Poll – Who Was Newcastle’s Player Of The Season?


This has been one of Newcastle’s worst seasons since 1992 and the second time we have been relegated from the Premier League, but this time we did it to ourselves – it was all self-inflicted.

The reason for our relegation was ineptitude and incompetence from those running the club from the top.

That’s one big reason we hope Rafa agrees to join us – and he can then make all the decisions that are football related at the club – so others will have much less scope in which to screw up.

rafa benitez in training

Rafa Benitez taking the  training

A real  football person with massive experience making all the football related decisions – what a concept – soon hopefully coming to Newcastle.

Once Rafa is appointed we will be able to put this season behind us and get massively behind Rafa and the players as he tries to make Newcastle great again – we bet he will be (very) successful in that endeavor.

Let us know who you think was the Player of the Season – the requirement is to have appeared in 10 league games this season.

Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Season?

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150 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t know who the player of the season was but Ibiza was Blogger of the Season apparently. I’m re-checking my ratings……seems unlikely to me……
    Hmmmm….Rating tampering going on possibly?

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m not sure we should have a player of the season since we’ve been relegated. I can think of several players who tried hard to make a difference. Mbemba, Lascelles, and both Eliot and Darlow all gave it their best.

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  • Graeme

    May 18, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #3

    G2 – I hope Ibiza hasn’t been sending you pics of scantily clad young ladies from the Island!! Although, Ibiza being a gentleman, wouldn’t even contemplate such things!!!!

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  • U.S Magpie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m going with Tm Krul. He didn’t concede many this year.

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  • manxpie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #5

    voted for elliot for season but townsend for second easily
    i seriously havent seen a winger with such consistancy as him apart from obviously mahrez
    in a long long time
    for me he’s a starter for england who else can fill that position!?
    i heard plenty of people complaining about his inclusion but seriously who has been better than him this season
    50 mill sterling not a chance injury prone walcott again not a chance

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  • WWSBRD

    May 18, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Lil
    From previous
    Reading what U write about Mitro makes me want him to stay but remembering his games in a toon shirt makes me not bothered

    in a years time maybe I will be calling him next new Shearer but I reckon we will still be debating his anger issues

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  • lesh

    May 18, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #7

    G2

    You weren’t in Stockholm last weekend were you? The judging there was a tad err, interesting.

    Ah well, that’s my blog rating ‘reviewed’.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #8

    No, and I have to say I’m quite disappointed about that Graeme mate. Harrumph!!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Lilongwe Geordie
    May 18, 2016
    Manx,
    I’m a defender, and primarily work on the defensive aspect of any players I coach or work with(probably explains my dislike of flair players who do tricks just for the sake of it). I liked Simpson. If we wanted to kick on, he probably needed competition ahead of him at NUFC, but I never understood why he was let go/allowed to leave.

    Dummet has improved as he has gained experience I think, as most do, but I also think he improved with most injuries because the squad was woefully in equipped. He is a solid Championship player, and a decent Premier league player. I would have preferred, and said it numerous times last summer, Robertson to come in who is better defensively and offensively.

    Tuff,
    Johnny Howson, Snodgrass. Fillers in the Orem, but seasoned performers at this level.

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  • manxpie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #10

    and his workrate is unbelievable its as like he’s built up all his energy over the years
    i still think people want to see arfa instead of him which is a real real shame as he has given us the lot
    and actually showed us wat arfa should have been!

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #11

    I decided to give it a pass this year lesh mate. I was behind on my Blogger of the Year Ratings and last year they wouldn’t let me in with my Rhinestone Thong on.

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  • MacToon

    May 18, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #12

    I voted for Lascelles but really for me he became the “most improved” player over the season.
    Mitro is my favourite player and a special shout out to Elliot and Darlow who both performed much better than expected.
    Mbemba did ok in his 1st season on the whole considering his off field problems/situation.
    Apart from a few others I really couldn’t care much for the rest as I feel they’ve betrayed us all.
    A special mention for McClaren who should never have been appointed but also stayed well past his sell-by-date.

    Shame Rafa came in far too late, he appears to have already made some vast improvements.

    Onwards and upwards.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Townsend was a huge breath of fresh air for me as well. Brilliant efforts. I hope we can keep him.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #14

    WW,
    Sheared wasn’t exactly a shrinking violet. Maybe Mitro just needs to be cleverer with it. I’ll never forget Sheared playing for Blackburn at SJP, and he hooked the defenders arm right by the East Stand touch line, from the Refs angle it looked like the defender had pulled him back, but from the fans view you could see it was the other way round. Fans were up in arms, Sheared just turned and pulled a face at the fans. Sheared was cleverly dirty. Mitro has bull in a China shop e

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #15

    WW,
    Sheared wasn’t exactly a shrinking violet. Maybe Mitro just needs to be cleverer with it. I’ll never forget Sheared playing for Blackburn at SJP, and he hooked the defenders arm right by the East Stand touch line, from the Refs angle it looked like the defender had pulled him back, but from the fans view you could see it was the other way round. Fans were up in arms, Sheared just turned and pulled a face at the fans. Sheared was cleverly dirty. Mitro has bull in a China shop exuberance, and is subsequently dirty. Hopefully he will learn, but he would benefit from experience around him.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Ignore the first one, although they are almost identical. Effing phone. Can’t wait for my new computer charger to arrive…..

    As for player of the year, it has to be Elliot for me, although Darlow and Lascelles stepped up well.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m worried Mitro has been watching Jack Nicholson in The Shining too often. They both have a completely mental look in their eyes. I’m surprised the ref didn’t wet himself with Mitro glaring and striding toward him.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #18

    G2
    Thank you very much for my 8.5, joint highest with Ibiza from the few I saw. I’m sure someone got higher, but very happy indeed with my score!

