However, it was he and Villa who were on the end of that scoreline today, as Eddie Howe’s side were rampant at St James’ Park.
Falling behind deep into added time at the end of the first half, Callum Wilson’s spot kick had the visitors adrift at the break, and the rout had been completed before the 70th minute. Another goal from Wilson, followed by strikes from Joelinton and Miguel Almiron, sealed the result.
Thoroughly outclassed, the Villans had just 40% of the ball and did not register a shot on target, managing only three in total compared to Newcastle’s 20, via SofaScore.
Whilst there were plenty of miserable performers in claret and blue, with Ezri Konsa at the back particularly unimpressive, it was Leon Bailey who truly let Danks down against the Magpies.
Was Leon Bailey the worst player today?
The Jamaican winger would have been keen to build on last Saturday’s goal and assist, but instead he was offensively inept.
He was particularly wasteful throughout, losing the ball an astounding 12 times from 23 touches, which meant he was dispossessed once for every 1.9 touches taken. This carelessness is further exacerbated by his 55% pass accuracy.
Although Konsa might have recorded a poor 6.2 SofaScore rating, and a mere four from Birmingham Live, it pales in comparison to the 5.9 recorded by Bailey, the worst of any outfielder on the pitch this afternoon.
It will have been dreadful viewing for incoming manager Emery, although it gives a clear view as to just how deep the problems at Villa Park run.
Bailey will certainly need to buck up his ideas if he is to force his way back into the new manager’s plans, as after today’s display he will surely have tarnished his reputation with the Spaniard.