Date: 24th November 2015 at 7:02pm
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It looks like it’s going to be another season of struggle in the Premier League for Newcastle, who have picked up just 10 points from their opening 13 matches.

Steve McClaren is under pressure to turn his side’s fortunes around, and wasn’t helped by a dismal 3-0 home defeat by Leicester on Saturday which leaves them in 17th, one point above the relegation zone.

So what three things have we learnt about the Toon after 13 games?

1) They failed to strengthen in the areas they needed to in the summer.

It was clear to most Newcastle fans, and football followers in general, that the club needed to strengthen in defence during the summer, yet the only new signing they brought in was Chancel Mbemba, who is 21 and has no previous experience of playing in England.

Only Sunderland and Bournemouth have conceded more this term, and it is sure to be an area that McClaren is looking at again in January.

14 September 2015 - Barclays Premier League - West Ham v Newcastle United - Georginio Wijnaldum of Newcastle United - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Wijnaldum has been a shrewd signing for Newcastle.

2) Gigi Wijnaldum was an inspired addition.

While there have been a lot of negatives surrounding the Toon, there is no doubt that their summer signing from Feyenoord, Gigi Wijnaldum has proved to be a brilliant acquisition.

The Netherlands international has scored six of his side’s 13 goals, including four in a 6-2 win against Norwich.

3) They need to improve their home form if they are to survive. 

Newcastle have played seven matches at home this season, picking up six points. That isn’t good enough if they are to stay up, especially when you consider that they never look convincing on the road either.

Their win at Bournemouth at the start of the month was only their second win on their travels in 2015, and even then it was  fortunate as the Cherries dominated.

After staying up on the last day of the season in May, the side must improve for their passionate and loyal fanbase soon.

 
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