Hardworking Magpies Walk Away From King Power Stadium With Nothing As Lack of Cutting Edge Prevails Once Again
Posted by Kia Kazemi-Nia | Published on March 15, 2016
Benitez stepped into the Newcastle United for the first time last night against Leicester, hoping to shock the world and get a result from the daunting clash.
Unfortunately for him and everybody else who associates themselves with the club, it was not meant to be, as the Magpies left the King Power with nothing.
That doesn’t mean there weren’t any positives for Benitez’s side, however. Newcastle looked much more organised and compact as a unit, and the Spaniard will certainly be pleased with that.
A lack of cutting edge and final product cost the Magpies, though, and not for the first time this season.
Mitrovic held the ball up decently well, but as a chance fell for him as he found himself free in the box, he elected to lay it off to Siem de Jong, who scuffed his effort.
Early season Mitro would have put his foot through that ball and smashed it goalwards, but the Serb is lacking confidence at the minute. Benitez will most certainly try to get the 21 year old believing in himself once again.
That might not happen though, no matter how much praise Benitez gives the forward. The only way he will regain confidence is by putting the ball in the net, and the guy has only done that five times all season – a figure which won’t give the Spanish manager much confidence.
Where can Benitez turn though if he does opt to drop Mitrovic? It’s not like he has many options.
He could choose to insert Doumbia or Cisse into the starting XI, or even pair the two together up front. A riskier option would be to recall Armstrong from his loan from Coventry, but it would be a big ask of the young English striker to step up two divisions and produce right away.
The failure to bring in a proven striker in January could prove costly for the Magpies.
An improved performance, but still much to address for the former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss.
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