Newcastle have had a good bench lately and it gives Steve McClaren an opportunity to change the game in the second half if he needs to – with some good players coming in.
Three such players on the bench at the moment are new £12M signing Florian Thauvin, Siem de Jong and veteran Papiss Cisse – who may be able to get us some goals from the bench – as he did so well for us last season.
Papiss Cisse – been frustrating for him
McClaren is settling on players like Mitrovic, Perez, Wijnaldum and Sissoko starting the games lately and it seems difficult for these three fringe players to make much of an impact at the moment.
Steve was asked about Thauvin and whether he was a long way from starting for Newcastle again:
“No, not at all.” “He came on against Sunderland and showed what he can do.” “He’s training well, as they all are, and that’s what you need.”
“I always talk not about the XI but about the whole squad – that’s what’s most important. We have good players on the periphery of the team – Cisse, de Jong, Thauvin.”
“We always stress the most important people are sat on the bench ready to come on, and that’s what we want to see when they get an opportunity.”
“Cisse’s doing well although it has been frustrating for him.” “Mitro has come in and has become an instant hit with the fans but Papiss is responding great.”
“Weeks ago people talked about him and Cheick Tiote – the stories of this that and the other – but Cheick has been a breath of fresh air.”
“Papiss has kept his performance levels up and his mood – he just has to wait his opportunity.”
McClaren has always talked this season about the squad that´s the important thing, but it´s hard to see that our most important players are on the bench – that seems a hard sell to players like Cisse, Thauvin and de Jong – who must be feeling frustrated at the moment.
When the side are winning it´s easier to understand why you are on the bench but Newcastle are not winning, and in fact we have just one league win all season.
Last week against Stoke was a perfect time for a sub to come in and score a goal so we could have taken all 3 points, but unfortunately that didn´t happen.
But maybe today that will happen at Bournemouth in what is a crucial game for the Newcastle side.
We have to win today otherwise we will remain in the bottom three in the league table and our next game at home to Leicester is a long two weeks away.
Here´s hoping for all 3 points.,