With the latest rumours spreading and taking the number of players linked to The Toon into seemingly the thousands we await with bated breath the next developments whilst still analysing the backlash of Saturday’s completely unacceptable loss to Cambridge United.
Look, I get all those that are saying we can concentrate on the League, something we were hardly doing before Saturday, but in reality had we achieved a win over the Mighty U’s then did we have a chance in the FA Cup? With all the signings coming in we could well have made a mark.
Don’t get me wrong I’d take a 5 – 0 defeat at home to Sunderland in the FA Cup, if they ever make the 3rd Round again, if it meant we’d stay up but these players currently at the Club have to stand up and be counted and on Saturday they didn’t and then compounded it with (some) of their reactions at full-time.
Kieran Trippier has only been at NUFC a matter of days yet it fell to the new signing to ask team-mates to front up, as he was spotted chasing one or two others who went storming down the tunnel straight after the full-time whistle. However much it hurt, walking over was least fans deserved after *that* defeat.
As revealed by The Chronicle’s Ciaran Kelly – ‘Only a few NUFC players who actually played and the subs stayed out with Eddie Howe and staff to salute the fans. Kieran Trippier tried to call one or two back who were heading down the tunnel but they didn’t listen.’ Awful and unacceptable, but class from Trippier who showed his experience, leadership and nous.
Is it too early to think about a change of captaincy being in the offing? Trippier captained England a few months ago, seems a strong leader and has most experience in team. He was perhaps the only one on Saturday that showed responsibility and leadership. Shelvey perhaps as well, although he isn’t a natural in this department and lets his head drop far too easily, making it a real worry that he takes the armband when Lascelles is missing.
As for Lascelles, him being club captain is an awkward one, for me. Not good enough to start at the moment and very possible that he won’t be paying if we sign two CB’s which seems very possible. Even if we don’t for me, and I know Schar was poor on Saturday but I still him and Fede ahead of Lascelles.
I note that there are not many willing to say who stormed down tunnel before ignoring Trippier. But it says a lot about them, their current mind-set and what they really feel about the fans. Or, where they just so embarrassed at what they’d produced or not produced actually. Either way, it’s spineless.
I can just accept losing as we didn’t lose any league points; it happens in football – but I can’t and won’t accept total disregard for the fanbase and acknowledgement of the support. Like I said, true class from Trippier, who is a real leader.
However, absolutely shameful from those who bottled it after the game and ignored over 47,000 Geordies who spent their hard-earned cash for nothing, in the end. What other Club would have received such support for a 3rd Round Cup-Tie against League 1 opposition? They deserve better!