Newcastle United got their first pre-season run-out of the summer against Gateshead last night, winning 1-0. But who stood out?
The Magpies were hoping to impress new boss Steve McClaren but it was a faltering performance at times.
However, there were a number of positive performances.
1. Papiss Demba Cisse.
Looked lively in the first half with some clever backheels and foraging runs and grabbed the only goal. But will he still be on Tyneside when the season starts?
2. Jamaal Lascelles
Didn’t have much to do on his debut but what stood out was the size of the new boy. He’s huuuuge!!
3. Adam Armstrong
It’s a big season for the young forward. Very sharp as second-half substiture but finishing let him down
4. Gabriel Obertan
I know, I know. It’s just against a non-league side but he was quick and direct. Not much end product, mind. Best of luck on the training ground with that, Steve.
5. Curtis Good.
Didn’t have much to do but was just nice to see the young Australian back on the pitch after a horrendous run of injuries