These Premier League stats on Tim Krul and his rival keepers, point to why Newcastle are struggling this season.

Only one goalkeeper has made more saves in the first five matches than the United keeper.

Stoke City’s Jack Butland is top of this table with Krul in second, who shares that spot with Crystal Palace’s Alex McCarthy.

Then in fourth you have Sunderland’s Costel Pantilimon.

Premier League goalkeepers to have made the most saves in the opening five matches:

27 Jack Butland (Stoke City)

24 Tim Krul

24 Alex McCarthy (Crystal Palace)

22 Costel Pantilimon

The anomaly amongst the four top shot stoppers is Alex McCarthy.

Palace are currently riding high in the (proper) Premier League table whilst the unifying thing for the other three keepers is that they all play for clubs currently in the relegation zone.

You could say that this (McCarthy) is clearly the exception that proves the rule.

If the pattern continues and Newcastle remain a club where the keeper is having to make more saves than his rivals, then you are almost certain to be struggling, especially when at the other end we must surely be at the very bottom for shots on target so far this season.