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Who Will Be NUFC’s Future Heroes And Villains?

9 years ago
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4 Year Plan?

It took me until this season (his fourth) to decide I’d cut Jonas a bit of slack.  That’s mainly because I’d prefer to see him attacking, crossing and shooting rather than play hold hands with the left back (although he does this very well I now admit).  So when it comes to the likes of Obertan and HBA then it’s still early days.

I’m one of those who sticks up for Shola.  Not because I think he is a legend or should be first choice number 9, other than on Derby Day.  It’s more because when we’ve got no one else he can be a useful alternative to have around despite his shortcomings.

So what of HBA?  He scored a fantastic goal at the Emirates last night, no question.  However, when he’s buggering about with the ball in the centre circle I’ll continue to scream, “pass it for ****’s sake”, before he then gives it away, the opposition break dangerously and I peer frantically through the cracks in my fingers?  I don’t think he did much else.  Is that good enough?  Would we be better off with another Jonas in this type of game who will work his socks off defensively and offer little going forward?

Then we have Obertan.  I see potential in the kid (I think) but why does he not produce?  Has he been watching Shola’s lethargic style and thinks that’s the way?  Does he just have one of those ways of running (in a daze) that makes him look rubbish?  Is it the way he’s being asked to play that is compromising his style?  Whatever it is it’s frustrating.  Is Raylor really good enough to be ahead of him, or just a cult hero based on this season’s showing?

I don’t want to be one of those who derides players, although we all have our heroes and villains.  The team is surely just evolving and those who possess the shirt now may become legends (HBA & Cabaye?) or forgotten men (Williamson & Obertan?) within another season or two.  Carroll, Nolan, Barton and Enrique recent examples depending on your viewpoint?

Arsenal looked pretty good and made us look average at times, or did we contribute to that?  I think that shows where we truly are in terms of competing in this league.  A last minute 2-1 defeat bloody typical as you could almost see it coming.  It was still heartbreaking nonetheless.  But that is still beyond our wildest dreams surely, given where we were at the start of August 2011?

So I’m not being unrealistic…they’re just my observations in a moment in time and I’m sure plenty people see it differently.  That’s football and Newcastle United for you.


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