Newcastle Relegation Players Of 2008/09 vs Today’s? Fan Vote Results Now In
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…
We asked the fans and thanks to the thousands of you who responded and voted.
We took 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 we 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 then asked you to choose the eleven players who are the strongest in matched pairs, to try and 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?
Here are the votes of each matched pair with the percentage vote each player got compared to their ‘rival’.
Shay Given (64%) v Tim Krul (36%)
Habib Beye (32%) v Daryl Janmaat (68%)
Sebastien Bassong (79%) v Mike Williamson (21%)
Fabricio Coloccini 2008/09 (55%) v Fabricio Coloccini 2014/15 (45%)
Jose Enrique (96%) v Paul Dummett (4%)
Damien Duff (16%) v Moussa Sissoko (84%)
Nicky Butt (33%) v Jack Colback (67%)
Danny Guthrie (4%) v Cheick Tiote (96%)
Jonas Gutierrez (79%) v Yoan Gouffran (21%)
Obafemi Martins (76%) v Remy Cabella (24%)
Michael Owen (20%) v Papiss Cisse (80%)
The results from fans are quite remarkable as they almost perfectly cut in half the two teams.
Five from each of the two teams easily get a much higher vote than their competitor.
Stuck right in the middle as the eleventh choice is the Coloccini of 2008/09 and the present day version, with fans marginally rating that 08/09 model as superior.
The conclusion must be that supporters see little difference in terms of ability in the two teams but can this current one pick itself up off the floor and climb up the table.
Other striking factors come with four of that 2008/09 team making up four of the five positions at the back, pointing to the massive weakness there today, summed up by letting in two goals or more in eleven of the last fifteen Premier League matches.
In midfield it is a happier story with only Jonas of that 08/09 team making it in.
Up front, as we all know Newcastle are now at least one striker short, with Cisse making the eleven but Cabella’s poor form so far making sure he didn’t.
Fingers crossed, that the end result won’t be as tight as this team selection proved to be…
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