Dwight Gayle was the name on the lips of many Newcastle fans on Saturday night but for all the wrong reasons.
The Newcastle number nine could have had a hat-trick if he’d put all of his chances away but it is far too simplistic to suggest that it is simply down to this, why United didn’t win against Swansea.
The bottom line as well is that none of the chances were total sitters, yes he could have done better but I think it was only the second headed chance from a Perez cross where the odds should have been in his favour, in terms of scoring from that position.
The other chances that came the way of Dwight Gayle were half-chances for me.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be expecting more from the former Palace player but I do think Newcastle fans allow themselves to be carried along with the modern era media trend, where you focus on one thing and do it to death.
Ian Wright went on at length about Gayle’s missed chances, whilst I then saw comments from Newcastle fans on social media, who had clearly only seen brief highlights.
Bottom line is that other players (Perez and Atsu etc) actually missed even better chances in my opinion on Saturday but more than that, if you watched the whole game then Newcastle’s problems are far deeper than missing a few chances.
The last seven PL home games have seen Newcastle not win a single one and fail to score in five of them.
Yes we had a flurry of chances in a period in the first half against Swansea but even against a really poor bottom of the table side, Newcastle created next to nothing after the break.
Once again the lack of creativity is crippling, Ritchie contributes next to nothing going forward in open play, whilst on the other side it was one of those games where Atsu was totally anonymous.
Diame put a shift in but can’t create anything, whilst Perez runs around to little effect as usual.
As for Jonjo Shelvey…with Newcastle not having a style of play of players to suit, and/or the quality to take advantage, when Shelvey is needed to do anything other than long passes, he is so limited. His lack of mobility is crippling and he struggles to run past any opposing player – we have nobody who can carry the ball in the middle of the pitch, a major problem with Perez as well.
Going back to Dwight Gayle, he has missed some chances this season but to be fair, overall he hasn’t exactly had very many to miss, it’s not like he is Morata at Chelsea who has been regularly put in behind the opposition and fails to convert.
What Newcastle are really desperate for is a quality number 10 in my opinion, which sadly we look to have no chance of getting this month and will have to struggle on.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Swansea 1
Newcastle: Joselu 68
Swansea: Ayew 60
Possession was Swansea 58% Newcastle 42%
Total shots were Swansea 8 Newcastle 12
Shots on target were Swansea 5 Newcastle 4
Corners were Swansea 5 Newcastle 4
Referee: Graham Scott
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Merino 82), Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 64), Perez
Elliot, Haidara, Manquillo, Hayden, Murphy
Crowd: 51,444 (Swansea 1,100)
(Alan Shearer spells it out after watching Newcastle 1 Swansea 1 – Read it HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Swansea draw HERE)
(Swansea boss says Newcastle lucky to avoid red card, penalty and defeat – Read it HERE)
(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after the game HERE)