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Who Was Newcastle’s Best Player At Chelsea?

7:39 pm, Saturday, August 25th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 51 Comments

Let us know who you think was Newcastle’s best player today at Stamford Bridge in the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player At Chelsea?

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51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kyo // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    HBA once again for me.

  • 2 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Kyo from previous thread

    Are you actually a fan? I am not actually a blog bully but if you genuinely believe that then please leave the blog as you will only frustrate people with your stupidity.

  • 3 Zangwill_Ho // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    4-4-2 does not work

  • 4 Zangwill_Ho // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Four four two does not work

  • 5 Indian Magpie // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Re Re post

    Now people will call for new players,

    Mgmt might say, we are glad not to have lost any 1 of our players

  • 6 SwedishMagpie // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    why do you even ask this question ? it’s always Ben Arfa..

  • 7 AmericanMagpie // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Definitely Hatem.

  • 8 Kyo // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM


    do one

  • 9 ToonDownSouth // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    I do hope that club somehow implodes on itself.

    Disgusting club, disgusting owner, disgusting fans and disgusting players.

  • 10 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Nobody accuse me of trying to be the controller of the blog either, I’m only telling people not to respond to certain others, not criticise the team/club in any way and get rid of any kind of diversity of opinion.

  • 11 lynchmob // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    ben arfa thought santon played well aswell…..

  • 12 toonking // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    HBA is the only one i can think of because while the forward line lacked any service only HBA was providing it the other 3 midfielders were sitting back.

  • 13 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Hba for me.

    And how about starting Marveaux in the next match?

    Move Jonas,or drop him.

    Great worker etc etc but how many times does he create chances?

    Ben Arfa our only threat from midfield again.

  • 14 MacToon // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Hatem’s so good he’s on the list twice? haha, suppose it’ll give the rest a chance.

  • 15 Thump // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Bugger, picked the wrong Hatem.

  • 16 ThaiMag // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    I think this is our best team at the moment. Cisse and Ba just do not complement each other.

    Ben arfa——-Cabaye———Marveaux

  • 17 Toon1978 // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    No room to moan lads. NUFC where out bloody done at the price of 82 million pounds worth of players and that was Torres and Hazard. Apart from that we were quite good. Jonas played his part as ever, Collo was a rock as was S.Taylor. Santon was ok also. HBA was OUTSTANDING and was unfortunate to be on the losing team. Anita, a mistake for the penalty and one or two stray touches but not to bad considering the team we where playing. Cisse was poor today but he will get back to his usual self i am sure. Ba had two great opportunities but blew them which was unfortunate. We where not outplayed at all, and for the money Chelsea have spent, we made a good game of it. VERY VERY positive after today regardless of the result. I do feel Ashley need to invest a little more though because 3 million net spent this summer up to now is pretty damn poor. We have a great first team but we need a few players in for more strength in depth.

  • 18 ToonDownSouth // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:50 PM


    Don’t worry – I’m fairly sure he’ll win gold and silver.

    The result wasn’t really an issue for me – it was the manor of defeat. I trust Pardew has his reasons for playing the formation he does, but when our team is trying to implement a short passing game it just cannot work. At least that’s how it looks from where I’m sitting.

    Newcastle fans who were there – You’re absolutely amazing, well done. Always do the club proud.

  • 19 Tiote4PM // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Thai mag – did you see Anita today??? Perch over him EVERYDAY of the week.

