Before last night’s 5-0 thrashing, I’d actually been impressed by Nabil Bentaleb’s performances in his last two outings.
He bossed the midfield at Bournemouth and looked slick on the ball against West Ham, but his performance last night was horrendous, in more ways than one, with the Schalke loanee constantly giving the ball away in awful areas, looking casual throughout and putting a toe into tackles.
A night to forget, yet he somehow proceeded to put out a post-match tweet, saying we put in a “good fight”…
Needless to say, the responses to the above tweet from Newcastle fans were as you’d expect.
Bentaleb’s careless tweet could’ve been defended if we’d actually put in a shift and simply been blown away by Man City’s quality, but it wasn’t a case of them just being ‘too good’ last night.
We surrendered from the off, got nowhere near them, didn’t work hard enough and appeared to just give up – making his ‘never give up’ line seem a bit rich after last night’s appalling effort.
A ‘good fight’ is a 12 round slog where both fighters give as good as they get, but if this was a boxing match it would’ve been over in seconds with a first round knockout.
With Hayden and Sean Longstaff set to miss out again on Saturday, let’s hope Bentaleb can put things right at Watford. He may need to if he wants to win over Newcastle fans and convince us to pay even £8.5m to sign him permanently.