So far it doesn’t look like the £52M net spent in the summer has done much at all for the Newcastle side, with our defense still too weak and our attack not able to score enough goals.
Newcastle have the lowest number of points (3), the lowest number of goals scored (6) and the most goals conceded (17) and therefore the worst goal difference at -11, after only eight games played.
There’s nothing like the facts to concentrate the mind.
Lee Charnley Board must fix weaknesses – nothing else
According to Steve McClaren the Newcastle Board will shortly be reviewing the summer transfer window and figuring out what to do in January.
Newcastle didn’t really fully address our big problems in the summer when we should have brought in more defenders.
We are not only still too weak in defense, but too many of our defenders are injury prone – with Dummett, Haidara, Taylor and now Mbabu out injured again.
Three have hamstring injuries with Haidara having a knee problem.
To rely on Coloccini as one of the permanent center-backs looks like an error of judgment by McClaren although Fabricio can still come through for us and help steady the ship this season.
At the moment, it looks like a luxury that we let Remy Cabella go but brought in what looks like a very similar player in many ways in Florian Thauvin.
Why bring in Thauvin when a player of similar ability, temperament and physique had failed miserably in the Premier League last season?
We hope Thauvin comes through, but that’s always looked like a risky deal pushed through by Graham Carr.
Why didn’t we spend that money on a top center back or another striker to fix our weaknesses and balance the squad?
Two big problems we have had over the last 18 months or more are conceding too many goals and not being able to score goals.
So if we are to spend more big money in January the Newcastle Board have to be to fix the problems – they must address Newcastle weaknesses with the current squad.
It would also work if the players we bring in can go straight into the first team and start producing almost immediately.
Therefore signing British players or even players from the Bundesliga, where the football is as physical as in England, would seem to be a good ploy.
But the Newcastle Board of Directors – Lee Charnley, Steve McClaren, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur have to get real and start to fix the real problems we’ve had at the club now for far too long.
If they fail to do that in January there is a likelihood that we’ll be a Championship club come May – and it will have been our own fault.
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