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A Whole New Back Four For Newcastle United This Season?

6 years ago

The transfer activity so far that has boosted both the midfield and forwards, has been welcomed by all Newcastle fans, though many still seem to think more are needed.

Putting aside a proven goal scorer most fans would agree that one, if not TWO, new centre-backs are needed, with that 3-1 loss to Malaga only further showing our need for more strength in defence.

Newcastle’s defence last season was mediocre at best and it would appear that it has not improved. Many factors are the cause of Newcastle’s  frequent poor back four displays and selling easily our best defender in Debuchy was a massive step in the wrong direction (but if he wanted to go what can you do?), though his replacement in Janmaat does look like good business if he can step up.

Most would say that this is to be expected when one has an idiotic spineless manager such as Pardew, who wouldn’t know which players to play and where to play them if you gave him a map. His ability to take promising, and even top players, and through bad tactics and bad management, makes them 10 times worse or disowns them (I really feel for poor Benny).

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Others would say that the situation is not helped by having a Captain who is past his prime and no longer seems to want to be at the club.

Then there are those who would go on to say Mapou is the future of our defence when Coloccini leaves and that the once great centre-back who lad his team to the Ligue 1 title is not a right-back and shouldn’t be expected to play in that position.

Taylor, Coloccini, Williamson… I think it is time to start over. A younger, faster, bolder defence. This season (though sadly it won’t happen) these three players (and Debuchy) should be replaced with Janmaat, Mapou, Good, Haidara.

Janmaat and Haidara are defiantly starters for me. Janmaat is a fast Dutch International who is much like Debuchy, only younger, and I see no one in our team who can challenge him. In my opinion Haidara is leaps and bounds ahead of Dummet and Santon hasn’t looked anywhere near good enough in a year and a half, he should be a winger as the lad can’t defend).

Given the pick of Taylor, Mapou, Coloccini, Williamson and Good, I think it’s important that Good becomes a regular. Still developing at 21, this tall Aussie defender is one to keep your eye on. Already having made his international debut for Australia, the defender is by no means inexperienced and I think if given the opportunity and time he could shine.

I think Good is without a doubt the future of Newcastle’s defence. Who is to partner Good is the real question. If Coloccini can’t find his once great form I think Mapou has to start at CENTRE-BACK!!

I think if he’s given time to play in his proper position he could become the player he was only 2 years ago when he was developing into one of France’s best defenders. Taylor and Williamson just aren’t premiership starters in my eyes.

A new bold back four is the only way to go.


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