Pardew: These are the two areas Newcastle must improve

Alan Pardew

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been discussing the areas he wants the team to improve.

Newcastle United are looking to improve their passing accuracy and their goal-scoring threat during the second half of the season.

The Magpies have made a decent start to life this campaign, climbing to ninth in the Premier League table, but their form has been patchy. 

Pardew is now looking for them to add more consistency to their performances and he says that it will be important for them to develop their game in two key areas to do this. 

"In the second half of the season we have two areas to improve on, retention of the ball and goalscoring," he said to Sky Sports

So far this season, Newcastle have only completed just over 78% of their passes, which is considerably below the average in England's top-flight. 

  Passing AccuracyAppearances
Newcastle 78.09% 17
Average Premier League team 80.17% 17

The side have a great amount of physicality in their ranks, but their lack of technical players has cost them in this sense and showing greater class in possession is clearly something which Pardew feels would bring better results. 

In terms of goal-scoring, the side's lack of an out-an-out striker has cost them. Although Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez have both reached respectable totals, there does seem to be a lack of other goalscorers in the squad. 

Cisse cannot play for 90 minutes at the moment, because of his fitness issues, while Perez is young and inexperienced meaning that Pardew is thought to be wanting a striker in January. 

Newcastle have netted 18 times in their 17 Premier League games so far this season, making them the lowest scoring team in the top half of the table. 

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