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Who Was Newcastle’s Player Of The Season?

Well – it’s the end of the season and time to vote for who you think was Newcastle’s player of the season.

The season was yet another fight against relegation, and we were not safe until three games to go – last season we were safe until five games to go.

We haven’t included every player in the poll – for instance, we left out Miguel Almiron becasue he didn’t play enough games – although he looked great for us on the left wing when he did play.

As a reminder of the past here are the winners in the 12 years, we have been running this blog.

We point to the late Cheick Tiote who was our Player of the Season for 2010-2011.

That’s the season (February 2011) in which he scored that incredible equalizer to draw 4-4 at home to Arsenal after being 4-0 down at halftime and with just 25 minutes to play.

Cheick is in our thoughts today.

Cheick Tiote – after scoring incredible equalizer against Arsenal at home in 4-4 draw

The percentage of the vote the winners received is in the last column.

SeasonPlayer% of Vote
2007-2008Habib Beye51.4
2008-2009Sebastien Bassong67.9
2009-2010Jose Enrique37.0
2010-2011Cheick Tiote37.9
2011-2012Fabricio Coloccini35.6
2012-2013Fabricio Coloccini23.5
2013-2014Mike Williamson23.7
2014-2015Daryl Janmaat55.1
2015-2016Rob Elliot40.5
2016-2017Matt Ritchie59.0
2017-2018Jamaal Lascelles51.0
2018-2019Salomon Rondon (loan)35.0
2019-2020Martin Dubravka47.0

Here’s your chance – think about it – and then cast your vote – thanks.

Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Season?

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69 comments so far

  • Australian Pie

    May 13, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Rondon for me, without this guy working so hard and staying fit we could have been in real trouble.

    Schar had a very good season but don’t feel we would have been in as much trouble without him compared to Rondon.

    Honourable mention to Perez, excited to see Longstaff and Almiron for a full season next.

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t need to think about it, I’ve been thinking about it all season long.

    Fabian Schaer, our new Central Defensive colossus and also one of our most effective players going forward.


  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Ritchie has a single vote at this point – wonder if that was from toonbrother?


  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Funny for a side with a reputation for open, expansive football to continually vote for defenders and defensive midfielders as their Players of the Season. Only Matt Ritchie out of the list above is an attacking player.

    And this season, he’s been mostly playing wing-back.

  • Tim the toon

    May 13, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Always amazes me about the amount of slagging Perez gets – according to EPL stats he is top (for an attacking player) for tackles and top for interceptions – and by an absolute mile. The amount of graft he gets through is amazing, given is position on the field. If you want to talk about players with heart – you don’t have to look much past Ayoze!

  • lochinvar

    May 13, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Doris Day

    Que sera sera

  • Tim the toon

    May 13, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #7

    … given his position …

  • Bladey

    May 13, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Chris h sacked big deal get over it
    You don’t own brighton it’s up to the owners what they do he was a few points off relegation they have every right to sack him

  • cyprus

    May 13, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Went with Perez. Equally, my vote could’ve gone to the others in the top five, above, and Longstaff.

    Each choice can be well argued.

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Tim the toon, you’re right, but I feel Perez lacked consistency in his main job (scoring and creating goals) throughout the season. His hot spell since February doesn’t get him player of the season this time round for me. I know plenty will vote for him though, and rightly so.

  • cyprus

    May 13, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Apart from the top 6, as is, Dummett had a no nonsense season. As is his style.

  • barkel

    May 13, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Would have gone for Almiron, he was the driving force for our upturn in performances. Brought balance to the squad and provided a much needed outlet, he was the main reason why Perez has done so well in the second half of the season.

  • Tim the toon

    May 13, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #13

    By all accounts, Hoots is a really nice guy – but facts are facts, Brighton have been terrible in 2019, and were really lucky to avoid relegation; the style of football has been dire. Think they gonna battle to keep hold of Dunk and Duffy – can see bigger clubs coming in for them, maybe even as a pair. Apart from the Blades I can see them as favourites for the drop next season.

