Newcastle saw their recent good run come to an end, losing 1-0 to Burnley, and despite having both Andy Carroll and Joelinton in the side, did not register one attempt on target.

It was a woeful performance from a patched up team, with neither Miguel Almiron nor Jonjo Shelvey recovering from niggles, and joining Allan Saint-Maximin on the sidelines.

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With both wide-men out, Christian Atsu was given the chance to stake a claim for a starting spot, but to say he did not grasp it fully, would be an understatement.

The Ghanaian was very poor in the first half, and the odd time he was on the ball, he either ran into defenders or failed to find a teammate with a pass.

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If that was bad, his second half was even worse, as he was merely an anonymous spectator for 35 minutes, during which, it is hard to recall him even touching the ball, which led to him being hooked in the 80th minute.

Atsu had a chance to prove he can fill in for Saint-Maximin

Of course, he was not the only player who did not do himself justice, but with Saint-Maximin out for what could be a significant spell, and no one knowing how long Almiron will be absent, he certainly had the most to gain by catching the eye.

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In fact, he should have been busting a gut to prove he has what it takes to step in for either of the missing wingers, and make it difficult for them to oust him from the side when they return to fitness.

But you would never guess that by watching his abject showing at Turf Moor.

Fans, and probably Steve Bruce, must now be hoping beyond all hope, that either or both of his regular starting wide players are fit sooner rather than later.

Fans offered little sympathy to the former Chelsea player on Twitter after the game, and it is hard to criticise anyone for being frustrated with him, as he continually fails to take any of the opportunities afforded to him.

Here are some of those fans’ comments:

 

 

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