Rob Lee has questioned why Newcastle didn’t push the boat out to buy proven Premier League goals.

With only two goals from the opening day of the season and struggling to even show any goal threat in the other four, Rob Lee says he just doesn’t understand why Newcastle weren’t prepared to pay the Charlie Austin asking price.

This isn’t a new argument but with United’s poor start to the season it is predictable that it is going to be raised until the players that Newcastle did buy (and already had at the club) start to score goals and win games.

People are bound to compare what Aleksandar Mitrovic and Charlie Austin both do this season and as the QPR striker has five Championship goals already, the scales are obviously not leaning Mitrovic’s way at the minute.

His red card has ensured that he will have no goals from the first seven Premier League matches and the next seven games once he returns will no doubt give a better indication of what we can expect from him this season.

Of course it isn’t as though Newcastle are creating endless chances that the strikers are failing to take but Austin would have given United a much different option to both Mitrovic and Cisse.

I know I am not the only one who thought it was a no-brainer that Newcastle should have taken whatever they could for Papiss Cisse and used that fee and saved wages to bring Charlie Austin in, as well as signing the potential of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

I suppose those that fans who still doubt whether Austin would have been the right move, will point out that no other club thought the Rangers striker was worth the £15m price tag. Maybe though their situation was not as desperate as Newcastle’s?

Rob Lee speaking to the Chronicle:

“If a certain Charlie Austin was in the starting line-up then you get the feeling Newcastle wouldn’t be in the situation they are right now.

“I just don’t understand why they didn’t pay the £15million to get him in. He is a proven Premier League goalscorer who I’m sure would have wanted to join the club.”

Where are the goals coming from?

“It is all well and good being hard to beat, which Newcastle actually weren’t on Monday night, but if you can’t score then you are not going to pick up points.

“Where are the goals going to come from? The midfield don’t look like scoring.”