These are our individual player ratings for yesterday’s loss to Norwich City.
Martin Dubravka – 7
Martin was excellent in the first half with some crucial saves. Got his right hand on Pukki’s volley but could only parry it into the net for the first goal. He was completely exposed in the second half and was really let down by his the defense.
Matt Ritchie – 5
Worked really hard but had some terrible set pieces and deliveries. Did a decent job defensively on the left but played too deep, and when Newcastle countered he failed to offer enough going forward.
Paul Dummett – 5
Threw himself into a few challenges but was part of a defense that got ripped apart by Norwich. Was not at fault for any of the goals but was often exposed from attacks down his flank, especially in the first half. He seemed very slow to react to situations but was not helped by the other two central defenders, or Matt Ritchie at times.
Jamaal Lascelles – 4
Jamaal was very poor in this game and lacked the leadership that this team needed on the pitch. He had a poor clearance in the first half that Pukki volleyed in for Norwich’s goal. Was slow to react on the second and third goal. No excuse for strolling back after he and Schar were out to sea for Pukki’s third. It exposed Emil Krafth who did his best but was unable to prevent Pukki from scoring.
Fabian Schar – 5
Fabian had a poor game but did put in some good challenges. He and Lascelles are not communicating well at all. They are not playing like they have an understanding of each other. It’s like one of them is a new signing. Fabian had a decent chance at goal that forced Krul into a good save. Did not show enough awareness on the third goal and failed to mark Teemu Pukki throughout the game.
Emil Krafth – 6
It was a very tough debut for Krafth but really hard to judge him on. The defense around him was poor and Isaac Hayden often drifted right to limit Krafth going forward. He showed some of his technical ability and seems like he will be a solid signing. Could have done better on Pukki’s second and third goal but got no help from Lascelles on either. He showed emotion and seemed to really care about how the game was unfolding. We scored him a bit higher because we feel he was let down by his teammates.
Isaac Hayden – 6
Isaac again was one of Newcastle’s best players. However, he needed to do more in the center of the pitch where Newcastle were sorely lacking. He was often on the right wing where he was able to beat his man a few times and whip in crosses. However, that is not where Isaac should be playing. His ability to win the ball was missing as Norwich controlled the midfield. He still fought hard and has been Newcastle’s best player the past two games.
Ki Sung-yueng – 3
Ki was brought into the side for his experience but had a very poor game. He showed little grit in the midfield in a very sluggish performance. He may have suffered from not being involved much in pre-season. Had a few decent passes but did little before being replaced by Sean Longstaff.
Jonjo Shelvey – 5
Jonjo’s passing was decent but his commitment in the midfield was lacking. Norwich was able to frustrate him and that hindered his ability to make anything happen. He didn’t look to win the ball and failed to press the Norwich midfield effectively. Often just watched Norwich players as they had possession outside the box rather than track back to make a challenge. Took his goal very well.
Miguel Almiron – 4
Miguel was very poor as he failed to provide any support to Joelinton. He didn’t create any chances for himself or Joelinton. Ran around a lot but did very little to threaten Norwich. Joelinton’s poor hold-up play did not help Almiron in the slightest.
Joelinton – 5
Joelinton did not show the same hold-up ability that he displayed in glimpses at Arsenal. Had a poor first touch and the Norwich central defenders had no trouble getting the ball off him. Missed a very good chance with his early header that he failed to get on target. That being said, he had absolutely no support going forward. He did show some fight and tracked back well.
Yoshinori Muto – 4
Did nothing when he came on and had very few touches. The game was well over by the time he came on and the fight in his teammates was really lacking. There was no plan for Muto and he just drifted about but that was par for the course. He really can’t be judged on appearances like this when he comes on late in matches that are already lost.
Sean Longstaff – 7
Sean came on when the game was already lost but showed why he is going to be a Newcastle favorite. In retrospect, he was a big miss in the midfield. Showed the drive that was lacking all game. His crafty pass to Shelvey for the third goal was class.
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