Before the winter break, Newcastle were a team that was difficult to defeat. While the performances were poor, the lads bent but never folded. We kept picking up points despite being thoroughly outplayed.
Steve Bruce pointed to the winter break as a time for rejuvenation. A time when players who had been casualties during the crowded holiday fixtures could come back into the fold.
Magpies who were exhausted could step away and come back ready to mount a charge for the final third of the season.
However, that hasn’t happened. The players now seem even more jaded than during the dismal 0-0 draw against Norwich City at St James Park.
As Newcastle continue their downward trajectory, we’ve had very few players put in reliably consistent performances. In fact, we can really only point to Allan Saint-Maximin and Martin Dubravka as players who can be depended on to play at a high level every game.
Bruce is going to have to coax some more consistency and creativity out of this squad. He’s relied on resiliency and some out of this world saves from Martin Dubravka to have this team on 31 points this season.
Our poll for the match at Crystal Palace again reflects the importance of our Slovakian goalkeeper. For the ninth time this season, Dubravka has been selected as Newcastle’s best player.
Of the 1419 votes, Martin has collected 1121, which is just under 80% of the total votes cast. In a distant second is Allan Saint-Maximin, who picks up 9% while Valentino Lazaro comes in third with just 45 total votes.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player At Crystal Palace?
- Martin Dubravka (79%, 1,121 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (9%, 133 )
- Valentino Lazaro (3%, 45 )
- Joelinton (2%, 30 )
- Dwight Gayle (1%, 19 )
- Fabian Schar (1%, 15 )
- Miguel Almiron (1%, 13 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 10 )
- Federico Fernandez (1%, 9 )
- Matt Ritchie (1%, 9 )
- Nabil Bentaleb (0%, 6 )
- Danny Rose (0%, 5 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 4 )
Total Voters: 1,419