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These Were Newcastle’s Five Best Players Yesterday

7:19 pm, Monday, August 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

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 hom saints

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.

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33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 geordie157 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    First Streete then Alnwick and now JJ Hooper signs for port vale.

  • 2 Jamseyd24 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    I think with our style of center forwards we need to make sure we have proper wingers as in a left footer on the left and right on the right. No more of this cutting in nonsense

  • 3 geordie157 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Late move for Shaqiri according to one of the Italian papers

  • 4 Brian Pinas // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Watch Southampton’s second goal again. Obertan just saunters around while they work it to the eventual crosser.

    Nice assist Gabby but if your just gonna wander around in defence and let the other team score you can sling ya hook!

    Not happy. Good overall performance though.

  • 5 matt11_25 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Pleased to see drastic improvement in Cisse. Seemed like he couldn’t dribble a ball or convert a pass to save his life last season. Wonders what a contract season will do for a player (along with a little bit of health & competition).

  • 6 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    oberalien OUT
    Perez or aarons in

    Colo OUT
    new CB in

    Wilo OUT of NUFC

  • 7 matt11_25 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Gabby for me is so frustrating, he loses all ability/vision at times and has moments of pure laziness. I think he is in the team over Aarons for defense and to have those moments is an outrage.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Very excited for once this season, i hope it’s going to be the best one.

  • 9 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Don’t know if any of you fellow bloggers have been on the Mag website and given your merit marks for yesterday

    Heres the link if you would like to:

  • 10 Irishmag // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Aarons has shown he can do the defensive work when he needs to and he is way more talented than obertan, I am assuming him being on the bench was to do with fitness and concern for injury..everyone seems to write off Perez to get a starting place this year forgetting that he was arguably our best player last year

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    One concern well actually i have got two, first thing is how are Newcastle fullbacks going to handle Montero and Ayew, and second one is colo and mbemba against gomis, yes gomis don’t score many but against Chelsea he beat the Chelsea centre backs a couple of times.

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    What’s the score going to be at the weekend.

  • 13 JDdubai // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Slightly surprised Ed hasnt done a thread about Shaqiri..considering the amount of threads he does about non-stories for austin and the like..

  • 14 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Put Mbemba on Gomis sorted

    Swansea 0 Newcastle 2

  • 15 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Anyone watching WBA v Citeh?
    What do you think score will be?

  • 16 soundoid // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Don’t forget Steve Mac is a product of fergie. He’ll play a team he thinks is capable winning not our best 11. If Anita hadn’t of got crocked arrons would have come on. Potential on the bench is the way forward instead of putting a shitter player on just for the hell of it.

  • 17 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:47 PM


    I definitely agree with most that Haidara had a shocker

  • 18 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Now why am i not surprised that you are the first one to do the predictions

  • 19 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    I’m watching the west brom match, be interesting to see sterling in action.

  • 20 matt11_25 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Irishmag – I in no way believe gabs should be in the team over aarons or ayoze!! I don’t even think he is great defensively, definitely not on days when he repeatedly turns the ball over. Ayoze should be saved for the front line (or no 10) though, don’t want him Pardewed. Aarons has to be in the team if healthy for me.

  • 21 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    I reckon WBA are gonna get mauled tonight

    Welshie you asked for a prediction and I gave one

  • 22 BeeGuy // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    While Obertan and Haidara had their troubles, the area from where the Southampton goal-scoring crosses came in were where Colbeck coulda/shoulda been, or at least been helping out.

  • 23 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Welshie go on then you have your finger in both pies what do you think score will be?

  • 24 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    not sure why that is especially considering he can play up top or out wide. Much better having him start over ober

  • 25 geordiesteve520 // Aug 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    On tonight’s match – I reckon with good service Rickie Lambert may grab a goal or two tonight – not sure about City’s other than Kompany.

  • 26 Yorkfan // Aug 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Excited for this season. McLaren is, whilst not a worldbeater, the best manager we have had for a long while. We seem to have a lot of attacking options and there are loads of variations. Not a problem we have had for a long while and a nice problem to have.

    I agree that Perez was our best player last season and I really hope that he gets a decent chance to shine this year. Also agree with previous poster (sorry, New to blog and can’t recall who said it), that Arrons should start if fit. The lad is electric!

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Calm down i was only teasing after the Welsh thing the other night, my prediction it’s a tough one, if both play like they did at the weekend, i can see it a very entertaining game, it could be that good it will be like Newcastle vs Liverpool years ago sorry for bringing that up, i was using that as an example for a entertaining game.

    I said it before with our defence at the moment until it gets sorted, we are either going to win games 2-1 3-2 or 4-3 or lose.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Aug 10, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    When you say ‘our’ defence, are you talking about that little club from the valleys ?

  • 29 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 10, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    What a lucky City goal

  • 30 Irishmag // Aug 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Feel the exact same aarons can be a game changer on his day and feel Perez should be central too although with this 1 striker formation its hard to find a place for him, would still prefer either of them on the wing over overran though he is way too inconsistent and lazy defensively

  • 31 Irishmag // Aug 10, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    I agree a lot more skill than obertan and can get out out tight spaces and hold the ball seems to suit the new possession style

  • 32 bobby mango // Aug 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    With these summaries you would’ve thought we won the game with a dominant performance.

  • 33 Sav // Aug 11, 2015 at 4:06 AM

    Ed you are getting carried away with hype and sentimental euphoria if you think Colo and Mbemba played well on Sunday. We were sliced apart several times and looked all at sea when crosses and corners came in. We aren’t Barca at holding onto the ball and so we still need a big guy at the back – and I don’t mean Taylor or Williamson. Pelle and Long picked us off. That heavens it wasn’t Stoke we were playing.

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