John Carver says that Steve McClaren’s plan to play ‘Tiki-taka’ is failing badly.

In the aftermath of the West Ham failure, Pardew’s former assistant says that the style of play is leaving Newcastle struggling going forward, then when the opposition win the ball back it leaves you vulnerable to the counter-attack.

Carver also says that it is also a big worry when your two most ‘progressive’ players are two defenders.

Daryl Janmaat having pretty much all of Newcastle’s shots on Monday night and John Carver pointing out that Massadio Haidara was the only other player getting forward and trying to create something.

John Carver talking on beIN Sports:

“We talk about Daryl Janmaat getting three shots, but on the other side, Haidara, he was quite progressive.

“Your two most progressive players in the team were your full-backs – that has to be a concern, it has to be a worry.”


“They have to start and get players running beyond and when you play this Tiki-taka football, where you keep the ball…you keep the ball, it is dead easy for West Ham just to get back in that solid shape – make it difficult so they can’t come through you and then say right(!), turn the ball over, on that transition, go forward and…you see the results.”