It shouldn´t come as too much of a surprise that Daryl Janmaat for the second game running was easily Newcastle´s best player and he wins the Man of the Match award for Saturday´s game in which we lost 2-1 to newly promoted Watford.
Not only did Daryl score our first goal in 464 minutes of league football, but five minutes later he brought the save of the match out of Gomes in the Watford goal.
Daryl Janmaat after scoring against Watford
Janmaat was our most dangerous player against Watford which tells you the problems we still have up front, much like we´ve had over the last three seasons.
Daryl not only showed good form, but he worked hard all game to try to turn things around after we had conceded two goals at home in a short 28 minutes.
Daryl got a massive 76% of the vote, and he´s played extremely well in the two games since he was left out of Netherlands squad – which is to his massive credit.
Second in the voting was new signing Chancel Mbemba, who quietly and efficiently is getting used to the Premier League.
Chancel had a good game against Watford, and saved us in the second half when the score was 2-1 with a fantastic tackle in the penalty box on Watford striker Odion Ighalo.
His tackle came when it looked almost certain that Ighalo would get his hat-trick.
Mbemba is showing the best form of any of our four signings in the summer, and he´s fairly consistent too – and will only get better.
Third in the voting was Ayoze Perez, who worked hard and never gave up trying, even though he didn´t have much support.
Ayoze got 4% of the vote and he showed enough on Saturday that he should start in the next few games.