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These Were Newcastle´s Best Three Players Yesterday

3:04 pm, Sunday, September 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 59 Comments

When Kevin Mbabu was named as the starter at left back yesterday for Newcastle an hour before we kicked off against Chelsea, there would have been a number of fans who would think he would not fare well against a player like Pedro, who won many trophies with Barcelona.

And in any case Mbabu usually plays at right-back where he played on Wednesday night against Sheffield Wednesday after Janmaat left the game at half-time through illness.

kevin mbabu closeup newcastel goal

Kevin Mbabu – had an excellent first start for Newcastle

Mbabu had a great game for Newcastle yesterday and who would have through with that display he was playing his very first game in the Premier league?

Kevin was our Man of the Match and here are the top three players according to our poll below.

  1. Kevin Mbabu (39%) looked a very good player yesterday and dealt well with Chelsea’s attacks down their right wing. He will get a chance to play at Manchester City next Saturday and we hope he can put in another solid performance. Kevin has a future at Newcastle if he can keep playing like this and can keep himself fit – his performance was one of the many positives that came out of the game yesterday.
  2. Ayoze Perez (34%) scored his first goal for Newcastle this season just before half-time and it was a great one, as he got in between the Chelsea center backs controlled the ball quickly and smashed the ball into the back of the net.
    It looks like the Spanish 22 year-old will continue his progress this season, just like he did last season and he already looks a very good young player who can have a big career at Newcastle – a club he seems to love.
  3. Aleksandar Mitrovic (15%) made a huge contribution to Newcastle yesterday and it was obvious almost immediately that this lad’s physical presence and skill up front had Chelsea defenders worried from the very first whistle.
    Aleksandar worked his socks off for the team and was seen helping out in the penalty area in the second half before he was finally replaced by young Ivan Toney – unfortunately, Chelsea equalised in the next minute.
    Based on our last three games when he was missing this lad is Newcastle’s most important player. He’s looked very good – just think what he will be like when he starts ramming those goals in for us.
    Aleksandar controlled himself yesterday and didn’t pick up a yellow card – good for him – and we have to remember he has only just turned 21.

It’s good to note the next two players in the voting are Mbemba and Wijnaldum, who both had good games and of course Gini got his second goal of the season.

So of the top five players yesterday in our poll,  four are new to the side this season – including young Mbabu – that’s got to be a good sign for the future of Newcastle United.

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Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Ayoze Perez · Kevin Mbabu · Man of the Match · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

59 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Player like mitrovic, his aggressive nature brings out another 10% from the players around him. Hope it continues. His lone striker role was great and certainly can improve. Mitrovic and perez partnership looks promising.

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    I would just really like to fit De Jong into that equation!

    He always looked so great in at Ajax in a 4-3-3. We could equally use his intelligence…

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Colo is the biggest bottler centre back I’ve ever seen anywhere.

  • 4 Munster Mag // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Jesper u are playing fifa rather than seeing whats in front of u.

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Why do you think Colo never poses a threat for us at corners? Because, unlike other CBs, he won’t go in where it hurts.

  • 6 Ian Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Blackley- Earlier I disagree. Mitrovic is nowhere near at full match fitness but showed enough to suggest he’s going to be a real handful for Premiership defences. We do need to improve the quality of crossing into the box but I thought our offensive link play particularly with Perez suggested goals to come. Criticism of DM’s has largely been unfair but with better movement in front of Colback you could see that he had far more options in front of him for forward progression.
    By contrast until Mourinho introduced Willian and Ramires Chelsea were Stifled because Matic was aweful and ineffective attempting to drive forward.

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:35 PM


    …I have to say I really hate when I have to explain what I write as if a disclaimer is needed!

  • 8 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Still gutted from that one…….

    Should have taken 3 points…. also a cup run seems unlikely….

    FA to go, but so much competition.

    I would start….

    Janmaat Mbemba Mbabu Anita

    Sissoko Coleback De Jong Wini

    Perez Mitro

    With Perez a withdrawn Striker role.

  • 9 Ian Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Munster- de Jong has been unfortunate with injuries but he’s been a major disappointment. He’s a good passer but he’s slow and will not be given the time or space in the PL. with every further injury it looks like we’ve bought a pup.
    A cabaye he’s not.

