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9:40 am, Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

Newcastle have gone over four league games without scoring – 402 minutes to be exact – and when interviewed in the Chronicle today, Gini was told about that poor statistic.

Gini Wijnaldum has started every league game so far for Newcastle but he is still struggling with getting to grips with the Premier League, but he was willing to talk to the press after the poor display Newcastle put in at Upton Park last Monday night.

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Georginio Wijnaldum in action Monday night

He has been interviewed in the Chronicle and when told we hadn’t scored for 402 minutes in the league,  this is how he responded:

“It seems like a long time ago, because it was a long time ago!” “We have to fight hard and make more goals and chances.”

“If we don’t start doing this we can’t win games.” “In the final third we know we have to create more because two goals in five games is not a lot.”

“We didn’t start well in the first half and after it they got the early goal.” “After that we put ourselves in a better position but did not create a lot of chances.”

“We created a few, but compared to previous games we know we need to create more. We didn’t score and from the first half that is the only thing we were disappointed about.”

“The second half was not good overall.” “We began the second half by conceding a goal.” “After that we didn’t do enough to fix it.”

“It’s a quick turnaround because we only played on Monday.” “We have to go back to the way we were playing.”

“It was an off day. The good thing with the Premier League is that there are so many games.” “You can quickly show how good you are.”

“I have been really impressed with the fans. We must give them something back now.” “They have supported us from the beginning and the away games too.”

“When we look over to the away fans,  it’s always full so we know what we have to do for them.”

Maybe Gini can add to that one goal he scored against Southampton in our first game of the season, which is the last time Newcastle  scored in the Premier League.

That’s not a good stat and hopefully the lads can put that right tomorrow.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Interview · Newcastle News · Premier League · Press

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    But whatever you think about Cisse’s style or touch it’s proven that he can score goals if supported and the team plays to him. We should be setting up that way because the striker is the focal point for the job, not defending at all costs. That’s true if you have a thundering striker who can turn and pile drive one from 25 yards or bullet headers in, or whether he’s a sneaky, tap-in opportunist. Michael Owen in his day was lethal but what was his game? They’re all different but it’s the clinical eye for finishing that counts. He needs proper support and I’m afraid our weakness is and has been for years our disjointed midfield.

  • 2 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Georgino do you know how many ‘ bad days at the office’ we’ve strung together? We’ve been doing it for a few seasons now matey. Welcome to the current nufc.

  • 3 hibbit // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Tsunki not sure your right there the crowd have been great got behind the team 100% if the team show they want to win and put the effort in the fans will do there bit…….but if monday’s team turn up it could turn into a nightmare for them and a very long 90 mins ………this is the game most fans think we should win

  • 4 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Hibbit we all know what happens at SJP if the game grinds on as a defensive show from the visitors, and we don’t get a shot off for half an hour. it’s Balti pie time, and a good chance to get some shut-eye. If Watford silence the crowd, if will silence our heartless team. FACT! Probably the best thing all round is for them to score an early goal. Then the crowd will get going.

  • 5 hibbit // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    tsunki have you been to a game this season the crowd have been very vocal so far 100% behind the team

  • 6 jimmysmith // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Can’t wait for Saturday. Crunch game for our fortunes this season. I remain a believer in this group, although my faith in McClaren has slightly wavered,even if it is only a little, but a loss at home to Watford and I’d ruefully have to accept we will not be the side I had thought and hoped for. HWTL

  • 7 bettyswallocks // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Rotunda……. Does that mean you have written McClaren off then?

  • 8 Bambams // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    I have watched the Hammers game again.
    I have to agree with a few of the fellow bloggers.
    Anita and Colback together does not work.
    Sissoko needs a kick up the backside.
    SDJ and Perez MUST start against Watford
    Cisse was worse than I thought he was when I watched the game live.
    Krul’s kicking is woeful

    Mbemba, Janmaat were ok, Haidara does not get back quickly enough

    Thauvin hardly got the ball in the first half….

    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Haidara
    Thauvin Wini Aarons
    SDJ Perez

    We need (imo) to get Wini and SDJ as a partnership on the pitch, the sooner they get that pass and move link ups with Perez – the better.

