I firmly think our problems have been the midfield this season – that’s the engine room for defence and attack, we haven’t found the right balance, and just chucking your best players on there doesn’t work.
Some people can seamlessly change their opinions of players during the course of a match never mind a season and social media & message boards etc. lend themselves to people trying to outdo each other in how much they love or hate somebody at any particular moment.
With only one and a half goalscorers (Cisse and Gouffran), Alan Pardew has to find a way to get Cabaye further up the pitch so he can influence the play in dangerous positions.
That must start next Sunday against QPR.
If manager, I would try and re-create the midfield 3 from our amazing run last season; Tiote, Jonas and Cabaye, even though all three are currently turning out excuses of performances. Then have Sissoko and Ben Arfa tucked in behind Cisse/Shola.
So questionable team selection – almost certainly, yes. Players underperforming – probably yes, they’re almost certainly better than they have been this last month, but also, perhaps, not really understanding what it is they have got themselves into yet and unsure how to change things. When the mind goes, the body follows.
Or perhaps Mr.Offside himself who has pretty much no chance in holding off two giant centre halves such as Agger and Carragher. Maybe his best chance is to pass to the men alongside him who have around 2 goals between them in 2 years. I don’t have anything against Perch but Tiote has been utter rubbish this season and his passing at times is abysmal.
Speaking ahead of today’s match, Liverpool’s first team coach, Mike Marsh, has been talking about the game and where he sees Newcastle’s main threats.
After eighteen months and 330 (three hundred and thirty!!) corners without a Premier League goal, we can reveal that Alan Pardew and his team have secretly been working on new strategies at corner kicks.
With nobody else in the likely starting apart from Cisse and Gouffran having any kind of a scoring pedigree, to me it is a no-brainer to at least try and get the French striker into positions where we can see if he can share the goal responsibility.
“The idea of seeing the great French players here is something I like, I’m not necessarily talking about Benzema but maybe Nasria, Ribery or Cabaye.”