It proved a relatively disappointing day for Newcastle United upon their return to the Premier League.
While Tottenham’s 2-0 win at St. James’ Park looked rather routine in the end, Rafa Benitez’s side performed well for much of the game and managed to keep Spurs’ devastating attack at bay.
However, injuries to both Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune, as well as the utterly stupid red card shown to Jonjo Shelvey made the Magpies’ task an almost impossible one and Tottenham duly ran out winners.
Still, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the Toon Army. Indeed, summer signings Christian Atsu and Javier Manquillo proved impressive upon their Premier League bows for Newcastle United.
Much has been made about the club’s lack of summer spending since promotion from the Championship, though two recruits (though Atsu was with the club on loan last term) played well today.
With that in mind, here’s a look at how Toon fans on Twitter reacted to their performances.
Christian Atsu has been absolutely immense today, so has Manquillo.
— tom (@TomCalvert_) August 13, 2017
Atsu and Manquillo stand out performers today. Hopefully Merino can show his class in the next 3 games and can play ahead of Shelvey #nufc
— JB (@jj_balmer) August 13, 2017
Players who have impressed the most? Lejeune (shortly), Manquillo, Atsu. Merino looks good. I sense a trend. Let Rafa buy more please.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 13, 2017
Solid effort by the rest of the team, if unremarkable. Atsu and Manquillo looked good. Shelvey and two pieces of great Spurs play undid us.
— Nathaniel Graham (@NatGraham21) August 13, 2017
Manquillo, Atsu great. Desperately need more signings – hopefully Ashley saw that from stands. Ultimately though, let down by 1 idiot #NUFC
— danny (@dannyerrrr) August 13, 2017
Not reading too much Into that, injuries and the idiot changed the game. Manquillo, Atsu and Merino looked good, move on ey
— Rory Obrien Campbell (@rory_campbell1) August 13, 2017