Well, where did that come from?
Two great performances in the space of four days. I’ve refrained from commenting too much on Newcastle United this week, with a view to seeing who the club get over the mythical line this transfer window. With all the talk of getting a proven Premier League goal scorer into the team, it would be easy to forget other areas of the side that are in need of improvement.
Personally, and I know this might seem strange, but I don’t see the urgent need to sign a striker until the summer, especially if it’s one of the untested imports from abroad that keep forever being linked. It would be careless of anyone to look at the last two games and just assume that our goal scoring problems have been solved, but I’m happy that we have at least shown we can create chances and as of this week, score them.
The first half of the game against West Ham was a joy to watch; positive, attacking play…entertainment if you like. Step forward Jonjo Shelvey. Never have I been so impressed with a debut performance in many a year, pinpoint passes and defensive maturity, £12m? A snip. Now if he add goals to that, we have a hell of a player on our hands.
Aside from a rick from Chancel Mbemba, the defence looked solid and whilst I firmly believe that the back four needs attention, that can wait until the summer, unless a top left back becomes available over the next fortnight.
I see what the club have done and it’s actually a sound move, if it’s deliberate then bravo. The most important part of the team for me is the midfield and it’s an area that has been sadly lacking for some time (since Cabaye left some might say!).
Over the years top sides have built themselves on great midfields; Keane and Scholes, Vieira and Petit, Makelele and Lampard, Silva and Toure, they all provide the basis of good sides with which the rest of the players play around. Cabaye and Tiote anyone?
Now far be it from me to compare any Newcastle United midfield to past title winners, but the idea does have some merit and I’m pleased that the club have gone out and sought to rectify a big problem area.
In Shelvey and Wijnaldum we have players that can take charge of games and if played right, the whole side can be based around. Colback and Anita will instantly become better players just as long as they aren’t played together and told to man mark their own back four, as they have done so far this season.
What was that I said earlier? No need to sign a striker until the summer?
Well I half meant it I suppose. Signing a striker would improve this team, but it’s not detrimental. I’d personally go and nab Ricky Lambert from West Brom on loan for the rest of the season, that would really shoot us up the league.
But as good a signing as Lambert would be, the club have at least provided a solid base for the likes of Mitrovic and co to miss the chances created for them, I’d be more concerned if chances weren’t being made at all.
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