There’s no cavalry on the way to save Newcastle United
Watching the scousers stick six past Southampton away from home on Wednesday night, the omens for Newcastle v Liverpool are not great.
When it comes to the eight goals conceded against Leicester and Crystal Palace in the last two matches, the only luck that was going was on our side!
Leicester hitting the woodwork and squandering other chances, whilst thankfully Palace settled for coasting to only a 5-1 victory when at 4-1 with almost half the match still to play, it looked like it could get really bad, instead of just woeful.
Going forward, Schmeichel didn’t have a save to make for Leicester, whilst the Palace keeper’s only contribution was to pick Cisse’s header out of the net.
In desperate situations like this, you look for potential changes, especially those returning from injury.
Whilst Newcastle undeniably have had a lot of injuries this season, the truth is that they have been the least of our problems, or excuses that could potentially be used for the dismal showing.
Tim Krul is obviously the first choice keeper but arguably Rob Elliot has been at least as good, if not better, so far on his return to the side.
Other than that, who have we missed/are missing?
Players such as Taylor, Lascelles, Tiote and Obertan would have been in very few supporters’ first elevens at the start of the season, whilst the promising but permanently injured Rolando Aarons hasn’t even started a Premier League match so far in his career. As for Haidara, he is no better or worse than Paul Dummett, each with their own respective inherent faults.
The squad is what it is, yes Newcastle named 25 senior players in the squad they had to name for the Premier League but just how many of those players were we counting on.
The simple fact is that there is no cavalry riding over the hills/Tyne Bridge to rescue the situation.
However, that hasn’t stopped the local media in particular from claiming that there is going to be a major shake-up in the team to face Liverpool.
Sadly, there aren’t any obvious players to come in and make a difference, it is a case of shaking up the same cast and hoping they react in a positive manner, something that has been a rarity so far.
The possible changes talked about, would appear to be Mitrovic, Marveaux, Mbabu, Thauvin, Gouffran, Williamson, Tiote and de Jong.
The idea of Marveaux starting must surely be seen as a joke, whilst Mbabu wasn’t in the 18 man squad at Palace so is presumably still injured/not fit.
With Cheick Tiote, even if he is fit, you are just swapping one problem for another if you include him.
Which to me, leaves us with Mitrovic, Thauvin, de Jong and Williamson.
In an interview last night, Williamson came across as very bullish when it came to starting on Sunday.
I think it is last throw of the dice for McClaren and he will play him, though whether he drops Coloccini to make way remains to be seen. At half-time the Head Coach went to five at the back with (the now injured) Lascelles replacing Ayoze Perez.
I think that Williamson will be one of two likely changes with I think de Jong finally getting his chance, not that I agree with it but I think Perez will be the one to drop out.
Cisse actually did ok on top of his goal, despite the service being almost non-existent at Palace. So I think Mitrovic, along with Thauvin, will be kept in reserve for if/when things fall apart once again.
There will be no hiding place on Sunday with the players stepping out in front of their own supporters and a worldwide TV audience, the potential for a very embarrassing 90 minutes is huge – let’s hope they show that they do care about playing for Newcastle United, we don’t ask for much.
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