Today we sit at 11th in the Premier League table. The month of October gave us 1W 1L and 2 draws for a total of 5 points out of a possible 12. On top of that, we scored 4 total goals giving us a goal-per-game average, something that isn’t all that impressive. On the other hand, our defense played pretty well, keeping a dangerous Liverpool side to only 1 goal and shutting out a struggling Crystal Palace, as expected. The month left a lot to be desired but let’s take a look at some players who have played well in October.
This is an interesting choice for player of the month as he has only played 135 of 360 total possible minutes in October. He did miss the Burnley match completely but that still has him playing only half the minutes in the three games before hand. He does have one goal, the game winner, against Crystal Palace which would earn Newcastle 3 points. But Merino’s overall play has been fantastic and his presence was definitely missed in the Burnley match. His absence really showed his impact on the pitch.
Coming off a month where Lascelles scored two huge goals, Lascelles was kept off the scoresheet, unfortunately. He did, however, score himself a huge contract earlier in October! Now that’s is something to celebrate over. But specifically concerning his play this October, Lascelles has been the solid defender Benitez wants him to be. His leadership has been key for the success of the club in their return to the Premier League. He isn’t afraid to call out his teammates when he believes the team can get more effort and desire from them... ahem... Mo Diame. This kind of leadership is refreshing to see and shows just how much playing for Newcastle means to him. But with Lascelles play this month, every minute of each game, he deserves the consideration of player of the month.
Shelvey seems like a shoe in for player of the month consideration as he usually looks like our best player and playmaker on the pitch. This month was no different. Our most consistent player, aside from the unexpected red card, you know what you’re getting from Shelvey. Hard, crisp passes, shots from range, and creativity that is hard to come by all make Jonjo a unique player. Also, he matches his cast, which he received after breaking up a fight mentioned above, with whatever kit he is wearing! That has to give him some bonus points.
A player who grabs your attention with speed and hustle is Deandre Yedlin. The American has played some strong football the past four matches, featuring in every single one for the full 90. What is so great about Yedlin is that he is not afraid to push forward down the wings to create scoring chances. Sometimes his service is a lost opportunity, but the chances are certainly created by his acceleration that makes him a dangerous back. I have yet to see this man be outrun by a winger. His tracking abilities are fantastic and it seems like he doesn’t run out of energy.
What do you guys think of these four? Did I miss anyone you might think should’ve made the list or even win this award? Let me know!
Who is the Player of the Month?
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