  • magscar

    May 13, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Repost – somethings never change eh. ( atleat can correct spending figure to £75M 🙂

    On Hoots I like guy but in the unrelenting PL climate we have been in for a few years when some clubs change manager twice in a season! his departure was surely inevitable. If he had been here with that scenario I guess there would have been a clamour for him to go despite the respect we all hold for him.

    His record in 2019 was appalling and he started with several new arrivals costing over £75M and didn’t lose anyone of note. Cardiff nearly caught them and for a club the size of Brighton relegation after what they spent would have been a disaster.

    It would seem that Owner wants change and doesn’t see Hoots as being the right man to oversee next season – and keep them up. If they continued their form of last 5 months they would have been certs for relegation – it’s his call and as long as he gets next appointment right he will have been correct. Graham Potter seems to be bookies favourite and he had an unremarkable playing career but has been catching the eye of a few clubs with his managerial style. Good fit for Brighton if he is appointed? – who knows?.

    When a club finishes a season as Brighton have and without serious absences of key players an owner has the unenviable task of deciding on further overhaul of playing staff ( some aging will have to go anyway) or change the manager ( who apparently is/has lost players and fans). I suspect Hoots is the type of manager who can get clubs promoted but can’t build from there.

    There are several like that of varying capabilities and playing styles such as Alladyce, Warnock, Pulis, who usually find a new job fairly easily. Look at how many clubs changed manager last season in PL and Championship and it is a merry-go-round

    Unless they do get appointment right I suspect they will still be one of favourites along with Sheff Utd for drop next season

  • Tim the toon

    May 13, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #16


    Understand your point – just seen too many posters this season giving him a lot of stick – his combined stats for tackles and interceptions is over 100 for the season; the next best attacking player in the entire league is in the 60’s. His upturn came when we changed the style of play in the midfield, and guys like Longstaff and Hayden got into the opposition half much more, and made more runs into the box, which gave him a bit more support. Quite often he as losing the ball when he was isolated, and facing multiple defenders – he’s never going to be big and strong enough to just hold up the ball to bring others into the game – it’s never going to be a strength of his game.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    You can’t argue with any of that imo, I’m not sure why we’re all getting so hot up about it, we really do have a lot more to worry about with our own manager and the futures of half our team.

  • AncientC

    May 13, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Brighton’s squad valuation means Brighton have punched their weight this season. Brighton haven’t underperformed when you look at their squad level. Now that Brighton can start throwing a bit of a budget around; you can hardly blame them for wanting to try and guarantee more success instead of gambling on Hughton being able to progress to the next level.

    Different sites would give you different valuations, but Brighton’s true squad valuation, considering some of their poor buys, surely has Brighton with a bottom 3 PL squad value.

    Hughton can leave with his head firmly postured high. It’s somebody else’s headache now and the next manager is unlikely to leave Brighton with his reputation in tact the same way Hughton has.

  • magscar

    May 13, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Difficult choice for Player of Season this year as there isn’t any one who has been consistent or appeared for full season.

    There are several obvious choices though including Perez, Ritchie, Hayden, Rondon and Schar.

    The latter 2 are where I am torn and think Rondon perhaps edges it for me.

    Not just for his vital goals but because he has been instrumental in not only enhancing other players better form (Perez) but actually allowed Rafa to evolve his system as he has been aiming for.

    Most have done us proud this season and only Kenedy, Murphy, Muto have underwhelmed.

    Hope next season is as difficult to choose with likes of Almiron,Longstaff and some ANothers as well as current regulars to entertain us 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Tim the toon, I agree with what you’re saying. I think if Perez starts next season like he finished this one (no reason why he can’t now Almiron is in place, assuming he’s not leading the line like you say) then he could get 20 goals. After all he got 13 this season and didn’t start scoring till after Christmas.

    If he gets 20 goals, he’ll be a shoe-in for player of the season this time next year. I think he’s popular, but frustrating. We need one full season like the last few months and we’ll be singing his name from the rafters every match.

