Newcastle have played their first ten games of the season. Is it safe now to come out and say that it’s just not been good enough?
We are in 17th place just a point above Southampton, and our goal difference is only better than the bottom three clubs. We’ve only managed 6 goals in the league all season long.
Soon the powers that be will not be able to point to last season’s start to prop up this one. It was at this point last year that Newcastle won three straight games, and Newcastle started their ascent up the table.
While ten games may not be enough to make a final decision on Steve Bruce and this squad, it is enough to know that fortunes must improve and fast.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles knows this all too well. The results, especially at home, just haven’t been good enough. You can point to the rough set of fixtures to start the season, but failing to get wins against the teams around you at home is always to open the door to legitimate criticism.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Lascelles had the following comments about turning this season around:
“We have to look at how we can do better in games. Hopefully, we can correct things for West Ham.
“It’s another game when we put in a good performance against Wolves in the first half but couldn’t see it through.
“It’s encouraging that we performed against bigger teams on the day, Man United and Tottenham, and Chelsea to an extent.
“We are putting in performances. We are at the bottom of the table yes, but we can definitely not panic.
“With our performances, it is only a matter of time before things start to click. It will come.”
It has been a season of peaks and valleys thus far. Though the peaks haven’t really been all that impressive while the valleys have been very deep.
The next couple of fixtures before the third international break are certainly winnable. But that has been the case with many games this season where Newcastle haven’t been able to “see it through.”
If the lads can get a result this Saturday and then all three points in two weeks against Bournemouth, it will be a good start to turning it around. But failure to do so will just extend the malaise surrounding the club into a fourth straight month.[table “84” not found /]