  • 10 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Ian Toon

    I have to agree with you. He is too slow. Not suited to PL but Serie A, something to that affect.

    Only other way I see him play is right next to a striker a quick striker unlike himself.

    Think give Perez the no 10 shirt as he is the creator. Sell De Jong get another striker in.

    Come Jan we need a quality CB a quality Cabayesque CM a LB and Striker.

  • 11 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    i think the only place dejong could play is anitas position yesterday slightly more forward then colback but not convinced he has the legs to close down and do the donkey work…so think its a non starter tbh

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Sep 27, 2015 at 3:53 PM


    Don’t we get enough Colo bashing from Toonbrother

  • 13 Thump // Sep 27, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    @jesper: His vision really showed yesterday when he came on (and then went off). That move with Janmaat (?) and Obertan was fscking beautiful.

  • 14 Ketsbaia9 // Sep 27, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Perez was awesome yesterday. He is our best striker at the moment. Must be worth £20m now. Mbabu had a good game defensively and has pace. He is not a left back though. He’d make a good back up right back.

  • 15 Ketsbaia9 // Sep 27, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I’m confident that Steve will give Marveaux a chance when he’s ready. He;d make an impact and would provide creativity for the strikers. Marveaux is a gem and we need him in the team.

  • 16 Themesh // Sep 27, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    What i wonder is was this a case of Mbabu stepping up his game because of his prem debut or playing the big club, or is this a decent player who for whatever reason has not been given the chance he deserved by pardew or mclaren until forced to.If so are there any other players who have not been given fair crack as we only saw arrons last year as were desperate

  • 17 toon kk // Sep 27, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Watching Wat v Pal game and what stands out most of all is we probably have some players with as much quality but there pace, passing and decision making is so much quicker in both teams compared to us.
    Is an end to end game

  • 18 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Having read Jose’s comment about us only turning up for the big games, gotta say the man is 100% correct. The Sheffield Wednesday game along with West Ham are just two examples of us turning up and going through the motions and getting exactly what we deserved from both.

    Let’s just hope that yesterday was a turning point

  • 19 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    My brother was a sewage worker.
    He got sacked for just going through the motions.

    I’ll get me coat

  • 20 Krul To Be Kind // Sep 27, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Mitrovic was the MOM for me yesterday by a country mile. We have missed what he gives us since Ba left, a real physical presence and allows for the ball to stick up top, every side needs an outball when the team is backs to the wall and he provides this in spades, however he has work to do in his all round game but his strength, desire, passion and connection with the fans was absolutely flawless. I would say he looked like he wants to be playing and I agree with someones earlier post that his commitment brings everyone elses game up by a further 10%. It was his night and I for one hope there are many more to come, I don’t know if he would be all that up top alone as he evidently lacked pace but he was excellent at bringing others into play and holding the ball up until the team regained shape and got numbers in their half.

  • 21 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Mick Lowes doing a Tsunki or Jail for Ashley on Thursday morning’s Charlie Charlton show – it starts about 1 hour 19 minutes in.

    I wonder if he wishes now he’d kept his gob shut ?

  • 22 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    think mbabu had a serious injury or 2 since we signed him so this is the first chance he’s had to put a run of games together and show what he’s about…..this just from what i read and heard about him tbh

  • 23 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    i hope macca does’nt bottle it and go 1 up front,stick with 2 perez and nitro…looks like it could be a good partnership…glad to see nitro back,if he can keep his cool and do what he done yesterday and more in the games comin up i’ll be happy

  • 24 SUTTY1978 // Sep 27, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Went to the game yesterday, surprised how unfit some of the players are. Yesterday they put in the effort i’d expect them to do in every match but they were all dead on their feet after 65 minutes. Mitro was utterly shagged, his is a bit more understandable as he’s not fully match fit. But Perez, Wijnaldum etc. were all shot.
    I cant understand how McClaren couldn’t see this and get them off sooner.

  • 25 SUTTY1978 // Sep 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Thought Mbabu was a monster yesterday even when he was dropped in it by Obertan and Colo going into hiding on occasions. Bloody brilliant by the young kid, never shirked a tackle and was responsible for us getting the 2nd goal by racing after Hazard and showing some persistence to get the ball back.

