Despite a series of disappointing results, the Toon have arguably shown a lot of defensive quality in recent games and have been unlucky not to pick up points from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham.
But should these new stats cause fans to reevaluate the team’s defensive displays?
Just how bad is the set pieces situation?
In eight matches, Newcastle have conceded 46 scoring opportunities from dead ball situations, the most of any team in the league.
Of the 13 goals they’ve conceded, five have been from set pieces, and only Southampton have conceded more goals from corners and free-kicks (six).
In fact, figures show that almost 40% of their total shots conceded are from set-plays alone.
Should fans be worried about set pieces?
What’s encouraging is that it is still very early in the season. If this problem is addressed now, it’s very possible Newcastle can build their defence into one of the most successful back-lines in the league. When taking away set pieces and penalties, Newcastle have only actually conceded five goals from open play.
Despite the startling statistic, fans should also keep in mind Newcastle’s goal difference is still far greater than any of the teams around them at the bottom of the table.
Another positive is new centre-back Federico Fernandez. As one of Newcastle’s best performers in recent weeks, he will improve the team’s defensive organisation as he settles into the squad. And as a former captain of Swansea, he also provides some much needed additional leadership alongside Jamaal Lascelles.