Newcastle United may have stretched their mini unbeaten to run two after a 1-1 draw against Watford, but Steve Bruce’s side remain winless in the Premier League this season.
The Magpies were wasteful in front of goal once again in what was another end-to-end game which featured Newcastle.
Watford’s Joshua King, who thought he had scored the winner before his strike was chalked off by VAR, felt the game resembled a basketball match.
Newcastle’s gung-ho approach shows no signs of stopping ,but the stats across Europe’s top five leagues indicate that Bruce may have to alter his approach to change the club’s fortunes.
Ranked 97 out of 98 teams
Only Leeds currently average (18.7) conceding most shots per game than Newcastle (18), according to WhoScored.
For context, the stingiest team in Europe for allowing shots on their goal are the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, who only allow six shots on their goal currently per game.
However, Newcastle’s next opponents, Wolverhampton Wanderers, average conceding 10 shots per game.
Even Norwich City, who are yet to get their points tally off the mark in the Premier League, only average conceding 16.2 shots per game.
If Newcastle’s current number continues at his current rate across the season, then it’s difficult to envisage how we will amass the points needed to stay in the top flight.
Leeds’ numbers don’t particularly come as a shock given the risky style of play Marcelo Bielsa is keen to implement at his clubs.
But we cannot compare Bruce to someone of the calibre of Marcelo Bielsa. Not even Bruce himself would say that the stats are a direct ploy to lure teams into an end-to-end match.
If we were in the midst of the best start to a Premier League season ever and we were putting teams to the sword every week , hen Bruce would rightly be applauded for a masterstroke.
But it’s quite the opposite currently.
If Newcastle don’t become more difficult to break down, then the scary proposition is that the number of shots they are allowing on their goal could increase further.