Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal great Thierry Henry has been talking about Newcastle’s plight in the bottom four of the league table almost all season and one of the things he has said is that Newcastle are not a big club because we haven’t won anything since back in 1969.
Thierry also said he would like to see Newcastle avoid relegation this season after we only narrowly escaped the drop last season under interim coach John Carver.
But he’s not sure we will.
Thierry Henry – not sure Newcastle will survive
This is how Thierry Henry responded when he was asked whether he thought Newcastle would avoid the drop:
“I actually don’t know. They are in a situation where they don’t want to be.” “I genuinely thought they’d be higher than where they are at the moment.”
“They wanted to buy players who would help them straight away.” “That is the problem that you have in general, do they have time to adapt to the league? I don’t know.”
“What I am sure about is that they have to keep Wijnaldum fit. That I am positive of, and Sissoko.” “They have found themselves in a situation where they need to grab players.”
“The story is usually that they buy French players, but they don’t get the right ones, apart from Ginola or Sissoko.”
“Thauvin wasn’t the answer, Ben Arfa wasn’t the answer. You have to give them time to adapt.” “I would like Newcastle to stay in the Premier League.”
“The stadium is great and they have a great fan base, but to stay in the Premier League, you need to deserve it.”
There are more than just Frenchmen Ginola and Sissoko who have been successful at Newcastle and a recent one that comes to mind is Yohan Cabaye.
Thierry’s right about deserving to stay in the Premier League – it’s all about picking up points now – and Newcastle have been poor at that this season – and even when we have played well at times we have lost games or only drawn them.
The other worrying factor is our goal different is very poor and that’s because when we are on top in a game like last Saturday against West Brom we cannot score.
Then we collapse at venues like Manchester City and Crustal Palace and let in a combined 11 goals so it’s no mystery why our goal difference is so bad at -18 at the moment – the 4th worst in the division.
When you have difficulty scoring goals and your defense is weak that generally leads to a poor goal difference and not many points either.
That describes Newcastle this seoasn – so far.