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Newcastle Look Mediocre Without These Top Players

12:47 pm, Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Newcastle certainly missed something last Saturday at Fulham, and maybe it was because two of our very best players – French Internationals Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy were both missing.

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Mathieu Debuchy – Newcastle missed him on Saturday

There was always going to be a question about who would score the goals with Loic Remy missing, and as it turned out Papiss Cisse had two excellent chances to score, and although he was on target both times the goalkeeper saved both efforts.

Mathieu Debuchy was also missed, and according to assistant manager John Carver, his replacement Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was partially to blame for their winning goal, since he let substitute Ashkan Dejagah get his shot in.

But since Saturday  Tim Krul has admitted that he should be saving those kinds of shots, and Tim hasn’t had the best of season on Tyneside, and that’s why Newcastle could sign a top goalkeeper in the summer to give Tim some competition between the posts next season.

This is what John Carver has told the Shields Gazette today:

“Mathieu’s going to be out for three or four weeks,” “He’s a powerful full-back, who, along with Loic, has been one of our best players of the season.”

“We are going to lose them for three or four weeks, Mathieu probably for longer than Loic. But we have to deal with that.”

So as we reported yesterday it’s not good news regarding Mathieu and Loic, but as John points out – it should be an opportunity for other players to come in and take their chance.

But that didn’t happen on Saturday, however with Ben Arfa hopefully being fit for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace, he may be able to make the difference, which he’s done many times before at Newcastle

Ben Arfa has the skill and guile to break through what’s expected to be a strong and resolute Crystal Palace defense on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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Tags: Coaching · Loic Remy · Mathieu Debuchy · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bob // Mar 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Get in first one

  • 2 firebug666 // Mar 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    But isn’t that exactly the reason we need more strength and depth in the squad. Crying about missing important players through injury, and having no one good enough to replace them just shows the blinkered approach the club have.

    We need more depth simple, put it right this summer or just accept your useless and accept the wrath of the fans. IDIOTS.

  • 3 eric // Mar 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Mediocre that’s an understatement.

  • 4 giimps // Mar 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Cashley will be waiting to get the extra premier league dosh before spending any.
    I can seeCisse, Shola, Remy and De Jong leaving in the summer as well as Benny, Gosling, , Marveaux and Obertan from midfield and Debuchy, Santon, Taylor and Collo from the defence and maybe Krull from our team.
    All of them have been linked with moves away and could easily be sold.
    We could be left with a starting lineup of
    Elliot
    MYM Willo Good Dummet

    Sissoko Anita Tiote Gouffy

    Armstrong

    Sammy

    Midfield and defence look ok, but strikeforce is unproven at this level.
    I would be playing Armstrong and Sammy up front vs weaker opposition (palace), for half an hour, they are unknowns and both quick with good feet.
    They will know each other and can talk to each other , rather than having cisse and de jong both going for the same space and unable to communicate with one another.
    Either way,\ the summer is going to be interesting for us fans…..A world cup and the chance to see loads of players leaving, and maybe we can get one “over the line”.
    I want to know where this line is, as it is obviously about 400ft high since no-one has been able to get over it for over a season, i reckon there must be Cashleys helicopter at our side though , to help them over the other way ££££££

  • 5 GeordieDan // Mar 18, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    “Newcastle Look Mediocre Without These Top Players”

    Disagree completely this sorry Ed.

    We look mediocre WITH Remy and Debuchy in the team-that’s why we’re 9th.

    Without them we look every bit as poor as the teams fighting relegation-except for in the striking department where we look worse than them.

    We are very fortunate to have the points we have already. I doubt many more will come our way before the end of May.

    We’ll still be in 9th almost certainly though so at least Fatman will be happy! Happy days. :(




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