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  • manxpie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #19

    aye lilo i understand the need nowadays for an attacking fullback who also defends well
    but i still like the ones who defend well 1st tbh lol
    and i bet most managers do too
    and with simpson in the team lets face it we defended well for most of that season we finshed 5th no fancy stuff
    dummet for me still gets caught out a bit to much but always puts the hard tackle in and usually perfectly which always puts off the wingers in this league and also has alot more pace than people give him credit for
    we could do a hell of alot worse put it that way lol

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #20

    I promise, I do know he is called Shearer and not Sheared….

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Manx,
    Yeah, the defensive aspect of defending has become a bit muddled in this strive for universality/total football, whichever label you like to give it. But unless you are in the top few teams globally then a defender should always be a better defender than support player.

    The best ball playing defenders are still primarily excellent defenders.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Your welcome Lilongwe mate. Much deserved. Happy to have you on here to share your knowledge of the game.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 18, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Jimmy,
    From previous. Everyone is to blame to a certain degree. However in the last 4 years we have consistently got decent results in games against big clubs, regardless of the manager. To me that suggests an issue of mentality amongst the players, rather than squad composition, coaching, tactics. We took more points off the top 3 then we did the 3 other bottom 4 sides.

    Roy Keane says it better than I ever could ” if they played like that every week, they wouldn’t be playing for sh1t like Norwich”

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m interested to see who Rafa will bring in if he stays. I would say he’ll go after a big central defender first surely? Such a huge weakness at the club over the last few seasons.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Of course it’s also going to depend on who leaves us. Surely Taylor is done though as his contract expires in June.

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  • manxpie

    May 19, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #26

    absolutley agree lilo so why the hell didn’t we pay for van dijk ffs!
    seriously tho i hope fans expectations on this blog after this season especially don’t write players off so easily
    dummet is currently our best LB even if hiadara was fit
    anita amazingly is a better RB than janmaat!
    and townsend has stuffed a whole lot of early critisism down peoples throats tenfold!
    shelvey for me to has been unlucky we should have scored an extra 2 goals on sunday from his early thinking but we fluffed the chances
    he has suffered from bad forward play by our so called stars

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 19, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #27

    G2,
    Rumours are Agger is a target. Given his and our respective injury woes it could be a disaster. When fit though, he is probably exactly what we need. Only 31. A friend who coaches in Denmark reckons it is done, I’m not convinced on that though. He knows his stuff on pitch, but not sure how he would know it was done. He also thinks he isn’t fit, and has coasted the last 12 to 18 months when available.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 19, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #28

    Manx,
    Hands up, I slated Townsend. Haven’t seen the same player as I had seen at Spurs mind, but sometimes a different environment is all it takes. Still, more than happy to be

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #29

    Mac,
    I voted for Lascelles as well for having the balls to speak out against the shower of shyte he was having to play and deal with.

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  • manxpie

    May 19, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #30

    can you think of a better winger bar mahrez in the prem than townsend lilo?
    be interested as i still cant believe the replies to his inclusion in the england squad
    its the hardest position in football i feel

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 19, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #31

    Manx,
    Hands up, I slated Townsend. Haven’t seen the same player as I had seen at Spurs mind, but sometimes a different environment is all it takes. Still, more than happy to be proved wrong on him.

    Shelvey needs to improve work rate and attitude. He looks like a player who has done it and has lost any drive. Can play great passes, but doesn’t do the simple stuff enough or at a good level.

    Anita is an intelligent footballer, and quite probably can work to instruction better. He knows how to mark, press, delay and when to make the challenge. He also covers others far better. As a squad player he has always been of value. Just not sure where he fits regularly moving forward.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Agger? Hmmm. At 31. Had only 23 total appearances in 2013-2014. I’ve seen him play some excellent games. A whole different level to some of our CB’s. If he’s good with youngsters it might be a good bet Lilongwe.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 19, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #33

    Manx,
    England don’t really play with natural width, so he fits in well as a player who could cut in whilst a Vardy type pulls a centre half into the channel creating a gap.

    There are very few genuine wingers in the game these days. They are all inverted, or play more as inside forwards.

    I think he is probably one of 5 that are under consideration to be dropped. Wilshere, Delph, Townsend, Rashford and Clyne.

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  • manxpie

    May 19, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #34

    lilo i sent that begfore i seen your last post but when he signed i did say he’s wat we need i remember rotonda giving him grief about just doing the same thing then shooting into row z
    but you seen him for england he was tenacious to say the least but tbf i usually give players the chance
    i could have seen his workrate though wich really dragged us as close as we got!
    imagine the same as him on the left!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #35

    Lilongwe,
    We had this conversation before he signed, I remember his England debut, he was brilliant, but a good few didn’t rate him on here, nobody can get everything right.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #36

    I’ve always like Curtis Davies. He’s 31 as well now. Very steady when I’ve seen him. A huge step up from Steve Taylor.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 19, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #37

    Jail/Manx,
    He was also poor for Spurs more often than not. Anyway, he has been great for us and I’m more than happy to hold my hands up on that. He has shown us what someone with drive and desire can actually do from the wing, compared with what we have put up with.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 19, 2016 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #38

    Do you fancy England at the European Championships Lilongwe? I could see a quarter final but that’s about it. They are very decent under Roy but they would have to play the tournament of their lives to win it.

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  • manxpie

    May 19, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #39

    i think he is a shoe in now i hope i don’t jinx him but he has been a favourite under hodgson and is well in form
    put it this way if delph or wilshere get in its a crime to england and football
    wilshere who hasn’t performed in at least 2 years
    and delph who hasn’t performed again in over a year

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 19, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Lilongwe,
    I’ll hold my hands up too, I’ve bèn wrong about Ashley all these years……..

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