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Chelsea v Newcastle showed 5 players to take us forward and 5 who can’t

7 years ago

Couldn’t get down to Stamford Bridge today so had to settle for watching Chelsea v Newcastle in the pub.

Was great to see Newcastle showing some attacking intent and giving everybody a lift after the shambles of the last couple of weeks.

No goals but a lot of promise and I think today summed up where we are at, Newcastle United have got half a team to take them forward from what was on show today.

Tim Krul is a no-brainer but when it came down to the outfield players there were five good and five…not so good.

At the back Daryl Janmaat was excellent yet again and able to match anything the blues threw at him, except when he was outnumbered.

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Colback was steady as you go in midfield, while Sissoko was a massive presence with his physicality and ability to run with the ball.

Ayoze Perez is a real star and has so much confidence considering the jump he has made from the Spanish second tier, while the great news was that Remy Cabella is a player and in the right team and with the right encouragement he has all the talent necessary.

On the other hand we saw yet again that Williamson is appalling and never in a million years is a Premier League player.

Then you have Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran whose main abilities are to be anonymous and contribute nothing of substance.

Paul Dummett is not a Premier League left-back but could be a squad player in the middle, while Fabricio Coloccini blows hot and cold and was responsible for the first goal.

We need to get centre-backs who are at the level that Janmaat is on the right.

As ever it comes back to glass half full or empty – it showed we have a bit of both today.

Players such as Sissoko, Janmaat and Perez can only carry the likes of Williamson, Gouffran and Anita so far.

Glass Half Full – Janmaat, Colback, Sissoko, Perez, Cabella

Glass Half Empty – Coloccini, Williamson, Anita, Gouffran, Dummett


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