At some point, major questions need to be asked about what is happening to Newcastle’s frontline.
That’s not to suggest we are yet at this stage. Perspective, of course, is key and it would be foolish to start writing players off. Eddie Howe’s side, after all, have lost to Liverpool and both Manchester clubs this season, which is hardly cause for a crisis.
Goals, however, are the main problem, in case you somehow hadn’t heard.
For the most part, the performances are there. Newcastle created good chances against both Liverpool and City but a lack of cutting edge cost them dearly and led to Alan Shearer venting his frustration.
While it would be unfair to blame it all on one player, there is a major question marking hanging over one of Newcastle’s key players.
Callum Wilson’s awful record against Wolves
Callum Wilson looks like someone desperately trying to reclaim his confidence.
In fine fettle before the World Cup, the 31-year-old has struggled since and was criticised by Jamie Carragher on Sunday.
Having only scored once since returning from Qatar, Wilson is clearly in desperate need of a goal.
Still, for those hoping that will come against Wolves on Sunday, the omens do not look good.
Wilson has a terrible record against Wolves. Eight games and 661 minutes (via BBC Sport) played against the Molineux side have not yielded a goal, the worst output against any team in his record career.
It’s time for Alexander Isak
Howe has seemingly been reluctant to rush Alexander Isak back into action after an injury-hit first season at St James’ Park.
The Sweden international has started only once in the Premier League since domestic football resumed, though has becoming off the bench in most games.
At some point, Isak is going to have to be unleashed. Given Wilson’s woeful record against Wolves, Sunday seems as good a time as any.