This season an ongoing debate has gone on regarding whether the likes of Obertan and Perch are being made scapegoats and whether or not fans have a right to boo.

I think there are a lot of arguments mixed up together.

First of all booing your own players is something we should leave to the mackems, they have made fickleness into an art form.

Next, saying that a player doesn’t deserve to be in the team, away from the actual ninety minutes of football, is a totally different thing.

The fact is that players such as Perch, Best, Shola and Ryan Taylor just aren’t good enough.

The case of Obertan is a bit different I reckon, he has got something but whatever it is we’re not currently seeing it. He could do with a few games on the bench but our problem is that we don’t have anybody else to play there.

Sammy’s substitute appearances have been dismal there and likewise how on earth anybody thinks playing Ben Arfa on the right would work is beyond me.

For me bringing Santon on eventually to replace Ryan Taylor long-term was a no-brainer and he can go on to be a real star for us.

Unfortunately, in other positions we have players who have quite literally no competition for their place and Obertan is top of the list. It can’t help that he has nobody breathing down his neck for his pace.

Similarly, Danny Simpson stands alone, he’s done well so far this season but was that complacency setting in last night as he knows he won’t be dropped?

With Ashley seemingly not allowing any new signings apart from a defender in January, I’m not looking forward to seeing the team rolled out with Demba Ba and Tiote sized holes in the team.

Newcastle struggle to get a full best eleven out and if Ashley kids himself that Alan Pardew has been given enough support to build a reasonable squad then we are in for long-term problems.