Newcastle have won just one win in their first seven Premier League games after a 1-1 draw against newly promoted Bournemouth.
The result leaves the Magpies 10th in the table, with talkSPORT host Darren Bent pointing out their poor start to the season ahead of the game.
Record signing Alexander Isak scored from the spot to nullify Philip Billing’s opener and earn a point at home, but Bent expected more from the world’s wealthiest football club.
“Despite all the optimism and excitement around Newcastle, they currently sit 11th in the Premier League,” he said before kick-off.
“It was disappointing, I certainly expected a little more.
“I know injuries played their part as well, but I would have expected Newcastle to have a few more wins than they have now.”
Eddie Howe would have been doubly disappointed with points lost against a promoted side, given that’s the one he was used to managing.
The Englishman left the Cherries in 2020 after eight years in the dugout, joining Newcastle as the first Saudi-backed signing of their era.
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And after a rocky start, a productive transfer window in January saw a complete turnaround, steering the team away from a relegation battle and towards mid-table safety.
But Bent thinks that without some additional positive results, his reputation could change.
Asked if Howe was under pressure, the former England striker replied: “No, I’d give him at least until Christmas because the World Cup is also coming up.
“But if he comes over Christmas, I don’t think he’ll be under pressure, but I think people will be looking to think ‘come on Eddie, let’s get some more positive results.