Newcastle United's players 'need to grow some' – former boss Graeme Souness reacts to the Magpies Leicester City debacle

Newcastle United's players 'need to grow some', according to former Magpies boss Graeme Souness.

Sunday, 29th September 2019, 19:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th September 2019, 19:34 pm
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 26: Graeme Souness, manager of Newcastle United, watch the match next to Assistant coaches Dean Saunders (L) and Terry McDermott (R) during the Barclays Premiership match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on December 26, 2005 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Speaking on Sky Sports after United's 5-0 capitulation at the King Power Stadium, Souness said: "No one wants to go out and play like that.

"When you are fragile and concede a goal heads go down - that is the top and bottom of it.

"It was a very sad day for Newcastle.

"They are in a very difficult position. A manager can only speak to players, they have to be professional.

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"The players have to grow some."

Souness, while impressed by Brendan Rodgers's side, did not think it was much of a contest between the Foxes and United.

"For 15 minutes it was a game but after that Newcastle's heads went down," he said.

"Leicester didn't have to defend - that wasn't difficult game.”

On the first goal, Souness said: "Lascelles has got it all wrong - he made it easy for Ricardo."