With only a handful of games for Newcastle United to play before the summer break and the rumours galore coming our way, I have to have my say on the players, manager and tactics of NUFC this season.
A couple of defeats early on, soon turned into a strong Toon side winning games and fighting with Brighton at the top of the table. That is the way it should be and Rafa has done well to keep us there or thereabouts, with the same tactics, all season…
While the players on the other hand have been getting worse of late and then spouting garbage at the media about how we need to stick together and give all for the cause.
Where the gaffer and tactics are, I don’t know. Surely the odd change at home to 4-4-2 would make other teams who come (knowing the system we play and being ready for it) to St James Park, make them think about it and maybe change theirs.
Rafa plays the same way home and away with no plan B, which worked earlier in the season but now teams know what we are about and stifle the attack.
When Murphy was joined by Mitro against Sheff Wed, albeit for a short time, we looked a lot better up front. There were two players I would have taken off earlier in Perez and Gouffran (both ineffective) so that Mitro could have come on earlier. What has that kid got to do to get some game time when the likes of the two I mentioned get more?
There is so much for Rafa to look at this summer with players in and out – Charnley and Ashley meetings are a must before the season ends so that he knows where he stands.
Believe me when I say, we will struggle in the Premier if we do not buy big, and I mean BIG.
I have watched a lot of Premier League games this season and even the likes of West Ham, `Ull, Watford and Bournemouth will give us headaches because they will spend money to be better than this season.
You can forget the likes of the top 10 in the division. OK we won’t play as many games as this season and the players will be a little fresher but it is still going to be hard.
Apart from maybe four or five players we have at the moment, Newcastle won’t be strong enough, the deadwood has to float off and new players will have to be a lot better than we have brought in over the last four transfer windows.
I believe that Rafa is the man to take us forward but only if Ashley and Penfold give him 100% backing, I know that the fans do.
Her’es hoping for a good summer and promotion to the best league on the planet.
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