All Change At Newcastle United
The popular consensus is that this team still has a lot of quality.
There can be little doubt about that but talk of only two new signings makes me sick to the stomach! Given the utter garbage that we had to enduree last season, the very least the club should be doing now is giving us something to talk, or be positive, about.
I’m not talking about trophy signings or the joke that was Rooney to Newcastle, but talk that we want to get back into the top 6, that we want to challenge for trophies and that we are prepared to bring in the players needed.
Instead what we have has so far is that we are aiming for mid-table and that we aren’t interested in Andy Carroll. This part particularly iterates me!
Not the part saying that we won’t sign him, even though we desperately need him for our horrendous long ball game, but the fact that for the best part of two years Pardew has dragged his name through the press. However, when push comes to shove we won’t part with the 10 million he would cost given clauses in his contract for sell-on fees. To me this whole fiasco shows everything that is wrong with Pardew and why fans are turning against him. He obviously has little or no input in signings and is constantly spinning a yarn to supporters.
The reality is the defender and striker that they are talking about is a bare minimum. Personally, I think we need 2 of each and that is the minimum! Defensively there are questions about Colo’s future, Taylor can’t last half a season, Mbiwa looks better suited to full back than centre half and Williamson is just Williamson.
Up front we have Mr. Offside whose beginner’s luck has ran out, then you have an unproven kid in Campbell and the utter joke that is Shola!
All mackem slayer banter aside what is the point in him? He contributed nothing! He scored 4 goals (1 in the league) and that is utter garbage! If one player leaves this year I hope it is him.
In relation to another article on the website [intlink id=”29599″ type=”post”]‘Alan Pardew Knocks Square Pegs Into Round Holes At St.James’ Park’[/intlink] I think several of our current squad will have to be considered for alternative positions next season.
Personally I think Jonas’ future is very much in a full back position while I’ve already stated that Mbiwa already looks better suited to that role instead of centre half.
My main hope is that Santon gets an opportunity on the left wing. Few would argue that his defending is often not good enough but going forward he looks a real threat.
Another player is Anita who for some reason found himself out the team, at a time when he was most effective. I doubt whether he has the physical attributes to play central midfield consistently in England but he is another player that could offer a lot from full back, having played there successfully for Ajax.
In my opinion we need to avoid the mistakes of last season and look beyond our current academy players. The likes of Newton and Dummett weren’t good enough 12 months ago and are now 21, yet are been talked about as ones for the future?
Personally, I think if you haven’t broke into the first team, or at least been around the team by the end of your teenage years, then you aren’t going to make it. The same applies for Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson. Both got credit for their loan spells but that was in the Championship and that is obviously their level.
There doesn’t seem to be anything coming through fast. That means we either need to have a complete overhaul of the youth set-up or invest heavily in the first team, or a bit of both. With the latter seeming unlikely it would appear that it may be time for change at lower level.
Peter Beardsley is one of my idols but records show that basically no one has come through the youth set-up to first team regular in his time which has to be a concern. Willie Donachie, Joe Joyce and Dave Watson also have to be looked at. If Pardew is indispensible and here for the long haul then so be it but changes have to be made somewhere.
I’m a positive person but it’s hard to see next season been any different unless we make big changes.
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