Newcastle star Gini Wijnaldum says that the United fans are great but that it becomes a problem when the supporters don’t think the players aren’t trying.
The Dutch international adding though that if you are giving 100% then the fans are right behind the team.
This is surely true of every team and their supporters, especially in the Premier League.
When players are happy to agree contracts paying them tens of thousands of pounds per week, the absolute minimum must surely be that they very clearly try their best for 90 minutes on a matchday.
The very fact we are having these kind of conversations is surely ludicrous.
It is interesting that Gini Wijnaldum also talks about Leicester City, though this is purely in the context of how they have swapped the relegation zone for top of the league in the space of 12 months.
As well as having some real star quality players in Mahrez, Kante and Vardy, those same players and their teammates epitomise the 100% work ethic that has been missing for much of Newcastle United’s season so far.
Steve McClaren made a big show of talking about how he knew that Newcastle had to at least match Liverpool’s workrate and running if they were to get anything, revealing afterwards that the stats showed that this had indeed been the case.
Which then comes back to why this wasn’t the case against Leicester and Palace, or indeed matches such as those against Swansea and West Ham earlier in the season, when they also completely outplayed Newcastle and we were lucky to come away with only two goal margins of defeat.
With McClaren and his players, including Wijnaldum, openly talking about effort, workrate and running, clearly this has been a major topic behind the scenes as they try to turn the season around.
If the penny hasn’t dropped for this group of players now they have seen what solely hard work can achieve against Liverpool, then it never will.
“I don’t get it why people keep saying to me I am fighting against relegation, if we are still this low at the end of the season, then I will be doing that, but at this moment anything can happen.
“Take Leicester – bottom of the table around this time last season. They battled out of the drop zone and look at them now at the top of the league.”
“Every match in the Premier League is a big task but it takes a little bit extra to overcome two bad results by playing a good third one, but personally I found it easy because you know you have to work extra hard and have to react.”
“I don’t want to talk about a turning point too soon as that is what we said after the Norwich match, we have to learn from this match and the previous two…we should know how to win now.”
“The atmosphere at St James Park is fantastic, but it can be quite difficult too if things aren’t going our way, and they (the supporters) have the feeling we aren’t giving it our all…it can be quite tough.
“If they see you are giving it 100% then you will get their full support, they become our 12th man but they do expect something in return and that makes perfect sense.”