Charlie Nicholas says Newcastle United are going to continue to struggle
Charlie Nicholas has been talking about the issues Newcastle United currently have.
The Sky Sports pundit declaring ‘Newcastle are better deployed sitting in and are better suited playing two up front but they cannot really do that…’
I have read that line through a few times and I still don’t understand what he is saying.
Surely it is one thing or the other, either better off ‘sitting in’ or ‘playing two up front’, not the two together.
Either way, he still thinks Newcastle’s struggles will continue, with probably a home draw on Sunday that is unlikely to be enough to take Steve Bruce’s team out of the relegation zone.
Maybe the most cutting comment is when Charlie Nicholas says about Wolves: ‘They play well against the bigger teams and then struggle against the likes of Southampton, who defend deep and make it very awkward for them’, the obvious inference is that certainly Newcastle United are now banded together with the likes of the Saints.
It isn’t that Newcastle should be automatically one of the ‘bigger’ teams BUT they should at least be trying to be.
Good luck to the likes of Wolves because they are having a go, backing the manager and trying to have a go.
However, it is so frustrating because what they are doing is at least the level of aspiration Newcastle United should have. For all kinds of reasons NUFC have far more scope than Wolves, a potential that has no chance of being realised under Mike Ashley.
Wolves have only spent five seasons (including this current one) in the top flight since 1984, were in the fourth tier in the 80s and only six years ago in League One.
Only three years ago when in the same division, Newcastle were averaging over 51,000 whilst Wolves were getting crowds as low as 17,000.
It is the same with Leicester City, in the third tier a decade ago and thanks to owners with ambition they actually won the Premier League! Yes that was a real coming together of other factors as well BUT without ambitious owners it couldn’t have happened. The Foxes have gone on to reach the last eight of the Champions League and are currently third in the Premier League.
Newcastle United don’t have any right to be above Wolves and Leicester BUT I think Newcastle fans are correct in thinking NUFC should at least be competing properly with them in terms of ambition.
Charlie Nicolas talking to Sky Sports:
“I watched the Wolves game last week and it was the same problem as last season.
“They play well against the bigger teams and then struggle against the likes of Southampton, who defend deep and make it very awkward for them.
“Wolves need to get it down and feed it into the partnerships.
“We expect more quality with what we are seeing from them at the moment.
“Meanwhile, Newcastle have the stress and strain of whether they attack or counter-attack, which is more of what they are used to.
“The supporters would prefer them to have a go, with Joelinton and Miguel Almiron, who has the pace and energy but cannot score goals.
“Do they commit to going for it, or do they just rely on the Longstaff brothers?
“Steve Bruce will know he has to be careful.
“Newcastle are better deployed sitting in and are better suited playing two up front but they cannot really do that, so it will be another struggle of a game.
“Prediction is Newcastle 1 Wolves 1.”
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