Newcastle have had a variety of centre-midfielders during the decade, from goal scorers to tough tackling enforcers.

But who has been the best in black and white?

6: Joey Barton

A Newcastle United cult hero who was forced out the club, Joey Barton was adored by the Toon Army.

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Whether he was playing on the right or in the middle, Barton gave his all for the shirt, which is why fans loved him so much. It’s a damn shame that Mike Ashley forced him out of the club in 2011.

5: Georginio Wijnaldum

If every game was played at St James’ Park, Wijnaldum would probably be number one. The Dutchman was sensational at home, scoring on his debut against Southampton.

Wijnaldum scored 11 times for Newcastle, all of which came it home. When we played away from home, he strangely went missing.

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But he was an incredibly talented player, and one who has gone on to bigger and better things at Liverpool after leaving in 2016 following relegation.

4: Moussa Sissoko

A player who divided fans and never lived up to his initial hype, Moussa Sissoko was excellent when he first arrived at Newcastle. That game against Chelsea was on of the best individual performance you’ll ever see. Ashley Cole still probably has nightmares.

When Sissoko was on song, he was a real force in the middle of the park. Sadly, there were too many occasions where he failed to deliver, leading to a lot of anger from supporters.

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There weren’t many tears when he left, somehow sealing a mega money move to Tottenham.

 

3: Kevin Nolan

Kevin Nolan barely put a foot wrong in a Newcastle shirt. In the Championship, he truly arrived as a Mag. His goals were key in the race for promotion, and he would continue his good form in the Premier League.

Nolan scored 30 goals in all competitions across two seasons for Newcastle, four of which came against rivals Sunderland. He was arguably sold too soon, but we’ll never forget that hat-trick he got against the Mackems on October 31st.

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2: Cheick Tiote

A true midfield warrior. No one really knew anything about Cheick Tiote when he arrived in 2010, but it quickly became clear what he was all about – tough tackling. He was the true meaning of a midfield enforcer.

Tiote’s crowning achievement was the volley against Arsenal, the equaliser in Newcastle’s greatest game of the decade.

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Sadly, the Ivorian passed away on June 5th 2017 at the age of 30.

1: Yohan Cabaye

Quite simply, Yohan Cabaye is one of Newcastle’s best players of the last 10 years.

He was brought in to replace Nolan, and he certainly did that and more. Cabaye was a different kind of player, but he was just as influential.

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He could dictate the play with his passing game, create goals with his glorious vision, score himself with his incredible accuracy, all the while capable of doing the dirty side of the game too.

Cabaye was sold to PSG in January 2014 for £19 million, despite fans chanting “don’t sell Cabaye, Yohan Cabaye, I just don’t think you understand”.

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