January Transfer Window Now Vital For Magpies

Newcastle have now played 11 league games, and we have only conceded 10 goals.

Some of them have been from defensive lapses – including the goal we conceded in stoppage time yesterday to lose 1-0 against Bournemouth at home.

But overall that defensive record is good.

It’s at the other end we are having trouble.

We have only scored 10 goals and yesterday we were at least creating the chances in the first half, and there were at least four excellent chances from which we should have scored.

Ayoze Perez and Rafa Benitez – on sideline yesterday

The game should have been out of sight by half-time but it wasn’t, and we ended up losing it.

We didn’t take the chances we created, and that inability of this Newcastle team is starting to tell in our results.

Last season we had Dwight Gayle score 23 goals, and Matt Richie get 16 goals, but neither has scored a goal in the Premier League this season.

The big requirement in the January transfer window is to bring in at the very least one striker and preferably two.

If that means we have to sell Mitrovic or Gayle to fund those transfers then fine.

Rafa seems to have given up on Mitrovic who didn’t get on yesterday from the subs bench.

Whether or not we have new owners by January, we need to improve our goalscoring abilities.

In the four games between International breaks, we have played Southampton, Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Bournemouth – all teams that were below us in the league and all games we could have won.

Getting only 4 points from those four games is a big disappointment, but we know Rafa will be working hard to correct the problems we have in the team.

The positive thing yesterday is that we created the chances -= the bad thing is that we again failed to score.

That’s the 5th game in 11 PL games we have failed to score in this season.

Time for some (big) reinforcements in January.

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19 comments so far

  • NoahJ

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    I still feel there are a lot of positives to be taken from this season- a brilliant start gave us the cushion for the inevitable struggle further on in the season, it’s just disappointing that struggle has come against relegation rivals. Rafa has performed a miracle in making us defensively solid- when was the last time we could say that? If honestly believe we only need a goalscorer in january, the rest of the squad is good enough to stay up

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Need we remind people that had the 12M spent anyway in the summer had been spent in January we’d have not only avoided almost screwing up promotion but we’d have Townsend on the wing who showed the other week he is clearly better than Atsu.
    Again Munster you’ve been dying for this defeat to say what you’ve just said. We were all over them, scored a perfectly good goal and Joselu is gawd rank awful. The game was crying out for Mitro, do you not think our stupid manager knows that, as hibbit says there has to be more to it than meets the eye.

  • magscar

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3



    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:16 AM
    Comment #16

    Presumably Rafa is concerned that Mitro won’t follow instructions and his gameplans revolve very much around all parts of team sticking to it. BUT in last 10 – 15minutes in yet another tight game would it have been reckless to have thrown him on? Is he not even a “last throw of the dice” because of whatever the issue Rafa has with him?

    I still think Rafa was concerned at nil nil that with Bournemouth on top in 2cnd half the wrong changes would mean all 3 points lost. Unfortunately that still happenned – had we scored a late winner or held on for a point the focus would have been different. Two 1-0 defeats in a week against teams we can compete with have sharpened the focus on our lack of goals. Whatever the problem is with Mitro the boil needs lancing during the international break.

    We don’t have the best or biggest of squads so really need to wring every last ounce out of ALL our players until changes can be made. Now that we usually don’t have to play twice a week like in Championship Rafa has not been making the regular starting changes he did. Is that an indication of lack of PL ability of some or that he prefers a settled side who work totally to instruction and fatigue isn’t a problem this season?

    I see another poster has picked up on my suggestion last night ( and during week) that we need to start some attacks quicker and not always look to re-shape first. We didn’t react effectively to Bournemouth’s change in 2cnd half and whether it was Lascelles going off or not we were too often on the back foot and letting 3-4 forwards run at us.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Bring back the free flowing tactics of Mcardew that left us with a minus GD of 123.

  • magscar

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5


    Munster is a regular poster has been consistent in his reasoned criticism of Rafa and not hysterical. like some It is his opinion and he is entitled to it. Get over it

    Can you not give the Townsend supposed ” in the bag but Club messed up” transfer a rest and try looking at where we are not where you feel we could have been. That is what Rafa has to and is correctly doing if you reda his quotes. Don’t over protect the man he doesn’t need it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    How can someone who didn’t watch the game and seen the way we murdered them for half an hour call his tactics dull and negative.

