Ranking Newcastle player’s season – Part 2 – Midfield

Joelinton – 6/10 

Like most of the Newcastle squad, Joelinton has spent a considerable amount of time on the sidelines through injury this season.  

The first half of this campaign was decent for him, and it was obvious to see how much he was missed during his three months out injured.  

Sandro Tonali – 2/10 

The Italian midfielder showed so much promise at the beginning of the season, with a number of good performances alongside Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes.  

However, after being banned from competitive football for 10 months after just 12 games in a Newcastle shirt, the 24-year-old cannot be given more than a two out of 10.  

Matt Ritchie – 5/10 

He has not featured much this season, but when he needed to, he stepped up.  

The 34-year-old scored his only goal of the season against his former club, Bournemouth, in a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park. 

Joe Willock – 4/10 

Willock has had a disappointing season, struggling to string together a consistent run of matches due to injury.  

With the lack of energy in midfield without Joelinton, it would have been handy for Willock to have been available. 

Elliot Anderson – 6/10 

Anderson has also spent a large chunk of the season out through injury but has looked impressive when he has played.  

Returning from a back injury in February, the Whitley Bay-born midfielder provided the Magpies with a bit of physicality in midfield that they were missing over the winter months, leaving fans excited about his future.  

Sean Longstaff – 5/10 

Longstaff has been almost ever present for Newcastle in the midfield this season, playing 32 out of the 35 games played so far.  

While he has looked out of his depth at times, the 26-year-old has popped up with five goals in the Premier League this year.  

Bruno Guimaraes – 8/10 

Bruno has missed just one Premier League game this season through suspension and his reliability cannot be questioned.  

Often tasked with leading the team in possession, the Brazilian international has had a great season. 

Joe White – 5/10 

The 21-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Crewe Alexandra in League Two but was recalled by the Magpies due to their injury problems in midfield. 

However, White has only played nine minutes of Premier League football since being recalled in January, so an average score is only fair. 

Lewis Miley – 7/10  

After Sandro Tonali’s ban along with other injury problems this season, a 17-year-old Lewis Miley was thrown in at the deep end, playing 1,200 minutes of football in the Premier League.  

Now 18, Miley impressed during his performances in his 17 matches, looking for the most part like he had been playing at the highest level for years.  

His season unfortunately came to an end after suffering an injury while away on international duty with England u20s, but fans will be very excited about what he can offer in the future.