Chris Waugh has been voicing his concerns on Pod on the Tyne about Newcastle United’s tactics they are currently using.
The Magpies slumped to their fourth league defeat of the season under Steve Bruce when Wolves swept them aside last Saturday, while Newcastle have failed to score more than one goal in a match since their 2-2 draw against Southampton on 28th August.
Can Newcastle afford to lose Saint-Maximin?
Something that will have been very frustrating for onlooking Newcastle fans against Wolves is that the two goals they conceded were almost identical, with Raul Jimenez dropping deep and playing a through-ball to Hwang Hee-chan – even the finishes were very similar.
Waugh has spoken about the concern he has over Newcastle’s current tactics.
“It feels disjointed, the way Newcastle play at the minute. They are piling more bodies forward, they are creating more opportunities in one sense, but it also just feels a little bit forced; it doesn’t feel like that they’ve yet found the way exactly how they’re trying to play and what the way forward is.
“So other opposition teams, when they are doing their analysis when they’re looking ahead to matches and they’re thinking ‘how can we pick Newcastle off here, how can we overcome them?’
“Obviously, Wolves identified this way of going direct in one sense, but then playing off Jimenez and then sending other people through, and then as you say, they scored almost exactly the same goal twice and the fact that Newcastle didn’t learn within the game itself is also worrying.”
TIF Thoughts on Newcastle and their tactics this season…
It’s rather simple to see what Newcastle are looking to do this season is to essentially pile a lot of players forward (as highlighted by WyAyeScout) and then hope that Allan Saint-Maximin comes up with a piece of magic – as the Frenchman has attempted the most dribbles, passes into the opposition’s penalty area as well as ball carries into the final third (FBRef). Without their talisman, they may well be further cut adrift.
The Magpies are certainly having more of a go at teams in their matches as they rank inside the top 10 for shots taken, however, that’s come at a cost, as they’ve conceded the joint-most goals in the Premier League and also faced the joint-third-most shots.
Considering they are without captain Jamaal Lascelles and playing a winger in Matt Ritchie as a full-back, the Magpies can’t afford to be giving up so many chances.