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Anybody Still Thinking Newcastle Don’t Need A Striker Wasn’t Watching Villa Match

6 years ago
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Watching Newcastle play at Villa Park today confirmed what surely almost of us knew anyway, United are desperate for a top striker.

The lack of penetration up front, was only really matched by the dismal lack of creativity in the midfield. Emmanuel Riviere may well have a part to play in the Newcastle team/squad but that role isn’t as the main striker/goalscorer.

For most of the match Pardew’s typically negative tactics were there for all to see, the Newcastle midfield standing on the toes of their defence instead of pressing a very average opposition.

Before the game, Alan Pardew claimed that he’d given the perfect framework for his flair players to perform, though fans may well be asking just who are the flair players he is referring to.

Far too much responsibility being instantly heaped onto Remy Cabella’s shoulders and surely any half decent Premier League club wouldn’t be relying on one player, new to England, to be the sole provider of creativity/flair.

Pardew also claimed in the build up that his new look team, “….has got goals in it, I think it has got more than one goal a game.”

“The process for a football manager is to give flair players a framework to play in and that is what we have got here. Now we need our flair players to deliver.

“We didn’t score last week, we need to get some goals.

“I think that this team has got goals in it, I think it has got more than one goal a game.”

On this showing, unless that much needed proven striker and preferably another creative/goalscoring player is added to the midfield/wing, Newcastle will be lucky to score more than one goal a season, never mind more than one a game…

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