Newcastle were swept aside by Norwich City on Saturday, and the manner of the defeat, against a team we would be looking at taking points from, was worrying in the extreme.

Despite Joelinton missing a gilt-edged chance, when he somehow managed to miss the target with a free header from five yards out, we never looked a threat.

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In fact, when Teemu Pukki scored the opening goal, Newcastle never looked capable of getting back into the game.

They lacked fluidity and posed absolutely no threat to former Toon keeper Tim Krul.

They had no creativity and no flair on show, and with new signing Allan Saint-Maximin missing through injury, they had no threat to come off the bench and breathe life back into a dying team.

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Saint-Maximin showed a glimpse of what he has to offer during his cameo role against Arsenal, and he will undoubtedly be a threat to opposition defenders, while giving Newcastle a bit of the unexpected, which will confuse opponents.


Signings were made, but squad still lacks quality depth

That we missed a player who has not even started a game for us yet, speaks volumes about the lack of depth in our squad – despite having signed players during the summer.

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The buzz around the ground when the French winger came on in the opening game, clearly gave a lift to the players too, and that is precisely what we had none of at Carrow Road.

Yoshinori Muto came on for the injured Joelinton, and struggled to make any impact on the game whatsoever.

Even when we scored, it was simply due to the hosts being on autopilot, with their foot off the gas and the points in their pocket.

We need a spark, and that will come from Saint-Maximin, and the sooner he is fit again, the better.

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