A lot can change during the international break – Newcastle United have grown from a 2-1 defeat at Wolves to in some ways the richest football club in the world.
Everything is changing in St. James’ Park and you can guarantee a charged atmosphere for the first game of what may be an exciting time for a club that has been below expectations for years, with Tottenham attending on Sunday.
A few Newcastle players might be worth considering while Leeds star Raphinha – who would normally be an easy pick – is at risk this week.
Based on Opta data, Stats Perform will select seven players for you.
AARON RAMSDALE (arsenal v crystal palace)
His signing was mocked by many in the preseason, likely in part due to the substantial £ 24million fee Arsenal spent, but Ramsdale has made an encouraging start after ousting Bernd Leno for the Gunners.
He has played in the Premier League four times and only conceded once, which gives him the best minutes-per-goal ratio in the league (one every 360 minutes).
Ramsdale will be confident to continue this theme on Monday against Crystal Palace, whose Open Play Expected Goals (xG) of 5.2 are better than just five teams this season.
MATT RITCHIE (Newcastle United against Tottenham)
Well, picking a Newcastle defender could normally be seen as a risk, but it’s fair to guess the team – for obvious reasons – have a slightly more positive aura about visiting Spurs.
If the feel good factor at the club translates into a strong performance after the takeover, the first signs of this season lead you to believe Ritchie will be influential.
The converted left-back’s 21 chances are only behind Bruno Fernandes, while only Trent Alexander-Arnold (2.6) and Mason Mount (2.1) have better assists records (xA) than Ritchie (2.0) – he also played the third – most passes into the box by anyone in the major league (63).
KIERAN TIERNEY (arsenal v crystal palace)
Another left-back who’s quite effective going forward is Tierney, who was considered one of the few consistently solid performers for Arsenal during his time at the club – when he’s fit.
As mentioned earlier, Arsenal’s next opponent, Palace, isn’t one of the most threatening teams in the league so there is undoubtedly zero potential, although Tierney offers a lot in attack too.
Among the defenders who are yet to score or help, only Everton’s Lucas Digne (17) has recorded more than Tierney’s 15 shooting involutions (shots and key passes), while the Scottish international is third among defenders in terms of chances created (nine, two less than Alexander-Arnold.). ).
RAPHINHA (Southampton v Leeds United)
Granted, this is a bit of a gamble. With Raphinha away with Brazil for the World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Thursday evening (early Friday morning British time), about 36 hours before Leeds against Southampton, Marcelo Bielsa has already admitted that Raphinha’s status is at least unclear.
But he’s looked exciting in his Brazil cameos so far, and his form in 2021-22 leaves little doubt that Raphinha can make a decisive impact on Saturday even if he’s just playing as a substitute.
He currently leads the ranking of Leeds players for goals (three), shots (24), chances (14) and passes into the penalty area (59) – for Bielsa he is certainly too important to leave him out completely.
JESSE LINGARD (Leicester City v Manchester United)
After a brilliant couple of months at West Ham, Lingard is still waiting for a decent string of games at United this season, but has appeared in just three league games with a couple of goals.
The second of them came against the Hammers, and next comes another of his former loaner teams: Leicester.
He already has a great record in encounters with the Füchsen as he was involved in six goals (three goals and three assists) against them – that is a collective personal best (also six against Arsenal).
ALLAN SAINT-MAXIMIN (Newcastle United against Tottenham)
If there is one member of the Newcastle squad who promises to be most borne by the club’s new situation, it is certainly the one who would not be out of place on a team of dearly assembled superstars.
Saint-Maximin is at the box office – he’s an entertainer and always looks like he’s having a blast on the pitch, but this season the Frenchman has also added a little more substance to his game.
With two goals and three assists as early as 2021-22, he has a commitment every 126 minutes that has improved massively in 2020-21 (one every 224 minutes). In front of new owners, few would bet against Saint-Maximin who is dazzling as he proves he will be at home in the new era.
RAUL JIMENEZ (Aston Villa v Wolves)
After a serious head injury, Jimenez was not very lucky in his first five Premier League games of the season, not scoring a single goal or assist despite attempting 14 shots and delivering 15 key passes.
But since then, the Mexico international has been involved in all three of the Wolves’ most recent goals.
Jimenez was something of a double threat under Bruno Lage, with his number of shots of 36, only exceeded by Bruno Fernandes (47), Mohamed Salah, Michail Antonio and Raphinha.