Alan Pardew Proves He’s No Comedian
Speaking ahead of Monday night’s match against Everton, Alan Pardew has been injecting some ‘humour’ into his comments, though I don’t think he should be giving up the day job just yet.
When asked about the danger posed by Leighton Baines’ free-kicks, the manager revealed he has come up with a cunning plan.
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This is what Alan Pardew had to say about his ‘plan’;
“We have got this great idea, a wall and then a piggy back wall on top, then we are going to forget about the cross!
Obviously we know what (Baines) he is capable of and we don’t want to give away many free-kicks but it’s difficult when you are under pressure.
I am sure though Everton will be under the same orders as in Yohan Cabaye we have a free-kick specialist just as good as Leighton Baines.”
Yohan Cabaye (20/1 to score first goal and 13/2 to score any time) undoubtedly has excellent technique at free-kicks but doesn’t produce it enough to be compared to Baines (14/1 to score first goal and 9/2 to score any time), though maybe it is a lot down to Newcastle not having enough possession in the final third and so not earning enough free-kicks in threatening positions.
What I know for sure is that while Cabaye is capable of a wicked shot on goal from set-plays, his delivery from corners and free-kicks into the box isn’t what it could and should be. The lack of goals telling us everything.
Over the last two and a bit seasons, Baines has outscored Cabaye 13 to 11 on the goalscoring front in league and cups, showing why Manchester United were so keen on Baines when a left-back delivers more goals than our attacking midfielder!
It also of course highlights the ongoing shocking (no) return of goals from the majority of Newcastle’s players, Santon (66/1 to score first) and Debuchy (50/1 to score first) definitely have it in them to be getting a decent return of goals and along with others they have to start delivering.
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