Who Created The Newcastle Goals Last Season – Analysis
It is always easy to find out who scored the Newcastle goals each season but what about who created them?
Sometimes you think you know by the general pattern of the matches and certainly somebody like Yohan Cabaye in his playmaking role was certainly involved in some way in most of Newcastle’s goals before he left (only 11 Premier League goals scored after he departed).
The following is taken from the match by match complete breakdown by whoscored.com, the industry leaders in providing statistical analysis to the football industry.
These are all the players who provided assists for Newcastle last season and the number of goals created ahead of each name;
3 Ben Arfa
1 Luuk De Jong
The likes of Cabaye, Debuchy and Remy won’t be around next season, plus Ben Arfa seemingly excluded by Pardew whether he stays or not.
One positive is that despite not being natural wingers, Gouffran and Sissoko supplied nine assists between them.
While doubts surround Sissoko’s future, if he does stay then this suggests there is something to work on from what they achieved last season.
However, what is clear to me though is that both of these players can’t do it on their own (unlike say a Ben Arfa on a good day), they are team players who need players of quality such as Remy and Cabaye around them, making things happen and offering options.
If, and it is a big if, Newcastle could bring in quality players who can complement the likes of Sissoko and Gouffran, then there is no reason why as a team Newcastle can’t create and score goals.
Without a decent number of credible signings though, it is obvious we’d be really up against it, as was proved last season when nearly all of Gouffran and Sissoko’s assists (and goals they scored), happened when Cabaye and Remy were also on the pitch.
When you add this statistical analysis to what we all saw with our own eyes, it becomes obvious as to what is needed.
Without enough players in the team who can create and score goals you are knackered, everything else is secondary.
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