Steve McClaren reveals his BIG concern at Newcastle

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren.
Newcastle manager Steve McClaren.
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Steve McClaren says only time will tell if he has enough goals in his Newcastle United squad.

McClaren’s side has not scored for three Premier League games.

I think we are all looking and going ‘is that going to be a problem this year?’. It won’t be answered until we have played a few more games

Steve McClaren

And second-from-bottom Newcastle – who take on West Ham United at Upton Park on Monday night without banned Aleksandar Mitrovic – didn’t muster a shot on target against Arsenal in their last outing.

The club had looked at bringing in another striker in the summer.

But United baulked at the £15million price tag put on Charlie Austin by Queens Park Rangers, and McClaren will have to work with what he has between now and January, when the transfer window reopens.

Asked if he had enough goals in his team, McClaren said: “At the present moment, no.

“But then again we have played two games with 10 men (against Arsenal and Swansea City). We have talked about that a lot.

“I think we have got strikers who can score and players who can score.

“But in two games that has been virtually impossible with 10 men against good quality opponents, and against Manchester United it is always difficult, but we could have won it with the last kick.

“Against Southampton, I was encouraged with the opportunities we scored two goals with.

“We have not been able to kick on from the Southampton game, and that for me is very frustrating and very disappointing.

“So I think we are all looking and going ‘is that going to be a problem this year?’. It won’t be answered until we have played a few more games.”

Papiss Demba Cisse, expected to start in place of Mitrovic, was not allowed to leave in the summer, and while Newcastle’s squad might lack quantity, McClaren is happy with the quality he has at the club.

Asked if he wanted another striker, McClaren said: “I think we have got four (strikers) here.

“It was a question that if we lost one, then yeah, maybe.

“But I think four is enough, give me five and I don’t sleep at night, with four I even struggle. Give me three quality ones.

“So I think we have got the players here that can score, not just strikers but wide players now with Ayo (Ayoze Perez), Florian (Thauvin) and Moussa (Sissoko) and (Georginio) Wijnaldum can score from midfield. We are just not seeing it at the moment.”

Meanwhile, reflecting on transfer deadline day last week, McClaren said: “It was perfect for me.

“We had done our business early, we got players in. We didn’t need to do anything.”