We will be rating each player in every game from now on starting next season, and we will still run the Man of the Match poll – also called “Who Was Our Best Player” when we don’t win the game.
Here are my ratings for the terrific win yesterday at Craven Cottage where the lads did us proud with a very good performance and all 3 points to end the season on a high.
Fabian Schar – heads home Newcastle’s 3rd goal after 61 minutes
Martin Dubravka (8) – Handled everything well and saved both shots on target. Another clean sheet for the Slovakian. Has settled well since his string of mistakes earlier this year. A top class keeper.
Isaac Hayden (8) – Filled in at right wing-back without any trouble at all. Connected on 12 passes and handled his defensive duties well. Joe Bryan and Ryan Sessegnon were very active on the left for Fulham, but Hayden remained very composed. Well deserved ovation when he was substituted.
Fabian Schar (10) – Another top class performance from Schar. His header in the 61st minute was superb. Made 48 passes with 77% accuracy including two key passes. He was very solid defensively as well as when he was on the ball. Led the team with 70 touches and we just love to watch him play.
Jamaal Lascelles (8) – The captain handled Mitro well in a bounce back from the Liverpool game. Cleared the ball a lot and plays best when he doesn’t try to emulate Schar with his passing. A great captain who we think will come back and be better next year.
Paul Dummett (7) – An energetic display from the Geordie who has filled in excellently for Florian LeJeune. The competition at the back is doing wonders for our defense. Filled in well at right-back when Hayden went off.
Matt Ritchie (9) – Another fully committed performance by Ritchie. He knows nothing else. Posed a big threat down the left and contributed two assists. Also landed a flurry of jabs on Schar after his goal?
Jonjo Shelvey (9) – Started off the scoring with a lovely half-volley from just inside the box. Looked like the Shelvey from last season. Adds another dimension to the side with his vision and passing accuracy.
Mo Diame (5) – 5 may be a bit harsh but in such a wonderful team performance he was a bit of a passenger. Especially when you consider that Fulham dominated possession, we would have expected to see him pressure Fulham more. He’not the same player as last year in what was most likely his final game.
Ayoze Perez (7) – Ayoze closes the season out with another goal. His movement was excellent as he provided options for Shelvey and works so well with Rondon. Perez has been world class since Almiron joined. A new contract for Ayoze should be a priority this summer to keep him at the club. If he can start next season in this form then watch out.
Christian Atsu (7) – Another solid performance from the Ghanaian who has played since Almiron’s injury. Ran his socks off and linked up well with Ritchie.
Salomon Rondon (7) – A nice goal for Rondon in what we hope is not his final appearance. His game is so well suited for this counter-attacking system. Really need to get him back for next year. He is a top class professional and would be a wonderful mentor to someone like Tammy Abraham.
Yoshinori Muto (6) – Muto was pretty quiet and really needs to get settled for next season. He doesn’t seem to be getting into the game when he comes on. Still playing like a new signing who is getting to know his teammates. That may be due to his time away from the club.
Federico Fernandez (8) – Came in to replace Dummett when he moved to right back and you couldn’t tell the difference. It has been hard luck on Federico this season with the emergence of Schar, Until November he was outstanding from the start the season.
Kenedy (7) – The Brazilian was only on for the final ten minutes but still managed 12 touches and completed all six of his passes. The game was over by the time he came on but it was really nice to see his celebration when Rondon scored. All the best to Kenedy.
What would your ratings be for yesterdaysgame?