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These Three Players Were Newcastle´s Best Against Watford

8:30 pm, Sunday, September 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

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.

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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.

Who Was Newcastle´s Best Player Against Watford

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34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    I really don’t see a win coming from anywhere to be honest.

    Anybody enlighten me ?

  • 2 toon kk // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    I don’t think most of our squad gives a f tbh.

  • 3 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    toon kk

    I don’t think they do either mate….not in the least.

  • 4 West Lancs Geordie // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Why – every time we lose do we get asked who was NUFC best player.Perhaps it would be better to name & shame who were the Toon’s worst players. The same 11 have basically turned out for the past two matches with no improvement. Perez was spot on with everything he said. So let’s see him , Aarons & Lascelles start against Sheff Wed & make bids for the starting line u against Chelsea. We need the prima donnas to show some fight skill & passion & be proud to wealth badge

  • 5 JamesToon // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Looks like we’re not the only big club having an awful start

  • 6 West Lancs Geordie // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Sorry my spell check keeps changing words wealth should read wear They are wealthy enough!

  • 7 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    West Lancs Geordie

    exactly team was utter shite. I am amazed something drastic hasn’t happened at the club yet.

    Munchengladback fans are in full protest manager has resigned.
    Newcastle fans sit quiet with season tickets in their hand.

  • 8 West Lancs Geordie // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Well McLaren wants Magpies to be judged after 10 games – not long now then Steve before the fans & the board turn on you!

  • 9 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    I am surprised that some fans think it cannot get worse as we will me a turn, for the better.

    Suddenly we start having some form. Players will start to gell a little.

    I have some news for you. I think it will get a lot worse before it gets better. I think you will see total collapse.

    Think we will get trounced by Chelski a team with something to prove.

  • 10 West Lancs Geordie // Sep 20, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    G but this underachievement has gone on since KK days (& his luv it quote) I was really optimistic at the start of the season .Cashley seemed to have steppe back , he released loads of cash. Thought they had made some sensible buys apart from the fact that they never strengthened the back 4 enough. After last season that was a must but wot do we know mate?

  • 11 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    50 million is no way near enough from a season we nearly got relegated.

    Where is that enough ? we needed about 80-100m.
    Especially when we bought second string players.

  • 12 banjax // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Very sad subject of this blog asking : who were the best three players on Saturday ? My question: Is this how far worse NUFC has become ?

  • 13 toonking // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Toon KK

    i’m the exact same myself, these days I feeling more anti player than anti ashley, he might be a bad owner but now I feel he’s no less greedy than our players.

  • 14 TheToonKing // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    we need leadership and spirit. Just watch the commitment and effort other teams put in.

    we simply don’t play hard enough. defenders jogging back, no pressing, nobody busting a gut to get in the box, players afraid of the ball, just booting it to get rid.

    this is not a skill issue, it’s mentality. We need players like Gini and Mitro to show them effort, agressivnes and we need Mclaren to inspire.

  • 15 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    50 million sounds about the right figure a chief executive or owner would want to spend to calm the fans down after the protests last season

    That was all the money in reserve from transfers but what about the rest of the money from the extra TV money which every other team is spending properly ?!

    The players we signed I am fine with but we should have been signing other players to go with them with premiership experience I mean Nzonzi was 7 million , Cabaye was 10 million , Huth was 3 million , Lennon was 3.5 and Weimann was available for 2 million

    Also Ayew , Payet and a lot of the players Leicester signed were pure quality

    We should just sell Cisse and Tiote to the middle east if they cant be bothered to play for us now might as well stop paying their wages

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    I was looking to the Watford game to instill some belief in what the club is trying to do. But since the overall plan by Ashley has not changed one iota I wonder what I was thinking. Bottom 3 at Christmas? It seems likely. Then what???

  • 17 GeordieTwo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Pardew was a mediocre manager but we’ve really fallen apart since he left. Will McLaren be able to get us going? I hope so. Ashley has little or no understanding of the game so if it comes to sacking McLaren things could get even worse…

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    I’m really disappointed with Tiote Lee Bunga mate. I was expecting nothing from Cisse and that’s what we’re getting. Very flaky man, that Cisse. One of the strangest strikers we’ve ever had in my view.

