Fans Much Happier and Sam Discusses Latest Injuries

Surprising how a single game can turn the mood of the Newcastle faithful.

With over three weeks without a signing the Newcastle fans were becoming a little discouraged because it looked like Big Sam had been knocked back more than once in his transfer dealings.

Last night has raised the excitement levels once more as the Newcastle team and some of our fringe players had really good performances against Scottish Champions Celtic.


A Jubilant Sam Allardyce

If Sam can continue to get the very best out of players like N’Zogbia, Luque, Solano and others – our squad is going to look a lot stronger than we thought. We still need to get those 3 defenders in – and if Dyer goes we’ll need another midfielder. But Geremi looked very impressive last night in midfield so he could be freed up to occupy that position – if the defenders are brought in.

It is also going to be important to keep our injuries down this season and we got a couple more last night – Butt and Taylor – which Sam talked about after the game – but he started with Kieron Dyer’s absence:

“We were protecting our asset, there’s a big value in him,”

“He could have played and been one of the casualties like Nicky Butt or Steven Taylor.”

“It depends how long Nicky’s injury is and who we buy as to if Kieron becomes more valuable to us.”

“There’s not been a bid in for him yet.”

Allardyce is also anxious to hear an injury update on Steven Taylor, who was hurt in a challenge after dwelling too long on the ball. Sam said:

“Steven is a little inexperienced in his game yet and put himself in a position in which he got himself injured,”

“He needs to learn from that, because he has felt the pain of doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, which is something we don’t want him to do.” “It really was disappointing for Steven to pick that up. It’s his ankle, though it might only be a slight recurrence.”

“He has to learn the fact that not putting himself in that position means you don’t get yourself injured.”

Experienced words from a former center-back and we know Steven Taylor is not the finished article yet – but we cannot wait to see how he develops over the next season or two – then we expect he’ll be near awesome.  We also expect one or two of our other youngsters (Ramage, Edgar, Krul ….) to be emerging top potential stars also – once they learn the ropes.

Three new defenders in and the Newcastle garden will start to look much rosier.

Comments always welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Nick

    Jul 27, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Well it was good to read that this was a good friendly. Well have to agree with you if he gets those players to play. Good showing nonethless, I am just wondering what sort of defender is Big Sam looking for anyways. And does anyone know who Newcastle bid 7 million for anyways?

  • Stami

    Jul 27, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    i dont want to see Dyer leave! he is an exciting player, and could reach his full potential under BSA! im not buying that rubbish that he is moving to be closer to his family…Manchester is not that much closer mate…

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 27, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Nick – good question – we are starting to think we don’t know who he’s after. He has denied he wants Curtis Davies becasue he already has the best 21 year old around in Steven Taylor. But he obviously has targets lined up., Nicky Shorey is still available as is Leighton Baines – but the 7M player we went after last week apparently turned us down. We’ll need to take a new look at who he could be after. But to us that’s all we really need – 3 good defenders and maybe a midfielder and we’ll have a powerful sqaud with the youngsters pushing for places also.

  • sam gardner

    Jul 27, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    i was at the match last night and i saw a totally different side of newcastle united we never stopped attacking and are defense for once was solid it was overall a very good match for the team and BSA geremi was fantastic his corners are amazing he is big built and has a good shot on him too not to forget HE CAN DEFEND oh and i dont think anyone knows who the seven million bid is for but i think it got turned down

  • sam gardner

    Jul 27, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    i do not want to see dyer leave either but if he wants to leave BSA wants to get more than 4.5m for him if i was the manager dyer would not leave for anything under 8m

  • Howie

    Jul 27, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Looks like Spurs are favourites now to land Dyer if you believe the bbc football website. Hopefully the deal can get sorted soon so then we can buy some players ourselves.

  • Kash

    Jul 27, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #7

    The bid must’ve been for Heinze. If Heinze does go to Liverpool then I hope we do all we can to secure Riise.

  • Kash

    Jul 27, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Appiah is someone i’d like to see replace Dyer. Alot more pwerful and up and down the pitch. Strong, quick, powerful players are needed and BSA does know how to pick them!

  • Ian

    Jul 27, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Defender could be Wes Brown from Man Utd or possibly Heinze….

    Good win last night but we need defenders and possibly 2 additional midfield players if Dyer goes the journey!

  • Dingo

    Jul 27, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Sam Gardener…… I was at the match last night as well and although we showed some nice attacking flair we are still shakey at the back… didn’t look solid at all. Rozenhal did ok for me but against better teams we will be ripped apart. dunno what defense you were looking at… been at the Strawberry for a few before hand maybe? :p

  • Rich

    Jul 27, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #11

    I know this was just a freindly but does anyone agree with me that NUFC played with more confidence than i have seen them play with since the days of Sir Bobby?

    i havent seen us play with that sort of attitude in a long time, i think that was a key in last nights success.

    Reports are Sven will launch a 4.5mil bid for Dyer but thats almost half of what i think Sam will be looking for, i think get a 7mil bid and Dyers history, the only problem being will Sam try and replace him with premiership quality or will he take a gamble with some amazing european window?

    i just hope come september the 1st not only do we have a qulity team but we have enough depth to cover everyone.

    Rome wasnt built in a day!


You must log in to post a comment.