The biggest positive of this Newcastle team
The recent run of wins has seen fans and pundits (plus most likely Alan Pardew himself…) scratching their heads to try and explain the change in fortunes for this Newcastle team.
Teamwork and team spirit have been put forward by many and I wouldn’t disagree.
However, I think one of the biggest, if not the biggest, positive this season comes from something that could potentially mark this team down as something totally different from the one that finished fifth in 2011/12.
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There is still a long long way to go but if Newcastle could get key players off the injured list and invest in quality in January, at the very least a striker, then there could be a great platform to go forward from.
That team of 2011/12 massively relied on goals scored out of absolute nothing, especially players such as Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse and Ba scoring exceptional goals out of nothing.
Unless my memory is totally distorted, an overwhelming number of goals were scored via individual talent rather than a coming together of interplay between players.
This is where I think we have promising signs this season. Newcastle do need to score more goals if they want to build on this recent winning run, but the great thing is that the goals that have gone in have invariably been the end product of teamwork.
Whether it is Perez against Spurs and Liverpool, Coloccini at West Brom or Sissoko yesterday for the winner against QPR, the goals have come at the end of a team move, rather than a Ben Arfa or Cisse lashing the ball in from a ridiculous position.
Obviously there have been some sparking moments such as Perez’ finish at West Brom, but even that was a result of a very good cross from Daryl Janmaat.
Another big big positive is the spread of goals, already nine different players have scored in the Premier League this season.
Last year there were only 11 different scorers all season, the same number as in that fifth place finish of 2011/12.
These are the Premier League scorers so far for United.
If Newcastle can develop this pattern of scoring team goals and have more and more players taking responsibility for scoring the goals, then who knows what can be achieved.
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