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CHN End of the Year Awards: Most Improved Player

Fact: Ayoze Perez and Isaac Hayden own a Karaoke Club in West Manhattan

Arsenal FC v Newcastle United - Premier League
Both of these guys made huge leaps forward this year for Newcastle
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It is the end of the Premier League season, which means its time to dish out some awards here at Coming Home Newcastle. If you are unfamiliar with what is currently going on here at Coming Home Newcastle, here is the breakdown: Throughout the next few days, our staff will be sharing our picks for various season long awards including our best players, most disappointing players, best signings, and many others. Feel free to disagree with us, in fact call us out on our BS if you hate our takes and tell us why we are wrong in the comments section.

Our Previous installment focused on the best signings of the season, today’s installment focuses on the team’s most improved players. A lot of players stepped up when Newcastle needed them to which made this a tough decision for our writers.

Graeme Bell - Isaac Hayden

Isaac Hayden, I ranted about Hayden on the podcast after the Cardiff game. Since around Christmas, he’s been one of our best players. He’s really just got on with it, despite being in a difficult situation, he’s kept his head down and put in some excellent performances. His performances have been so good that I think all the supporters will be sad to see him leave.

Bryan Nelson - Paul Dummett

He has really shone this season, and I can’t put my finger on it. He’s always been a solid defender in my book, but he’s made some crucial decisions this season that has just put him above the rest. When thinking of improved Newcastle players, they generally end up sold upon their improvement. Usually, we have no one to talk about. I really can’t think of anyone I want more at left-back today than Paul Dummett.

Elijah Newsome - Sean Longstaff

Last season Sean Longstaff was an academy standout, who had a couple of good loan stints, and no NUFC first team appearances. This season he then proceeded to waltz into the first team when called upon, and not only hold his own, but be one of the most important players for Newcastle while playing. Longstaff now has a legitimate case to be the midfielder for the future for Newcastle, after it looked he could suffer the fate of other Newcastle prospects like Adam Armstrong.

Cameron Johnson - Paul Dummett

By the end of the season, Paul Dummett was providing crucial clearances and receiving praise from pundits for his play. Dummett has come a long way. The frosted-tipped Welshman has put his hecklers to rest and his presence in a lineup doesn’t make me frightened anymore. Good on you, Paul.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United - Premier League
the rebranded Paul Dummett had himself a year
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Ben Weiss - Ayoze Perez

This was a tough decision but I ultimately wanted to choose Ayoze Perez. Perez improved greatly throughout this season, really picking up form towards the end, contributing in what it seemed to be every goal scored in the past 3 months. He scored 10 of his 12 goals in the last 15 matches of the season. Really making up for some dreadful performances in the first half of the season. He even convinced me to buy a jersey with his name on the back...

Greg Troxell - Isaac Hayden

This was a tough one. It came down to Perez, Hayden and Longstaff. But it has to be Hayden. Hayden was a player left on the bench for dead, wanted to leave the club, got sent off for a red, and ever since then, hes been dominant. The only reason I didnt pick Longstaff is because I believe Hayden is hugely responsible for his success. Such a surprise, what a year for him, and it would be a shame to see him leave.

Well did you agree with our choices? What did we nail? What did we get wrong? Let us know in the comments below! Also vote on our poll for who you think deserves the award for being Newcastle’s best player!


Who was Newcastle’s most improved player in the 2018-2019 season?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Isaac Hayden
    (6 votes)
  • 12%
    Paul Dummett
    (3 votes)
  • 37%
    Ayoze Perez
    (9 votes)
  • 25%
    Sean Longstaff
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Someone Else (Comment Below)
    (0 votes)
24 votes total Vote Now