    I know this is a bit attacking, but we set up so defensive that we hardly ever spend time attacking. Giving the impetus to the opposition.

    Anyway that’s what I would try…

  • 9 Sack Llambias // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Is this a declaration of a conflict of interest ?

    18MacToon // Sep 17, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    I haven’t spoke with Jail away from this blog for quite a while now and only posted on here tonight because his character was being attacked. Obviously Jail did what he said, that for me was never in question but he’s felt it necessary to provide proof and I will quite happily pass that on if jail permits.

    For me though this wum, troll has got what he’s wanted, he is certainly no toonbrother of mine.

  • 10 Graeme // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Bambams – but we hardly ever spend time defending either!!! How many goals have they conceded in the last 3 seasons??
    The defence is a shambles.

  • 11 Rotonda heights // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:48 AM


    got to be honest, like many people i was severly underwhelmed by SM’s appointment and have always thought and still do that we need a modern up and coming foreign technical coach like a tuchel or similar.

    However, I bought into SM’s approach, personality, appointment of cathro and the new signings.

    It’s early days but when you see us completely out footballed by the likes of swansea and west ham and the still same totally negative style, Soto game apart, you do start to wonder.

  • 12 Ron Knee // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    I don’t think any coach would thrive under the current regime.

  • 13 AncientC // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Isn’t it curious how the ‘intensity of the Premier League’ and ‘pace of the English game’ is always cited when referring to foreign players who are underperforming.

    Strange how foreign players have little problems in dispatching of English clubs in the European competitions. How do they deal with the intensity and pace of the English sides I wonder.

    The problem isn’t Wijnaldum.

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    i worry that like pardew, sm may have his seemingly undroppable favourites, regardless of form, like colback, or what they do or don’t create.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM


    agreed, but tbf he’s had a fair bit of coin.

  • 16 croftus5678 // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    @10 graham

    last year our weakness was our goals conceeded / goals scored and chances created !

    woefull in all 3 departments tbh and n paper when i looked our team had lots of goals from midfield and lots of chances created and with macca being a very very good defencive coach ect with a new high class addition i’m optomistic our defence has improved which tbh there is evidence for.

    time/confidence and belief is what and all it will take and we need to get the old way of thinking out of cisse / tiote ect ect and work for eachother off the ball instead of standing still in one place.

  • 17 Bobbybee // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:56 AM


    Janmaat. Mbemba Collo. Haidarra


    Aarons. Sissoko. Thauvin


    No need for two holding midfielders at home to Watford imo. We need goals, this should get them

  • 18 Ron Knee // Sep 18, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    I think it’s the policy of lowering the wage bill that is the problem. They don’t want to buy players with PL experience because the wage bill is too high. They prefer to gamble on players like Thauvin, who may or not come good. It’s short-sighted lunacy.

  • 19 BandB // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    It appears the blog isn’t going to be allowed to function unless it reverts to talking about approved topics.
    Interesting discussion this morning boys. Keep it up.

  • 20 Bobbybee // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Ancient, I think that when English clubs play in Europe, thet slow it down to the pace more suited to the opposition for some reason. I can’t recall too many games when a side from the PL has played at PL pace in the CL or EL.

  • 21 bladeuser // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Why should we beat Watford as far as I am concerned Watford fans will b thinking exactly the same let’s get an away win
    We are no great shakes anymore and have.nt been for years
    Watch our away games shots from the home team rain in the defence is pulled all over the place but watch an apparently lesser team at the top four they might lose but don’t have 25 shots raining in and have there keeper as man of the match let’s face it we r shit now shit defence shit strikers boring defensive midfielders and and the same goes for Steve Mac so all u bloggers thinking this is a home banker what r u on its more like an away banker

  • 22 BandB // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Can I make a plea?
    I think everyone who is interested probably made their minds up about the Toonbrother/ Jail bet days ago.
    There’s a crucial game tomorrow, and I’d really like to read people’s thoughts on that today.

