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Our Player Ratings For The 3-0 Defeat Against Leicester City


Newcastle start the New Year with quite a dismal afternoon. They were forced to play with ten men due to having four players come off with injuries. Not only did we fail to threaten Leicester, but our defense continued to give gifts to the opposition with unforced errors.

This is the lineup Steve Bruce selected for the brutal 3-0 defeat against Leicester, including the three substitutions.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 7

  • It’s a good thing Martin was ready from the start today. He was called into action in the first few minutes, making a superb save on a header from Jonny Evans. He did spill an early Youri Tielemans shot back in front of goal, but Fernandez was just able to clear it away from a charging Ayoze Perez. Martin also kept it at just 2-0 before the half with a great reaction save from a close range Kelechi Iheanacho effort. In the second half, his double save on a Leicester counter from Iheahacho and Perez was heroic. Dubravka has made the most saves in the Premier League this season. He was in top form again today.

Javier Manquillo – 6

  • Javier Manquillo was risked today after missing out against Everton. He went down with a hamstring injury late in the first half. There was absolutely no reason to risk Javier with DeAndre Yedlin or Emil Krafth available. Manquillo was solid while on the pitch.

Fabian Schar – 5

  • Fabian Schar had a hamstring problem after Everton but was risked anyway. He was forced off in the second half after aggravating the injury further despite trying to soldier on. Schar was decent but not spectacular while on the pitch. He was left exposed when Florian Lejeune’s pass across the box didn’t quite reach him. He didn’t do enough to hamper Ayoze Perez from scoring Leicester’s first goal. However, he did hinder Iheanacho from getting a better shot off late in the first half that Martin Dubravka was able to save. Whether it’s fatigue or something else, Schar just looks out of sorts since returning from his earlier injury.

Fede Fernandez – 6

  • Federico took the armband after the half when Jonjo Shelvey was forced off with an injury. He did very well to react to Dubravka’s spilled save on Tieleman’s first-half shot, clearing the ball just before Perez could reach it. He also had some crucial clearances and blocks. Lost his head a bit late in the game probably through the mounting frustration of the past week.

Florian Lejeune – 3

  • Against Everton, Florian was exposed as he was just physically incapable of keeping with their agile attackers. Today, Florian compounded his fatigue with two mental mistakes that resulted in a 2-0 lead for the visitors. Lejeune is just a better player than he has shown over the last two matches. He probably should not have been on the pitch today but showed resilience to recover after his two errors.

Jetro Willems – 5

  • Jetro was a player we were worried about. He’s struggling with fitness and could have done with being rested today or last weekend. However, Bruce went with the Dutchman, and he’s suffered a groin injury. Willems again was poor defensively, not offering Florian Lejeune near enough protection. Had one threatening cross just before Leicester’s second goal. He was replaced just before halftime with his injury.

Jonjo Shelvey – 6

  • Shelvey was one of our best players until having to be replaced at half-time. His through ball to Joelinton was a thing of beauty. He tried to push the team forward when the opportunity arose. He’s another player to succumb to the heavy schedule who hasn’t quite returned to the form he had before the Burnley match which he missed with a calf injury.

Isaac Hayden – 5

  • Hayden, like Schar, looks a little bit off to us. There’s just something missing in his performances from the start of the season. He’s still playing hard but just not offering enough at the moment.

Miguel Almiron – 6

  • Almiron defended like mad in the second-half at left wing-back. It wasn’t always pretty, but he was determined to keep the Foxes from getting chances. Unfortunately, he didn’t do much in the attacking third to threaten Leicester at all. Miguel hasn’t pushed on after scoring his debut goal like we had hoped.

Yoshinori Muto – 6

  • Muto just can’t catch a break this season. In both of his starts, we’ve gone down to ten men. This time he couldn’t be substituted as there were none left. Muto has nothing to be ashamed of as he put in a performance full of running and desire. However, he offered very little in the final third but showed enough to warrant a place in the team ahead of Dwight Gayle. And Joelinton if were really honest.

Joelinton – 3

  • Joelinton, who had shown signs in the last two matches, was pretty awful today. He had two decent chances but didn’t do much with either of them. We would play him against Rochdale since a goal, even against a League One side, could help his confidence. However, Muto should start with Andy Carroll at Wolves the following weekend.

Subs

DeAndre Yedlin – 5

  • DeAndre came on for Jetro Willems late in the first half but eventually made his way to right wing-back. Yedlin provided some energy down the right flank early in the second half. However, his final ball offered very little threat to Leicester. Newcastle resorted to damage control for the last 25 minutes, which forced Yedlin to sit deep. He did a commendable job defending in what was a lost cause.

Emil Krafth – 6

  • Emil came on for Javier Manquillo just before the first-half whistle. He got his first significant game time since our 5-0 defeat at Leicester City. It must have been like deja-vu for the Swede. However, Krafth tried his best and defended well enough on the left side of the back three.

