Newcastle United endured their 3rd consecutive loss in the Premier League, after they were defeated 3-0 by Leicester City at St James’ Park.
First half goals from former Toon attacker Ayoze Perez and James Maddison, and a late strike from Hamza Choudhury seperated the sides as Leicester dominated the hosts.
This was Newcastle’s third defeat to Leicester alone this season, after the League Cup exit on penalties and the 5-0 humiliation at the King Power Stadium earlier in September.
There could not have been any 3 more unpopular goalscorers in the eyes of Newcastle fans: Perez who left the club in the Summer, Maddison who taunted and drew the ire of the Gallowgate end, and Choudhury who was responsible for Matt Ritchie’s injury in the aforementioned Carabao Cup exit.
The big talking point is Newcastle’s current injury crisis: Jetro Willems, Fabian Schar, Jonjo Shelvey, and Javier Manquillo all went off injured before the 2nd half even began, leaving the Geordies forced to field only 10 men against a side vying for Champions League football.
Martin Dubravka was the sole positive from a Newcastle perspective: the Slovakian shot stopper produced vital saves to spare his team even more embarassment. And frankly, Maddison and Choudhury’s goals were simply unstoppable for Dubravka.
But it was more defensive errors, particularly from the recently returning Florian Lejeune, that gifted Perez the opener. The defence was so highly touted both last season and in the first half of this season, but the absence of captain Jamaal Lascelles has left Newcastle without a clear leader, and Allan Saint-Maximin’s injury has left the side without any creative or attacking flair.
In the hours after the game, fans had taken to social media to widely pan Newcastle for their performance. Particularly highlighted were Joelinton and the rest of the attack blanking in front of goal once more, the increasing injury crisis that has plagued Steve Bruce’s tenure as Manager, and fears that the hectic Christmas schedule has caused a downturn in Newcastle’s fortunes.
United’s next game is an away trip to Rochdale in the FA Cup, to which they then travel to Molineux to play high flying Wolverhampton Wanderers. Given their recent history of dire Cup performances under Mike Ashley’s ownership, as well as Wolves’ good home form, it may be some time before Newcastle United can record another win.