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Three Magpies Top Our Player Of The Season Poll With Striker Edging It Out



In a very close race, Callum Wilson has narrowly edged out Joe Willock as the NUFC Blog’s Player of the Season for 2020-21. The striker collected 30% of the over 2000 votes to capture our annual poll.

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Wilson was as good as advertised during his inaugural season on Tyneside. He was last summer’s marquee signing joining from Bournemouth for £20m. It was a surprise signing as Mike Ashley relaxed his strict transfer policy in signing the then 28-year-old for such a high fee.

Wilson led Newcastle with 12 goals and was joint-second, alongside Allan Saint-Maximin, in assists with 5. He accomplished these feats while missing ten matches due to his two hamstring injuries. Wilson has vowed to come back even stronger next season.


Joe Willock’s outstanding showing deserves some recognition as he was only with Newcastle for 3 1/2 months. However, his impact was massive and he was the talk of the Toon for the final stretch of the season.

Willock ended his productive loan spell with 8 goals in just 14 matches. He finished with a flourish scoring a goal in his last 7 appearances. The hope is he gets a chance to extend that streak as a Magpie next season.

There will be some intense negotiations to get the 21-year-old back in some capacity. It won’t be easy as Arsenal reportedly want up to £30m for the box-to-box midfielder. Newcastle may be out of luck at that price though another loan deal could suit all parties.

Finally, Allan Saint-Maximin rounds out the trio of Magpies who excelled in the poll. The Frenchman just transforms Newcastle when he is on the pitch. There lies the problem as he’s struggled to stay fit over his first couple of seasons with Newcastle.

This past season Allan managed just 19 starts but provided 3 goals and 5 assists. Saint-Maximin’s absence due to the after-effects of Covid during the start of the year played a big part in our plummet down the table.

When he returned, Newcastle were eventually able to get back on track and finish the season strong. Bruce needs to get some quality signings in this summer to keep our star happy. He wants to see Newcastle in the top half of the table and that has to be the only acceptable outcome for next season.

Here is the updated table of our past winners.

SeasonPlayer% of Vote
2007-2008Habib Beye51.4
2008-2009Sebastien Bassong67.9
2009-2010Jose Enrique37.0
2010-2011Cheick Tiote37.9
2011-2012Fabricio Coloccini35.6
2012-2013Fabricio Coloccini23.5
2013-2014Mike Williamson23.7
2014-2015Daryl Janmaat55.1
2015-2016Rob Elliot40.5
2016-2017Matt Ritchie59.0
2017-2018Jamaal Lascelles51.0
2018-2019Salomon Rondon (loan)35.0
2019-2020Martin Dubravka47.0
2020-2021Callum Wilson30.0

50 comments so far

  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Shows how crap we’ve been under Ashley when most of winners are defenders, defensive midfielders or goalkeepers.

    Clearly due to our one way traffic system over the years, very few moments of “off the leash” attacking football for us to enjoy. 🙁

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #2

    PS, I voted for Darlow, can’t believe he only got 4% of vote after half a season of “keeping us in games” performances. By Xmas he was countries top keeper for number of saves. I think short memory syndrome applies to these polls, you can win if you have a good last 10 games as the Willock vote shows.

    C’est la vie!

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    EGB

    From previous, that would definitely help! haha I don’t know if he asked for it, or was offered it and said yes. But either way he never should have had the option to have the shirt. It’s a typical goalscorers shirt which isn’t his game and it just added even more pressure.

    1
  • Adamn_92

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Cleveleys,

    The one season we did have a decent attacking team and Ba, Cisse, Cabaye and Ben Arfa were running riot, we still voted for a defender anyway 😉

    1
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Wilson for me as without his goals we would of been down. Shame he got injured as no doubt he would of added a good few more to his tally

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  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Forgot to say as well

    Happy birthday Bob, have a great day and all that

    0
  • Adamn_92

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Wilson, Darlow and Willock should definitely be the top 3 (not necessarily in that order). Darlow must have saved us countless times from getting 0 points repeatedly for the first half of the second season, making sure we weren’t much worse off than we were. Wilsons goals and link up/hold up play throughout have helped no end and as Mund says, no doubt would have added more if it weren’t for injuries. Willock also gave us a real lift and we completely changed when he came into the team to make sure we pulled away from the relegation scrap with a miraculous short spell with us. All 3 have contributed massively. ASM obviously a massive influence too, just feel those 3 at least stats wise made a more telling contribution at crucial times or steadily throughout.

