By Danny Wright
Football Insider rates the Newcastle players for their performances in the 3-0 win against Barnsley at St. James Park on Sunday, which earned them the Championship title.
Rob Elliot 6 – The shot-stopper had a few nervy moments in goal but didn’t really have a lot to do as the visiting attack rarely threatened his goal.
DeAndre Yedlin 6 – Yedlin bagged the assist for Newcastle’s opener with a brilliant whipped cross to Ayoze Perez. After that though it was a pretty quiet game for the American international, whose passing was a bit erratic at times.
Isaac Hayden 6 – The makeshift centre-back didn’t have enough chance to impress and was subbed off after just 13 minutes.
Chancel Mbemba 9 – Mbemba was brilliant in the Newcastle backline against Barnsley and did a huge job of supporting his teammates as the only natural centre-back in the match day squad. He’s barely played this season but after Sunday’s performance you struggle to think why. He scored his first goal for the club to cap a top display. Man of the match.
Paul Dummett 6 – Has been forced to play at centre-back following Hayden’s injury and didn’t do a bad job. He was completely outperformed by Mbemba though, and didn’t have a great deal to do.
Jack Colback 8 – The 27-year-old hasn’t been the best player for Newcastle this season, but he was completely on top of things against the Tykes on Sunday.
Jonjo Shelvey 8 – At times, the former Swansea midfielder’s passing was simply a joy to behold. His great vision and technique carved the opening for the first goal. Shelvey will be back where he belongs in the Premier League next season.
Christian Atsu 8 – The Chelsea loanee ran Barnsley ragged throughout the 90 minutes and Benitez simply has to sign the winger in the summer after a spate of good performances this season.
Ayoze Perez 8 – The No 10 bagged a good goal to set Newcastle on their way to the win today. Perez will face a big task next season to prove his is a top-flight player after disappointing last season, but his form as of late has been good.
Yoan Gouffran 6 – It was a quiet game from the Frenchman, who is nowhere near the quality of Matt Ritchie, who he was standing in for. The game was Gouffran’s last chance to show Rafa Benitez he’s worth keeping before the summer and he failed to do that.
Aleksandar Mitrovic 6 – It wasn’t the best day at the office for the towering Serb, and he kept on taking himself out of the positions that he needed to be in to get himself a goal. Mitrovic needs more goals to show he has a future at St. James’ Park but constantly drifting away from the action isn’t going to help that.
Massaido Haidara (on for Isaac Hayden 13min) – 6
Mohamed Diame (on for Jonjo Shelvey 72min) – 6
Dwight Gayle (on for Ayoze Perez 79min) – 7
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