NUFC player ratings vs Burnley – One 9, two 8’s, a few 7.5’s, several 7’s, a couple of 6’s and a 5

Another fantastic win for the Magpies, as two goals from Callum Wilson saw us end the season in 11th place.

It’s definitely onwards and upwards for the Toon, with many already excited for what’s to come this summer as we look to begin phase two of the rebuild.

Bring on August, I miss it already! But first, here’s our ratings from today’s 2-1 win at Turf Moor:

Martin Dubravka – 7 – Couldn’t do too much about the Burnley goal, making a good save before Cornet slammed home rebound. Got nowhere near the odd late cross, but stepped up when he needed to and handled a few long range shots well.

Kieran Tripper – 7 – Solid showing from the England international, who brought an air of calm and quality back to the side, having more touches than any other Newcastle player on the pitch. Krafth unlucky to lose his place, but Trippier is the superior player and was reliable at both ends.

Jamaal Lascelles – 7.5 – Made some brilliant interceptions and tackles fist half denying Burnley in transition and cleared a goal-bound header from Cornet as they pushed for an equaliser. Sometimes commits too many fouls but this was one of his better displays this season after his strong cameo vs Arsenal.

Dan Burn – 8 – Excellent showing from the big man, who made a few superbly timed, no nonsense tackles and dealt with the presence of Weghorst with minimal fuss in the second half. A man mountain.

Matt Targett – 7.5 – It’s been an absolutely brilliant bit of January business bringing him in on loan. Played a lovely ball down the left to set Saint-Maximin away before half-time and cleared Cork’s shot off the line to keep us 2-1 up. Has to be signed for next season.

Sean Longstaff – 7 – Offered fantastic work rate in midfield and has given Howe something to ponder following contract talks. Always puts a shift in – despite not being very mobile – but his first touch did sometimes let him down, which separates the elite players from the good.

Bruno Guimaraes – 7 – Moments of quality on the ball and always dogged in the challenge, even if he was a level below his brilliant best today. Only Longstaff made more tackles.

Joelinton – N/A – Subbed off due to a nasty gash on his ankle just before the 10 minute mark. Thankfully, it’s just a deep cut and not a long-term injury! Get well soon, big man.

Miguel Almiron – 6 – Another energetic performance from the Paraguayan, however he had too many wasteful touches in the final third and blazed over a few times. Incredibly frustrating as he could be an extremely dangerous player on the counter attack but lacks quality.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 8 – A constant threat all afternoon and could’ve had a hat-trick of assists on another day. Played a fantastic pass to set up Wilson for his second goal of the afternoon. Unlucky not to score himself, with Pope blocking his low strike. Lost Collins for their goal but not solely to blame.

Callum Wilson – 9* – Followed up a fantastic performance against Arsenal with two goals in Lancashire. Took his penalty so well and the second finish was fantastic. Not only a handful, but shows great movement and is deadly in the box. Can’t wait to see him firing next season. Back to back man of the matches after five months out injured – incredible.

SUBS:

Jacob Murphy – 6 – Frustrating to watch. He does carry attacking threat with his pace and ability to beat a man, but lacks quality in key areas. Can never deny him of effort, which is all we ask at times, but his deliveries were mixed and he was sometimes cheap in possession.

Chris Wood – 5 – Can’t really remember him getting a kick after coming on for the final 20 minutes against his former club. Works hard but Wilson poses a much bigger threat.

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4 thoughts on “NUFC player ratings vs Burnley – One 9, two 8’s, a few 7.5’s, several 7’s, a couple of 6’s and a 5

  1. Almiron is wasteful, doesn’t look up, is unaware of what is around him.
    No better than a squad player at best, really need a serious upgrade on him.
    Pleased Longstaff is getting back some consistency.
    The difference Wilson makes with his movement is phenomenal, we need another one just like him but a bit younger!

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  2. Joelinton is like the black Knight in Monte python, cut his legs off and he’ll bite you’re ankles. Deserved the player of the season he’s a rock.

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  3. Nufc 11: could be an extremely dangerous player on the counter attack but lacks quality

    With the takeover I was kinda hoping that the days of us getting excited over a 12 goals a season striker are behind us?

    We got excited about Perez, and Rondon, and then Wilson.
    Surely we’re not looking to bring in another dozen a season striker?

    I know the answer (however illogical) is going to be that he would score a lot more goals in our team, but then, the answer would be how many would a striker who currently scores 20 a season get in our team?

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