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Our Player Ratings For Disappointing Defeat To Everton

This is the team Steve Bruce transitioned to during our most effective patch of play, it also includes the three second-half substitutions.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 7

  • Martin rebounded in fantastic fashion after his poor showing at Manchester United. He made a wonderful save early on a Mason Holgate shot when there was panic in the box. Another tremendous save on Moise Kean early in the second half in a one on one. He was left exposed for the two goals and could do nothing about them. He did make a mistake late when a poor punch went straight to Tom Davies in the box who couldn’t make anything of it.

DeAndre Yedlin – 5

  • Yedlin started very well with a great cross-field pass to Joelinton in the first minute that ultimately led to a Miguel Almiron chance. He was very lively down the right flank but his final ball often let him down. Yedlin was again exposed defensively. Though had some good blocks in the box.

Fabian Schar – 6

  • This was another mixed effort from Fabian. He had a decent effort to challenge Jordan Pickford in the first half. Took his goal well with a poacher-like reaction to Andy Carroll’s header. Schar, however, was responsible for tracking Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the second goal but failed to do so. His deliveries were hit and miss but mostly miss.

Fede Fernandez – 5

  • Fernandez was stout at the back on set-pieces with some timely blocks and clearances. Though he appeared to fade late and it showed in the final ten minutes with some questionable clearances. Fede also had difficulty coping with the pace and agility of Everton’s attackers. It was not his best performance but he had some pacy forwards to manage on just 48 hours rest.

Florian Lejeune – 3

  • This was Florian’s worst performance in a long time but it doesn’t concern us whatsoever. He simply should not have been playing after starting two matches already this week. So we’ll chalk this display down to fatigue. He was off the pace and also got no help from Jetro Willems who was often caught upfield. An afternoon to forget but it’s not a mystery as to why.

Jetro Willems – 6

  • Jetro is another one who could have used a rest. He left Lejeune exposed at the back far too often in the first half. Willems almost had a wonderful assist when he found Miguel in the box but the Paraguayan hit the post. Jetro did well to get into good positions going forward but also was hit and miss with his deliveries.

Jonjo Shelvey – 5

  • Jonjo was a little sporadic this afternoon. He also seemed to fade as the game progressed even though he was rested on Thursday. Played some great balls in the first half but didn’t match Everton’s intensity to start the second. However, Jonjo put in a shift in front of the backline and tried to push us forward on occasion.

Isaac Hayden – 6

  • Hayden played very well in the first half and made some crunching challenges. Won the ball back a few times to restart the attack after Everton’s first goal. However, like Shelvey, he faded as the game progressed but that was more due to Everton controlling the game than fatigue.

Miguel Almiron – 6

  • Miguel came so close to scoring his second Newcastle goal when he hit the post from a Willems pass. However, that was his only shot to really test Jordan Pickford. He had a decent penalty shout in the first minute and was honest to keep his feet. Miguel put in his customary all-out effort but again didn’t offer too much of a threat other than when he hit the post.

Joelinton – 7

  • It was a very good first half from the Brazilian. This is the second straight match where he’s shown a bit of a spark. He played Almiron through in the first minute. When he drifted out wide, he looked lively beating his man on occasion and getting balls into the box. Joelinton also managed to get a couple of shots on target. However, he didn’t look too threatening but is showing signs of improvement.

Andy Carroll – 7

  • The big man was a force today winning over 20 aerial duels. He got another assist on Fabian Schar’s goal. Carroll again got the job done defensively with some towering clearances. However, we sometimes resort to punting the ball to Andy too often when he’s on the pitch. Carroll also didn’t offer much of a threat on goal.


Christian Atsu – 3

  • We were disappointed in Christian Atsu this afternoon. He came on in the 74th minute for Florian Lejeune. Bruce transitioned to a 4-4-2 with Christian on the wing but he did very little but lose possession.

Dwight Gayle – 4

  • Gayle came on for Joelinton to play upfront with Andy Carroll in a 4-4-2. However, Gayle barely touched the ball again in another frustrating appearance. He was trying to get forward but he just couldn’t get involved.

Sean Longstaff – n/a

  • Barely touched the ball when he came on for Jetro Willems in the 84th minute. Not enough time on the pitch for a rating.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 2-1 Defeat To Everton?

