There has been an awful lot of support come in for Gini Wijnaldum today in our Man of the Match poll, after Jack Colback had been leading the poll last night.
But Gini has 31% of the vote with almost 5,000 readers voting and as well as scoring a great goal on his debut, he’s also the Man of the Match.
Gini Wijnaldum heads the ball home yesterday
According to out poll here are the top five players yesterday and they will be five very important players for us this season.
- Gini Wijnaldum (31%) – This man seems the real Dutch Master and he had a very good game before tiring towards the end – as many players did yesterday. But he almost scored after seven minutes but then did score when he somehow headed the ball home after a quick breakaway saw Gabby Obertan put in an almost perfect cross for the Dutch International after 48 minutes.
Some fans wanted to see Yohan Cabaye back at the club, but Gini is better and younger than Yohan, and he’s also one for the future at Newcastle.
A wonderful player who will only get better this season – that’s some thought.
- Jack Colback (24%) – Jack was one of our most consistent performers last season, and the 25 year-old Geordie has simply picked up from where he left off last season and he’s going to be one of Newcastle’s holding players this season, and it’s a role he plays so very well. Jack is a presence in the center of the field for Newcastle and if he keeps playing like this England manager Roy Hodgson may have to call him up against for the England squad as he did almost a year ago.
A very good performance from the Killingworth lad.
- Chancel Mbemba (18%) – You wouldn’t have believed this was Chancel’s debut in the Premier League, the way this man played yesterday and he showed fans just how good he can be when he gets accustomed to play in England.
He’s a very good positional player and a good tackler who showed Newcastle fans enough to suggest for £8.5M he could be the signing of the summer for us. Coloccini also played well for somebody who hadn’t played for Newcastle since the 2-0 win over West Ham on May 24th. The two of them can form an excellent partnership in central defense for us this season and maybe, just maybe the defense is not as porous as it has been over the last three years.
- Moussa Sissoko (10%) – Moussa made some surging runs in this game and one of them was after only seven minutes when he surged to the byline and cur the ball back to an unmarked Gini Wijnaldum who had his shot blocked.
Moussa had one of those games when he seems the have energy galore and he kept making those runs at the Southampton defense. It’s small wonder that Steve McClaren has already said he wants to build a team around the powerful Frenchman. This season could be the season when Moussa comes through and fulfills the enormous promise he has always had as being a great box to box midfielder.
And he’s going nowhere this summer.
- Vurnon Anita (6%) – An unlikely hero is this 26 year-old Dutchman who starts his fourth season at Newcastle and has never been able to hold down a first team place – but this could be the season when he’s the perfect player for the role Stave McClaren has in mind for him.
When Anita went off injured in the second half with a hip injury we lost something when Cheick Tiote came on. It was Cheick’s first appearance for us since early January. While it was good to see Cheick back in the Newcastle first team he may have his work cut out to displace Anita this season and the Dutchman always gives 100% and his passes very rarely go stray.
You often get what you expect in management, and Steve McClaren believes Vurnon is a very good player – so hey – that’s what Vurnon could become for the Magpies this season.
These five players could become very important for Newcastle this season.