How will Newcastle score their next goal?
Don’t worry, it isn’t a trick question, just something to hopefully make you think.
For example, when you think of Arsenal this season you picture them with neat passing and cutting through the opposition before sidefooting it into the net.
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With Stoke you see mentally picture them chucking the ball into the box/up front, getting a deflection then lashing it in.
Villa….mmmm, well they don’t really do goals this season.
Manchester City, the double whammy of the strength of Yaya Toure and precision of David Silva powering/slicing through the opposition and likes of Aguero finishing the moves off.
So then, what about Newcastle?
Well if you go back to the days of Keegan and Sir Bobby they had goals from everywhere but under KK it tended to be more total football with great passing and pace feeding striker like Andy Cole and Les Ferdinand. For Sir Bobby he had great wingers in Robert and Solano with very mobile link men such as Dyer and Bellamy, the main aim for them all of getting the ball to Alan Shearer to do the rest.
So of the 31 goals we have scored this season, how have they came about? What is a typical NUFC goal these days?
Well Cisse and Perez have scored 15 of those 31 Premier League goals and I would say they have made an awful lot out of very little. Scoring their goals partly through being in the right place for when the ball falls, plus some real quality finishes such as Perez’ clever backheel at West Brom.
There simply doesn’t seem to be a plan of how to score, the build up is usually ponderous, few players getting forward, so it is either just knocking it in and hoping for the best, or individual moments of doing something that works as a bit of a one-off.
Maybe the only ‘typical’ goal we can claim this season is a small handful of goals that have come later in games when mainly Sissoko has burst past a tired opposition and created the scenario where we have scored the odd goal. Not much of a plan where it is really built on sitting deep and hoping the opposition lose the ball.
In the past it was admitted that under Alan Pardew the players worked for four days of the week on not conceding goals, then only one on the offensive side. To be honest I don’t think either of those sides of training have worked very well.
In the absence of a proper playmaker like Yohan Cabaye, United desperately need some kind of plan as to how they are going to create chances, then hopefully Cisse and Perez can take advantage at the sharp end.
Whether it is John Carver or whoever, Newcastle need to have a plan of attack.