Fabricio Coloccini believes Newcastle need more experience.
Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has told The Mirror that the Magpies need more experience - but their situation isn't similar to 2009.
The Magpies narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship on the final day of last season, having beaten West Ham United 2-0. With new manager Steve McClaren at the helm and a number of new signings brought in, many fans had hoped that better days were ahead.
However, things have arguably got worse for Newcastle, as they sit mired in the relegation zone with no wins to their name after eight Premier League games.
Some supporters are again worrying that Newcastle will suffer relegation to the Championship, just as they did on the final day of the 2008/09 season - and whilst the Magpies did immediately win promotion back to the top flight, it's a situation that they don't want to repeat.
Now, Coloccini, 33, has told The Mirror that the current situation isn't quite like the one in 2009, having been part of the side which suffered relegation - and also added that Newcastle need more experience in their squad.
"No, completely different," said Coloccini when asked whether this season feels like 2009 all over again. "We have quality in our squad. We need more experience, and the new players need time to settle in. But the mood is different," he added.
Newcastle chose to bring in players from Europe that had great potential, with Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic all arriving.
That chosen path hasn't quite worked out for Newcastle just yet, and Coloccini's comments look to be a message to manager McClaren that, when the transfer window opens in January, he needs to bring in players with Premier League experience.
Adding players who know what to expect in the Premier League and can slot straight in are needed for Newcastle, as they will help those foreign players settle in on Tyneside, and make the Magpies a more solid Premier League outfit, with McClaren desperately needing something to help Newcastle avoid relegation.