Newcastle United started the new Premier League season with a 2-0 win over newly promoted Nottingham Forest.
Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson were on the scoresheet for the Magpies, in what was a commanding performance by Eddie Howe’s side.
The Magpies enjoyed a perfect start to the season, and Howe will have been ecstatic to see so many strong performances in black and white.
With that in mind, here are our Newcastle player ratings vs Nottingham Forest
Nick Pope 7/10
An incredibly quiet debut for all the right reasons. Pope didn’t have to make a single save, but impressed with his distribution.
Kieran Trippier 7/10
Captained the side in the absence of Jamaal Lascelles, and led by example. A few sloppy moments in possession, but a largely assured performance from the 31-year-old.
Fabian Schar 8/10
What a goal. Schar broke the deadlock in a game that threatened to frustrate the Magpies with a strike that was reminiscent of one he scored against Burnley a few years ago.
Dan Burn 8/10
Got the nod over Sven Botman and certainly justified his selection. Had a few moments where Brennan Johnson’s pace could have caused him problems, but he stood up to everything.
Matt Targett 7/10
Steady down the left hand side as always, giving Allan Saint-Maximin the platform to drive at the Forest defence.
Joe Willock 7/10
A positive performance in the middle of the park from Joe Willock, who got around the pitch well with his energy. Justified his selection.
Bruno Guimaraes 9/10
Sensational from Bruno Guimaraes, who was absolutely dominant in black and white. Fantastic in possession, and Forest simply couldn’t get close to him. A great start to his first full season at St James’ Park.
Our man of the match. Last season certainly wasn’t a flash in the pan – Joelinton as midfield enforcer is here to stay. Nearly scored a wonderful goal in the first half, then set up Callum Wilson for Newcastle’s second.
Miguel Almiron 7/10
Deservedly started on the right of attack, and showed some really bright flashes. Miggy got in behind multiple times in tight areas, but could have done more with his opportunities.
Allan Saint-Maximin 8/10
Breathtaking at times down the left, Saint-Maximin was a threat all afternoon. He caused Forest endless problems and used the ball well, rather than holding on to it for too long like he has in the past.
Callum Wilson 8/10
It would be a different story if he hadn’t got his goal, but our number nine is off and running. Wilson took his goal brilliantly, and hopefully it’s the first of many this season.
Sean Longstaff N/A, Ryan Fraser N/A, Jacob Murphy N/A, Chris Wood N/A, Sven Botman N/A.