After watching Newcastle struggle to a 1-1 draw at home to bottom club Swansea, Ian Wright says they must take immediate action in the January transfer window.

Newcastle United have failed to win any of their last seven Premier League home matches and the last two have been tame draws against fellow relegation strugglers Brighton and Swansea.

In five of those seven PL games at St James Park, Rafa’s players have failed to score a goal.

In fact if you take out the six goals Newcastle have managed in three hours of football against West Ham, they have only scored 15 goals in their other 21 Premier League games, home and away.

Ian Wright picked up on Newcastle’s shortcomings up front in that previous home game against Brighton, particularly Dwight Gayle, who Wright said needed to ‘quicken up on everything’.

On Saturday, it was more just a case of a striker not taking chances when they came. Gayle wasting three very decent chances.

Though he wasn’t alone as others also missed chances, or in other cases, never looked likely to get into shooting positions.

It took a Joselu goal when coming off the bench to save the day but we already know he won’t be the main goalscoring answer. He is now lead scorer with four goals but despite his workrate and other contributions in team play, you can see he is not a natural scorer.

Rafa Benitez both before and after the game stated yet again he needed signings in this window.

As Ian Wright says – ‘Newcastle are desperate for a striker.’

Ian Wright speaking on Match of The Day after the Swansea match:

“Without doubt (Newcastle need to sign a striker).

“Newcastle had more than enough chances to win the game.

“You can see with the (lack of) confidence, you see Ayoze (Perez), great ball from Matt Ritchie, it is perfect for his left foot – hit it across the goalkeeper. He (instead) tries with his right and he can’t get the power.

“I mentioned Dwight Gayle last week (after last home match v Brighton – read below) with his header. This one, he actually jumps to head it (and easy save for keeper), when he should be attacking it. The ball isn’t too high where he can’t attack it by standing.

“Again, he is in the middle of  the goal (on the next chance). Yes you want to head it back where it’s coming from – but you just have to try and hit the target (instead the ball goes some yards wide).

“He then gets through on goal but it’s quite a tame effort (puts it wide with left foot).

“Newcastle are desperate for a striker, they do need to score some goals.”

Ian Wright – 30 December 2017 (after Brighton 0-0 match):

“I saw Dwight Gayle miss a really good chance in the last knockings of the Manchester City game, The kind of chance he has to be taking now.

“He has got three goals up to now, think he is top scorer at Newcastle. Not enough.

“I think he (Gayle) could do more with the header, he just lets it hit him, he’s put nothing on it.

“He has got to whip his head on it, he has got to get the goalkeeper to work more.

“(Ball breaks for Dwight Gayle just inside Brighton box) He doesn’t look at at Dunk at all, he doesn’t make a positive move. The touch is poor and he doesn’t get it out of his feet. Dunk is stretching and in the end he makes a good challenge – but Gayle’s touch is poor.

“Dwight Gayle needs to quicken up on everything.

“I don’t know what he is doing in training…he needs to do everything quicker, half a yard quicker, he just seems to be on his heels.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Swansea 1

Goals:

Newcastle: Joselu 68

Swansea: Ayew 60

Possession was Swansea 58% Newcastle 42%

Total shots were  Swansea 8 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Swansea 5 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Swansea 5 Newcastle 4

Referee: Graham Scott

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Merino 82), Atsu, Gayle (Joselu 64), Perez

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Haidara, Manquillo, Hayden, Murphy

Crowd: 51,444 (Swansea 1,100)

(Alan Shearer spells it out after watching Newcastle 1 Swansea 1 – Read it HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Swansea draw HERE)

(Swansea boss says Newcastle lucky to avoid red card, penalty and defeat – Read it HERE)

(Give us your Newcastle v Swansea player ratings HERE)

(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after the game HERE)



  • Paul Patterson

    Sorry, which signing did he say we should make?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I wouldn`t worry about that, there won`t be one

      • thewildchimp

        Like anyone really expected any. Maybe Rafa did.

