Newcastle have got to pick up their first win of the season against Norwich this weekend.
Now that the international break has ended, and the Premier League is returning, Steve McClaren needs to get his side in shape, and go out to improve the performance levels his side have been putting in for the first eight games of the campaign.
The football on display has been poor and there has been next-to-no attacking threat in McClaren’s side, and there should be one player starting this weekend to provide the kind of offensive talent that the Magpies have been lacking so far this term.
Ayoze Perez has been one of Newcastle’s standout players this season, despite his lack of football, and the only time the Magpies have looked like troubling opposition defences has been when Perez is pulling the strings behind Aleksandar Mitrovic.
McClaren needs to utilise the Spanish forward, playing him as the number 10 in his 4-2-3-1 set-up. He is far better suited to this playmaking role than Georginio Wijnaldum - who should be deeper in midfield - and with Perez playing, it is as if the Magpies are using a strike partnership.
Opposition defences have two attackers to deal with, and considering how nowadays teams are trained to deal with one striker, a strike partnership can be extremely effective in the modern game - as Watford proved against Newcastle earlier this season.
Perez has only found himself as a back-up player in Newcastle’s team this season, but McClaren needs to start showing more faith in the Spaniard if he is to inject some much needed creativity and attacking threat into his team, and start leading them victories.