The great final product debate
Now you see it - now you don't, has Newcastle United's tremendous display of cutting edge against Aston Villa evaporated already?
On the evidence of the defeat by Blackpool you would have thought so.
Attention will now turn to Chris Hughton's selection at Goodison Park already for Saturday with first team starts for Jonas Gutierrez and Wayne Routledge is possible doubt.
As the excellent fan website View From The Seats put it for Routledge "Where was the rampant wing play of the last two weeks?" and as far as Jonas was concerned "He just wasn't there this time."
The big fear is that Routledge has reverted to type to the player that disappointed at Spurs, Villa and Fulham but that could be a little farfetched at such an early stage even if he has yet to produce a single assist in four games thus far.
No matter, on to Merseyside we march on Saturday and whether Hatem Ben Arfa starts the game is the biggest question of all.
Fans on www.chroniclelive.co.uk nominated him man of the match on his 20 minute cameo alone whole Ben Arfa himself has promised much more after thanking the fans.
Whether Hughton opts to start with either Peter Lovenkrands on the other flank in his other position as winger remains to be seen - but certainly Scouser and Liverpool fan Ryan Taylor would surely jump at the chance of a stint on the right wing at Goodison if Hughton wanted to try something different.
Talk of Cheik Tiote coming into the engine room is also rife but the big concerns are surely the service and not the men in the middle or even who should partner Andy Carroll, as away from home Kevin Nolan could be deemed the best partner for the big Geordie lad as they can be the two battering rams in attack and defences don't like them when they're on top of their game.
Final product was one of the vital missing components against Blackpool and against an Everton side who leak goals it's time to expose it.
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