How can the winless Premier League basement boys turn things around?

While most of the focus at the start of the Premier League season has been on the 100 per cent records of Liverpool and Chelsea, it is a very different story at the other end of the table.
Four clubs - Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City and Burnley - have not won any of their opening five games and thus are currently propping up the division.  
Sportsmail takes a look at the situation at each of the beleaguered clubs, and what they can do to turn their fortunes around... 
 

NEXT THREE FIXTURES 
Sep 22: Bournemouth (H)
Sep 30: Cardiff (A) 
Oct 6: Huddersfield (H) 
Burnley
State of play
It has been a return to the Premier League status quo for the Clarets - their first three Premier League campaigns resulted in two relegations and one scrap for survival, before last campaign's astonishing charge for seventh place and the Europa League.
There can be no question that Europe was a distraction for Burnley, as they conceded seven in two league games between clashes with Istanbul BB and Olympiacos. However they were knocked out in August, and were completely outplayed by Wolves on Sunday.
Sean Dyche must rediscover the steel and self-confidence that fired Burnley so impressively last season, and find something from three very winnable games coming up next.
Their summer transfer window
The arrival of Joe Hart, following injuries to Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, has proved crucial with the former England No 1 discovering some form after a tough couple of years. However Matej Vydra, an £11m acquisition from Derby, is yet to convince as a Premier League striker. 
Results
0-0 (Southampton, away); 1-3 (Watford, home); 4-2 (Fulham, away); 0-2 (Manchester United, home); 1-0 (Wolves, away) 
Key player to rejuvenate form
James Tarkowski. One of the big breakout stars of last season which saw him go from third-choice centre back for club to England international, Dyche will hope he can set the tone from the back to reinvigorate his entire team. 
 

NEXT THREE FIXTURES 
Sep 22: Manchester City (H)
Sep 30: Burnley (H)
Oct 6: Tottenham (A) 
Cardiff
State of play
It looked from the outset as if Neil Warnock's Bluebirds would be the underdogs this campaign, and that has proved to be the case. They have a smaller playing budget than their rivals and a squad which massively overachieved in gaining Championship promotion.
They have proved more than ready to scrap, and scared both Arsenal and Chelsea before suffering defeats, but it already looks as though there are major concerns about where goals are coming from.
The clash at the Cardiff City Stadium against Burnley at the end of this month has the feeling of being the season's first relegation six-pointer. 
Their summer transfer window
The majority of Cardiff's summer recruitment involved dipping into the Championship - players were bought from Norwich, Bristol City, QPR and Preston. Warnock seemed happy with the spending, but that lack of top-flight experience could be fatal.
Results 
2-0 (Bournemouth, away); 0-0 (Newcastle, home); 0-0 (Huddersfield, away); 2-3 (Arsenal, home); 4-1 (Chelsea, away) 
Key player to rejuvenate form 
Junior Hoilett. The players who took Cardiff up last year have been largely trusted again, and the Canadian international was a fierce attacking force in the second tier. A moment of magic from the winger could be the spark the Welsh club need. 
 

NEXT THREE FIXTURES 
Sep 22: Leicester (A)
Sep 29: Tottenham (H) 
Oct 6: Burnley (A) 
Huddersfield
State of play
Last season, when universally tipped for the drop, Huddersfield were in the top six after five games, creating an optimism and belief that they could stay up that lasted right until May.
This season, heavy defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City set them on the back-foot from the off, although a well-earned draw at Goodison Park has restored some belief at the John Smith's Stadium. 
David Wagner's men have the advantage of having lived through all this already and survived, although two tricky fixtures to round out September means things may get worse before they improve. 
Their summer transfer window  
Recruitment included a mix of young prospects (Terence Kongolo, 24, and Adama Diakhaby, 22, for a combined £27m from Monaco, plus 21-year-old Ramadan Sobhi and 20-year-old Juninho Bacuna) and loans from last season made permanent (Florent Hadergjonaj and Jonas Lossl). An eclectic mix which will have to gel quickly.
Results
0-3 (Chelsea, home); 6-1 (Manchester City, away); 0-0 (Cardiff, home); 1-1 (Everton, away); 0-1 (Crystal Palace, home)
Key player to rejuvenate form 
Aaron Mooy. The former Manchester City playmaker keeps Huddersfield ticking over and helps drive their pressing style. 
 

NEXT THREE FIXTURES 
Sep 22: Crystal Palace (A)
Sep 29: Leicester (H)
Oct 6: Manchester United (A) 
Newcastle 
State of play
The perpetual tension machine that is Newcastle United keeps on turning amid ownership indifference, management uncertainty, fan protests and the sense that under anyone other than Rafa Benitez, this squad would be playing Championship football.
That said, Newcastle were handed a nightmare fixture list to begin the campaign and were not embarrassed by anyone. Had Kenedy not fluffed his penalty at Cardiff, three points would have been on the board.
The downside is that Newcastle's fixture list remains tricky up until the next international break. The Toon Army will fear having to wait until late October before finally getting that first win.
Their summer transfer window
Benitez wanted a war chest in order to reinforce his squad for a top 10 push, instead he was left scrabbling in the bargain basement. Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka looks a snip at £3.5m, however whether Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto can score the goals needed for survival is yet to be proven.
Results
1-2 (Tottenham, home); 0-0 (Cardiff, away); 1-2 (Chelsea, home); 2-1 (Manchester City, away); 1-2 (Arsenal, home)
Key player to rejuvenate form 
Jonjo Shelvey. Although hardly the English Pirlo that the most die-hard Geordies will insist should have gone to the World Cup, his confidence and ability when it comes to long range, forward passing gives Newcastle a strong creative dimension.
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