Newcastle Jets 15/16 Mid-Season Report Card

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It’s the time of the year when clubs look towards the second half of the season and The Football Sack critiques each club’s progress so far.

Do you agree with our assessments made in the return of our mid-season report cards?

Semester Summary: The best way to look at the Newcastle Jets’ progress so far is to split this semester into terms. In the first term the squad were eager to prove themselves after the abysmal end to last season. They were determined, fierce and full of energy kicking off their season with a win over Wellington and a refreshing sense of pride in the Newcastle community. They managed to fight off Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City in the first few rounds but have gone downhill since.

Without a win since Round Four the Jets have lost momentum with a more than disappointing second term especially when you take into account their 4-0 thumping by Melbourne City in Round Ten. With injuries galore and not much depth to fall back on the Jets need to build confidence and pick up some impressive recruits if they have any chance of climbing back up the ladder themselves this season.

Areas of Excellence: With no choice but to inject some youth players into the mix Newcastle is taking pride in the development of their younger players. Braedyn Crowley and Nick Cowburn have been regulars in the Jets line up and while they’re a little rough around the edges they’ve certainly stepped up and are showing promise in development.

One of the Jets strong points so far has been their defence, perhaps due to the fact that their offence is practically non-existent at times. Nigel Boogard and Jason Hoffman have led the squad to a quality defensive structure considering the situations they’re given.

Areas in need of improvement: Milos Trifunovic is the main culprit when it comes to offsides but as professional football players, 50+ offside calls so far this season is no good. They need a big improvement if they’re going to start scoring goals.

Unfortunately for Newcastle it’s not the thought that counts when it comes to scoring goals. They’re actually showing talent in creating opportunities but the amount of times they’ve had the opportunity to score and missed is actually painful – Trifunovic, I’m looking at you.

Top Students: David Carney is practically running the joint this season, consistently setting up brilliant opportunities and making impressive plays. He’s the golden child in Newcastle at the moment and has been attracting the right kind of attention left, right and center. His attitude has improved immensely under the guise of Miller and if he can keep it up he’s the Jets best shot at redemption.

Class Clowns: There’s no hesitation in calling out Milos Trifunovic here. Week after week he is getting closer to being crowned worst player in the A-League (sorry Cameron Watson I know you’re gunning for that title too). He can’t seem to find the back of the net no matter how many times he’s given the perfect set-up. The only positive outcome to come out of his performance is that now that he can’t seem to score he keeps his shirt on #itsafamilygamemate

 Grade: D

Outlook: There’s certainly room for improvement, but also potential for redemption. After such a promising start to the season, one can’t help but be disappointed with the Jets’ effort so far. They are in a rebuilding stage and the rest of their season could go either way. If they pick up and work harder they could end up in a respectable standing, however if they keep plummeting at this rate they will be wooden spoon bound for the second season in a row.

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