When we were hoping in these holiday games that we could pick up a couple of wins and move out of the relegation zone – the opposite has happened.
We lost every game and Newcastle have given up ground to clubs like Sunderland, Norwich, Bournemouth and West Brom to name a few.
In the last four games Norwich for example have gained 8 points on us with three wins a and they are now 6 points above us – seven if you take into consideration goal difference.
This is the first time in the Premier League that we have been fighting in the relegation zone from the first few games of the season and 17 points from the first 20 games is our lowest points ever in the Premier League at this stage of the season.
Mike Ashley in May of last year on Sky Sports
We will be making our own luck from now on
So we are in a very serious position after the holiday fixtures having now lost over half our Premier League games.
The three people who have really put Newcastle in this jeopardy – Mike Ashley, Lee Charnley and Graham Carr – ow have to identify and sign which players will come in during January.
It´s a pity that manager Steve McClaren seems to still be on the outside – but that´s the rather foolish way the club is being run – and we are now paying for that.
Charlie Austin seems to be the perfect striker for Newcastle at the moment but there are rumors in London that Crystal Palace are now the favorites to sign him.
We missed out on the chance to sign him in the summer for £15M and we have paid for that big time with only 19 goals scored in 20 games so far, and yesterday was a great example of a game Charlie could have won for us at Arsenal.
Not paying out £15M for an admittedly overpriced Charlie could now cost us £135M a season if and when we are relegated – so you always have to think of things in the bigger picture.
The leaders at Newcastle simply don´t do that – they are far too thrifty and it looks like the massive spending that was done in the summer has come too late, and we are now paying the piper for not improving the squad in past transfer windows.
That cannot be done in one swoop – which we tried in the summer.
We are now in worse shape than when Ashley brought in four Frenchmen in one week three years ago, after we were beaten at home 2-1 by Reading in late January and had only 21 points from 23 games played.
It´s going to take something like that – but even better players this time around – if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.
Who would have thought last summer we would be in this position at the start of 2016?
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