Alan Shearer expresses his concerns for Newcastle


"I am really worried about what I have seen so far from Newcastle – and I think relegation is a real possibility. Before the season, I thought there might be three worse teams than Steve Bruce’s side. But on the evidence of two matches, I’m definitely concerned. Against Norwich, Newcastle were also all over the place defensively and they got what they deserved – a hiding. Rafa Benitez’s strength when he was in charge was making the team well-organised and, at times, difficult to beat. But at Carrow Road, Newcastle were very poor defensively, had no creativity in midfield and there was nothing up front.

"At the moment, there is no partnership at all between Joelinton, who is now injured, and Miguel Almiron. They are playing as individuals. Almiron needs to realise he is a forward – or be put on the wing. I understand he wants to do his bit defensively and help the team but he needs to let others do their job and get forward so he can cause damage. Almiron has started 11 games and there is a reason he hasn’t scored. He seems to want to stay deep and get the ball and run – not get in the box.

"Things are getting no easier for Newcastle as they play Tottenham away this week. Whether you like it or not, there is a war going on between the owner and the fans and I totally understand why fans are frustrated – I’ve been as vocal as anyone against the owner. That being said, it is not helping anybody and there are a lot of people caught in the middle of it, including Bruce."

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