Many Newcastle United fans will be sticking with the idea that McClaren is still building his team and getting them to play his style of football, at least until the end of September. By then the new players and older players should understand where Steve McClaren and his coaching staff are taking the club.
Having seen two matches over the opening weeks of the Premier league we’ve had two different performances from Newcastle.
The match against Southampton was exciting and end to end with both teams looking to impress on the opening day of the season. In what seems like typical fashion Newcastle conceded the first goal having been dominating in the early stages of the game. Graziano Pelle put Southampton ahead with an early goal. For a change this seemed to galvanize Newcastle as the game went on. As half time was approaching a deflected cross was met by the chest of Cisse to level the scores. Newcastle got off to a flyer in the second half as Gabriel Obertan showed potential as he used his pace to chase down a ball that had been cleared and to then center the ball perfectly for an incoming Wijnaldum who headed home from the center of the box. Southampton restored parity late on via a header from forward Shane Long. An exciting game which promises so much for Newcastle in the future.
The second performance so far this season was very disappointing from a Newcastle point of view as they failed to really get into the game against Swansea. A red card for Daryl Janmaat in the first half didn’t help matters as Newcastle was forced to play a large period of the game with 10 men. Despite the tough fixture and the loss some of the players looked good and seem to be settling into the side comfortably. Notably it was nice to see Mbemba shift out to the right when Steven Taylor came on to replace an injured Sissoko to help with the defensive duties left by Janmaat. Versatility in the squad is vital to ensure all positions are covered.
Taking a brief look away from Newcastle, young striker Adam Armstrong (18) is proving to be a fantastic loan signing for League 1 side Coventry City having scored 5 goals in his 3 games so far for the club. Definitely one to lead the line for Newcastle in the future.
It’s clear to me and probably many other Newcastle United supporters out there that Newcastle are in desperate need of a center back as Coloccini seems to be struggling to get back to his very best. While we still have Williamson and Taylor both seem to be out of favour, with the former having a seriously love hate relationship with man of the fans. Having said that, it looks like Newcastle may well be on the verge of signing French winger Florian Thauvin, with Cabela moving the opposite direction albeit on loan, and while this signing will excite the fans it will not solve the defensive frailties that have been plaguing Newcastle for some time now. All in all, I believe we are in for an exciting season with Newcastle looking to play an attacking brand of football.