Despite a disappointing start to the season, there is cause for optimism at St. James’ Park this season. Newcastle United are currently sitting in the relegation zone but there have been positive signs at the beginning of the campaign. The likes of Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum have all been instant hits for the Magpies but haven’t been able to lift their side out of the drop zone. Given time, this Newcastle side are talented enough and could succeed this season but they are certainly struggling to inspire confidence right now and Steve McClaren is under serious pressure.
Newcastle have traditionally been one of the Premier League’s most entertaining sides but their fans have been treated to a number of below-par performances in the last three seasons. While the average season ticket holder has paid just £90 per goal to watch Newcastle this campaign, they haven’t scored enough goals in front of their home fans. This simply not good enough for a club of Newcastle’s stature and a 3-0 defeat to archrivals Sunderland in their most recent fixture will not help to ease the pressure on McClaren’s shoulders. After a few positive results earlier in the campaign, the Magpies are beginning to show many of the negative traits that plagued their progress last season.
by EG Focus
In attack, the Magpies have caused problems for some of the division’s best clubs this season. They held Manchester United to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Old Trafford and could have nicked all three points at the end, while they should have been two or three goals to the good against Manchester City before Sergio Aguero scored five goals in twenty incredible second-half minutes to put the game to bed. Ultimately, they’ve fallen short at key moments and just haven’t managed to take enough of their opportunities – particularly away from home.
Unlike last season, a major problem this season has been luck. In the 2014-15 campaign, Newcastle were simply being outplayed in almost every match and they deservedly slipped down into the relegation battle. This term, they’ve been unlucky in a number of matches and have suffered injuries to key players. Against Sunderland on Sunday, McClaren’s men were the better team until Fabricio Coloccini’s red card and penalty kick. These little incidents have all contributed to their demise but you have to feel that the Magpies will get their own major slice of luck in the near future.
Can’t really blast Newcastle for yesterday. Our approach was spot on. We’re just so unlucky it’s untrue.
— Stuy_O (@Stuy_O) October 26, 2015
Newcastle have far too much talent in their ranks to be involved in a relegation scrap. Of course, many people claimed the exact same thing last season but they have improved this summer and have a much better manager at the helm. That being said, the supporters are seriously worried about their top flight status and a number of top stars really need to up their game if the Magpies are to stay in this division. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Newcastle secure their top flight status with a number of matches to spare this season and will begin to plan ahead for what they hope will be a much-improved 2015-16 campaign.