Newcastle United’s Unique Hat-Trick
Obertan for Shola, Simpson for the own goal and Ferguson for Cisse, unbelievable.
When was the last time this happened, I’ve been scratching my head and it is beyond me.
It is a big weakness in our team and if the quality of crossing could be improved then I’d predict a happier Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, both of who would thrive on better delivery.
Newcastle do like to try and play the ball through the middle and we’ve seen some cracking goals such as Cabaye through to Ba at Everton, Tiote’s floated ball for Demba’s cracker at Reading and Ben Arfa’s beauty for Demba to sink Norwich.
However, on the left it has to be a weakness in terms of crossing when both Jonas and Santon are primarily right-footed, the tendency will always be to cut inside.
Hatem Ben Arfa undoubtedly is the best crosser of the ball at the club as is shown with assists like for Cisse’s goal at home to Liverpool last season. However, again with him being left footed he isn’t often going to get to the line and put it in, more on the odd occasion try and pick a man out when he comes inside.
Then you have Danny Simpson, great ball in last night for the crucial second goal but that cross was a bit of a collector’s item.
In terms of getting to the line and putting a ball in, Shane Ferguson looks to have the most reliability (ability?), particularly if you judge him on his brief appearances this season, the one at Old Trafford a real stand out.
The ability to cross the ball is only one part of a player’s game but surely it is an essential one, isn’t it?
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