Nullifying Jefferson Montero and Bafe Gomis threat is key to Newcastle ending losing away run

Swansea City manager Garry Monk
Swansea City manager Garry Monk

A damning statistic for you ahead of Newcastle United’s match against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon...

Newcastle have lost six successive Premier League away games - scoring just once in the process.

That run at the end of last season was, of course, a key reason behind the club’s nail-biting battle against relegation in the final months of the campaign.

But much has changed over the summer, with new manager Steve McClaren now in charge and new signings Georginio Wijnaldum, Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic adding some real quality to the squad.

So, ahead of their first away game of the new campaign under McClaren, what faces Newcastle this afternoon?

A revamped Swansea side led by impressive young manager Garry Monk, who has impressed since taking charge at The Liberty Stadium at the tender age of 36.

Monk led Swansea to a 2-2 draw away at Chelsea last weekend on the opening day of the new season, sadly for him the game was overshadowed by ‘doctor-gate’, led by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

Monk is hoping the football grabs the headlines this weekend.

New signing Andre Ayew and Bafe Gomis scored for the Swans, but it was wide man Jefferson Montero that stood out.

The Ecuador international’s dinky runs, searing pace and creativity on the ball left the Chelsea defence with their heads spinning.

He played a key part in Swansea’s first goal and made Branislav Ivanovic look ordinary - no ordinary feat.

So with his pace and Gomis’s scoring ability up front - he has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League games - Newcastle are in for a very tough test this afternoon.

McClaren is hoping his side are up to the challenge.