26-year-old just not good enough: Three things we learned from Newcastle defeat to Huddersfield
By Harry Sykes
Newcastle’s summer went from bad to worse at The John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After losing to Tottenham on the opening day of the season, and losing Jonjo Shelvey to a stupid red card, manager Rafa Benitez would have been hoping to get his campaign back on track against newly-promoted Huddersfield.
Huddersfield weren’t in the obliging mood though and proved that their 3-0 win against Crystal Palace last week wasn’t a fluke, as they claimed all three points again.
Aaron Mooy scored the only goal of the game, after finishing superbly after a one-two in the 51st minute of the game.
Benitez tried to change things up, replacing the ineffectual Dwight Gayle with new signing Joselu and introducing Jacob Murphy late on, but to no avail.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Two games, no points and, more worryingly, no goals is a terrible start for Newcastle and that’s where we start with the first of three things we learned from their defeat.
1. Dwight Gayle not good enough – nor is Joselu
Gayle was fantastic in the Championship last season. With 23 goals from 32 league games, Newcastle fans can thank him for getting their team into the Premier League, but he’s not going to be enough to keep them there. The Premier League is a huge step up in class and all the portents were there. Gayle scored 15 goals in 64 Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace and he looks like he’s going to be on for a similar return for Newcastle this season. New striker signing Joselu from Stoke has an even worse record – four goals from 22 Premier League appearances. If Newcastle don’t add new attacking players into their ranks in the next two weeks, it’s going to be a very long season for Newcastle fans.
Click ‘2’ below to see why this season could get even worse for Newcastle