Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strikers Need to Have Own Coaches; I'D TELL OUT-OF-FORM TARGET MAN JOSELU - 'DON'T BE AFRAID TO MISS'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Strikers Need to Have Own Coaches; I'D TELL OUT-OF-FORM TARGET MAN JOSELU - 'DON'T BE AFRAID TO MISS'

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IF Newcastle United are to get out of the awful mess they are currently in then they must start scoring goals, because they have to win matches not draw them 0-0. Which brings me neatly to my pet subject - why don't clubs employ a striker coach just as they do a goalkeeping coach? Scoring is an art form, the very essence of football, yet we blatantly ignore the need for specialists.

Scoring form, essence yet we ignore the It was all right when I was manager of Fulham because I could look after our front guys, but who does it at Newcastle? If I was United's striker coach - and I like to think I know a bit about scoring - then one of the first things I would do is drop one of my old books in Joselu's locker.

It was called Never Afraid To Miss because the art of scoring is directly linked to the acceptance that you are also going to miss. Joselu, I feel, is scared of missing so he subconsciously doesn't search out scoring opportunities.

When they do come to him he freezes if he has time to think about the situation. Take his goal against Liverpool up here last season. Jonjo Shelvey struck a great long ball that took out the whole Liverpool defence and left Joselu one on one with the keeper.

is an art the very of football, blatantly need for specialists. However, he took an age to make up his mind - long enough for a defender to get back and tackle him. Fortunately, the Liverpool lad struck the ball against Joselu's leg and into the net.

Then, against Leicester at St James Park recently, the Spaniard was presented with another giltedged opportunity, froze again, and allowed Harry Maguire to get back and slide the ball out for a corner. The two goals Joselu has scored this season were flashing headers when he had no time to think and instinctively threw his head at the ball.

Every time I missed I knew I was a shot closer to scoring, so I never worried. …

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