Former Newcastle Midfielder Pinpoints One Big Problem

For the last few seasons one of the biggest problems we have had is Newcastle have conceded far too many goals – and we have conceded 255 in total over the last four Premier League seasons including 65 goals last season when we were relegated.

Another problem is that we have failed to score enough goals and find it difficult to put the back in the back of the net.

So we let in too many goals and cannot score enough goals – yes – those are big problems alright.

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Rafa Benitez talking to Newcastle players last night at Fulham

It is two problems that Rafa Benitez has tried to fix this season and he has brought in goalkeeper Mat Sels and defenders Jesus Gamez, Grant Hanley and Ciaran Clark.

Up front he has signed striker Dwight Gayle and goalscoring midfielders Matt Ritchie and Mohamed Diame to try to fix the goal-scoring problem.

But we let in a poor goal last night and had only two shots on target all night and were beaten 1-0 by a Fulham side that struggled against relegation last season.

Former Newcastle midfielder Jermaine Jenas was signed by Sir Bobby Robson from his home town club Nottingham Forest for £5M back in February of 2002, when Jenas was just 18.

Jermaine talked about what he sees as Newcastle’s main weakness on BBC Radio Five Live last night:

“One of the big reasons Newcastle went down last season was because they didn’t score enough goals, and it was evident again.”

“Yes, they’ve invested and brought in Dwight Gayle and they’ve got Ayoze Perez, who, from what I hear from people in and around the club, is highly rated.”

“But they didn’t show anything, and whether that’s down to supply or whether it’s down to themselves not really offering enough, it just didn’t happen.”

So that’s half the problem and Rafa will have to bring in at least one big striker in August.

Playing both Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle together may also be a bit of a liability.

Maybe Rafa can give 19 year-old Adam Armstrong a start next Saturday against Huddersfield Town at home – he could do a lot worse than give the very promising local lad a chance to shine at St. James’ Park.

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