  • Andy Carroll (38%, 525 )
  • Joelinton (15%, 207 )
  • Martin Dubravka (13%, 180 )
  • Miguel Almiron (11%, 158 )
  • Jetro Willems (7%, 94 )
  • Fabian Schar (6%, 80 )
  • Isaac Hayden (2%, 33 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (2%, 25 )
  • Federico Fernandez (1%, 20 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 16 )
  • Florian Lejeune (1%, 12 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 12 )
  • Christian Atsu (1%, 8 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 8 )

Total Voters: 1,378

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38 comments so far

  • investinyouthtoon

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully the injury to schar isn’t too serious and will be back after a week or so (fingers crossed). If we’re really short of cover perhaps playing hayden as cb with Fernández might be the best option. Although playing like that against Leicester or Liverpool and we’d be ducked who would both have strikers on form playing.

    Yes ref was shocking but unfortunately that can happen in football at times, and we need to move on from it and quickly rather than burying our heads in the sand and pretending we weren’t anything but average at best.

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #2

    Could be a very long January – can’t see us beating Leicester , Wolves , Chelsea or Everton – hopefully we can get a win against Rochdale and get an easy draw for next round … we really need to bring in reinforcements January especially given injuries …likely we’ll need to drop players from squad as I doubt we’ll be able to sell many of our fringe squad players

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #3


    Yedlin Schar Lejuene Willems

    Ibrahima Sissoko

    Bowen Almiron Saint-Maximin

    Mateta Everton Soares


    Rony Lopes

  • Reilly

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #4

    “I won’t act unless it will improve the team and I have to let two or three go if we want to make changes.”

  • carltoon

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #5

    I thought Joelinton had a good game. He’s not a centre forward though. And Caroll put himself about.

  • carltoon

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Reilly that’s a no to any signings then.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Get rid of Hayden, Lascelles, Elliot, Dummet, Gayle and Sean Longstaff in January. That should give us around £95m.

    Sign the following:

    Everton Soares – £35m
    Bowen – £17m
    Ibrahima Sissoko – £10.5m
    Santon – £4m
    Mateta – £35m
    Rony Lopes – Loan
    Morelos – £27m

    Total – £128.5m

    Net spend – £33.5m

    Should sort of out for a few years. Would just need Abeid, Sebastien Corchia and a Goalkeeper in the summer.

  • Reilly

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Looks that way.

  • Patoon

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #9


    U do kno we’re owned by mike ashley, we’re not gonna b spending money and are u about 13 by any chance, hayden is our best player in so many games breaking up play and doin the dirty work so shelvey has time and space on the ball yet u seem 2 think hes shit and dummet when played at left back is a really good solid defender, poor going forward but a left backs first thing is 2 defend, it showed last season when he came back from injury after christmas

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Hayden and Dummett aren’t good enough. Their technical ability is not up to standard. Need to get rid asap. Sure Southampton would take Hayden for £15m. Ibrahima Sissoko and Santon are massive upgrades.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Not keen on Shelvey being the one to sit in front the back 3. Surely it should be Hayden patrolling that area and Jonjo getting further forward.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Ketsbaia, I agree on a couple those being bowen and Morelos. However hasn’t the hull chairman got a problem with Bruce and rangers board would rather not have to deal with anything associated with Ashley. That being the case then those two seem unlikely unfortunately

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Will be Ibrahima Sissoko in the next few weeks. We’ve agreed a £10.3m deal and he’ll be the first to sign. He the next Patrick Vieira.

    Everton Soares is more realistic than Morelos though. I’d be surprised if we didn’t sign Jarrod Bowen. Almiron will be deployed in a more central role from now on and will cover on the left.

  • jane

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #14

    “West Ham United can confirm that Manuel Pellegrini has left the Club with immediate effect.”

  • investinyouthtoon

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Ketsbaia, I have heard very good things about Ibrahima Sissoko, is that what you’ve heard about him signing and if so from where if you don’t mind me asking?

  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #16

    I admire your naive optimism …I think

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #17

    From previous thread.
    Shearer’s take on today’s match will be the same as mine, only more polite cos he’s on BBC!
    “We’re sh1te because of Ashley” !

  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Even Kevin Kilbane admitted we should of had a pen,what’s the point in var when they won’t overturn the ref even when it’s stone wall..sidibe had 2 out stretched arms while running into the back of Carroll, add that to giving a corner when it was clear as day a gk..that led to there free kick and goal

  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #20

    The Sun lol must be true 100% done deal

  • carltoon

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #21

    WestHam manager sacked!

  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #22


    Dec 28, 2019 at 8:29 PM
    Comment #4

    Funny how hes starting to sound just like Pardue already


  • carltoon

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Yes just seen the corner incident. why do we get these wrong decision all the time??

