Mainz 2 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 29 July 3pm (UK time)
Darlow 6 – Did ok, but with Elliott out feeling ill I can’t help but feel Darlow was just slotting in and still has no future under Rafa.
Yedlin 6 – Showed some early promise going forward but was replaced after only half an hour.
Clark 6 – Steady as you go, although did look nervous at times and out of position on a few occasions if I’m being picky!
Lejeune 7 – Another confident performance, was tested more from Mainz than Bradford but seemed to do ok defensively. Looks very good on the ball.
Dummett 6 – A poor first 45 minutes. I would say he must improve but with no other viable left-backs at the moment it’s no wonder his performances might drop.
Diame 5 – To put it bluntly, he’s just big and useless. Hope he is a different player from the one we saw last season and in this pre-season. Perhaps he will be stronger in a counter-attacking team in the PL where his pace and strength can be better utilised.
Colback 6 – Typical Colback display, a lot of running around but not enough to show for his performance. Could drop down to fourth or even fifth choice centre midfielder?
Murphy 6 – Was always going to have a different game having scored two and impressing at Bradford.
Ritchie 7 – Looked lively and seemed to put to doubt any worries that I had regarding his fitness. Should be in line to start against Spurs.
De Jong 6 – Didn’t do enough once again for me, doesn’t get on the ball enough, lacks strength and pace. A shadow of the player I once watched for Ajax against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Mitrovic 4 – Rubbish, no point in beating around the bush. Must improve and must do it quickly. Whether it’s a pre-season friendly or a competitive league game, he consistently doesn’t do enough.
Manquillo 6 – Similar to Bradford, didn’t do much and didn’t offer anything going forward.
Gamez 6 – Scored a goal! Would you believe it, although it was helped via a deflection.
Mbemba 6 – Looks like being relegated to 4th choice centre half at the moment. With Grant Hanley still on the books, Mbebma may leave if funds are needed.
Aarons 6 – Just like Murphy he was a lot quieter than the previous game at Bradford but only had 30 minutes, which wasn’t enough.
Woodman 6 – Steady performance again from the young keeper, maybe worth sticking around for cup games??
Shelvey 6 – Tried to get things going but had a quiet game as the last half an hour really was an exhibition match.
Hayden 6 – Similar to Shelvey he didn’t do much at all when introduced.
Perez 6 – Looked bright but did miss a good chance near the end of the game. I’d be edging towards Perez over De Jong and Diame at the moment.
Atsu 5 – Another one who although only played for the last 30 minutes, already needs to buck his ideas up ahead of the new season.
Gayle 6 – Doesn’t have to do a lot to better than Mitrovic. At least Gayle always offers you that pace, or outlet over the top, or down the channels.
Merino – (Not on long enough to judge) Came on for the last few minutes of the game at centre-back, physically doesn’t look like a centre-half. Think he’ll need a month or so before we see him in the PL.
Mainz 2 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Gamez 65
Mainz: Oztunali 5, Fischer 84
Darlow (Woodman 60), Yedlin (Manquillo 27), Clark (Mbemba 46), Lejuene (Merino 79), Dummett (Gamez 46), Colback (Shelvey 60), Diame (Perez 60), Murphy (Hayden 60), Ritchie (Aarons 46), De Jong (Atsu 60), Mitrovic (Gayle 60)
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