End of 2020/21 season report card: Newcastle Jets

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The regular season has come to an end, so what better time to review the Newcastle Jets’ season in full than now?

Season summary:

The Jets backed up last season’s underwhelming campaign with an even more disappointing season. Perhaps there was no reason to expect anything better, as they lacked big name players.

The main question mark heading into the season was placed over Newcastle’s ability to score goals.

The fears proved to be justified, as the team only scored 24 goals in 26 matches.

Yet, there was one positive in this campaign – the Jets avoided the wooden spoon.

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Areas of excellence:

Defending. If anything was a positive about this season, it was Newcastle’s ability to prevent the opposition from scoring.

In fact, the Jets only conceded 38 goals for the season, which is three less than the Adelaide United side that made this season’s finals.

This defensive record was actually better than five other teams. Not bad for a team that finished second-last.

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Areas in need of improvement

The Jets need a quality finisher, as scoring less than one goal per game is not acceptable at this level.

Throughout so many games this season the Jets created chance after chance to no avail. This had to be demoralising for the rest of the team, as ultimately, all effort went to waste.

Roy O’Donovan admittedly did his best, but his seven goals could have easily been 12 or more.

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Top student

In a season with little tangible reward for the attacking effort, Ramy Najjarine did his best to facilitate his teammates.

The 21-year-old marked his loan move from Melbourne City with a breakthrough A-League season, despite an injury.

A total of three assists in 15 matches is a respectable return – an assist every 340 minutes of play for him.

It could have been more though, if only his teammates could put them away.

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Class clown

Connor O’Toole. Expectation did not match the reality for O’Toole this season.

Despite being a very good player, O’Toole often looked lost in defence with some poor reading of play and general defensive awareness.

There is still plenty of time to improve though, and we should not forget that he is only 23 years of age.

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Grade: D

Outlook

Another rebuild has to be on the cards for the Jets, as the attack simply does not have the quality to compete with the best.

Part of the rebuild will include the vision of the A-League’s youngest ever head coach, Scott Miller.

The team needs a deadly finisher to lead the line and make the most of the chances which the Jets create.

Failing to score, as obvious as it seems, simply invites the opponent to capitalise and run away with three points.

With that said, Newcastle should do all they can to hang onto Najjarine. His ability to open up play with amazing dribbling and his eye for a pass will always be hard to replace.

Feature Image Credit: Jemma Pepper

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Bogdan Vlasyuk
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