    2
  • Adamn_92

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t know I put second season, just meant first half of the season haha

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  • simon376

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Bob

    Speaking of Darlow, when watching England play on Sunday, my Dad asked if any Newcastle players came close to a call up in my eyes. I said Darlow is the only one and as far as Im concerned, much better than who is in the England squad right now, just wonder though, if he had continued playing, would it have made a difference? Feel for him, bit like Harper when Given was here

    4
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    😆

    Captain AmeriMag
    @CaptainAmeriMag
    Now it might be that overanalysing
    @nickdemarco_
    ’s photography for a whole year has warped my brain but I’m definitely seeing positive #NUFCTakeover signs in this picture Eyes

    #NUFC

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E3WbsORWUAAYguH?format=jpg&name=900×900

    4
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Matty Longstaff to Derby on loan I’m told with both getting new contracts

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 8, 2021 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Simon, I think even if Darlow played the whole season and carried on performing well, he wouldn’t have got a look in. Southgate seems to have fallen into the curse of most England manager by picking his ‘purple players’ like Pickford and Sterling even though both have been pretty ineffective or off the boil this season. Along with other weird decision like not taking Ward Prowse but taking Ben White, even though they have more than enough defenders and are thin in midfield.

    4
  • Not another deJong

    Jun 8, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Any significance in having the third lowest % of the vote?
    Probably not any major reason, but only being one of two strikers on that list is indicative of the lack of a quality forward for a while.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Hah ha, thanks guys. Tbh I can’t argue with Wilson vote, but despite his enormous contribution towards end of season, I don’t think Willock should have featured. The vote is for “Player of the Season”.

    Top 3 of Wilson, Darlow and Max for me.

    4
  • cleveleysbob

    Jun 8, 2021 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Mund that’s funny, some people are just too clever. 😆

    3
  • Adamn_92

    Jun 8, 2021 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Not related to anything, just read something and found it interesting. It’s strange how the Premier League are so against piracy, yet they are happy to work with and have games shown on Amazon. Considering Amazon were one of the main sites that sold and supplied devices that allowed for illegal streaming in the UK, including sports. Kodi boxed, modbro boxes and using the firestick for illegal streaming services which Amazon must be aware of and haven’t done anything to stop. You’d think Masters and co would be angry at Amazon for allowing their firestick to be able to stream the Premier League illegally.

    8
  • Munster Mag

    Jun 8, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Happy birthday Bob!

    0
  • Just a fan

    Jun 8, 2021 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    For me shelvey would walk into that England side.

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Mund

    Is that SBR and Alan Shearer in DeMarco’s picture plus a couple of cans on the tables.

    And are the centrepieces cabbages?

    1
  • barkel

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #20

    Shelvey for about half this season shouldn’t have even been in our team. Our only contenders for a place in the England squad would be Darlow, Lascelles & Wilson.
    Darlow was very hard done by when Dubs came back and the other two are obviously injured and have missed most of the season

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #21

    EGB

    Aye and Jones with a couple of cans of Newcastle brown ale on either table.

    No cabbages just flower arrangements

    I was speaking to the Captain who said he worked all morning getting that done 😆

    1
  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #22

    MUND, very funny, if only, do we think that they might bring up the takeover, or not, I’m just clutching at straws here.

    1
  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Happy birthday Bob, have a great day.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #24

    The number 9 shirt has always been the iconic shirt for Toon top quality goal scorers and should only be given to such a person, not an unproven newcomer.

    It is sacrilege to do otherwise in the Toon religion!

    3
  • Romford mag

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #25

    Jaf

    Well he certainly wouldn’t run into it 😀

    4
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #26

    carltoon

    Who knows? IMO I doubt it but MBS did bring it up with Boris when they had tea and crumpets so a possibility he might of brought it up there. We will never know tho I would think.

    1
  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #27

    ROM!!!!!

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Rom 😆 class mate

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Rom run get behind the sofa! 😉

    1
  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #30

    😮

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m on my toes out the door , grabbing me coat on the way 😉

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Forget the coat runnnnn!

    2
  • carltoon

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #33

    How could you! I tell you what, he’s far better than any of the ones they had playing the other night. 😉

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Shelvey has been the hardest working player in our team throughout the season despite having to play through injuries and is well worth his place in the team.

    Not necessarily POS but should be in the top three and would do a good job for England.

    3
  • Romford mag

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Carltoon

    Only joking !
    Maybe 😉

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Uh oh , what have I started 😳

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Rom what you still doing here! 😆

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Rom you don’t need a coat it’s really hot out today! 🙂

    2
  • Romford mag

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Bill

    Good point 🙂

    2
  • Mund

    Jun 8, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Tbf tho regards to Shelvey I praised him a lot at the end of the season as I saw a hard working playing in those last 8 games and I’ve been one of his biggest critics.

    I’m one of those fans who wants to be proven wrong not right

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