Major Newcastle News Stories – 22nd August – 2007

Not too much new news on Newcastle today to be truthful. The big news today is actually about our web-site.

Ahmed Bilal, our administrator and general expert and bottle-washer behind the scenes of the Newcastle United Blog, has this morning launched our new Newcastle United Forum to coincide with our 1 Millionth hit. Here’s the article that introduces the forum. We’ve been in existence since April 23rd and have been building up quite well but this is a huge expansion of the Newcastle United Blog – as you’ll see when you look at the comprehensive facilities available.

Well – it’s a good job I’m now retired from IBM and can be on-line most of the day and night – sure my wife Madeline is going to just love it – but it’s a labor of love 😀

You can start your own topics of discussion on it and lots of other things – take a look – you’ll be surprised on the positive side we think.

The other news is that we finally got out our piece on Six Creative Midfielders for Newcastle – so that’s getting plenty of comments and we also ask you to vote on that – we’ll wait a couple of days for the results.


  • Here’s the launch of our brand new Newcastle United Forum. Please go and register, introduce yourself, and get involved with the posts or create a new post yourself. Obviously we’ll have one for each game – both before and after – so we can all discuss what’s going on. Thanks to Ahmed Bilal, who runs the general SoccerLens site (which has been in existence a while now) and who does all the hard work and heavy lifting behind the scenes on the Newcastle United Blog, that allows me to concentrate on what I like doing best – writing the articles.
  • We have put together a piece on six creative midfielders for Newcastle and have asked you to vote on who would be best at Newcastle if Sam wanted to improve his midfield creativity. The lack of that last Saturday caused some concern but we have to remember Emre and Barton are both out injured. We don’t think we’re that bad in midfield. Any way the six midfielders we chose are Deco, Riquelme, Nakamura, Nolan. Kallstrom and Van der Vaart. We also ask you to vote for one player.

    Kim Kallstrom – one of six attacking midfielders featured

  • News still that Nobby Solano may be going to Portsmouth in a £500K deal. The transfer fee looks about right. Unfortunately we think Nobby will move sometime in the next 9 days of the transfer window – although we’d be pleased if he stayed.

    Nobby Solano – moving to Portsmouth for 500K?

  • We have another transfer piece on El Hadji Diouf, who has been making noises that he may want to leave Bolton in the last 9 days of the transfer window. Nicholas Anelka also seems unhappy and may be linked with a Manchester United bid. We would be worried if we were Bolton Chairman since it seems a number of Bolton players are leaving and they are currently bottom of the league with no points from their first 3 games. We expect Abdoulaye Faye to join Newcastle in the next few days but this transfer has taken a long time to materialize. Bolton have slapped a £10M price tag on the Senegalese and he’s not worth that. But it wouldn’t surprise us if Sam tempts him to Newcastle, if not now then in January.

    El Hadji Diouf – will Sam be interested in bringing the Senegalese to Newcastle? – not for £10M

  • As Sam attempts to build a squad that will challenge for honors there will be fewer players guaranteed a starting place every week. This happens at all good teams. We now have 5 very good strikers fighting it out for the 2-3 striker positions and inevitably some will not make the side or the bench on some weeks. That’s especially true this season when we don’t have European competition. So rather than consider this to be a problem it is more of a sign that our squad is indeed getting better. We wonder in this article if Sam can keep all the strikers happy.

    Oba Martins– one of five strikers battling it out at the club

  • Finally here’s some choice football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀

    “We’re at the top of a cliff and we can either fall off the edge or keep climbing.” – Gary Neville

    “It will be a difficult couple of days. It’s difficult now and it will be difficult tomorrow.” – Gary Neville

    “Apart from picking the ball out of the net, he hasn’t had to make a save.” – Ron Atkinson

We always appreciate your comments on our Daily Update.

41 comments so far

  • Kash

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Is Faye coming? Maybe his wages have proved a stumbling block or the possible arrival of Edmilson in Jan coupled with the availability of Bouba Diop has made BSA think otherwise?!
    I’m all for Diouf arriving, good replacement for Solano while some creativity would be good. I think most people will be voting for Deco, especially as the (rumoured??!!) fee is reported at £6m! Good buy at that amount, but is it viable? I hope so!

  • Kash

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Also, alot of southerners have mentioned (to me, at work) at how aggressive our team is nowadays. They find it strange that Newcastle are now an aggressive team. I really like it, as geordies we’ve always loved aggressive players who get their foot in (great when you hear 52,000 shouting “Get in Son”)! Plus the addition and possible signings of more gifted African players will make for promising seasons to come!

