Newcastle have been unlucky with injuries this season, especially as it has seen some of our most talented players sitting on the sidelines.

As well as their individual playing ability, there is another big reason why players such as Krul, Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye have been badly missed.

All four of those are leaders on the pitch, natural leaders. It isn’t really something that can be taught, you either have it or you don’t.

Some players are natural talkers and looking to organise and motivate those around them.

The two rubbish goals we conceded from Man.U. corners are a case in point, especially when the second sees the smallest (Evra) on the pitch scoring with his head,

Whatever you think of Perch, Harper and Williamson’s abilities, one thing they aren’t is born leaders/motivators/organisers.

I think with any two of Krul, Colo and Taylor on the pitch we wouldn’t have conceded those set-piece goals.

Players don’t necessarily have to be great players to be great organisers/motivators, when Newcastle were heading to division three, Kevin Keegan was inspired in bringing in Brian Kilcline who was a natural to get our defence sorted out and focussed.

Similarly, Barry Venison proved a quality act at both right-back and centre-half, even getting an England call-up when at Newcastle in the later stages of his career.

I still think that if he’d still being around in the oh so close title campaign of 1995/96, it could have been a very different result if we’d had Venison keeping everybody on their toes.

With the mackems up next there will never be a better time to welcome back our motivators into the team, here’s hoping.

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