Picking the very best Newcastle United eleven from throughout the club’s 125 year history is always going to be tricky.
No fan is going to 100% agree with another supporter’s selection.
There is of course the added problem whereby most fans alive now, haven’t actually see the majority of Newcastle players in action.
For example, a recent article by a stats expert at The Times estimated that at the most 0.01% of current Newcastle fans, were able to appreciate when NUFC last won the top tier league title (1926/27).
However, that hasn’t stopped an Indian sports website (Sportskeeda) from having a go…
You definitely feel as though the author has used a lot of guesswork, googling, and relied an awful lot on players from the last 20 years/his adult lifetime.
As an example, here is the analysis of greatest ever goalkeeper….
‘Probably the toughest decision of the team with the choice of goalkeeper. With the likes of Srnicek (152 appearances), Harper (157 appearances) and Given (354 appearances) all battling it out. However, with a total of 113 Premier League clean sheets Shay Given has to get the number one spot.’
I would agree on Shay Given because he is the best I have ever seen but much as I like them, Harper and Srnicek would struggle to be even in the top five I have seen in the flesh. Club legends such as Jimmy Lawrence (record appearance holder) and Ronnie Simpson (nine years at NUFC) must surely be rated higher.
As for centre-backs, to include Philippe Albert is also a bit of a joke. Just because you have seen the video footage of him scoring v Man Utd doesn’t make him a great. A very good player yes but Jonathan Woodgate was a country mile better than the Belgian.
‘In at centre backs has to be all-time great Bobby Moncur and alongside him Philippe Albert. Although competition would be there from Newcastle’s most recent great captain Fabricio Coloccini, Philippe Albert endured a great 5 year spell with Newcastle United gaining 96 appearances and 8 goals. He would make a great partner for Bobby Moncur.’
The biggest joke of all though has to the right-back selection…
‘To fill in at right back, there were only really two contenders: a player known greatly for the offside trap, Bill McCracken, and the player known for using the team as a stepping stone, Mathieu Debuchy. Although, he only spent a year at Newcastle, he was a deadly full back, noticeably in the match against Manchester United in which he scored. Mathieu Debuchy has to be the right back choice.’
‘Mathieu Debuchy has to be the right back choice’…hmmm, that will be right. As for only a year, he was at NUFC for 18 months whilst as for the imaginary goal against Man Utd….
When it comes to picking Newcastle United’s best XI, the midfield is always the hardest to decide. With legends including: Gary Speed,Peter Beardsley alongside more recent greats like Yohan Cabaye, it really does choose to be a problem.
Summing up the fact the author doesn’t even know where certain Newcastle players even played, he says that there would be a ‘great debate’ as to whether Laurent Robert or Nolberto Solano should be on the left wing!
Nobby was an out and out right winger and as good as Laurent Robert was, he isn’t close to being Newcastle’s greatest left winger.
‘On the left hand side, would be a great debate between Nolberto Solano and Laurent Robert. In their time at Newcastle United they both bagged a lot of goals with Solano taking 37 goals and Robert taking 22 goals. Although Solano took more goals, Laurent Robert was a magician on the pitch and so he would start as the right winger.’
The googling didn’t do so well when it came to strikers…
Alan Shearer is an obvious choice but rather than talking about whether Milburn, Supermac, Gallacher should be the choice alongside Shearer, he instead mentions Cisse and Ba!!!
Les Ferdinand was a great striker but surely nobody could pick him ahead of Milburn?
‘The first choice for the attack is simple. Alan Shearer is the Premier League’s all-time top scorer, with 260 goals. Joining him in the front two could be one of many strikers. For instance, Demba Ba, Pappis Cisse and Les Ferdinand could all make the cut. However, Ba only spent a short time at the club making only 54 appearances. Cisse, would also miss the cut due to a poor goals to game ratio, scoring only 37 goals in 117 appearances. On that note, the second choice striker must be Alan Shearer’s partner in crime Les Ferdinand. Ferdinand, in his Newcastle career, made 68 appearances and scored 41 goals.
Final XI: Shay Given, Mathieu Debuchy, Bobby Moncur, Philippe Albert, Frank Hudspeth, Peter Beardsley, Gary Speed, Paul Gascoigne, Laurent Robert, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand.’
Who would be in your all-time Newcastle United eleven? Mathieu Debuchy…?!!!!