  • 26 SUTTY1978 // Sep 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Springy, the actual formation was a bit weird, it was more 4321 prior to Obertan coming on. We actually had no player on the left of midfield and Mbabu ran the whole side of the pitch.

  • 27 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    whatever they were playing worked!lol… and perez supporting nitro looked good…looked like gini was meant to be on the left but came inside to get involved and pick the ball up and run with it…probs mbabu had the freedom to get up the wing….he’s a big strong quick lad maybe he could get a few games at cb along side mbemba would look like a great pairing….ani his 1st game ano but would be interesting

  • 28 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Well im gutted, two points lost.

    If anyone is saying different there full of sh1te.

    Roll on January

  • 29 toon kk // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    I’ve often said our squad doesn’t look 100% fit, I think it’s part of the reason we pick up so many injuries. I noticed how much quicker Wat vs Palace game was and how both teams kept up the pace to the end, of a end to end game.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    A disappointment after going ahead by 2. I thought Mbemba was decent again. He just needs a good partner. Possibly give Dummett a try when he’s fit again. Colo is too small and getting slower all the time. He needs to be sold or at least put on the bench. It was madness giving him a contract extension.

  • 31 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 27, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    We play well for 70 minutes and bottle a 2 goal lead and suddenly it’s all sunshine and roses?

    I think there’s a lot of mileage in Mourinho’s “criticism” that Newcastle only manage to put in a semi-decent performance against some of the big teams. I would love to think we’ve turned a corner, but it’ll take consistency (and a full bloody 90 minute performance!) to convince me that we’ve seen any change here.

    We’ve beaten Chelsea numerous times at home in the past number of seasons, if anything we’re down on past performances against them. Overly negative? Not on your life.

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    The real tale will be told against teams like Norwich and the mackems Ruddy mate. If we can’t beat them we’re likely to go down. I’m sure McLaren knows it as well.

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Norwich, mackems and Stoke coming after Man City. We’ll know how deep in the soup we are after those games. If we get 2 points or less the season may be over for us before the halfway mark. If we take 6-9 points from those 3 games we’ll be fine.

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Oh, sorry I mean fine as in not relegated.

  • 35 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    I think until we buy that 6ft 5 beast at centre back we are always going to have problems against the smaller teams who play more direct and with pace as Colo gets exposed more because we are expected to attack

    Norwich have been playing well so there is no guarantee we can turn up and beat them easy we will need to battle for every point we get this season

    City will be difficult but if we have a go then I will be happy just hope we dont park the bus as it never works and City just end up getting an easy victory

  • 36 GeordieTwo // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Any team that is a 33 year old Colocinni as captain is not going anywhere in terms of ambition. Add players like Saylor, and Obertan and you know the owner isn’t serious about winning anything.

  • 37 GeordieTwo // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Should read had a 33 year old Colo of course…. :blush:

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Can’t type today….you know what I mean. We lack any desire to bring in the players at critical positions. Buying hundreds of French midfielders is getting us nowhere Ashley you dolt.

  • 39 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    I haven’t seen anyone say “suddenly it’s all sunshine and roses” , lots of folk saying they can see an improvement esp with having a target man up front who actually tries to justify his wages .

    Small steps in the right direction will do for me.

    Unreal that folk are Colo bashing when we have Obertan in the side

  • 40 bladeuser // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    The gulf in class between Chelsea and nufc is massive
    J terry would walk into our side and captain it but cannot even get a game that says it all Colo is spent why do we always keep shitty players for years when top teams discard them

  • 41 scout // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Only 31 games to go lads lets all panic. We’ve made good signings lets just enjoy it when the players settle in. All people do is moan about Colo and Obertan he’s not gonna sign a whole new team in one window.

  • 42 Ian Toon // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Jib- Maybe he thought it was a relegation six pointer. Chelsea fans were complaining that you can’t even count on Newcastle for a simple straight-forward favour. Good game but if Newcastle wants to survive, they can’t afford to drop points to their fellow relegation rival.
    The same bloke was likely to have thought Man C had wrapped up the league a few weeks ago. It’s the same every season on here you get those types thinking everything is determined after a handful of games.

