Everton comments age well & the £35m Newcastle United star no one is talking about after Chelsea win
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Newcastle United returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Chelsea at St James' Park on Saturday afternoon - with Alexander Isak, Jamaal Lascelles, Joelinton and Anthony Gordon on the scoresheet.
Here, our writer Jordan Cronin provides his key takeaways from the victory:
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While Eddie Howe was able to name a strong starting XI, which ultimately showed in the result, you only had to look as far as the Magpies' bench for a brutal reminder of the never-ending injury crisis.
With Joe Willock becoming United's latest casualty, plus the absence of Emil Krafth through illness, Howe's nine-man bench consisted of three goalkeepers, four under-21s players, and the experienced duo of Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett.
Thankfully, the result was wrapped up by the hour mark and the bench wasn't required in order to help change the game. Instead, Howe used his subs to give the likes of Alexander Isak and Miguel Almiron a breather in the closing stage and in turn hand Premier League debuts to Amadou Diallo, Michael Ndiweni and Alex Murphy.
While the long list of absentees remains a major cause for concern in the weeks to come because of the relentless fixture list, the Chelsea win did at least make some forget on Saturday evening, which couldn't be said about Bournemouth last time out.
Cometh the hour, cometh the... 17-year-old
It really is hard to believe that Lewis Miley is just 17 years of age. On his Premier League debut at St James' Park, the young midfielder stole the show and further proved why those behind the scenes believe he's the 'next big thing'.
The assist for Isak's opener was a joy in itself. Miley might have been forgiven for taking the shot on himself with half of the stadium urging him to shoot but credit to his temperament and maturity to pick out the Swede for his eighth goal of the campaign.
“That pass sort of represents him," said Howe during his post-match press conference. "To have that composure in that moment when you're so young and thrust into your debut at home, the temptation is to shoot, but he resisted that and the ability to spot Alex, so it was a brilliant pass and also a brilliant finish.
“I thought his general performance was very good. I thought he showed the composure that we saw during pre-season – I thought he executed a very good pre-season, played very well - and he's going to be a key player for us in he next few weeks."
Indeed, his performance is made even better by the fact he schooled a Chelsea midfield of Conor Gallagher, Enzo Fernandez and Chimuanya Ugochukwu, who, by the way, are worth a combined £130m.
Special mention for Bruno Guimaraes, too, who brings out the best in everyone. It's no coincidence that since making his full debut, Newcastle are yet to win in the eight league games without him.
Tino Livramento goes about his business quietly
If you watched Alan Shearer's analysis on Match of the Day last night, you'll know the Magpies legend waxed lyrical about Kieran Trippier, so I want to focus on the player on the opposite side, Tino Livramento.
I admit, I questioned why Newcastle splashed £35m of their summer budget to fill a position they've already got a top-class player in but Livramento has quickly altered my judgment.
Filling in at left-back, the 21-year-old quietly went about his business against the Blues by winning tackles, carrying the ball forward and linking up well with Anthony Gordon down the flank.
Saturday was his first Premier League start since arriving from Southampton but in the two Carabao Cup games and one Champions League match he's started, plus the six sub appearances in the league, the 21-year-old has barely put a foot wrong.
Many view Chelsea skipper Reece James as Kyle Walker's long-term replacement at the international level but on yesterday's evidence, it'd be wrong to discount Livramento whose pace and ability to drive forward is a match for anyone.
Anthony Gordon, running down the wing
That's now five goals and three assists this season for the Scouse winger, who just gets better and better. Everton fans once quipped that his price tag of £45m was too high but those social media comments are ageing well.
As mentioned several times before, Gordon struggled during his opening months on Tyneside and needed a reset in the summer in order to get to grips with Howe's demanding style. And since lifting the U21s Euros with England and winning player of the tournament, the 22-year-old hasn't looked back.