Newcastle must fix disciplinary issues to improve relegation odds
Newcastle’s disciplinary problems are holding them back.
The Magpies are at the top of one particular Premier League table.
However, it’s not the one they’d want to be at the top of.
The Geordies have picked up more cards this season than any other side in England.
They’ve had 23 yellows dished out onto their players and one red.
Only Brighton can match the 24 cards that Newcastle have received, although they’ve not had a red card.
This puts Steve Bruce’s former side at the top of the unwanted table (WhoScored).
This is surely a bad sign for the Magpies.
The St. James’ Park side hardly have a reputation for being bruisers.
Many of these cards will be avoidable or silly challenges, much like the two bookings Jonjo Shelvey amassed for the one Newcastle red card.
Newcastle disciplinary problems are holding them back
Whoever the next manager is at Newcastle, this has to be an issue that’s addressed.
Keeping games 11 vs 11 is always important in football.
Newcastle’s tendency for a rush of blood is a risk to that.
Matt Ritchie is one of the prime offenders with 3 bookings.
However, there are seven players who have picked up two yellows and obviously Shelvey has the only red to his name.
Playing more attractive football and keeping the ball will certainly help them.
Spending more time on the ball and less time trying to win it back will undoubtedly result in less cards.
But for that to happen, wholesale changes to the game plan will need to be implemented.
It’s a big ask, but it’s certainly something that can be done, especially with the amount of time left in the Magpies’ season.
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