As 2019 winds down, another decade is coming to an end. It’s been a pretty rough one for Newcastle, who end the decade with two trophies – winning the Championship twice.
But we’ve had some great players over the past 10 years, so here at Geordie Boot Boys, we’ve decided to look at each position and rank our best players of the decade, starting with our top five goalkeepers.
5: Rob Elliot
Signed in 2011 from Charlton, Rob Elliot seemed like an odd acquisition. He’s played 68 times in all competitions for the Magpies, never really solidifying himself as the club’s number one.
His only real spell as the main man came in 2017, but he was eventually replaced by Martin Dubravka.
Elliot has always been solid if unspectacular, but a reliable backup and seemingly a popular player in the dressing room.
4: Steve Harper
A Newcastle United legend who didn’t play as much as he wished, Steve Harper’s Magpies career was always spent as the bridesmaid, never the bride.
He was excellent in the Championship promotion campaign under Chris Hughton, but would eventually lose his place to Tim Krul the following season.
Harper was a loyal servant to Newcastle, eventually leaving in 2013, captaining us on his final appearance. His testimonial was a wonderful occasion, and Harper is now back at St James’ Park as a coach.
3: Karl Darlow
Signed in August 2012 from Nottingham Forest, Darlow was a surprise arrival alongside Jamaal Lascelles.
The Championship campaign under Rafa Benitez was the best year of Darlow’s career, forcing his way into the starting XI then providing the foundation for Newcastle to win promotion. He was excellent in the second tier, keeping 13 clean sheets along the way.
2: Martin Dubravka
One of Newcastle’s best signings of the decade, Martin Dubravka’s debut against Manchester United was sensational. He wouldn’t be beaten, winning man of the match on his first appearance.
While the odd error has crept into his game, Dubravka has won us more points than he’s lost us. Particularly this season, he’s pulled off extraordinary saves against the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham.
Now with the number one on his back, Dubravka narrowly misses out on being Newcastle’s goalkeeper of the decade.
1: Tim Krul
While Dubravka has been excellent, you can’t look past Tim Krul as Newcastle’s best stopper over the past 10 years.
The Dutchman’s reflexes were second to none, pulling off saves that didn’t even look possible at times. That performance at White Hart Lane in 2013 will never be forgotten.
Krul’s time at Newcastle ended in disappointing fashion, with a horrific knee injury on international duty in 2015 ending his season. He would never play for Newcastle again, but is now back in the Premier League as Norwich’s number one.