By Russell Edge

16th Sep, 2017 | 5:32pm

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

Chancel Mbemba – 7

A natural centre back, the Democratic Republic of Congo international has performed admirably on the left in light of Newcastle’s injury woes. Replacing Jesus Gamez after missing last week’s match due to a knock, his physicality helped nullify the threat of Mame Biram Diouf,

Helped out by Christian Atsu in front of him, he even offered an attacking threat, demonstrating that he is not your typical defender. His versatility could be crucial to Newcastle’s efforts this season, with Paul Dummett’s regular place at left back under threat.

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