  • 20 Ben-Arfa11 // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    santon-liabilty clearly a very average player and struggles alot of the time new maldini yeah right jose.
    jonas-works hard but poor performance from his standards.
    cabaye-if we had to sell one of our top players it would be him he is a quailty player however if i had a choice between tiote krul and him to be sold it would defo be him his corners today were pitiful for a so called top midfielder.
    anita-said before the game he hasnt impressed me and after todays showing i was again unimpressed he gave away the penalty which was a ridicilous choice for to lash out inside the area and his touch aint so good atall and he is really small and lacks the gravity of players like hazard and ben-arfa
    ben-arfa -was very good again today but was starved of service was our best player by mile today
    ba-should of scored but was solid enough today
    cisse-seems to struggle with easy chances hope he doesnt turn out to be another martins who justs like the spectacular however i think cisse will come good again this season i hope so anyways i got him as top goalscorer and so far no goals just great!!!

    overall we need to get rid of

    simpson-replaced by debuchy
    we need to get rid of santon-put perchy there
    get rid of anita—bring in fellani
    get rid of obertan he is the worse of them all complete and outer rubbish he has pace to burn and all he does is pass it back instead of going forward

    ben-arfa seriously needs to teach him some lessons

    we also need a back up striker kevin doyle from wolves would be a decent back up goalpoacher and would provide hard work and much needed pace

  • 21 NUFC_LEAZES END // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Who the feck voted for cisse?

  • 22 lukes26 // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    The Good:

    Anita played well, even though he gave away the penalty. I’d like to see a 100m with him, obertan and simpson.

    Jonas can fill in as a first class LB

    Marveaux looks like he can start at LM, if called upon.

    The Bad:

    Cabaye’s unfit. Has never been a top class holding midfielder , much better furthur up the pitch. His tackling is excellent, his awareness of coverage isnt.

    Santon has the same problem as Cabaye.

    Ba/Cisse partnership continues to disappoint.

    Gutierrez spends more time on the ground than on his feet. If he weren’t such a nice guy or a Newcastle player, I’d hate him.

    Ben Arfa is the only player creating chances consistently. Cabaye is desperately needed to player higher up the pitch.

  • 23 papattack // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM


    jeeeeeez.. six things to take into account:

    1. they won the champions league
    2. they have a better squad
    3. they have spent a LOT of money and have arguably the player of the season so far in hazard
    4. they were at home.
    5. we had players not at 100%
    6. no tiote

    sometimes you just have to accept being second best. no magical formation is going to make us win every game. our 4-4-2 is flexible anyway and it suits us and was responsible for the majority of our big wins last season against man u liverpool and chelsea.

  • 24 johnboy // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    There have been some absolutely ridiculous comments over the last few hours, some people need to get a grip! We have come up against a fantasic team who are European champions and have spent the thick end of £100m this summer at their own ground! We are not world beaters and people need to realise that! We have a great squad and maybe one or two more will help but people need to realise that we can’t always compete and maybe today wasn’t our day!

  • 25 toonarnie29 // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Hba without question!!
    Anita looked really shakey first half and Simpson was poor. Other than that we were the better side second half

  • 26 ThaiMag // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    One mistake does not make him a bad player. Form is temporary, Class is permanent

  • 27 pawl250 // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    2nd half was better. Is it just me or does anyone else feel like our players dot look fit!?

    Cisse hasn’t looked right so far.
    Cabaye clearly isn’t fit blowing out his arse early on.
    Anita was average, tidy simple pass. But he made some simple mistakes I’ll put it down to nerves. BUT people need to lay off labels and stating he is world class as right now he isn’t living up to that reputation.

    Santon was impressive today! As was Ben Arfa!

  • 28 toonking // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    my for the next match against villa providing no transfers come in
    simmo saylor colo santon
    jonas HBA cabaye marv/ba
    have it where simmoo remains back HBA can constantle be a threat behide cisse while jonas can always get the ball to both him and cisse
    and on the left the each cover one another.

  • 29 Spuggy // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Hatem so good they named him twice

  • 30 Tiote4PM // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Thai – one mistake?

    The lad only passes the ball 8 yards, which is fine, but it was always to a Chelsea player, which is not so good!

