It could have been so different yesterday if Newcastle had a striker who could take good chances to score.
We could have scored some goals in that first half that would have set us up for an excellent win against bottom of the league Swansea City, but it wasn’t to be.
Gayle, Perez, and Dummett were all guilty of missing good opportunities yesterday and if we cannot get a striker o strikers through the door this month – it will be touch and go as far as relegation goes.
Remember this is the fourth season of the last five in the Premier League that we have been fighting relegation.
Only in the 2013-2014 season when we finished in 10th place were we not fighting relegation.
But even in that season, we lost 7 of the last 8 games – just in case Newcastle got carried away.
Joselu – scores yesterday – 4 goals for the season
That record is a disgrace for a club with the facilities and support of Newcastle United.
And we will witness more games like this if we cannot strengthen the squad this month.
Games we had even last season in the Championship when Newcastle created some chances but couldn’t score.
And then we struggle – and yesterday we could even have lost the game at the death.
DeAndre Yedlin cleared off the line in stoppage time from former target Wilfried Bony.
Rafa Benitez is the one who has to solve these problems, and he may have to use the players he’s already got this season.
This is what the manager had this to say after the game:
“The new world of football is very expensive.”
“It is hard for the forwards, because we don’t create a lot of chances, so they have to help us by working hard.”
“Could Joselu score more goals? Yes. But if he did he would probably cost £25M.”
“We are no closer to signing anyone, so we must look at the players who are here and who are playing.”
That seems like a hint that we will not be able to bring many players in during January.
And Jonjo Shelvey once again showed that in difficult circumstances he can be a problem rather than a solution.
Jonjo foolishly refused to shake hands with Rafa when he was replaced by Mikel Merino with eight minutes to go.
Rafa wasn’t concerned although it showed the character flaws in the player we bought from Swansea for £12M two years ago.
This is what Rafa said about that incident:
“I have no problem with him.” “Anyone would be disappointed not to play when we are trying to win the game.”
We are not far away from having a team that can win more than we lose – but we need two strikers brought in this month.
That might not be possible, but failure to do that could cause Newcastle to be relegated for the third time in just nine years.
That wouldn’t be good and the sky would really fall in on Newcastle.
Our dreams would be over – or more accurately – my dream would definitely be over.