It was not a good performance from Newcastle on Saturday, but in what was a tough game for us Newcastle managed to keep a clean sheet, and we have conceded only 8 goals in 9 league games.
That’s better than all clubs in the league other than the top three – the two Manchester clubs have conceded only 4 goals, and Tottenham have conceded 6.
Our Man of the Match on Saturday is substitute Mikel Merino who came on early in the second half and helped settle the Newcastle side.
And Mikel then scored his first goal ever for Newcastle with a beautiful header with just 4 minutes to play.
That was from another excellent corner from Matt Ritchie.
Mikel is already a popular player at Newcastle . and maybe he can play in the number 10 role so that Shelvey, Hayden and Mikel can all start at Burnley?
The next three in the voting are all back four players – Jamaal Lascelles, DeAndre Yedlin, and the impressive Florian Lejeune.
Mikel Merino – our Man of the Match
And that shows the Newcastle strength – we are a difficult side to score against and usually very tight in defense.
Compare that to the Liverpool performance yesterday when their defense showed again they are nowhere near good enough to challenge for the Premier League and conceded four goals to Tottenham in the 4-1 defeat.
Back to Newcastle and on the other hand we have scored only 10 goals, so it’s easy to see where we need strengthening in January.
A striker is the primary transfer target and who knows we could even bring two in if the right players are available.
Maybe Cenk Tosun from Besiktas and Liverpool’s Danny Ings on loan?
It was an excellent 3 points on Saturday and now we need the same again at Burnley a week tonight and maybe with a better performance on the night.