Alan Shearer watched along with fifty thousand other Newcastle fans.
A Newcastle team outclassed by visitors Leicester and only sheer perseverance kept United in the game, Dwight Gayle’s smart 73rd minute goal looking like it was going to earn a point.
However, the gulf in quality was plain to see as Newcastle repeatedly lost the ball and Leicester looked fast and dangerous every time they broke with pace.
Nobody expected an instant fix but the fact that the last three transfer windows have seen Mike Ashley make a near £30m profit is really showing through.
After a £40m profit in summer 2016 and not a penny spent in January 2017, we all relied on significant investment this summer.
Instead it was a net spend of £11.5m for NUFC as both Brighton and Huddersfield had net spends of over £40m each.
Nobody expected to be competing for Neymar but there is a middle ground. Rafa had to shop in the bargain basement this summer and it is really showing.
The likes of Manquillo, Joselu and Lejeune were just not good enough, whilst others such as Hayden and Yedlin are finding it hard to compete at this higher level.
You can get away with having a couple of players who aren’t really good enough but not half a dozen.
Mike Ashley failed Rafa Benitez in the summer when he didn’t keep his promises and he failed Alan Shearer and the rest of the Newcastle fanbase.
Alan Shearer can’t wait to see the back of Mike Ashley and until that happens, difficult to see anything positive ahead.
“Nowhere near good enough Newcastle United today.
“Sell our club Mr Ashley to someone who wants to be here before it’s too late again.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle United 2 Leicester 3
Newcastle: Joselu 4, Gayle 73
Leicester: Mahrez 20, Gray 60, Perez OG 86
Possession was Leicester 62% Newcastle 38%
Total shots were Leicester 13 Newcastle 10
Shots on target were Leicester 5 Newcastle 4
Corners were Leicester 5 Newcastle 6
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Darlow, Yedlin, Clark, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Atsu 64), Hayden, Merino, Murphy (Perez 71), Joselu (Mitrovic 88) Gayle
Elliot, Lascelles, Shelvey, Diame
Crowd: 52,117 (Leicester 3,000)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction after the defeat HERE)