Sky Sports pundit explains what baffles him about Newcastle

Newcastle United are fighting against relegation to the Championship.

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson revealed on the Gillette Soccer Special show on Sky Sports News HQ on Wednesday evening (broadcast from 7pm, March 2) what baffles him about Newcastle United.

“I’ve been reading Steve McClaren talking about his players, how they’ve reacted and what sort of players they are,” said the former Liverpool defender.

“One week they’re up there, sort of 9/10 and the next they’re a 4. You can’t build anything around players who are behaving like that and playing like that. Honestly, they baffle me, Newcastle.”

Newcastle are struggling for survival in the Premier League at the moment, and they have hugely inconsistent.

Steve McClaren’s side have often turned on the style against the bigger teams this season, but they have lost to side they should not have.

For example, last month, the Magpies won 2-1 against West Ham United at home and lost by just a single goal at Arsenal.

However, in December, Newcastle could only pick up a point against Aston Villa at St. James’ Park.

The Magpies’ away form has been disappointing, while even at St. James’ Park, they have struggled to pick up as many points as they should have.

Newcastle have a squad good enough to stay in the Premier League, but the players do need to step up and improve their performances.

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