After demoralising defeats in their last four games, Newcastle have a chance to earn a much-needed home victory on Saturday, when Swansea City visit St James’ Park.

Morale is at its lowest point all season for the Magpies and much of it stems from their failure in front of goal. The Geordies have netted just six times in 2014 – four of those goals coming in the away win at Hull City – and haven’t looked like creating clear cut chances for their strikers without Yohan Cabaye orchestrating from midfield.

Since Cabaye departed after the away win over West Ham in January, the goals dried up. Newcastle failed to replace the Frenchman in time and have lost all creativity since their playmaker signed for PSG.

Six goals in three and half months is poor to say the least. Top scorer Loic Remy bagged one of those to add to his 13 goal tally this season.

Remy is central to Newcastle’s chances of scoring but has been missing for the last four games with an injury, further hampering the Magpies’ efforts in front of goal. A statistic that sums Newcastle up perfectly is this: without Cabaye and Remy in the team, the Geordies have scored ONE goal – a 94th minute winner from Papiss Cisse in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

From that stat we can see that Newcastle are highly dependent on their top scorer. Remy could make a return from said injury in the Swansea game and Alan Pardew will be hoping that is the case as he attempts to halt a four-match losing run.

Another question Pardew faces surrounds Remy’s strike partner for this weekend’s game. Papiss Cisse has just two Premier League goals to his name this season, while Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi haven’t managed a single league strike between them.

To extend that poor run of goals, Newcastle’s second highest scorer Yoan Gouffran hasn’t found the net since Boxing Day. The former Bordeaux man has severely gone off the boil post-Christmas and has struggled to get into games since Cabaye left for France.

Speaking of France, another interesting statistic highlights Newcastle’s dependency on Frenchmen. Only FOUR goals this season have been scored by non-Frenchmen; the two from Cisse mentioned before, Vurnon Anita’s last-minute strike against Hull and Paul Dummett’s equaliser against Liverpool.