Counting Up The Goals In Current Newcastle Squad
The worries of where the goals would come from in the new look Newcastle squad, appear to have been justified after three games and no United player on the scoresheet.
Colback has looked decent, Cabella shown flashes, but players, both old and new, haven’t inspired confidence in front of goal.
The premium on quality strikers has gone through the roof on both wages and transfer fees but to survive and/or prosper in the Premier League then at least one dependable goalscorer is essential.
Everton’s £28m outlay on Lukaku, followed up by the massive two year wage deal for Samuel Eto’o, shows how seriously one of our ‘rivals’ is taking the most important area of the pitch.
In comparison, surely it is laughable that Newcastle are relying on a second division Spanish striker who is one for the future (yet has featured in all three matches), an on-loan striker who has never played in a major league (Ferreyra) and a French striker (Riviere) who has been sold by three different French clubs for £5m or less and has never scored more than ten goals in the much lower related Ligue One.
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Without proper investment in the striking department, this is the kind of goals return I can foresee from the current Newcastle squad;
Two Goals – Krul & Defence
Two Goals – Defensive Midfielders (Colback, Tiote, Anita)
Two Goals – Wingers (Aarons, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi)
Fourteen Goals – Attacking Midfielders (Gouffran, De Jong, Sissoko, Cabella, Abeid)
Fourteen Goals – Strikers (Riviere, Ferreyra, Perez, Cisse)
That would give United a poor return of 34 goals and serious problems.
Last season, 68 goals was the lowest goals for total in the top four, 54 goals in the top eight and West Brom who finished one place above relegation scored 43 (the same as Newcastle).
While the odd club scored less than that 43 goals and stayed up, I’m sure none of us need reminding that relying on great defending throughout the season is a pipedream for most realistic supporters, particularly taking into account no net investment in our defence which leaked 59 last season.
In an ideal world Newcastle would have brought in the quality striker and centre back that are definitely needed.
With only days left until the window shuts I think I would have to realistically settle for seeing that quality striker walk through the door…
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