In the three games Newcastle United have played since Loic Remy was sent off against Norwich City, the Magpies have failed to score a single goal.
Consecutive 3-0 defeats to Sunderland and Chelsea were followed by a 4-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, and what was looking like being a very fine season suddenly took a turn for the worse. Although in truth it was not quite that sudden.
Excluding a 3-1 win away to West Ham, Alan Pardew's men have failed to win since since a Boxing Day victory over Stoke City. And with the departure of Yohan Cabaye - and the failure to replace him - it appears those points earned in the first half of the season may prove to be vital to ensure a promising season does not ultimately become an appalling one.
Speaking to the Shields Gazette, Remy revealed that he owed it to the club to get back to doing what he is best at...and fast.
"I just know I have to score," he said. "It is my job."
But while that is the case, it is not his job alone. And it is telling that in the Frenchman's absence, no one has stepped up. In fact, following the departure of Cabaye, only five Newcastle players have even scored in the Premier League this season, and two of those - Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko - have just one apiece.
In the latter's case he has shone when it comes to key passes, playing not just the most for Newcastle to date, but also standing head and shoulders above almost the entire Premier League in that area. And yet despite his 60 key passes, Newcastle's front-men have failed time and again to turn those chances into goals.
|Player||Goals||Goal Assist||Key Pass||Apps||Mins|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||3||2||25||22||1,149|
|Papiss Demba Cissé||1||2||10||16||785|
|Luuk de Jong||0||0||4||3||198|
When you consider each Newcastle player's performance per match their figures become even more telling. While Remy may be their go-to goal-scorer it is not solely up to him to find the net. And yet it appears to be, with creation - let alone final product - being at a premium for Pardew's men.
|Player||Goals / apps||Goal Assist / apps||Key Pass / apps||Apps||Mins|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||0.14||0.09||1.14||22||1,149|
|Papiss Demba Cissé||0.06||0.13||0.63||16||785|
|Luuk de Jong||0||0||1.33||3||198|
So yes, Remy should vow to return and start firing his side to victories again. You would expect nothing less.
"For me, I know I have a big responsibility. The fans are expecting a lot from me," he said.
But every player has that responsibility; every single man who pulls on that Newcastle shirt.
It is not one man's job to save a club's season, or to define it one way or the other. It is the squad's job. And Pardew will surely be reminding them of that.