If there was any worry amongst the players about the start to this season, you wouldn’t know it by the comments coming out of the Newcastle camp.
Fabian Schar has been doing the rounds this week talking about the confidence he has in this year’s team.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles also recently spoke about what he sees as an upturn in form over the past month.
Center-back Ciaran Clark is the latest Magpie to echo the positivity emanating from the Newcastle ranks.
The Chronicle have published Clark’s comments about the atmosphere inside the club:
“Last season was tough with the start we had. Looking at it before the first game, we knew it was going to be a tough start.
“But this year we’ve managed to get a couple of big wins, and that was something we didn’t do last year at the start.
“Everyone’s positive about how it’s going so far. We know now that the next batch of fixtures are at a really important time – we know ourselves that we need to start picking up some more points and try and push ourselves up the league a little bit.
“I wouldn’t say it’s just the home games – it’s all the games we have [that we need to target for wins]
“We know that the fixtures coming up are really important and it’s a time where we might be playing a few teams who are around us, so we want to be going into those games picking up points and pushing ourselves up the league.
“If we can get some more points on the board before the next international break that would be good, and would lift the confidence and keep this positive vibe going around.”
While we appreciate the belief the players have in turning this season around, the start to this season should not be considered anything but disappointing.
Currently, Newcastle’s win percentage under Steve Bruce is 20%. His Premier League career win percentage prior to this season was 28%. That was second-worst among all Premier League managers with over 200 games managed.
While 10 games is an unfair total to make a determination of a manager’s success, it does put into perspective just how poor this start really is.
It boils down to not winning the games we should have won due to our inability to score goals. That has to change soon, or we’ll continue to be stuck in and around the bottom three for some time to come.