The players we signed in the summer for the first team – Gini Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin – all came from teams who were basically fighting at the top of their leagues for the title.
Gini led PSV to the Dutch Championship and was also the Dutch Player of the Year and Mitrovic and Mbemba had Anderlecht in 3rd place in the Belgian Pro League.
Florian Thauvin´s Marseille were 4th in Ligue 1 in France.
Georginio Wijnaldum – not used to fighting relegation
So they are not used to fighting a relegation battle, and that´s what we are in again this season at Newcastle – and we have to say we are shocked that has happened after least season´s complete and utter nightmare.
Fabricio Coloccini has talked a lot since the second defeat in a row at West Brom on Monday afternoon and he´s had this to say about the new summer arrivals when asked if they are suited to a relegation battle:
“I think some of them start to learn now, they have not been in this situation. They played for top teams in other leagues.”
“It’s a different experience for them but they have to know this is very difficult.” “It’s a tough Premier League season and it’s going to be tougher if we don’t do the right things.”
“Most of them are learning quickly, like Chancel and a few who came this season.” “We don’t have time, now we have to improve as quickly as possible because we are in the middle of the season and we need points.”
“We have to try to do it as soon as possible. We need to improve things and quickly because if we don’t then we’re going to be in trouble.”
“Two months ago we said it was still a long season, a long way, now we’re in the middle of the season and we need to improve because the end is coming.”
“We have to watch carefully and try to improve for next year because we want to be safe.” “We’re disappointed because the way we lost is difficult. It’s the second time it’s happened.”
“There are things we need to improve. It’s very difficult but we have the strength to get out of the situation.”
“We had a few games against Tottenham and Liverpool where we did well against top teams.”
We have a tough game at Arsenal next up but that´s always been a difficult fixture for Newcastle and the game could be over in the first 20 minutes, because you know Arsenal will come gunning for us early in the game (couldn’t´t resist that).
But those are some of the dangers in Newcastle´s transfer policy of getting cheaper players in from the continent – they take time to adjust.
And if we are in a relegation battle it´s a very tough thing for them, because it´s something they have never gone through in their careers.
Welcome to Newcastle – and we appear to be sinking fast unless things can be turned around rather quickly.
Some early signings in January would help us, but we don´t have much confidence in those who are leading the club from the top – and that´s completely based on past experience.
We hope Newcastle bring some good players in next month – but players who can produce immediately for the side – that´s what we need.
It´s also good to see our captain finally speaking out – Colo needs to keep doing that.