Newcastle played a lot better in the second half against Malaga yesterday, when Alan Pardew brought on Yoan Gouffran, Manu Riviere, Gabby Obertan and Rolando Aarons at the start of the second half, and we looked a better team than in the first half, when we didn’t look very good at all – but we still lost 3-1.
Yoan Gouffran – celebrates after scoring against Wellington Phoenix
And Yoan Gouffran has looked in good form so far this season, after having a very good first half of last season, but then tailing off in the second half like so many other of our players.
Gouffran thinks the new signings will make a difference next season, and this is what the former French U21 International had to say on the Newcastle web site:
“It is a different squad with new players and a different style of play.” “But the guys who played in the World Cup are back now, and we have got a very good team.”
” I’m looking forward to everyone playing and hopefully that happens in Germany.” “The new players will bring a lot of quality to the squad. Manu scored a lot of goals in France and Remy went to the World Cup, so they are two great players.”
“Siem was the captain of Ajax and is a very clever player who can score goals and make them too.” “These players will get the fans excited and that is a good thing.”
Newcastle have so far signed Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Manu Riviere and Daryl Janmaat, with the expectation that Newcastle will introduce new loan signing Facundo Ferreyra of Shakhtar Donetsk early next week.
The deal for the Argentine striker has already been agreed for a loan fee of €2m, after he wanted to leave his club because of the fighting going on in the eastern region of Ukraine.
But the first half performance yesterday pointed to our central defense not looking too strong again, although Mike Williamson did make his first appearance of the season as a sub in the second half, and could start this afternoon against Schalke 04.
And we need to see a much improved Newcastle display from yesterday’s first half performance.
Note: There will be a meeting with Peter Beardsley at the Green in Wardley, Gateshead on Friday 22nd August from 7:00 pm. Tickets are now available priced at approx £25, and that includes a meal, a glass of wine and a talk with Peter – if you’d like a ticket for this event please call the Green at 0191 4950171.
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