    Also is TINY! No player in this league is going to think twice about leahering

  • 31 Ben-Arfa11 // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    santon was impressed today?

    he was extremly poor today

    put perch over him all day long perch adds energy and pace santon got outpaced today and isnt very good at defending atall

    its always the other side we complain with simpson

    simpson is an average defender but out of the 2 full backs today i think he was the best solid enough made no mistakes santon on the other hand was just piss poor

    if he is that good of a player why last season did pardew sub him nearly all the time at half time

    and got subbed today to

  • 32 Rossy G // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Pointed out once again that our creative edge is almost solely on Ben Arfa. Could have really done with Mirallas on the left to compliment. Like to see more of Marveaux.

    Need Debuchy ….Simmo so weak going forward.

    I’m hoping we sign a striker/winger and Debuchy.

    Debuchy. Taylor. Coloccini. Santon
    Tiote. Anita.
    Ben Arfa. ??????

  • 33 pawl250 // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Cant believe people slating Santon. He was excellent today! We need a decent right back.

    Cisse all need fitness

    Ba was unfortunate, think Anita needs time. Arfa needs to work harder for those who say he was faultless he was standing with his hands on his hips near the halfway line on 2nd goal replay! OK it wouldn’t have made a difference but he should be working back, no standing still!

  • 34 Magpie from Lithuania // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    It’s just a formation that does not work,and players are still getting their sharpness back..

    our defense IMO should be:



    or Raylor(Perch)–Colo–Sayl–Santon



    — ———Tiote——–Jonas



    ——Ben Arfa—-Cisse——-Ba


  • 35 jimiley // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    We will never win nowt because the club is set up to make a big profit for the owner. The policy is to buy young and cheap and then develop and sell for big money. How does that equate to winning anything? Selling your better players for a big profit. This owner is worth 2 billion (thats two thousand million) and has spent 3 million this summer when we were 5th. We are going backwards. No talk of Hazard needing a season.

  • 36 robertlee7 // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Gutierrez for me. he never stops running. Ben arfa was good but was playing too deep for my liking

  • 37 pawl250 // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Also out of the 2 strikers right now I would be having Ba all day long! Cisse looks dejected, as he did in Spurs game! I feel like Ba is playing upfront alone!

    Santon was good today, let’s put it this way Simpson was sacrificed not Santon, which would normally be the case. He’s no Maldini but hes playing well considering he is also out position! He’s right footed playing left back it shows when he needs to cross the ball!

  • 38 ThaiMag // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Calm down. You cannot judge him after one game. This is only his first start in EPL.

  • 39 Thump // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    ToonDownSouth // Aug 25, 2012 at 7:50 PM


    Don’t worry – I’m fairly sure he’ll win gold and silver.

    The result wasn’t really an issue for me – it was the manor of defeat. I trust Pardew has his reasons for playing the formation he does, but when our team is trying to implement a short passing game it just cannot work. At least that’s how it looks from where I’m sitting.

    Newcastle fans who were there – You’re absolutely amazing, well done. Always do the club proud.

    Spot on mate. Absolutely spot on.

  • 40 bambams // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Don’t think we can play both cisse and ba in that formation away from home.
    I have no real confidence in our full backs defending.
    On a plus arfa was brilliant and once he works out when to turn it on and when to play safe he will be (IMO) like a young Beardsley .
    I hope we make a couple of signings, debuchy, Douglas or whoever the boys in charge believe will strengthen us.
    We will improve but we need to get cisse off the mark.

  • 41 MILBURN1977 // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    why have we got a left winger with no left foot and a right winger with no right foot??????

  • 42 USToonRaider // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    We know Cabaye’ quality, but I have little of it thus far this year. Is he fit?

    HBA is our most exciting playmaker, and its not even close.

    I hope to develop some partnerships and cohesion from this squad as there seems to be very little intuition between the backline the Anita/Cabaye MF and the attacking end.

    We all know and have seen this..we are not dominating the MF as we should and will, nor are we able to attack from the wings effectively.

