While Newcastle have looked a fairly solid team in the last three games, we haven’t been threatening enough up front, and the team hasn’t created enough chances, and in the 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night, we had only one shot on target in the whole game, and Papiss Cisse scored from that with a good header late in the first half.
Papiss Cisse after scoring on Wednesday
Newcastle have lost four good French players since the start of last year, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and the only one we have really replaced is Debuchy, by bringing in Daryl Janmaat, who has certainly looked the part in a Newcastle shirt.
Loic was only on loan last season, but Newcastle received around £37M for the other three in transfer fees, and we paid out £5M for Janmaat.
It could be said that Siem de Jong was kind of a replacement for Yohan, and he cost £6M from Ajax, but Siem has hardly played for us this season.
Siem de Jong would have given us some of that much needed creativity, but it looks like the Dutchman will miss nearly all the season, after suffering a collapsed lung earlier this week, for the second time in 18 months.
So we can only hope Siem is fit for us next season, but we should still be adding more creativity in central midfield this summer.
Newcastle been operating with one striker short all season, and one central defender short, which is now two since Steven Taylor was injured again and is out for the rest of the season.
But the area where we are hurting the most in of late is creativity in midfield, and in both the last two games we struggled to create chances.
There’s no way Mike Ashley would pay £20M to bring 29 year-old Yohan back to Newcastle, but there should be some creative younger players available who we can bring in.
We were after Clement Grenier of Lyon a year ago, but the 24 year-old suffered a recurrence of his groin injury in early August, and hasn’t played for the French club since.
But there are also other players Newcastle could sign in the summer, who can offer more creativity.
So in the summer hopefully Newcastle can bring in a top striker and a top center-back, but we also need a creative central midfielder to effectively replace Yohan Cabaye.
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