Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, ex-Newcastle star Rob Lee has called out the midfielders at his old side for their lack of goals this season.
Newcastle have scored 28 goals across 29 Premier League fixtures, which is one of the worst records in the division, and Lee feels those in the middle of the park have to take some responsibility.
While Callum Wilson has been doing his job up front, netting 10 times so far in the current English top-flight campaign, he has not been getting much support elsewhere.
Combined, midfield regulars Jonjo Shelvey and Jeff Hendrick have scored just three goals, evidence of the Magpies’ struggles when it comes to arriving into the final third.
Ultimately, it is a problem that needs to be fixed, in the eyes of Lee, as Newcastle continue to battle against relegation.
“We have midfield players that don’t score goals,” the former Newcastle player told FFC in an exclusive interview. “That’s got to be addressed. They have to chip in, you have to chip in with goals. We’ve got wingers who don’t score, so where are we going to go? At the moment, [Jamaal] Lascelles scores our goals.”
The next test for Newcastle’s midfielders is Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, who they play at St. James’ Park when the Premier League returns after this round of international fixtures.