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Garth Crooks fears Newcastle United ‘Might be slipping back into old habits again’

12 months ago
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Garth Crooks has picked his best 11 performers from the weekend’s action.

The Premier League team of the weekend that has most impressed him.

Included in his top 11 are two players from the game at the King Power Stadium

Last week, despite the terrible team performance against Brighton, Garth Crooks still picked one Newcastle player in is Premier League team of last weekend.

Explaining his choice of Fabian Schar last week…

“The chip by Aaron Connolly was a certain goal and it needed something very special from a defender to clear the danger.

“That moment of magic came from Fabian Schar whose clearance off the line was nothing short of amazing.

“The clearance off the line by Schar could, come the end of the season, be Newcastle and Steve Bruce’s lifeline.”

Well, that very lucky point against Brighton, with Schar’s clearance one of the big factors, is it looking much of a lifeline?

After Sunday’s shambolic display at Leicester, it doesn’t look like Newcastle are capable of saving themselves, certainly not with Steve Bruce dragging his team and club under water.

Garth Crooks picks Jamie Vardy and Ricardo Pereira in his latest team of the week and quite rightly praises the full-back’s superb opening goal, though from Newcastle’s point of view it was appalling. A simple one-two left Atsu out of the game and just jogging  back, with Pereira unchallenged by anyone all the way to the edge of the box where he guided the ball past Dubravka.

Garth Crooks declares that ‘The Foxes savaged Newcastle’ and questions what Isaac Hayden was thinking of with his daft red card challenge.

As for the Newcastle team overall, the BBC Sport pundit thinks ‘they might be slipping back into old habits again’…

The truth is, pretty much all season Newcastle have been really poor under Steve Bruce and only pure luck prevented defeats to Brighton and Watford. Yesterday saw that luck eventually run out and Steve Bruce and his team laid bare as the opposition finally got the goals they deserved.

Garth Crooks with his BBC Sport Premier League team of the week and reasons for selecting Jamie Vardy and Ricardo Pereira:

Ricardo Pereira:

“For the second consecutive week the Leicester City full-back finds himself in my team of the week for sheer adventurism.

“Pereira’s opening goal for the Foxes against Newcastle was wonderful.

“To run with the ball 40 metres into the opposition half and beat the goalkeeper from the edge of the box takes some doing – and he is a defender. Exceptional.

“Did you know?

“Pereira has scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time, netting as many goals in his last two appearances as he had in his first 40 games in the competition (2).”

Jamie Vardy:

“You can always tell when a striker is on top of his game and I don’t think Vardy can get any higher at the moment.

“The lad looks in great form and so do Leicester when they perform in front of their own fans.

“If they can get their away form right then a top six finish is very feasible.

“The Foxes savaged Newcastle, who look like they might be slipping back into old habits again.

“What Isaac Hayden was doing crashing into Dennis Praet like that just beggars belief.

“Did you know?

“Since Brendan Rodgers’ first match with Leicester in March, Jamie Vardy has scored more Premier League goals than any other player; netting 14 times in 17 appearances.”

Ederson (Manchester City)

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester)

Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea)

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

Joel Matip (Liverpool)

Matt Doherty (Wolves)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham)

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

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