After Newcastle’s season-opening loss to Manchester City, here are our player ratings from the 0-2 loss:

Tim Krul, 5 – Made a good save from Samir Nasri in the first half but will be disappointed he didn’t do better with both goals.

Daryl Janmaat, 6 – Still short of full match fitness but showed excellent energy getting forward on the right. Could have tracked Silva better for the first goal.

Mike Williamson, 6 – Solid from the big centre-back. Marshalled Dzeko fairly well and looks the best partner for Coloccini.

Fabricio Coloccini, 5 – Won almost everything as he usually does but he shouldn’t have drifted towards Dzeko for Silva’s goal. His movement created the space for Silva to find and score from.

Paul Dummett, 4 – His place should be under serious threat from Massadio Haidara. He does everything OK but is a touch slow and can easily be beaten for skill.

Vurnon Anita, 6 – Got a knock in the first half that affected him but up until then he played well and was happy to anchor midfield while Sissoko drifted forward.

Moussa Sissoko, 5 – Was disappointing in midfield. Got forward well enough but perhaps a lack of match sharpness affected his productivity.

Jack Colback, 8 – Arguably man of the match for Newcastle. His energy in midfield led to numerous interceptions and his passing was spot on. Will be hard to push out of the first team when everyone is fit.

Remy Cabella, 8 – A very promising debut. His skill was breathtaking at times and he could be a huge threat for Newcastle this season.

Yoan Gouffran, 5 – Put in a shift on the left but should have done better from a corner when City were in trouble.

Emmanuel Riviere, 6 – Tried hard and showed excellent strength on more than one occasion but was affected by adrenaline with it being his debut. Made the wrong choices when in the final third and clear of his marker.



Ayoze Perez, 7 – Almost capped his debut with an instant goal but for a well-timed tackle. Could be an excellent weapon to bring on from the bench this season.

Gabriel Obertan, 6 – Didn’t get involved too much but his pre-season form will see him given more chances to impress in the early stages of the season.

Rolando Aarons, 6 – Showed good speed and trickery down the left but had no real chances to create anything on his competitive debut.