Martin Keown was full of praise for Newcastle last night on BBC’s Match of the Day 2.
Newcastle played extremely well and looked organized and “compact” and we had 18 shots on goal – the most this season so far.
The former England and Arsenal center-back also pointed out we are still a very young side.
In fact, the youngest in the Premier League so we should be able to improve a lot as the season progresses.
And Rafa will be bringing in new players in January and next summer to strengthen the squad further.
Martin Keown – full of praise for Newcastle
This is some of what Martin said on MOTD2 last night:
“Newcastle are a very young side but the spine of the side: Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden in there, every one of their players looks pretty comfortable.”
“They look like now they belong in the Premier League.”
“You couldn’t say that before about some of the Newcastle teams in the past, looked haphazard at times.”
“There is a structure to the way they play, Shelvey at the centre of everything.”
“Everybody wants the ball now in a Newcastle shirt. A threat going forward – Matt Ritchie, I think a lot more to come from him.”
“It really impressed me that they managed the ball really well: comfortable passing, linking up, control. “
“They are not out of their depth and they are probing all of the time – they have got lots of bodies in the final third.”
“The movement for the second goal, you are not watching Manchester City by the way, but you have Yedlin coming out with the ball from the back, then Shelvey – a punishing pass, right into the heart of the opposition.”
“Then they have willing runners, making the movement off the ball. Perez gets a little bit lucky, keeper should do better. Beautiful the way they played that.”
“And 18 shots on goal, their most this season.”
“Newcastle are making things happen, they now believe it.”
Let’s hope we can play as well (or better) next week at home to Crystal Palace and come away with a valuable 3 points.
That’s what we need.