Whilst the major problem at Newcastle United is currently not the amount of money being spent by the club, Alan Shearer has pointed out a far bigger reason to worry about at the minute.
Despite spending in the region of £60m since the end of last season, the legendary number nine says that Newcastle have somehow failed to bring in a goalscorer despite the outlay.
Whilst Gini Wijnaldum has obviously scored a more than respectable nine goals from midfield, albeit all of them in home matches, Ayoze Perez is next top scorer with five goals and then Mitrovic with only four.
This transfer window has seen two midfielders in Saivet and Shelvey arrive, whilst Andros Townsend will have his medical today.
However, the most expensive and more difficult players to sign are almost always goalscorers with a suitable track record and with the transfer window closing on Monday you have to share Alan Shearer’s worries.
As he says, Newcastle ‘are third bottom for a reason’ and that reason(s) is basically conceding too many goals and not scoring enough at the other end.
Maybe strange that in this transfer window Newcastle are concentrating neither on defenders or strikers but those players whose job it is to link the two ends of the pitch.
The former Newcastle Captain says that the possibility of relegation is clearly now ‘a genuine reality’ and we must all hope now that the obvious weaknesses in the team will have been properly addressed by the time Newcastle visit Everton next Wednesday.
Alan Shearer writing for Coral:
“The relegation battle is going down to the wire. Villa are showing signs of improvement but I still think it’s too late for them.
“ It wouldn’t be a surprise if Sunderland avoided relegation. If Big Sam can’t pull off a great escape, I don’t think anyone can.
“As for Newcastle, I saw them against West Ham the other week and it was their best home performance in a long time, but then they go back to their old tricks against Watford at the weekend.
“Newcastle have spent nearly 60 million in six months and still haven’t got a goalscorer.
“Shelvey was brilliant against West Ham, he’s got ability, but Newcastle need to score goals, they can’t keep missing chances.
“They are third bottom for a reason. Dropping down to the championship is now a genuine reality; nobody expected them to be in this position.”