These Were Easily Newcastle’s Best Two Players Against Swansea

There will not be much argument from Newcastle fans as to who were our best two players yesterday in the excellent 1-0 win at Swansea.

Captain fantastic Jamaal Lascelles had a fabulous game, and it’s not surprising the Chronicle are reporting today that Newcastle (make that Rafa) want to extend his contract past 2020 with a new improved deal.

He was our Man of the Match with 55% of the vote.

When he was younger, Jamaal was picked out as a possible England star of the future, and under Rafa Benitez, he is starting to show some of that enormous potential and his attitude is just first class.

Jamaal had a so-so season last term down below, but then we found out he had played with a groin problem from late October on.

Jamaal Lascelles after scoring yesterday

The signing of the season for Newcastle has been Mikel Merino.

Mikel is second in the voting with 32%, and he looks a powerful player on the ball – he reminds us just a little of the great Duncan Edwards, the former Manchester United midfielder in the 1950s.

Edwards was one of the best players England ever produced, and he died in the Munich Air crash at just 21 years old after playing 177 games for the Red Devils with 21 goals; he also had 18 caps for England with 5 goals.

The 21-year-old Spaniard seems to be getting better with every game, and he was excellent for Newcastle in central midfield yesterday and is forming a hard-working midfield partnership with the unheralded Isaac Hayden.

Isaac is the type of player you don’t notice too much during a game, but the team doesn’t play as well when he’s not on the team – as we found out last season.

A great result for us yesterday and our hats go off the Jamaal for an outstanding display.

And when we do sign Mikel for £6M next year our question will be – how much will he then be really worth in the transfer market – if he keeps playing like he did yesterday for us.

All is rosy in the Newcastle garden at the moment – hopefully, it can stay that way.

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22 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #1

    toon king
    i don’t think there’s an owner in the premiership that would have sacked Rafa under those circumstances

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Sep 11, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Merino was excellent except for his disgraceful dive which he should’ve been booked for.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 11, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Sacking Rafa after relegation would have been like sacking the salvage contractor for allowing the ship to sink.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 11, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Although technically salvage contracts dont…actually…work that way between line owners…and….never mind you can see where i went with that.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 11, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Gonufc – yes unless you count it as a bit of fortune for us for a change. I think there are plenty of pundits out there doing the conga to chip in with who of our players should be banned next without fans on this site helping them out.

    Unless you’ve already sent your own video of the event to the BBC, sky…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 11, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Isn’t it strange that when certain poster(s) are about the ‘hearting’ goes up a notch, ehm ehm

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ll spare the repost.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #8

    i just ‘hearted’ myself to show that I’m not self hearting 😀

  • outside the box

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    gonufc @2 ..when i first saw merino replay …i thought he had been pulled back …but i havent seen that part of the replay again it seems to concentrate on last tackle ….could be wrong though …..i read somewhere teams against toon have had 3 players red carded whereas toon have had 17 redcarded in same period ? wheres jib when needed,,

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Tsunki- All I’ve seen is the match live on TV and I thought it was a dive. I don’t like seeing anyone cheating regardless if it’s the team I support.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    NUFC and hail from the previous thread.

    With the ball whipped in from the wings in a packed box Mitro well run and jump through defenders to win it, he is physically stronger and in my opinion a lot more ‘ballsier’ than Joselu, for packed defences and chasing a game I’d prefer Mitro… That’s in no way critical of Joselu, I’ve said previously I think he’s turning out to be a great signing on the few times he’s played, im off the opinion that he is better in the air than Joselu. Joselu has 5 years or more on him but his goals scored I would bet without looking it up would go to Mitro. I believe he’s got more PL goals in less seasons too!

  • Tom Page

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Not so much like Duncan Edwards as the great Jimmy Scoular who played for us in the 1955 Cup Final. Jimmy used to pass the ball just like Mikel does – accurate whether short or long. One big difference between the two was that Jimmy was also a dirty bugger. In one game against Bury he put the opposing player onto the old cinder track that ran around the Park, then proceeded to literally walk all over the man as he lay on the ground.
    That was ‘wor Jimmy’ – but what a great footballer he was.

  • Thump

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    The infighting on here has to stop. Any opportunity to have a pop at posters some people disagree with.

