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Howe Touches On The Positives From Forward’s Performance

Newcastle dominated the possession on Saturday but couldn’t breach a stalwart Bournemouth defense. While the performance was lacking, with Eddie Howe calling it the worst of the season, two shots struck the woodwork while Neto was forced to make some dramatic saves.

Nevertheless, almost isn’t worth much and the Newcastle haven’t scored from open play in two straight matches. The return of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin can’t come quick enough as they will solve some of the issues in front of the net.

Alexander Isak was brought in to make that difference but its early days for the young Swede. He took his penalty very well yesterday and has found the back of the net in 2 of his 3 matches.

Isak is still acclimatizing himself to a new country and league. While he struggled to make an impact against Bournemouth, it was largely due to a lack of creativity from his teammates.

After the match, Eddie Howe spoke at length about his new striker. He admitted the 22-year-old was left isolated at times but was overall pleased with his contributions. Here is some of what the head coach said as published in Newcastle World:

“He’s learning, and not just how the team plays, but also how his teammates around him play too.

“Again, there were flashes from him today, but I don’t think, as a team, we did well enough around him to get him into goalscoring positions.

“We didn’t feed him the ball early enough. He was a little bit isolated, and we didn’t get him involved enough in the key areas where he wants to be involved.

“Let’s look at the positives – he took his penalty brilliantly and he worked hard for the team.

“He definitely contributed, but we know we can get him involved a lot more than that.

“It’s certainly not a view that we’re playing with one striker – we’re playing with several attacking players. It didn’t really materialize today though, so we’ll look at that and analyze why.

“He is a versatile player, and we obviously moved him briefly to the wide left when Chris (Wood) came on.

“He can play in a slightly deeper role as well, so there is flexibility with him.”

Isak has been thrust into the deep end and despite a lack of service has been our only goalscorer over the past three matches. He has a bright future at the club and once Howe gets everything to click in the final third, this team will a very exciting one to watch.

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154 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 19, 2022 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #121

    Somebody mentioned Scrabble earlier on. I expect the blog sporting windbags/tall tale brigade will now start telling tall stories about getting x number of points for long words. Borefest warning.

    In other news I saw a clip about this bloke coming out of Number 10 Downing Street and he tried to snatch Larry the cat. Larry was having none of it and evaded the snatch.
    God knows what could have been in store for Larry – death or depravity – like that bloke from Brighton a couple of years back.


  • NY Mag

    Sep 19, 2022 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #122

    Mr T…you kinda lost me on this one.

    I did like the linguistic stuff yesterday though (I think it was yesterday, could have been Friday)

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 19, 2022 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #123

    NY – might be a bit oblique upon first reading but there is a gag in there.

    Right off to the pit.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #124

    I still think We’ll come 6th or 7th. Not much has changed. If anything Brighton will drop off, and Chelsea may take time to get running. Outside the big six, who is going to be above us? West Ham Wolves and Leicester aren’t doing as well as expected. Villa have a great squad but a poor manager. We’ve had rotten luck with VAR but that will change now they’ve been pulled up on it. They’ll probably hate us more now they got in trouble as It seems to be human nature to blame someone for your own faults, but they’ll be too afraid to continue making bi-weekly mistakes against us. Then we have Maxi and Wilson to return and Bruno to get back to 100% and Isak to settle.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #125

    Agree about alts being a bad thing, especially when used to relentlessly go after people you don’t like using clumsily veiled threats, although I’m all for a jokey alt providing it doesn’t drag on repeating the one joke. As for banned or suspended people coming back, like OP or Jib, I personally don’t mind, in fact It’s a good thing if they aren’t doing the thing that got them in trouble. I’m surprised to see you complaining about from Fenham to Scorer and Back to Fenham via TeDious and Little Davey again though. Thought you and Dr Jekyl were bezzies.

  • jane

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #126

    Mister Tuff is the predator from Brighton an oblique reference to lesh?

  • jane

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:46 AM

    Comment #127

    “I still think We’ll come 6th or 7th. Not much has changed.”

    good post Zhongguo it’s still very early in the season.

  • jane

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #128

    it’s said that the league doesn’t take shape till 10 games or did i make that up.

  • jane

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #129

    “As for banned or suspended people coming back, like OP or Jib, I personally don’t mind, in fact It’s a good thing if they aren’t doing the thing that got them in trouble.”

    thanks i’m no longer vulgar and abusive.

  • jane

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #130

    “I’m all for a jokey alt”

    even fake alts

  • cyprus

    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #131

    Why has Almiron been picked out by some for maximum criticism?

    Most attacks came from that side and he was always trying to make things happen.

    Where we that bad with a number of chances and absolute possession?

    Not at all. We never used to dominate like that. It’s just that now we’ll need to learn how to put teams away when they defend in numbers like that. Remember when we used to do that?

    Which team would you rather be? The one with the ball trying to make things happen or the other trying to steal a point or three with a solitary counter attack?

  • cyprus

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:01 AM

    Comment #132

    It’s up to the attacking coaches to figure out plays and little clever one twos and other intricate plays which can break stubborn defences down.

    It’s easy to say sign new players, harder to do the above.

    Sign new players!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:21 AM

    Comment #133

    Cyprus – Almiron has come up a lot of times because the solution on the left of attack is simple, we need ASM back. However the solution on the right is more complicated and likely requires a new player. Almiron’s good pre-season results clouds the fact that he’s never going to deliver the results that we need to push into the top 6, at least not from a wide position anyway.

