After losing to Cambridge in the FA Cup, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe must upgrade on four players.


After losing in the FA Cup to Cambridge, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe must upgrade on four players.

On Saturday, Cambridge United knocked NEWCASTLE out of the FA Cup.

On Saturday, League One strugglers Cambridge United knocked Newcastle out of the FA Cup at St James’ Park.

Joe Ironside scored 11 minutes into the second half to put the Magpies behind.

At the other end, the visitors were unable to break through, eventually losing 1-0.

Newcastle has had a disastrous season, winning only one game in all competitions.

And their latest setback will raise doubts about Eddie Howe’s ability to turn around his team’s fortunes and keep them in the Premier League.

The Magpies were bought out by a Saudi-led consortium in the autumn, but their form hasn’t improved much since then.

After bringing in Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid earlier this month, manager Howe will undoubtedly be desperate to bring in more reinforcements this month.

After his team’s latest loss, Express Sport looks at four players the former Bournemouth manager needs to upgrade.

This season, Emil Krafth has played both right and center back for Newcastle.

Trippier’s arrival means that if England’s right-back is fully fit, the Sweden international is unlikely to play at right-back again.

And after his performance against Cambridge, he may find his opportunities in the backline limited.

He struggled defensively and squandered a chance to draw level in the final minute when he scuffed an effort straight at Cambridge goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov.

Fabian Schar was probably the weaker of the two centre-backs, despite Krafth’s failure to impress on Saturday.

Despite his status as a seasoned Premier League campaigner, Schar looked unconvincing at times.

And he didn’t get much credit for the goal, heading Harvey Knibbs’ effort off the line but straight to Ironside before failing to stop the follow-up after a sluggish attempt to close down the Cambridge striker.

On Saturday, Jacob Murphy made a valiant effort to get past Mitov, but he was repeatedly thwarted.

In the first half, the winger had a chance to open the scoring, but his tame effort was saved.

After taking up a good position in, he shot straight at Mitov.

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