Sunday 24 May, Vurnon Anita has a decent game for Newcastle United.
One contributor on this very site described his display as one of the best performances by a Newcastle player over the last ten years…
We don’t do things by half do we?
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I’ve always been partial to a bit of Geordie exaggeration but howay man!
The under sized midfielder, come occasional full-back, played well but that is where it starts and finishes surely.
The problem comes when things get so dire, many of us are tempted to read far more into a decent game or individual showing, than is healthy.
I would love all of our players, all of our under achievers to suddenly find their football legs and start playing spellbinding football but that is not going to happen.
Vurnon Anita has been here three years now and he isn’t very good is he, which is putting it mildly.
He isn’t alone though and in this particularly rubbish season , the tendency to see superstar when in reality it is simply above average, has been pretty astonishing for a significant minority of Newcastle fans.
Gabriel Obertan scored the winner against Leicester and had a half decent match before or after that one and he was supposedly showing his true quality. I’m sorry, but after four years I have seen more than enough of him to know what his true quality is, beyond any doubt.
It has been Remy Cabella’s first season but he has been hopeless if you are honest. That first half at Stamford Bridge he played very well but I detected a big measure of rare complacency from Chelsea who were caught on the hop in that first half. They sorted it in the second. As for Cabella, I do hope he proves me wrong but he’s not going to hack it in the Premier League.
Yet another one is Sammy Ameobi, has the odd thirty minutes here and there where he looks like a football but he is anonymous for around 90% of the time he has been on the pitch.
The trouble is that in the current set of players it isn’t hard to stand out if you do something decent, or alternatively being able to hide when the whole team plays poorly.
The bottom line is that neither us or whoever ends up in charge of the team can rely on Anita, Obertan, Ameobi and Cabella, plus you can add other obvious ones such as Williamson and Riviere.
I don’t want to hear how Obertan is flying in training this summer, something we often heard from Alan Pardew.
If Mike Ashley and others at the club are serious about having a real go at turning around the fortunes of NUFC, one of the first steps has to be to get rid of those who have shown they are not good enough.
Or at the very least move them from first team starters or even guaranteed subs bench in most cases.
The likes of Daryl Janmaat should be the benchmark/minimum, players who 9 times out of 10 are decent at the very worst.
Newcastle have to really raise the bar this coming season and kidding ourselves that somebody has turned the corner by putting in an alright one-off game, is a recipe for disaster.