By Russell Edge

16th Sep, 2017 | 5:32pm

Newcastle player ratings v Stoke: Forward fails to shine, midfielder is crucial in victory

Joselu – 4

The Spanish striker has enjoyed a bright start to his career at St James’ Park, but he endured an off day in front of goal against his former side.

The first half saw the 27-year-old pass up a number of clear cut chances to net against the Potters and prove former manager Mark Hughes wrong.

Perhaps his best chance came at the start of the second half, blazing over from inside the box when it appeared to be easier to score. With Dwight Gayle breathing down his neck, his place in the starting XI could be under serious threat.

Click ’13’ below to see how we rated Newcastle’s players against Stoke