Gini Wijnaldum has asked the Newcastle fans to stick with the team, which is a little ironic as it follows St James Park boasting its biggest crowd of the season so far against Everton on Boxing Day.
A sad statistic though, and a sign of how far Mike Ashley has dragged us down, Newcastle United have completed a whole year’s worth of games without a full house at home – the 28 December 2014 was the last time the stadium was sold out, for the 3-2 win over Everton which proved to be Alan Pardew’s last match.
I don’t blame Wijnaldum for making a clumsy appeal to the supporters, it is after all one of the club’s repetitive PR lines, getting the players to ask the fans to stay on board.
Of course it is amazing just how many still fill seats considering the rubbish served up, rather than how many supporters have had enough.
Despite all the behind the scenes problems and the undermining of the club by Mike Ashley, there is still a feeling amongst many that Steve McClaren should be a doing a lot better with this group of players.
There must be tension behind the scenes which so far has been kept under wraps.
Players such as Wijnaldum must be bemused at the stupid overly negative tactics employed by Steve McClaren.
There surely must come a time when your best and most mobile players such as Wijnaldum and Sissoko are brought inside and allowed to influence the game a lot more.
The pair are wasted pushed wide, Moussa Sissoko made his name as a box to box midfielder, whilst Gini Wijnaldum proved a devastating goalscorer in Holland. making great runs mainly through the middle and scoring a hatful of goals.
To see the centre of the pitch choked up by players such as Anita, Tiote and Colback, must be so frustrating to those players who could be doing so much better if a more positive formation was employed.
Gini Wijnaldum talking to the Chronicle:
“Even when things don’t look good you don’t stop fighting – if we do stop now it may as well be all over now.
“We still have 19 to play and the only thing we can do is keep fighting, giving up is not an option and I hope the supporters don’t give up on us either.
“It is difficult to say things to them, if you look at the table we are in the relegation zone.
“I hope they still want to support us because we need them, fantastic that they still come in great numbers to away games.
“I hope they will do it again this season because we need them but it’s hard to say anything to them when performances aren’t good and you don’t win games.
“We should not be looking back after games and saying we should have had a penalty or we should have this or that – we must look at what happened in games.”