The trouble with Newcastle United isn’t that all the players are rubbish, it is just that most of them are very average.

Average players can get by when they have class players alongside them, there is added confidence and quality which rubs off on the other players.

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Sadly, the current Newcastle team has a massive imbalance, the average to poor have swamped the remaining players who have a bit of star quality.

Sissoko, Krul, Cisse and Coloccini are all caught somewhere in between, at times they do show that star quality but they need to have better players with them, or else they appear to be susceptible to being dragged down to the level of Gouffran, Williamson, Anita and others.

Janmaat and Colback are another two very steady reliable players but not necessarily the type to be able to do it by themselves, they get on with their own jobs and need to have others round them who can do the same.

I personally think that in Cabella, Riviere, De Jong and the loan pair at Forest, Newcastle have wasted their money. I can’t see the French pair imposing themselves on the Premier League, nor do I see Darlow and Lascelles being up to the standard we need, whilst with Siem De Jong it looks very much like we have bought a crock.

If only the club had thrown everything at persuading Cabaye, Remy and Debuchy to stick around, the wasted money as outlined above could have funded Remy’s transfer fee and the financial packages that could have maybe convinced them to stick around.

With the very decent signings of Janmaat, Colback and Perez, we could have seen a very competitive first eleven as you see below – a 3-4-3 formation to accommodate both Janmaat and Debuchy.

Retaining players such as Cabaye, Remy and Debuchy would I believe have boosted what you get out of Cisse, Coloccini and the others who have been at the club a while.

Plus just imagine Ayoze Perez as part of that front three with Cabaye providing the bullets.

As always with Newcastle United, if only…


Janmaat, Coloccini, Santon

Debuchy, Sissoko, Cabaye, Colback

Perez, Cisse, Remy

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