Our Man of the Match poll is currently extremely close with Mikel Merino and Matt Ritchie both on 37%
of the vote at the time of writing.
Matt had another one of those games when he was not only excellent up front for us and had an assist, but he worked his socks off for the cause.
We’re a little bit used to this great play from the former Bournemouth player, and he’s been just a terrific acquisition for us and the fans just love the lad.
Mikel Merino put in another convincing display for the side in the middle of the park, and by his own reckoning, he’s starting to get to grips with the Premier League.
This lad could be a great player for us at the end of the season if he keeps learning from Rafa and putting in performances like this.
Mikel Merino congratulates scorer Joselu after the first goal of the season
His through ball to Atsu out on the left that led to the first Newcastle goal of the season was a joy to watch.
It’s too close to call at the moment so if you haven’t voted yet – please do.