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Eddie Howe must drop Newcastle defender Dan Burn v Nottingham Forest

Four issues Eddie Howe must fix at Newcastle

Newcastle United defender Dan Burn had a torrid afternoon at St James Park last time out when he was incessantly beaten for pace by Luton Town’s electric winger, Chiedozie Ogbene.

The Magpies will be looking to return to winning ways when they take on Nottingham Forest this weekend and Eddie Howe must make some bold decisions.

The 31-year-old struggled badly in the first half of the game but Howe opted against taking him off before the hour mark. A decision that backfired when he was outrun again by Ogbene before bringing down the winger in the box to concede a penalty.

Seven minutes later, the former Brighton and Hove Albion defender was out of position as Ross Barkley set up Luton’s inform talisman, Elijah Adebayo who expertly finished a smooth move to score Luton’s fourth goal.

It’s safe to admit that it was not his best spell in a Newcastle shirt as his disaster class allowed Luton town players to make marauding runs down the left before he was taken off. 

There were loud chants from Newcastle’s supporters at St James Park, for summer signing, Tino Livramento to be substituted in the game for Burn. 

Howe was full of praise for Livramento recently, but he feels that Burn, who is on £55k-per-week deal at SJP,  is a key player for his side. 

One could blame them for turning on their players, but an analytical view of the supporter’s outcry goes on to show why they were right to call for Livramento.

Being only 21, his age might depict he is not vastly experienced enough to cope with the intensity of the Premier League.

But then, the former Chelsea and Southampton youngster has displayed exceptional qualities when called upon. His offensive qualities were evident in the match against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League while he has also regularly offered defensive solidity, one of which was the complete nullification of Gabriel Martinelli in the 1:0 victory over Arsenal in November last year.

His short cameo in the 63rd minute ensured solidity at left back as the Magpies mounted pressure to secure a 4-4 draw with the Hatters.

Following his impressive shift during his short cameo, it would be ideal for Howe to start the former England u21 star at left-back ahead of Burn to provide the team with solidity in defence and efficiency in attack.

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