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Newcastle United again 4 are to not blame for variety of objectives conceded – The proof


Numerous discuss in regards to the Newcastle United again 4 lately.

Much more so after the Chelsea match on Monday and one other three objectives scored by the opposition.

I see plenty of journalists, pundits and followers posing the questions of why are the Newcastle United again 4 conceding so many objectives.

That is my tackle it.

It isn’t the Newcastle United again 4 guilty for therefore many objectives leaked.

Let me clarify.

It’s the fault of the entire NUFC staff and specifically the Newcastle United again 5! Not again 4.

You’ll be able to costume this up any manner you want however the statistics are really staggering.

Newcastle United objectives conceded within the Premier League since Nick Pope arrived at St James’ Park in summer time 2022:

With Nick Pope beginning – Performed 51 Objectives Conceded 46

At a median of 0.90 objectives per recreation

With out Nick Pope beginning – Performed 15 Objectives Conceded 35

At a median of two.33 objectives per recreation

As I say, it’s startling the distinction.

This 2023/24 season, Nick Pope conceded 14 objectives in 14 Premier League begins, within the different 14 the place Pope hasn’t began, there have been 34 objectives conceded.

I hear you saying, the goalkeeper isn’t the one issue.

Nonetheless… dropping Nick Pope has been massively the most important issue, in why out of the blue the ‘Newcastle United again 4’ are conceding a great deal of objectives.

It’s the elephant within the room for therefore many journalists, pundits and certainly these Newcastle followers who wish to go so excessive about Eddie Howe, sure different particular person NUFC gamers, the ‘again 4’ particularly, in addition to the staff as an entire.

Nick Pope Newcastle United

They don’t wish to even point out, by no means thoughts settle for, that dropping Nick Pope to harm has been THE absolute nightmare for Eddie Howe and Newcastle United.

As in fact that then massively limits  them within the vitriol with which they assault Eddie Howe and lots of of his gamers.

I’m certain Eddie Howe by no means anticipated in 1,000,000 years simply how unhealthy Martin Dubravka (Loris Karius a fair weaker various sadly) would show to be in Nick Pope’s absence, nonetheless, I believe he for certain he did nonetheless know it might be a severe drop off from the standard of Pope.

I believe the most important downside hasn’t been a lot Martin Dubravka altering, although he has declined.

Extra a case of Newcastle United having modified.

Dubravka arrived in February 2018 and for over 4 years was just about at all times the primary selection keeper in that point.

He did a really respectable job as effectively.

Nonetheless, you must dig deeper.

Martin Dubravka got here in and performed in a set-up based mostly on a stable defence underneath Rafa Benitez.

Beneath Steve Bruce United grew to become much more defensive, the defence very deep and infrequently the midfield just about standing on their toes.

Eddie Howe arrived and saved us from what had appeared sure relegation.

The second half outcomes of that 2021/22 season have been gorgeous, solely Man Metropolis and Liverpool selecting up extra factors than Newcastle United within the remaining 19 PL video games.

Nonetheless, sensible and pragmatic Eddie Howe, determined {that a} arduous working stable aspect constructed on a good defence, then hitting the opposition on the break, can be the platform to security. Because the season wore on and security reached, Howe did loosen the shackles a bit, however in the principle that was his technique.

The outcomes have been transformative with a tough working aspect the place Chris Wooden led the defence from the entrance. He scored solely two objectives however Newcastle picked up 29 factors in his 15 PL begins that season.

In that second half (19 video games) of the season with the third finest type within the Premier League, Newcastle solely scored 25 objectives however conceded even much less, solely 20 (that they had conceded 42 objectives within the opening 19 PL matches that season).

Eddie Howe although knew this was solely a short-term technique and that for Newcastle United to progress, they needed to turn into a extra attacking, threatening, entrance foot staff and for that, they wanted a brand new first selection goalkeeper.

At £10m from a then relegated Burnley, England keeper Nick Pope absolutely one of many bargains of all time.

Martin Dubravka took this very badly and selected to go to Man U on mortgage, to sit down on their bench as an alternative.

Any Newcastle followers who thought what on earth is Eddie Howe doing changing a wonderfully respectable first selection keeper? Discovered that swiftly answered watching Nick Pope from August 2022 onwards. An excellent very highest high quality keeper, who was arguably the important thing participant when it got here to the fourth place end of final season AND Newcastle doing very properly this season in all competitions, regardless of an ever worsening harm scenario.

Now to me there is no such thing as a doubt that Nick Pope is considerably higher in just about each side in comparison with Martin Dubravka, relating to protecting the ball out of the web. Higher positioning, higher on crosses, higher on making saves and so forth.

Nonetheless, I believe that one space specifically the place he excels, has particularly undermined and affected the remainder of the defence and certainly staff, since Martin Dubravka got here in.

Martin Dubravka Newcastle United

For Eddie Howe to get a greater attacking entrance foot arrange, he wanted like the opposite high groups, to have his defence pushing up in direction of the midway line. To do this efficiently, a key part is a goalkeeper who is excellent at sweeping behind his defence. A keeper who’s fast sufficient and courageous sufficient to come back out and assist his defenders, when the ball is performed behind them and thru them.

Nick Pope is that goalkeeper. Martin Dubravka is most definitely not.

I don’t suppose the Man U factor helped him and I believe it has affected him negatively as a keeper however this factor of now terrified completely to depart his line, go away his field, has been a catastrophe for the NUFC again 4 and the entire staff, since Nick Pope acquired injured.

In these first 4 and a half years as a Newcastle United goalkeeper, Dubravka by no means had to do that. No concept whether or not he was any good / assured at sweeping behind a defence earlier than arriving at NUFC, however definitely, he isn’t nowadays. The Newcastle defence by no means actually strayed from the sting of our penalty space, so there was no area for different groups to probably exploit.

Now although, with Newcastle United having the gamers they do, that is how we have now to play. Sitting again very defensively would simply encourage the opposition groups to assault us much more.

A few of chances are you’ll say an issue is that Newcastle’s defenders aren’t fast sufficient when the ball is performed in behind them however that’s true of just about each set of central defenders at any Premier League membership. In a straight race you’d count on the overwhelming majority of attacking gamers to be faster than the centre-backs.

So when a ball is performed in behind / excessive of the defence, you completely want the goalkeeper serving to the defence out.

For me, Dubravka’s shortcomings and specifically his dread of leaving his line / penalty space, have impacted massively, each in the best way we’re capable of play and when it comes to variety of purpose conceded.

Nick Pope would have prevented many of those objectives even having turn into probabilities, as a result of sweeping behind his defence, He would have had higher positioning to forestall a good few extra and make the saves simpler, while there may be merely no probability he would have allowed objectives like that embarrassing opener at Chelsea.

We’ve got to make the most effective of it this season and simply hope Nick Pope can return ASAP.

What I can inform you for certain although, is that there’s completely zero probability that Martin Dubravka will nonetheless be quantity two at Newcastle United subsequent season.


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