'His game is about so much more than goals' – Joe Willock & Martin Dubravka shine in Liam Kennedy's half-time Newcastle United player ratings

Newcastle United lead 2-0 at the break at the King Power Stadium – and here’s how our writer Liam Kennedy has rated the Magpies’ starting XI.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 8:47 pm

Martin Dubravka – 8

Some agile stops from the Slovak. One very smart stop from Kelechi Iheanacho and an unbelievable one from Jamie Vardy!

Jacob Murphy – 6

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Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United leads his team out prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and Newcastle United at The King Power Stadium on May 07, 2021 in Leicester, England.

Solid enough from the winger turned wing-back. Defensively sound.

Emil Krafth – 7

Barely tested at all. Has answered all questions asked of him.

Federico Fernandez – 7

Much better when played in the centre of the three at the back.

Paul Dummett – 7

Scored his first goal in black and white since January 2016 with a towering header. Has been involved plenty with ball at feet in open play, too.

Matt Ritchie – 7

A typical all-action display down the left. And, for a change, doesn’t look open defensively.

Jonjo Shelvey – 6

Some poor distribution early on but has warmed into the game.

A threat every time he gets the ball. And what a run and finish for the goal. Five for the Magpies now, four in his last four. His game is about so much more than goals, too.

Miguel Almiron – 6

A bit backwards and sideways when he has received the ball. Ultimately he’s just playing too deep in this system.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 7

Some early bursts and spark but faded out of it a little as the half went on. Should be on the scoresheet.

Callum Wilson – 7

Looks bang up for it – you can tell he fancies another goal. This game has suited him too, with gaps down the sides of the central defenders.

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