  • carltoon

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Sorry Jane just read your post.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #25

    West Ham should be in the top 6 with that squad.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #26

    The team is crying out for a quality box to box central mid fielder with a bit of pace. We are noticeably a bit slow in the engine room.

    We’d be much better with Hayden or Longstaff sitting deeper protecting the back 3, and a genuine box to box guy alongside him getting forward with energy and pace.

    Jonjo, for all his ability, really doesn’t entirely fit the bill in either position, in this system at least, because he lacks that bit of pace needed in advanced positions and doesn’t defend with the necessary intensity to hold.

    He definitely should at least be the one playing further up the pitch, with Hayden the one sitting getting in challenges.

  • kc2012

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #27


    Did you really say Hayden isn’t good enough and we’d get £15m for him haha, ok.

    He’s one of our best players and an absolute rock most of the time. Also very young and English so £15m, try £30m+.

    As for selling Lascelles, no actual Toon fan would suggest selling him but hey. Like we could definitely afford an upgrade on him if Harry ‘dinnerlady’ Maguire went for £85m and is nowhere near the level of Lascelles.

    Why don’t we just sell Saint-Maximin for 45p and half a pack of bourbon creams whilst we’re at it.

    Reckon we’d get atleast a Curly Wurly for Dubravka aswell, great deal that.

    Definitely swap Almiron for a multipack of Volvic bottled water.

    Throw a bid in for Mbappe for 67p aswell and hopefully get Cavani and Di Maria as part of the 67p deal.

  • jimiley

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #28

    I have heard of clubs giving free seats on a game by game basis to try to make the stadium have atmosphere. I have never known a club give up ten thousand season tickets for half a season. You know a club is phooked when that happens.
    The owner is on the run and the last thing the area should do is to take up the offer. but what do the Geordies do??? Putty in his hands

  • dougie

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #29

    The incredible luck that we’ve had has ran it’s course now,time for a reality check.This squad is going to struggle to stave off relegation because it’s a collection of players who would struggle in the Championship.Almiron,Joelinton,Gayle and Carroll can’t provide the goals that’s needed to stay up.Atsu and Ritchie are useless as well.The Longstaffs are no where near Premier League level,Hayden is average at best and Shelvey turns up once in a while.We have only survived in this league for the last couple of seasons due to our defenders ability to keep it tight at the back and also score goals.Nobody is coming in January to improve the squad because the parasite thinks 17th or above is nailed on.Bruce the patsy and serial failure in the dugout is abhorrent compared to his predecessor who was a genuine winner in multiple competitions.There is no ambition at Sports Direct FC except to scrape to 17th with as little outlay as possible so the disgusting billionaire parasite can further line his pockets.Its a zombie club devoid of any sporting ambition.

  • jimiley

    Dec 28, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #30

    How do the fans feel who have paid 800 quid when others can just turn up? Its madness but just seems to have passed people by. I am staggered but should not be at this zombie club.

  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #31


    That kicks in next season when people are asked to buy what Jabba has made worthless

  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2019 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #32

    As all things Jabba touches
    He only ever deals in the short term

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 28, 2019 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Come on man,it’s a lovely yuletide gesture by Mr Ashley,rewarding loyal fans..apparently.
    I’m sure the die hards trooping quietly out of the ground for the last time this decade will see it that way..?

  • kimbo

    Dec 28, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #34

    So Ashley I pay full price for my ticket and some people pay nothing, what are you going to do for me?
    That performance today was pure SH! TE, WE ARE GOING DOWN, totally embarrassing from the fat manager who is clueless.

  • toon22

    Dec 28, 2019 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #35

    Jabba dont care about anything other than his tat shop advert
    He dont care that his actions will hurt the club long term

    All that matters is his tat shops

  • Grumpy

    Dec 28, 2019 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #36

    anyone else notice House of Fraser Ads. Wonder how much we charged for those?

  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Bruce’s saying he’s got to let two or three players go before he can bring players in.

    There should be about £28m left of the promised £61m plus sales, so where’s the problem?

    Yes, paying up the onerous contracts of the likes of Colbeck, will affect the cash situation but wasn’t there a provision made in the accounts published last year to cover those costs? Maybe one or more of our financial wizards could clarify that?

    In any event, it looks as though it could be another Ashley window of stretching things out till the last minute while we lose points and draw closer to the drop zone. And if nobody of any standing’s bought, the supposed £28m will go into the ether – to offset the lack of revenue from 10000 season tickets?

    SNAFU, yet again.

  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2019 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #38


    The HoF ads’ll been gifted as a goodwill gesture to a future customer.


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