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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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This Talented Youngster Causing Buzz In Development Squad

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 · 7 Comments

Peter Beardsley has been praising 20 year-old Moroccan Yasin El-Mhanni as having unbelievable ability ever since he arrived at Newcastle on July 8th, after the Magpies had seen off competition for the youngster from Arsenal, Leicester and Norwich City.

The very skillful youngster has been compared to Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and his terrific skills have already been showcased on Nike commercials with Barcelona’s Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

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20 year-old Yasin El-Mhanni
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Rafa Answers Question About Moussa Sissoko’s Future

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 · 11 Comments

We have known since Rafa Benitez accepted the job long term at Newcastle in May that he didn’t have to sell any players from a financial viewpoint and Rafa was hoping to keep most of his top players at the club, unless some big offers came in and met Newcastle’s high valuations of those players.

But we have lost Andros Townsend (£13M) to Crystal Palace and Gini Wijnaldum (£25M)to Liverpool, so we have picked up a cool £38M for those two players and we are not short of money.

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Moussa Sissoko – will be a distraction when he returns
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This Player Could Become A Top Right Midfielder

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 · 24 Comments

My son Neil has been saying for quite some time now that Daryl Janmaat shouldn’t be sold because he would make  an excellent right winger (midfielder) with his attacking abilities.

His defensive qualities are not as good as his attacking qualities when he plays at right back, although he would obviously be good at tracking back if he did play on the right wing.

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Daryl Janmaat – would make a good right winger
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Rafa Benitez Has Feet Firmly On The Ground After 4-0 Win

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 · 32 Comments

Rafa Benitez saw a much better full game display from his Newcastle side today – at least compared to that first half at Doncaster on Wednesday night.

And while he is happy we won and played better and kept a clean sheet, he says there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Let’s just say he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

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Rafa Benitez at press conference
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Rafa Benitez Speaks Out About Wijnaldum Leaving Newcastle

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 · 3 Comments

In his press conference after today’s 4-0 win at KSC Lokeren,  Rafa Benitez spoke about Gini Wijnaldum leaving the club yesterday.

Rafa has always said that if a deal was good for the club this summer then Newcastle would do it – and so it happened with Gini, with Newcastle getting a massive £25M in cool cash up front from Liverpool for the Dutch international midfielder.

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Rafa  Benitez arriving at the game today in the crowd
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