Alan Shearer got carried away after the fantastic 1-0 home win over Manchester United on Sunday – just like the rest of us.
But he has now written about Newcastle’s Achilles heel this season – our lack of goals.
We have brought in Islam Slimani and he could make the difference but we have nobody like Dwight Gayle this season – Dwight couldn’t stop scoring for us last season with 23 goals in the Championship.
But this season he’s finding it much more difficult to score goals in the Premier League.
Dwight has only 3 league goals in 25 appearances for the Magpies, but he’s still only one goal behind top scorers – Joselu and Perez.
Benitez has been trying to work more on scoring from set plays and we scored one like that on Sunday from a free kick from Shelvey.
But we didn’t get one corner in the whole game.
This is what Alan has said about Newcastle:
“It has been obvious all season that Newcastle need more firepower and, although it worked against Manchester United, scoring one goal will not get them a win every week.”
“The reason they managed to hold on this time was down to their spirit and resilience, which are both positives.”
“But they are going to need more goals to go with that too.”
“This was a brilliant win, but it remains incredibly tight at the bottom of the table and there is a lot more work to do.”
We should have Islam Slimani available for the next game at Bournemouth on February 24th, and we’ll have to see what kind of difference the big Algerian can make.
We hope Slimani can score some goals but he could also knock balls down for the likes of Gayle, Kenedy Ritchie, and Perez to convert.
Kenedy looks like he can score goals and we also have Jacob Murphy who has looked good when he’s played for us this year – he can also score some goals.