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Eddie Howe facing pressure after latest Newcastle defeat

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Eddie Howe will be under pressure to turn results around after a season that promised so much has so far failed to deliver. 

Three games won in 11 since the start of December has meant that pressure has undoubtedly started to grow on Howe.

The run of games includes picking up just six points from a possible 24, along with exits in Europe and the League Cup has put the season at risk.

Early campaign ambitions of a run in Europe, push for the top six and domestic cup success have seemingly dampened after a disastrous December which will leave Howe at risk of his losing his job at St James’ Park.

For those outside the club, there will be an argument that the club overachieved last season, and are underachieving this season which is likely to skew expectations.

However, the recent run of results, performances and potential for lack of movement in January could mean that the season is likely to only get tougher.

Dealt a tough hand

Injuries haven’t helped Howe, with 11 first-team players being injured as recently as the Manchester City defeat.

Mix that with the intensity the team plays within the game, having a squad lacking in depth both in quality and numbers is sure to be impacted.

Potentially a more pragmatic approach is needed, but the question of it being too late for that approach can be raised.

Howe was asked after the game if he believed the players were still fighting for him amidst this run of form, with the former Bournemouth manager responding: “I think that’s all the players can do. They’ve got to show that fight in every match.

If the squad isn’t added to, it would be unfair to remove him from his position before the end of the season. After all, the shift in mood behind the side has changed significantly since he took charge after Steve Bruce which should work heavily in his favour.

What is obvious though, is he needs to remedy results whilst ensuring his squad remain fit and healthy otherwise the scrutiny will continue.

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