I had already read comments from Ayoze Perez and Yoan Gouffran after Saturday’s match, now I see Mohamed Diame has joined them.
All three Newcastle players talking about how important it is to ‘give everything’ for the cause, make sure Newcastle finish off the job of getting promotion, try to win the title etc etc.
That is all well and good but when you have certain players giving so little, the words are pretty empty.
Mohamed Diame is a prime example and has been increasingly quoted in recent weeks but he would do better by saying nothing, keeping his head down, and actually trying to contribute something on the pitch for once.
He has been shocking this season and you can only feel really sorry for Rafa Benitez when he ends up having to keep on playing the likes of Diame because the other options are just as bad, or even worse.
Newcastle have massively relied on a small number of players that have stepped up to the mark this season and put United on the brink of promotion.
If it was Matt Ritchie or Ciaran Clark for example, then you would stop and listen, but with others they really should be kept away from media duties.
We have seen it far too often over the years, with Sissoko and others telling us how much it means to wear the shirt and then once they get on the pitch not showing it.
I get the feeling players such as Gouffran and Perez are just drifting towards what looks now all but certain promotion, neither of them taking any responsibility either when it comes to trying to get the club over that promotion line.
They should all be desperately trying to show why they deserve a place in the Premier League if NUFC do get up but instead they have the look of players who think they will be getting their games regardless.
That kind of complacency was at the heart of how Newcastle struggled year after year before eventual relegation, with Ashley refusing to allow a proper squad, so the likes of Coloccini and Sissoko knew they would get a game however badly they played.
“It is a massive disappointment (losing at Sheffield Wednesday) as we had a big opportunity to get back at the top of the league, it was a big disappointment for everyone.
“We have a week to recover and think about the next game (Leeds), which is a massive one at home.
“The team have to stay focused and stay confident, we are still in a good situation.
“Not only the fans but everyone at the club, I think, has to stay calm.
“We are going to give everything to try to win this league, it’s not going to be easy but we’re still fighting.
“In the first half they started very well, we didn’t have a good first half but the second half was a little bit better.
“It wasn’t enough and I think it was a bad game for lots of us in the team.
“We knew they had big players who are good in the air like Fletcher.
“It was just a bad game and sometimes that happens, the most important thing is to have a reaction at home.
“In this league you have to give everything every single game.
“It’s going to be tough until the end and we just need to give everything.
“It’s the last part of the race and we just need to be there.”
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