Yesterday’s display at St. James’ Park was worse than a lot of fans expected – we at least looked forward to a committed display from the Newcastle tram, whoever started yesterday.
As it started out Steve McClaren made only one change from the side that lost badly at Tottenham last Monday night and it was a surprise that Papiss Cisse was still the lone striker up front.
Siem de Jong – still acclimatizing to English football
Four minutes after striker Odion Ighalo had out Watford ahead ion the game Papiss Cisse had ane excellent chance to equalize when he was through in the inside left position but he hit his shot well wide, and we did´t see much from Papiss in the first half as Newcastle went in at half time to boos from the crowd.
Papiss was replaced by Siem de Jong and while Newcastle tried to come back we are still like last season – pitiful in front of goal and it was right-back Daryl Janmaat who got a good goal for us after 62 minutes, and five minutes later brought a great save out of goalkeeper Gomes.
What we still didn´t see are any leaders on the pitch, and Colo had another poor game – as he had on Monday night.
Deeney and Ighalo were far too good for our poor defense.
And we suppose players like Siem de Jong and Gini Wijnaldum, who joined Newcastle after captaining their clubs Ajax and PSV respectively, they are still getting used to English football.
Of the four new players only Chancel Mbemba is producing for the team at the moment and our defense is still leaking goals.
McClaren will have to somehow get the best out of the players he has available, but if we are going to bring in players in January they shouldn´t be cheaper untried players from the continent.
Charlie Austin may be able to help us – but it´s also clear we should have brought in another top center-back in addition to Mbemba.
Left back also needs strengthening with Haidara giving the ball away for the first goal, and the Frenchman did not have a good game.
Massadio is good going forward, but his defensive game needs to improve.
We leak too many goals and have difficulty scoring goals.
That´s what our problems have been for the last three seasons.
They haven´t been fixed and we still don´t have enough leaders on the field.
It seems like deja vu all over again at Newcastle.