web analytics



Who Did Our Readers Select As The Best Player Against Burnley?



On Saturday against Burnley, Steve Bruce implemented a new formation to try and pose more of a threat in the final third. As far as shot attempts are concerned, he was successful.

The 4-2-3-1 system Newcastle deployed on Saturday did offer much more of a threat than the previous week at Crystal Palace. However, the match at Selhurst Park was hardly a benchmark to measure success by. Newcastle had just 2 attempts on target out of their 8 total shots.

At St James Park against Burnley, Newcastle fired over 20 shots. However, they still managed just 4 on target. The quality of the chances was definitely still lacking.

Though we did see an improved performance over the previous few weeks with Newcastle able to keep a clean sheet while having a constant presence in the opponent’s box.

Bruce made five changes from the Crystal Palace match. Jonjo Shelvey and Javier Manquillo made their returns from injuries while Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden were brought back after being on the bench for the two previous matches.

Most significantly, Dwight Gayle was handed just his third start of the season. The 29-year-old had been out with a hamstring injury before returning as a substitute against the Eagles last weekend.

His addition in the starting eleven had as much to do with Newcastle’s increased presence in the final third as the change in formation. Dwight is a natural striker, and his instincts are to get in the box to try and get goals.


Bruce also pulled Miguel Almiron from the right wing and played the Paraguayan as number 10. Almiron looked very comfortable in the role that he played he often at Atlanta United before joining Newcastle last January.

It was Miguel’s performance on Saturday that most impressed our readers. Almiron has quite easily won the poll as the best player against Burnley.

The 26-year-old grabbed just under 40% of the 1,270 total votes to win his third best player poll this year. His other ones came in both matches against Rochdale in the FA Cup.

Jonjo Shelvey claims second place with 16% of the vote while Matt Ritchie gets third with 12%. By the results of this poll, we think Newcastle fans really fancy Almiron playing as a number 10.

Hopefully, Bruce sticks with this new formation and continues with Miguel in this role.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 0-0 Draw Against Burnley?

  • Miguel Almiron (39%, 496 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (16%, 202 )
  • Matt Ritchie (12%, 153 )
  • Dwight Gayle (9%, 109 )
  • Martin Dubravka (7%, 93 )
  • Javier Manquillo (6%, 74 )
  • Joelinton (5%, 60 )
  • Federico Fernandez (2%, 26 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (2%, 21 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (1%, 13 )
  • Danny Rose (1%, 12 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 11 )

Total Voters: 1,270

Loading ... Loading ...

103 comments so far

  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Droppy

    Carry on posting your utmost faith in Ashley’s ownership and policy and you’ll be deemed worthy of being known as a neggar, a moanster, one of The Blog’s Taliban.

    When we see Sky commentators and the Daily Mail coming out and rubbishing him, something tells me that there are persons exercising their media muscle, out-playing Ashley and his mouthpiece Bishop. Might we read of threats to his wider business ambitions?

    Something tells me that there’s something on the horizon.

    Geordietom,

    My guy’s usually been pretty sensitive to these things.

    4
  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Correction to @1

    Geordietom,

    My gut’s usually been pretty sensitive to these things.

    0
  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Droopy

    Who we gonna buy in the summer?

    0
  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Online Guy, Chicousa

    You like your music and Chico, if you can access the BBC in CA, the man spent a lot of years there.

    Eric Burdon: Rock ‘n’ Roll – Animal:

     www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000frfc via @bbciplayer

    1
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Lesh

    How can I possibly be negative?

    Everything about the club is perfect.

    7
  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Lindisfarne

    Who we buy doesn’t really matter they will be handpicked by Mike and then coached by Steve Bruce.

    Huw can we possibly fail?

    10
  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Droppy

    Well said. Strange, autocorrect offered Saud for said!

    Maybe it knows something we don’t?

    1
  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #8
  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Bingo

    0
  • NY Mag

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #10

    Droppy,

    I appreciate there’s a large dollup of sarcasm in what you say…but do you really think that Ashley decides which players we buy?

    2
  • Nufc-83

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #11

    It was a 442 Almiron was playing up top with Gayle for most of the game.

    1
  • Uncertain Toon

    Mar 2, 2020 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #12

    It worries me that people continue to engage Jib.

    He’ll talks utter pish

    5
  • Uncertain Toon

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #13

    4-3-3 shit or bust

    0
  • NY Mag

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Uncertain,

    Why does that worry you?

    2
  • Uncertain Toon

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #15

    NY, coz he talks pish mate, think i said that!

    4
  • NY Mag

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #16

    Would you care to elaborate?

    I know he’s not the most popular poster….but he does provide discussion and debate (which is the lifeblood of this blog)

    2
  • Uncertain Toon

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Untrustworthy

    4
  • NY Mag

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #18

    Untrustworthy……..me…you….or who?

    This is an anonymous forum….you can trust or not trust anyone you like…..

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #19

    Maybe he does but his utter pish makes a lot more sense than many other’s utter pish on this blog.

