Newcastle United were soundly beaten 5-1 at Crystal Palace.
The brother of Newcastle United star Siem de Jong has taken to social networking site Twitter in order to express his opinion that changes are needed at St. James’ Park.
The Magpies have endured a poor start to the season and the situation boiled over ahead of the Crystal Palace clash following last weekend’s woeful display in the 3-0 home defeat to Leicester City.
The Daily Mail reported news of training ground bust-ups, though boss Steve McClaren tried to defuse the situation by claiming their fiery attitude could prompt a response at Selhurst Park.
Well, that certainly didn’t pan out as planned as Newcastle crashed to a heavy 5-1 defeat.
Siem de Jong has made just eight substitute appearances for the Magpies this season, and his brother and current PSV striker Luuk de Jong feels it’s time for a change as he watched on.
Maybe it's time to change— Luuk de Jong (@LuukdeJong9) noviembre 28, 2015
Without speculating too much, Luuk de Jong could be generalising, or he could be talking specifically about McClaren, or even his brother’s situation at the club.
Siem de Jong has been unable to break into the first-team this season and considering his age, 26, he must be wondering why his opportunities have been limited to a mere substitute role.
The defeat in South London sees rivals Sunderland take their place above the bottom three, after they picked up a solid 2-0 home victory over 10-man Stoke City.
It’s becoming a desperate situation at Newcastle, and while performances have on occasions been very good, defensively they have not been good enough and McClaren must share the blame for that.
The former England boss suffered a similar wretched run at Derby County earlier this year, with a leaky defence becoming a major vulnerability in their quest to claim positive results.
Without an improvement at the back, Newcastle United will almost certainly go down. In order to improve, the club must contemplate new signings in January, or perhaps a change of head coach.