There were too many players last night in London who had ordinary games for Newcastle and just didn’t look sharp enough, and since Steve McClaren has some good players on the bench it may be time to shake the side up – in midfield and up front a little – so we have more of a chance of scoring some goals.
We have gone over 400 minutes playing in the Premier League without scoring a goal. and Steve McClaren and company will have to get to grips with that in training this week.
Siem de Jong in action last night
We don’t expect wholesale changes on Saturday, but we thought both Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong looked good when they came on after 60 minutes last night, and both deserve a start on Saturday..
In our poll after the game for Newcastle best player Perez and de Jong are second and fourth respectively – so the fans thought they looked good too last night.
That’s one of the things the head coach can do when there is an off performance like last night, give some of the good subs a start – and keep that competition for places keen.
Steve could also look at whether Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback are the best two choices for the two holding positions at the back.
Newcastle have a number of our midfield players who can play the holding role at the back – so that’s probably another consideration for the head coach.
Steve McClaren could even go with a 4-4-2 formation on Saturday, but it would seem we need Aleksandar Mitrovic in for that to work – maybe a Mitrovic – Cisse or Mitrovic – Perez partnership could bring us some goals in the future?
What changes would you make to the team for the game against Watford on Saturday?