Newcastle boss McClaren admits his foreign signings have not adapted to Premier League

Steve McClaren

Newcastle United have started the season in poor form.

The Magpies have still yet to win a game this season, and Steve McClaren has admitted to the Daily Mail that his summer signings are still struggling to adapt to the Premier League having arrived at St James’ Park from foreign leagues.

The head coach said: “It's two or three steps forward and two or three steps back at the present moment. It’s going to be like that, these players are new to the Premier League. They are new to the intensity and tempo and you saw that on Monday night.”

Of the four signings made over the summer for Newcastle’s first-team, only one player has yet to truly impress.

Chancel Mbemba looks to have all the talents of a top class central defender, but Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic have all flattered to deceive so far.

For a defender, it is not as hard to adapt to a new league, as the main strengths of the position remain the same regardless of the style of football being player.

However, for attacking players, they can fail to come to terms with the pace, physical style and intensity of the division, and it appears as if the Premier League has affected the Magpies summer signings.

Newcastle have yet to win a game this season, and after five fixtures they sit bottom of the Premier League table, and until their summer signings start to make an impact in the Premier League, it does not look like their form will start improving any time soon.

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