    Having our captain back…I feel much better about the CB situation with STaylor/Colo/Perch quite capable

    Against skilled teams like Chelsea we missed Tiote…..does Bigi have a place in the rotation?


  • 43 dmac // Aug 25, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Dont get people slating santons performance like, thought he was good today.

  • 44 cyprus // Aug 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    What’s up with cisse and cabaye?

  • 45 IFC.Toon // Aug 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    I’ve said this once and I will say it again Ben Arfa deserves a free role. however todays performance has its merits and people are overreacting. Teams will get hammered at the bridge.

  • 46 Graeme // Aug 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Today really showed our lack of depth right through the team. Cabaye was obviously unfit and probably shouldnt have been playing, but at least he tried to do something.

    Jonas was woeful – he is at the point where his lack of product makes him redundant on the wing. HBA was the only midfielder who was up for it and was everywhere, the obvious MOM by miles.

    Anita had some touches, but his rash tackle on Tumbling Torres for the penalty was crass to say the least. I really do not understand what the hell Collo was doing turning his back on Torres which made his task of scoring so much easier – it was inexcusable at this level and not the first time it has happened. That we need an additional CB to add some “Bite” is undeniable. The defence needs strengthening, it just cannot be denied any longer.

    All in all, we were lucky to keep it down to a 0-2 defeat, avoided serious injury and live to fight another day

  • 47 Toonfan_Ew Ew // Aug 25, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Voted Colo, was good to see him back in the side and looked good. Apart from the penalty, I thought Anita looked pretty good, brave and runs around tirelessly. Today and against Spuds we haven’t seen much of Cisse but sure he’s gonna pick up where he left off in the next few games for us. Was confused as to why Jonas wasn’t taken off. Marveaux and Santon down the left would’ve surely made more sense to get down the left better. Hazard looks unreal, saw someone on twitter before tweet that he was an absolute steal at £32MILLION, eh? haha, maybe that price is a steal for Chelsea. Also liked look of Ivanovic, Chelsea are an unreal team on their day.

  • 48 Brutooon // Aug 25, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    1) Give Santon some time, this guy so far adapt faster than Jose Enrique

    2) Its only Anita first start for NUFC. Even Eden Hazard first match he was known for his “backheel” skils

    3) Cisse played Thursday Evening then Saturday Afternoon, give this lad a chance. When he got his scoring boots, he is unstopable

    4) Chelsea first goal is from a dive and we are to blame for the 2nd goal so it wasn’t that bad from us

    5) we are against the champion of Europe who just spend a billion dollars for players

  • 49 Robin // Aug 26, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    anita is the best

  • 50 Indiesinc // Aug 26, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    I really cant believe people are slagging off Anita already. The lad has spent his entire life at 1 club and has been in Newcastle for 2 weeks with no pre-season to get to know his new team mates. There are some deluded people here, as a few have already pointed out we played away today to the champions of europe who have just spent over 100 million and will challenge for the league this year. We will be fighting for top 8. Live with it!

  • 51 AmericanGeordie // Aug 26, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    Disappointed to lose, but do have perspective. I think we are a good side that got beat by a better side today. These are my observations:

    1. Agree with many comments that we a best suited to play 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.

    2. BUT to play that way we need fullbacks who can go forward.
    2a. Danny Simpson is not that FB
    2b. Santon is (even if his defending isn’t as consistently solid YET).
    2c. We really need Debuchy. (Did you see him attacking in Euro 2012?)
    2d. If we don’t get Debuchy in our best lineup includes Santon @ RB and Jonas @ LB.

    3. Anita needs to be given time to get up to speed with the EPL. (Remember, most Toon fans thought Colo was total shite his first year here.)

    4. Cisse doesn’t look right. But I expect him to return to form based what we saw last year.

    5. I think Ba and Cisse can eventually play well together, but one will have to play on the left, because we are not built to play both through the middle.

    Howay the lads!

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