Newcastle United are struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Rafa’s team are 18th in the Premier League and have failed to win any of their six games so far (seven if you include Forest in the League Cup).
You have to factor in of course that amongst the six PL matches, Newcastle ave faced four of last season’s top six.
However, in three hours of football against Cardiff and Crystal Palace, Newcastle couldn’t conjure up a goal.
As we all know, goals win matches and the Premier League table backs up the importance of scoring.
None of the other 17 clubs have scored as many goals as any of the top three, whilst at the bottom, nobody has scored less than Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle.
Stating the obvious but of course you need shots to score goals (and win games) and a new report by the CIES Football Observatory, has highlighted the importance of number of shots across all major European leagues.
They have looked at how many shots (whether on target or not) every European team has had, then expressed the figures as how many minutes on average for each side to have a shot.
They have highlighted the three best and three worst in each league.
The top three in the Premier League table are also the top three when it comes to number of shots, Man City having one every four minutes and two seconds, Chelsea every five minutes and seven seconds, whilst for Liverpool it is five minutes forty seven seconds.
As for the worst PL figures, Huddersfield take twelve minutes and eight seconds, closely followed by Newcastle on twelve minutes four seconds, these two way ahead of next worst Brighton every ten minutes forty seven seconds.
Indeed, in the five major European Leagues (Bundesliga, La Liga, Premier League, Ligue 1 and Serie A), only Real Sociedad (Mikel Merino’s new club) and Eintracht Frankfurt have less shots than Huddersfield and Newcastle.
CIES Football Observatory – Number of minutes and seconds per shot so far this 2018/19 season:
On Saturday, the stats (via BBC Sport) show Newcastle as having six shots, which works out at one every fifteen minutes, with three of those on target. However, in reality the Palace keeper didn’t have a proper save to make.
Far more/better is needed from Newcastle United, starting against Leicester on Saturday.