Newcastle United have scored nine goals this season, five of which have came from defenders.
It was the centre-backs who dominated against West Ham, with Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez handing the Magpies a 2-0 lead at half-time.
Those goals came after Jamaal Lascelles crashed home a header against Wolves last week, a goal that was actually set up by Fernandez.
And earlier in the season we saw Fabian Schar and Jetro Willems get on the scoresheet too. DeAndre Yedlin nearly did against the Hammers, but his strike was rightly ruled out for offside.
Newcastle’s attackers have been struggling, so it’s a good job the defenders know where the back of the net is. Against West Ham, forwards Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron squandered multiple chances, which fortunately didn’t come back to haunt us.
The defenders came up with goods once again, with the duo’s goals getting us on the way to a vital win in the capital.
Florian Lejeune and Schar should get into this team with ease when they’re fit as the rest of the defence clearly need to be up front!
Defence is the best form of attack for Newcastle
Swap big Joe, ASM, Almiron for Lascelles, Clark & Fernández we’d be 8 nil up here #nufc
— Lee Johnson ⚫️⚪️ POPWORLD MAGS 🙋🏼♂️ (@Lee18_92Johnson) November 2, 2019
Shove clark n Fernandez up top , better than joelinton n miggy At this point 🤦♂️
— Joe (@CycIxne) November 2, 2019
PUT THE CENTRE BACKS UPFRONT,COME ON FERNANDEZ!!!#NUFC
— Hilmy Lightning Shawwal (@shawwal_96) November 2, 2019
— Ollie Maxwell (@olliemaxwell14) November 2, 2019
Honestly, start clark, fernandez and schar up front and honestly we would win the EFL championship
— Luke⚫️⚪️⚫️ (@LukeparkerNUFC) November 2, 2019
GOALLLLLLL FERNANDEZ AND NOW THATS 5 GOALS FROM THE BACK LINE THIS SEASON pic.twitter.com/L7HovOoAXe
— Coming Home Newcastle (@ComingHomeNUFC) November 2, 2019
Lascelles, Fernandez and Clark should be our new front three #NUFC
— AJ (@_amj93) November 2, 2019