Peter Crouch analyses the Newcastle United attacking threat…It’s not good
Peter Crouch was on duty on Sunday night.
The former striker now making a name for himself with his Match of The Day punditry.
Last night, Crouch was given the job of analysing Newcastle’s attacking threat…
Before the Wolves game, the NUFC forward trio of Saint-Maximin, Joelinton and Almiron had contributed one Premier League goal and no assists between them.
After yesterday’s 1-1 draw, it still stands at one goal and no assists after a combined 26 PL appearances this season between them.
Peter Crouch says that he has got some sympathy for Joelinton because having played as a striker himself, Crouch knows how tough it can be with such poor service and little support.
The MOTD pundit said the Wolves game once again showed players such as Almiron and ASM making bad decisions on the rare occasions Newcastle did threaten.
As for the answer?
I think that surely Steve Bruce needs to take the lion’s share of the blame as there appears to be no viable/credible plan whatsoever in how the team are supposed to be creating chances.
Peter Crouch speaking on Match of The Day 2:
“I feel a little bit sorry for him (Joelinton).
“Those stats are bad reading, one goal and no assists in the front three (Joelinton, Almiron and ASM) in all those games (10 PL games now this season). I feel a little bit sorry for him at times.
“Early on in the game they tried to hit him but look at the support around him…
“Saint-Maximin and Almiron are supposed to be close but look how far they are away from him. It’s a hopeful ball aimed up to him, I mean what is he supposed to do with it?
“I have played in that position myself and you need runners, you need support and he didn’t get that in the first half.
“This one sort of epitomised it for me. Almiron’s got the pace it is four v three, two runners down the right hand side, Joelinton going through the middle. If he (Almiron) carries on driving, it’s a four v three situation, he picks the wrong pass and that was the problem all day.
“They (ASM and Almiron) have got something, Almiron’s got something, but he hasn’t scored a goal and hasn’t had an assist since he’s been at the football club and that’s terrible reading for an attacking player.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 – Sunday 27 October 2pm
Jamaal Lascelles 37, Sean Longstaff red card 82
Possession was Wolves 57% Newcastle 43%
Total shots were Wolves 13 Newcastle 13
Shots on target were Wolves 5 Newcastle 2
Corners were Wolves 6 Newcastle 3
Referee: Kevin Friend
Newcastle team v Wolves:
Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems, M Longstaff (Atsu 90), S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin (Gayle 90)), Almiron, Joelinton (Shelvey 85)
Darlow, Dummett, Muto, Krafth
Crowd: 46,019 (3,235 Wolves)
(I’m still hoping NUFC make me regret giving up my season ticket…Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 – Read HERE)
(The official highlights from Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 – Watch HERE)
(More embarrassing Steve Bruce comments after Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 – Read HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 – Read HERE)
(NUFC fans taunted with ‘Where’s your famous atmosphere?’ by media after Newcastle 1 Wolves 1 – Read HERE)
(The positives and negatives from the draw with Wolves – Read HERE)
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