There have been claims that some of Newcastle’s players appear to only turn up when the team is selected to be one of the live TV matches.

Surely that can’t be the case…

Well 16 games into the Premier League season and the statistics are quite stark – simply coincidence?

The first obvious remarkable stat is of course that despite Newcastle United being of no consequnce, nobody else interested in the club (despite being the subject of countless debates on radio and TV and cannon fodder for ex-pros trying to make their mark in the media…), of the 16 Newcastle matches so far, a hefty 10 of them have been on TV.

Considering Newcastle were in the relegation zone until less than 24 hours ago, surely there can’t have been much difference in the TV/non-TV stats…

Games Not On Live TV

P6 W0 D1 L5

Gf5 GA21

Games On Live TV

P10 W4 D3 L3

GF13 GA11

Quite remarkable.

When not on live TV the form is disastrous, rooted bottom of the table and even worse than Villa.

On TV, it is top eight form.

It isn’t even as though the opposition is heavily weighted either way, as the non-tv matches have included games against Palace, Swansea, Watford and Southampton.

Do some of the players really try harder during live TV matches and in the shop window as some would accuse them…?

In fact, in the live TV matches, the last seven in a period of over three months have seen only one defeat and that was against the mackems when the referee changed the course of the match with Coloccini’s red card.

The good news is that the next two matches, Villa and Everton, are on Live TV but after that there is only the home match with Manchester United on 12 January scheduled for live broadcasting at the minute…

(Read Alan Shearer analysing the win over Tottenham HERE)