Steve McClaren has hinted on this first day of 2016 that we need more goal-scoring power in the Newcastle side – but we also need defensive reinforcements too.
We’ve conceded a massive 34 goals and why we haven’t significantly strengthened our defense over the last season or two we have no idea but it’s as bad as ever.
If we continue to let goals in at the same rate we’ll concede 68 goals – our worst ever number of goals conceded (to equal what we did in 2012-2013) in a Premier League season.
Steve McClaren – Newcastle manager
In our relegation season in 2008-2009 we conceded (only) 59 goals.
Steve has said today when asked if he understood why fans were so keen in knowing what was going to happen this month::
“Absolutely. Absolutely. I understand fully where you’re coming from, believe you me.” “I think I’ve said enough to say that we do need more goals and that we’re working behind the scenes to address that.”
“Teams who fail to score enough goals get relegated; that may be an obvious statement but it is also the harsh reality of the situation Newcastle find themselves in.”
“Well at the present moment we’ve only got Mitrovic who’s fit.” “Papiss Cisse is injured and Emmanuel Riviere will take a few weeks to get up to match fitness so we have to keep working hard.”
“Keep working, keep working hard on the training field, keep believing in them, and give as much confidence as we can and hope they deliver on the field.”
“I think effort was questioned a few weeks ago by a lot of people,” “I think that’s why we gave an honest appraisal of that as well.
“That was addressed and we know we’re not scoring enough goals.” “We know, you know, everybody knows what we’re doing.”
“We’re not scoring enough goals at the present moment.”
We also have Ayoze Perez fit so we’re not sure why he wasn’t mentioned.
January is looking like a crucial month for the club and with games against Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham and Watford and you wonder how many points we will have after 23 games played.
The lowest number of points we have had in the PL after 23 games played was three years ago in 2013 – when we had 21 and then brought in four French players in one week in late January.
We may even see the same thing happen this month, if we can only get four points from these four games.
In our relegation year we had 23 points from 23 games played and it’s unlikely we can get 6 points (two wins) from those four games this month to equal that record – although you never know with Newcastle.