The Reasons Why Newcastle Could Have A Difficult Season


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.

loic remy scoring 3rd goal - and his seocnd

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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13 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Sep 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    @dazzler – they won’t recognize the stadium name in champs league!
    When we where in UEFA europa league pretty sure they reffered to our ground as ‘the newcastle arena’ and the ground formerly known as st james’ park.
    MAsh can put SD across the shirts though! Personally think he’d buy Rangers just to sell for profit rather than advertising though

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 6, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    But we haven’t replaced Yohan in midfield with a creative central midfielder?Remy Cabella is more than perfect Cabaye replacement and a lot more responsible player than Cabaye but Pardew plays him on the wing.All the other newcomers are average players and will bring Newcastle right on the bottom.
    Southampton start,Southampton finish for Pardew.Out.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 6, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    is everyone now just realising what a cnut ashley is
    ashers out

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    We put three past palace though, goals can come from anywhere with creativity and the tight drive from midfield. We have a potential driving mid IF Sissoko and Cabella are positioned right. If Riviere finds his showing boots and Perez gets done game time to convert his opportunities and Cisse returns with a point to prove, goalscoring need not be a problrm

    The defence -ahhhhh. That’s the problem. The only thing we can hope with them is that they suddenly decide to play a couple of levels better than they have the last two seasons. 😐

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    JT,
    I don’t know how long you have used this blog but I used to get sh!t loads of abuse for my views against Mashley, the only two now who still have a go are the ‘orrible pair of tw@ts Low full meg and Tootsie from Benwell, I think every man and his dog know what he’s up to now, even bills son is quiet of late.

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  • Tsunki

    Sep 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    And Ed. That’s “struggle for the 3rd time in the last 3 seasons” I believe. 😉 we’ve not been convincing for a good while imo.

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  • JAMSHA(PARDEW SLAYER)

    Sep 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Hi,,,,,, ashely out n pardew to…bye

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  • Sav

    Sep 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    We are where we are so may as well look on the positive until the January window opens. De Jong’s injury could be opportunity to put Perez on with Riviere instead of replacing him for the last 20. Aarons’ good form is a bonus none of us expected. As for Cabella finding his feet I’m only surprised that anyone is surprised at this. As long as Haidara stays fit, Santon won’t be missed and he could have a great partnership down our left with Aarons.
    Newcastle have often in the past gone for the ‘one creative in the middle’, as if one talent can turn a team of lumpen players into a fluid side. Geordie ‘total football’. This was always nonsense. In fact, every one player who is not comfortable on the ball is closing at least 3 potential triangles. Willo is one who we put up with for his other attributes. Keep Haidara in the side as we can’t afford another.
    The other urgent requirement is for someone to start delivering damaging set-pieces and our being able to take advantage. This season will be more about survival than Europa. We are going to need any edge we can get. And Tiote can’t come back into the side quick enough to let Sissoko and Colback push on and force some goals..

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  • Sav

    Sep 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Tiote, Colback and Sissoko is still a really good midfield with Aarons and Cabella and either of those 2 able to be replaced bu Gouffran or Perez and Abeid able to sub in the middle. But we have to be able to get people in and around Riviere – he can’t be expected to deliver on his own.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 6, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #10

    We must be the only club when we get the chance to strengthen the team we weaken it … Need Experience players we let them go and bring Non premier league experienced players in… I hate to say it but why did we not give shola a 12 month rolling contract ??? He can hold the ball up etc etc we would have been better against crystal palace with him etc … To Many Excuses when we get battered its going to be the squad is to young etc etc Pardew Please Leave !!!!!! I have seen a Farm hand job for you on a Farm Shoveling loads of Bull S£$%^& So You Have Plenty Experience there son !!!! I can get you 52000 refrences for the job !!!!

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  • toonluvva

    Sep 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    To me there are 2 reasons why we will have a difficult season.

    1. We failed to bring in a prolific striker.

    2. We failed to bring in a decent centre back.

    Therefore we will leak goals at one head without scoring at the other.

    Come January, Mr Ashley will probably be forced to go back into the market to remedy the above. Once again this smacks of poor planning.

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  • jimmygscot

    Sep 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Toonluvva you are right we have needed a good CB for 3 seasons.
    hopefully De Jong will be back in time for the relegation battle at the end of the season!

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  • blumile

    Sep 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Sav –

    That is the most spot on comment ive seen and basically sums up all of my feelings. though we could make something positive we just dont.

    it seems so simple to fix, i really dont understand what they cant see. despite how depressing our ambition is now.

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