Newcastle lost the game last night at home to Manchester United, and it means we have won only twice in the 10 games we have played this year with John Carver in charge of the team, and taken 9 points from our 9 league games.
Daryl Janmaat – great acquisition
Jack Colback missed the game through suspension, but he should return at Everton in our next game a week on Sunday, and the Toffees continued their poor form last night with another defeat at Stoke City by 2-0.
Daryl Janmaat is the only Newcastle player to start every league game this season, and he’s having a great first season for the club.
John Carver has talked about both new signings:
“He’s been outstanding along with Jack Colback,” “He’s been the most consistent.” “He’s a great lad and a great character. He’s quite lively.”
“What he is is a good defender, and he likes playing on the front foot.” “We’re trying to get him out of this habit of coming inside and hitting one with his left foot from 40 yards – that happens once a season.”
“When he does go on the outside, you get a bit of quality. That’s what we saw when we signed him.” “I think he had more pressing issues to sort out. He would have had his priorities.”
“Let’s not forget, when he came in he was talking about playing with three center-backs. Even as a wing back, he would have fitted into the system nicely.”
“He’s a top, top player. We lost a top player in Matty Debuchy, but replaced him with an exceptional player. That’s good news.”
Daryl has one goal and six assists in 30 appearances so far this season, and Jack Colback has 3 goals and 5 assists in 28 appearances.
Jack Colback – good season
So these two lads have been excellent signings for Newcastle United.
Newcastle must try to win at Goodison Park on Sunday, March 15th, because draws are not going to be enough to catch West Ham in 10th place, and they are four points better off than us with a better goal difference.
And we’ll have an advantage since Everton are playing in the Europa League on the previous Thursday – which is one reason they have struggled this season with the extra games.
Everton are at home on March 12th against Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their play-off game in the round of the last 16.
Newcastle have finished in the top eight only once in the last seven years under Mike Ashley, and since we are 7 points behind 8th placed Stoke City, it looks like we are not going to finish in the top eight this season.
That’s unless we go on a good winning streak over the final 10 games.
Maybe both Daryl and Jack can help us do that?
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