Manager Alan Pardew has come under severe criticism from the fans at St James’ Park, and it has been a surprise to see the boss remain in charge heading into the return of the Premier League this weekend.
Pardew will be looking to record his first victory of the season on Saturday, with newly promoted Leicester City traveling to the North East, and club legend Alan Shearer is keen to seen an improvement from everyone on the playing staff - with three points required if the Magpies season is to take a turn for the better.
Quoted by nufcblog, Shearer told the Chronicle: “The new signings have not shown us anywhere near the ability we need to show.
“But it’s not just them, it’s the whole team.
“Yes the new boys need to improve but so have the players that have been here for a while. It’s everybody.
“We have to start to pull out results. Whether we play well doesn’t matter. We have to dig out and claw out some results.
“The last result was decent. Any point away from home in our league is decent.”
“A point at Swansea was good, whether we deserved it or not doesn’t matter.
“We’ve now got to get three points against Leicester because we have to start winning games, if we don’t we will be in a big hole.”
Few players have put in solid performances for the Magpies this season, with forgotten man Papiss Cisse being the only real standout performer. His four goals in three games have reclaimed points from losing positions for Pardew’s men, but Remy Cabella, Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere have yet to impress following this summer arrivals.
Despite needing to pick up three points at the earliest possible juncture of the season, Newcastle’s task this weekend looks to be even more challenging than their opening to the season, with goalkeeper Tim Krul likely to miss the game through injury, whilst Cisse and Cheick Tiote are only probable inclusions for the fixture, with the duo involved in African Cup of Nations qualifiers on Wednesday evening.