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Two simple Newcastle United changes that would put the opposition on the back foot

5 years ago

Watching Newcastle United on Monday night, yet again it just felt like we held back.

It’s not that I’m disagreeing with Rafa Benitez this season and I still think we will win the league by a country mile but….why when we are clearly the strongest team in the league, do we play with two non-attacking full backs??

Sheff Wed aren’t bad but when man for man you are better than the opposition, surely we should pick players to drive them back. Instead of playing cautiously and inviting them on to us, as every time we have done this we have come unstuck in games. Eventually teams get one chance against us and score…albeit a consolation at the end, or a sneaky winner (like Monday).

Modern football is often played these days with attacking full-backs. Now these players are often better at going forward than they are at defending(!!) – Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Nathaniel Clyne to name but a few. However, they provide pivotal support to the way premiership teams are attacking in the modern game.

So why when we have DeAndre Yedlin and Yachraaf Lazaar fit, are we not picking them?

It would put teams so on the back foot (especially in this league). I watch Yedlin and as soon as we have possession in the centre of the pitch he`s automatically off down the right wing in behind the left-back.

It just forces teams back and doesn’t invite them on to us, which seems to be worryingly happening a lot (especially at St James Park for some reason).

I understand the need next season when we won’t be the strongest team in the division, for more caution, but I just don’t see the point in the over cautious approach at St James Park we are seeing this season.

I also think next season our one point of attack (Shelvey looking for Gayle) will need to be changed/added to, as teams will quickly nullify us.

I’m sure Rafa Benitez has all of this in hand – it was just an observation I`d noticed and thought I’d share.

Let me know what your thoughts are…


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