Alan Pardew came out with an interesting statement before the Everton match, with the Newcastle manager talking about scoring goals compared to other Premier League teams.
When journalists are quoting Alan Pardew or you see him being interviewed at press conferences, I often wonder – ‘Pardew has made yet another ridiculous statement and why hasn’t he been taken to task about what he has said, which has no basis in truth, reality, whatever?’
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“Goalscoring in the Premier League is very difficult and we are up there with the top teams in terms of scoring goals this year and that is what we want to continue.
“It has been tough to play from where we were with Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye, to where we are now.”
So according to Alan ‘we are up there with the top teams’ when it comes to getting on the scoresheet.
This is how the Premier League table of goalscoring clubs looks;
79 Manchester City
48 Manchester United
38 Newcastle United
Well to me it looks like the top teams have scored over twice as many goals as Newcastle. Even going further down you have the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton all easily outscoring our lot.
Even Swansea fighting relegation have outscored Newcastle and Tottenham are ahead of us despite supposedly having a nightmare season in front of goal and sacking their manager, plus seemingly in the process of going to get rid of another.
United are ninth in terms of goalscoring and one thing Alan Pardew is right about is name checking Cabaye and Remy.
Looking forward to next season, out of our 38 goals, we will not have the 7 goals Cabaye contributed, nor almost certainly the 13 goals Remy has given us so far.
Taking into account we benefited from one own goal, it means the players (at the very best) we will be left with at the end of the season have contributed 17 goals in 31 matches so far.
Borrowing Loic Remy has papered over some worryingly large cracks and the fact Newcastle have failed to score in 9 of their last 13 Premier League matches is horrendous.
Sorry Alan, we aren’t ‘up there with the top teams in terms of scoring goals’, we are actually in a massive hole and desperately need to buy three transfer window’s worth of creative & goalscoring players in this one upcoming summer window. The alternative is a repeat of what we have seen in the last thirteen Premier League matches.