  • 23 Mick // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    I’m glad you made that point because we have spent quite a tidy little some and we haven’t sold any first teamers either, mind it could be argued that 2 or 3 may be with us in body but soul is questionable, however that’s another topic, so by rights we should have a stronger team and a stronger squad as well, but have we, quite simply yes we have but so far Macca has not allowed us to see it, all managers make mistakes, there human like the rest of us, but to continually play Anita and Colback together whilst also having Sissoko who is by nature and preference is a DM and Gini who is a box to box midfielder in the same side then all we can expect is very little as an attacking side, out of the front 6 we have 4 who have made there name with an ability to defend being quite prominent in their game, Pardew’s team selections have put Macca’s to shame from what we have seen so far, and that say’s a lot.

    A couple of weeks back Sissoko was getting murdered for allegedly saying that Palace were a bigger club than us, that was bollocks mind as he never said that if you read the full interview, anyway when reading the interview what he did say was that he was in competition with Cabaye, Matuidi, Pogba and Schneiderlin, how many of them are right wingers ?, we need to play 2 from Sissoko, Tiote and Gini and allow De Jong to take the number 10 role, the remaining 3 roles would then be between Aarons, Thauvin, Mitrovic (when cards allow), Perez and Cisse.

    Pardew had us comfortably just above mid-table when he left, Macca has the same as what Pardew had with an extra £50m+ added to the squad yet we are bottom of the league and will probably get a nose bleed if we venture far enough up the pitch to have a shot on goal.

    I am not righting him off just yet, but he needs to improve, and very quickly, and if Anita is Macca’s equivalent to Pardew’s Gouffran then god help us, Anita is slow, cannot pass the ball, cannot tackle, naturally he is no good in the air, what does he actually do.

  • 24 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    The majority of the Watford defense would honour a bet made with Toonbrother———————- Ha ha ha

  • 25 BandB // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Sorry if that killed the discussion lads. It wasn’t aimed at you, but at preventing another fruitless score-settling session later.

  • 26 Mick // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    I’m new to the site, what was the bet ?

  • 27 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    morning all
    at the end of last season when maccas name was starting to get heavily linked with nufc i like alot of other fans were not exactly blown away by the thought of him taking over…it seemed like a step across as apposed to a step up…but he’s here now and i’ll give him time and support the team,been impressed with what he’s had to say tbo,the quality of the coachs seems to be high from all reports,not that i know one coach from another but they seemed to be highly thought of in the game,transfers were slow to start due to the coach appointments and so on but been impressed with the signings,some for the quality they’ve shown and the rest for the potential ,seems to be a change in attitude from the club to do things better then have in past lets see what they do in the next couple of transfer windows….whether they keep doing it is still to be seen but im hopeful.
    the start of the season was tough.. southampton had a few games on us so they were a little sharper and i believe that showed,the swansea game was done when janmaat sent off.. if not before,man utd.. was impressed with the defense display but barely threatened and can say the same for arsenal but west ham was let down by the performance,very very poor…things will take time and might take upsetting players and fans alike to get the best shape and attitudes to get results….i hope macca has the strength of character to change something if he see’s a recurring problem or my apprehension about him coming in last season will proved right…hoping for a solid performance,attacking flair on saturday to set us up for another tough patch of games

  • 28 hibbit // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    we can only put a team out with players we have its a pity half of them are dead wood as for the money spent why do we persist in buying players we dont need yet ignore the positions we do need……. how much say does Mc have in picking/buying players very little i think

  • 29 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    teams for sat

    the side i think we’ll see

  • 30 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    hope we get a result or there will be a tonne of pressure on which wont help….a performance is required for confidence

  • 31 Malackay // Sep 18, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    I’d try:

    ————– Krul—————-

    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Colback

    ——–Anita — Gini ———-

    Thauvin—– SDJ ——–Aarons

    ————- Perez —————

    I’ll get stick for the Colback at LB argument, but not doing it in CM and as most of you know, I’m not a Haidara fan.

