A recent post on Twitter has circulated amongst Newcastle fans, and the statistics it shows are genuinely concerning.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) October 23, 2019
The Magpies have had a less than promising start to the season under Steve Bruce so far, despite incredible 1-0 wins against Spurs and Manchester United, with his side currently third from bottom after another loss to Chelsea at the weekend.
What’s even more concerning is Newcastle’s lack of potency going forward, recording the lowest ratio of ‘expected goals’ in the league, and the second-lowest value in the past six seasons after nine games.
On top of that, they also have the lowest value in terms of quality goalscoring chances for any side home and away – with real question marks being placed over the lack of creativity in attacking positions.
Indeed, statistics aren’t everything, but these numbers make for some worrying reading – potentially setting off alarm bells that Newcastle do need to acquire more attacking threats in January if they’re going to stay up.
Here’s how Newcastle fans responded to the news:
The most worrying part is lack of any identity and as Sir Alex Ferguson once said about us, we have a small club mentality where we only turn up for the big boys.
Since Rafa left we have adopted that mentality again, and imo it’s why we’ll be relegated unless it changes.
— Matthew (@JB4t00n) October 23, 2019
We going down
— IRD (@IanRickyD) October 23, 2019
The fact people are defending Bruce is also a massive problem!
— TMW (@TilehurstsOwn) October 24, 2019
its fine though as have more points than last season so survival will be certainty…..
— AB (@_Sha_Mon_) October 23, 2019
Worst manager in the league, worst performances in the league
— Fin (@finbar_evans) October 23, 2019
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I think most of us know we’re for the drop. No doubt about it
— Steve McKenna (@SteveMcKenna_) October 23, 2019