Over the past 10 years, Newcastle haven’t had many great wingers.
We’ve had multiple flops, from Sylvain Marveaux to Gabriel Obertan, Florian Thauvin to Sammy Ameobi. We’ve even had centre midfielders playing playing out wide, such as Moussa Sissoko and Joey Barton.
But who’s been the best out and out winger at Newcastle this decade?
5: Andros Townsend
Signed in January 2016, Andros Townsend had a big impact during his short spell on Tyneside.
The winger scored some stunning goals, but it wasn’t enough to keep us in the Premier League. After relegation he was off, with a release clause in his contract allowing him to join Crystal Palace for £13 million.
There was talk of him returning to St James’ Park, but a move never came to fruition.
4: Allan Saint-Maximin
He hasn’t been a Newcastle player for long, but Allan Saint-Maximin has shown enough already to be included in this list.
The Frenchman is a magician with a ball at his feet, going past players at will, seemingly unstoppable once he gets going. He’s even got his first Newcastle goal, an unconventional header against Sheffield United.
ASM is a joy to watch, one of those players who really gets you on the edge of your seat.
3: Jonas Gutierrez
A Newcastle United legend.
Gutierrez played in a similar way to Saint-Maximin, running with the ball as if it was glued to his feet.
He was also able to go backwards, providing brilliant cover for his fullback, particularly when Ryan Taylor was tasked with playing at left-back.
Gutierrez is a hero on and off the pitch, beating cancer before scoring the goal that ensured our Premier League survival in 2015.
2: Matt Ritchie
Signed in 2016 from Bournemouth, Matt Ritchie is a leader. While he isn’t the quickest or the most technical player, he has heart and passion.
He was a key player in the Championship, scoring goal after goal. And in the Premier League, he’s been just as pivotal.
In the past year he’s been converted to a left wing-back, but he was just as good on the right wing in the first two years of his Toon career.
1: Hatem Ben Arfa
A player that fans still talk about today, Hatem Ben Arfa was and still is adored on Tyneside.
He arrived on loan in 2010, and it quickly became clear that he had all the ability in the world. Some of the goals he scored for Newcastle were just ridiculous. There was rockets against Everton and Aston Villa, as well as solo stunners against Blackburn and Bolton.
Ben Arfa will go down as one of the most gifted players in Newcastle history, and is our Toon winger of the decade.