      • Guest 2

        Indeed.Season following first relegation saw fatty spend 10 million –
        and sell Carroll for 35 million.
        The club has a net spend of 9 million since he arrived. Tells anyone all they need to know.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Thought that was just me ??? And,I’ve put my glasses on !

    • East Durham Mag

      A striker ( insert name). His next project is a book. “On the Bleeding Obvious” £15.99 at all good bookstores.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Been worrying for weeks about where we needed to strengthen, thanks Wrighty, I’ll sleep a lot better now.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Not a popular guy up here but he does know about scoring goals

    • Peaky Magpie

      As Real Madrid will probably testify this time next year,I hope 😁

  • thewildchimp

    I’m sorry, I know I’m boring, but these kind of attacks we were performing lately were pretty much Mitro’s bread & butter in the WC Qualifiers. He misses two, but scores the third. How many goals between Gayle and Joselu for a while now?
    I know it’s probably too late for him now, as he had almost no game time this season but I look at it this way. Serbia has population size roughly equal to London and Mitro is their best striker. Is Dwight Gayle anywhere near the top in London? Exactly.
    By the way, Kane and he are from the same neighbourhood.

    • Damon Horner

      You could use that to justify signing Tomer Hemed too. I’d have given Mitrovic a shot assuming he was acting professionally but “not the best striker in London” would be a strange reason to drop Gayle.

  • Guest 2

    How much is he paid to point out the obvious? Almost as bad as Merson now questioning why the club won’t sign anyone. Instead of calling us deluded, they want to confront the facts of the issue head on and call out the owner.

    • Georgia Peter

      porciestreet:-
      been saying that for years.

      • Georgia Peter

        porciestreet:-
        Jeff stellings panel skirt round this every week with a pile of appologist rubbish instead of giving Cashley some grief.
        Theyre all a bunch of sycphantic hasbeens desperately hanging on to a football golden egg.
        .

  • Bobbi fleckman

    The only person who still believes we will sign anyone is our Manager

    • Danimal

      ‘Believes’ = ‘Hopes’.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Hopes………no belief at all…

    • Georgia Peter

      Porciestreet:
      Hmmmmm.! but what does he know that we dont…?

  • TheFatController

    The main problem we have is that we look like we’re only taking someone on loan, or we get anyone at all.

    So what usually qualifies a loan player?
    – coming back from a long list of injuries / time out ?
    – not getting a regular game and thus not regularly scoring ?
    – amazing talent for a big club but being young no real experience of the PL?

    We need to pay good money for a proven goal scorer – anything else is a high risk gamble.

    Sorry Mike Ashley, but if you want your money whilst Staveley waits to see ‘if the car passes it’s MOT’, buy the car a new, reliable, fully firing engine…or risk taking it to the scrap dealer in May.

  • Phil K

    I NEVER agree with what Wright says. But have to this time. Gayle like Joselu, gives no shortage of effort but we need more, a LOT more than effort.

    • East Durham Mag

      Its more quality thats needed and Fatlad won’t countenance that.

  • molend

    Like a lot of people in Newcastle, I’ve got family from Gateshead, so I follow them and watch their videos.To be absolutley honest, bonny lads, Gayle’s performance was about that level. We’ve got Big Hoss and Short Hoss and somehow Shortie, who can probably crochet better than he can head a ball, is the one who’s on the end of some fairly decent crosses. Obviously the answer is to sign a decent striker, but 25 million will only get you a marginal improvement on what we’ve got. Fatty’s not going to cough up, so we’ve got to try and get goals as a team as a whole. Good luck, Rafa.

  • Rev

    We have a striker, may be as much of a hothead as Shelvey (who still gets games) and maybe not much better than the front two (goal ratio) but beggars cant be choosers… unless they are Rafa who is prepared to see us relegated and claim the players werent good enough rather than try anything. Sign Reina … give over… its too late for one point per game mate. Try winning at home or go down, don’t need to be a top.manager to see that.