine what a good premiership level manager would be able to predict, they probably know what time he is going to have his bowel movements each day lol, and unfortunately we as the fans will be the ones that have to suffer for it :(

  • 50 AaranD // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Debuchy and Santon are very attack minded full backs, but with some adjustments both have the potential to be top class for us.

    Debuchy just needs games and getting an understanding with his winger and CB’s. He was thrown in the deep end last season so i hope for a much improved player as he is international standard.

    Santon, is still very young and has much to learn but was one of our stronger players overall last season. Though i’m not sure if his heart is set on playing at LB.

    Also agreeing with the posts above, Tiote has to become the bulldog he was in previous seasons. He showed he is one of the best at breaking up plays and playing it simple. If he just sat in front of the back four he could cover our marauding full backs, similar to the way Barca do. Not comparing us to them but Alba and Alves aren’t the best defending but really are strong attacking and they can do it thanks to the cover.

    We really need continuity in the side and if we manage that really think we can have a cracking season :D

  • 51 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM


    remys side foot goal into the top corner from 35 yards was pretty orgasmic and left me a little moist… lol but I dunno.. Im still doubting his aerial ability.. im not sure whether he would be a good enough to hold up the ball in games to take sum pressure of at the back.. cisse cannot keep the ball up to save his life.. upper body strength is pretty awful! lets hope pardew gets him in the gym! we need to dare I say it hold on shola… for the last 15 minutes of games when we are winning he can hold up the ball when we are leading games.. added crucial points

  • 52 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

  • 53 toon kk // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    I don’t hold Pardew totally responsible for our hoofball, alot of our sqad simply aren’t quick enough to compete so its the only way to get the ball forward fast. Alot of our team aren’t going to take us forward recruitments are required but I don’t think MA wants to spend this summer.

  • 54 cestriasteve // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Bills son, I actually cant argue with that either been posting about how the FBs pull the CH out of position quite a bit lately.

    Jesus Im totally confused now still dont know what is our best Mid Field play with wingers ( we currently havent got good enough ones or play 4 3 3 and hope the FBs improve at defending !!

    Me head is spinning!!

  • 55 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    toon kk..

    some of the decisions he was making this season were shocking.. he was making subs after we were getting completely battered and 2 nil down then making a sub.. he could clearly see in game it wasn’t working still waited until we conceded to change things… that is just not good enough.. he needs to grow a pair.. and do the right thing at the right time instead of hiding in his shell..

  • 56 doonundertoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM


    i agree 100% mate, i don’t like seeing fullbacks overlap as much as ours do, unless the opposition is defending around there 18 yard box i don’t think the fullbacks should head for the bye-line at all, ours seem to overlap each other on the half way line, and what makes it worse is that santon overlaps then cuts inside, and if we lose the ball he is so far out of position its nearly impossible to get back in place in time, makes us so susceptible to counter attacks, and with taylors positioning and collo’s pace (and willo’s lack of both) its just bad tactics on pardews behalf, although mbiwa seems to have the positioning and anticipation (and a surprising turn of pace) to maybe make a bit of a difference in that department

    ill give pardew some credit, he did realise that we lacked width, which i guess is a start, but setting up our team to essentially use our fullbacks as wingers and wingers to tuck inside to cover them is just a tactical blunder, theres a reason italian and dutch teams play 3 at the back when they have attacking wingbacks, and even then your still susceptible to the counter more than usual (roberto martinez’s wigan a perfect example)

    i was always a firm admirer of simpson and raylor, people used to whinge about simmo because he couldnt cross the ball, but he was excellent at his defensive duties, it was when he started getting stick for “no end product” that he started pushing up the field and errors started occurring, and i feel people would be singing their praises if we had out and out wingers that could deliver a decent cross from out wide, as they wouldnt be required to create opportunity’s and they could just focus on their defensive duties.

    but a good manager would notice these problems that are so glaringly obvious and do something to fix them, like just telling the fullbacks to stay 10 yards behind the wingers untill we are in the final third, or setting up the team in a manner that didn’t leave us so short at the back when we were in the final third but unfortunately we dont have a good manager lol

  • 57 toonicle // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    That second goal in the video looks like Cisse to me. I like him.

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