Some fans believe that many of the Newcastle players are in denial and nowhere more so than with Fabricio Coloccini.

Whilst United performances have improved in recent games, it has been against the poorer teams.

Only when wins are on the board can anybody within Newcastle United talk with any credibility about corners being turned.

As to why Newcastle have struggled so far though, Coloccini sees things a little differently to most of the rest of us.

The Captain clearly thinks that the early season struggles are mainly down to the new players taking time to settle in, rather than the longer term players having been by far the biggest weakness, with Coloccini high up on that list

The reality for myself and most people is that Mitrovic, Mbemba and Wijnaldum have been three of Newcastle’s best players, if not THE best. Only Florian Thauvin is yet to convince.

On the other hand, of the players who were already at the club before this summer, only Ayoze Perez can be really happy with his contribution so far.

Elsewhere in the team, only other real positivity has been Daryl Janmaat getting back to near his best after a slow start and Moussa Sissoko has been a lot better in the last few matches.

I have this horrible feeling that the likes of Coloccini and certain teammates are telling each other that they are all playing well and it is only bad luck that has put Newcastle where they currently are.

Whilst luck obviously plays some part, by far the biggest reason why Newcastle are in the relegation zone with only one win out of 11 is because the players haven’t been good enough.

End of story.

Fabricio Coloccini quotes from the Chronicle:

“They have come in from different leagues and different levels, the Premier League is one of the toughest in the world.

“It can take time to get used to the tempo but week by week we are doing well, in the future I think we will be higher in the table.”

“I know what it is like, you take time to get ready in the Premier League.

“But for all that we are still playing well in games and we have plenty to look forward to.”

“Bournemouth are in the Premier League because they worked hard, so we need to go there knowing it will be tough.

“We have to play like we did against Stoke and put the same effort and tempo in, but we need to try to get the three points because we need them at the moment.

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