Newcastle lost Andros Townsend through his escape clause in his contract when we were relegated and he was sold to Crystal Palace for £13M to continue his career under Alan Pardew after being coached to play some of his best football by Rafa Benitez.
But we replaced Andros with Bournemouth player Matt Ritchie before Newcastle allowed Andros to leave the club and Matt has looked a very good player for us.
Matt Ritchie in action against Fulham
Great game from the 26 year-old winger
In fact this lad could become a star player for Newcastle and could even turn out to be our best player this season.
He was great in the second half on Friday night and was unlucky not to have scored and he put the cross in that was clearly handled after 35 minutes and we should really have had a penalty – but didn’t.
Matt got 64% of the vote and was easily our Man of the Match.
But other players who had good games for Newcastle were right-back Daryl Janmaat, who seemed to pledge his future to Newcastle before the game.
Daryl was very prominent on Friday night in moving forward down the wing but also the Dutchman defended very well too.
Daryl could be made into a very good right winger one day and he can be a big player for us this season – we appreciate his positive attitude.
New arrival Grant Hanley (6%) has quickly forced his way into a starting position and he looked strong and commanding at the back and very vocal – which was good to see.
The hard-working Vurnon Anita playing in the strange position of right wing got 4% of the vote.
Central midfielders Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey, when he came on late in the game (too late?) – also looked good.