It doesn’t get much easier for Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce.
The Magpies have lost their opening two Premier League matches (0-1 against Arsenal, 3-1 against Norwich City) and face Tottenham Hotspur in the next match.
Newcastle fans are already fearing for the fate of their team this season after their start in the league and the lack of an impact from the likes of Miguel Almiron and new signing Joelinton.
Against Norwich there were very few chances created and defensively the visitors were all over the place.
Striker Yoshinori Muto admitted he felt isolated in the game when brought on as a substitute by Bruce, and said he’d ‘like things to change’.
Bruce must now regroup and get his players ready for the clash with Tottenham – which could be a nightmare of a fixture, especially with Heung-min Son back available for selection again.
It is likely that Son will go straight back into the starting XI for Spurs having been suspended not injured.
The South Korea international picked up a red card against Bournemouth in the penultimate game last season and has now served his three-game ban.
Having had a full summer to rest up (unlike last year) he will be raring to go against Newcastle, who are a wounded animal after their two defeats.
Son – a £22 million signing from Bayer Leverkusen (BBC Sport) – is one of the best wingers in the league, and his devastating pace and dribbling could really hurt Newcastle, especially if Bruce sticks with Emil Krafth who struggled against Norwich.