May 18, 2024

WIGAN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 8: Roy Keane TV football pundit portrait before the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at DW Stadium on January 8, 2024 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images)

Roy Keane has criticised one Newcastle United player for his most recent performances in the last-minute defeat to Manchester City.

Newcastle were so close to holding on to what would have been a big point against the treble winners, but a lapse in concentration right at the end cost them the game.

Speaking on Stick to Football, Keane suggested that Kieran Trippier should be ‘disappointed’ with how he defender for City’s winning goal.

Keane says Trippier is to blame for Newcastle’s defeat

Trippier has had a very tough last few weeks after making some huge individual errors that have ultimately cost Newcastle big points in the Premier League and a place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The England international, who had a fantastic start to the season but appeared to be a ghost of his former self, had undoubtedly lost confidence as a result.

Though it was against lower league competition, so it is to be expected, the 33-year-old seemed to be back to his best against Sunderland as Newcastle dominated the game from start to end.

Though he had not made a mistake previously, his last-minute defending allowed Oscar Bobb to evade him and into the box, where he finished with a spectacular piece of footwork that found the back of the net.

On the podcast, Ian Wright said: “Incredible goal by the way, but we still.. Kevin de Bruyne’s pass.”

Keane added: “Trippier will be disappointed with that though.”

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Newcastle hoping Trippier gets back to his best

Since joining Newcastle for a reported £12 million two years ago, Trippier has not only been an excellent player but also a vital member of the team’s dressing room and on the field, leading the defense and the team.

This implies that when the former Burnley and Tottenham star experiences a slump in form, the entire team is affected and some players, particularly the younger ones who look up to him, may lose confidence.

That’s not to say that Trippier ought to be benched, but if Eddie Howe ever decides to rotate, it might offer someone like Tino Livramento a better opportunity to make an impression down the right.

But if Trippier can get back to his best in the second half of the season, it would give Newcastle a strong chance of pushing again for Europe, even if Champions League is now out of reach.

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