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21 Reasons To Look Forward To Next Season At Newcastle United

8 years ago

Not long now to the start of the season, exciting times ahead eh?

There is a reason why your strikers tend to cost the most money, scoring goals can make or break a team and players capable of knocking the ball in the net can paper over a lot of cracks as well.

Without goalscorers who can…score, you are always fighting a losing battle.

In Newcastle’s case, Alan Pardew never worked out the conundrum of how to get Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse working properly in tandem and both regularly scoring, at the same time.

Up to a point it didn’t much matter when we had both of them, if one wasn’t scoring then the other was.

When Ba departed in January it arguably left us relying on one striker and now that is looking increasingly likely to soon become none….but is it really a big problem?

Well it is definitely looking that way, especially when you take boring old statistics into the mix as well.

Last season Newcastle United scored a poor total of 45 Premier League goals.

If Cisse does end up leaving then the players left at St.James’ Park scored a combined total of 21 goals in the league last campaign.

24 goals were scored by Ba (13), Cisse (8), Perch (1) and Own Goal (2), compared to the 21 from all the rest put together.

The problems then multiply when you take into account the next most productive players in the last couple of seasons have been Cabaye and Ben Arfa, neither of whom seem able to stay injury free.

So waving goodbye to Papiss Cisse may see Newcastle United waving goodbye to an awful lot more.

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