After defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in their opening fixture, Newcastle United were looking for a reaction away to Huddersfield Town on Sunday but were left disappointed, suffering a 1-0 loss.
An Aaron Mooy stunner gave Huddersfield the win as the two promoted sides went head-to-head for the first time this season.
In many ways it was a good test of where Newcastle United are at as a club right now and it’s clear to see that they need to add more quality if they are going to be safe from relegation this season.
Fans were left desperately disappointed with the performance and the quality on offer. Dwight Gayle drew most of the criticism, his ineffective display doing little to threaten Huddersfield at any point before he was subbed off.
Whether that was down to using Rafa Benitez using him incorrectly or the striker just not having the ability to be a force in the top-flight is up for debate but every Magpies fans was in agreement it wasn’t good enough.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
Gayle up top on his own – with Perez behind will never work. Offering barely anything attacking wise. #NUFC
— James Denwood (@jamesdenwood_) August 20, 2017
Gayle cannot play up top on his own when we play this type of football, if he cannit hold the ball he needs a partner to feed off of #NUFC
— Damian (@Damian_Sumner97) August 20, 2017
Need to sell Gayle so we can buy a proper striker #NUFC
— Cola (@Percycola) August 20, 2017
I know we're never allowed to question Rafa etc etc but didn't we know before today that Perez/Gayle doesn't work? He's not blameless. #NUFC
— Bristol Magpie (@BristolMagpie) August 20, 2017
Gayle looked like he was out for a walk in the park yet mitro has his ass glued to the bench, something needs to change!!! #nufc
— Stephen Hownam (@Stevehownam) August 20, 2017
Terrible game, Perez was awful like always, Gayle off the pace, atsu terrible, why is Diame even in the squad. Need to spend big time #nufc
— alisha henry (@alishahenry90) August 20, 2017
And little old Gayle is not good enough for the EPL and we are desperate for a number 10 and two good strikers #NUFC 💩👇
— big potatoes (@BigPotatoes1984) August 20, 2017
Perez, Gayle not good enough! Merino shows promise, but not fit. Rafa needs to buy soon, otherwise we're going down! #NUFC
— ToonToon (@workev) August 20, 2017