Emil Krafth had a night to forget against Chelsea.
The defender came into the side to replace the injured Javi Manquillo, who is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Manquillo’s injury was bad news at the time. It seems even worse after seeing his replacement’s latest performance.
Chelsea’s left flank caused problems all night, with Timo Werner running at Krafth relentlessly. And more often than not, he got past him with ease.
Krafth’s inability to stop the German forward led to the first goal, and effectively ensured that we would be going back up north empty handed.
As soon as the first goal went in, it was game over. It was one of those nights. Sadly ‘those nights’ are far too regular under Steve Bruce.
Watching Krafth struggle through 90 minutes was a tough watch, all the more painful knowing we let DeAndre Yedlin go.
The American defender joined Galatasaray on deadline day, leaving Newcastle with two right-backs. It also freed up a place in Bruce’s squad, meaning someone else could come in.
Yet no one did come in, meaning Christian Atsu was recalled. All the while, Newcastle are now down to one right-back following Manquillo’s injury.
The whole point of letting Yedlin go was to create space in the 25-man squad – yet that space has been filled by a man who will likely never even make the bench.
And the more Krafth struggles, the more fans will bemoan the departure of Yedlin.