Newcastle United were dumped out of the FA Cup on Sunday after a lacklustre performance away to Chelsea resulted in a 3-0 defeat.
Rafa Benitez named a pragmatic side against Antonio Conte’s men but they were powerless to resist a motivated Blues, who netted through Michy Batshuayi and Marcos Alonso.
The Magpies initially started the game well and troubled goalkeeper Willy Caballero with a few chances, but failed to keep up their performance levels, frustrating travelling fans.
Much of the criticism was levelled at forward Dwight Gayle who struggled to impose himself on proceedings before he was hauled off in the 64th minute.
Gayle has scored just three goals in 22 appearances this season and supporters are now calling for him to be dropped or even sold as soon as possible, seeking a higher level of quality in the final third.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his Sunday showing…
There’s so many out there who a massively short of this level. Ritchie and Gayle for starters. Both will be on decent wedge n all. I’m not sure Ritchie’s beat a man all season. #NUFC
— Jack 🌹 (@jackm1892) January 28, 2018
Positives from this game….. Shelvey has been ok? Break in my positivity ….. Gayle is truly awful. What's our priority then? Surely signing a Striker and forgetting about the takeover as it doesn't look like it's happening!! #NUFC
— Positively Toon (@PositivelyToon) January 28, 2018
Truly awful again. Saivet mistakes cost us 2 goals. Gayle useless. #NUFC
— wd67🇬🇧 (@WayneDalton1967) January 28, 2018
— Gaz M (@GM24474) January 28, 2018
Whatever happened to Dwight Gayle? His whole body language this season has been shocking. Looks like a lost kid on the pitch these days, any little knock & he’s looking to come off. #NUFC
— Sparky (@oftheVotadini) January 28, 2018
Should've sold Gayle in the summer. Such a half-hearted player. #nufc
— ACJJ (@AdamJohnstonn) January 28, 2018
Newcastle United were an absolute disgrace today. My heart goes out to all those fans who spent the cash and made the trip down. Fucking terrible. From Darlow to Gayle they were awful. #nufc
— Adam Dickson (@adamdickson1984) January 28, 2018
I don't like Mike Ashley but even he could probably do a better shift up top than Dwight Gayle.
— D W (@SirDanWilson) January 28, 2018
Dwight Gayle would be aswell watching the match beside me cause he ain't a footballer
— Daniel Hayes (@firstnamedaniel) January 28, 2018