Newcastle United, Consistency & Half-Time Shutdowns
I think the problem at Newcastle United is that old issue of consistency.
I can think of at least one match, if not several, in which each of our starting 11 has had an absolutely outstanding game. You can include a couple of squad players in that.
Cisse, Cabaye, Colo, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Sissoko; the list goes on of players who have had really good games, or really good spells of a season. If we could get these players playing this way on a more consistent basis we will be quite a team.
That is what happened last season, with less injuries and we benefited from a more regular starting 11.
Even within games our players can drift in and out. Ben Arfa yesterday against Arsenal was a prime example, where he went from moments of absolute genius to moments of clumsy embarrassment.
An example of someone who has suffered over a longer period is Tiote. I remember him being touted to be heading to one of the ‘big four’ for a price of £20M+, yet this season he has been woefully bad, and at times a liability.
Another issue of consistency that seems to affect us is this half time shut-down.
I am not sure what Pardew says or does at half-time but so many times this season we just haven’t shown up for the second half.
We don’t have bad players at all, we have an exceptional group of players, we just need to get them playing at their very best week in week out (think players blossoming under Keegan’s reign) because, after all, that is the manager’s job!
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