  • 32 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    just your opinion…..u should’nt get stick…but right you myt do!lol

  • 33 Lindisfarne // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    We can not carry Cisse as a starter anymore, he can complain about service but he isn’t contributing to the team effort. I would be excited tomorrow by a front two of Perez and Aarons, with de Jong behind them to bring some control to proceedings. Cisse and Thauvin could then be used as subs depending on the condition of the game.

    A midfield three should be enough to cope with Watford, as well as providing support beyond de Jong they must also ensure any quick counter attacks are snubbed out. IMO the full backs also need to concentrate on defending and should not be consistently in or around the opposition penalty area.

  • 34 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    the team u’d like to see…,the team u expect to do you think it will go?

  • 35 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    would like to see 2 up front but im half expecting the same side

  • 36 Mick // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    is Colback and Anita not a recurring problem, they with Gini(who I think could be a great player for us) are ever-present in the league, how many clear cut chances have been created for our striker(s), we are way too over-cautious, we have the talent and the players to get at teams but with possibly as many as 9 defensive type of players in the side then we will struggle, look at Gini if he drops deep, where is the Depay type who he is so used to, he ain’t there, Sissoko another DM is there.

  • 37 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    if macca keeps the same side and it goes tits up…i dont think he would get as much stick if he changed it the side coz at least he’s done something different

  • 38 Mick // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    why would you get stick for Colback at left back, it is an option, I’d rather Dummett as he can defend but I would say that being a non Haidara fan like yourself I have seen signs that Haidara may be improving his defensive work, granted it doesn’t take much to improve on zero but it is a start, I would be more inclined to give you stick for Anita, what does that man do, he can’t pass, he can’t tackle, unless the ball is two foot off the air he can’t head it either, what exactly does he do !

  • 39 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Not sure I totally agree but an interesting read

  • 40 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    it needed looking at…. hopefully he has changed it for this weekend…if you look at all the premier league games very little has been created so something has to give….im not convinced macca will tho……hope he proves me wrong….this game is’nt a foregone conclusion some people think it will be and if it goes tits up there’ll be hell on

  • 41 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    interesting but full backs are expected to join in the attacks ….just got to be balanced

  • 42 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    i would stick with haidara imo…has improved from start of the season but west ham was just a bad game by everyone….has’nt dummet brokedown again with his injury…myt be getting mixed up with someone else like

  • 43 Malackay // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:34 PM


    “Stick” perhaps the wrong word, but many on here seem to be fervent Haidara fans. Agree about Dummett, would offer much less offensively but so much more astute with defending – which is most important for a FB.

    I think Anita’s inclusion is entirely dependent on what sort of philosophy you’re trying to employ. If we are trying to be a dynamic counter attack side then he has no place in the team. If our focus is on possession, which appears to be the case, then Anita fits the mold. I think he is very good at controlling the tempo of the game and you could hear McClaren consistently shouting “keep the ball moving” at West Ham which is something Anita does very well as he takes few touches and doesn’t dwell on the ball unlike Colback.

  • 44 croftus5678 // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    i’m liking hairdryer the more i see him tbh !

    he’s now good at defending and crossing which is something santon was never good at imo so i’d stick with him throughout the season as he’s def not one of our weaker players.

    of our current starting 11 the weakest players are imo anita/cisse/obertan and tiote ! not saying there completely useless but they tend to be our most in-effective at their current form but they could hit there top form again for all i know as i’m no fortune teller.

    siem as highly as i rate him is also not mobile enough and should not ever come into our own half as it takes him out of the game completely as he’s not energetic enough to get back up field.

    sissoko / wijnaldum and colback are our complete do everything box to box midfielders so maybe we should look at using them to do everything.and have 3 up front !

  • 45 bettyswallocks // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Rotunda ….. I have to say that I much prefer McClaren as a person to the last two egotists we had at the helm. He seems a genuine , sincere person and doesn’t make our club all about him.
    I am hoping that he will find a system that proves successful and that he can see what many of us are pointing out on here.
    I still think that the squad is lacking in many areas and will try and reserve judgement on Schteve for the moment.


  • 46 Mick // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    he may well keep the ball moving but rarely is it forwards, and when it is it is usually waywards.

