The Newcastle United goals total speaks for itself.

Only 27 in 29 Premier League matches, so it doesn’t take a genius to know that if you average less than one goal per match, you aren’t going to win many games.

Or even avoid defeat, unless your defending is significantly better than going forward…

In 22 of the 29 Premier League games, Newcastle have scored either one (11 times) or zero (11 times).

Only seven times have United scored more than one goal and only once in the last 11 matches has that happened, just as well Jamaal Lascelles has stayed fit!

Whenever pundits talk about it, or two or more Newcastle fans meet in the pub, the focus is on the strikers not being up to the job.

However, I honestly don’t think that is our biggest problem.

I think Dwight Gayle gets a really tough time of it from pundits and especially fans.

Saturday was a case in point, totally isolated, hardly getting a pass never mind presented with a chance, yet I have read/heard plenty fans moaning about his lack of contribution in the game.

Obviously there are better strikers Newcastle could get but I think Gayle is far better than people are willing to accept.

Even Joselu would score a few more I think if the real problem had been addressed last summer.

The supply line is Newcastle’s main problem, not the strikers, maybe Dwight Gayle should have seven or eight goals based on the chances he has had but hand on heart, if he has more than one decent chance in a game then he is very lucky.

The centre of midfield gives next to no support to the striker(s) and most of the time our wingers are really extra defenders.

I am not criticising them, they do their best they can do, but the quality is generally missing.

As further proof, it isn’t just creating goals, just look below at how few midfielders and wingers have scored themselves.

Newcastle United have scored 27 goals in their 29 Premier League matches, the scorers:

5 Gayle

4 Joselu

3 Lascelles

2 Perez, Clark, Atsu, Diame

1 Mitrovic, Hayden, Merino, Murphy, Ritchie, Saivet, own goal

Breakdown by position:

Strikers 12

Central midfielders 5

Wingers 4

Centre-backs 5

Own goals 1

Newcastle’s centre-backs have scored as many goals as the central midfielders, the likes of Merino and Hayden only scoring one each, whilst Shelvey hasn’t got a single one. Diame surprisingly emerging as both our best central midfielder AND goal threat from that position.

I think with half decent service Dwight Gayle is more than capable of scoring 15 goals or more in a season but he has been feeding on scraps.

New goalscorers are essential in the summer but ahead of them in the queue are creative players to supply them.

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  • mactoon

    We haven’t had a striker since Demba Ba. Gayle has confidence problems so he doesn’t trust his own body, Joselu is a grafter but not a goalscorer… we have nothing else. Regardless of the perceived lack of service I would point you to the chances missed as the cause of the problem. We need a striker who can convert chances. In fact.. we need two.

    • Mitros gotta start

      No….we need a manager that wants to have a team that creates chances instead of happily conceding 80% possession in games and playing for a draw at best…..negative tactics are the main reason for us being toothless up front….that and letting our best striker go on loan to fulham

      • mactoon

        Mitro isn’t a good striker in the Premiership, in my opinion he has found his level. Rafa’s tactics are restricted by the amount of money and the players Ashley has allowed him to buy. The defensive tactics, I assume you are referring to the Man City and Liverpool games? we have to reduce their goalscoring chances as they are free scoring teams. The results give us a better goal difference to the teams around us which could be very important come the end of the season.

        • jack

          He was never given a chance in the premiere either , look at his stats and playing time in the premiere league .It’s crazy to say he’s not a premiere league player , when he’s played very little .

        • Mitros gotta start

          Horseshyte…..i am referring to the 1 win in 8 record at home against the likes of everton burnley and swansea that rafa was in charge for that would have got any other manager in the league the sack….of course we were not gonna attack the likes of man city but there is no excuse for not having a go at the dross down the bottom of the table next to us….and mitro is head and shoulders better than anything we have at the club and for rafa to sanction his loan move with no fit replacement is a gamble that could cost us our premier league status.

        • Jezza

          Spot on in every respect.

    • Jezza

      We have needed two such strikers for a very long time but buying decent strikers flies in the face of the club owner’s policy of pocketing all the profits.

  • We can all have different perspectives. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Do strikers have bad service or are midfielders given poor quality to aim at?

    As always, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

    If Ashley only gives Rafa a couple of tiny eggs, he can’t make a huge omelette.

    • thewildchimp

      If I’d have to pick, we are desperate for a number 10 and would do well with another striker. We also might need a left winger in the summer, however, that depends on several factors. Everywhere else we are fine as we are, we can upgrade but no holes gaping.

  • jack

    Mitrovich scores again , and he would of done the same for us with a run in the team instead of a total of 89mins ,I still say he’s one hell of prospect if given a fair crack

    • David2211

      He might have done had he not, in the same game as he scored, went and elbowed and opposition player for no reason. Yeah he’s scoring and doing brilliantly for Fulham but he was a liability when he did play. Happy for him doing well but his future just isn’t here. People need to move on.

      • Geordiegiants

        Well said, very well said!