Sean Longstaff – 5

  • Sean came on for Jonjo Shelvey to start the second half. However, just minutes in Fabian Schar had to come off, so we were down to ten men. Longstaff chased the ball around in the second half, but as we had practically no possession, he didn’t have much of an impact.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 3-0 Defeat To Leicester City?

  • Martin Dubravka (66%, 1,073 )
  • Miguel Almiron (10%, 169 )
  • Federico Fernandez (4%, 72 )
  • Yoshinori Muto (4%, 58 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (3%, 51 )
  • Joelinton (3%, 43 )
  • Florian Lejeune (2%, 37 )
  • Javier Manquillo (2%, 27 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 23 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 21 )
  • Emil Krafth (1%, 19 )
  • Fabian Schar (1%, 16 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 11 )
  • Jetro Willems (0%, 6 )

Total Voters: 1,626

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81 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 1, 2020 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #1

    cdig
    You are out of order calling our own player, Joelinton, ‘yella.. a coward’

    But you know that, don’t you.

    You’re never happy unless you’re rubbishing someone who plays for the toon.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #2

    marks for the crowd?

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Very unfair on Lejeune that. Needs a rest for Rochedale obviously, but should not for one second be held accountable when having had to play so many games in quick succession and after such a long layoff, after such a bad injury, being such a big lad too, and so likely slower to recover, and it really wasn’t necessary. We could have draughted Hayden into the back 3 and Sean Longstaff into midfield. Very surprised to see him start.

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  • dougie

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Joelintons not yella,he’s just League 1 quality is all.For some reason we spent £40 million on him,you couldn’t make it up.The whole club is a joke run by people who haven’t got a clue.Even the parasite has said he shouldn’t own a football club.As long as the sheep keep trundling in we’re stuck with this abomination.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib tries to rubbish Leicester for the way they’re run, Just a Fan tries to rubbish Leicester for the way they’re run?? I’m in no way, shape or form a fan of toon22 but you can see where he’s coming from with this.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Decision made no sense Nicky. Sadly joelinton still lacks the effort levels that I had said on his first game.

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  • toon22

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail

    The other obvious one is Posada, probably others but those are the main two
    Once you accept the alts, and look at what they post
    You see the only reason they exist

    To defend Jabba

    Why do you suppose someone uses multiple accounts to defend the guy ?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #8

    After producing a bit of quality that remid me of why he used to be a good player, we soon relised Shelvey had agrivated his on going thigh injury. Last season he had a limited number of games and had surgery in order to correct it, but still seems to be restricted by the problem. With one year left on his contract I hope Bruce is not successful at getting an extension.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #9

    We also run around a lot, mostly without possession, and that is all the more exhausting, relatively speaking, when the games come so fast at this time of year.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Crazy to have gone from Rondon, Perez, Almiron and Benitez, to Joelinton, St Max, Almiron and Steve Bruce in the space of a few short weeks two years after coming back up. So dysfunctional.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #11

    How was Joelinton once again rated so much lower? He once again was no worse than anyone (and no that’s not me saying he was good).. but tbh in a match in which we did next to nothing he probably did more than most with the literal scraps he had…..

    The mob truly has descended on Joelinton, there’s always got to be someone targeted… I bet Almiron is relieved

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I like Joel and St Max, but if brought in at all, they so clearly should have been in addition to Rondon and Perez, not in place of them, and of course Rafa should still be here, a part of a joined up recruitment policy.

    Sigh!

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Take solace Joelinton that we have some of the most naive fickle fans on the planet and if you play exactly the same and add a few goals to your game that the fans will be calling for you to be starting for Brazil.

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  • toon22

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #14

    TomaKaThor

    We bought him as a striker, at least they put that out in the media
    He is wearing the no9 shirt

    How many shots on target has he gotten so far ?

    Who decided to buy the guy ?

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  • MagpieRanger

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #15

    To suggest Joelinton is anything other than dog shite is an insult to anybody who has even watched a handful of his performances. Joselu was a better player, would anyone disagree? WHY wouldn’t you just pay £15 million for Rondon. WHY sell a proven, although inconsistent player in Perez. These BUFFOONS are chancers who don’t know a thing about football. A bit like some of the blatant shills on this blog.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib calling someone a prat. We all know the tune, altogether now 1,2,3: Oh the irony.

    Jib surely your full time behaviour best qualifies you for that moniker more than anyone.

    Ash is the man who appointed bruce who has previous for injury crises at sw and elsewhere.

    You are the (forgive me) prat who said selling perez was good business. What’s that about even a broken clock…..keep trying oh king of prats.

