Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has claimed on BT Sport that some of the Newcastle United players in the current squad do not care enough.
Wilkins made the comments during the Football Tonight Special show on Monday following the Magpies’ 3-0 defeat to Leicester City away from home in the Premier League on Saturday.
The former England international also suggested that Newcastle should use more of their academy players.
“There must be academy players who are worthy of sticking in a Newcastle shirt and putting them out on the pitch because they will die for Newcastle,” said Wilkins.
“Some of these guys they bring in, yes, they are okay, they can play, but it’s not all about playing, it’s about caring.”
One suspects that many Newcastle fans will agree with Wilkins’s suggestion, but at this stage of the season, it is probably too late to use the academy players.
With just three more rounds of matches left in the Premier League, the Magpies will have to persevere with the senior players and hope that they can step up.
John Carver’s side have lost their last eight league matches and find themselves just two points above the relegation zone at the moment.
It is a dire situation at St. James’ Park, and it is high time that the Newcastle players step up and give their all in the final three matches of the 2014-15 campaign.