Alan Shearer has expressed his concerns about the level of Newcastle United performances so far this season.
The Magpies are still looking for their first win of the campaign, in what has been a very disappointing start, and Shearer says that the pressure is on the squad to start performing.
The legendary Newcastle striker, who now works as a pundit, has highlighted problems at both ends of the pitch and says that his former side must start picking up their performances, after a 4-0 defeat to Southampton at the weekend left them bottom of the Premier League table.
"Newcastle do not look like scoring and do not look like keeping clean sheets. That's a recipe for relegation in anyone's book," the Daily Mail quotes him as saying. "The display against Southampton was just terrible from start to finish.
"Newcastle just simply have to win now. The longer you go without a win, the harder it is to get one. The pressure is well and truly on."
The concerning start has left many fans questioning what direction the season is going in, despite the additions over the summer.
The likes of Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback arriving at the club during the transfer window led to much excitement for the new campaign before it started, but the positive effects of their signings appear to have already warn off.
The Magpies have lost to Manchester City and Southampton already this season, whilst their only points have come from draws against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.
It continues a dismal run of form, which has carried over from the back-end of last season, and is something that they need to snap out of.
Their first chance to show a sign of improvement comes against Hull City next weekend in front of their own fans, and the squad will know that anything other than a win will be considered a failure.