5 Newcastle United players named in this North East Team of the year

5 Newcastle United players named in this North East Team of the year

Which Newcastle United players would be included in your North East Team of the Year?

It’s a bit tricky if you’re a Newcastle fan to be honest, as most of us will see very little of the region’s other teams.

The raw facts of past 2022 is that Newcastle United were in their third best form in the Premier League for the second half of last season, the first five months of 2022.

Following that, Eddie Howe’s side are now third in the Premier League at Christmas.

So it’s fair to say that Newcastle United have proven to be the third best team in the country for the whole length of 2022 so far. With only Leicester away and Leeds at home.

However, this North East Team of the Year 2022 includes more players from other clubs in the area than Newcastle United players.

No doubt it would be easy for many fans to say that Newcastle are the only North East club in the top flight (and have proved third best in that top flight!), so they must have the best players…

However, some local journalists have an advantage as they often have to cover more than one of the area’s clubs.

One of them is the Northern Echo’s Scott Wilson, who picked their North East Team of the Year (2022) and includes five Newcastle players….

Nick Pope (Newcastle)

Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough)

Sven Botmann (Newcastle)

Ryan Giles (Middlesbrough)

Isaiah Jones (Middlesbrough)

Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle)

Alex Pritchard (Sunderland)

Miguel Almiron (Newcastle)

Ross Stewart (Sunderland)

Jack Lambert (Darlington)

As well as five Newcastle United players, three Middlesbrough, two Sunderland and one Darlington.

Scott Wilson also chose seven on the bench:

SUBSTITUTE:

Anthony Patterson (Sunderland), Fabian Schar (Newcastle), Danny Batth (Sunderland), Joelinton (Newcastle), Jack Clarke (Sunderland), Mark Beck (Darlington), Luke Molyneux (Hartlepool)

Plus these statements from the five selected Newcastle United players…

Nick Pope

He only joined Newcastle in the summer but the quality of his performances at Tyneside has quickly established Pope as one of the Premier League’s leading goalkeepers. His superb shot stopping was one of the key factors in the Magpies’ rise to the Champions League – the best of his performances being a goalless draw at Brighton on the second weekend of the season – and his performances earned him a deserved place in England’s World Cup squad .

Kieran Trippier

It’s hard to imagine a more transformative signing than Trippier’s January move from Atletico Madrid to Tyneside. On the pitch, the full-back’s marauding runs down the right flank have greatly enhanced Newcastle’s attacking game, with his threat from set pieces also helping to secure cult status among the club’s supporters. It’s been a long time since a Northeast team had a better corner taker or free kick taker. Off the pitch his influence was even more pronounced as his leadership and set-piece making made him a talisman figure for the rejuvenated Newcastle.

Sven Botman

Another summer signing from Newcastle and another player more than deserving of his award. Newcastle wanted to sign Botman in January but were unable to land the Dutchman from Lille. They stuck to their guns and eventually struck a deal in the summer and since the 22-year-old clawed his way into the middle half, the 22-year-old exudes class and composure. Fast, dominant in the air, comfortable in possession and an excellent reader – Botman has everything you could wish for in a centre-back. He will be a key part of the Magpies squad for years to come.

Bruno Guimaraes

We’re not talking about Bruno? Well, we certainly have been over the past 12 months. The brilliant Brazilian from Newcastle has been one of the Premier League’s standout stars since joining Lyon’s Magpies. His technical ability, vision and willingness to take control of the ball no matter how many defenders are around him make him a very special talent. He had a purple stain in the last few weeks of last season, scoring four goals in six games and has carried his form into the current season by recording three goals and two assists.

Miguel Almiron

Almiron played for most of the year as he did most of his Newcastle career – neat, tidy and hugely energetic, but perhaps a little lacking in the end product. Things changed that autumn, however, and the Paraguayan began what was by far the most effective period of his tenure as a Premier League player. After scoring twice in October’s 4-1 win at Fulham – one of which will surely be a contender for goal of the season – Almiron netted a remarkable seven goals in seven games, a streak that helped seal the Magpies send up the table.

Of course you understand the journalist’s dilemma, he has to mix it up for his regional audience.

However, he must have sat there for ages wondering which Newcastle United players he could leave out and replace with players from the lower leagues.

Joelinton has now established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League but also plays for Sunderland and Middlesbrough alongside Bruno.

Callum Wilson scores against the likes of Man City and Tottenham and plays for England at the World Cup, but the Loch Ness Donkey steps in instead after scoring against the likes of Rotherham and Hull.

Newcastle United currently have the best-performing back four in the entire Premier League, conceding the fewest goals but only providing half of the north-east defence.

Sunderland and Middlesbrough are not even doing well in the second division, thirteen and fourteen, just six and seven points behind relegation but sixteen and seventeen points behind Burnley at the top.

You have to laugh.

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