Newcastle played quite well last night, but the lack of bite in the final third of the pitch again cost us dearly, and if Loic Remy had been playing then maybe things would have been a lot different – maybe.
Romelu Lukaku – after scoring second goal for Everton
Here’s some things we learned about Newcastle last night:
- Luuk de Jong is looking more and more like he’s not good enough to earn a permanent deal in the summer at Newcastle, and he seems to lack the physical qualities necessary to be successful in the Premier League.
We’d still love for the 23 year-old to come through but it’s not looking good at the moment.
- With Newcastle looking so anemic in front of goal, without the great Loic Remy in the side, Graham Carr and the scouting team need to identify at least a couple of good strikers Newcastle can bring in during the summer, which is likely to be a very busy transfer season for Newcastle, with players both coming and going.
- If we can keep all the players we have at the moment that we want to keep, and bring in some good strikers and a couple of good play-makers to replace Yohan Cabaye, we could have a very decent side for next season.
- Hatem Ben Arfa again had a very good substitute appearances for the side, and he worked hard when he came on and looks so determined to do well both for himself and for Newcastle.
If he keeps playing like this, we hope Newcastle offer him a new deal in the summer but if not there will be a number of top clubs after the Frenchman in the summer, because this lad is still a match winner with his great skill.
What do you think?
Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sean4eva09 on twitter.