Newcastle played well last week against Manchester City in the 2-0 loss, and we played OK today at Villa Park, but we could have (easily) won this game if we had a Loic Remy or Demba Ba type player in the side – but we didn’t – and we don’t have one in the squad at the moment.
Tim Krul in action this afternoon
It’s asking a loot for a player like Riviere to immediately fill that role and we haven’t seen much of Facundo Ferreyra yet, but in the first two games we could have done a lot better if we had a guaranteed PL goalscorer in the side.
Newcastle have struggled all year to score goals and we have yet to score a goal in our first two games, and with only 9 days to go in the transfer window we are hoping Newcastle will still try to bring a top striker through the door.
Aston Villa were ordinary this afternoon and it was Newcastle who created most of the chances but like the end of last season we just couldn’t find the net – and today’s game was similar to the second half last week as we labored to score.
And with Mike Williamson getting a red card for picking up two cautions, we’ll have to see how Steven Taylor fares next Saturday, but we could strengthen the side by bringing in a another good center-back – like Virgil van Dijk as one example.
That’s what we have seen in our first two games and we still have time to act in this transfer window even if a striker is brough in on loan for the season.
Newcastle’s best players today were Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback who nearly always completes his passes.
And Daryl showed we will not miss Mathieu Debuchy too much this season and he had a very good game with two excellent attempts at goal in the second half.
It’s not too good a start with just one point from our first two games, but we shouldn’t over-react either.
What do you think?
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