Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Have Lot of Work to Do to Be on a Par with Swans; BURNING QUESTION: What Will It Take for a Change of Fortunes at United? McClaren in Need of New Blood before It's Too Late

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Have Lot of Work to Do to Be on a Par with Swans; BURNING QUESTION: What Will It Take for a Change of Fortunes at United? McClaren in Need of New Blood before It's Too Late

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder

Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic is shown a bit of rough and tumble as he is tackled by Neil Taylor of Swansea City during the Premier League clash in Swansea at the weekend Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic is shown a bit of rough and tumble as he is tackled by Neil Taylor of Swansea City during the Premier League clash in Swansea at the weekend IT'S GLARINGLY obvious Steve Mc-Claren needs more backing before the transfer window closes for business in a fortnight.

Anybody who travelled 707 miles to the Liberty Stadium and back in the name of supporting Newcastle United could see that.

Make no mistake, United have done very well to sign players like Chancel Mbemba, Gini Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic, but it is obvious that more reinforcements are needed if this season is going to be anything to write home about.

Mitrovic is still very much learning what life is like in the Premier League, meaning that Mbemba and Wijnaldum are the only two major changes in United's starting line-up.

That means the current XI still has a striking similarity to the side that struggled for the majority of last season and came close to dropping into the Championship.

Given the bulk of this crop of players last tasted an away victory in January - when John Carver led them to a 3-0 win at Hull City - there are understandably traces of the type of performances which were the norm before McClaren arrived. It certainly showed in Wales.

Swansea are a genuine force in the Premier League these days and in Jefferson Montero, Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew, they had too much power for the Magpies to deal with on the day.

Garry Monk claimed after the game that Newcastle had tried to get physical in a bid to get something out of the game.

Well, if that is true, the Magpies fell way short of what was needed because they simply couldn't live with the rough and tumble dished out by Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the park; the ex-Liverpool man was the driving force that helped the Swans to victory.

Throw in chief offensive tormentor Montero and the goals of Gomis and Ayew, and most teams are going to find life tough when they make the trek to Swansea this term.

However, Newcastle must find a way of dealing with sides who are likely to end up in the top 10 this season if they are to stay on course for the topeight position the board spoke about when McClaren was appointed in June.

The United chief failed to conjure up a result at Swansea and it was obvious that, shortly after the home side's second goal, he opted for a damage limitation exercise.

Newcastle were already operating shorthanded after Daryl Janmaat's silly second yellow card for a tug on Montero resulted in an early shower for the Dutchman. …

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