While we haven’t got many points on the board Newcastle have played three or four decent games this season, when the team has looked resilient, but they have been few and far between.
Steve McClaren and the coaches must work on the defense and try to get the side playing better than we’ve performed in the first eight games and conceded a massive 17 goals already this season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – a budding leader at the club
If we are to recover before the end of this year – which has been a disastrous time for Newcastle United – then we have to do two things – tighten up at the back and start scoring some goals.
The player who can help us recover at the back has to be captain Fabricio Coloccini, but he’s shown only the glimpses of the form he is capable of so far this season.
The Argentine has loads of experience and he can help steady the back four if he can get back to some decent form.
It didn’t help that Steven Taylor is again out with injury – this time a hamstring strain that will keep him out of the side until December.
Steven is one of five players who are out of the side at the moment with hamstring injuries.
Coloccini is our best bet in defense until January comes around when the club will try to bring in a top center-back – something we should have done in the summer.
Up front, the guy who can really become a talisman at the club is Aleksandar Mitrovic who has shown great spirit in the last couple of games.
His budding partnership with Ayoze Perez is looking good and the 21 year-old talked about that after the Manchester City hammering:
“He understands me, I understand him. We show on the training field we understand each other.”
“We train together, we work together and we speak all the time. We can help each other. I like him so much, he’s a funny guy and we work together well.”
Newcastle are short of leaders – and we knew that with the way the team was performing under John Carver – but nothing has been done to address that.
But the Serbian International can lift the Newcastle players at least in two ways.
One is by scoring the goals which he did at Manchester City with a great header.
The other is by his infectious energy and hard work on the pitch.
This lad works his socks off for Newcastle and if only the other Newcastle players would follow his example we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in right now.
Fabricio Coloccini and Aleksandar Mitrovic can get us out of this mess before the end of the year.
One is the oldest player in the side who has been at the club for seven years and the other is the youngest player who has only just joined Newcastle.
If they can get us up that league table before the end of the year it will be a huge relief to Newcastle fans, because at the moment it looks like we may be headed for relegation this season.
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