COMMENT By Danny Wright
Newcastle eased to a 3-0 win against Barnsley at St. James’ Park on Sunday and won the title after Brighton fell to a late equaliser at Villa Park.
Goals from Ayoze Perez, Chancel Mbembe and Dwight Gayle earned the three points and the Championship trophy.
Here, Football Insider analyses three things learned from the game:
Goalkeeper problem must be solved
Rob Elliot started his third game in a row as Karl Darlow watched on from the bench again, and the experienced shot-stopper didn’t exactly cover himself in glory despite Barnsley rarely threatening his goal. Tim Krul is expected to return to St. James’ Park in the summer after his loan spell at AZ Alkmaar ends which means that Rafa Benitez will have a bit of a problem to sort out. He can’t keep all three and honestly, none of them are perhaps cut out for the Premier League any more. The Magpies should make a good investment for a new No 1 in the summer.
Players can handle the pressure
Newcastle simply had to get a win on Sunday to give themselves the best chance of winning the title and they brushed aside all their worries about home form to grab all three points. Thanks to a very late goal from Jack Grealish to earn Aston Villa a point against Brighton, Benitez saw himself win the Championship title . The win against Barnsley proved that the Magpies have a squad of players that can handle the occasion, despite their poor home form for most of the season.
Jack Colback improved
Having been under-fire for most of the season, Colback looked a different player against Barnsley. The former Sunderland man was cool and composed in possession and also did a good job at winning the ball back with his interceptions and tackles. Colback looked like he was first to every loose ball in the centre of the midfield alongside a returning Jonjo Shelvey. However we’ve seen enough of Colback this season to know that he isn’t up to the standard of the Premier League, and cannot be expected to start many games next year.
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