Newcastle ended the 2018/19 campaign having achieved their primary target for the season of avoiding relegation from the Premier League, with a 13th placed finish.
Rafael Benitez guided his side comfortably clear of the bottom three in the end, with the Magpies some 11 points clear of Cardiff City after being second from bottom and without a win from their opening 10 league games.
The main question for Newcastle now is whether or not Benitez will be in charge next season, with the Spaniard set to hold talks with owner Mike Ashley this week regarding his future at the club.
So following what has been a relatively successful season for the Magpies, with a second successive mid-table finish, we’ve rated the players’ performances out of 10 to assess their performances in all competitions throughout the campaign.
Only those who have featured 10 or more times will be included in our player ratings for Newcastle’s 2018/19 season.
Martin Dubravka - 8/10
Dubravka has enjoyed a solid campaign, keeping 11 clean sheets in his 38 league appearances. Only Alisson, Ederson, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordan Pickford and Hugo Lloris have more clean sheets than the Slovakia international.
Javier Manquillo - 6.5/10
Manquillo has looked good in his 21 appearances this season, and arguably provides greater defensive cover than the attack-minded DeAndre Yedlin.
DeAndre Yedlin - 6.5/10
Yedlin is another who’s enjoyed a relatively decent campaign, but the full-back began to lose his place in the side towards the end of the season. As aforementioned, Manquillo has looked slightly better defensively than Yedlin, and the Spaniard has also registered more assists in less games than the American
Ciaran Clark - 6/10
Clark has had limited game time this season, making just 14 appearances throughout the campaign, but the defender was reliable when called upon and scored three times.
Federico Fernandez - 6.5/10
Fernandez had a strong start to the campaign but struggled to regain his place in the first team as the season went on.
Fabian Schar - 8.5/10
Schar has arguably been one of Newcastle’s best players this season after establishing himself in the side. He’s looked rock solid defensively, and has an absolute thunderbolt of a shot in his locker as well, which has certainly proved handy at times this season.
Jamaal Lascelles - 6.5/10
Newcastle’s captain has admitted to having his struggles at times this season, but he is a huge figure within the squad and has been a key part of a defence which has kept 11 clean sheets in the Premier League.
Paul Dummett - 6.5/10
Dummett had a consistent campaign after returning from injury, and has slotted into a back five well. The 27-year-old made 123 clearances and won over 100 duels in his 26 appearances this season.
Florian Lejeune - 6.5/10
Lejeune has had a torrid time with injury this season, suffering a second serious knee injury after recovering from a cruciate ligament problem.
Matt Ritchie - 8.5/10
Ritchie has had an excellent season and fully deserves a rest after the effort he’s put in throughout the campaign. The Scot has adjusted to life at wing-back with aplomb, and has three goals and nine assists to his name in 39 appearances.
Isaac Hayden - 8/10
Hayden enjoyed a brilliant second half to the season after establishing himself in the side, and will certainly be a big miss if he does pursue a move this summer.
Jonjo Shelvey - 6/10
A tough season for Shelvey who has made just 17 appearances, but the midfielder ended the campaign with a brilliant performance against Fulham, capped by his excellent volleyed finish from the edge of the area.
Ki Sung-yueng - 6.5/10
Another who was in and out of the side with only 19 appearances, but the midfielder is always reliable when called upon.
Mohamed Diame - 6.5/10
Diame looks set to leave the club this summer after a spell just short of three years with the Magpies, and is another who had a consistent campaign making 29 appearances.
Sean Longstaff - 8/10
A fine breakthrough campaign for Longstaff, who appeared to make the step up into the first team with ease prior to his season-ending injury in March. There are big things to come from the 21-year-old next season.
Christian Atsu - 6.5/10
Atsu has looked bright at times this season, and improved towards the latter stages of the campaign, but he must improve on his creative output in the 2019/20 season. A return of one goal and no assists in 32 appearances for a winger isn’t much to shout about.
Kenedy - 5/10
The extension of Kenedy’s loan spell for this season was greeted with enthusiasm following his impressive 2017/18 campaign, but the Chelsea loanee failed to make a similar impact this time around. The fact that his most memorable performance came for all the wrong reasons against Cardiff back in August says something about his season.
Jacob Murphy - 6/10
Murphy featured 13 times and created two assists for Newcastle before being loaned out to West Brom for the second half of the season.
Miguel Almiron - 7.5/10
Newcastle’s record signing made 10 appearances before picking up a hamstring problem that ruled him out for the rest of the campaign in April. The Paraguay international looked bright prior to the injury, however, and is an exciting prospect for next season.
Yoshinori Muto - 5.5/10
A disappointing campaign from Muto, who scored just one goal in 18 appearances. Another who will need to improve if he is to make an impact next season.
Ayoze Perez - 9/10
Perez has been excellent this season, and his form in the latter stages of the campaign has been nothing short of superb. 13 goals and three assists for the Spaniard in 2018/19, and Newcastle will be desperate to keep hold of him for next season.
Salomon Rondon - 9.5/10
Making Newcastle’s Player of the Season a permanent signing this summer has to be the Magpies’ number one priority heading into the transfer window. Rondon is another who has had a brilliant season, with his 12 goals and seven assists emphasising his importance to the side.
Joselu - 5.5/10
Joselu has been linked with a move away from Newcastle this summer after another disappointing campaign. The Spaniard has scored just three times in 20 appearances, and the Magpies are surely able to find a more clinical replacement to offer competition up front.
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