Are Jonas Gutierrez & Cheick Tiote Part Of The Problem Or Part Of The Solution?
In our brand new issue which hits the shops on Saturday, we speak to the head sports writer at The Journal, Mark Douglas.
We spoke to Mark at length with there being a ‘few’ things to talk and we couldn’t quite fit it all in the new Mag, so here are the bits we had to leave out due to lack of space.
A lot of fans have taken against the manager, do you think a big factor in that is his frequent comments/excuses about injuries, extra European matches etc. as it is with what he actually does with the team?
Not really. I think his press conferences and public utterances were only getting micro-analysed because his team weren’t winning – so one is really the symptom of the other.
To be fair to Pardew, he had a point when he said that European matches and injuries had a massive impact on the season. I don’t think anyone necessarily objected to that: it was just that there were other mistakes being made (in selections, systems and style of play) that weren’t as readily acknowledged.
At the end of the day though: most fans I spoke to were more concerned with why players were playing out of the natural positions and the team were playing too directly than they were with what he was saying in his press conferences. That, in many ways, is a bigger problem for the manager because it suggests they’ve spotted fundamental problems in his approach rather than just objecting to window dressing like the way he delivers his message.
If you were manager, what would you be asking for in the transfer market?
A top class striker who can play with Papiss Cisse. That has to be the first and last priority for Newcastle, because they were sorely lacking in that department last season and we all know they don’t come cheap. Traditionally it is strikers that Newcastle have struggled to sign because United’s transfer policy – tough negotiations, walk away if they aren’t for sale at your price – simply doesn’t work if a player is in demand. So I think I’d implore them to break the bank for the right forward.
Jonas Gutierrez and Cheick Tiote are two players who have fallen right out of favour with many fans, are they part of the solution or part of the problem?
I know it irked some that Tiote and Gutierrez seemed almost “undroppable” last season but I do think they’re both useful players. I think Gutierrez struggled because he was played in about five different positions – at least two of them that in my opinion he hasn’t got the tools to play to Premier League level (central midfield and left-back). Similarly Tiote is a destroyer, so it was strange to see him surging forward and trying to pick passes at times.
I think they can be part of the solution, if Pardew plays to their strengths.
You can also follow Mark on Twitter @msidouglas
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