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The Players YOU Chose That Newcastle United Have To Keep

10 years ago

We asked the fans of Newcastle United, who are the Newcastle players who can be the foundation of the team for years to come, the players who can establish United back at the top?

Two things; we were stunned by the number of people who took part in our online poll (thank you!) and by the results.

In order, our most valuable players were judged to be the following, everybody could vote for six players and the percentages represent how many of the supporters voted for each player;

1st   Papiss Cisse (96%)
2nd   Yohan Cabaye (95%)
3rd   Tim Krul (92%)
4th   Hatem Ben Arfa (90%)
5th   Fabricio Coloccini (85%)
6th   Cheick Tiote (74%)
7th   Steven Taylor (26%)
8th   Davide Santon (24%)
9th   Demba Ba (15%)
10th  Jonas Gutierrez (11%)
11th   Danny Simpson (1%)

The first thing to mention is that the top six were literally in a different league  to the other five players, you basically had those top six and then a long way behind were Taylor & Santon, followed a little jump behind by Demba and Jonas, poor Danny Simpson finding the competition a bit hot.

The big shock for me was that Demba Ba picked up so few votes, if I had to guess then I reckon it would be a combination of the fact almost all of his goals came in the first half of the season, plus of course I think the speculation over his contract clause may have made fans less inclined to vote for him as he possibly is the most likely to leave.

The bottom line though is that when you list the players like that, it reminds you that we have a group of really cracking players. What a daydream it is to think about keeping them all at St.James’ Park and adding two or three of similar quality…so close!

Our magazine runs a readers poll at the end of each season and  we are giving you the chance to vote on a number of questions online that will help to give the definitive guide to how Newcastle United have fared over the last twelve months.

Your voice will be added to the thousands who take part via the magazine and the results will be published in the magazine Summer Special which is out on Saturday 2nd June.

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