These Were Newcastle’s Best Three Players At West Ham

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.

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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.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player At West Ham?

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165 comments so far

  • Oldgit1

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #1

    20Oldgit1 // Sep 15, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    @ jail for Ashley you sir are a true gentleman. But feel bitter towards toonbrother, he is a cad of the highest order and a turd. Sorry tried to keep the stiff upper lip, failed lol. I to was going to take the bet when the original bet was for all season. The little toe rag changed the bet. He is a dishonest man and I for one will now boycott all his blogs. If I see his name I will gloss over. I have nothing but total hatred for this guy. You sir have my utmost respect. My hat off to you .

  • the broons

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #2

    is toonbrother the lad who keeps having a go at coloccini?


    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #3

    the broons

  • ToonFan_Bangladesh

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #4

    In my opinion, Janmaat actually doesn’t do enough in defense. He is very good at going forward but most of the times he struggles defensively which is his primary responsibility. And also the team lacks creativity. Most of the midfielders are like box-to-box players. Its sad to say, but we haven’t replaced Cabaye yet.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Thank you Old Git,
    Aye, he clearly moved the goal posts and it’s pretty obvious from my post that I thought he had said the next five games, in fact when I read it, I went on, checked the fixtures and thought to myself ”of course we’ll beat Watford”. But like I said I misread it and have paid my bit to a worthwhile cause.

  • firebug666

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6


    Total respect mate you have honoured a bet that most people on here believe will not finish till the final whistle of the Watford game.

    Toonbrother changed the dynamics of your bet even as it was being made. The bet was for the season, then changed to the next five games, and then included the Southampton game which had been played with the result in his favour.

    According to Toonbrother then the bet was for only four games as the result of the first game was already in.

    Jail you are a true gentleman.


    You need to take a good long look at yourself, and need to regain some self respect, and maybe the respect of others you seem to have lost on here.

    Any self respecting man would match the generosity Jail has shown and also donate £100, not gloat as you have been.

  • Jib

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #7


    Mt Tuff exactly how many usernames do you have ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • Jib

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Highlights !!??!!?? of the Hammers game plus post match interviews with Wijnaldum and McClaren.

  • the broons

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #10


    I know I can be a reet miserable sod sometimes but I do like to see the positives aswell. While I must admit if its the lad am thinking of he comes across as a reet moaner with never any validity to his arguments.

  • Jib

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Highlights !!??!!?? of the Hammers game plus post match interviews with Wijnaldum and McClaren.Sorry should have said on NUFCtv

  • the broons

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12


    Nice to hear you donating to a cause very dear to my heart. Good on ya mate

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Well toonbotherer didn’t dispute jails Watford statement which implies he accepted that part of the bet so if we beat Watford then we should expect toonbotherer to cough up – doubt it though as I firmly believe him to be a log. Serves you both right for gambling though. It’s a cruel mistress, well except for the charity that is 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Let’s just recall that the whole purpose of toonbotherers bet was to ” prove” our losses would be squarely laid at Colo’s feet so it doesn’t accomplish it’s aim anyway.

  • cyprus

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #15

    On this:
    *Well, Janm is good going forward (still he should ‘ve scored), but he does leave that side exposed and is kinda slow.
    *Perez should somehow start every game, not sure why he lost his place as he was our best player last year.
    * Mbemba is a top player, it seems.

    The game slipped away, but it wasn’t as bad as I had expected, given the ‘we are going down’ posts. (Maybe we will, but not on that performance)… Come on, we’ve all seen way worse. We dominated the game, were easily dispossessing them, Krul hardly worked (neither did their goalie, I’ll get to that, hold on). WH, on that, are not a good team, they will flirt with relegation.

    Now, yes, the team must address the little matter that so few shots are made on goal; that we still can’t do much from set plays, apart from put OURSELVES in real danger; that more incisive balls aren’t played in; that Cisse is a spent force. But, we probably deserved more last night, with some luck we would’ve gotten something. That goal happens one in a hundred; the counter was fixable stupidity; WH was the away team, we should’ve spanked them. Next time we’ll get them.

    I was more upset folllowing the ManU game we (played like a heroic Conference team) and Swansea (made them look like Barca).

  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #16

    What do you think guys on this lineup

    Chancel, Taylor, Collo
    Janmaat, Hiadara
    Sissoko, Winaldum
    Aarons, Perez, Thuavin

    A 3-2-2-3 ??????

    Janmaat and Hiadara can push up and act as wingers since there defence ain’t the best.

    Collo can push a little further up in attack to link with the midfield.

    Aarons and Thuavin act as wingers/inside forward


    I’m sick of this negative 4231

    Also this 433 that people state gets converted into a 4231 so NO 433 formation!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Technically speaking there were two bets, the first one, toonbotherer asked anyone to bet him we would not win another game with Collocini in the line up this season, I took that bet, so although I also accepted his new terms there’s nothing to say that the old bet was cancelled !

  • BandB

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Who is prepared to bet that Toonbrother refuses to acknowledge that Jail has paid up on his hooky bet, and carries on as if he’d won a massive victory?

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #19

    it’s the same problems I’m afraid. Everyone goes on about the poor defence or strikers but it’s our woefully assembled midfield that’s still the issue. Offers no threat forward, offers no assistance to cover defence. It will continue until the balance is put right. Imo you can’t play sissoko, Colback Anita and Thauvin, or a mix of any three, at the same time. Not just square pegs but multiple shaped ones in round holes.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Set pieces in my view need to be played short.

