Newcastle have now played 11 league games, and we have only conceded 10 goals.
Some of them have been from defensive lapses – including the goal we conceded in stoppage time yesterday to lose 1-0 against Bournemouth at home.
But overall that defensive record is good.
It’s at the other end we are having trouble.
We have only scored 10 goals and yesterday we were at least creating the chances in the first half, and there were at least four excellent chances from which we should have scored.
Ayoze Perez and Rafa Benitez – on sideline yesterday
The game should have been out of sight by half-time but it wasn’t, and we ended up losing it.
We didn’t take the chances we created, and that inability of this Newcastle team is starting to tell in our results.
Last season we had Dwight Gayle score 23 goals, and Matt Richie get 16 goals, but neither has scored a goal in the Premier League this season.
The big requirement in the January transfer window is to bring in at the very least one striker and preferably two.
If that means we have to sell Mitrovic or Gayle to fund those transfers then fine.
Rafa seems to have given up on Mitrovic who didn’t get on yesterday from the subs bench.
Whether or not we have new owners by January, we need to improve our goalscoring abilities.
In the four games between International breaks, we have played Southampton, Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Bournemouth – all teams that were below us in the league and all games we could have won.
Getting only 4 points from those four games is a big disappointment, but we know Rafa will be working hard to correct the problems we have in the team.
The positive thing yesterday is that we created the chances -= the bad thing is that we again failed to score.
That’s the 5th game in 11 PL games we have failed to score in this season.
Time for some (big) reinforcements in January.