Micky Quinn has named the four players at Newcastle United that ‘fall below Premier League class’, and slammed Andy Carroll in particular.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the Newcastle icon has claimed that Jonjo Shelvey, Dwight Gayle, Joelinton and Carroll are not at the standard of the English top flight.
He said: “They’re on that slippery rock. You look at some of the players: Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle… Andy Carroll – past his sell by date – Joelinton – couldn’t hit a barn door with a pea. These are guys I think fall below Premier League class.”
Newcastle players underperforming
The four players mentioned above by Quinn have only scored a mere four goals and have just three assists between them so far in the 2020/21 term (Whoscored), which are simply not good enough returns especially considering that three of them are strikers.
Are Newcastle fans right to demand more?
The £75k-a-week earning Carroll in particular has been nothing short of a disaster since Steve Bruce brought him back to St James’ Park in the summer of 2019 – the towering centre-forward has played just 39 times for the Magpies in his second spell at the club, scoring just once. He’s featured for just 374 minutes in the top-flight this campaign, with some niggling injuries once again taking their toll.
The Tyneside club may well be dragged into a relegation dog fight having slipped to 17th spot in the table on 25 points, just seven above 18th-placed Fulham who also have a game in hand on Bruce’s men (BBC Sport).
With star striker Callum Wilson revealing that he will be out for a few months, the likes of Shelvey, Gayle, Carroll and Joelinton really need to step up to the plate to cover for the goals and assists that he gave the Magpies.
The 15 goal contributions from Wilson are by far the most out of any current player in the squad, and if these players do not step up their game, then the Toon Army’s fears of potential relegation will quickly gather pace.
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