These Were Newcastle’s Top Four Players Last Season

The results of our annual Player of the Season Poll are in and it’s not a surprise that goalkeeper Rob Elliot is our Player of the Season with 40% of the vote for last season.

Rob was simply a revelation when he came in for the injured Tim Krul last October and played 21 times for the Newcastle side and pot in a number of magnificent performances for the side.

Maybe his best game was at Bournemouth, where he made five world-class saves in that game and we won 1-0 and it was really Rob versus Bournemouth and Rob won.

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Rob Elliot during his brilliant display at Bournemouth

Unfortunately, Elliot suffered a similar fate as Tim when he picked up a  serious ACL knee injury playing for his country Ireland in late March, and will be out until towards the end of this year?

But with Karl Darlow also coming and playing well we have three top class goalkeepers at the club and when all are fit, it’s going to be some battle as to which one is Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper.

One final word on Rob – he has also become a leader at Newcastle both on and off the field – something that was sorely missing last season.

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Andros Townsend – after scoring against Swansea

Second in the voting on 21% is 24 year-old Andros Townsend, another revelation for us last season and he was simply magnificent since he signed on from Tottenham for £12M in January, with most experts thinking we overpaid for him – but not any more.

But with four goals and two assists, Andros was a star man for the Magpies and scored some great goals for us and becasue of his outstanding form he made the 26 man England squad for the upcoming friendly games, as a prelude to the Euro 2016 Championships in France next month.

Let’s hope the lad makes the final 23 man squad and it’s great to have a Newcastle man in the England team again.

But the other good thing is that Andros has no thoughts of leaving the club this summer and with Rafa Benitez expected to be announced as  manager early next week, we expect Andros to stay with the club in the Championship.

Andros seems dedicated to the club and our fans just love him.

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Chancel Mbemba during the game at Norwich

Third in the voting with 14% is another new lad – 21 year-old Chancel Mbemba – who is one of few players who had a good season  for us in his very first year at the club.

Chancel was signed on from Anderlecht last summer and he settled in quickly and put in some sterling displays for us.

His absence through injury saw Newcastle go into a slump early in the year and but for that, maybe we could have picked up the points that would have saved us?

But we really deserved to be relegated over the full season – we were so bad in away games.

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Jamaal Lascelles with a goal-saving tackle during the Crystal Palace game

Fourth in the voting on 9% is another up and coming young central defender in Jamaal Lascelles, who came to prominence when Rafa joined us in March and the former Liverpool manager quickly had Jamaal playing alongside Chancel in central defense.

They have looked a very good partisanship in the making since then.

Jamaal is also a leader and at half-time in the debacle at Southampton, he called out the more experienced players in the team for not trying hard enough – and that quickly made him a darling with the Newcastle fans.

We have a potential England International and a future Newcastle captain on our hands with this 23 year-old and who better to bring him through than the great Rafa Benitez?

The other good thing is all four players are essentially new to the club this season, with Rob being at the club for four years, but starting off as 3rd choice at the beginning of the season.

Being new players for us bodes well for our future.

Here are the previous Player of the Season results since I started writing this blog back in 2007 – seems like 20 years ago.


SeasonPlayer% of Vote
2007-2008Habib Beye51.4
2008-2009Sebastien Bassong67.9
2009-2010Jose Enrique37.0
2010-2011Cheick Tiote37.9
2011-2012Fabricio Coloccini35.6
2012-2013Fabricio Coloccini23.5
2013-2014Mike Williamson23.7
2014-2015Daryl Janmaat55.1
2015-2016Rob Elliot40.5
2016-2017Matt Ritchie59.0
2017-2018Jamaal Lascelles51.0

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23 comments so far

  • sparky55

    May 21, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #1

    I think this is all playing out beautifully…if we get Rafa and he gets total control of all footballing matters then in the long run this a perfect scenario to rebuild and come back stronger.

    We needed relegation to make the idiots who ran our club realise the club can’t be ran the way it was being ran and to bring them back to planet earth under the realisation arrogance alone won’t keep you in the premiership.

    The last time we went down I had a reet laf touring the championship away venues and the away support was just tremendous…not one minute without a song for two hours solid. It’ll be interesting if we still have to stump up the registration fee for way support won’t it.

    I for one am looking forward to this coming year…it’ll be an adventure on the road to redemption…

    …all aboard the skylark! 🙂

  • geordieboy83

    May 21, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning all not posted for ages whilst all the tit for tat between bloggers has been going on.

    Devastated about being relegated, but equally excited for the upcoming season, from a selfish point of view I just got sick of losing.

    Been trying to think of potential signings, I can only think of Lewis dunk and nakhi wells who I would love us to get. It’s hard to think of a decent full backs. Wouldn’t mind lee cook from Leeds only a kid but better than colback comfortably already.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Good post Sparky,
    Aye something had to give but I’d still rather have stayed up mind with Rafa staying. But I’m glad things have worked out the way they have. If we’d finished 10th-17th with McCardew we’d have just had more of the same next year, falling crowds and no hope, nothing to look forward to. As it happens, like you I’m really looking forward to next year, some good wins and some away days. We may not win a thing with Rafa but at least we know he’s here to try and not just survive like the last three patsy’s

  • sparky55

    May 21, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #4


    That’s bang on the money mate…we were stuck in a malaise of mediocrity with no purpose, passion or targets…just premiership survival, …and the lifeblood was sucked out of the club.

