COMMENT By Danny Wright
Newcastle won the Championship title with a 3-0 win against Barnsley at St. James’ Park on Sunday as Brighton drew at Aston Villa.
Ayoze Perez, Chancel Mbemba and Dwight Gayle all go on the scoresheet for the Magpies as they lifted their fourth second-tier title.
Although it was a great win for Rafa Benitez’s side there were still a number of players who didn’t quite look up to scratch.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three worst players from the match:
A goalkeeper normally gets judged on the amount of clean sheets that he keeps and although Eliot wasn’t beaten on Sunday, he still looked very shaky at times. Mainly in the first-half, the former Charlton ‘keeper fluffed a couple of saves and was lucky that the Barnsley attack barely turned up for the fixture. He was largely helped by the great performance of Mbemba in the defence but Benitez has to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer.
It was a tough game for Dummett because early on he had to switch into the centre of the defence as Isaac Hayden was forced off with an injury. Newcastle already had to make a big chance to their backline and forcing traditional left-back Dummett in a central role didn’t bode well for the rest of the game. He was largely outshone by Mbemba in the backline but didn’t put in a display that exactly filled people with confidence.
Although the Serbian international supplied an assist to Gayle’s goal, Mitrovic barely had any input on the Toon attack and showed his inability to perform in the big games. As a lone striker, there’s no need to be out on the wings or dropping in deep to get the ball, but the former Partizan player kept doing exactly that; effectively ruining his own chances of getting a goal. Newcastle need goals to stay up next season and Mitrovic will not be able to promise them of that.
In other Newcastle news, Mick Quinn has delivered a three-word verdict on the title win.