Alan Shearer was born and bred in Gosforth before he joined Southampton as an apprentice when he was 15 years old in 1986.
And Shearer is first and foremost a Newcastle fan, and his comments on BBC Sport after our terrible performance at Bournemouth, when we looked so tired and jaded and lost 2-0 – are interesting.
This season is the first time we have been in Europe and our players have very little experience playing in the Champions League as does Eddie Howe in managing in Europe, so it’s a steep learning curve this season.
We have done fairly well so far but lost out last two (important) games – 2-0 at Dortmund in the Champions League and 2-0 at Bournemouth in the Premier League.
We are currently bottom of Group F and 7th in the Premier League and we have again reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, where we play at Chelsea.
This is what Alan Shearer has told BBC Sport:
“Newcastle need a lift. Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth was their first in the league since 2 September but it looked a game too far for them, and they were not anywhere near their best.”
“Eddie Howe’s side have got a lot of injuries and suspensions to contend with but they did not deserve anything against the Cherries, who were the better team from start to finish.”
“Newcastle looked really flat and very tired, and they probably need the international break more than anyone in terms of resting some players and getting others back to fitness.”
“It was always going to be a big ask for them to cope with Champions League football and challenge for the top four again.”
“They are still giving it a good go, and have reached the Carabao Cup quarter-finals too, but at the moment it looks like fighting on three fronts has caught up with them.”
True comments there from Alan, and all is certainly not lost this season.
But we do look vulnerable in our next 10 games before the end of the year if we can’t get players back quickly from injury.
They are going to be important games for us, and then in early January we hope the owners can bring in maybe 4 new players to help Eddie Howe and his team out in the second half of the season.
We need them to do that!