Eddie Howe

Sandro Tonali attracts criticism after Newcastle’s loss to Brighton 

September 8, 2023 7:25 am

Newcastle United’s high-profile acquisition, Sandro Tonali, is under the microscope following a lackluster showing against Brighton. The Magpies, eager to make their mark in the league, were handed a harsh dose of reality as they succumbed to a resounding defeat away to Brighton. While Callum Wilson’s late goal offered a glimmer of consolation, it did little to mask the underlying issues.

The defensive frailties of Newcastle were laid bare on the southern coast, marking their second consecutive loss under the tutelage of manager Eddie Howe. Their venture to Brighton came hot on the heels of a disheartening home defeat against a 10-man Liverpool. While a select few in the squad exhibited commendable performances, some endured torrid outings, a fact that pundits wasted no time in highlighting. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet. 

Alan Shearer, dissecting the contest on Premier League Productions, minced no words as he delved into the defensive mishaps plaguing Newcastle. He articulated, “From the perspective of Newcastle, a litany of blunders paved the way to the goal. The initial gaffe, a cardinal sin, should have been dealt with. Nick Pope’s lapse was an inexcusable lapse in judgment. Trippier’s rash intervention only compounded the chaos. And then, Tonali’s error, a lamentable failure to close down, followed by another substantial misstep by Nick Pope. How does one count? Four glaring errors leading to the decisive goal?”

Former Manchester United maestro Owen Hargreaves echoed Shearer’s sentiments regarding Newcastle’s defensive quandaries and offered a stark assessment of Tonali, the marquee summer signing. Hargreaves declared, “I can vividly envision Sir Alex’s response had I performed in such a manner. I would have found myself relegated to the bench for an extended period. It’s fundamentally straightforward: make clean contact with the ball – clear your lines, nothing less.”

Newcastle must now navigate a challenging two-week hiatus to introspect on their successive setbacks before re-entering the fray against Brentford. The impending Champions League clash with AC Milan looms as a stern litmus test for Eddie Howe’s charges, particularly in the context of their defensive quandaries. The Magpies are fervently hoping to rectify their early-season tribulations as they endeavor to find their rhythm in the league. Get the latest odds from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports