These Were Newcastle’s Four Best Players On Saturday

Newcastle kept the momentum going with a sixth straight win,  and the fifth in the Premier League with a good 1-0 win over a decent QPR side at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

Moussa Sissoko PR goal

Moussa Sissoko after scoring the winner Saturday

It was also Newcastle’s fourth clean sheet in a row,  so Mike Williamson and Massadio Haidara did a good job coming in at the back for the  injured Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor.

From our Man of the Match poll these were Newcastle’s best four players on Saturday.

  1. Moussa Sissoko – 62% – put in another very strong performance for Newcastle and was captain for the day. Moussa also got the vital goal after 78 minutes that kept the winning streak going,  and he’s been a top player for Newcastle throughout this season, even during the initial poor run. The Frenchman was proud to be captain and seems very happy at Newcastle – Moussa is still improving as a player on Tyneside and it must be a frightening sight to see this 6’2″ powerhouse coming at you if you are an opposing player..
  2. Jack Colback – 12% – put in another strong performance for his home town team and has settled into the Newcastle side very quickly and very easily and is probably Newcastle’s most consistent performer so far this season. If he  keeps putting performances like this in for the Magpies hopefully he will be given another chance by England manager Roy Hodgson. He is very efficient for Newcastle in the engine room.
  3. Sammy Ameobi -6% –  in the last year of his contract at Newcastle and put in another eye-catching performance for Newcastle down the left wing, and the 22 year-old got the assist for the winning goal. Sammy has been consistent in his 10 appearances for Newcastle so far this season, and that’s an improvement and it’s also what he needs to keep doing if he wants to earn a new contract at his home town club.
  4. Ayoze Perez – 5% – the Spanish 21 year-old continues to impress as Newcastle’s new striker, and not only is he full of energy and skill, but he was again sharp on Saturday and towards the end of the game he had a couple of half chances when he forced impressive  QPR goalkeeper Robert Green to make two good saves. Still has a lot to learn of course, and he needs to improve his hold-up play as one area of improvement – but this guy has turned out to be great buy from Tenerife. Ayoze is taking his chance at Newcastle and fittingly got a great hand from the Geordie crowd when he was replaced late in the game by local lad Adam Armstrong.

And finally next in line was Ryan Taylor on 5%, and he looked Newcastle’s best player in that first 30 minutes before being taken off with a troublesome right knee – but scans showed there is no damage.

Hopefully Ryan will be available for our next game at West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

In short it was another professional and workmanlike performance from a good Newcastle side on Saturday and the lads did what they had to do to get the 3 points.

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7 comments so far

  • g.s.tooner

    Nov 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Glad to see all the goals from the midfield and defense. It’s not happened in previous seasons with the exception of Cabaye era and when B’arfa was in form.

    Still think we need a classic playmaker with great vision and passing. Would like to see a top class striker come in to act as mentor to perez, although Cisse could still be this player if he keeps banging in the goals.

    Does anyone else think this season is ripe and ready for the taking? We could realistically finish anywhere up to 4th the way we are playing and with teams not performing to expected levels.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 24, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I think you are right. Other than Chelsea, this season is wide open. With Arenal, Man U and Liverpool all struggling for form then a European spot is within grasp of a number of teams that pre season would have realistically been looking at 6th to 10th as reasonable.

    A bit of careful investment in January, without losing any key players, would help either recapture confidence, or continue to build on the momentum we currently have.

    A talented centre forward and a top centre back are the two key spots that I would like to see strengthened.

    I’m not sure where a creative playmaker fits in at the moment, who gets left out? They would have to be a talented all round midfielder to fit in for me. If we want improved creativity then I think we should be looking at a pacy winger who can deliver balls into the box more consistently than Obertan, although where does that leave the likes of Cabella, Aarons and Sameobi.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m no great fan of Santon and bills has done some excellent anylasis on him over the last few years, I would definetily have him in the squad though as a player who can not only cover at LB/RB but do a job and keep others out of the team if he steps up, this is the type of competition I’d like to see at the club.

  • brklyngeordie

    Nov 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Very interesting situation on the Clubs hands with al these wide players in final year of contract.. Would we all rather the club give contract extension to Ameobi or Aaronns? Not as easy as we may think imo although both would be ideal.. And what of Obertan? Hopefully we can keep them all especially Aaronns and Ameobi especially since they have come up through the ranks.. And Obertan showed he does have something to offer club as well

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I’d allow Obertan to leave, Aarons should get a new deal, and Ameobi should be made to keep working hard in the side with a promise of a new deal if he continues to do well.

    That is exactly the sort of competition that we should have at the club. However given the regular interest from Italy in Santon then if he is no longer a guaranteed starter I imagine he will head back to Italy, either by his choice, or Ashley wanting the cash over the competition.

  • Sav

    Nov 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Missed out on a clear 1st half penalty when Haidara was shoved in the back. Likely that Taylor would have been glad to take it.

  • HarriboNo9

    Nov 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #7

    why isn’t haidara mentioned in this top players list is beyond me. he’s in the sun dream team this week and played absolutely fantastic.


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