In what must be one of Newcastle’s worst ever opening day displays for a long time at the Etihad Stadium tonight, there was very little manager Alan Pardew could take out of this game, and in particular our back four looked very poor.
Mike Ashley – must work with Kinnear to get three new players through the door
The only bright spots for Newcastle were the performances of Tim Krul in goal, who kept the score down, and Ben Arfa, who made a few good runs but had absolutely no support from the rest of the forwards.
We thought we only needed one more striker and we’d be in good shape, but this performance has shocked us by its ineptness – and now Joe Kinnear really had to earn his money and Mike Ashley has to pay out some money – otherwise Newcastle could again be fighting relegation this season – based on this first performance of the season.
We must get another top center-back in, and it looks like a huge mistake by Kinnear to cancel the deal for Douglas in mid-June, after it was all set up by Derek LLambias before Joe was appointed.
We need a striker and a center-back and since it seems Yohan Cabaye is ready to leave Newcastle.
And if Yohan wants to leave we should let him go – because he hardly helped the cause tonight – probably our best player – and he wasn’t in the right state of mind to play.
Newcastle now need an attacking central midfielder to replace Cabaye – who we assume will leave Newcastle in the next couple of weeks – but who exactly is available in Newcastle’s price range is not known.
We shouldn’t over-react to0 much, but Newcastle’s squad looks bereft of class – based on tonight’s performance.
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