  • cyprus

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #134

    I’ll agree to disagree. For me, he’s one of my first players on the roster. Apart from unparalleled hard work, he has speed, skill and is always looking for the clever play.

    Remember, a few weeks ago we were all “sell ASM”, now we’re all “hail ASM”.

    Think it was Charlie who said it? We need much more depth, 22 excellent players, so that a sub can have equal or more impact when he comes on.

    That means adding to the good players. Almiron, the captain of his national team, is one of the good players.

  • cyprus

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #135

    Many a time, ASMs thing doesn’t work out either.

    So, get rid? He’s useless, tries to take everyone on, doesn’t know how to pass, he’ll never learn. (Now he has the most assists!)

    No, find a way around the other player’s or team’s tactics.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #136

    Cyprus – there was a minority people on here calling for ASM to be sold, a vocal minority I admit but nowhere near a consensus and I was firmly in the other camp that ASM offers a serious threat and we need players like him in our squad.

    2 class players in each position is the holy grail but it’s going to take a long time to get there so I’m more interested in the short-term. Right wing was one of the 5 priority positions I wanted to see us strengthen over the summer and the only one that we failed with. Attacking midfield became a little more important with Shelvey’s injury but Almiron is not threatening enough. He has speed and works hard but his final ball is simply not good enough for where we’re going.

  • cyprus

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #137

    Last post for now.

    Maybe Almiron can play a more free role, like Messi if you will. Sorry for the comparison to the best player in history but I’m sure Messi would say he respects this player. (Before bloggers jump, not saying he’s his level. Nobody is)

    Both left footed and both with an unstoppable shift toward the left.

    Almiron needs more flair players around him. He won’t be out of place in suchea set up. He’s one of our players who wouldn’t look out of place in a bigger team.

  • jane

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #138

    Chorley done a Bouremouth. must see video great as usual.


  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #139

    Premier League stats
    Almiron, 117 games, 10 goals, 3 assists
    ASM, 90 games, 12 goals, 16 assists

    That’s 1 goal involvement per 9 games for Almiron and the same for ASM every 3.2 games. Massive difference!

  • Toon fans bad

    Sep 19, 2022 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #140

    It just all comes down to our lack of depth doesn’t it. This time next year after new additions sought and up and running, players like Almiron, Willock, Longstaff and even Fraser can be in the line up individually and be effective to team play.
    They can contribute in a positive way due to better players around them.
    Lump them in together and we’re knackered.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 19, 2022 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #141

    Jane – here is a link to a newspaper article about the Brighton Cat Killer. He looks like a right nutter.

    I’m not sure if he is your suspect – but could be. Need to give our cat Tibby an extra saucer of milk as she has seen that blokes photo on my computer and she looks a bit anxious.


  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 19, 2022 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #142

    TfB – when we have virtually no creativity in the squad, it’s a problem I agree. With ASM back, there are different sorts of threats coming from the left and the right but without him there’s very little.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 19, 2022 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #143

    Jane – forgot to add that that bloke went to Jail and ended up dying a couple of years back.

  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Sep 19, 2022 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #144

    Ha Jane. Your the best and Longest serving alt on the blog

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #145

    Ooops I shouldn’t have mentioned anything about Tibby the Cat. She is now at risk of being snatched by the Chinese or persons influenced by the Chinese in order to prepare their supper special of boiled cat.

    My home has security cameras and will activate an alarm if prowlers appear and I’ll be oot the hoose pronto to give them a thrashing. So keep away.

  • jane

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #146

    so many baddies to watch out for Chinese, Russians, Mexicans, Iranians, North Koreans to name a few.

  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #147


    I’m honestly not bothered about Alts, I was just pointing out there’s another doing it who recently left and came back under a different name.

    Strange behaviour from Jail/Raj

    Still pretending as well 😆

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #148

    Baddies …………………………………OOT


    Lefty loons……………………………. OOT

    Respectable people…………………IN

  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #149

    Happy 32nd Birthday to Kieran Trippier


  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #150

    On this day in #NUFC history back in 1999 Sir Bobby Robson took charge of his first home game as Newcastle United Manager.

    It ended 8-0 with Alan Shearer scoring 5


  • Mund

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #151

    Another reminder of where we were a year ago


  • Not another deJong

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #152

    GUARDIAN – Magpies have lost something in transition

    It is one thing monopolising the ball and quite another knowing what to do with it. Newcastle enjoyed 72% of possession as they drew 1-1 with Bournemouth but required a penalty – converted by the otherwise intelligently shadowed Alexander Isak – to earn a point. Eddie Howe’s side were so flat that a clever counterattacking Bournemouth organised well by their caretaker manager, Gary O’Neil, looked the more dangerous team at times with Philip Billing (scorer of the opening goal), Marcus Tavernier and Jordan Zemura all impressing on the break. Until recently, Newcastle were a low possession, counterattacking outfit, and an ongoing stylistic transition partly explains why they have won only one league game this season. “We have got to be better with the ball,” said Howe. “We’ve got to be more creative and show a bit more patience.” Louise Taylor

    Rather than ‘lost’, it should be more gains required. Scoring one on one with the keeper is one thing, scoring past a packed defence is completely different.

  • Not another deJong

    Sep 19, 2022 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #153

    “ Iwobi enjoys more central Everton role”

    Called it last summer 2021

  • valle

    Sep 19, 2022 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #154


    Thanks buddy, I apreciate that. I also agree with you that its great to have a football related discussion. We dont have to agree all the time, in the end we are all fans of NUFC ?


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