There were not too many good performances from Newcastle players but there were some last night at Upton Park, with the top three players last night being Daryl Janmaat, Ayoze Perez and Chancel Mbemba, who had another steady game at the back for Newcastle.
But the reason we lost the game was a lot of our players seemed to be in a daze and played nowhere near their best form, against a decent Hammers side who deserved the win.
Daryl Janmaat in action last night tackling Victor Moses
Here are top three players in the vote for last night’s game.
- Daryl Janmaat (39%) – was out best player and he caught the eye for his attacking play and he was our most dangerous player which says something about out forwards. Daryl did have an excellent chance to score in the first half after just 20 minutes, but his left-foot shot was well blocked by goalkeeper Darren Randolph.
A goal then may have made a big difference, but we shouldn’t be looking ar our full-backs to score the goals.
Daryl still had some problems with West Ham winger Victor Moses, but was still fairly easily our best player last night.
- Ayoze Perez (26%) – had another very good outing for Newcastle, and it’s not the first time he’s looked a very good player this seas. With some goalscorers – Mitrovic, Wijnaldum and Thauvin having been signed in the summer, we though it may be difficult for Ayoze to get playing time.
But that shouldn’t be the case, and it may be the impressive Spanish U20 International deserves a starting place at the moment.
Ayoze is a very good footballer and has that striker’s eye for a goal, and he played well last night.
Surely he’ll get another start on Saturday against Watford after Papiss Cisse hardly showed at all last night.
- Chancel Mbemba (15%) had another decent game for Newcastle last night, and the former Anderlecht defender reads the game very well, although he was beaten by Victor Moses for speed for the second goal, and probably should have done better there.
But Chancel should get better and better and he seems to already have a good relationship with captain Fabricio Coloccini, who we though had another decent game in the heart of Newcastle’s defense last night.
We need Chancel to keep improving so we can close the back door this season, because it does look like we will be able to score many goals this season, although we hope we are wrong on that one.
Chancel looks an excellent buy for about £8.5M, and he’s produced the goods early this season.
Siem de Jong just shaded 4th place in the poll and we think the Dutch International may have earned himself a starting place against Watford on Saturday.
Here are the full results of our poll, and you can still vote.