Gluten for punishment that I am, I watched the Newcastle match a second time, and I picked up on some things that I didn’t see the first time. Ogbonna gave away the bill for the goal and was generally poor, but he was far from our worst player.Zabaleta, Cresswell, Yarmolenko, and Hernandez were worse, even Rice was worse for the first half hour, but by far the biggest liability was Lanzini. Lanzini gave the way the bill a lot, and every time far too easily, but the biggest negative was his total lack of pressing the opposition. Yarmolenko and Hernández were also guilty of this , but alansini literally allowed Colback, Hayden and especially Shelvey to walk around unaffected like they were having a stroll in the park.
The difference when Wilshere and a Snodgrass came on was stark. Cullen went from looking lost to looking the real deal when his midfield partners changed.
The positives were Wilshere, Anderson, And Johnson, and the second half performance of Cullen. Sanchez while still pretty crap was miles better this time. He gave away the ball once, and was easily beaten once but actually did ok the rest of the time. He was a far smaller liability than Cresswell, Lanzini, Zabaleta and Ogbonna.
Reid was decent if not anything special.
Between Fredericks and Johnson we have right back covered, but we desperately need a left back.