Newcastle suffer another key blow as problems start to mount
Newcastle dealt yet another blow in Man City loss as problems start to mount
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Newcastle dealt yet another blow in Man City loss as problems start to mount

While perspective is of course necessary, it’s starting to feel like the wheels are coming off this season.

Now, clearly, losing to Liverpool and both Manchester clubs can hardly be considered a crisis, the manner in which Newcastle’s goals have dried up of late is a real concern.

That, coupled, with the fact the defence has been breached too easily in recent weeks, makes for pretty grim reading in terms of the top four.

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Such has been the poor run of form since January, there is little margin for error remaining if Eddie Howe’s side are going to qualify for the Champions League.

Ahead of games against Wolves and Nottingham Forest, however, the task has been made much harder.

Joelinton banned for two games

Indeed, Howe will be without influential midfielder Joelitnon for the next two games.

The Brazilian picked up his tenth booking of the season during Saturday’s loss at Manchester City, ruling him out.

Given his importance to the cause, missing Joelinton is a huge blow. Even in a disappointing performance against City (as per WhoScored), the 26-year-old led the way for tackles (3), interceptions (4) and dribbles (2).

Lacking much of a spark as it is, that is a real concern, particularly in games Newcastle will likely have to take the game to the opposition in and missing Joelinton’s dynamism is hardly ideal.

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Midfield options a worry

With Jonjo Shelvey having left in January, Howe is not exactly left with a huge amount of options in midfield.

Joe Willock is only coming back from injury himself, meaning Bruno Guimaraes and Sean Longstaff are the only recognised central midfielders fully fit and free of suspension.

Certainly, the problems are mounting at the worst possible time.