The pretty blatant lack of attacking threat from Newcastle has been highlighted numerous times already so far this season.
We may be unbeaten in four games but few can deny that we’ve not been at our sparkling best when it comes to attacking the opposition goal. Personally I feel that it’s just a matter of time before things start to click and we start to see a more creative side, although I do understand those who are erring on the side of caution and have real concerns about current lack of potency in front of goal.
Captain Coloccini is not one that you could put in the latter group however as today he has come out and said that he believes that we’ll start to see more attacking over Newcastle United over the next few games.
Maybe he is just doing a Captain’s job by trying to inspire a bit of confidence? I mean he is hardly going to come out and say that all of our attackers are awful is he? Let’s take a look at what he told the Northern Echo.
“I do not have any worries about our attacking,” said Colo. “I know we have a side that is capable of creating chances and scoring goals and you will see that in the next few games.”
“It was difficult on Monday because I thought QPR played a very good game and prevented us from creating too many chances. They pressured the ball very well.”
“But I don’t think there is any issues in terms of us creating things – we scored three goals in the two games before that. We have very good creative players. We have strong attackers and strong midfielders – I really don’t think there will be a problem in terms of scoring goals.”
It seems as though Colo doesn’t share the same concerns that some fans have. Perhaps he knows something we don’t? Maybe he has seen enough in training to come to that conclusion?
Whilst I don’t think we are playing the best, most fluent football at the moment, I do think it’s going to improve over time. In my opinion we are paying the price for using a sledgehammer to tinker with the team over the summer.
In reality all that was needed was a tweak in a few areas, but now we have a virtually all new first team, and even if only some of the players are new they’ll still need to learn how the rest of the team plays, and, of course, vice-versa.
Maybe Colo knows better? Maybe these are just Captain’s words?
What do you think?