How Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City contributed to Newcastle’s downfall
Newcastle may have dropped to the second tier but clubs such as Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are still impacting on NUFC.
Huddersfield may have struggled last season and only finished three places above the relegation slot but there are maybe good reasons as to why they made it two Championship wins this season out of two, at St James Park.
With a number of factors impacting on clubs below the Premier League, particularly the strict FFP (financial fair play) rules, Championship sides are increasingly competing for the best loan players on the market.
When Newcastle took on Huddersfield on Saturday, they ended up facing players who are on the books of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, plus a Bundesliga striker for good measure.
Liverpool’s Danny Ward was in goal, Manchester City’s Aaron Mooy was arguably the best player on the pitch in midfield, with Elias Kachunga from Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt up front and giving Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle a few lessons in how to lead the line.
Then when Newcastle were gifted a chance to get back into the game with the penalty incident, Huddersfield’s instant response was to bring on Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer to get a grip once again in the midfield.
Whilst Brendan Galloway is still claimed to be on his way to Newcastle, it is still slightly bizarre that United haven’t utilised the loan market yet.
When it comes to attracting players when you are in the Championship, you can understand why better quality players would think twice about committing longer term. Surely a combination of playing under Rafa Benitez in front of fifty thousand fans, would be of interest to any player where a loan deal is the best option in the short-term.
Even on the opening day against Fulham, Tomas Kalas was probably the Cottagers’ best player as he snuffed out any attacking threat from the likes of Gayle and Perez.
The Czech international centre-back is a Chelsea player and they paid over £5m for him as an 18 year old six years ago, maybe not a long-term fix for Fulham but certainly a player with the kind of profile who can be a rock in the heart of your defence.
No need for Newcastle to rely on half a team of loan signings but surely with inspiration and the left hand side of the pitch totally lacking, the loan market plus Rafa’s contacts can surely land Newcastle some players to lift the quality of the first eleven.
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