If some early alarm bells are not going off so early in the season at Newcastle, they should be, after we have played our two easiest opponents in the first six league games and picked up zero points.
We were beaten fairly easily in each of the last two games at West Ham and at home to Watford today, and we played badly and didn´t look any better than last season, when we only just avoided relegation.
It´s far too early in the season to panic or overreact (well not too much), but we also can’t fall too behind other teams before the end of this year.
And even though we brought in four good players in the summer, we have looked very poor over these last couple of games.
Ighalo scores the first goal – it was all too easy
Newcastle have just 2 points from our last 6 league games and in the 25 league games we have played this year Newcastle have 3 wins and 6 draws for 15 points out of a possible 75 points.
Over a 38 game Premier League season that average would get us 23 points.
That´s relegation form, so Newcastle will need to improve rather quickly if we are going to move up the league table before the end of the season.
We should also remember that Steve McClaren has asked that we not make too many judgments before 10 league games have been played, but that´s hard to do.
It doesn´t help that the next two league games are at home to Chelsea and at Manchester City.
We are defending poorly and we don’t seem to have players who can out the ball into the back of the net, and at least after the first six games it looks like it was a mistake not to have signed Charlie Austin – a proven PL goalscorer.
What we assume Lee Charnley and the Board are already doing is lining up some new signings in January, in case we need them.
On the evidence of the last two games which we thought were very winnable on paper – we will need reinforcements brought in.
And we suppose we have to remember it´s only two games and say if we can beat Chelsea next Saturday things will look a lot better.
Steve McClaren must give chances to players like Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons and both got on only as subs today, and Ayoze Perez must be given a starting position in the next few games.
Papiss Cisse was again poor today and he seems disinterested.
It´s early in the season, and we have to keep remembering that – but we had hoped for a better start this season, given the disasters and nightmares of last season.