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Newcastle To Attack Leicester City – But Big Improvement Needed

Newcastle will be going all out to win the game at home to Leicester City on Saturday.

We have that game plus Manchester United away the next Saturday before the next two-week International break.

It will be important to get our first win before that, and the Foxes at home provides the best opportunity for that.

Newcastle have not improved much at all this season in scoring goals, and we have only four in the first six games.

That’s a worse average goal per game than last season when we had 38 goals in the 38 league games.

Joselu scored a great goal against Spurs in the first game

Rondon and Muto haven’t played for Newcastle enough yet, and we sold Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham and loaned out Dwight Gayle to West Brom as part of the deal to bring Rondon to Newcastle on loan.

So we seem no better off this season up front – so far.

This is what Rafa has said on nufcTV about what he’s doing to try to get more goals for the team:

“We are working on that. We have analyzed a lot of games and when we have this situation where we can attack or counter-attack.”

“We know that we need to do two or three things a little bit better.”

“In the end you play games, you have opponents who are close to you in the table, and it is not so easy to find a solution.”

“But at least we can analyze these things, encourage the players to do them better, and make sure we use the ball correctly to do capitalize on these situations.”

“In terms of the way we approach games, we are doing things similar to how we did them last year.”

“But the Premier League this year is stronger than it was last year. Everyone was spending big money on players that can make the difference.”

“We need to be sure that we are solid and compact as a team, and then this is when we will start having opportunities that will give us more chances to win games.”

“It’s always important to have a clean sheet when you work really hard, and then to get a point.”

“Still, when we look back on the game, we’d like three points, and so next time against Leicester we need to go for all three points.”

Defensively we are starting to look solid again so not many worries there.

We also think Joselu may get the start up front as the Spanish striker has looked much better than last season.

Maybe he can get a goal for us on Saturday – we need at least one to win the game (unfortunately).

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • BenbulbenMag

    Sep 26, 2018 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail, as with any Blog there will be wum’s, and just generally sad little people who get a kick out of annoying genuine fans.

    Do not give them the attention that they desire. Ignore them and whatever petty imbecilic pleasure they are currently getting will be denied to them.

    It’s a pity that there is no mute option on the blog (as there are a number of individuals, or a few individuals with a number of accounts) that we could all set on ignore.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 26, 2018 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #2

    So Rafa is agreeing entirely that we have to do things better and use the ball better when we attack. Pretty sure that has been exactly what I’ve said and have been critical of our performances so far….. Is Rafa also wrong?

    From previous, Carr did get us players that would use us to leverage a bigger move. The reality is, in our current guise, that is the best way for us to improve the quality of player at the club.

    The issue with Carr was that Pardew didn’t know how to use them, and he didn’t get to choose them.

    Obviously I would prefer to get better quality players that will buy in to Rafa’s project, but maybe to allow us the transfer income (under Ashley) we need to sell ourselves as a stepping stone to a few higher quality players, then use the future income to raise the level of player throughout the squad.

  • lesh

    Sep 26, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Lil @2

    You’re asking Ashley to use gains from sales to invest in better player, think strategically, think beyond profit? We can but live in hope.


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