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Our Man Of The Match Should Keep His Place

6:34 am, Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

It was good to see Kevin Mbabu get a start on Saturday at Watford and he had a good game, but then why he was taken off early in the second half for Florian Thauvin we have no idea – since at the time he was playing well and giving Newcastle some much needed energy on the pitch.

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Kevin Mbabu – deserves to start

Kevin is our Man of the Match for Saturday with 30% of the vote and he had a good game and deserves to keep his place in the side.

We´ve always thought that Kevin should be starting at left back in place of the struggling local lad Paul Dummett, but it doesn´t seem like Steve McClaren sees it that way.

But it will be interesting to see what the starting eleven is tomorrow night against Manchester United at home – which is almost a must win game.

Results are starting to be a lot more important than Newcastle just playing well – and  then losing – which we have done four times on the trot now.

Second in the voting is French International Moussa Sissoko (23%) who worked his socks off for the cause and it could be that Steve McClaren has worked out how to get the best out of a player who is now going on those trademark surging runs of his a lot more often.

This is the player we thought we had signed back three years ago when we got him in from Toulouse.

Moussa set up a number of good chances – two to Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic in particular, and both youngsters should have done better with those clear-cut chances  – but  they both missed.

Once again it was those missed  chances that cost Newcastle the game, and the club now needs to move fast to get two decent strikers into the club this month..

The general Newcastle play is not too bad – if only we could put the ball in the net when we are in the ascendancy.

It was good to see Florian Thauvin come in third in the voting (10%) after he came under attack from the very frustrated travelling Newcastle fans – but it´s not the 22 year-old´s fault the team are struggling in the league like we are.

If you want to blame somebody then blame those at the top who have run the club so badly and with little ambition or drive over these last few years,

That´s where the main problem lies – not with any one player.

We are hoping they will now show some real drive and determination this month to bring some good players in and keep us as a Premier league club.

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Tags: Coaching · Florian Thauvin · Kevin Mbabu · Man of the Match · Match Reports · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nut meg // Jan 11, 2016 at 6:38 AM

    Cisse more likely,could also be Marveaux or Obertan who are reported to be high earners. They won’t bring anything much in the way of a transfer fee so my cash would be on Cisse but , you can never rule anyone out when it comes to NUFC.

  • 2 Viduka // Jan 11, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Forget shelvy go hard for Tim Cahill!!

  • 3 Nufc-83 // Jan 11, 2016 at 6:54 AM

    Viduka not what we need at all too much like gini with his runs into the box and getting on the end of crosses. We need a deep lying creator and shelvey is perfect for that. He is a top top player when u get him playing with confidence that gives us long range passing and shooting ability something the team has not got at all currently.

  • 4 Ron Knee // Jan 11, 2016 at 7:05 AM

    According to Lee Ryder:

    “Newcastle will look to free up squad space by selling Mike Williamson to Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Cheick Tiote is also understood to be pushing for a move this month with Chinese Premier League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua ready to offer around £3million for his services.”

  • 5 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 11, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    Why is it the youngest or least experienced player always makes way, even when he’s getting man of the match. I think McClaren would rather keep playing his favourite 11 rather than his best 11.

    And why does he always play Thauvin on the left? Adapting to a league you are not physically suited to is only going to be harder playing out of position. Cabella and Mbiwa had the same problem.

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