As we enter mid-December we can take a look back and what has been a season full of confusion, disappointment and the sense that there is a lack of direction from the playing staff come match day.
Looking back at last weekend’s (Sun 6th Dec) game against Liverpool, Newcastle showed a lot of character to show the rest of the league that they are in fact still here and will do anything to avoid relegation. The driving force behind Newcastle’s impressive win on the day was the little Dutch Genie, Georginio Wijnaldum. On the day Newcastle had a total of 5 shots, with 4 of those shots including both goals coming from the boot of Gini. He is the one player in the team who has been the most consistent this season often being the only shining light within the match day squads.
Wijnaldum celebrates Newcastle’s opener against Liverpool – Courtesy of telegraph
Looking at his stats so far this season, taking in mind that he is playing for a team who have been in the relegation zone for the best part of the season, he has made 15 appearances, scoring 7 goals (including 4 against Norwich), has a shot accuracy of 68%, he has created 17 chances and has an 83% average pass accuracy.
Watching Newcastle’s game against Tottenham there are a lot of positives to take out of it. A lacklustre first half was replaced with a second half full of determination and desire to get back into the game, with more chances being created than there have been in most Newcastle games this season. For the second time in two years Ayoze Perez has scored a late goal for Newcastle to come back from a losing position to win the game.
The desire that Newcastle have begun to show in recent weeks has been fantastic to watch, it’s clear Newcastle are a team that should never have found themselves in the relegation zone, but with the current desire and hunger to improve we should see them continue to rise of the league table. With two good performances against Liverpool and Tottenham it all comes down to the game against Aston Villa next weekend, Villa bottom of the table are a must win for Newcastle.
Brief look at Newcastle’s loanee
One of the most exciting Newcastle prospects in Adam Armstrong continues to impress for Coventry City in League 1. Having scored 13 goals in his 17 league appearances so far this season. He’s definitely a talented youngster, and playing regularly will only be fantastic for his confidence and self-belief.
Adam Armstrong celebrates after scoring – Photo courtesy of SkySports