Huddersfield’s new signing from Montpellier – Steve Mounie – is excellent in the air which is one reason why Rafa paired Ciaran Clark together in central defense.
And Cancel Mbemba ended up in the unfamiliar role of left-back, but the DR Congo International got stuck in well and had a good game, and his positioning was also quite good.
So good that he ended up as our best player at the John Smith’s Stadium yesterday in the 1-0 loss.
Chancel Mbemba got 27% and with 22% of the vote in second place was Mikel Merino, who deputized for Jonjo Shelvey and played well although the young 21-year-old still has a lot to learn.
And Mikel will become a much better player this season under Rafa Benitez because he has what it takes in both skills and attitude.
Third in the voting was Matt Ritchie who put in another 100% complete performance for the side.
Matt was also unlucky to see the Terrier’s goalkeeper make a fantastic save from his right footed shot after 16 minutes that looked like it was going into the goal just inside the post.
Other players who looked good for Newcastle included new signing Joselu who looked energetic up front compared to the disappointing Dwight Gayle and center-back Ciaran Clark also had another good game.