Eddie Howe reveals the key improvement he is looking for from his Newcastle United squad

The Magpies manager has given an insight into what he is looking for from his squad.

<p>Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.</p>

Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe.

Eddie Howe has called on his Newcastle United squad to ‘show a bit more patience’ as they adapt to the new challenges being posed by opposition players.

The Magpies have shown a significant improvement since Howe was named as successor to Steve Bruce last November and have adapted well to the methods utilised by the former Bournemouth boss and his coaching staff.

With the significant investment provided by the Magpies owners and the influx of eye-catching signings has come a change in dynamic from opposing sides at St James Park.

Howe’s side have enjoyed more possession during the majority of their home fixtures so far this season - but have only collected one win in four games on Tyneside.

The latest of those came with a frustrating 1-1 draw with Howe’s former club Bournemouth on Saturday - and the United boss gave an insight into what he is aiming for during his post-match assessment of the performance.

“I think the challenge that awaits us here at home will be very similar to today,” he said.

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“It’s not going to be a new problem, this will be one that will be there. We must be better with the ball and be more creative.

“At this level, you have to show a bit more patience with the ball as well. We’re going to have to get behind teams a little more than we did today, especially when they play so deep.

“There is a lot for us to take from today and take into future challenges. It is slightly new for the group. Adjusting to that at home will be part of our learning.”

Howe has been without the services of Allan Saint-Maximin for the last three games after the French winger suffered an injury during the closing-stages of the 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It is hoped a return could come when United return to Premier League action after the international break - although Howe revealed the former Nice star has suffered ‘a minor setback’ in his recovery.

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The United boss insisted his side will have to find ‘a different way’ to unlock opposition if Saint-Maximin’s return is further delayed.

“You’re never going to replace Allan so you have to find a different way.

“We’ve got players with different skills and different strengths in those positions. I still believe we can win without him, I still believe we can be a very effective team without him, just very different.

“You saw his performance against Manchester City, there’s no one like him in the Premier League, he’s a very unique players. He brings those gifts to the team that on a day like today you’re absolutely crying out for.

“We just have to improve and do better.”