Gary Lineker describes Newcastle United as ‘farcical’ at the minute, whilst Danny Murphy can’t believe what has happened with Steve McClaren, who was so ‘tactically aware’ when working under Sven with England.
Murphy says that there is absolutely no leadership in the defence and that the midfield give them absolutely no cover, two things that surely all Newcastle fans have known for a long time.
The killer second palace goal, Danny Murphy describes as ‘just ridiculous’.
The Match of The Day pundit just can’t believe the shambles of the defending by Newcastle, with it topped by Janmaat turning his back as Bolasie struck the goal to put the home side in front and on the way to their eventual 5-1 victory.
Things get even worse because as Murphy also points out, Newcastle don’t have anybody in reserve who can seemingly come in and do any better than those currently in the team.
The lack of investment allowed by Mike Ashley over past years really coming back to bite us where it hurts now, a situation compounded when two of the four big summer signings aren’t even judged good enough to get on the pitch yesterday ahead of the likes of Gouffran!
On Match of The Day, Gary Lineker:
“I suppose in many ways, Newcastle are a bit farcical almost..?”
“Well yeah, which surprises me so much because when I worked with Steve (McClaren) he was tactically very aware, when he was Sven’s number two with England and they (Newcastle) look all over the place.
“I do agree with him (McClaren) partly, in that you have to show some attitude and desire to defend properly.
“Simple loss of the ball (for Palace’s second goal) in midfield (by Colback), which isn’t the end of the world because the back four is in an ok position, but what happens next is just ridiculous.
“No one is talking, Coloccini goes to ground for no reason, Anita has a swing at it and then Janmaat…he actually turns his back on Bolasie shooting. I mean, show some bravery, show some desire.
“The lack of leadership in the back four…I have to say as well the midfield aren’t helping.
“I think they have got real problems because I don’t see any strength in depth in the squad, that they can replace the players with, who are playing so badly.”