It was obvious to most fans when September rolled around, that because we hadn’t replaced Loic Remy that we would struggle to score goals this season – and we have – and Newcastle have only scored 19 goals in 18 league games.
It’s really not rocket science.
Louis van Gaal and Alan Pardew before the game today
Alan Pardew is now continuing to make noises that we need some players brought in over the January window – and a good striker is a must.
This is what Alan said after the 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford today:
“I said in the summer we needed another striker, and I think it’s important we do need to bring another striker in,” “We need to score more goals.”
“I’m not going to criticize of my players,” “I thought we were committed.” “This is a tough place to come. I thought the performance of some of my players was outstanding, Perez in particular.”
“But I think we need to defend better. That was probably where we came unstuck. We’ve defended very well this year, but we were a litle bit loose and we need to tighten up.”
“We need to stabilize our position, and we need to get some players back.” “Nine senior players were not involved – that’s too many.” “I’ve had that for a good two and a half months now.”
“Maybe in January we need to get one or two in just to make sure we push on in the second half of the season.”
Alan Pardew and the coaches should also be asking the question – why have we been without nine players with injury for two months – we’re sure it’s not just bad luck.
And it wouldn’t surprise us if Mike Williamson – the Player of the Season last season – comes in for Steven Taylor on Sunday in central defense.
We’ve dropped down to 10th place in the league table, and lost our last three league games, but we should be able to get some points against Everton and Burnley at home, in the next couple of games.
Those words above from Alan are for the benefit of Mr Ashley and Mr Charnley, who control the purse strings at Newcastle.
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