Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey are not available for the crucial home game against Manchester United on Sunday.
So it looks like the experienced former captain of South Korea, Ki Sung-yueng will get a start.
Ki is a good and experienced player but hasn’t yet shown his top form in this his final year of this contract at Newcastle.
The 30-year-old came on to replace Issac Hayden late in the first half after Isaac was sent off for a dangerous tackle om Dennis Praet and he will be out for three games.
Ki Sung-yueng – angry about Leicester performance
Ki has been interviewed today in the Chronicle and has said the following:
“We have to show it on the pitch, or there’s no point in making claims.” “I didn’t know what to say after the game, the fans stayed behind us.”
“In that type of game, it is difficult to find the words to say to the fans or the media.” “I just feel sorry for the fans.” “They came all the way to Leicester.”
“We’re still disappointed but we still have to move forward in the next game against Man United.”
“It’s a home game and it’s crucial.” “I think we have to be ready and we have to go out there as a team.”
“I still believe in all the players next to me.” “We have shown last season what we can do.” “Since then we have added more quality players from good leagues.”
“We have to stay focused on what we have to do.”
“Of course I am angry.” “When you lose games like that you feel worse.”
“A 5-0 is difficult for any player but it has already happened, we can’t reverse this.”
“We have to get ready for Man United.” “It is crucial.
“You don’t know what will happen after that.”
“For me I still believe in the players.” “We have quality and we can still play good football.
“We have to recover as quickly as possible and then show on the pitch on Sunday.”
What really shocked fans on Sunday afternoon was how poor and disinterested our players looked in the second half, when we were down to 10 men.
Where was the never-say-die attitude the same players had under Rafa Benitez for the last three years?
The players’ attitude and readiness for games is a reflection of the manager, and Steve Bruce has to get the players playing for the shirt.
If he cannot inspire our players, then he will not last long: the manager has to get the best out of the players he has – like Rafa did.
We’ve had two absolutely pathetic performances in a row – against Norwich and Leicester – and it cannot be the same on Sunday.
There can be no excuses against Manchester United – who are not playing well.
If things do go to hell in a handbasket, as they did with Steve McClaren, then Lee Charnley cannot make the same stupid mistake he made with the incompetent McClaren.
McClaren should have been sacked months earlier than he finally was – back in March 2016.
If Steve Bruce doesn’t produce before the end of the year – then Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have to bring a new manager in and not leave it too late this time.
But both men at the top of Newcastle have a safety-first attitude and can never be accused of being bold.
For them, Steve Bruce was “a safe pair of hands.”
That’s the level of ambition at Newcastle since 2007 when Ashley bought the club – and it sucks.
We are still hoping for a surprise takeover before the end of the year, so we can once again bring together the great Newcastle fans and the City to fully support the team.
That’s one significant strength Newcastle have always had – its fans.
But a takeover is probably another dream and the likelihood of that happening is small – at best.
But we still have some hope Newcastle can be rescued from Ashley.
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