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Steve Bruce could make Newcastle United history on Sunday

5 months ago
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When Newcastle play Wolves, Steve Bruce could make club history.

The fewest ever goals to be scored in the opening 10 games of any league season for Newcastle United, since the club became United in 1892/93.

Only five goals in the first nine Premier League games so far and the record to ‘beat’ is six.

This was set in the distance past of…last season.

Yes, as Rafa Benitez waited on Salomon Rondon to get fit after Mike Ashley forced him to make a £20m profit on transfers in and out, goals were a rare commodity.

It seems an obvious thing to say but goals are inextricably linked with positive results.

Unless you have a defence and way of playing as say Arsenal did in the past (one nil to the Arsenal…), then goals scored usually pretty much equal where you end up in the league.

Whilst Rafa only managed six goals in the first 10 games last season, once he got Almiron and was able to play a more attacking style with Rondon and Perez completing a forward trio, Newcastle managed 16 goals in their final 10 games of last season. Indeed 21 goals (and 21 points) in the last 13 from the moment Almiron made his debut.

At the current rate of goals, Steve Bruce and his team are on course for a final season total of around 21 goals, surely even Newcastle can’t sink that low…?

The worse ever final goals tally in this Premier League era was 1997/98 with Kenny Dalglish in charge, only 35 goals in 38 games with Jon Barnes top scoring on six. At the moment you wouldn’t betting on any of Newcastle’s players beating that total either.

The relationship between scoring goals and league position can perfectly be seen in the Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson seasons.

Here are the number of goals and the positions in each of the season in terms of goals scored compared to the rest of the clubs, then in brackets where NUFC finished in the Premier League:

(1993/94) 82 goals – First (third)

(1994/95) 67 goals – fourth (sixth)

(1995/96) 66 goals – third (second)

(1996/97) 73 goals – second (second)

(2001/02) 74 goals – third (fourth)

(2002/03) 63 goals – fourth (third)

(2003/04) 52 goals – fifth (fifth)

Of course Rafa Benitez managed far better league positions compared to goals scored because of the defence he put together, in each of the last two seasons only two clubs outside the top four conceded less than Newcastle

So in 2018/19 Newcastle scored 42 goals which was the 16th highest but they finished 13th in the Premier League

Whilst in 2017/18 Newcastle scored only 39 goals, the 14th highest, but finished 10th.

At the moment Newcastle are in the nightmare scenario of having scored the lowest number of goals in the Premier League AND only the two other clubs in the relegation zone having conceded more goals.

Number of Newcastle league goals each season in the Premier League era:

6 – 2018/19

10 – 2017/18

21 – 2016/17 (Championship)

12 – 2015/16

11 – 2014/15

14 – 2013/14

12 – 2012/13

15 – 2011/12

19 – 2010/11

18 – 2009/10 (Championship)

12 – 2008/09

17 – 2007/08

7 – 2006/07

8 – 2005/06

21 – 2004/05

15 – 2003/04

16 – 2002/03

18 – 2001/02

11 – 2000/01

20 – 1999/00

15 – 1998/99

12 – 1997/98

20 – 1996/97

26 – 1995/96

27 – 1994/95

15 – 1993/94

23 – 1992/93 (Championship)

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