'Our turn' - Eddie Howe sends Newcastle United message amid Kieran Trippier struggles

Newcastle United right-back Kieran Trippier, (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Newcastle United right-back Kieran Trippier, (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Newcastle United right-back Kieran Trippier, (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Eddie Howe issues Newcastle United message amid Kieran Trippier's recent struggles.

Eddie Howe has called on Newcastle United to rally around Kieran Trippier after the right-back's recent struggles continued against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

Trippier, on a second-half substitute, made a costly error in the 92nd minute which saw Mykhailo Mudryk cancel out Callum Wilson's opener and send the Carabao Cup quarter-final tie to penalties.

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In the shootout, Trippier and Matt Ritchie missed from the spot as the Blues won 4-2 to dump the Magpies out of the League Cup - just six days after exiting the Champions League.

Newcastle United right-back Kieran Trippier, (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)Newcastle United right-back Kieran Trippier, (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Newcastle United right-back Kieran Trippier, (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Individually, Trippier has struggled of late with the 33-year-old also directly at fault for some of the goals conceded in recent defeats away to Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

But Howe has called on Newcastle to support the England international, who he described as a "transformative signing".

Trippier's move from Atletico Madrid in January 2022 has coincided with United's journey from battling relegation to qualifying for the Champions League.

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"Tripps is an incredibly strong character," said Howe. "As I've said many times, a transformative signing, someone that has taken the group to a totally different level. He's been the heartbeat of that.

"When he's given us so much, now is our turn to support him and look after him the other. That's what we'll do.

"It's just one of those things that can happen in a football match. We defended so well, covered space well and limited them [Chelsea] to half chances more than clear-cut chances. I thought we were a real counter threat in the first-half as well so lots of positives to take but we don't feel that right now.

"Collectively we're always together. We're always focused on the collective, not the individuals."

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