Danny Mills uses key word to describe Newcastle, highlights McClaren's biggest problem

Steve McClaren

Danny Mills believes Newcastle's biggest problem this season will be scoring goals.

Pundit Danny Mills has told BBC Sport that Newcastle are 'toothless' - and believes manager Steve McClaren faces a battle up front.

Newcastle remain without a win in the Premier League this season, as their 2-1 home defeat to Watford on Saturday leaves them with just two points after a pair of draws and four losses.

New manager Steve McClaren has his work cut out at St. James' Park, with Newcastle still looking like the side which limped to Premier League survival towards the end of last season, despite bringing in a host of new signings over the summer.

Now, Mills - who played under McClaren whilst at Middlesbrough - has told BBC Sport that Newcastle are lacking creativity in the final third, and that McClaren doesn't have enough attacking firepower in the ranks to score goals on a regular basis.

"I've seen Newcastle a couple of times this season," said Mills. "They're a little bit toothless. They don't really have a cutting edge. When you're down a the bottom, you've got to hit the target - at least make the goalkeeper make a save. But that's going to be Newcastle's problem: scoring goals," he added.

Newcastle did, however, make moves to address those problems over the summer. Georginio Wijnaldum and Florian Thauvin were signed to bring creative flair to the Newcastle side but neither have found their feet in the Premier League yet, whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic arrived to provide the goals having starred for Anderlecht in Belgium.

However, Serbian international Mitrovic was always going to a boom-or-bust signing based on his controversial reputation at Anderlecht. Already, the young striker has been booked and sent off for Newcastle, and his disciplinary problems have cost Newcastle over the last two games, where Papiss Cisse has looked virtually invisible.

A big mistake may be that Newcastle didn't sign another, more experienced striker to complement Mitrovic, given that the Magpies were fully aware of Mitrovic's reputation before signing him. The decision not to sign another striker has now left Newcastle short up front, and just three goals in six games shows how much Newcastle are struggling in the final third - making Mills' fears for his former boss very, very real.

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