Hanley fails to shine on Newcastle debut - 0 won tackles, 0 blocks

Newcastle United were beaten by Fulham in their Championship opener on Friday.

An new boy Grant Hanley endured an indifferent debut for Newcastle Unite as Fulham took all 3 points in the opening game of the season.

The Magpies travelled to Craven Cottage on Friday looking to make a positive start to their Championship campaign. Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez played 5 debutants for the clash after a busy transfer window so far, and Hanley was among them.

Things did not go to plan, however, as a goal from Fulham striker Matt Smith saw Slavisa Jokanovic’s side secure a win and give the West London club a good start to the new campaign.

It was a highly frustrating evening for Benitez’s side, as they failed to create many chances and saw a clear penalty shout turned down.

Defensively they also looked rocky, and Hanley’s stats from the game show he endured an indifferent debut.

  MatchPassing AccuracyWon TackleInterception WonBall RecoveryAerial WonOutfielder BlockEffective ClearanceMins Played
Grant Hanley Fulham vs Newcastle 88% 0 0 5 3 0 6 90

Although he managed five ball recoveries in total, won three aerial duels and made six effective clearances (and enjoyed a passing accuracy of 88%), Hanley's failure to register a won tackle, interception or outfielder block throughout the game means that this will be a debut he will be keen to forget.

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