Gary Neville outlines what Newcastle must do to improve

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Newcastle United’s defeat on Monday was their third in five matches this season and leaves them at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Former Manchester United star Gary Neville claimed on Sky Sports' Ford Monday Night Football programme that a lack of adventure is to blame for Newcastle United's poor start to the season 

The Magpies were insipid in last night’s Premier League game against West Ham United away from home and fell to a Dimitri Payet double.

The defeat places Steve McClaren’s side firmly at the bottom of the table, and Neville believes that Newcastle’s attackers cannot take the entire blame, with the supporting cast needing to do more.

“I’m not saying the front three have covered themselves in glory but they need support, they need delivery,” he said on Sky Sports' Ford Monday Night Football programme.

“You can almost point to the top of the pitch and say: ‘They’re not scoring goals’ but where’s the risk taking?

“Janmaat is the only one that runs past people. No-one does from central midfield, they don’t take enough risks, they don’t get enough players in the box. Cisse – I don’t know how many times he touched it in the box but not that many."

“To me he (McClaren) needs to get them taking more risks. Then you’ve got that balance of playing away from home against decent opposition,” added Neville.

While it is fair to call on a bigger contribution from the likes of Jack Colback and Massadio Haidara, there is no getting away from how poor the Newcastle attackers were against West Ham at the Boleyn Ground on Monday.

Moussa Sissoko boasts all the physical and technique traits to become a top Premier League player, but he fails to deliver all too often and appears to be going through another of his disinterested spells.

Papiss Cisse continues to disappoint and the pressure on Aleksandar Mitrovic to deliver will only increase once he returns to the fold.

Summer signing Florian Thauvin was arguably the biggest disappointment of the lot, and the Toon Army will be desperately hoping that he doesn’t become the latest in a long line of transfer flops.

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