Would you build a brand new house on foundations made of ice?
No, neither would I, but that is exactly what Newcastle United are doing.
I think nearly every Newcastle fan around the world would agree that, even if we had a front 3 of Bale, Messi and Ronaldo, we would still lose. The reason being because we have a bunch of Newcastle defenders that include Colo, Williamson , Taylor, Haidara etc etc.
We had the second worst defence in the Premier league in 2014/15. in fact as far as my memory lets me remember, every TV pundit has described Newcastle’s defence as ‘rubbish’, ‘gone missing’, ‘soft-centred’, ‘no heart’, ‘No Desire’, ‘weak’…you get the picture – none of it is complimentary.
McClaren has pitched up his tent and I thought yes, here we go, a new Manager, New coaching team and hopefully a new defence.
Surely he must come and see that the weakest link in our squad was the defence, anyone with an ounce of common sense would have bought in a minimum of 2 CBs and a LB. Instead we have started to build a top floor and a roof before making sure the foundations are solid.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Gini and Mitrovic are fantastic signings but I would rather the club bought more defensive options to add to that of Memba, who again I think is a great signing.
However, If you look at some of the defeats we have had over the past few years and the amount of goals we concede, can McClaren really be happy to carry on with the defence we have:
Previous 5 Premier League seasons
2014/15 – conceded 63 keeping just 8 clean sheets
2013/14 – conceded 59 – keeping just 10 clean sheets
2012/13 – conceded 68 goals keeping just 76 clean sheets
2011/12 – conceded 51 goals keeping 15 clean sheets (meaning we conceded 51 goals in 23 games)
2010/11 – conceded 57 goals keeping 9 clean sheets
Today it looks as though Florian Thauvin is on his way, again another attacking option, along with links to Andros Townsend and Charlie Austin (again).
I just hope that after conceding 4 goals in 2 games McClaren realises that playing Championship standard defenders in the Premier league just isn’t good enough.
Please buy some defenders.
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