  • magscar

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7


    Not sure if if the sarky comment at 4 was aimed at Munster or me for my wish that we could start some attacks quicker. Anyway why is there only a black and white ( no pun) situation. Is it really either Rafa’s unshakeable pragmatic compact style or all gung ho with no inbetween during matches?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    We struggle badly when teams let us have more of the ball, which most teams are going to do now. Merino is the only player suited to being in possession, but he can’t play a passing game all by himself. I’d say it’s clear now (as it was at the beginning of last season!) we are absolutely desperate for a no.10 and with absolutely no other options it’s going to have to be Merino.
    Benitez needs to take a small part of the blame. We were well stocked in central defence and left wing, yet we spent a lot of money on Lejuenes and Murphy. He was also the one who thought Diame (touch of an elephant, and build of a defender) could play in the tightest position on the pitch where quick feet and quick thinking are essential. I can’t think of a single player with Diame’s attributes that has done well in no.10 – ever! Having said that, I still think we’re doing well and on course for top 10. If we bring in somebody similar to Madison from Norwich then we could be transformed, even Joselu might start scoring.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    To point out the players that Rafa realistically wanted instead of the ones the club thought better is totally relevant to our ten goals this season.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    I find it comical that anyone would think Benitez, so short-changed in player acquisitions, would tie his own hands by excluding a better striker. It’s plain to see the Mitrovic situation has more depth than some of the amateur managers here think.

    And remember, this is the Mitrovic who barely created a ripple given many chances in the championship. He’s not our answer, never was really.

  • magscar

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11


    Not for me to answer for him point for point. I can see where he is coming from at times. Rafa isundoubtedly the best man (without exception) for the job that we have in front of us which is the rebuilding of the club but he is capable of mistakes as are we all.

    the polarising of the debate reminds me of 6-06 last night whilst I was driving home after match when a West Brom fan was being challenged by the host (not Savage) to say whether or not he prefered struggling in PL under Pulis’s boring style as against being in the Championship but winning more and entertainingly. Of course this completely ignored the very real alternative that clubs like West Brom can both stay in PL and play more entertaing football – they are not mutually exclusive.

  • jazzyp

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    I think some got carried away we were going to do a Leicester this season and have been brought back down to earth.
    Reality is sinking in that Survival is the no1 priority this season and anything else is a dream.
    What we witnessed yesterday and last Monday is a fact that half the squad simply isn’t good enough and Benitez is working with a stringent level of Squad members.
    January is massive now whether there is a takeover or not because we are weak in so many areas it is starting to bite.

  • magscar

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13


    I think most fully acknowledge that there is more to the MItro position than meets the eye bvut the debate will rumble on not just on here but with pundits until Rafa somehow addresses it.

    The debate for most is simply if you have no other viable choice for a striker than one who is on the bench (whether better or not) and you are once again struggling to find the net at what stage does he become worth a throw of the dice – only if and when you have had injuries to other strikers and there isn’t anyone else to bring on presumably from your comments?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Yet again and again and again the fat man is going to have to put his hand in his pocket in January. Money will be found to protect his investment. Money that could have been found in the summer to make the season so much more comfortable.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Magscar – if Mitro for some reason is not selectable, does that help to understand why he is not being used?

  • magscar

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16


    We will have to disagree. It is really immaterial what happened in summer to the extent Rafa like all managers from 1 September has to imply get on with it. Thankfully he is and not simply crying over spilt milk.

  • kimbo

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    We need a striker and no10 in January.
    It was crying out for a player who could win the ball in the air not a small weak no 10 to replace Joselu. Basic issues need sorting out with Joselu play, he always gets the ball and his body positioning is totally wrong.
    Rafa why can’t you see this and sort it.

  • cyprus

    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #18

    ‘We have a good team with young players and they are improving. I am positive in terms of what we can achieve.’

    You know who said that, a couple games ago.

    I think we all thought so, given the results. But each game was touch and go. Now it’s more ‘gone’, our games tend to be that close. It’s inevitable.

    BTW, that’s how Rafa SHOULD talk. No use giving the ‘poor me I am great with such average ‘tools’ to work with’ line.

  • Sav

    Nov 5, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #19

    We were always going to have to spend in January. A takeover or yesterday’s result make no difference to the fact that although Rafa’s squad is balanced, it is paper-thin in regard to quality. Take key players like Merino or Lascelles out of it and we will struggle. Up front we are in dire need of a decent striker. Playing the system Rafa does requires a player we really don’t have. Getting the best out of Gayle will require changing the system somewhat and Rafa may have to look at that in the next fortnight. I had hopes this would be Aarons’ breakout season but his career seems to be going backwards in an under-23 side which is taking a battering this term.


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