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  • Reilly

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s amazing how a manager in his first job can stamp a game plan on a team,but a manger that has managed for 20 year carnt.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Nicky

    So very true

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #19

    The same Rondon you was probably calling useless last year until he started adding a few goals? Or the perez you always moaned about? Like I keep saying thickle… I’m surprised you aren’t a Liverpool fan and a x Man City fan 🙂

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  • c-dog

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #20

    By turning on Linton it highlights the fact that we need to sign a premier league quality goal scorer. He is yella as he will not stand up. He needs to be ran from the club asap. SITC you are exactly what’s wrong with the fan base. Your blind support of anyone Ashley gives us is in fact support of Ashley’s policies.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Can anybody remember when Jib said he’d be on course to score 15 goals earlier on this season?

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  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Reilly
    Kind of right
    It is his first job but he’s using the Wenger game-book
    and has had a few seasons under Guardiola.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #23

    In Rondon and Perez you had bad games like any professional but you always got flashes of talent. There isn’t any with Joelinton. I don’t like slating players at all but when we’re just playing him expecting something to happen week in week out with no end product then as a fan I have a right to complain or at least question things, and no, I’m NUFC through and through mate.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #24

    When you play on the back foot like we do, and will always do until Ashley goes, we need a proven striker. No time to grow into the league or “come good”. 1 goal all season from any of our strikers speaks volumes.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Some comments by posters on this blog about joelinton go from donkey, coward, lazy, league 1 and so on.

    In the right position, team, style, the then hoffenheim manager says this:
    Nagelsmann handed the forward quite a compliment by referring to the Brazilian as an ‘animal’ and a ‘machine’.

    “He is a guy who is hard to break. He has an incredibly strong character. He marches until his tongue hangs on the floor,”

    Hmm. Not sure whose judgement on a player is more correct.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib,
    Bruce had years under one of the greatest ever managers in the game, what’s your point?

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  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #27

    The Arsenal fans were screaming at Unai Emery to drop his
    3 – 4 – 1 – 2 and revert back to Wenger’s 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
    That’s precisely what Arteta has done

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  • c-dog

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Ronaldinho

    Good marketing
    Sold him for way more than he’s worth

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  • MagpieRanger

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #29

    In an ideal world he could have been a fringe player or an impact sub this season. You seen the same thing with Mitrovic where he just got thrown in at the deep end. Young, a new league, new language obviously all these things affect players I’m not oblivious to these factors. Unfortunately it’s the transfer policy which is a bigger issue. The club have got it wrong and won’t admit it. He simply isn’t good enough for what we’re trying to achieve right now.

    3
  • Reilly

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Shame Bruce didnt learn owt from Fergie.

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  • Jib

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #31

    SAF used 4-3-3, 4-4-2, 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1, 4-4-1-1 – and even a 4-6-0
    Never used 3 CB’s

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  • sing in the corner

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #32

    c dog
    No. You’re calling a player a coward. He’s a young un. The club by the sounds paid stupid price for him,gave him a lengthy contract and you could say we have played him out of position and wrecked his confidence. That’s the clubs issue not his.
    He goes out on the pitch and tries. Is he good player? Different issue. And chumps like you decide he is a coward now? Before,it was the likes of Joselu.
    Admit it,you love to relentlessly slag people.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Exactly, it amazes me they blame Joelinton, we should be putting him in his best position and yes bringing in an actual goal scorer to play with him… Just baffling the comments about him from some because its plain as day he’s a good footballer who is being asked to do a job he is not made for.. Blame Ashley and Bruce ect not Joelinton… Why alienate our own player because of mismanagement

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Who’s this proven striker people keep saying we need cmon start putting some names to that phrase as it’s easy to throw around without any thought of what that means. You think city would loan us Aguero?

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  • Nufc-83

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #35

    I would love it if the likes of Rondon was signed as it would be clear after a few matches when he has nothing to work with at all its all about the system and way of playing.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #36

    Reilly

    You are completely correct

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  • toon22

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #37

    So we have JIb
    Playing devils advocate , as per usual
    Always on the side that defends the clubs PR

    Now the wheels have truly came off lets see what the traitor does to fix this mess

    I agree its not entirely of his own making, far from it
    But he was made well aware of what he was walking into

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Graham Potter worked under the likes of Pardew. Chris Hughton was sacked because the Brighton owners didn’t want to flirt with relegation while playing the type of football he was serving up, we loved CH while he delivered 6-0 wins and 5 against the mackems but Ashley sacked him. Funny old game. We went from attacking football and indifferent results to the shite Pardew served up, unfortunately indicating the situation with that fifth place finish. Bruce was not brought in to entertain us or have lofty thoughts of ambition, he was brought in because he was about the eighth or ninth person daft enough to take the job.

    U

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  • MagpieRanger

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Raul Jiminez, Batshuayi, Richarlison… All quality players who cost less than Joelinton. For £40 million quid I think the majority of fans expect more. Nothing wrong with that.

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  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 1, 2020 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #40

    And do you really think in a straight for straight swap with Joelinton the way we play any of them would do much better?

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