Newcastle United’s performances of late have slightly dipped in terms of intensity and effectivenes.
The Premier League game against Norwich City saw Newcastle be sloppy in possession of the ball and at times their passing was very poor.
You have to consider that the core of this team has played together since the beginning of the season and with the injuries that Alan Pardew’s side has picked up along the way has we have seen a core that of the team that has been played for the majority of the season.
One player who always gives his all is Newcastle’s very own Spiderman, Jonas Gutierrez. Recently he hasn’t been his stand out self, which raises the question whether he has been playing with an injury. There have been times when he has played well but is the season starting to take its toll on him particular? The Argentine international has proved a valuable asset to the left-flank and most notably this was seen when he tracked back to help Ryan Taylor out for many of the first games of the season. Without him tracking back, that area of the pitch would have been left exposed for opposition teams to capitalise.
Yohan Cabaye has been a prominent figure of Newcastle United’s campaign but since returning from his three match ban he has again not reached the heights that he did when in a sustained run in Pardew’s. With have to take note he has had to adjust to the English style of play this year but is there another reason for why he hasn’t been performing as well?
Take the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at St James’ Park, Newcastle should have capitalised on a side running on very low confidence after the sacking of Mick McCarthy. This was not the case, Newcastle had gained a two goal lead at half-time but allowed Wolves to creep back into the match and score two goals to level the scores. The game was there for the taking but instead Newcastle took their foot of the gas and Wolves were picking up the ball in the middle of the park.
So is it down to fatigue? It could be, looking at the bench today there were a handful on young players involved in the match day squad with Gabriel Obertan, Chiek Tiote and Ryan Taylor all out with injury. The game yesterday was one that was poor on occasion and at times the team looked like they were on the back foot. It was a victory ground out with only one goal to decide the match but a win is win.
What do you think? Is fatigue accounting for our recent performances or is something else contributing to the dip in form?