Much to the delight of Eddie Howe, history didn’t repeat itself for Newcastle United this afternoon after the Tynesiders managed to keep hold of their 1-0 lead over Leeds United at Elland Road until the final whistle, after conceding a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw against Watford last weekend.
A goal from Jonjo Shelvey in the second half against Marcelo Bielsa’s side was enough to bring the three points back north in Newcastle’s attempts to avoid relegation. As well as securing their second league win of the campaign, Newcastle also managed to keep their second clean sheet.
One player who started for the Magpies this afternoon and certainly had an impact on the team’s defensive efforts was January signing Kieran Trippier, who completed the full 90 minutes in the right-back position with 57 touches of the ball.
In that time, the England international made three tackles, three interceptions and four clearances, highlighting how involved he was in keeping Leeds from scoring.
Trippier, who is currently valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, also won six of his nine duels, showing how difficult an opponent he was for the Whites’ attacking players.
This performance ultimately earned the former Tottenham and Atletico Madrid full-back a superb overall match rating of 7.5/10, making him Newcastle joint-highest rated outfield player on the day alongside the Shelvey according to SofaScore.
Chronicle Live also picked up on Trippier’s good performance by saying that “his arrival has made a huge difference. Cajoled and encouraged when needed. Battled hard and made key interceptions.”
Moving forward, if the 31-year-old can keep delivering this sort of display from now until the end of the season and help Newcastle potentially keep a few more clean sheets along the way, he could go a long way to keeping the Magpies in the Premier League…and maybe Howe in a job.
If Newcastle manage to avoid the drop at the end of the campaign, this win over Leeds could end up being a vital one for the club and Howe, with Trippier’s performance being a definite highlight this afternoon.