Alan Brazil has come up with a classic reason as to why Newcastle United have lost the last five derby games.

The radio show host says that it is down to Newcastle’s foreign players.

According to Brazil, they are not up for it and don’t have fight inside them for the derbies.

A bit of a sweeping statement to say the least and is there any basis in fact?

Well if we go back to the last abysmal derby match in April, both Sunderland and Newcastle had four English players in their teams, plus each team brought one on as a substitute.

In actual fact, you could say that the English angle worked against Newcastle, as our clueless management pair of Carver and Stone produced shocking negative tactics that handed the initiative and the three points to Sunderland. Sunderland having appointed Dick Advocaat.

The previous defeat, at St James Park in December 2014, also saw both teams start with four English players, once again Newcastle having an English dream team on the bench – Pardew and Carver.

February 2014 saw the two teams each with three English players.

Alan Brazil is of course talking nonsense.

The reason Newcastle have lost these matches is because the players have let the club and fans down, all of them, wherever they were from.

It is about individuals and their personal characters, it is about picking the right signings no matter what country they are from.

Newcastle have recruited really badly in recent years under Mike Ashley’s distorted transfer policy, with Sunderland not doing any better for different reasons. In recent years, amongst the Sunderland goalscorers have been names such as Sessegnon, Gyan, Bendtner and Borini….

If United don’t win on Sunday then I don’t think we will be pointing the finger at players such as Mitovic, Janmaat and Perez for not being up for it.

Alan Brazil on Talksport:

“In the past, in these derby games, the record speaks for itself.

“For me, when you need to fight, the foreign contingent of Newcastle are not up for it.

“If Sunderland get a goal early, I cannot see Newcastle coming back.”