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Newcastle United – The return of the (non-) entertainers

6 months ago
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Watching Newcastle United isn’t easy these days.

We took relegation on the chin yet again under Mike Ashley, rallied behind Rafa Benitez and came straight back up.

The expected expenditure on some Premier League players didn’t happen in summer 2017 and Rafa set his team up accordingly.

The Newcastle fans accepted that watching some quite desperate negative football would be necessary if the side were to survive.

Last season saw only 39 goals scored, with 47 conceded, making it on average a goal every 40 minutes in each of the 2017/18 Newcastle matches.

A sacrifice worth making as surely things could only get better in terms of investing in some better quality players so Newcastle could play some better football, far better matches to look forward to this season…

A £20m+ profit on transfer deals rather than any net investment in the team, unbelievable.

The Fulham match on Saturday was the worst ever, there has been plenty of competition already this season in terms of shocking football games which had very little or no entertainment.

A goalless draw at home to the team rock bottom and very little attempt at encouraging any attacking open football was a new low. Huddersfield was really terrible last week as well but when you win that all seems to be forgotten about.

In fact, only Huddersfield have scored less goals than Rafa’s players and when it comes to total goals for and against, Newcastle are at the very bottom of the pile.

There have only been 36 goals scored in the 18 NUFC PL matches this season, less than any other club’s fans have seen.

At the very top are Arsenal and Man Utd, whose who have both seem 64 goals in total this season.

Burnley, Cardiff and Fulham have all seen 52 goals or more in their matches so far.

Nobody of course enjoys seeing the opposition score but surely in games such as yesterday, Newcastle could play a more open style of football to try and increase their own chances of scoring!

Saturday was also the fourth goalless draw of Newcastle’s season, all against teams that you might think Newcastle should have been trying to beat – Southampton, Palace, Cardiff and Fulham.

Premier League clubs – Number of goals scored this season and then split between home and away games in brackets (Everton and Tottenham play on Sunday so their totals are from 17 PL matches, all the rest after 18):

64 Arsenal (40 and 24)

64 Man Utd (34 and 30)

58 Fulham (16 and 42)

58 Man City (50 and 13)

56 Cardiff (18 and 38)

55 Bournemouth (27 and 28)

52 Southampton (19 and 33)

52 Burnley (16 and 36)

52 West Ham (25 and 27)

50 Chelsea (35 and 15)

50 Watford (25 and 25)

47 Tottenham (31 and 16)

46 Everton (24 and 22)

46 Brighton (20 and 26)

46 Liverpool (39 and 7)

44 Huddersfield (11 and 31)

43 Leicester (22 and 21)

42 Palace (17 and 25)

40 Wolves (19 and 21)

36 Newcastle United (14 and 22)
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