We have already seen some improvement in the Newcastle defense this season, although to be honest the two goals we conceded at West Ham on Monday night were very poor goals to concede.
But we’ve also seen in the two league games before that, Newcastle putting in two fantastic rearguard actions at Manchester United and at home to Arsenal when we played a large part of the game with 10 men.
We conceded only one goal in those two games – and then came Monday night.
Ian Cathro – no – that way – that´s where the goal is
But Newcastle have failed to score for four league games, and our last league goal goes way back to when Gini Wijnaldum put us ahead 2-1 in the first game at home to Southampton, and that was early in the second half.
It´s very likely that Ayoze Perez will get a start on Saturday in place of Papiss Cisse, and we´d also like to see Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons get a start against Watford.
We cannot win games if we cannot score goals, so it’s interesting that when Newcastle returned to training today at Benton, Ian Cathro, our young 29 year-old coach was put in charge of the forwards.
So that says something about what McClaren thinks of the young coach, who seemed to make an impact with the defense in pre-season.
Ian Cathro today had the players doing one-touch passing drills as a warm-up before working on crossing and shooting (about time) – according to local reports.
Ian Cathro is highly regarded as a coach and for one so young he already has an excellent name in coaching – after joining Newcastle after leaving his position as assistant manager at Valencia.
Who knows Ian wants his next step to be as a head coach somewhere – and there´s a possibility that if he does well at Newcastle he could be offered that job down the road.
And let´s say this – if Newcastle win 5-0 on Saturday – Hail to Cathro!!
What do you think?