The very last thing we want to see this season is for Newcastle to struggle for the second time in three years, and the season two years ago was bad enough, and we were even a little lucky to end up in 16th position and escape the drop – it was all too close for comfort.
Newcastle have not replaced Loic Remy with similar striker
We had thought our transfer window had been a good one this summer, and maybe the best one for many years, but things have happened over the last two or three weeks that have sobered us up.
One was that our initial performances have not been great, and especially the last one against Crystal Palace, when we thought we would win, but Newcastle struggled not the be beaten by a side expected to fight relegation this season – and we were at home too.
Newcastle have found it very hard to score goals – which is what happened in the second half of last season, and since January was have lost three of our best players and all Frenchmen in Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy.
We don’t think we’ll miss Debuchy too much, and we are hoping that Daryl Janmaat will come through very well and quickly too – and Daryl has already equaled the goal scoring record of Debuchy – which was one goal in 46 games for Newcastle – and the Dutchman achieved that in just four games.
But we haven’t replaced Yohan in midfield with a creative central midfielder, and we haven’t replaced Remy with a similar type striker – a player who can score goals in the Premier League.
Add to that the fact we have allowed one of our four experienced center-backs – Yanga-Mbiwa – who was still popular on Tyneside – to go out on loan for the season – and we could have even weakened the defense.
Finally we had a creative player on the books who can score goals and make them – but Ben Arfa was hounded out of Newcastle on Monday and will now ply his skills at Hull.
It would have been good to have kept both Mapou and Ben Arfa at the club and be prepared to play Ben Arfa to strengthen our squad – but we didn’t.
And we didn’t manage to get that striker and center-back though the door.
The opposite and more positive view to this one is that we just have to give our new lads a chance to get used to the Premier League, and all should be well – and we hope that turns out to be the case – sooner rather than later – just to keep the old blood pressure down. 😀
Maybe we are reading too much into the last game against Palace, but in the last two seasons we have conceded 68 goals and 59 goals, and we don’t see us conceding many less than that this season – simply because our defense has not been strengthened.
And Davide Santon is out for another couple of months, and maybe more than that?
And we don’t have the creativity in central midfield any more, since Yohan left and we don’t have the goalscorer we had last season in Loic Remy.
Oh, and when you think our best candidate to score some class goals this season was probably Siem de Jong, and he’s out for four months.
We could be wrong on all of this, and a hint of that would be if we can get something out of the game at Southampton – at the moment we expect to lose that game.
If we can win or draw against Southampton that would be passive and maybe we are wrong that we will struggle to be in the top ten this season – or even the top eight – which is rumored to be Ashley’s target for the season.
What do you think?
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