    We now (hopefully) have hope with clear targets and a management structure set up for anything but mediocrity and survival so the atmosphere will be great home and away which is what we the supporters thrive on.

    Happy days!

  • Munster Mag

    May 21, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Geordie expect a few spaniards! Sparky thanks for your optimism in the run in. Sadly i didnt share it and had said sam wud shove us out of the league and sadly was right. I think we can have a great season but i wud hope we clear the decks of far more than just wiji and co. I want rivi gouffy etc out. Too many with losing mentalities in there. I would also like to see rafa hire someone with an intimate knowledge of that league in some sort of advisory/ coaching capacity, on a 1 yr contract.

  • Munster Mag

    May 21, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail spot on

  • sparky55

    May 21, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #7


    Deep down I knew as well…Kharma was always going to see fat sam stamp on our heeds but it was good short term buzz of hope until reality set in.


    I’ll have a laf regardless…loads of yorkshire based away games

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #8

    I think people are going to be a bit disappointed when it comes to offloading these players we consider deadwood, that idiotic policy of handing out five year deals so better players couldn’t ask for improved deals two years in is going to bite them bad. How on earth are we going to get rid of Saivet when he is made for life by sitting on our bench or playing with the acedemy. We’re either going to have to bite the bullet and pay their contracts or let them rot. We have a few Xiscos on our hands right now.

  • geordieboy83

    May 21, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9


    Ta for the reply. My only issue with the Spanish would be would they handle the rough and tumble of the championship? I don’t think we would get any senior Spanish players, so it might be a bit much for a kid to come over and try his hand at it! Xabi alonso would be a nice touch as a final farewell for a season but not so sure it would happen.

    I do like that forestieri at sheff wed he’s a crazy little Argentinian, bit of a cheat by all accounts tho

  • geordieboy83

    May 21, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #10


    To be fair mate what I saw of saivet I think he’s a decent little player more than good enough for championship

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #11

    News from merseyside this is that raffa is spending the weekend decking out his man cave in a black and white colour scheme

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #12

    *this morning

  • Ibizatoon

    May 21, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m not sure I can be part of a World with more than one Xisco, Jail.

    Can’t disagree with this top 4 players of the season.

    Our 2nd/3rd choice GK has won it 2 years on the trot?

  • Ibizatoon

    May 21, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #14

    YCMIU…He’s already about to start painting? I worry he hasn’t given enough time to choosing which shade of white he’s going to use.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #15


    If saviet stays, i would like to actually see him play a bit. We have no real idea what he can do. Raffa played a crisis team and relied on the players who had prem experience, which meant him and doumbia never got a look in.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 21, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #16


    I think he went for “parisian moonlight white” and “deep charcoal”.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #17

    I thought he was pants and nearly cost us the game against W Ham, maybe he might get more of a chance if we start romping the league and games become less high stake.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 21, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Just thinking that myself.

  • shaun83

    May 21, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #19

    When it comes to signings I want enough to get us out the championship and that’s it. We aren’t going to be signing many if any proven European players who would then have us challenging at the top of the prem whilst in the championship!

  • Ibizatoon

    May 21, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #20

    YCMIU…In that case, it seems I was worried about nothing.

    This guy Rafa really knows his stuff.

    I wonder whether he’s also being signed up as the clubs new interior designer?

  • Jib

    May 21, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #21

    I think people may be surprised how few players leave NUFC in the summer.

    Rafa has always favoured a big squad with a rotational system and he always gives cup matches his beat shot (he has won a remarkable number of domestic cup competitions in the various countries he’s worked in ).

    He has an absolute total belief in his own ability to improve any player that comes under his influence.
    There will be no major clearout but if he is offered a player he thinks may be better than what he has he will take him.Expect an increase in numbers of players around the place.
    He doesn’t need any advice from an appointed assistant I would guess he has been on the phone nonstop to Aitor Karanka and Quique Flores (both ex Real Madrid fullbacks) as he advised them both to try their hands in the Championship.

  • STB

    May 21, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Spot on for Elliott. Fantastic season while it lasted and sounds like a strong character amongst some lilly-livered colleagues.
    If he stays, I suspect saivet deserves his chance. We have a huge number of games and he can play several positions. I cannot imagine he would be worse than sissokho was in about 35 of the 38 games he played.
    Get mbabu signed up as FB and CB cover and another LB in case Haidas breaks down again. It’s probably time to start using Dummet as Cb too. When he’s played there, he has been excellent. He is no woodgate but a proper defender.
    Our stats with him in defence are significantly better I imagine.
    Let’s hope there are no typical Newcastle last minute hitches or someone like Southampton start sniffing around him.

  • catchy in norway

    May 21, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #23

    Sad Fact

    all the past winners have been defenders or keepers.


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