1993, 2010, 2017? Newcastle United looking for a statement of intent
Since 1984, 33 years ago, the only promotions Newcastle United supporters have experienced were in 1993 and 2010.
Both times the club went up as Champions and the final straight saw fans buzzing as they saw a superiority and swagger that said ‘we are better than this second tier’ and we’re going to head into the Premier League with every intention of proving ourselves.
In the 1992/93 season, Kevin Keegan brought in Scott Sellars, Mark Robinson and Andy Cole with a couple of months of the season remaining.
Cole scoring 12 goals in 12 games and Newcastle winning seven of the final eight games, scoring 23 goals, including seven on the final day of the season against Leicester.
In the 2009/10 promotion campaign, Chris Hughton inspired his players to a final stretch of 13 wins and three draws in the last 16 matches, scoring 41 goals.
This season, Newcastle are going to get promoted, but the run-in has become a bit of a slog.
As we wait for Rafa’s team to show their class and finish the job in style, instead the last eight Championship matches have produced only two wins.
Possibly an even worse indicator is that those last eight games have produced only seven goals.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that if you can’t score against Championship clubs, it isn’t going to get any easier if back in the top tier next season.
Promoted teams really need to hit the ground running if they are going to have a chance of enjoying life in the top division and momentum from the season before is surely a key part of that.
Rafa Benitez can only do so much and once the players step onto the pitch, it is down to them.
Yes, you can say that at times the tactics have been too negative but surely this set of players should be capable of scoring more than seven goals in the last 12+ hours of football, no matter how they are told to line up on the pitch.
We all just want to see desire, players demanding the chance to show what they can do in the Premier League.
Instead, we get the likes of Diame and Perez (and others) strolling through matches, as though this season and their futures are guaranteed.
We need hunger for success and Newcastle fans just aren’t seeing that at the moment.
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