'It scares me': Alan Shearer says one thing about Newcastle terrifies him
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer wrote in his column on BBC Sport about the Magpies’ upcoming fixtures at home.
The Toon are yet to win a game in the Premier League this season. No team who’ve picked up just six points after 13 games have gone on to avoid relegation, which makes Eddie Howe’s job a whole lot harder.
However, the new Magpies boss seems confident of turning things around. The games against Norwich City and Burnley are must-wins, but Shearer, like many Newcastle fans, is dreading it.
The legendary striker says every time an opponent gets near Newcastle’s box, it scares him.
Alan Shearer: Newcastle United’s defence scares me
He wrote: “Not winning games becomes a habit that is difficult to break, no matter who you are playing.
“Newcastle should have taken three points in Howe’s first game, against Brentford, but they missed a big chance late on and only drew. Then you see them beaten the way they were at Arsenal on Saturday, particularly the way they defended again.
“Everyone knows about that weakness now and they have got big, big problems. They have been really poor at the back all season and it was the same at Emirates Stadium.
“I know they were playing much better opposition and were away from home, but the fundamentals of defending are still the same and Newcastle are lacking them at the moment.
“Any time anyone gets near their box, it scares me, because they cannot defend.”
Shearer’s right, Newcastle’s defence is woeful.
Magpies fans have every reason to be concerned about their backline. 29 goals conceded in 13 league games is absolutely terrible, and it is no surprise that they’re at the bottom of the league table.
To say ‘Eddie How has a mountain to climb already’ is an understatement.
Newcastle have to win their next two home games against Norwich and Burnley. That could kick start their season, but if they drop points again, they could find themselves in an irrecoverable position very soon.
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