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These Were Newcastle’s Best Three Players Against Reading

10:36 pm, Thursday, August 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

We saw some good performances from the Newcastle players last night,  and especially in the second half,  which is reminiscent back in the early days when Rafa first arrived.

The team always seemed to improve in the second half and that’s probably because Rafa reads the game well and adjusts the team at half time.

We had three players stand out as our best players last night and it just so happens they are all new players brought in by Rafa during the summer.

matt ritchie scores penlaty reading

Matt Ritchie is our Man of the Match

It’s the third time in a row for Matt and this time he got 33% of the vote.

This player is fast becoming a favorite on Tyneside with his skill and his attitude. He scored the penalty after 50 minutes which he put away expertly and just watch his reaction – he kills a corner flag.

This lad was a star last season for Bournemouth in the Premier League and he is only going to get better under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez.

It’s also not lost on supporters that he left the Premier League to join the Magpies.

Matt replaced Andros Townsend, so we shouldn’t miss the former Tottenham winger too much this season.

isaac hayden readin goal

Isaac Hayden is second in the voting with 29% of the vote and he seems to be improving already under Rafa Benitez.

He has started every game so far in one of the holding midfield positions.

It seems Rafa has seen something in this former Arsenal youngster and he scored his first goal for the club last night and he  took it really well after 20 minutes.

He went close in the second half too when the goalkeeper blocked his chipped shot, so he is starting to add some goals to his game and he could become a big star at Newcastle this season.

Isaac was a terrific buy from the Gunners for a measly £2.5M.

dwight Gayle second goal 89 mins reading

Dwight Gayle scored two goals last night and he is third in the voting with 25% of the vote.

Dwight now has three of Newcastle’s first five goals this season and he is off to a good start on Tyneside.

His first goal was simply a magnificent strike from a free kick after 69 minutes and he was where he needed to be after 89 minutes to slot home his second and Newcastle’s fourth.

This lad wears the number 9 shirt and he seems to be inspired by it; we can see Dwight getting a stack of goals for us this season with this lightening quick play and his eye for goal.

yoan gouffran - had good game

We have to mention Yoan Gouffran (5% of vote and 4th in voting) and he was singled out by Rafa in his interview after the game.

Yoan almost scored a spectacular goal in the first half and he worked his socks off last night and it’s not been a good time for Yoan over the last two years.

He got good applause from the Geordie fans when he was replaced near the end of the game and this player can give us something in games in the Championship;  we now hope he doesn’t leave this month.

He is a good example to younger players because of his attitude and work ethic  in training and in the games.

Well done Yoan.

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Tags: Coaching · Dwight Gayle · Isaac Hayden · Man of the Match · Matt Ritchie · Newcastle News · Yohan Cabaye

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jimmysmith // Aug 18, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    He comes off contract at the end of the season, so he’d be great to keep if he can do the job, and so would then naturally relinquish his place just as we hopefully are better placed to replace him with epl quality.

    Haidarra apparently back in training, which might solve our left back situation this season too.

    Ings in, along with a fit and competitive Gouffran and Haidarra, and you could probably sell Sissoko and Tiote if you had too, and park the cash till the January window, or even better, the window after.

  • 2 expatmag // Aug 18, 2016 at 10:48 PM


    Haidara is not yhe answer. He is a continual sick note and anothr forward and winger are vital.

    Sissoko and Tiote are already gone nate. That is why they are not playing. It us just a question of how much we get for them now.

  • 3 jimmysmith // Aug 18, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Yeah obviously Haidarra’s fitness is the tipping point for him and us, although the club appear hopeful. Gouufran strikes me as a genuine option in the Championship. I don’t view him as the dud that others do, particularly at this level. If you got Ings or similar versatile quality forward, then you’d have him, Ritchie, Perez and Aarons to run the flanks, and even Janmaat and Anita as further options down the right side.

    The big issue with bringing in new players now, and giving them the long contracts we have, is obviously the question of what you can do with them should they be deemed not good enough this time next year.

    We would also need to sell more than two, before bringing in two, because we have too many players as it is.

  • 4 Tsunki // Aug 18, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Haidata has had a bad run since the manamacnamanamanaman incident and may never be the promise he was, but having entertained the likes of Taylor, Marveaux, Good , Mbabu and SDJ I think he deserves at least another run in the team. Even at half capability he’s still better than Dummett.

  • 5 Tsunki // Aug 18, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Has gouffran ever been played in his natural position for any length of time? He’s a much maligned character, in much the same way as Jonas was when Pardew absolutely destroyed his game with his awful tactical brief.

  • 6 jimmysmith // Aug 18, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Also with Tiote and Sissoko, it might well be that Rafa would prefer to move them on, but it is also true that deals most often don’t get done than do, and as things stand they are still here with the end of the window approaching. I don’t think we’ll fold and sell for less than we value them at. I don’t think that’s Rafa’s or Ashley’s way.

  • 7 JRTC // Aug 19, 2016 at 5:08 AM

    I like to see Tiote play some part this season. I know he’s not the player he once was & there’s some doubt about his commitment, however him & Hayden could share that holding midfield role.

    We’re missing some leaders… Add Krul, Hanley, Tiote & Mitrovic to the team and we’ve got a lot more steal!

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Aug 19, 2016 at 9:12 AM


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