It was to be another disappointing day for Newcastle fans who made the 650 mile round trip down to Southampton.
There is nothing to cheer about in Tyneside for the Magpies this season. They’re yet to register to single Premier League win so far this season, have an owner who seems intent on running the club down to the ground, and a manager who has clearly run out of ideas.
A trip to fellow out-of-form side Southampton, who are yet to win a single home game this season, and have only managed to secure three out of a potential fifteen points at Saint Mary’s, offered one of the very few chances for Newcastle United to gain three points on the road.
Unfortunately for the away fans, their trip down to the South coast proved to be a waste, as the game finished 0-0 with Newcastle putting in one of their most timid performances so far this year.
The whole team could have, and probably should have, made the list; however, here are two that stuck out as particularly bad on the day…
The Spanish forward finds himself on the hit list yet again this week after another incredibly weak performance.
It just about says it all that Newcastle were unable to manage a single shot on target all game. He failed miserably to create any chances, his play was weak and lackadaisical, he offered absolutely no attacking option, and he strutted around the pitch for the majority of the game without the slightest bit of urgency.
It’s genuinely no wonder that fans have turned on Perez, and he deserves every bit of criticism he gets.
Definitely a game to forget for Mohammed Diame this weekend, after putting in one of his weakest and most error-ridden performances in a Newcastle shirt to date.
He created no chances up top, lost the physical battle against both Saints’ midfielders, and subsequently allowed the pressure to pile on his teammates at the back.
The evident lack of quickness and fluidity to his game on Saturday has got fans of the club questioning whether age (despite only being 31) has finally taken its toll.
Has Diame lost 3 yards of pace as he so slow.
— Toonarmy (@Toontastik) October 27, 2018
With a quality player in Ki Sung-Yueng sat on the bench, there are certainly question marks over the manager’s decision to stick by Diame…