The introduction of Loic Remy into the Newcastle side this season, has made Newcastle look like a very good attacking side, and the French International has been an instant threat to opposing defenses out on the left wing, and he’s already got two goals and two assists for the club in his three appearances to date – not bad at all.
Alan Pardew – we can score goals but we have to close the back door
Alan Pardew now seems to have a lot of different attacking options up front, and apart from the current starting front three of Ben Arfa, Cisse, and Remy, he has players like Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez and even Gabby Obertan to bring in, depending on the state of the game.
Alan Pardew now thinks Newcastle can get in amongst the goals this season, and he had this to say today to the local press:
“What it does look like in our team is that we’ve got goals.” “For the first time for a long time, that bodes well.” “We have to lock the back door though and we didn’t do that against Hull.”
“That’s the consistency we need.” “On transition we need to be stronger and Cheick Tiote has made a big difference.” “We looked much more solid.” “But we must take that forward.”
We will look good going forward this season, but Alan’s right that if we don’t shut the back door, we’ll not do as well as we should do or need to do this season – we need more solidity at the back.
We’re still not sure what exactly happened against Hull City, when we seemed to find it easy to score goals, but also easy to concede goals, and we gave away three soft goals and all three points, and the defending in that game was not good at all – in fact it was terrible.
We’re not sure Alan will play the same back four on Monday night that played against Hull, and it could be that Paul Dummett and Mike Williamson keep their places at Goodison Park, although we cannot see Santon bring dropped.
Certainly Pardew has to send a message to the players that a performance like that against Hull City, is simply unacceptable for this Newcastle side – completely unacceptable.
What do you think – and what would your back four be for Monday night?
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