Alan Shearer slates NUFC trio and questions odd Eddie Howe decision after 5-1 defeat Spurs

Alan Shearer has criticised Dan Burn, Allan Saint-Maximin and Matt Targett for their lacklustre displays in Sunday’s humiliating 5-1 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

He’s also questioned Howe’s decision to put Jonjo Shelvey in at centre-back at one stage in the second half, saying it was a move he “didn’t really understand.”

Starting with Burn, Shearer feels he’s “really struggled” in the last few games, with the usually reliable centre-back caught in no man’s land a few too many times on Sunday to allow Spurs acers of space in behind.

The NUFC legend also felt Saint-Maximin “didn’t give anything” and was critical of Aston Villa loanee Matt Targett, feeling he was not “strong enough” after being beaten to the ball for Ben Davies header and Emerson Royal’s second half tap-in.

Here’s what he said after the game while on punditry duty for Premier League Productions:

Dan Burn, who has had a lot of praise and rightly so during the early part of his Newcastle career…he has really struggled in the last 2-3 games.

“He has struggled massively in that second half.

“But he wasn’t the only one.

“Saint-Maximin didn’t give anything.

“For some reason, they put Jonjo Shelvey as a third centre-half, which I didn’t really understand.

“Targett was not good enough or strong enough.

“They were all over the place. We can go through every single member of the Newcastle team and criticise.”

Shearer then went on, saying this defeat was “reality check” for everyone at the club ahead of a big summer on Tyneside and an unacceptable display where we got exactly what we deserved – something we couldn’t say after narrow defeats at Chelsea and Everton:

“It’s a reality check to the Newcastle squad, to the Newcastle management and to the Newcastle owners,”

“To just say, ‘Yes, we’ve had a good time of late, but we’ve been done now in the last three games against Chelsea, Everton and in this one’

“Chelsea and Everton were, perhaps, acceptable, but this is not in the second half.

“It’s nowhere near good enough and, as I said, it’s definitely a reality check because Newcastle are going to sign players in the summer and the players need to realise that they’re not safe at this football club just because of the run they’ve had.

“They were in huge danger of being relegated at Christmas time and they’ve had a decent run since January and brought in some players, but the players now need to know that they’re fighting for their places.”

Hopefully the players react when Wolves come to town on Friday, with them not only playing for our Premier League status but their future’s at the club.

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

One thought on “Alan Shearer slates NUFC trio and questions odd Eddie Howe decision after 5-1 defeat Spurs

  1. I thought it was good to see Howe changing things up a bit, trying something different, trying to claw something back right to the end. If it worked every time it wouldn’t be football.
    We have to remember that this team is not the finished article. It’s something thrown together to try to avoid relegation – a team that can maybe recover points against bottom half clubs, and based on that there are still a dozen or so points out there waiting to be collected.
    With this team (regardless of how brilliant we think Howe is) it would be unrealistic to expect results against the big boys, especially when those boys have a front line like Son, Kane and Kulusevski, who were superb on the day.
    We also seem to have forgotten that while Burn and Targett have played well for us, they were pretty mediocre at their previous clubs – maybe we’re expecting too much from them week in and week out. They’ve been playing at 110% for us. That can only go on for so long, no matter who the manager is.
    As for Shearer’s comments. He’s a legend and he has passion for the club, but when he came in as manager, to “save” us, he hardly came out of it smelling of roses, with him relying on Iain Dowey for technical advice, so maybe we shouldn’t put too much store in his opinions on Howe’s tactics.

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