I didn’t see anything last night to convince me Newcastle United can get out of this.
Perhaps we were a bit tighter than past games – but that’s all. A loss is still a loss when we are in dire need of points. Undoubtedly Leicester were nervous and that helped make us look better than we actually were.
We continue to run up blind alleys. We cannot string a passing sequence together. We can’t win the second ball. We are abysmal at making or creating chances – and even worse at capitalising on the few we do get.
Sissoko should be punted back into Ligue 1 with all the venom of a Johnny Wilkinson drop kick. He is a waste of a shirt as far as I am concerned. With the goal before him he managed to not shoot AND give his pass away. In another potential chance he managed to get tangled up with Mitro. Gini – ‘player of the year’- is once again not far behind in my estimation as his input and outcome was equally unproductive.
Anita isn’t PL standard and Colback is not and never will be a LB. Janmatt, for all his running, has no end product and is far too often woefully out of position. When your LB and RB get further upfield than your ‘creative’ midfielder does (in a ‘defensive’ minded system) something needs addressing.
We are bad enough, without so called talented players not being able to do the basics of a professional football player.
Mitro is going to threaten no one’s goal with his back towards it, chesting balls backwards in midfield and zero balls played into a goal scoring opportunity for him. Why hang your hopes solely on a 21 year old (PL newbie) when we have a 19 year old Geordie who has banged in 19 from 30 while out on loan?
Vardy had a similar tally in his second season at Leicester after making his move from non-League. Surely his pace and current form is a better bet than an unfit loan striker?
No excuses can make up for the fact we once again looked toothless and clueless.
I won’t hold Rafa accountable for inheriting a team of complete lightweights. But – 80 million spent by Ashley’s ‘A’ team really needs to be highlighted for what it is – money wasted by people who have no clue about building a football team and no culpability for that failure.
Yes, most of us really expected nothing more than a hopeful draw against the deserved League leaders. But on an evening when they could so easily have been taken advantage of, we once again had nothing to offer. Regardless of whether our defence improves, we have little, if anything, in the other two thirds of the pitch.
None of this bodes well for Sunday.