Following up on my ratings from last week, I’m comparing my player ratings with a local journalist’s ratings of the Newcastle players. In a narrow loss to Leicester, here’s how Lee Ryder of the Chronicle rated NUFC in yesterday’s game:
- Karl Darlow: 6
- Deandre Yedlin: 5
- Ciaran Clark: 5
- Florian Lejune: 4
- Janier Manquillo: 5
- Matt Ritchie: 5
- Isaac Hayden: 5
- Mikel Merino: 8
- Jacob Murphy: 6
- Joselu: 6
- Dwight Gayle: 7
- Christian Atsu (on for Ritchie): 7
- Ayoze Perez (on for Murphy): 5
- Aleksandar Mitrovic (on for Joselu): N/A
I think Ryder’s got most of these ratings spot on, but there are a few that I have a different opinion on. Here are my player ratings:
- Karl Darlow: 5 – I saw a comment on Twitter that a top keeper would have got more of a palm on Mahrez’s goal. That’s the thing, he’s an average keeper. Not terrible, not great. Average.
- Deandre Yedlin: 4 – Pretty ineffective throughout and didn’t get going at all. Struggled with his positional play (not for the first time)
- Ciaran Clark: 5 – Needs a more dominant centre-half like Lascelles to play alongside him.
- Florian Lejune: 4 – While not really helped by the two midfielders in front of him, he’s struggling to find his feet and that’s worrying.
- Janier Manquillo: 5 – Struggled to deal with Leicester’s pacey attackers.
- Matt Ritchie: 4 – Another game where it looked like Matt Ritchie didn’t really know what his role was.
- Isaac Hayden: 5 – Leicester’s 13 shots on target tells it’s own story. Alongside Merino the pair were outnumbered throughout.
- Mikel Merino: 7 – Had some decent touches but with other Newcastle players struggling there wasn’t a whole lot for him to influence in the attacking half of the field.
- Jacob Murphy: 6 – Hard a bright start, but just like Newcastle, fizzled out as the game went on.
- Joselu: 6 – Did alright. Scored. That’s about it.
- Dwight Gayle: 7 – Worked hard and seems to be gaining an understanding with Joselu.
- Christian Atsu (on for Ritchie): 7 – Changed the game when he came on
- Ayoze Perez (on for Murphy): 4 – I’m struggling to understand what Rafa sees in him, unless there’s just no other option.
- Aleksandar Mitrovic (on for Joselu): N/A Brought on with the minutes to play. Why so late Rafa?
The 3-2 defeat and the bottom sides picking up points now leaves the game against Everton mid-week as a must win. I’m not convinced that we shouldn’t go back to basics and return to the 451 and solidify things a bit.
Credit to the lads and lasses of the Leazes Flags organization who marked the occasion with a quality atmosphere.