Emerson’s passing against a third-rate outfit like Newcastle was substandard, even against his own remarkably modest form in this discipline. A 72% accuracy is too low, and his own average at 81.2% still leaves plenty of room for improvement.
Emerson’s duel numbers were useful. The Brazilian achieved a 62% success rate – a welcome bump from his current average of 54.5%.
Royal also made a handy 6 interceptions.
There was this dribble in the final third which was posted a ball into Harry Kane, but as lively as it was, a Toon toe got the better of it.