With 10 games gone this season, Newcastle are still without a win. It’s the Magpies’ worst start to a Premier League campaign in their history.
While Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is the main cause of the current plight of the club, things can still be changed on the pitch. Rafael Benitez has kept faith with his players so far this season, the Spaniard has not changed too much so far. There are a few players Benitez can look to in a bid to turn Newcastle’s season around.
- Ki - The former Swansea midfielder has rarely featured for Newcastle since signing in the summer. Ki had a successful partnership with Jonjo Shelvey at Swansea, it is partnership worth trying for Benitez. Mo Diame and Shelvey’s partnership was one of the key reasons Newcastle finished so strongly last term. So far this season Diame and Shelvey haven’t clicked. Ki has featured three times in the Premier League so far this season, introducing him from the start will freshen up Newcastle’s midfield.
- Salomon Rondon - The Venezuelan international has had an injury hit start to his Newcastle United career. His appearance off the bench against Southampton was a timely boost for Rafael Benitez. Newcastle are seriously lacking fire power, registering just six goals, only Huddersfield have scored less with four. If Rondon can stay fit, he will be a huge player for Newcastle, he showed in glimpses against Spurs and Manchester City how much of a threat he can be. With Rondon’s return, a partnership with fellow summer signing Yoshinori Muto would work well.
- Fabian Schar - The Switzerland international was very impressive for his country during the last international break. However, he has only played 79 mins in the Premier League so far this season. The former Deportivo defender can bring a lot to this Newcastle side, Schar has all the tools to be able to play out from the back, similar to fellow Newcastle defender Florian Lejuene. Schar deserves a chance to start for Newcastle following his showing for Switzerland.
- Sean Longstaff - Played with maturity in the League Cup tie against Nottingham Forest, Longstaff was by far Newcastle’s best player. The youngster did not stop trying to influence the game with his passing range. Longstaff’s introduction may be seen as a risk but could take the pressure off Shelvey to make things happen each game.
- Elias Sorenson - A risk, yes. However, with Newcastle’s lack of firepower it may well be a risk worth taking. Sorenson has been very impressive for the U-23’s so far this season, registering 11 goals. The young Dane on current form would offer more of a threat than Ayoze Perez, who has really struggled so far this season.
It is clear that something has to change for Newcastle, the January transfer window is still a long way off. Newcastle could well be cut adrift if their current performances continue.