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.
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?
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