Carver Confident – But Newcastle Woefully Short In This Position

Ayoze Perez becomes an important player while Papiss Cisse is out because with five goals he’s shown he can score goals and against good sides too – but it’s also putting a lot of pressure on one so young and inexperienced.

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Manu Riviere scoring penalty at Crystal Palace

On the other hand Riviere has yet to score in the Premier League this season after 14 league appearances, and he has scored two goals in the League Cup at Crystal Palace, and one of those was a penalty.

John Carver talked about Ayoze Perez yesterday in his press conference:

“Whether he is ready for it at the moment, only time will tell but we’ll find out on Sunday.”  “It has helped him having a bit of a break. There was an awful lot of pressure on this young lad coming from Tenerife and being thrown into our cauldron.”

“I thought he dealt with it well and it’s part of my job to deal with him, and one of the other young players – Adam Armstrong – to make sure they don’t disappear into the wilderness.

“When we signed him, we thought he would have a full season in the U-21 team developing. He was thrown in at the deep end and he dealt with it.”

“I could see him starting to look a little bit jaded, which is one of the reasons he was taken out of the firing line. We’ve seen it, even with senior, experienced players coming from another country.”

“It’s difficult it is for them to adapt physically.”  “I’m seeing that with one or two Arsenal players, for example – world-class players who are now finding the physical demands a bit tough.”

Papiss Cisse has made only 19 appearances for Newcastle this season and scored 11 league goals.

Ayoze Perez and Manu have together made 49 appearances with 7 goals between them – so that’s one goal in every 7 appearances.

And Cisse has one goal in every 1.7 appearances, so that says we will struggle to score goals without Papiss in the side, unless a player like Riviere can start to score some league goals for us.

We’ve been short of a striker all season, so when our top striker misses ten games this season through suspension and Papiss has also been out injured and at the African Cup of nations, that means Newcastle will find it difficult to score goals.

And that’s what’s happened – it’s not exactly rocket science but a lack of planing and foresight by men like Ashley and Charnley.

John Carver could also do a lot worse than give young Adam Armstrong an opportunity in the team.

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4 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 14, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Ian…We don’t know what you are, maybe being in two places at one time! Am I being too straight forward?

    …maybe you could write that in Danish 😉

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2


    ”John doesn’t like to make excuses” hahahahahahaha

    He’s just like any manager with only a 20% win ratio and is straight out of the Pardew book of excuses, although he hasn’t blamed science yet to be fair.

    Says he doesn’t like making excuses and then wades right into a load!!!

    Surely with all the sports science available, training should be more passive and more emphasis placed on technique and fitness , ie swimming, cycling etc. That as well as introducing other coaching methods from Spain, Brazil, Holland etc.

    Do we really deserve a guy in charge who offers the fans outside and like his predecessor seems to have no awareness of pass and move football.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 14, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #3

    it’s difficult to address and keep track of all the issues raised by people who introduce alter egos to support their theories

  • Sav

    Mar 14, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    More interested in seeing Perez get his chance than Rivi. I hope Perez isn’t forced out too wide to accommodate the frenchman as if there’s only one chance, I know who most fans would rather it fell to.


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