The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has named his Newcastle Team of the Decade, and it is fair to say that not all supporters agree with the players included.
It has been quite a troublesome ten years for the Magpies, another decade which oversaw a relegation and only two finishes in the top half of the Premier League, but there is still plenty of debate about who have been the club’s best performers.
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Surprisingly, the Chronicle left out Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Demba Cisse, two players who were great under Alan Pardew and played a big part in finishing fifth in 2012, while Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett are the only current players included.
The supporters’ preferred XI has also been revealed, with only one current player selected – Fabian Schar.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are not many votes for players who played under Rafa Benitez, though perhaps most shocking for fans is the selection of Moussa Sissoko, who certainly split fan opinion during his spell at St James’ Park.
Here are some of the reactions to the Team of the Decade choice.
Sissoko? You having a laugh.
— thereal andrew young (@temperamentalan) November 18, 2019
Ritchie and Sissoko over Ben Arfa is strange mind
— colin oliver (@100Magpie) November 18, 2019
Really? Matt Ritchie for Ben Arfa?????
— ⭐JLC⭐ (@JoshuLC) November 18, 2019
We had a bunch of great left backs over Dummett, even Ayoze is a joke
— David Boruzs (@David_B_HU) November 18, 2019
Yedlin has done more for #NUFC than Debuchy and Janmaat ever did.
— Jack Dixon (@dixon_jack) November 18, 2019
Jose Enrique easily our best player in my opinion during his time at the club and Guttierez, Tioté along with Cissé with Ben Arfa on his best day definitely up there
— Daniel M (@danielmckinley) November 18, 2019
Is this a joke? Debuchy and Coloccini? Dummet? This must be clickbait
— Gav Downey MBE (@gavdowney1) November 18, 2019
Cisse gave us the most exciting half a season I’ve ever experienced. The bloke was pure dynamite.
— MCKE4N86 (@JWM861) November 18, 2019