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Rob Elliot: “Newcastle’s players do not deserve the current criticism”

Newcastle’s players do not deserve the current criticism around the lack of depth in their squad, says goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

Manager Rafael Benitez has questioned whether Newcastle are equipped for the top flight while Jamie Carragher said on Monday Night Football they look like a Championship team.

“With the stories flying around – (we) haven’t got enough, (we) have got enough – I don’t think it’s very fair on the squad,” commented Elliot.

“They did such a terrific job last year and we’ve brought in some good players. We just wanted it to be about looking forward to the Premier League season, unfortunately it’s not been that.”