There has been a lot of debate recently about some fans slagging players off, booing at the matches and general disagreement about who if anybody deserves stick.
A lot of fans seem to find it hard to see any difference between booing players at St.James’ Park compared to in the cold light of day saying ‘if we want the team to do anything then X, Y and Z aren’t up to the job’.
I used to wear rose-tinted glasses and hated anybody criticising our players, unfortunately it is called reality and some of our first team squad players are way below the level of ability needed to prosper in the right half of the Premier League table.
That doesn’t equal a need to boo them in the meantime, you can accept they are not good enough but also support them when wearing black and white and appreciate them giving 100%. A team of triers without the necessary ability, will sooner rather than later get you relegated.
If next season we regularly played with Elliot (instead of Krul), Williamson (instead of Coloccini), Perch and Guthrie (instead of Cabaye and Tiote), Best and Shola (instead of Cissé and Ba), Newcastle United would almost certainly be relegated. Bear in mind these six replacements are first team squad members and regular fixtures on the bench.
The bottom line is that our very best players are very good and our not so best players are not very good.
You can close your eyes, stick your fingers in your ears and make strange noises but it won’t alter the fact that much of our first team squad isn’t good enough and has been massively carried by our best players.