    If you don’t want to engage him then don’t, don’t suppose he’ll lose any sleep over it.

    5
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #20

    Evening NY Mag, how’s thing in the USA.

    0
  • NY Mag

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Ah bill,

    A like minded soul…..I wish there were more of you around 🙂

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #22

    NY Mag

    You want me to clone myself?

    1
  • NY Mag

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Maybe…..if the clone multiplied covid wise, then things would be different

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #24

    NY Mag

    Dunno, I could do zombies no problem, Braaaaaains!

    1
  • NY Mag

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #25

    Bill,

    I’m watching sky news and they are saying that a guy in Essex has just tested positive for the virus.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #26

    One person i find it hard to trust on the blog is, myself. There are times I want to respond to comments that have really irked me and have to exert strong self control to stop myself saying something that would probably stir up a shite storm, that I may well come to regret.

    5
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #27

    Yes probably the first of many, it’s not me though.

    At the first signs of any flu symptoms I start to take Echinacea, seems to do the job.

    2
  • NY Mag

    Mar 2, 2020 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Bill,

    That is so true…..you saying that makes me realise we are on the same level (although, I think we understood that a long time ago)

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 2, 2020 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #29

    I’d better turn in as the missus has to be up at the crack of dawn to try and book a doctors appointment, it’s a routine thing but getting appointments for anything is ridikulus, you have to be poised with fingers on the enter button at 8am and then race to book before they are all gone.

    I stuck with my one man band doctors (only 2 or 3 doctors) and can just phone up for same day appointments, most of the time anyway.

    So G’d Night NY Mag and any other night owls.

    2
  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 2, 2020 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Only way to stop this one is to get the entire country to stay indoors for a month or so. Mainland China (excluding Hubei) only had three new cases yesterday and three the day before. China now the safest country in the northern hemisphere. The gvt here has done a great job and put people before business which is the opposite of what our gvts will do. Ours are too busy electioneering and obeying their donor paymasters. Italy is lying too or cant count. Using stats its clear they should have about 7000 confirmed cases not 1500. Iran must be on 15000 and will be worse than Wuhan within a fortnight. Theyve both lost control and there are probably many third world countries unable or unwilling to count.

    1
  • giimps

    Mar 2, 2020 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Im afraid its too late to contain it now, stock up on essentials , withdraw all your money from the bank and get yourself candles and fire lighters, its about to go ballistic, nothing can stop it now……we are doomed……..i just hop the FA cup final is not cancelled , it would be just our luck to get to the final , win it but have no fans allowed at wembley for medical reasons

    2
  • giimps

    Mar 2, 2020 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #32

    The FA will impose a behind closed doors match for the final in case anyone shakes hands

    2
  • lesh

    Mar 2, 2020 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #33

    NY Mag

    Do some really think that Ashley decides which players we buy?

    Effectively, yes – by virtue of the probability that he or his delegate Barnes, signs purchases off doubtless based on the criteria defined by Ashley – cost, wages, fees and potential resale value – profit on investment.

    Whether those players fit or not is to all intents and purposes, whilst preferable, is irrelevant.

    3
  • Unused Substitute

    Mar 2, 2020 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #34

    From the looks of things there’s another mechanism. Sometimes Ashley’s inner circle may be directly approached by wheelers and dealers touting players that he and his cohorts would pursue like crazy and make a few £s. For that they’d even rid saner voices, if it comes to that.

    0
  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 2, 2020 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #35

    As far as Im aware both Bruce and Benitez had/ have the right to veto any transfers. It sounds like Bruce vetoed Bowen (twice) who would have probably been our saviour. Mr Bean would be a better manager.

    3
  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 2, 2020 at 3:26 AM

    Comment #36

    Our scouts cant be trusted. Scouting someone whos never played as an out and out striker for three times his value is insane. I still think Joelinton will flourish under a manager with above worst level ability. Its hard to judge any of the players under Bruce. They all looked good previously. Theyve been Bruced.

    2
  • giimps

    Mar 2, 2020 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #37

    He is one of the very best at filling the treatment table up though, everywhere he goes he excels at this…..Hes great wor Brucey

    4
  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 2, 2020 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #38

    I dont rate him at all but i was shocked his win ratio was at least 20% lower than McLarens Pardews Allardyces JFKs. How come Bruce is still managing in the top league and all the superior dinosaurs cant get a job? To be s*** consistently for twenty years and with at least five top flight teams suggest the man is a very s*** manager.

    4
  • giimps

    Mar 2, 2020 at 4:25 AM

    Comment #39

    Once your in the golden circle, unless you spectacularly clusterf@ck up, some chairperson of some club will be desperate enough to give them a shot, the fact hes managed in the premier league goes a long way in the ill informed minds

    1
  • Just a Fat Neil Warnock

    Mar 2, 2020 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #40

    Joelinton still has a better goalscoring rate than Jozy Altidore who only got one goal in 28 at Hull and one goal in 42 at Sunderland.

    1


You must log in to post a comment.