John Carver praises Newcastle United's squad's balance

John Carver was in charge at Newcastle United for a spell towards the back end of last season.

John Carver has told BT Sport that Newcastle United have improved the quality of their squad since he departed the club.

Carver was in-charge of the Magpies towards the back end of last campaign, but he was replaced by Steve McClaren last summer.

And Carver believes that McClaren has more options than he ever did – with the team looking very balanced, according to the 50-year-old.

"They are better in the way they are trying to approach the game," he said. "They have better players on the pitch. They have more of a balance in the team. They now have [Paul] Dummett playing left-back, who gives them balance on the left-hand side.

"They have players who look to get in the box. [Georginio] Wijnaldum is playing in midfielder, he’s scoring goals. Last season I never had anyone who could score goals from midfield. They have a centre-forward who can hold the ball up.

"There’s ingredients that they have added to the team, and I see an improvement on what we had."

Despite Carver’s generous assessment of Newcastle’s team, they still have not performed to expectations so far this season.

The Magpies have been well off the pace in the Premier League to date, and they have disappointed their supporters with the standard of their performances.

Newcastle actually won their last fixture against Bournemouth, but there is a realisation that they will need to play better if they are to make it away from danger.

Newcastle’s win over the Cherriers did take them out of the relegation zone, and they have now risen up to 17th in the Premier League table.

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