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On a wing and a prayer

6 years ago

A mixed bag of results so far, if two results count as a mixed bag that is.

Positives can be taken from the Southampton performance, whereas the Swansea one drew parallels with last season’s Leicester performance.

As the performances so far suggest, we need to tighten up at the back both home & away and we certainly need to start posing more of a threat going forward away from home, but I’d hope this was part of McClaren’s brief when he arrived.

Simple balls into the box seem to be a major threat to us and the full-backs’ reluctance/inability to stop the cross coming in, in the first place, isn’t helping. This could partially be because the new way the team is set-up, where the centre backs split, has the full backs higher up the pitch and is going to take some time to adjust to.

It’s early days though, the squad is adjusting to a new manager and coaching team, not to mention a poor pre season schedule where the squad travelled nigh on 1,000 miles across the U.S. to play the Dallas Carpets B-team (no disrespect), or whoever, wasn’t ideal.

The mackems followed a similar schedule and they aren’t exactly pulling up any trees in the league either (mind, that might have nowt to do with a poor pre season).

We still have the ‘Sky Sports Transfer Window’ hanging around like a bad smell.

Twitter is awash with Newcastle fans crying out for a centre back, a left back, a striker…but we’ve signed a winger, which means we’ve spent north of around £45 million this summer, how many of us would envisaged that happening?

There’s good arguments for bringing in a couple of defenders of first team quality. A commanding centre back, a left back and cover at right back.

If  they came in at the eleventh hour, then the first team would look significantly different to the one that just about maintained its status in the self professed best league in the world last season.

Defenders, yes I’d be inclined to bring at least one more in.

However, no matter how you rate Williamson, Taylor et al, they’re still taking a wage from the club and I would’ve thought that one or two would need to be moved on before that happened.

I see our season having it’s ups and downs, as does most seasons, off days and surprise results will probably balance each other out and we’ll finish anywhere between 9th-13th.

I know that doesn’t exactly get the heart racing but it’s up to the lads, with wor backing, to prove their worth and aim higher than that.

Speaking of surprise results, how about giving it a reet good gan and getting one against Man Utd at Old Trafford on Saturday? I think then we’d have our ‘mixed bag’.

Howay me bonny lads!!!

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