Newcastle United riding a wave of confidence to safety?
Good Window? The jury is most definitely still out!
I think we are all in agreement that the club is well and truly in the mire after a long standing series of failures in the transfer market, culminating in another round last summer of purchases of questionable talent and lack of top flight experience.
For the most part, the summer saw a collection of potential and gambles brought in – what we all saw as a case of Carr hoping to pull out another Cabaye.
The trouble was, the fans were all left scratching their heads at the Thauvin deal which essentially saw us pay £12m quid to swap one lightweight French midfielder for another and we now all know how well that particular one worked out.
So now after seriously struggling in the league, are we pleased to finally have the chance to bring in some talent and have we done a decent job? Well the jury is most definitely still out on that one.
No one can argue that we have at least given things a good shout – we’ve brought in midfield reinforcements in the shape of two England internationals, although we still couldn’t get through a window without opting for an unheard of cheap Ligue 1 signing…thanks to Graham I’m guessing.
Shelvey proved in his first game that he can make a difference, although it can’t all be down to him. Townsend should hopefully provide some natural width and pace, some good creativity on the other wing to our usual Janmaat outlet, as well as chip in with a few goals with any luck.
Much has been made of our lack of firepower and our inability to field a decent back four. We have added a striker, albeit on loan, in the shape of 39 year old Seydou Doumbia…wait he’s how old?
Alright, 28 year old…and in fairness he looks like he has the pace and skill to give us a boost, but again it’s the lack of proven Premiership goal scoring that worries me.
With no deal forthcoming for Berahino or Remy, perhaps this is the best we could hope for and certainly sits better than going after Gomis.
However, despite some last minute desperation in the defensive department we are going to finish the season with the same defence that has seen us so far achieve the 3rd worst goals conceded record in the league this season…it doesn’t bode too well it is safe to say.
And this last minute deadline day scramble is what is so annoying for fans who have had to watch the dross on offer this season and knew exactly what was needed and where we needed it for a few months now.
How is it that the heirarchy in charge can’t see and/or don’t act on this themselves?
No one can question Ashley this window in putting his money into the mix, but it just goes down as another example of the lack of organisation and proper running of this club.
So will we have enough to stay up?
It’s so far from certain that you may as well flip a coin.
We have what looks like a decent midfield now, with options. The issues are at the front and back, where we are either relying on some turn around in confidence/form and a new signing hitting the ground running (ala Cisse when he first came), or the same players somehow turning into a competent defensive unit despite injuries (and lack of suitability) giving us no recognised left back.
Let’s hope we have enough players desperate enough to prove themselves ahead of the Euros to drag us out of this mess.
Personally, I suspect much will depend on getting an immediate lift from the incoming players and then riding that wave of confidence to safety…but I fear that if we don’t get off to a good start then we will be going down for sure.
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