Sky Sports pundit believes some Newcastle United players have disgraced themselves because of this reason.
"Some of the [Newcastle United] players are a disgrace," said commentator and football analyst Jamie Carragher, as quoted by Sky Sports earlier today, Tuesday, regarding the desire of certain Magpies to retrieve the football when not in possession.
Newcastle United dropped a woeful 4-0 loss to Southampton on Saturday but, aside from the scoreline, one of the main stories to come out of the defeat was the manner in which Newcastle appeared loathe to move, with Yoan Gouffran seemingly so deflated he did not even close the ball down in the first minute of the match.
Such a poor attitude left Carragher apoplectic: "We’re not talking about an end-of-season game, which still isn’t acceptable, but this is four or five games into a season."
A former defender for Liverpool, Carragher explained: "I played against a lot of these players towards the end of my time at Liverpool. We beat them 6-0 at St James’ Park and the performance was shocking. You think of a club like Newcastle, a working-class club and the fans go there… you want to see great players do great things, score goals and win games – but you want to see a bit of graft, heart and intensity.
"For Newcastle to be seeing that for the last few years is a disgrace," he concluded.
Their next run of fixtures sees them host Hull City on Saturday, travel to Crystal Palace for the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday week and take on Stoke City away on September 29. Newcastle United are currently bottom of the Premier League table having returned two points from four games played, with no wins yet on the board.