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Who Are Newcastle’s Best Three Center-Backs?

As Steve Bruce so often says – Newcastle are blessed with six good central defenders if we include Paul Dummett in that number.

We have captain Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Florian Lejeune, Federico Fernandez, and Ciaran Clark.

We had thought at the beginning of the season that once Florian Lejeune was fit again, after a second serious ACL injury in a year, our best three center-backs would be Fabian Scar, Jamaal Lascelles, and Florian Lejeune.

But at the moment, with Jamaal out injured – Fede Fernandez, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett are the three performing very well at the back for the Magpies.

On Saturday, the whole team played magnificently in the 2-2 draw against Premier League Champions Manchester City and the side seems to have lost none of the guts, fight, and passion since Rafa left in the summer.

Steve Bruce has decided to play three center-backs at the back since they seem to be used to playing that way, and that has helped settle the defense and the side in general.

Florian Lejeune – chomping at the bit to play

With Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune chomping at the bit to get a first-team start, the competition will be intense for those three back positions.

That’s all good news for Newcastle.

Maybe in January, all we really need is an upfront striker or two who can put the ball in the back of the net.

We’re not too sure why we need another central midfield player since we have the Longstaff brothers, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, and Ki Sung-yueng, who has faded from the scene this season under Steve Bruce.

It was a magnificent performance from Newcastle on Saturday against Man City, and we now need to see the same effort, determination, and skill at Sheffield United on Thursday (7:30pm KO) and at home to Southampton (2:00pm KO) on Sunday.

Steve Bruce has said he will start rotating his team for the seven fixtures we have through January 1st in the league, so maybe we’ll see players like Florian Lejeune and Fabian Schar get a game this month?

You have three votes (per reader).

Who Are Newcastle's Best Three Center-Backs

  • Schar (32%, 927 )
  • Lejeune (28%, 800 )
  • Fernandez (21%, 611 )
  • Lascelles (14%, 391 )
  • Clark (4%, 117 )
  • Dummett (2%, 48 )

Total Voters: 984

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What do you think?

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19 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa knew his defenders. He always picked Lascelles. I think Lascelles makes the other defenders play 10% better.

  • stan anderson

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #2

    That draw certainly felt like a win to me.
    I missed the match and was told they beat us 1-2. Nice surprise to get the unexpected point.
    Thought we were in for a whooping after Villa showing.
    Well done the Toon.

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Clark is by far our most underrated player

    Hardly put a foot wrong in three plus years.

    My votes were Schar Lejeune and Clark. Lascelles is capable of costly howlers

  • torresmex90

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #4

    The inconsistency kills me! I’m hoping we can sort it out and continue to grow as a squad throughout the season. Joelinton needs a rest…

    I’m going to England for the first time ever over the Christmas holidays, and plan on finally setting foot upon St. James Park for our game against Everton on the 29th. Can locals give me any tips on the best match day activities around Newcastle. This is truly a life long goal of mine to see my beloved team play live, let alone at St. James’. Things to do/see on matchday?? Anybody wanna be a tour guide? ?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #5

    NY Mag


  • geordietom

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #6


    ask TOOL22 to be your tour guide mate , he’ll bore you to death …

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle is a drinking city and very famous for its nightlife so when in Rome…

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #8

    The fact is that everyone will struggle to answer this one. I’ve gone for Lejeune, Lascelles and Schaer, just because they seem to provide the greatest defensive strength. However, I’m willing to admit that Fernandez, Clark and Dummett have all been really strong too this season.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Clark can make the odd howler too. obviously not many in recent memory. but i remember a few he got away with when we first come up.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Id agree with that summary Rob

  • martoon

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Rob @8 – I’d agree with that while Lascelles maybe not the best at playing out his leadership skills make up for it and with the other 2 alongside him he can simply pass to one of them. I like Clark but he is prone to pushing and grappling in the box which has given away penalties in the past but he does pop up with goals so tough to leave him out.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #12

    martoon, the goals aspect is really important and it’s been really interesting that Clark has a couple, Schaer, Lascelles and Fernandez have one (I think) but Dummett hasn’t scored for at least what, three seasons?

    Not saying a defender should be picked for their goals, but if they can provide a threat then it’s another string to their bow.

    Fernandez slaloming his way out of our area and setting up an attack on Saturday was a sight to behold!

  • geordietom

    Dec 2, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #13

    robleenio …

    re: Fede agree with you mate floating through midfield beating 3 player’s , didn’t know he had it in him …


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 2, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    i wouldnt fancy being 6th choice. i think thats dummet now. hes also found himself 3rd choice left back despite playing to his usual dependable standard.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 2, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #15

    actually, Dummett played some lovely little dinked passes over the top on Saturday too, generally straight down the line to ASM. I may be wrong but I think it was his ball that started the move for Jethro’s goal. He put in some crucial blocks and kept the left wing pretty quiet all day (in partnership with ASM and Jethro of course).

    As I said, it’s hard to find fault with any of them and plenty to praise in all of them.

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 2, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Since I can’t lose Clarke as the CF and Scär as the CDM, it has to be Lejeune, Lascelles and Fernandez in central defence. Cracking backbone of a team, isn’t it?

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 2, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotunda, you make some good footballing points but this isn’t one of them…

    To be fair to Rafa he didn’t get Almiron till later in the season and didn’t have the luxury of a 60M strike force either at this stage of the season.

    The ‘luxury’ of a £60M strike force?

    Jo and ASM who are new to the Prem and have scored one goal between them?

    Rafa had Rondon who most fans wanted to keep and Perez both of whom were proven Prem players and goal scorers.

    Nobody is saying Bruce is better than Rafa but the fact is, and especially considering the fixtures he’s had, Bruce has done well to be ahead of Rafa on points at this stage of the season.

    Whilst I like ASM and believe he will improve his end product my jury is still out as to whether he will provide the goals, assists and link up between midfield and attack that Perez did over a season. And Jo is defo no Rondon.

    IMO it is fair to compare Rafa and Bruce up to this point in the season and it is fair to point out that Bruce has more points.

    And, if Bruce ends the season with more points than Rafa then he will have done better on a season to season comparison.

    End of.

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 2, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Why not do a stadium tour. If you email the club and explain your situation they should sort you out.
    However you won’t be disappointed in Newcastle and the Quayside is a good place to start.
    Enjoy the game!

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 2, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Of course you could ask Jib to give you a tour as he does know all things Newcastle, but don’t discuss football as his knowledge is limited and, of course he is Ashley’s PR.
    He also thinks Joelinton has got potential! (as a nightclub doorman)!


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