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The Heroes and Villains at Newcastle United

5 years ago
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So after Newcastle United got that dramatic win at Brighton against our former manager, we are sitting in a nice place going into these next few matches.

If we win our next three (Huddersfield away, Reading away, Fulham home), I honestly think that’s it and we are promoted – I don’t care if Rafa plays Gayle in goal and starts playing up front himself.

So, our season so far has been odd, we have had a few stand out performances like away at QPR, some hard fought ones such as home to Norwich, and some shockers.

Thing is, we haven’t run away with the league yet….

Anyhow, so far our campaign has had a few standout players and ones who’s continued inclusion drives me mental (ginger midfielders!!)

Here is my list of Heroes and Villains, (one for each general area of play to keep it short)

Heroes:

Karl Darlow – Honestly, why we brought another keeper is mental.

Yes he is learning and prone to a few…moments –  but this guy has saved us more points than the rest of the team put together.

Ciaran Clark – How he isn’t our captain amazes me more and more each match.

With our captain playing a different game than football sometimes, Clarke’s presence in the back four makes for a soothing presence. What a signing!

Jonjo Shelvey – Without him we don’t tick.

It’s so simple and teams have figured that out (boo) but if they give him space and more importantly, team mates read his passes, he is our game changer. Able to turn defence and pressure into a goal.

Dwight Gayle – Not much needs to be said.

He is an out and out goal scorer, putting other more expensive options to shame. Hope he continues his form to the Premier League!

Villains (Only my opinion so feel free to disagree…)

Matz Sels – Don’t need to write too much about him as he hasn’t played for so long.

Fact he isn’t even getting on the bench now says it all.

Paul Dummett – Even at championship level is outplayed 9/10 times.

His range of passing is awful, his speed is more like erosion than a racing car and he doesn’t link up with the winger.

Mohamed Diame – He has got to be even more frustrating than Sissoko.

He can score amazing goals and flukes but most of the time he may as well be signing fans’ shirts as he is not contributing to the team.

If he gets more solid and doesn’t fall over and give the ball away each time the wind changes, he would be good. Otherwise sell him for a discount at the end of the season.

Mitro – I had trouble picking between him and Perez, neither will end up playing at a decent level.

I chose Mitro and whilst he clearly loves the toon and fans, for a big unit he never wins a header, can’t head at goal, can’t shoot at goal, and always looks like he wishes he was somewhere other than a football pitch.

Feel free to comment and say why I am completely wrong, a Mackem (I am not, I left Colback out!) and brain dead.

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