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Two Newcastle stars who shone v Norwich... two Steve McClaren must drop

Newcastle United thrashed Norwich City on Sunday afternoon but their attentions must now turn straight to the Sunderland game.


Georginio Wijnaldum

Needless to say, Newcastle United's star man was Georginio Wijnaldum, the St James' Park outfit's first player to score more than three goals in a match since Alan Shearer.

Moussa Sissoko was equally impressive going forward but his defensive lapses took the shine off of his display. Wijnaldum, though, was simply breathtaking for Newcastle.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Scoring his first goal in front of the Magpies faithful was no easy feat for Aleksandar Mitrovic and the Serb produced everything that's good about him against Norwich. There was less of the silly side to his game (namely getting himself into the referee's book) and there was plenty of heart and work-rate.

As many are noting, the 21-year-old is forming a solid partnership with Ayoze Perez.


Cheick Tiote

Not everyone did well for Newcastle during their 6-2 win over the Canaries, though, and the defending was universally bad from both sides. While Cheick Tiote was supposed to be marshaling the midfield was when the Magpies conceded their two goals and Tiote was poor before being hooked at half-time.

If we are being fair to the midfielder, his lack of game time needs to be acknowledged. But that means the Sunderland game will be far too soon for him and he needs to be dropped ahead of such a big occasion.

Paul Dummett

Another man who needs to make way is Paul Dummett, who didn't have the sharpest of games v Norwich and looked quite far behind Massadio Haidara in terms of quality.

Haidara is the better option for the Sunderland game and Dummett needs to work on the defensive parts of his game. Against a better side, Newcastle may well have conceded a lot more than two.

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