John Carver still seems to be getting to grips with why some of our players just seem to freeze in the derby games against Sunderland, and it happened again last time out when Sunderland got only their fifth win of the season, and two of those have been against Newcastle.
The Black Cats have done the double over Newcastle for the last two seasons – but enough of that – we are about to play a good side tonight at Anfield.
Mike Ashley likes a bargain
But English players tend to be over-priced
Newcastle in the past have invested heavily in the French market, and we are now scouting heavily in the Spanish, Belgium and German markets for new players in the summer.
And one reason we’ve had that policy in place is that English players tend to be over-priced and too expensive for owner Mike Ashley.
This is what John Carver has said about players coming in from the continent:
“If you’re dealing in the French, German or Spanish market, then it’s very difficult to find out a little bit about their personality, about how they are around the place.”
“It’s easy if you’re dealing with a British club. I could pick up the phone to Steve Clarke at Reading and say ‘what’s X, Y or Z like?’ (and he would say) ‘ah, he’s a great lad blah blah’.”
“With the amount of foreign players coming in now, it’s a tougher situation, but you have to try and do as much due diligence if you can to find out as much as you can about the player.”
“Normally, there’s a way of doing it if you go to the stadium. I’ve done this in the past when I’ve gone to watch a player and you’re sitting with the fans sometimes and you actually start having a conversation about them and you try and find out a little bit about their character.”
“That’s one way of doing it, but you’re not going to get everybody right.” “But you’ve got to try and do as much homework as you can and find out about their personality, because we’ve lost five derby games.”
“So there’s something within the make up within this group of players, and I say within their DNA, that when it comes to a derby game, there’s something not right.” “There’s something not right within their make up.”
“No matter how hard you try and no matter what you try and do, it’s an issue.” “What I will say is that I’ve been delighted with the response of them in the sense of the disappointment.”
“They know and they’re hurting – and they should be hurting, as I am. As we all are. I’ve seen that. But, actions speak louder than words.”
So it seems if we are understanding Dr. John correctly – some of our foreign players have DNA which makes them play poorly in games against Sunderland.
Yes – that would explain it.
And we cannot think of a time before a game, when John Carver hasn’t said the lads have been looking good the previous week and have been training well – so we will take that with a pinch of salt.
The players need to make up for the embarrassment of last Sunday – the first time we have ever lost five games in a row to Sunderland – and it’s a Sunderland side who have been struggling with relegation for the last three years.
So what does that say of some of the Newcastle players?
As John says – actions speak louder than words – so we’ll see how our lads perform tonight.
But it does look like we may see more English players coming in over the summer, but we have to think they will be younger players.
That’s because it’s hard to see Mike Ashley paying out the big money it takes to get say get a current English International to Newcastle.
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