As we keep pointing out, last season Newcastle conceded 68 goals in the Premier league and that’s the most we’ve ever conceded, and this season in our first six league games we’ve conceded 11 goals including six in the last two games, and we’ve been beaten 3-2 against Hull and 3-2 against Everton last night.
Romelu Lukaka after scoring first goal after just 5 minutes
11 goals in six games works out at about 70 goals conceded in the full 38 game season, so there’s an early case to be made that our defense is simply not up to Premier League standards.
And if you look at the six goals conceded in our last two games, they will show that we are definitely not good enough in defense, and the first half at Everton last night was a horror show, and much like the first half at Manchester City in the first game of the season – we couldn’t live with the other’s side pace and skill.
So while we keep going on about needing at least one new striker in January, if Newcastle cannot find a decent back four from what we have, then we’ll need to bring defensive reinforcements in during January.
And Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa did not have a good game against Hull, and looked inadequate in central defense in that first half, and maybe his best position is in one of the full back positions.
But both Tim Krul and Coloccini didn’t look too good either in that first 45 minutes, and both were badly at fault for gifting Everton their third goal, which turned out to be the winner.
There’s not doubt Alan Pardew and his players will come under pressure this week for that pathetic first half performance, and if we lose at Cardiff City on Saturday we’re in for two weeks of misery over the International break.
Currently Newcastle are 5th bottom of the league, not where we expected to be after six games.
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