Date: 23rd October 2020 at 7:15am
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A lot of Newcastle United fans have been reacting to a tweet that was recently posted by Toon news Twitter account @NUFC360 in which they shared that Newcastle centre-back duo Federico Fernandez and Jamaal Lascelles are ‘yet to be dribbled past in the Premier League this season.’ 

This claim is backed up by stats-focused website WhoScored, which shows that these two players are yet to be dribbled past in the league this term and this is despite Fernandez playing the full 90 minutes in all of their first five Premier League games this season and Lascelles playing the entirety of four of Newcastle’s five top-flight games so far during the 2020/21 campaign. 

So, how did these Newcastle United fans react to this statistic after it was shared by @NUFC360 on Twitter?

Plenty of Toon supporters reacted negatively to this stat after it was shared by @NUFC360, with some of them casting doubt over the relevance of this stat. 

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Some Newcastle fans suggested that this stat gives us more of an indication that Steve Bruce’s side simply defends very deep, than an indication of Lascelles’ and Fernandez’s defensive quality. 

As per WhoScored, Newcastle United have faced more shots per game than any other side in England’s top tier so far this season and some Toon supporters shared that this is more of a concern for them than whether or not these two centre-backs have been dribbled past. 

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So, as can be seen in these Newcastle fans’ replies to this tweet, it seems as though plenty of the club’s fans don’t really think that this stat is much to shout about.