Newcastle United have once again dropped points, letting a lead and two points slip late on against relegation rivals Watford this afternoon.
Another game has passed the Magpies by and they are still looking for that elusive second league win of the season, with more dropped points keeping them rooted to 19th position.
Is Lascelles a Premier League quality player?
Unsurprisingly, some fans have ripped into a few players in Eddie Howe’s squad, with club captain Jamaal Lascelles feeling the fury of a portion of the Toon Army on social media.
It could’ve been much worse for the skipper, who – with Newcastle 1-0 up – almost gifted a goal to Watford, drawing a sigh of relief as ex-Magpies midfielder Moussa Sissoko missed a sitter.
The 28-year-old also lost possession 17 times and failed with 15 of his 54 passes, along with being beaten in six duels and being dribbled past twice, as per Sofascore, and these Toon fans vented over his “disgusting” performance.
What these Newcastle fans said
“Sell Lascelles, he’s finished.” @BigWoodNUFC
“Captain Calamity at it again…” @WashingToonFC
“He’s a liability.” @Antorange5
“Lascelles has to be finished at United, just not Premier standard and a poor Championship standard, need CBs now.” @tc189371
“Lascelles, get in the bin man.” @ayyyyyy87
“It’s not the hope that kills you. It’s Jamaal Lascelles. ” @Neilfarrington
Today’s result was more than just two dropped points. Norwich’s win over Everton helped them leapfrog the Magpies into 18th, while the late goal also prevented Howe’s side from climbing out of the relegation zone and dropping today’s opponents into the bottom three instead.
Looking closer at the table, the situation becomes even more perilous for the Magpies. Bottom-placed Burnley are just one point behind them but with three games in hand and a much superior goal difference, so a point from those nine on offer for the Clarets will likely send Newcastle to the foot of the table.
It was a huge opportunity missed by the Magpies, who could’ve sent a message to their relegation rivals by landing a direct hit on one of them. Unfortunately for Lascelles and co, they did not do their survival prospects many favours today.