    This area with Anita in it is for me a serious problem, Swansea went at us and we had no answer to them, Anita and Colback were dreadful, whereas West Ham done the opposite they gave us the ball and said break us down if you can but if you can’t then we will punish you for it, and they done exactly that, the pair of them failed to stop Swansea and also failed to break down West Ham, and lets face it both of those sides are nothing special.

    I can seriously see us in an almighty relegation battle if we persist with the two of them, we have the talent with Perez, Mitrovic, Aarons, Thauvin and Cisse, play to your strengths as we can already see that playing to hide your weakness will result in a mixture of a few draws and a few losses, and that my good friend will see us relegated.

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:49 PM


    that said english player are ridiculously over priced.


    I replied a couple of threads back

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:51 PM


    scrub that, wrong thread!!!

  • 49 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Somebody was on here t’other day saying Janmaat’s best position was as wing back
    Perhaps home to Watford is time to star with 3 across the back with Mbemba as the CM enforcer

    ———-Taylor— Colo—- Haidara

    —Janmaat——-Mbemba ———Thauvin




  • 50 bladeuser // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Taylor is injured Again do u not read anything else but this blog

  • 51 Malackay // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:03 PM


    That back 3 would struggle in the Championship.

  • 52 magscar // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    I think only one of Colback Anita will be sacrificed by McClaren at least at start. Not sure we can operate with confidence just yet without one sitting. One thing is for sure it will have to be a side with attack attack attack ringing in their ears as they leave dressing room ( or I hope so as I will be there).

  • 53 bettyswallocks // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    I think Mc realises the need to pass the ball quickly and then move into space. But have we got the midfielders with the intelligence and ability to implement this.

    It must be frustrating for him to see the play constantly slowed down, it defo is for me.

  • 54 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    he was playing that position for holland in the world cup i believe…..i would like to see 3 5 2 if it does’nt work try something else….worth ago with the players we have

  • 55 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    It’s nice that people read what I post , I guess 🙁

  • 56 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    not exactly your team but the formation

  • 57 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    that would be my 3-5-2 for what its worth with the players available…it’ll never happen tho

  • 58 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    I’d love to see Chancel given the opportunity to play further forward – he defo has a good eye for a pass .

    Also if Thauvin is given a choice of target men heading towards goal ( in or out of the box ) you would see the best of him.

    In Mac we trust.

  • 59 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    we need him in defence coz its poor…nee point signing him if he was to play further forward……colo maybe as he’s gettin on but could do a holding job

  • 60 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    someone of chancels size speed and nowse is exactly the type of player we need in that holding position but not him maybe if they go out and sign 3or 4 defenders they might push him up but not at the minute

  • 61 Toonces // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    In regards to Cisse, he has no excuse bringing a bad attitude to the team. While his 11 goals in 22 games last season were very important to the club and keeping us up, of the 16 league games that he missed 11 were due to suspension caused by his lack of discipline. The elbow against Coleman and his spitfest with Evans undermine his stance that he should always be the starting striker. Would we have been as deep in the relegation hole if he had been available for those 11 games and perhaps knocked in 5 or 6 for us? He has a very short memory. McClaren’s clean slate not withstanding, Cisse needs to earn back a starting place and he can begin to do that by playing his heart out for the club and make the most of his opportunities.

  • 62 bettyswallocks // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    BandB……….. Glad to hear this morning’s blogging meets with your approval.

    It’s nice for you to find time to post as I heard you were heavily involved with the new Andrex commercial.

  • 63 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Well I would like to see a 3-5-2 but I doubt Thauvin could cover well enough for the back. Obertan (ok I know I know) might provide more speed but my problem here is sissoko. He just doesn’t fit well in a regular mid never mind a broad one like that. My problem is he’s a steam train that can split the field with a long run starting from deep, but unfortunately you don’t want him lying in front of defenders because he can’t ( or won’t) tackle. I’d drop him in this case.

  • 64 croftus5678 // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    @55 jib


    well done for being brave and changing things up though you just was missing obertan up front 😉

    4-3-3 for me


  • 65 Malackay // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    RE Cisse…. I may be inclined to keep him in there as he will be a lot more effective with the right kind of support. Although I prefer my earlier team post – a 4-4-2 option….


