Unai Emery inbox in Newcastle – New coach MUST quickly fix defense, get Allan Saint-Maximin back to his best and larn yersel ‘Geordie!
- Newcastle have been lousy this season and the task is huge
- Unai Emery is being hired to start a new dawn for the magpies regime
- He also needs to put the defense in order quickly, as he is the flagrant weakness of the team.
- The Spaniard will also have to bring Allan Saint-Maximin back to his best level
Unai Emery will trade Champions League football for a team heading towards the Championship if, as expected, he leaves Villarreal to take over Newcastle United.
Here, we take a look at what awaits the Spaniard at St James’ Park …
Unai Emery has a lot of work to do in Newcastle and her inbox is already piling up …
Only Norwich have conceded more than Newcastle’s 23 Premier League goals this season. The staff at the back are largely the same as those who played in the Championship five years ago and, while under Rafa Benitez they were trained in a tight-fisted unit, they seem lacking in confidence and cohesion right now.
Interim manager Graeme Jones has tried to address that during his two games in charge, but a family meltdown against Chelsea on Saturday brought home the team’s blatant weakness.
Magpies have struggled defensively and must first secure that area of the field.
NEW YEAR, NEW PLAYERS
The owners were talking about a gradual investment three weeks ago, and January was not particularly destined for a major splurge. But this template needs reinforcement and there is a recognition of that reality among the consortium.
Emery must quickly identify which players on his 25-man squad he is willing to sacrifice and recommend their replacements. By January 1, there will only be 18 games left, and the fear is that Newcastle will be adrift by then.
BRING ALLAN BACK TO ITS MAXIMUM
Even without investment, this team is better than 19. Emery has to train his inheritors to achieve rapid improvement, and first on his list is Allan Saint-Maximin.
The nonconformist forward has lost his way and, in a central role, is outdone at times. He needs to be repositioned to beat the wingers and he may need special attention to restore his confidence. The same applies to the £ 22 million signing of Joe Willock, with whom Emery had a good relationship at Arsenal.
Allan Saint-Maximin needs to get back to his best level to help Newcastle climb the table
LARN YERSEL ‘GEORDIE
If there is a concern for Emery it is that he is not a great communicator, at least not in English, as was demonstrated at Arsenal.
There’s a wave of post-acquisition euphoria from riding Tyneside and some had a feeling a manager with more charisma was needed to exploit that. What the manager says in public matters here, as Steve Bruce discovered at his expense.
Emery needs to improve in an area of his tenure that hampered him in North London. However, judging by the positive reaction to the news of his imminent arrival, fans will show a lot of goodwill towards him.
The fanbase will love Emery’s appointment, but he needs to work on his communication.