Alan Shearer has spoken once again of his worries about the developing situation at Newcastle United.
Shearer says that he doesn’t have any sympathy for Steve McClaren because he knew what he was walking into at St James Park, particularly the lack of control he would personally have, especially on transfers.
The former number nine has outlined various concerns and a number of questions that he thinks still remain to be answered.
Alan Shearer likes the look of Aleksandar Mitrovic but isn’t convinced the defence has been sorted.
Whilst he rates Mitrovic, the question is asked of where the chances will come from.
Shearer wonders if they can shake off the losing mentality that has been ingrained in the team for so long and which Steve McClaren has also talked about.
Whilst on the transfer policy, he clearly thinks it is an ongoing massive weakness when the manager/head coach doesn’t pick the signings.
“No, I don’t have any sympathy for him (McClaren), not really.
“I don’t know if the transfer activity was different to what he expected, hoped, needed…wanted – but he knew what he was signing up for.”
“If they perform like they did against Watford and Sheffield Wednesday and the second half at Manchester City, then yes, before long they’ll be relegated.
“I don’t know what Newcastle are going to turn up, don’t think anyone does – Steve McClaren doesn’t know, that is the worry. There is a fragility and losing mentality about this football club.”
What Newcastle needed:
“I don’t think many people could argue that they needed a new centre-back and a goalscorer, that’s what everybody wanted or hoped was coming in.
“They got the centre-forward but my worry with Newcastle is always defensively, as they don’t seem to have shored that up as yet.”
A roaring success?:
“I have been impressed with him (Mitrovic) as he has bullied defenders, worked hard, held it up, brought teammates into the game and been a threat, but we have only seen that once or twice at the minute.
“Still very early days to say that he is going to be a roaring success, he hasn’t got a fantastic goalscoring record, but you can be a great goalscorer, though you still need your teammates to create chances for you.”