After 11 league games and two cup games, and as we enter the second international break of the season, it seems like a good point to take a look at Newcastle’s five best players so far.
As you’d expect from a team sitting third in the league, there were a few contenders for this list. However given the amount of rotation in the squad it seemed best to try and stick to those who have played more than a handful of games.
Players such as Ciaran Clark, Christian Atsu, and Deandre Yedlin deserve a mention for a series of consistent performances over the past few weeks, but this list focuses on those who have been performing well from the very beginning.
It’s fairly safe to say that even the most optimistic Newcastle fan wouldn’t have put money on Lascelles being captain within two years of signing, but that’s exactly what’s happened to the former Nottingham Forest centre half.
The skipper’s Toon career didn’t get off the best of starts last season, but under Rafa’s stewardship the 22-year-old has flourished. His display against Rotherham was possibly his best yet: Lascelles looked unbeatable both in the air and on the ground.
He’s been more or less the mainstay of the current team, and whether paired alongside Mbemba or Clark – both of whom have more Premier League experience – hasn’t looked out of his depth at all. Hopefully he keeps this up and becomes a regular name for the next few years.