How Do Newcastle Relegation Players Of 2008/09 Match Up To Today’s? Vote Now
Many people said back in 2008/09 that the Newcastle United team was too good for relegation.
Moving forward to 2014/15 many fans/pundits are saying that Newcastle United’s team are too good to be considered relegation candidates…
How does this current ‘new look’ Alan Pardew team compare to the players who took Newcastle United down in 2009?
We have taken the eleven players who played the most in that relegation season (only exception is Steven Taylor who was the centre-back with the third most appearances behind Coloccini/Bassong, leaving him out to accommodate a midfielder in the shape of Danny Guthrie who had the next most number of appearances, to make up a balanced team).
Then matched them with the players who appear to be our first eleven now, with Davide Santon and Siem De Jong left out as long-term injuries and unlikely to figure for some time.
We’d like you to choose the eleven players who are the strongest in the matched pairs, please try to compare what standard those relegated players were at in that 2008/09 season (rather than what they became, for better or worse, afterwards) and match them with the players in today’s team.
Should we be reassured that today’s players are generally of a higher level and will kick into gear soon, or do we really have to start worrying?
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