Kieran Trippier issues Alexander Isak orders to team-mates after Newcastle setback

Kieran Trippier has ordered Newcastle to find Alexander Isak’s strengths.

The club record signing had a quiet game but netted the penalty equaliser against Bournemouth on Saturday to take his tally to two goals since his £60m transfer from Real Sociedad. Isak has yet to integrate himself into United’s play, and Tripper, who also faced him in La Liga when he was with Atletico Madrid, has given his verdict.

The England right back said: “He’s slotted in straight away and, in training and games, it’s like he’s been here for ages, but it’s more about developing as a team and finding his strengths. Everyone has seen what he’s all about. I’ve played against him in La Liga. When Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson come back, we’ll be an even bigger threat.

“He plays off the shoulder, he’s quick, he’s good in the air. We’ve got an all-round striker, at such a young age. He’ll keep growing and will keep scoring goals for us, that’s for sure. But we need goals from all over the pitch, not just him. We’ve created so many opportunities the last couple of games. we just need to start putting them in.”

Defensive partner Dan Burn admits Newcastle might have to delay their ambition of qualifying for Europe. Eddie Howe conceded his side were “difficult to watch” and lacking in creative quality as they face a new challenge this season.

They had 73 percent of the ball, but couldn’t break resilient Bournemouth down and are now without a win in six league games as rivals bank up and hit them on the break. Burn gave an honest assessment of where the Geordies stand right now after a year of big spending – £200m on the rebuild so far – with results not matching the pre-season hype.

Kieran Trippier has issued a demand to his Newcastle team-mates

Kieran Trippier has issued a demand to his Newcastle team-mates
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Asked if Tyneside optimism had been punctured, the defender said: “A little bit. As a fan base we are like that anyway. We always get ahead of ourselves.

“It has been like that since I was a kid. We have to be realistic the way we look at the takeover and how we are building our squad. Realistic, but we should still have targets in our head. Europe is pushing it a bit but we should be pushing top ten comfortably. Hopefully we can reset after the international break.

“Everything felt a bit flat (in the stadium) and felt a bit weird, maybe with the Queen passing. Without the flags too. Obviously we have to pay our respects and it was one of those days.”

Isak notched a penalty to equalise, after VAR sent ref Craig Pawson to the monitor to rather harshly rule Jefferson Lerma had handled blocking a cross. Perhaps Newcastle were owed a break from VAR after recent controversies.

Bournemouth had taken the lead through Phillip Billing who flicked home Jordan Zemura’s left wing cross.Burn summed up the new problem United have. He added: “Frustrating. It was hard to break them down when they put everyone behind the ball and we will come across that a lot this season. Teams trying to take the sting out of it and dampen the crowd down. It is two points lost.

“It is a change of mentality and we have to find ways of breaking them down. We need to string a run together. Not getting beaten is good mentality wise. But we might look back at the end of the season at these games when we could have picked up more points.

Swedish striker Isak bagged a penalty against Bournemouth

Swedish striker Isak bagged a penalty against Bournemouth

“Generally performances have been pretty good but that was the first one where we have looked back and it was below our usual standards. We are doing work around the box. It hasn’t come off. We are missing some big players too, a bit of quality, and there are fine margins in football.”

Allan Saint Maximin has had an injury setback and could even miss the trip to Fulham, but Callum Wilson is close to a comeback.

Howe added: “We’re going to have to be better with the ball. We’ll have to be more creative and show a bit more patience with the ball too. We’re going to have to get behind teams a bit more than we did here, especially if they play so deep. There’s a lot for us to take from this game, and take into future challenges.”

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