After intensive research we can reveal exactly why Newcastle United get so few goals from their midfield players.
Your starting point has to be looking at the (few) goals our midfielders score.
We have Jonas with his thunderbolt and brilliant run home and away to Wolves, Tiote’s screamer against Arsenal, Obertan running from the halfway line at Ewood Park and Cabaye’s brilliant free-kicks against Manchester United & Blackburn, plus his curler into the top scorer from just inside the box against Wigan.
Can you see what it is yet?
Where are the two yard tap-ins? The lucky deflection as defenders try to clear the ball? A lay-off and simple finish six or seven yards out?
Yes, our midfield don’t get cheap or straightforward goals because they don’t get in the box!
Ryan Taylor isn’t my idea of a first team regular but credit to him for things like grabbing the assist for Ba’s goal against Aston Villa, going in where it hurts deep in the box and Warnock almost crippling him for the rest of the season.
If Cabaye and Tiote are under orders to sit in then it has to be the wide men getting in there to help the likes of Ba and Cissé in the goals rush. When I was a kid your wingers were told that when your team mate on the other wing had the ball then you should get in the box, surely that isn’t old fashioned thinking?
Whoever it is from across the midfield we need at least one, if not more, great goal scorers, rather than very occasional scorers of great goals.