Newcastle United had the second worst defensive record in the entire Premier League last season, better than only Queens Park Rangers. Obviously the actual back four can't be blamed entirely for this, some of the b does come down to the managerial staff and their tactics etc.
However, it does massively come down the personnel in the back four at St James' Park. Lets have a run through of the back four.
First off, we have the captain and centre back colossus Fabricio Coloccini. Now, Coloccini is one of the most popular players in the North East and is rightly the captain at Newcastle, but last season was no doubt his worst season so far in the black and white.
He was very consistent but unfortunately for him, he was consistently bad. He didn't show up for a lot of the games, he looks very lackadaisical and just simply poor. I think it is time for Coloccini to move on from Newcastle and maybe start winding his career down a little bit by going to a less challenging league.
As great a servant as he has been for the team, it is time for him to pass on the captaincy and leave Newcastle as a hero, before he starts to tarnish his own impeccable reputation among the Geordie community.
Next we have Mike Williamson, he is the exact opposite of Coloccini. Williamson is a very poor and just downright pathetic defender. He has absolutely no skill, no class and it just looks as though he simply doesn't try when he is playing.
Since joining from Portsmouth, Williamson has been consistently poor. However, he did start to gain the trust and approval from the Newcastle fans in the 2013/14 season as his performances dramatically improved, but in this past season, that came to a shuddering halt.
From the very start of the season, all the way to the end, he was a liability. There is no other way to put it. Every time the ball nears him on the pitch, there is a gasp around the stadium and then a sigh of relief if he actually manages to deal with it.
It is definitely time for Williamson to move on, his reputation is pretty terrible already so there's no point trying to preserve it. The fans don't like him and the Premier League is beyond him, simple as.
Now on to Steven Taylor. What is there to say about Steven Taylor that hasn't already been said? When he is in form he is quality. He is never afraid to put his body on the line for his team and his love for the club is bigger than most.
He is not only a Newcastle player but a Newcastle fan. Unfortunately for him, he spends most of his time doing the performing the fan role rather than the player as he is always injured, especially last season.
I can't recall seeing him since the Tyne Wear derby in December, he hit his head on the post and that was the last time I seen him. He just disappeared.
I think Newcastle should keep hold of him but they should not rely on him as a first team player. He is not consistent enough and he is rarely fit. However, his experience and motivation to make Newcastle succeed can really rub off on the youngsters and foreigners at the club, for this reason he should be kept.
That seems to be it for the Newcastle centre backs, and that is a problem in itself. Newcastle only really have three first team centre backs. They stupidly got rid of Mapou Yanga-M'biwa early in the season and never replaced him, that seems to be the story of Newcastle these days.
They need new centre backs and they need good quality ones. They currently have mediocre at best defenders and you can't win anything while leaking goals the way they do. What worries me though, is the lack of defenders that Newcastle are being linked with.
They do need a striker so it is a good thing they are being linked with strikers but I have heard of only one defensive link, Joel Matip.
What is certain is that Newcastle need defenders and although they need a striker too, they need to be focusing on their defensive problems before they even look at strikers.
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