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Newcastle United – So What Is The Plan Then?

7 years ago

Rolando Aarons glossed over another highly ineffective attacking outing for Newcastle United as Emmanuel Riviére once again cut an isolated, ineffective figure for the side.

The front man failed to register a single shot on target against Crystal Palace but did contribute with a scrappy assist when laying off for Daryl Janmaat to fire home.

In 248 minutes of Premier League football, the man charged with spearheading the Newcastle attack has registered only a single shot on target, whilst taking aim a paltry four times.

His frustration was clearly evident against Aston Villa when he committed more fouls than he suffered and failed to beat his man in three take-ons.

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His distribution and ability to link play has also been largely dissatisfying on the odd occasion that he has actually been involved in a move, completing only 72% of his attempted passes (48 of 66). He was particularly poor against Palace, completing only 18 of 26 passes.

I do not mean to declare the new boy rubbish, only to highlight the failure of the ‘system’ he’s playing in. With his confidence already looking jaded and the timetable on Cisse’s return still up in the air, what’s our plan over the next few weeks? My assumption would be more of the same.

Most worryingly is that Riviére, at 5’11’’, was the target of six long balls on Saturday. Is this a return to type for the Newcastle attack?

One would hope not when remembering the turgid football on offer during the second half of last season.

Here’s to hoping Riviére can find the back of the net against Southampton come September 13th, but he’ll certainly have to make the most of very little in order to do so.


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