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Newcastle Midfielder Talks About The Duty Of Players

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 · 29 Comments

We are hoping that Jack Colback will be available for our home game against Birmingham City on Saturday and that’s a really important games as we  have to break the three game losing streak we are on at the moment.

A win is what we need to get back on track and trying to put as many points between us and the third placed side just as quickly as possible.

Colback has made 14 appearances so far this season for the Magpies and of course Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland beat us out last season to stay in the Premier League.

Jack Colback in action at Derby County
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Here’s What Rafa Has Been Telling His Players This Week

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 · 44 Comments

Yoan Gouffran has been one of the big positive surprises this season and until the game at Hull City last week he had never been on the losing side this season when he started a game.

It’s a management challenge now  for Rafa Benitez to pick the lads up after suffering two gut-wrenching defeats in our last two games against Hull City in the League Cup and against Nottingham Forest – our fifth league defeat this season.

We missed our chances against Hull and had a one man advantage in extra time but still lost the tie 3-1 on penalties – otherwise we would have been playing Manchester United in the semi-finals.

Yoan Gouffran with Rafa Benitez
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These Two Defenders Would Be Excellent Acquisitions

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 · 5 Comments

Two very good defenders Newcastle have been linked with over the last few months are 19 year-old Partisan Belgrade center-back Nikola Milenkovic and 23 year-old Leeds United left back Charlie Taylor.

Newcastle were interested in Taylor back in the summer, but would not meet the asking price of £7M for the defender and neither would Liverpool, who were also interested in the player.

Newcastle have been linked with Milenkovic only over the last few months, but two weeks ago there was news coming out of Italy that Italian giants Juventus are also interested in signing the massive 6ft 5ins once capped Serbian International.

Charlie Taylor – Leeds United left-back
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Is This Newcastle’s Team For Birmingham?

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 · 27 Comments

After losing three games in a row in a short six days last week, Rafa Benitez will want to send out what really is his best team to face a good Birmingham side on Saturday.

What exactly is Newcastle’s best team is of course a very good question, but we think Rafa will go for some experience in the side.

And assuming local lad Colback is fit to play again after that problem with his eye  – we expect Jack to start against the Blues.

Jack Colback going off against Preston in League Cup
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More Criticism For Newcastle

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 · 56 Comments

50 year-old Sky Sports pundit and former West Brom, Sunderland and Wolves striker Don Goodman had a good article out yesterday, when he looked at various clubs near the top of the Premier League and how they are faring.

He covered Brighton, Aston Villa, Norwich, Huddersfield and …. Newcastle.

Huddersfield have followed Norwich on a bad run of form and they have just one win and five defeats in their last eight games.

Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman
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Fans Want Utility Player To Get New Deal At Newcastle

Thursday, December 8th, 2016 · 8 Comments

Rafa Benitez will have a number of decisions to make next summer on the makeup of the Newcastle squad and those decisions will of course be dependent on whether we are promoted this season.

That’s the goal and that’s the hope, but you never know in football and we can take nothing for granted.

Rafa will have loan players coming back like Tim Krul, Henri Saivet and Siem de Jong and he will need to decide who stays at Newcastle and who gets sold.

Vurnon Anita in action for Newcastle
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