Isak dishes out selfless praise on Newcastle co-stars after opening day brace

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Newcastle United striker Alexander Isak was ruthlessly selfish in front of goal as he put two beyond Aston Villa on Saturday evening - but the Swede was full of selfless praise for his co-stars after the 5-1 drubbing.

Newcastle ran riot at St James’ Park, blowing Unai Emery’s side away with a clinical display in their opening game. The Magpies, who now sit top of the table, now have an array of options both from the start and off the bench as they look to emulate last season’s success.

New signings Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes both got themselves on the scoresheet and as such earned lavish praise from Isak at full-time.

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“Yeah, I think prior to his arrival we all knew his quality and today, it is not easy to come to a new league and make such a debut as he did,” Isak said of Tonali. “The same as Harvey [Barnes], so really impressive.

“We all know the quality we have in the squad. You always want to play good and the sooner the better. I am happy for the team and those players.”

Barnes and Tonali weren’t the only to impress and despite not scoring Anthony Gordon also earned post-match praise from the Geordie faithful. The former Everton star set up the opening goal after getting the nod to start on the opening day and looked sharp.

“I think he did well today as well,” Isak continued. “Great assist to Sandro on the first goal and you can see he is getting better and better. It is going to be helpful as well.”

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