5 Newcastle players who have broken the trust of Rafa Benitez
Newcastle United, who had previously made a bright start to the season, struggled to produce their best in the last two games which resulted in defeats to Burnley and Bournemouth in consecutive weeks.
The Barcodes have now dropped to 11th position in the table after a dismal performance from the same set of players who have been poor from the start of the season. Here are the five players who have failed to repay Rafa Benitez with their performances this season.
Jacob Murphy was signed by Newcastle United in the summer transfer window, but has failed to perform in the games where he was given a chance to prove his talent. Following his move from Norwich City, Murphy has been a regular member of the squad and has also featured in the starting XI in a couple of games.
However, Murphy has struggled to impress in the Premier League as he continues to produce miserable moments on the field. Murphy was a part of the starting line up against Swansea - a game in which he hardly made any impact and was eventually subbed off in the 59th minute to be replaced by Christian Atsu.
Since then, Murphy has been a part of the bench and has failed to make any impact after coming on as a substitute in the later stages of the game. It is evident that he is not yet ready for top-tier football as he is easily negated by physically strong defenders in the league. Murphy's physical structure adds to his woes as he is dispossessed off the ball quite easily and goes down appealing for a foul after a clean tackle. Rafa Benitez must look for a replacement for Jacob Murphy as he doesn't look fit enough to be in the squad for the remainder of the season.