There seems to have been a problem created and a problem dismissed after last night’s poor performance at the Emirates.
There’s a report in the Chronicle today that there was a problem last night between Almiron and Ritchie.
Some fans also noticed they thought they were not passing to each other when we were well beaten by Arsenal 2-0.
“Newcastle insiders,” this morning say there is no problem between the two players – who happen to be two of Newcastle’s best players.
Almiron is still getting used to playing in the Premier League and how Rafa wants him to play in the side.
And it’s really not worth creating problems we don’t have.
Miguel Almiron and Matt Ritchie in action last night
Here’s what Rafa said about the game last night:
“I am proud of the players because they are trying very hard.”
“Sometimes we are lucky enough or good enough to get the points, but today there was a big difference between the teams.”
“We were close enough to be a threat in the first half, and maybe to get something in the second half too.”
“But we conceded the second goal. They had a couple of situations where they were dangerous, they had pace and ability.”
Newcastle did not play well last night – especially in the second half – and Ritchie was seen shouting at Almiron for him to cover back at times during the game.
But these things happen in the heat of the moment and during games – and especially when we lose.
If Almiron wasn’t doing his job last night then Rafa will sort it out between the two of them quickly.
What’s important for Newcastle now is that the lads have to improve their game and win at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
A win would take us very close to bring safe in the Premier League and bring the smiles back on the faces of our loyal fans.