    Every time we play short we look dangerous and to keep the opposition guessing we should have one side playing short the other side long with long going near post and far post instead of aiming for tall players

  • the broons

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #21


    Call me old fashioned but I’ve always been a fan of the 4 in the backline formation, I think the 4-3-3 with 1 holding midfielder and 2 wingers/inside forwards would work best.

    Janmaat Colo Mbemba Haidaira
    Sissoko Wiji
    Perez Mitrovic Aarons

    But of course that leaves out my beloed De jong, don’t know what is for the best anymore.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Not been back long but having reflected , discussed and analysed ,the over fifties nufc supporters crew with big hangovers all agree that we were absolute shyte.

    The only positive was Perez and that’s it.

    Krul was stopped from playing it out to the full backs so reverted to kicking for touch to fuel the anger and frustration of everyone.

    The two DM s offer nothing going forward, only square or backward passes or slowing the play down.

    All our crosses and final balls were terrible.

    Cisse as a lone striker is a joke. He can’t trap a ball or hold it up.

    What is the point of Sissoko? What is his position ?

    My cautious optimism is rapidly diminishing and I think we’re in for another bottom of the table survival scrap.

    The taunts from the Hammers fans, Andy Caroll , he left cos you’re sh.t made it a horrible , frustrating night.

    No cohesion or quality passing and we never looked like scoring.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 15, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23


    That’s good mate but isn’t that a 4123 style or a 41221

    Plus SDJ can play as striker and a midfielder if that helps.

  • Reyantoon

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Can’t say much as i haven’t seen the game but still i’m not get worried too much.If we look at our opening fixtures,all of them were not easy games.You cannot judge or predict today’s game based on last performance.Westham were poor at home prior to yesterday’s game but they have plenty good and experienced players capable of dominating and changing things.So clearly the Westham game was not easy one.I think the real test will start next week.
    As for colback – Anita partnership,i think they both played well so far,don’t know what happened yesterday but i would drop Anita if i were to give a chance for Tiote.Others should be given another chance.Those who criticise Mitrovic should now realize how important he is interms of holding the ball and physically battle opponent players.That is what we lacked last night in my opinion.Take it easy,we’ll come good

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Surprised you paid Jail it was a null bet seeing as the terms weren’t laid out. Still, a worthy cause it’s not money wasted.

    I think it would be blog justice to freeze out the bounder and lickspittle that is toonbotherer. He is a duplicitous worm and a smug conniver.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #26

    41221 style I would go for

    Janmaat, Chancel, Taylor, Haidara
    Anita, Sissoko/Winaldum
    Aarons, Thuavin

  • BandB

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Shiftiest Guy In The Room.
    Damned auto-correct.

  • the truth will out

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #28

    i voted for the fat baldy guy 8 rows back

  • the truth will out

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #29

    and to be frank or whatever i cannot see us winning a game in the not to distant future

  • toon kk

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Tbh Pards had the most success at Newcastle with Aarons and Obertan in the team, injecting pace into our slow back and sideways passing team.

  • Jib

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #31

    If we need Obertans as a saviour we are well and truly cattled as a football team.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Well I believe that while some are still drooling over the well thumbed glossy brochure of our Timeshare Team, others are quite correctly beginning to wonder if the video presentation by Mike really was an honest pitch. The usual suspects are behaving like the plants in the room who nudge and whisper ‘ it’s a bargain’ and ‘what a deal it is’ and ‘I’ve got one myself and I’m here to buy another’. But it’s looking suspiciously like it might be the con it was all along – a money spinning ruse. Take in the cash, offer a little sweetener and wait for the idiots to start buying in.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #33

    no mucking around at watford and no this player deserves a chance ect ect we put out our absolute best and get that win !

    it’s embarasing atm being bottom even though it is only 5 games in ! chelsea should be the ones being ridiculed not us 😉

  • cyprus

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Please man, don’t mention Obertan. It’s enough that we regularly play with ten players for other reasons. Was hoping against all hope that he would come good, gain confidence, learn to dribble, run with the ball, not get rid of it as if it were a hot potato, be less lazy… No, he and a few others symbolise what is wrong at this club.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Most commendable on your donation to charity, especially as it would appear the Watford game was part of the bet.

    I note quite a few are writing off Toonbrother. He may in all fairness make a donation to the charity of his choice if we win on Saturday. Give the lad a chance to see what he says to that.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Jeff @31 for once I agree with you

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Randolph made it to in the PL team of the week?

    Must have been one bad weekend for goalkeepers if saving our 3 ‘shots’ on target were enough to do the job.

  • Mister Tuff

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib Jibberish (the blog pest) – I am not a multiple poster – bit of a cheek coming from you.

    I see Jail is to be commended for his gentlemanly conduct today in honouring the bet.
    Conduct in stark contrast to some of the bounders and cads who appear on here -some of whom need a damn good thrashing in the stable yard -Queensbury Rules of course.

  • DaraghL

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #39

    I would love to see a picture of Colocinni also donating £100 to the SBR fund

  • Tsunki

    Sep 15, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #40

    Maybe toonbrother is actually Coloccini angling to get a cut price move out of here.

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