    @Krul: I’d love to see a Mitro/Joselu partnership. Joselu has the ability to play more as a #10, and I reckon it could lead to some goals for both of them. Not usually a fan of playing two target men, but nobody can deny Joselu’s work rate – the lad seems desperate to impress.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #14


    Joselu has won more balls in the box these last few games and threatened the goal more from headers than I think I’ve ever seen Mitro do. As big and strong as Mitro is, his movement in the box isn’t as clever as Joselu’s

  • magspuggy

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Rafa wont be going anywhere and ashley wont have to dig a hole in his wallpaper to back the club. All we have to do is keep taking the points from the bottom 2 middle clubs and make us safe for the season. The club can then reinvest its own earnings and push for better next season. Ashley happy rafa happy 90% of the fans happy and on we go. Our club was in a mess and is now on the right track . The rebuild will not be quick or easy but it will happen and it will work. Rafa has most of what he wants right here right now and is proving he is the right man for the job.
    Exciting time to be a geordie atm the best is yet to come.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Nope but I admire the enthusiasm.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #17

    Clark certainly deserves a mention. His performance went unrecognised. Always solid and first to the ball. Thats one part jamaal is missing in his game. Hopefully can learn that off Clark.

    Gomez played brilliant for a guy whos barely played. Only question i have is why isnt he playing more. U can see all the athletico experience in him.

    Ritchie was always so assured on the ball. There was patches we couldn’t string a few passes together. It kept slipping away. But ritchie kept taking control of the ball and kept possession.

    Murphy i was disappointed with, but im not narrow minded. It was only one performance, and his debut. Give him time to improve.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #18

    On my afternoon catch up. About the the kick in the nuts vs the kick in the shoulder. It begs the question, when is a high foot a free kick/yellow card/red card? If say ritchie had done everything the same but there was no player near him, and so he took the ball down and was through on goal; should the referee have blown up for a highfoot? Should he have got a yellow or a red? Assuming no for those questions, then the decision depends on the level of danger or potential to injure. Both Mane and Ritchie were going for the ball, there is no question of intent. Ritchie clipped the guys shoulder, but he seemed more concerned about getting Ritchie sent off than his injury. So maybe the rule should be based on the effect of the challenge; hurt the fella then red, minor contact/close shave yellow, near miss within 5 yards free kick. What happens when two players go up with high feet, miss the ball and kick each other in the head, do they both get sent off? Many times, in every match someone goes for a high ball with a foot when another is going in with the head; it often happening when the ball is bouncing around the penalty area. Lascelles did an overhead high foot clearance in the Swansea match just like this, nothing doing; but if the Swansea player going in with his head was half a yard quicker?
    I think it is a very difficult area to make consistent judgements on, and certainly worthy of discussion; so I wasn’t suprised to see it highlighted on MOTD. But the level of intelligence displayed in the ‘discussion’ was mind boggling.. It was an excellent oportunity to discuss the high foot issues and refereeing consistency. There was a match with two high foot challenges; one to the shoulder, one to the nuts. One makes the ref laugh, one get out a yellow (would the ref be having a laugh with Mitro if he had done the same?). Obviously an ideal time to highlight Mbemba’s kick to the head and question why that wasn’t a free kick. MOTD certainly knew about it from Newcastle fans, raging on their twitter feed, as soon as the match was over.
    I know all fans think decisions don’t go their way and that refs are against them. I know I’m biased in this area; but it’s true, IT’S TRUE, it’s true I tell ya. They’vr got it in for us.
    Rant temporarliy over.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #19


    Well said mate ???

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Sorry the question marks where ment to be clapping emojis lol

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 11, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes Merino dived and it looked bad. But he chose to go down when he was pulled back by the shoulder. Unfortunately, it seems unless you fall over a referee won’t give you a freekick, even if it is a foul. This has lead to the situation whereby as soon as a player feels contact, he pulls his legs up and falls to the ground. I think it more sensible that when you feel the tug of the shirt, you stop, go with the tug, but not fall over, whilst looking at the offending player tutting and raising the shoulders in the WTF was that for getsure. When someone tugs your shirt or taps or tugs your shoulder, in normal life, you don’t fall over, but in football you do. Go figure.

  • custurd

    Sep 11, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #22

    Moreover: how high does a foot have to be, to be classed as a high foot? Or is it only a “high foot” if it makes contact with an opposition player? For example; attacker tries a scissor kick between waist and chest height, just as a defender stoops to head clear and gets a foot in the chops. High kick?


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