Gini Wijnaldum has admitted that he hasn’t got a clue as to why Newcastle are so bad away from home.
With 17 points from 51 at St James Park United don’t have the best form on home turf either but on the road it is truly abysmal.
Speaking of abysmal, Wijnaldum’s personal form in away matches is terrible and you would think that between the coaching staff and players, they would of come up with some other plan/tactics/mix of players, to get more out of the team and especially the former PSV man who has scored nine goals at St James Park.
However, as always, the only thing Wijnaldum, like Steve McClaren and the rest of the players, can offer is hard work on the training ground.
As they keep saying it after every single away defeat, it is clear now surely that this isn’t going to work alone and team selection and/or tactics have to change radically.
This season Newcastle have played 14 away matches (all competitions) and lost 11 of them, drawing at Man Utd and picking up two very lucky wins at Bournemouth and Tottenham (the record in the last 20 aways is lost 17).
The Aleksandar Mitrovic injury that was announced last night will surely mean he misses at least these next two games against Stoke and Bournemouth.
A forced rethink for Steve McClaren and let’s hope he doesn’t just revert to the usual single isolated striker but with a different player in the job at Stoke in 13 days times, with Ayoze Perez the most likely candidate.
We saw what happened at Everton and it wasn’t pretty, so the time for sitting back and waiting to get beat is surely gone.
Gini Wijnaldum talking to the Chronicle:
“I don’t know what it is…that is what the stats are, away from home we don’t win games.
“We have to change it and we must wake up – we always have to work hard because we are a team who are not winning enough games easily.
“We have to work hard and that is what we are going to do in Spain, as always.
“It makes it worse than it already was because we lost 5-1 and now are back in the bottom three.
“Last week (1-0 v West Brom) we won a game and we had a lot of confidence that we can have a good match against Chelsea but we didn’t.”