Despite the highs of the takeover, Newcastle United continue to find new ways of embarrassing themselves by crashing out of the FA Cup.

The Magpies faced Cambridge United in the third round of the competition – a potential banana skin, but a game Newcastle were expected to win in front of a capacity St James’ Park crowd.

But Newcastle didn’t win. They lost. They exited the FA Cup at the earliest stage possible to a third tier side.

We created plenty of chances, and even had two goals rightly chalked off for offside. But as the game dragged on, our likelihood of scoring rapidly decreased.

Newcastle United v Cambridge United: The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
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RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Any ounce of creativity was sapped out of this Newcastle squad as the clock ticked down, with Eddie Howe’s side looking dead and buried as soon as Cambridge took the lead.

Yes, perhaps a striker would have made a difference. If Callum Wilson had been fit we may have won. But he wasn’t.

Instead, the Toon players picked by Howe didn’t deliver, with Kieran Trippier the only real player able to hold his head relatively high.

It was shameful from the Magpies – and it was in front of someone very important.

Newcastle United v Cambridge United: The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
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FA Cup crash proves Yasir Al-Rumayyan needs to spend to save Newcastle

Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi were in attendance, and they were joined by chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan.

While Staveley is in charge of the day to day running of the club, the senior PIF figure signs off all of the decisions.

And he has seen firsthand how desperate we are for reinforcements.

Newcastle United v Cambridge United: The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
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It’s not like Howe put out a weakened side. The starting XI was arguably the best he could pick given the players available.

And still they weren’t good enough to beat a League One team. With a relegation six-pointer against Watford looming large, it hardly fills you with confidence, does it?

PIF and co are now under even more pressure at Newcastle. It’s been clear they need to invest heavily during January. But now it’s clear they desperately need to act this week ahead of the game against the Hornets.

Newcastle United v Cambridge United: The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
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We need a centre-back and we need a striker. If we go into the Watford game without two more new players then we could be asking for trouble.

Of course, the current team might be able to deliver on Saturday. They performed well in our last Premier League game against Manchester United.

But if the Cambridge defeat is anything to go by, we are in big trouble. PIF need to move fast this week.

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