Newcastle United star Ayoze Perez has admitted “something is wrong” at St James’ Park.
The Magpies finished 10th last season but spent most of the campaign near the relegation zone.
Now, after failing to significantly strengthen their squad due to owner Mike Ashley’s desire to sell the club, they find themselves just two points clear of the bottom three.
Rafa Benitez’s men have won just four times in 23 games as uncertainty surrounding the Magpies’ future increases.
Newcastle striker Perez, 25, said: “Something is wrong. It [the 1-1 home draw with Blackburn in the FA Cup] wasn’t good enough, but we have to keep going now.
“It’s going to be a long January but we must stick together and face up to it.
“I don’t know exactly, but it is a strange thing. You can’t struggle as much as we are in home games. That means something is wrong.
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“It is strange because there is no consistency. Sometimes it is individual performances, sometimes it’s not like that and it’s a team performance.
“It can’t be individual every time as we have changed players and rotated. I think there is a piece of the jigsaw that is missing.
“It is holding us back and it’s why we are struggling. We’ve won twice at home and that’s just not acceptable. It’s not good enough so something should change.”