Newcastle have a lack of experience in their squad, and it’s costing performance levels.
The Magpies underwent a major rebuild over the summer, bringing in five players to strengthen their first-team, and losing a lot of the deadwood in their playing squad.
This was meant to be the start of a new era of success at St James’ Park, but results have not improved, and the Magpies actually look worse than they did last year.
The style of football is slightly more enjoyable to watch, and there are more talented players to call upon, but head coach Steve McClaren has a side which has almost no leadership, and the mentality is the side is incredibly weak.
This was shown in the loss to Manchester City just before the international break, when after being 1-0 up and dominating, the Magpies capitulated - losing 6-1.
The players just appeared to give up as soon as the first goal went in against them, and this lack of leadership looks to be costing the side.
It was all well and good signing a section of talented players, but in changing the squad so much, McClaren lost two of the most important players in terms of their experience and Premier League knowhow.
Ryan Taylor and Jonas Gutierrez were both released when their contracts expired, and they were two players who had spent a number of years with the Magpies, and proved last season they could still put performances in at an average Premier League level.
Yet, the club decided to get rid of them, instead deciding to offer Fabricio Coloccini a new contract - despite his clear lack of ability to perform in the top flight.
Taylor and Gutierrez would have offered level heads and an experienced mentality in the current situation that the Magpies are in, and although they may have been less talented than the players brought in over the summer, this type of leadership is something that cannot be taught, and looks to have been a major loss to the Tyneside outfit.