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Rubbish strikers is not main reason for low Newcastle United goals total

3 years ago
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The Newcastle United goals total speaks for itself.

Only 27 in 29 Premier League matches, so it doesn’t take a genius to know that if you average less than one goal per match, you aren’t going to win many games.

Or even avoid defeat, unless your defending is significantly better than going forward…

In 22 of the 29 Premier League games, Newcastle have scored either one (11 times) or zero (11 times).

Only seven times have United scored more than one goal and only once in the last 11 matches has that happened, just as well Jamaal Lascelles has stayed fit!

Whenever pundits talk about it, or two or more Newcastle fans meet in the pub, the focus is on the strikers not being up to the job.

However, I honestly don’t think that is our biggest problem.

I think Dwight Gayle gets a really tough time of it from pundits and especially fans.

Saturday was a case in point, totally isolated, hardly getting a pass never mind presented with a chance, yet I have read/heard plenty fans moaning about his lack of contribution in the game.

Obviously there are better strikers Newcastle could get but I think Gayle is far better than people are willing to accept.

Even Joselu would score a few more I think if the real problem had been addressed last summer.

The supply line is Newcastle’s main problem, not the strikers, maybe Dwight Gayle should have seven or eight goals based on the chances he has had but hand on heart, if he has more than one decent chance in a game then he is very lucky.

The centre of midfield gives next to no support to the striker(s) and most of the time our wingers are really extra defenders.

I am not criticising them, they do their best they can do, but the quality is generally missing.

As further proof, it isn’t just creating goals, just look below at how few midfielders and wingers have scored themselves.

Newcastle United have scored 27 goals in their 29 Premier League matches, the scorers:

5 Gayle

4 Joselu

3 Lascelles

2 Perez, Clark, Atsu, Diame

1 Mitrovic, Hayden, Merino, Murphy, Ritchie, Saivet, own goal

Breakdown by position:

Strikers 12

Central midfielders 5

Wingers 4

Centre-backs 5

Own goals 1

Newcastle’s centre-backs have scored as many goals as the central midfielders, the likes of Merino and Hayden only scoring one each, whilst Shelvey hasn’t got a single one. Diame surprisingly emerging as both our best central midfielder AND goal threat from that position.

I think with half decent service Dwight Gayle is more than capable of scoring 15 goals or more in a season but he has been feeding on scraps.

New goalscorers are essential in the summer but ahead of them in the queue are creative players to supply them.
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