Daryl Janmaat admits Newcastle’s clash with Watford has become “crucial” following a poor start to the season and wants to see more attacking threat.
Steve McClaren’s side sit at the foot of the Premier League table after five games, with the new boss still searching from his first league win since taking over in the summer.
The Magpies have taken only two points so far and the performance in Monday’s defeat at West Ham has provoked widespread criticism.
Janmaat admits the players are feeling the pressure and wants to stop the rot on Saturday at St James’ Park.
“It will be a crucial match against Watford”, he told Dutch publication the Algemeen Dagblad.
“It is important that we achieve our first win and Saturday is the next opportunity to ensure that”, the defender continued.
“We have to win, otherwise the pressure will be even greater.”
McClaren spent almost £50million on new recruits since taking over and bolstered his attack with the acquisitions of Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Florin Thauvin.
Newcastle, though, have failed to score in their four previous matches and Janmaat is looking for an improvement in attack.
“We have to carry more threat in our game.” he added. “I try to get forward to help the attack, but defence is my first job.
“We have to score more. There have been times when we tried to get people up front, but that caused holes at the back. That should not happen. We have not created a lot of chances and that should really be better this season.”