Newcastle United player ratings: One 4/10 as summer signing has ‘underwhelming display’ vs Bournemouth
Newcastle United player ratings from the 1-1 draw with AFC Bournemouth at St James’ Park.
The £58million summer signing levelled proceedings a few minutes after the Cherries opened the scoring on 63 minutes through Philip Billing.
And in truth, United rarely looked like finding a winner. That is Eddie Howe’s side fifth draw in their opening seven games, perhaps an underwhelming start of the campaign.
Howe wasted no time in recalling Bruno Guimaraes to his starting XI after the Brazilian missed the last three matches with a hamstring injury.
Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin remained side, while Dan Burn was selected ahead of Sven Botman in two changes from Howe.
It was a flat first half, probably the flattest we’ve seen on home soil in 2022, despite Kieran Trippier and Joelinton striking the woodwork.
Bournemouth had a clear plan to counter-attack Newcastle and that paid off when Billing opened the scoring on 62 minutes, who converted Jordan Zemura’s cross.
The Magpies, however, immediately hit back when VAR spotted a handball from Jefferson Lerma to stop Kieran Trippier’s cross.
Referee Craig Pawson reviewed the decision at the VAR monitor before Isak’s sent goalkeeper Neto the wrong way.
Here, our writer Jordan Cronin dishes out his Newcastle United player marks from the 1-1 draw.