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Newcastle United Trying To Break The Mould Again

10 years ago

Here are five undeniable, obvious, and unignorable things we learned from the Newcastle United match against Aston Villa.

1. We need to sign a top striker. Riviere is not good enough, and is less good than Perez, who should be a fixture in the present team. Which kind of player would play well with Perez? The love child of Bob Latchford and Wyn Davies.

2. Paul Dummett is better than a lot of people think. For the first time today it became clear to me why Pardew prefers him to Massadio Haidara. Sir Bobby, lest it be forgotten, had a lot of time for Robbie Elliott. Dummett is better than Elliott, in my view.

3. Moussa Sissoko is a great player, and deserves to play in the holding role all the time. He looks really good alongside Jack Colback, who is turning out to be one of the best signings of recent years, although plainly he is not in the same league as Cabaye when it comes to free kicks.

This though surely means an end to the agonies of Vurnon Anita, who will be supplanted by Siem de Jong. Our best current midfield is surely Tiote, Sissoko, and Colback, with Rolando Aarons and Siem de Jong in front.

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4. Gouffran cannot be relied upon, and is a weak and ineffective forward in the mould of Gutierrez. His woeful attempt at a right- foot volley in front of goal made me cringe. He is no better a volleyer than Williamson, whose deficiencies in front of goal are at least excusable. And, needless to say, Pardew duly excused them in his after-match interview.

5. It is telling that Colback is taking free kicks that offer a shot at goal. He is no Cabaye in that department. And it seems nobody else is either. We are not going to score enough goals this year, I fear.

There was a drive from Janmaat, the miss by Gouffran, the shot by de Jong, the header by Williamson, and the first-time effort by Perez. We should have won easily but Villa had the classier efforts on goal. They could have won too.

Once again we are trying to break the mould, reinvent the wheel, and be competitive on the cheap when everyone else is spending the big money which we undoubtedly have too. Once again it is not going to work.


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