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‘He’s jogging’: Alan Shearer once slammed 26-year-old for being lazy, now Newcastle want him – HITC

Summary

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According to Jeunes Footeux, Newcastle United are in for Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe.

Pepe is such an enigmatic player, but it’s hard to imagine that the £72m wouldn’t improve Newcastle’s frontline. After all, the Magpies have scored just 12 league goals so far this season.

However, Pepe wouldn’t be a guaranteed hit at Newcastle, he’s blown incredibly hot and cold at Arsenal and he simply hasn’t lived up to that m…….

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According to Jeunes Footeux, Newcastle United are in for Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe.

Pepe is such an enigmatic player, but it’s hard to imagine that the £72m wouldn’t improve Newcastle’s frontline. After all, the Magpies have scored just 12 league goals so far this season.

However, Pepe wouldn’t be a guaranteed hit at Newcastle, he’s blown incredibly hot and cold at Arsenal and he simply hasn’t lived up to that mammoth club-record price tag.

Pepe has had his issues at the Emirates, and his woes are perhaps best summed up by Alan Shearer’s criticism of him this time last year.

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What’s been said?

Shearer laid into Pepe on Match of the Day for his performance against Everton back in December 2020.

Have a look at Pepe, not prepared to get in at all, he’s jogging sometimes, walking around,” Shearer said.

“He’s got to do more, he’s got to try and get on the end of it.

“Look at Pepe on the right-hand side, quite content to sit out there. He’s not bothered at all to try and break his neck to get in and get on the end of it and score goals.

“It’s not just him, there are few players in that team not giving everything for the manager.”

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Not what Newcastle need

Shearer has picked up on Pepe’s laziness in the past, and that’s not what Newcastle need right now.

Make no mistake about it, the Magpies are in a relegation battle this season and the only way out of it is through hard work.

Pepe has got talent, but if he’s not willing to apply himself then he’ll be of no use to Newcastle, no matter how many long-range shots or stepovers he attempts.

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Source: https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2021/11/18/hes-jogging-alan-shearer-once-slammed-26-year-old-for-being-lazy-now-newcastle-want-him/