Newcastle United stumbled to another draw today as they struggled to break down a stubborn Bournemouth side in the Premier League.
This represents yet another game without a win for Eddie Howe’s side, who haven’t tasted victory in the top flight since their opening weekend victory over Nottingham Forest.
The managerless Cherries were dominated on the statistics, with the Magpies bossing 73% of the possession and mustering 20 shots. In addition to creating one big chance, they hit the woodwork twice, making the result even tougher to take.
Whilst Kieran Trippier impressed again at full-back, with a team-high 118 touches and five accurate crosses, it was goalscorer Aleksander Isak who stole the show once more as the Swede dispatched coolly from the penalty spot to notch his first goal in front of his new home support.
Not only was he calm from 12 yards, he could have had a number of assists too as the 22-year-old also made two key passes and had a 100% dribble success rate. This marks incredible efficiency from a man who had just 31 touches and completed a minuscule 11 passes.
However, with Erling Haaland having scored 14 goals already for Manchester City, he records the lowest number of touches per 90 of anyone in Pep Guardiola’s squad with 24.6, so it appears that the market for this kind of forward is widening.
Did Newcastle do enough to win this game?
Isak will be happy to finally be off the mark at St James’ Park, having scored his first goal to put them ahead at Anfield not too long ago.
Now he’ll hope to kick on and become the regular goalscorer that Newcastle have been craving in the absence of Callum Wilson.
Out of his teammates, the 22-year-old also had the best SofaScore rating of anyone on the day with 7.6 and was only thwarted by fellow goalscorer Philip Billing and the immovable Neto in nets for Bournemouth. The Brazilian made six fine saves to deny a win for the Toon Army.
While Trippier was also instrumental in the comeback having won the penalty, his worrying lack of defensive work is what makes Isak the slightly better performer on the day. The full-back made no tackles and was dribbled past once.
With the goals seemingly flowing for the Swedish forward, despite the disappointing result, Newcastle fans have plenty to be excited about when Isak truly gets firing, even if this was a game that they should have won comfortably.