Newcastle United attacking midfielder Remy Cabella has been quoted on the club’s official Twitter page as saying that he believes that the players need to take responsibility for recent results.
John Carver’s Newcastle side have lost their last six Premier League games and are just seven points above the relegation zone.
The Magpies, who for so long appeared to be safe in mid-table mediocrity, now find themselves in real danger of dropping down to the Championship.
Cabella, who joined Newcastle from French outfit Montpellier in the summer of 2014, has admitted that results need to improve, and claims that it is the players who need to step up.
"It's difficult for everyone at the moment but we - the players - are responsible and we need to work hard,” Newcastle’s official Twitter page quotes the 25-year-old as saying. “We need to win.
"We have to play with pleasure, not pressure. We need to change things around and it's up to us on the pitch to do that.”
Head coach Carver has faced the brunt of the criticisms for Newcastle’s truly abysmal form, but Cabella is right in saying that the players need to share the blame.
After all, there is so much a manager can do it, and it is up to the players to perform to the best of their abilities on the pitch.
The current Newcastle side may not be good enough to challenge for a top-six finish in the Premier League, but they are certainly better - on paper at least - than their current league position suggests.
The Newcastle fans will hope that, just like Cabella, the rest of the players have realised that they need to step up their game and start giving their all from now on.