        • David2211

          He’s banging them in as you say. I’m pleased for him and wish it was here but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. I’m sure if Fulham go up he’ll get the chance to prove himself in the top league

      • jack

        Totally disagree , he was never given a chance by any manager , and a centre forward needs aggression OK he got sent off , loads of strikers get sent off cos they put themselves about , shearer did

      • thewildchimp

        At the end of the season relegation is decided on points totals, not on cards collected…

        • Jezza

          Cards result in suspensions and you can’t score goals when you’re suspended.

    • Jezza

      He’s scoring goals in the Championship. At 23 he’s to far along in his career to be considered a prospect. Alan Shearer had 100 top flight goals under his belt at 23, Shola Ameobi was a prospect at 23.

      • jack

        23,too old lol. Shola ameobi a prospect 😁, sorry but your talking rubbish , for a start shearer was a one off , and secondly ameobi hasn’t scored a hundred goals in his whole career , to say someone is over the hill and not a prospect is a bit silly

        • Jezza

          I didn’t say he was “over the hill”. I said at 23 he’s too far along in his career to be considered a prospect. Your comment about Shola perfectly emphasises the point I was making. At that age Shola was considered to be a prospect and to have potential but he never got any better. By the age of 23 a player is as usually good as he’s going to get. Mitrovic has found his level in the Championship. Simple as that.

          • jack

            You said he’s to far along his career , at ,23 ? , and at 23 your not the finished article at all , most people would say that twenty five or six is the correct age for players to be at their prime , Your wrong about mitrovich in almost everything you’ve said , he’s young and real prospect at 22 , but realise your potential you’ve got to play , which neither Rafa or mclaren done

        • Jezza

          I wasn’t talking rubbish you just completely missed my point.

  • Leazes.

    The lack of creativity is down to the bus Dale, the lack of goals and attempts is because of the ‘hit and run’ tactic, home and away…. 29% possession leaves the opposition with 71% possession……if my sums are up tp your standards……

    Rafa is crying out for a striker and you say he’s wrong!

  • Geordiegiants

    Mitro is banging them in!

    • Leazes.

      in the championship.

      • Geordiegiants

        Ha ha ha, Howare Leazes😜

        • Leazes.

          He’s not as good as Shola!

          • Geordiegiants

            I defo, where’s Clarko?

  • jack

    Two tonight for mitro ,

    • Geordiegiants

      Nice lad, but he is still sh:t.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        so`s the rest of our strikers & it was a touch of genius replacing him with Slimani

        • Geordiegiants

          They are all sh:t definetly.

        • Leazes.

          You would almost think that Rafa hasn’t heard of transfermarkt!

          • Geordiegiants

            😂🤣

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😂😂

        • Jezza

          It was highly profitable for Ashley replacing Mitro with Slimani. One of the top earners off the payroll replaced by an injured player on a pay per play deal who hasn’t cost a penny to date.

  • Leazes.

    Mackems 0 – 2 Villa

    • Geordiegiants

      Doon!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Moderated again
    😂😂😂

    • Geordiegiants

      It’s fncking sh:t this platform like.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        💩💩💩
        Yip

      • paul mclaughlan

        You can say bastards.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Expect the Fulham fans to be call us thick Geordie`s again for loaning them Mitro

    • Leazes.

      Lets hope the buy him then.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        if they have the cash they`ll buy him, then Fatso will give Rafa 5m for a replacement

        • Leazes.

          No he won’t its loan deals until the club is sold.

          • Jezza

            Agreed. No matter how much Fatso rakes in from selling our players ther will only be loans and free transfers coming in.

  • Leazes.

    0 – 3 villa

    • Geordiegiants

      🤣😂🤣😂🤣

  • Mxpx

    I don’t buy the we don’t create chances argument I think it’s true when we play against teams at the top of the table BUT when we play against teams in the bottom half we do create chances and they don’t get taken well enough. I’d suggest atsu could do with some shooting practice as well as our strikers

  • Philip Whitehead

    gayle joselu and perez were never going to score enough goals between them…none of them are premier league class…and Mitrovic is doing a good job proving that Rafa judgement is fallible….signing slimani and he still hasnt played yet on the 6th March was another great move ..we are now weaker than we were before the window opened

  • 5floorshigh

    a do like a headline that contradicts itself………………anyways Mitro now 5 in 4, is there a sell on clause in the loan deal ?

  • Wezza147

    It is down to Mike Ashley not spending a penny in the last transfer window and failing and undermining Rafa at every stage possible.
    Simple. Even the Ashley apologists/trolls can’t spin that fact.

  • 1957

    The idea that Hoss would have scored more with better service is ridiculous, when he gets a clear cut chance (and he’s had a few) he generally fluffs it.

    I accept parking the bus and relying on less than 30% possession doesn’t help but we’re relying on strikers who couldn’t command a first team place at other clubs and are out of their depth.

  • Down Under Mag

    Gayle is one of those players who is in a kind of limbo standard…too good for the Championship but not quite good enough for the Premier League.

    As for goals scored, we are set up to play a tight defensive game and hope to catch teams on the counter…which is a good idea when we are not equipped with the players to really “get at” teams no matter what some fans think. Add to that we aren’t getting many goals from midfield and our strikers are just not clinical enough and it’s easy to see why we aren’t prolific. BUT we are tight defensively and have been unlucky in being punished for one bad lapse in concentration.

    Bottom line stops with Ashley though…