Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren: Goalscoring does not just come from a striker

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren says his team can’t just rely on the strikers to bring goals to Newcastle.

McClaren’s Newcastle United side has gone four Premier League games without scoring a goal.

We believe that goalscoring is not just the striker

STEVE McCLAREN

And striker Papiss Demba Cisse is likely to be dropped for this afternoon’s home game against Watford.

Forward Ayoze Perez is set for a recall, with Aleksander Mitrovic suspended and Emmanuel Riviere injured.

Asked about the team’s goal drought, head coach McClaren said: “We have got Papiss. I looked at his record last year and he scored 11 goals in 22 games.

“One in two in the Premier League isn’t bad, so he can score goals in the Premier League. He has got to get the service to do that, we understand that.

“Riviere has been injured since we came, and Ayo has had limited opportunities.

“We believe that goalscoring is not just the striker, it is the team, and I don’t think we have found the balance or the right team, to get that balance of strong defensively and create and score goals.

“We signed Mitrovic as a talent who can score goals. He scored goals in Europe so we expect him to. He is a new player – a young player coming in – and he has got to adapt in the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Cheick Tiote (knee), Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Karl Darlow (ankle) are all unavailable for the Watford game.