Mclaren must be worried, so worried his New Year was ruined. Why else state before the game that Newcastle are going to play a “physical” game?
What triggers his fears? That a team missing some of it’s most important players is Top of the League through playing attacking, passing football – we don’t need to resort to the Dark Arts to win, though it must be said I wish we had a few lads who can “mix-it”. A properly rounded team needs a Bouldie/Keown/PV4. All our title winning teams have had one hard man all the way back to Peter Storey and Iain Ure.
The Toon Army have lost their way over the past few years; long gone are the days of SuperMac, Keegan and Beardsley and Shearer. Now they are reduced to the relegation zone having a -15 GD and scoring just 19 goals. No wonder The Wally with the Brolly talks about fight.
I am looking for a victory today which would give us 9 points out of 12 for the Xmas period and allow us to keep Rasp’s fine header.
Rotation? Will the 4 who missed the win over B’mouth return to the team? Will OG get a rest? Or BFG? I expect so.
If Debuchy doesn’t start today I think we can wave him Goodbye.
A random thought about Sanchez. Do you remember when Lord Dennis used to go missing around Xmas season after season with mystery injuries? I know for a fact that he was at his ski chalet in Austria and not recuperating at Arsenal. Could Sanchez be taking a winter break? Makes sense to me.
We had a brilliant 2015 the highlight of which was an absolutely outstanding performance at Wembley and we start 2016 at the top of the podium, hopefully we will remain there
Let it be so…..