After five games in the Premier League we find ourselves at the very bottom of the table alongside our neighbours from down the road. But come on, surely it can’t be time to panic just yet, can it?
Let’s break it down.
Game One – the opening fixture against Southampton who finished seventh last term, over 20 points ahead of Newcastle. A very surprising display and let’s be honest most of us would have probably taken the draw before kick off.
Game Two – Swansea, who finished eighth, a team which doesn’t receive enough credit in my opinion. But the less said about that game the better, it was one to forget. That’s not to mention Daryl Janmaat’s sending off within the first half.
Game Three – Man United, 31 points ahead of NUFC last season. A decent defensive display at Old Trafford and yet again a point which no one was expecting.
Game Four – Arsenal’s visit to St James’s Park, the one where Aleksandar Mitrovic lasted just 16 short minutes on the field of play before the red mist descended. United played with 10 men for over 70 minutes and a deflected shot at goal which found the back of the net was the only thing to break the deadlock. Yet again another decent defensive display in an uphill battle.
Game Five – West Ham was probably our first real chance to see how well the team could play against a “similar” team. Well it was until the team ended up stuck in traffic and preparation for the kick off was reduced as the team walked the final part of the journey to reach the ground in time for kick off. But having said that the display from certain individuals was very poor to say the least.
Game six - Saturday sees newly promoted Watford arrive on Tyneside in what fans are now calling a “must win”.
It’s now time for McClaren to bite the bullet and give Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong the chance in the starting XI, while Champions League dreamer Moussa Sissoko should drop to the bench after his poor start to the season.
Let’s just be patient this time and see what Saturday brings.
And fingers crossed Mitrovic has been locked in a room full of kittens and marshmallows as he seeks for a “happy place” and will start to show his potential when he returns in a fortnight’s time.
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