  • jane

    May 13, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #21

    how long till KO?

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    last point on Hughton.

    Had our fixtures been reversed this season and we’d had a decent opening 10 matches and then gained only 3 points over the last 10 games, would folks be calling for Rafa’s head?

  • magscar

    May 13, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #23


    Not too often we agree but I am with you on that.

    If Hoots hadn’t have been one of ours no- one would have thought any more about it than likes of Wagner, Moore,.

  • posada

    May 13, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m glad the season is over.
    I need a break.
    It’s tough being a supporter of NUFC.
    Tougher than it should be.

  • Tim the toon

    May 13, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Agreed Rob; if we continue playing the style of football we have in 2019, and make the signings Rafa is looking for, we’ll score more goals, and move up the league. If we score 8 – 10 more goals and defend like we have this season, we are competing for 8th to 10th. Don’t think it’s too much of a stretch, and not going to need huge nett spend.

  • hibbit

    May 13, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Rob who know but if we had got off to a good i think Rafa would have built on it not thrown it away, especially if Rafa had a £75m transfer budget available

  • magscar

    May 13, 2019 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #27


    Given that we didn’t panic at the (expected) poor return at the beginning of the season from those fixtures realising how difficult they were, then I would hope by far the majority of us would have cut Rafa similar slack if it had happened.

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #28

    hibbit, fair points all.

    I’ve always been a footy romantic – I think the debate here is romaticism vs pragmatism. I would rather that small, family clubs like Brighton, Huddersfield and Fulham were run with the former at the forefront, but I’m aware I’m probably deluding myself in the modern Premier League era.

    I still think it’s a shame for Hoots, Brighton and football in general, though.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Rondon has left the building, Diame is also gone, arguably one of our best players Matt Ritchie is deemed too old to give a new deal and will presumably moved on before he can leave for free or much cheaper. Perez will want away if Rafa goes, and we know about Hayden’s situation, Kenedy gone, we need two FB’s and two strikers, all that to sort out on top of a deal or no deal for Rafa.

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #31

    Good article, that Jib. Says what I’ve been trying to get across but with actual facts, stats and skilful writing to back it up.

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Agree with magscar here on Rondon. He just edges it because yes others like Schar have stepped up and moments of unpredictable brilliance have been noteworthy , the sheer workrate and motivational drive of Ritchie has to be admired and yes, Perez has come out from his feather weight blind alley antics to drive home the last half of the season, but I think Rondon has in a large way facilitated positions over all areas of the pitch – hold up play and good vision that creates space for players like perez, a focal point for the wingers because he’s a true forward who knows exactly where he should be positioned, relieves pressure on attacking midfielder because he’s a threat to defences from the 30 yard mark onwards, and works intelligently and selflessly in and around the box.

    All that and he isn’t even ours. 🙂

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail – but there’s also a pessimistic angle to consider……


    It’s going to be an eventful summer.

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #34

    I mean that it’s going to be anything but dull. Either Rafa stays because he got his demands and we will see exciting developments, or he leaves because Ashley stuffs him up and we reel in dismay at the PR machinations and wriggling as the club try to explain how they are going to land a better option. Ecstasy or controversy. Which one will it be at NUFC? 🙂

  • Jib

    May 13, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #35

    Another one to add to the growing list

    Turkish Football have claimed that Newcastle United, Everton, Celtic and
    Turkish clubs are interested in signing Wolfsburg wonderkid
    Charles-Jesaja Herrmann this summer.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 13, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Reported that Ashley has lost £460 plus million this past year

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Although it seems a shame that the defence, a rotating (jesper!) buffet including Dubravka, don’t get a look in seeing as they kept our goal difference down with solid displays despite us not scoring. They came into their own when we did start banging them in. Ask Man City 😉

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #38

    Aye Charlie he’s a poorer billionaire these days. He’s wondering where the next failing high street department store will be coming from. Hard times indeed, guv’nor.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 13, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Almiron has been forgotten. I wouldn’t vote for him but he’s played more than some others on there and his introduction totally changed the team.


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