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Achilles Heel Already Costing Newcastle This Season

8:46 am, Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

It seems like the same old Newcastle this season as we seen in the last three seasons – our defense is too weak and we find it difficult to score goals.

But maybe after the 6-2 win against Norwich City we are finding a way to score more goals but we were shut out last Sunday at Sunderland – of all places – in the 3-0 loss.

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Ayoze Perez – improving all the time

But there again a potential win was taken away from us by the referee´s mistakes – but we have to let that go now.

3 points against Stoke City tomorrow is what we want to see but which Newcastle side will turn up for that game?

Ayoze Perez has continued his improvement from last season and he is forming a potentially potent partnership up front with new boy Aleksandar Mitrovic.

With Gini Wijnaldum starting to look like a very good player in the Premier League there is some hope but the defense continues to be a real weakness.

We have already conceded a massive 22 goals in the Premier League after just 10 games played – the worst in the Premier League with Bournemouth – who are newly promoted.

Why didn’t we strengthen the defense more in last summer´s transfer window?

Ayoze Perez understands that we ship too many goals and have to score some to get some points – but it´s a great pity our defense is still the Achilles heel of the team.

Our goal difference after just 10 games is already -11, which is the worst in the Premier League – again tied with Bournemouth.


This is what the 22 year-old has said:

“We have to think what’s going on is because we’ve conceded too many goals,”

“But I think this is the way to play because we are better than many good teams, so we have to stay together now and think about Stoke.”

“We have Stoke at home, one more chance to show what we can do and always fight to win.”

What we really need tomorrow at St. James’ Park is a blow-out performance from Newcastle and if we can play well and get all 3 points then fans will be a lot more confident for the season.

At the moment we don´t know if we are going to be a decent side and that we are slowly but steadily improving – or whether we are simply not good enough and could be locked in a relegation fight all season.

After last season´s living nightmare, we were hoping for something better than this.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Reyantoon // Oct 30, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    hibbit – sorry lad,Showcross is no better than Colo!
    Lilon – the problem is there is no one in the market who you can acquire to be a commanding cb clone to your budget atm.If I were a scout, I’d face difficulty to pick one as well.That is the main reason they forced to extend coloccini’s contract!!

  • 2 hibbitt // Oct 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    reyan……..we can judge on saturday ……..i would take shawcross over colo every time

  • 3 giimps // Oct 30, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    The problem is a catch 22
    A decent CB who commands and has height and pace becomes that due to experience , we don’t buy players of that ilk, we buy players with the potential to become that
    Until we start buying players without looking at a potential sell on value we wil struggle to find the balance required.
    I understand why Collo was kept on, though it was a risk ,it may have been even riskier to bring in 2 inexperienced CB with potential but great sell on value increase.
    Mbemba is a decent CB, Dummet can be a decent CB ,as can (i know il get slated for this but here goes anyway) Tayls but none of them are experienced enough to be the leader on the pitch, that is what we need ( the Collo of old if you were) that was the risk by the club, hoping Shcteeve could get Collo playing the way he was when he was 26-28

  • 4 Sav // Oct 30, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    A dominant DCM playing in front of our CBs would help.

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