The Chronicle reporters released their “Team of the Decade” earlier this week and it’s certainly got tongues wagging all across Tyneside and on social media.
They then put it to the public to select one, and the results are interesting. I’m a little late to the party on this one as I have been away for a few days but I’ve seen some fascinating opinions on this.
Here’s the team NUFC fans voted for:
Tim Krul – Pretty much a straight toss up between him and Dubravka. He was as good as there was in the league the season we finished 5th, and who could forget his performance at Spurs. Sadly he never really recovered from dislocating his shoulder twice, and had a couple of unhappy loan spells before settling again at Norwich. Despite the Canaries lowly league postion it’s great to see him playing regularly again.
Daryl Janmaat – I must admit I was surprised at this. I remember how much I loved him during his first few months, but his effort and performances dropped dramatically and he was mostly awful in the relegation season. He was also one of the main recipients of Jamaal Lascelles’ wrath after Southampton, a fit of rage that impressed Rafa enough to make Lascelles captain.
Fabricio Coloccini – A no brainer. Sadly we witnessed his calamitous start and then he declined in his last season, but he was an absolute class act in his prime and if only he’d played with a proper partner during his Toon career. Playing with Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson would drag anyone down.
Fabian Schar – This shows how popular the classy Swiss international is having only been here since last summer. With him a solid defender and brilliant ball player, I’m still terrified Man City will come in for him in January!
Jose Enrique – Another who had a dreadful start to his career with us, but came of age during a season in the Championship then got better and better. Didn’t really make the cut at Liverpool but it’s great to see him making a full recovery after his brain haemorrhage.
Jonas Gutierrez – The man, the legend. One of the great stories in Premier League history when he came back from testicular cancer and scored the goal to keep us up. To be honest, I spent most of his Newcastle career cursing his inability to cross with his left foot. He also provided me with a very embarrassing moment when we drew 2-2 with Wolves during the memorable 5th place season. He picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, I screamed “don’t shoot”…..and he promptly smashed it into the top corner! A few hundred people around me in the Milburn Stand mocked me once the furore had died down but I didn’t care. Great to see he’s also made a full recovery.
Yohan Cabaye – Ahh, dreamboat himself. A midfield maestro who could score, pass and get stuck in too. I was gutted when he left. Nearly put my back out when that free kick against Man Utd went in.
Cheick Tiote – God rest his soul. Another who lost his way towards the end of his Newcastle career but a beast in his prime. At his best, he was one of the best holding midfielders we’ve had.
Ben Arfa – Up alongside Beardsley, Asprilla and Ginola as one of the most technically gift players I’ve ever seen in a black and white shirt. Sadly his attitude and application never matched his talent.
Demba Ba – Hands down the best striker we’ve had since Shearer, with the Senegalese star capable of scoring just about every type of goal. I’ve still never forgiven Harry Redknapp for outing his release clause.
Papiss Cisse – Worth his entry for his first half season alone. Another who sadly fell off a cliff in the latter stages of his Newcastle career but is currently smashing them in still in Turkey.
What’s your ‘Team of the Decade’? Let us know in the comments section!