  • 19 Lindisfarne // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Sunday Supplement:

    Lots of hot air and bluster, but how truthful / helpful is it?

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Let’s look at the schedule in a bit of detail and see where some points might come from:
    Chelse – loss
    Man City – loss
    Norwich (h) – draw
    mackems (a) – draw
    Stoke (h) – win
    Bournemouth (a) – win
    Leicester (h) – loss
    Palace (a) – loss
    Liverpool (h) – draw
    Spurs (a) – loss
    That’s the next 10 games and it looks like 9 points, so 11 points from 16 games!!!!

  • 21 Toon Tang // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    G2 slot 16

    I think the majority were looking to the Watford game for the start of our season but the start never came, neither did the middle, we can all see how it ends though eh..

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Aaahhh!!! I wasn’t going to panic yet but 11 points from the first 16 games!!! Aaahhhhhh!!!!

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    That’s it Tangy mate!!! Ahhhhhh! Aaahhhhh!!!!

  • 24 Tsunki // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Ashley, has a set outline of spending only cash generated and do not threaten the margins, maximise profits on everything including player sales. Providing this is managed well profits should be maximised while retaining elite status.

    Charnley works to this remit strictly, views list of players that can function in a team but have best accruing value, selects best pound for pound value. Monitors resale values and sells accordingly. Manages PR to ride out inevitable interruptions in form.

    Carr, scouts and selects players to Charnleys criterion, descending list of preference for each player position. Monitors need for replacements as profitable players sold.

    McLaren, assembles players into best possible squad according to players supplied and replaced. Manages fan expectation on basis of plausible deniability.

  • 25 Toon Tang // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Funny viewing if anyone’s missed it.

  • 26 Tsunki // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    G2 I don’ t believe that you’ve been given clear authorisation to PANIC! Yet. Please refrain from engaging in PANIC! Unless specifically instructed. Love, L. Charnley P.R.

  • 27 GeordieTwo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    I favour deniable plausibility myself Great Tsukini mate. Make it look plausible (i.e. lie) then deny everything and go into hiding when things turn narsty……

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    It’s too late Tsunki mate!!!! Aaaahhhhh!!! Aaahhhhh!!!1

  • 29 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    @Geordie Two

    Tiote has been shite ever since Cabaye left but I think in a way he has always been a poor player Cabaye was just that good at times he made Tiote look good

    He doesn’t want to be here for whatever reason either probably a combination of the club breaking promises but he has not exactly covered himself in glory either

    Cisse is a strange one again the club and him have a broken relationship plus we play negative football and barely create chances

    I wonder what Mclaren and Cathro really think of the players we have ? Did they maybe think they could resurrect the careers of a lot of players through new methods and a change of coaches? Its looking like their faith in certain players has been misplaced

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Sep 20, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Good points Lee Bunga mate. I’ll get back later and review my reasons for panicking early. Harrumph….

  • 31 toon22 // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    If we dont see some DRASTIC changes in the next 2 games were truly goosed.

  • 32 toon kk // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    It’s really sad that all us fans come on this blog and 90% of the time all we can talk about is disappointment in one way or another.
    We should be posting about how good of a goal someone scored, how well we played, getting into Europe ect.

  • 33 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Shift Cisse NOW1 He isn’t capable and isn’t committed. Tiote, if disgruntled is very disappointing,because on his game would be great anchoring the mid with two of Widj, Sissoko and Dejong ahead of them.
    You sense maybe there isn’t the trust there between Tiote and McClaren, maybe a legacy of Twente days, quite plausibly he thinks Newcastle have used him and prevented him from having the career he could have had, and also of course, MCClaren might not like him, which would be odd, because at his best he is an experienced high quality asset.

  • 34 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 20, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Old man Carr’s apologists would have us believe he’s hamstrung by Ashley’s policies. Ashley says, “Make sure you sign young players (up to age 25) with excellent resale value from anywhere in the world. Make sure you overpay for them and make sure they’re shyte.”

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