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Colback

    Thauvin Anita Gini Aarons

    Cisse Ayoze

    Aarons and Ayoze have to be given a chance in some way shape or form IMO, but our team perhaps doesn’t have the same goal threat without Cisse (+ support striker). Plus if you have two out and out wingers and we can play on the front foot – despite his attitude, Cisse WILL get goals.

  • 66 Jib // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    It is very easy to over-analyse footy and get lost in a welter of statistics that make the head spin.

    Nevertheless this article makes interesting reading.

  • 67 Reyantoon // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    I’m not big fan of Anita but to be fair,he improved a lot and played well so far this ssn.
    But i agree,McLaren should sacrifice him for one of Tiote or Perez.While Colback’s contribution is a lot more,usually unnoticed.But well worthy in limiting the damages that might happen.
    Tsunki…..i’m thinking of using Perez as lone striker as he played it already last season and was effective.And swapping Sissoko & Wijin’s
    position while keeping the rest as they are.
    May be Cisse can come later in the second hf.
    I’m not written off Cisse just yet,but seems his time has passed it interms of workrate and physical battle..

    Jan mbem colo haida
    Tiote colback
    wijni socks Thauvin

  • 68 magscar // Sep 18, 2015 at 1:55 PM


    Good call on Cisse and his suspensions. He is still playing with that beaming smile of his but as we know he is little more than a poacher and creates little for himself or space for runners. I suspect that if we had bagged another striker then we would have been more inclined to move him on.

    The staff are surely looking ahead in next few windows to change our forward play and whilst you have to accommodate players at times through injury and suspensions it isn’t something you want to work on every week.

    Similarly whilst 3 5 2 might be something to consider as season progresses given our start (expected or otherwise) I think it would be too radical with a side still struggling for confidence. I feel we will see something more that just a tweak to the side that failed to capitalise on good percentage of possession at West Ham but falling well short of a radical change in set up.

    I am not as unhappy as some with a 4 2 3 1 as it is by nature a flexible set up (clearly heavily dependent on the 2) and at it’s best can be a 4 5 1 or 4 3 3 when in possession.

    Where we have consistently fallen down is in turning possession into quick attacks before opposition have reformed. We need a ball player in centre midfield who can see and play without hesitation the necessary passes. Even a lay off by Anita or Colback to a better ball player can cost valuable time. Part of problem is also our poor movement when we regain possession as man on ball rarely has options.

  • 69 magscar // Sep 18, 2015 at 2:06 PM


    Whilst Sissoko can be a game changer they are far too rare occasions for my liking and I feel dropping him might enable other changes to work better. Getting Gini and De Jong to work in the same side should be a priority and losing Sissoko in side might be answer.

    His build and athleticism used to fool most of us (including me) into seeing another Viera or Toure in the making but I think all now see that was a mirage. Still can be effective but is getting less and less so and doesn’t step up to the plate when he is most needed.

    What effect would dropping him have on him? Could be interesting – the head shake he clearly needs or a monumental spitting out of dummy among some other reported disaffected senior players. With that final possibility in mind I think McClaren might forgo that change for now.

  • 70 SPRINGY // Sep 18, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    i think cisse would of been gone if they had gettin austin but they decided to wait and pick him up cheaper or nothing next year(no guarantee we’ll get him,unless already agreed on the quiet)…..i think cisse still angling for a move now is’nt there a transfer window open somewhere?…i believe there is but im not sure

  • 71 Tsunki // Sep 18, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Exactly why colback should be out. We only need one distributing player like him and Anita is better, and makes better quick choices. Colback cannot think quickly enough and tends to make negative passes, sideways to a dead end or back to a position where it has to be cleared, usually. At least Anita tries to move the ball around intelligently. it’s ok calling girl Tiote but there’s something very wrong there, I’m not sure he want s to play any more for us. Anyway he’s a bit of a negative, good at breaking play up but invites pressure due to lingering on the ball and spinning around. When he does release it it’s usually the worst option you can imagine lol.

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