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Newcastle United: Joelinton, Willock and Targett struggled vs Everton

Newcastle United: Joelinton, Willock and Targett struggled vs Everton -Newcastle United News

Newcastle United slumped to a disappointing 1-0 loss away at Everton on Thursday night, despite the hosts going down to ten men after Allan was sent off.

Alex Iwobi scored the winner deep into the 14 minutes of added time, after a protester tied himself to one of the goalposts, thus delaying the game.

It is safe to say that the visitors were not at their best, and The Transfer Tavern have now used statistical experts SofaScore to analyse who the three worst performers (to have played at least 45 minutes) were on the night.

Could any of these players be looking over their shoulder regarding their place in Eddie Howe’s first-choice XI?

Matt Targett

Admittedly joint with Fabian Schar in terms of rating (6.7), Targett ranks in third here given his lack of attacking threat.

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The Aston Villa loanee failed to record a successful dribble, and was inaccurate with a team-high three of his crosses and seven of his long balls.

Targett also lost out on two of his duels, and made no interceptions, giving the ball away on no fewer than on 21 separate occasions, the third-most out of any of his teammates.

Joe Willock

Willock also received a 6.7 overall rating, but as a midfielder again did not do enough in an attacking sense.

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The former Arsenal man failed to score with both of his chances, and also never managed a successful dribble, while he only played one key pass.

Willock also lost seven duels, made no interceptions or clearances, and lost possession 17 times in total.


Given just a 6.0 rating, Joelinton ranked as the St. James’ Park faithful’s worst player on the pitch.

The Brazilian was unsuccessful in a whopping 12 of his duels, joint-most in the team with Chris Wood, and recorded no shots on target, interceptions, tackles or key passes, giving possession away on 17 different occasions.

The former Hoffenheim man has been a player reborn under Howe, but perhaps the international break comes at the perfect time to let him fully recover from the issue that kept him out of the Chelsea defeat.

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