Jamie Carragher has criticised the Newcastle back four which started the game against Tottenham on Sunday.

Javier Manquillo, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Matt Ritchie played in the 3-2 defeat to kick off the new era.

Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football at 7.09pm last night, Carragher said Newcastle’s new owners need to invest in the backline as a priority.

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“The new owners have got major work keeping this team up. It is one of the worst teams in the Premier League,” said Carragher. “They have conceded more goals than anyone in the league – 19 goals.


“This back four is a Championship back four. These players were all playing in the Championship in 2017 for Newcastle.

“They are not good enough for this level. Matt Ritchie is playing left-back when he was bought as a right winger in the Championship.

“They are not organised, they are all over the place. They’ve got really poor defenders and that’s a huge problem. They are going to need to buy three or four defenders in January to stay up.”

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Carragher’s comments echo what his former Liverpool teammate Danny Murphy said on Monday.

A new manager would hope to get the players he has better organised in the time between now and the new window.

Even if Newcastle could buy a whole new back four of the right quality in January, it would still take some coaching and time to get them integrated.

So there will be an element of improving the organisation whenever a new manager comes in.

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