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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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