The two wins against Liverpool and Tottenham probably gave us all a false sense of well-being around the Newcastle club over the last two weeks, but we came back to earth today a little bit when we could only draw 1-1 with bottom club Aston Villa and that was only their 7th point of the season and they are still 10 points from safety.
But it´s a game we have to win if we are to pull away from the relegation zone and the draw dropped us a couple of places in the league table.
Newcastle went to 17 points from 17 games, but with Chelsea beating Sunderland 3-1, Norwich winning 2-1 at Manchester United and Bournemouth beating 10 man West Brom 2-1 away, we dropped 2 points on all three sides and Chelsea and Norwich go above us in the league and we drop down to 17th – fourth bottom.
Mike Ashley – needs to splash the cash again next month
If Swansea beat West Ham at home tomorrow then Newcastle will be 3rd bottom at Christmas.
Here´s the current league table at the bottom.
Newcastle now need to ensure that when the transfer window opens in 13 days time we get as many as three good players in because we definitely need to strengthen the squad.
We need a top center-back, a top central midfielder and a top striker brought in next month.
That will help to stop the goals going in – we have conceded a massive 32 in our first 17 games – the second worst in the league.
It will also help us to score some since we have scored only 19 goals in our 17 games – the fourth worst in the league.
We have three games through January 2nd when we must try to get some wins – so we can at least be clear of the relegation zone before the transfer window opens up – when we need to attract some good players to the club.
With two games to go before we reach the half way mark the best we can do is 22 points if we beat both Everton and West Brom and that will be 4 points behind where were last season when Alan Pardew left us at the end of last year.
Here are the next three games
December Sat 26 17:30 H Everton Mon 28 15:00 A West Brom January Sat 02 15:00 A Arsenal
It´s just amazing that we seem to be in yet another relegation struggle this season after spending over £52M on new players last summer – the 5th most of any club in Europe.
We just have to hope things will start to get better soon.