Warnock added that Lascelles kept dropping off every single time Vardy ran at him before acknowledging that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce had a lot of work to do regarding his defence.
“It’s not the first time it happened (Lascelles dropping deep),” said Warnock on Football Centre (Sky Sports News, 11:19am, Monday, September 30th).
“He was petrified all game and you think that to a point, Jamie Vardy didn’t have to make any intelligent runs all game, it was just run at him and Lascelles kept dropping off every single time.
“Steve Bruce has a lot of work to do with the backline.”
Warnock’s criticism of Lascelles is warranted as the Newcastle star clearly had a bad day at the office on Sunday. The 25-year-old was constantly bypassed during the match and this was the case despite the centre-back being so deep at times that he could effectively high-five goalkeeper Martin Dubravka if he wanted to. Lascelles failed to make any tackles, which is rather telling, and while he did register three interceptions and five clearances (Source: WhoScored), which was more than any other player, that just reflects how often Brendan Rodger’s side were steaming towards the centre-back. The only reason why Warnock’s remarks on Lascelles could be possibly viewed as a little bit harsh is because the Magpies had so many underperforming players on Sunday that it does seem a little unfair to single one player out in particular. However when you’re a high-profile member of Newcastle’s squad, he is the captain after all, then perhaps he should be the player that pundits look to when analysing what went wrong.