Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

@Donhutch4 @Donhutch4 Newcastle's Players Are Shamefully Throwing in the Towel

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

@Donhutch4 @Donhutch4 Newcastle's Players Are Shamefully Throwing in the Towel

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Byline: DON HUTCHISON

Rafa Benitez issues instructions to his players at St Mary's where, according to Don Hutchison, too many Newcastle stars threw the towel in Rafa Benitez issues instructions to his players at St Mary's where, according to Don Hutchison, too many Newcastle stars threw the towel in FOR a team supposedly fighting relegation, Newcastle United were nothing short of embarrassing at Southampton. I'm sorry to say it but if relegation comes - and it is looking more and more likely - then it will be completely deserved. From the boardroom to the dressing room, no one can claim that this hasn't been coming since September.

I actually felt sorry for Rafa Benitez at St Mary's. He took the job presumably because he felt there was enough in that dressing room to keep United in the Premier League, but I don't think there are enough players in the squad that he can rely on.

The lack of quality is clear but it's the attitude that so many of them have that is so galling to me. That is what is going to relegate them.

Moussa Sissoko has talked of his Champions League aspirations but I've not seen him turn up for a game for five months now. Georginio Wijnaldum hasn't turned in a performance for four months.

But it says it all that they're not the two worst culprits. I'm sorry to say it but Steven Taylor isn't up to it at Premier League level for me. He is not good enough.

I looked at him on Saturday and I thought he looked overweight for the division he's playing in. He looked slow and ponderous and it'll be very interesting to see who comes in for him in the summer. I'd be surprised if a Premier League side does.

Simply being passionate and saying how much he wants to win aren't enough. It's about getting the basics right and he hasn't done that since he returned to the team. He's got a lot of questions to answer.

And I'd also raise the same questions about Daryl Janmaat. I'd question how much of a stomach for a relegation fight he's got. As soon as he went down on Saturday after that goal I thought 'He won't come out for the second half'. There are too many at Newcastle who throw the towel in when it gets difficult for United - and that's unforgivable when the club still has a chance of staying up. …

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