For the last three seasons at least, the defense has been Newcastle’s big weakness and in those three seasons we have conceded 190 goals, that’s an average of 63 goals a season and that’s a massive amount of goals to concede for any side.
So you would have thought last summer we would have brought in more defenders but no – Graham Carr brought in only one defender – Chancel Mbemba and he’s played quite well in his first season at the club – but the Newcastle defense is on track to concede 71 goals this season – the worst ever for the Magpies.
Currently we have conceded a massive 58 goals in just 31 games and our poor defense is one reason we look almost certain to be relegated in May.
Alan Shearer – Newcastle defend badly
And it’s not a surprise that we have had no left-back available for too many games this season, with Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko playing there yesterday, but both being exposed.
Both are left backs Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara are out injured most of the time for one reason or another, with Sadio out for the rest of the season with a knee injury he picked up last October and re-injured last week in trying to come back.
We brought in eight players in the summer and January transfer windows, yet only one was a defender, so we have not strengthened our weak positions and we are not going to mention we still don’t have a proven Premier League striker in the ranks.
It’s damning to those running the club that this has happened.
In yesterday’s game each of the three goals we conceded were preventable and especially Norwich’s third goal which could be the killer blow for Newcastle.
With that late winning goal Norwich gained 3 points on us and left Newcastle 6 points from safety with just 7 games to play.
Alan Shearer has pointed to the defense as being Newcastle’s main weakness as he said this on Radio Five Live last night:
“It’s a hell of a lot to ask to claw back within seven games,” “It was a big ask with 10 games to go but it’s going to be a big, big ask now because that was a killer blow today.”
‘I’m pretty certain if Rafa Benitez had been given more time if it might have been different.” “When you defend as badly as Newcastle do, you’re always going to concede goals.”
“You have to give credit to Norwich for the way they played, but if you were a Newcastle fan like I was it was a bit edgy and disappointing.”
One reason this relegation is going to be so disturbing and very hard to take for the second time in seven years, is that’s it’s been self-inflicted by those running the club.
We wonder when they are going to apologize to the long-suffering fans for their ineptitude in running Newcastle into the ground over the last couple of years?
When we bring players in during the summer those running the club at that time – whoever they are – have to bring in players to fix our weaknesses and they are currently at left back and center-back and at striker.
And maybe at right back too if Janmaat jumps ship.
It’s not exactly rocket science.
Those are just three (four) positions that must be strengthened and depending on the status of Tim Krul and Rob Elliot in recovering from their ACL knee injuries, we may also need to bring in an experienced goalkeeper.
But whether Newcastle can come straight back up again depends on other factors too – like who’s running the club and who the new manager is.
It could be all change at Newcastle this summer assuming we cannot perform the miracle and are relegated.