  • 43 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    A small step in the right direction would mean being able to manage a game for 20 minutes without conceding when holding a 2 goal lead.

    That’s a pretty basic skill no matter who you’re playing. Yes there were positives, Mbabu, Perez and Mitrovic the obvious highlights. If after 10 more games we see a consistent performance level from our squad then yeah I’ll call it a step in the right direction.

    70 minutes of a good performance where we squandered 3 points at home isn’t a step in the right direction as far as I’m concerned.

  • 44 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:52 PM


    Jose hit the nail on the head when he said we only turn up for big games, or words to that effect and what we’ve seen so far this season proves that.

    We have a million miles to go before we turn this shambles around but hopefully yesterday was the start

  • 45 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Is Ruddy one of the usuals suspects ?

    He certainly come across as one of the Victor Meldrew fan club.

  • 46 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 8:57 PM


    Victor Meldrew fan club?

    Or realists?

  • 47 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    after last weekend and wed.. if offered a decent performance, 2 goals and a draw against the champions most nufc fans would of took it in a heart beat….yes it was disapointing to lose the 2 goals but surely most fans were happy to see us play that way compared to the last 2-3 games?

  • 48 Mag52 // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Just hoping that wasn’t a one off stellar performance from Mbabu similar to Thauvin’s against Northampton.
    If he can repeat it over the next few weeks we’ll have a bit of a gem on our hands. All credit to Macca for throwing him in at the deep end.

  • 49 JackButler // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:07 PM


    Yes most fans are happy with the point and the performance, but a lot are still asking how can the side that performed like that yesterday also be so pathetic in our last three games!!!

    Why can players step up when we play the current champions but sit back and not give a damn when we play sides like Watford, West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday.. I think it’s a fair question to ask and only fair to point it out

  • 50 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    only way to know is to play him… for thauvin still willing to give him time tbh…..altho he has’nt done himself any favours with wed performance…but hopefully he’ll come good…he’s only had a few full games in a side struggling for form

  • 51 toon kk // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    We’ll no doubt get beat by City, but I can handle it as long as we put in a good performance.
    As long as our season kicks on there after.
    But I fear we have no consistency, so we’ll probably go on another run of pathetic performances.
    At least we showed some promise yesterday, its pacey teams we just can’t handle.

  • 52 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    jack butler
    i agree..theres no excuse for the inconsistency other then attitude so the players need to ask themselves a few questions…..but sat mornin my thoughts were if we can keep the goals against to 3 or 4 then that will have to do coz that was the best outcome i could see for the game going off recent results

  • 53 Tsunki // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Jib at 21 whoa there brass neck are you living in a shame-free zone now? Calling anybody, at all, out for saying something they might wish they hadn’t is classic hypocrisy from you. Show yourself some respect man and try and keep a low profile.

  • 54 SPRINGY // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    can only judge from one game to the next,im the same..i can accept a loss if the attitude and performance are decent…so yesterday compared to last week is a vast improvement and some good performances by most… chelsea the man city game is a throw away game,no pressure,expected to get beat so just play and whatever the result good or bad just move on to the next game which is the first of 3 or 4 crunch games that will go a long way to deciding how the season pans out imo

  • 55 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    The U21’s league match against Swansea has been brought forward from 7 pm to 1 pm.
    It’s at Whitley Park opposite the Black Bull Whitley Road Benton

  • 56 catchy in norway // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Jose hit the nail on the head yesterday, but it has been like for years and not just our team , Fergy wound up the Leeds fans all those years ago with the same type of speech. he said it so we are wound up for the game at Man C next week.

    but let’s hope it hits a nerve with the team for the rest of the season

  • 57 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Sorry should have said Tomorrow

  • 58 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    You keep using this phrase “calling someone out” when I merely make a passing remark , it’s very tiresome and juvenile , a bit reminiscent of “behind the cycle sheds after school” or most of Mr Tuff’s posts.

  • 59 Jib // Sep 27, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find a new commentator for BBC Newcastle’s next Toon match. Serve the fat slob right.

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