Newcastle United’s defence is a concern at the moment.
The club have shipped the most goals so far in the Premier League, with 13 conceded in six games.
Steve Bruce has always prided himself on being tight at the back.
With him not being able to rely on that at the moment, these are definitely worrying times.
If Newcastle are to have chances of winning games, they have to make the task easier by staying solid at the back.
That will then give the foundation for the forwards to go and do their thing.
Jamaal Lascelles came in for criticism at the start of the season. He then put in a solid performance against Leeds United.
He was unavailable for the game against Watford due to injury, and he has been ruled out of this weekend’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
That’s a blow for the Magpies, with Lascelles having probably been better than people have given him credit for.
According to The Other 14, the 27-year-old hasn’t actually been dribbled past a single time in the Premier League so far.
Lascelles being out is a blow
Lascelles currently has a thigh problem.
His absence is undoubtedly a blow for Newcastle.
The statistic about him not being dribbled past indicates that he tends to come out on top if opposing players go near him.
If the other defenders in the backline can start being more difficult to get past like Lascelles going forwards, then it could help Newcastle to become less porous.