Lee Clark has two major concerns with Newcastle United now
Lee Clark is worrying about his old club.
Newcastle United a fraction above the relegation zone but very lucky to be even in that position, considering the poor form and total lack of creativity/chances.
Only two goals in the last 10 hours of football, only four efforts on goal in total in the last four games, whilst not a single corner or effort on goal in the last two away matches.
Surveying the situation, especially Joelinton, Saint-Maximin and Almiron making 26 PL appearances this season but only one goal and no assists between them, Lee Clark says that is ‘a very worrying stat because if you want to stay in the league you’ve got to win games and to do that you have to score goals.’
Lee Clark stating the obvious, as many other Newcastle fans are doing: ‘Just look at what Salomon Rondon did last season.’
The loan striker was Newcastle’s player of the year, scoring 11 PL goals and getting seven assists in 32 PL appearances.
Much as Steve Bruce keeps waffling on about Newcastle’s tough fixtures, Lee Clark points out another dose of reality: ‘You have had home games against Wolves, Brighton and Watford and never came out on top of any of them then it’s concerning because they are the games you have got to win.’
Even worse is the fact that in reality Newcastle were second best in all of those three games and the undeserved three points from those three draws is all that has kept NUFC out of the bottom three at this point.
Things need to improve very quickly, starting today at West Ham.
Newcastle have to at least look like they are capable of creating chances.
Lee Clark talking to Tribal Football:
“I was at the Newcastle-Wolves game last weekend and I thought the first-half was of a decent standard but in the second-half the home side were poor.
“What I’m concerned about most, and I’m sure Newcastle supporters are as well, is the lack of goals coming from Steve Bruce’s side.
“You have got Almiron, Saint-Maximin and Joelinton with one goal between them and no assists to their names this season, which is a very worrying stat because if you want to stay in the league you’ve got to win games and to do that you have to score goals.
“Just look at what Salomon Rondon did last season.
“If your front players aren’t firing it’s a huge concern with the weeks ahead.
“At the moment it looks like one goal isn’t going to be enough to win football matches.
“Steve (Bruce) was quoted as saying that he was disappointed with the second-half against Wolves in the way his team went on the back-foot. Wolves had to improve in the second-half, they looked like a team who had just played in the Europa League and were tired.
“But Newcastle didn’t have any impetus, didn’t have any attacking threat in the second-half and allowed Wolves to dictate the tempo.
“And when you have had home games against Wolves, Brighton and Watford and never came out on top of any of them then it’s concerning because they are the games you have got to win.”
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