Newcastle returned to the top flight with a defeat against Tottenham. But who played well and who should have been left in the dressing room. Find out with my player ratings.
Newcastle Player Ratings
Rob Elliot – 6
Elliot had a good start with the number one on his back. Strong and steady throughout the game. Elliot couldn’t do anything to stop Tottenham’s two goals. His most notable moment came when he made a smart save to keep Harry Kane out.
Javier Manquillo – 6
Despite going missing for Spur’s two goals. Manquillo looked sharp in places boding well for the future. A few decent passes and some great skills on show. However, his defensive work will have to improve.
Florian Lejeune – 6
Seemed to keep Harry Kane quiet before he was hacked down and was subbed. Hopefully, he won’t be out for long.
Ciaran Clark – 5
Wasn’t fantastic as stand-in left-back. However, his afternoon wasn’t a disaster. He founded slightly difficult going forward.
Paul Dummett – N/A
Jonjo Shelvey – 2
Even before his idiotic red card, Shelvey struggled. With Spurs not allowing him the space. Shelvey got frustrated. That was clearly evident with the stupid stamp which lost United the game.
Issac Hayden – 6
Unlike Shelve, coped with the pressure. Hayden didn’t look out of depth having to do two men’s job in midfield.
Matt Ritchie – 5
Ritchie was quiet throughout the game and offered very little. I can’t think of a moment he had on the ball.
Ayoze Perez – 6
Offered very little but slightly more than Ritchie. Had a few good dribbles through however looked overall average.
Christian Atsu – 7
A bright performance from Atsu. Carrying on from his fantastic pre season. Atsu provided good balls into the box and fantastic pace. His ball into the box in the first half nearly provided United with the lead.
Dwight Gayle – 6
Gayle was solid. Showing his pace can get him chances if given the service this season. Getting behind the Spurs back four more than once
Jamal Lascelles – 5
Chancel Mbemba – 6
Mikel Merino – 7
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