The final 19 games of last season were a nightmare for Geordie fans and quite rightly the players came under a lot of criticism and in far too many games they didn´t show enough fight or spirit.
We are quickly getting to be in a similar position this season under new head coach Steve McClaren, but the main criticism is not particularly that the players don´t fight – it´s that we just don´t look good enough.
Steve McClaren – hopefully he can turn this around
Too many of our players are not playing anyway near their potential which was also true when John Carver was in charge.
We have the same problems that we had last season – we are too porous at the back – and we have difficulty in scoring those goals.
In our 38 games in the league last season, we scored 40 goals and conceded 63 for a pathetic goal difference of -23, which tells the story
National pundits are putting the boot in willingly as Newcastle are second bottom of the Premier league after paying out £52M on four players over the summer – the second highest paid out by any PL club – apart from Manchester City – the best team money can buy.
The team City started over the weekend averaged transfer fees of £25M per player.
Accrington Stanley could have that good a team if they could spend that kind of money.
With Sunderland the only team below Newcastle in the table, former England striker Ian Wright has put his view forward on what´s wrong with Newcastle this season.
Ian reckons we are a better team than Sunderland but the pressure on our players is greater than on Sunderland players.
This is some of what Ian has written in his Sun column:
“The pressure at Newcastle is top four pressure in a team that is a bottom four team – that is not the mixture you want.”
“I think they’ve got better players than Sunderland but I think that the pressure the Newcastle players are under – especially at home – they can’t deal with the pressure of the expectation.”
We have just two draws and four defeats in our first six league games, with three goals scored and nine goals conceded, and the only way to turn it around fairly quickly is to get one or two shock results – shock on the positive side.
We´ve had enough of the other sort already this year.
We play Chelsea at home on Saturday and we have won this fixture three times in succession – in fact in the four seasons Alan Pardew was in charge we beat Chelsea four times in total.
A shock win on Saturday would certainly help turn things around – but at this point that looks unlikely.
It would be good if we can beat Sheffield Wednesday at home tomorrow night in the League Cup – that in itself should give our players more confidence.