Newcastle have moved into the top four after putting the same number past Villa on Saturday. The Magpies were flawless in every phase of the game. The defense limited Danny Ings and co. to just three shots. The midfield captured 60% possession and completed over 500 passes. Finally, every forward bagged a goal to push Newcastle’s win streak to three.
Here are your Top 3 Magpies from the team’s best performance in recent memory.
Wilson scored the first goal of the game when he calmly slotted home a penalty in extra time of the first half. However, the best was still to come from the England international. Whatever Eddie Howe said to Wilson at the break pressed all the right buttons.
Wilson scored his brace 10 minutes into the second half from a Keiran Trippier corner. While he would be denied his hat trick, Wilson was electric for the rest of the half. Joelinton put Wilson’s rebound into the net for his goal. Then, the striker was credited with an assist on Almiron’s goal. The forward played a near-flawless game and was the main reason for the four-goal victory.
A Paraguayan is the hottest player in England. Almirón continued his incredible form with a performance that should have sealed the October Premier League Player of the Month award. Wilson’s aforementioned spot kick was earned by Almirón who whipped a dangerous ball that was intercepted by Ashley Young’s arm.
If the PotM honor wasn’t enough, Almirón will also be a nominee for Goal of the Month with his 25-yard strike. From the right side, Almirón cut left and curled a ball around Tyron Mings and Robin Olson and into the bottom corner. Ironically, his best goal came against Jack Grealish’s former club to cap off an incredible month.
Miggy Almirón adds to his collection of stunning strikes! pic.twitter.com/WVnBEMRMKU— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 29, 2022
Joelinton scored his first goal of the season on a virtual tap-in that will no doubt be overshadowed by Almirón’s strike and Wilson’s brace. However, Joelinton’s impact on this game was immeasurable. Even his incredible stats do not do his performance justice—Ask Brazil’s head coach Tite, watching from the stands on Saturday trying to figure out whether or not Joelinton deserves a World-Cup call-up. (Our feeling: yes, he does.)
Joelinton won all of his aerial duels—he won five additional duels on the ground. Then, he also won possession seven times. The Brazilian created two chances en route to an 89% passing accuracy performance. Finally, he was so dominant on the left side against Ezri Konsa and Matty Cash that he opened up space that allowed Almirón and Wilson to score their goals.
Turning defence into attack. ↔️ pic.twitter.com/6BFG8ojiLi— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 30, 2022
Newcastle have a week off before returning to league action on the road against Southampton. Despite other players returning from injury, it is hard to imagine Howe altering the lineup after a 4-0 victory—with the only exception of Joelinton missing next weekend’s action with a one-game suspension by way of yellow-card accumulation.