This is a new feature suggested by our newest contributor, Other Side of the Pillow, and frankly, I don't know why we haven't been doing this all along. We intend to name one of the Newcastle players as the Man of the Month each month. It's pretty straightforward, so we'll jump in after a word about the nominees. I've included each the players that were named Man of the Match on this site for each of the three games in September, as well as any other players that have received votes during that time. It's not a perfect system, because "Other" is often an option and sometimes receives votes. However, short of listing the entire roster and overwhelming you with choice, I think this is the best way. The nominees are briefly profiled after the jump.
Taylor was named Man of the Match for Newcastle's 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. As one commenter on Twitter put it, he didn't miss a step all game. His contributions to the defensive efforts, including a diving stop on a chip that went over Tim Krul and was headed goalward, were essential in keeping the clean sheet. Taylor has enjoyed a breakout performance to start the season, solidifying his spot in the Starting XI.
Cabaye was named Man of the Match for Newcastle's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Villa Park, receiving a whopping 90% of the vote. He was the motor that kept Newcastle running in that game, helping them dominate possession and chances. Cabaye's individual efforts at goal were only thwarted by sensational stops by Shay Given (and the woodwork). Cheik Tiote, in particular, has been very complimentary of Cabaye, lauding his ability to distribute the ball.
We didn't vote on a Man of the Match for Newcastle's third round Carling Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, so the pick is mine. Coloccini played solid defense (as always) and provided the game-winner deep in extra time. The Captain has stepped into his role admirably this season.
Ba was named Man of the Match for Newcastle's 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at St James' Park, a game in which he scored a hat trick. September was a rough month for the Newcastle striking corps as they found themselves defending their ability to score goals, and Ba did the talking with his boot on this day. He also provided Leon Best with a fine assist in the Aston Villa match.
Others Receiving Votes
Cheik Tiote - Tiote had a slow start to the season but has recovered nicely, impressing the Toon Army enough to at least receive some votes for his performance in two out of the three September games.
Tim Krul - Two goals conceded in three games, making some strong saves along the way. All of a sudden, the goalkeeper conversation from the summer seems sort of ridiculous.
Danny Simpson - Made a save on a corner in the QPR game and has once again shown proficiency on the attacking side of the pitch.
Leon Best - Scored a goal in the Aston Villa game and set up Ba in another against Blackburn.
Gabriel Obertan - Has displayed great skill in losing defenders and has found chemistry with Simpson and Cabaye.
Peter Lovenkrands - Scored two goals in the Carling Cup victory.