Henri Saivet claims Newcastle need to provide their attacking players with better service

Steve McClaren's men have won just twice in their last 10 Premier League games.

Henri Saivet believes that if Newcastle hope to pull themselves out of danger, they need to start providing better service for their attacking players, the Newcastle Chronicle reports.

Only three sides have scored on fewer occasions than the Magpies this season, which is obviously one of the reasons why Steve McClaren's men find themselves in the relegation zone in the Premier League. But Saivet has defended the men in the squad who are relied upon to bag the majority of the goals by suggesting that the finger of blame should instead be pointed at the men who should be creating the chances.

"We have to give the strikers the best possible chance. We have to give them good passes," he told the Chronicle.

"Ayoze, Mitrovic, Moussa and Gini need to know they can trust us behind them and that we can put them in for the best possible chances they can get and get some shots on target."

Although some may have criticised the club's decision to bolster their depth in midfield and attack, rather than in defence during the January transfer window, the arrivals of Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend, Seydou Doumbia and Saivet himself should help the side rectify the lack of creativity which has meant that their top goalscorer in the top flight currently has just nine goals to his name, while only two other players have scored more than twice this season.

And while the 5-1 hammering against Chelsea confirmed that the Magpies should have considered strengthening their defence last month, if the quartet of new signings can help the side produce better chances for their teammates on a more regular basis, then they will stand a much better chance of staying up. 

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