Newcastle Will Quite Literally Be A Different Team Today
A fortunate win against West Brom and a deserved point at Liverpool, were followed by a disappointing defeat against West Ham but no warning bells going off at that point.
However, when United then lost their second home match in a row when Swansea visited, they began ringing loud and clear.
At that point of course nobody knew just how good a season Swansea were going to have and when you look at our team just over three months ago you might notice the ‘odd’ player that won’t be in our starting line-up today.
The team that day at St.James’ Park was;
Krul, Simpson, Santon, Williamson, Steven Taylor, Anita, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Ba, Sammy Ameobi, Ferguson
Of that eleven, only Steven Taylor, Santon and Tiote are likely to start today.
Krul and Ben Arfa are obviously still first choice players and Ba would be at least the equivalent of say Sissoko, but the reality is that in at least five positions we will be infinitely stronger with Mapou, Gouffran, Cabaye, Debuchy and Cisse all in line to play, as well as of course the aforementioned Sissoko.
I don’t want to demonise the players who played that day but I think we can take two things from Newcastle’s respective line-ups back then and now.
Firstly, seeing how well Swansea have played this season, looking back it isn’t any surprise that they were the better team at St.James’ Park.
Secondly, seeing the quality of the players who can play now and weren’t available then, there is no reason why Newcastle can’t go to Swansea and prove the better team.
Good players make a good team , formations and tactics can only go so far.
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