The results of the Newcastle v Barnsley player ratings by fans.

Not surprisingly, Newcastle supporters were generous with their marks after Sundays game.

A comfortable three goal win, some decent play AND the fact that these three points gave Rafa Benitez the Championship trophy.

Right at the top of the ratings is a player who has regularly disappointed but today showed far more determination and ability than has been the norm – after a very good all round performance and quality finish for the first goal, step forward Ayoze Perez with 9.5 out of 10.

In the main support role was Chancel Mbemba (8.9), getting a rare second game in a row the DR Congo international scored his first ever Newcastle goal and put in a very composed display at centre-back.

Next best was Christian Atsu (8.3), the winger a constant threat and like Perez, showing far far more than he has done at times this season.

Whether playing for a place/permanent deal next season at Newcastle, Atsu and Perez for once looked a class above this division. Barnsley were pretty poor but they still had to be beaten.

The generosity continued with four other starters getting a mark of 8.0 or better.

DeAndre Yedlin (8.5) did everything asked him at the back and bombed down the right at every opportunity, getting an assist for the first goal.

Paul Dummett (8.4) suggested once again that centre-back could be his best position, defending well there and along with Chancel Mbemba playing the ball out well from the back – Hayden’s early injury seeing him switch to the middle with Haidara on at left-back.

Another 8.0 score (or better) for one of the first eleven was Rob Elliot (8.0), though that seems a little generous as he made one very good save in a one on one but other than that didn’t have loads to do.

Jack Colback (8.0) bounced back to form and had a far bigger influence on the game than usual.

The other four players all scored good marks as well, with Shelvey (7.8) maybe not at his dominant best but a brilliant first-time left-footed pass helped create the opening goal, whilst Gouffran (7.6) was extra busy today and maybe another one hoping he can convince for a place in the squad next season and a new contract.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (7.4) didn’t really contribute a lot and will be more remembered for his entertaining role in the post-match celebrations, whilst Isaac Hayden (7.2) was only on the pitch a handful of minutes before being forced out of the action through injury.

Late sub Dwight Gayle (8.0) was rewarded for his late goal, whilst Massadio Haidara maybe deserved higher than his 7.5, as when he came on he added an attacking threat down the left that has been missing the vast majority of the season.

Not much of a let-up for Mohamed Diame (6.9) though, the only player rated below 7.0 and that mark indicative of a very poor season, for a player who was expected to be a key performer.

Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 5.30pm on Wednesday;

newcastle v barnsley player ratings

If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Barnsley player ratings, go HERE and you can still input your own marks out of 10 for each player, then check back later to see whether the overall interactive ratings have changed for the team as more fans vote.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Barnsley 0


Newcastle: Perez 23, Mbemba 59, Gayle 90

Possession was Barnsley 44% Newcastle 56%


  • Paul Busby

    Indicative of a team with the weight of expectation lifted from their shoulders. Less nervous, less cautious and far braver.
    I really wish we saw this Perez all the time but I can’t honestly see him finding a full time roll in a Benitez squad due to him not really being much of a lone striker or having the ability to read a game well enough to slot into the hole and play link up.
    Diame’s ball control has been like a bloody injured giraffe all season, we need to get shot.
    Dummet’s versitility will probably save him, but my god does he make his own job hard work at times. If he just stayed in position and read the runners he wouldn’t have to make those brilliant challenges all the time.
    Very interested to see what happens with Colback, the kid is such a liability. If it was up to me, I’d have shot of him.
    Gouf and Anita could probably be moved on, but I wouldn’t be too upset if we held onto Vern.
    I’d give Atsu a contract if the price was right. He definitely grew into the season and that Cardiff set piece was bloody delicious. Wouldn’t be too upset if we didn’t sign him though.

  • Desree

    Proof indeed that the fans coming up with these scores base it on mood vs. Actual player output.