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    I love our agressive team, i just hope they know when to stop. 🙂

  • jason

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    I love the new agressive toon..for too many seasons we have been outwitted and outbattled across the park like big softies.I am dying to see joey back in the team and with players like capca who sam referred to today as “the destroyer” and enrique known as “The Bull”, I can’t wait to see the team out fully fit and battering the opposition senseless !!

  • Bosck

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Kash – i’m a southerner and a toon fan, and i love the aggressive style. thats why i have always rated smith and despite all his faults i did like that side of bellamy.

  • Bill F

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Would someone like to define aggression. How many “Nice gentle people” are top sportsmen. I would see aggression as really wanting to win and taking the pain and knocks that go with it. But as Tom-Toon implies it’s helpful to finish games with a full team and I for one do not want to see deliberate attempts at trying to cripple someone. It is after all the players livliehood.

  • Woods

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Belletti has to be a top priority we where lop-sided against Villa
    and at home need to be more creative, hopefully Enrique coming in will
    help out by releasing N’zogbia up the left so Milner can move to the right side.

  • Bosck

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #8

    The aggression i’m talking about here means going in for tackles hard and playing fair but always with a strong will to win. I do not want to see any of our players trying to injure anyone else either, but there has not been enough aggresive passion and determination in our side over the past few seasons.

    The reason why i used bellamy and smith as examples is because as strikers when they lose the ball, they will go straight after the defender and try to tackle them to get the ball back rather than the attitude of many strikers/players who will simply give up on that attempt and then wait for someone else in their team to win back the ball and give it to them.

    Being a top side is all about a certain level of controlled aggression (allied with or incorporating a determination to win), and we now seem to be achieving the right kind of attitude throughout the squad.

  • Dingo

    Aug 22, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Mister Viduka is no walter softy either… or Butt….. or Emre…..

  • ToonKing

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    I love the new team too, especially Smith, and i would be very happy to see Diouf join. Right now i’m on a plane with my bird, flying to Greece for a vacation, and i’m checking Nufc Blog on my
    anyone know if they show the Boro game in Greece? i’ll go nutters if i miss that one.

  • Craig Allen

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey Bill, how about David Beckham … lol I’m sure he carries Victoria’s handbag around as she shops in the US hehe

  • Shaun Dean

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Butt OUT Papa Bouba Diop IN

  • Dirk

    Aug 22, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Would not like to c diouf come in he’s got gr8 talent but the way he is is not what the toon are about, i agree with bill i wouldn define the toon as agressive jus determined to win. defo need another rb wouldnt mind belleti but i think cicinho would be a better aquisition for us a much quicker player. Another rb for us would make our team top 6 easy any other players we can get would jus bulk the squad and add to the talent. Think about it we’ve got 6 strikers we can use n we only need 2 plus milner can play up front so thas 7 to pick from. midfield (when all are fit) duff emre barton butt geremi zog milner solano pattison troisi lualua. duff milner n zog for left milner solano geremi for the right n geremi barton zog butt smith emre can all play center. as for defence cb aref9 we’ve got 3 brilliant cb taylor rozenhal look lik they bin playin togetha for yrs cacapa as back up then other talented youngsters

  • Bill F

    Aug 22, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Personally I am not too convinced about our strikers. I know Sam is talking the talk but can the players really do it. Owen has not looked to be what he was yet, Ameobi still has not shown any sort of form, Viduka likewise, Smith seems to be better in the midfield, Martins runs hot and cold. I am trying to realistic rather than pessimistic and think we will finish top ten and with luck top six there are still a lot of buts however. There is a lot of sameness about the teams we are really (at this stage of Sam’s era) competing with and I would agree with Bosck that it is the psychological aspect of aggression i.e the will to win, that will take us above the others. This I believe is Sam’s forte. And seriously Craig, Beckham is one guy that other players would always want in their team and does seem to come across as a genuine sort of person.

  • michael

    Aug 22, 2007 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #15

    I don’t think El-Hadji Diouf is good enough to improve the team. He was a flop at Liverpool and was only reasonably successful at Bolton. I assume that Faye would only be cover (as Rozehnal and Taylor look very promising) at centre half, unless Sam intends to use him possibly as a right full-back.
    When all our players are fit I’d expect





    Based on some assumptions
    1) That Cacapa isn’t better than Rozey (We haven’t seen him play)
    2) That I don’t buy into the big man little man strike force myth (Think Ronaldhino & Eto, or Zidane and Henry) so sorry Mark “puffer” Viduka. Besides Martins isn’t exactly tiny.
    3) That if he ever gets back to full flying form Damien Duff will become the player that can rip apart the Germans defence single handedly on a year they go to the World cup Final. James Milner while very good can’t.

  • michael

    Aug 22, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh and
    4) That Nicky Butt is dropped for his insistence on doing the Scott Parker perioette on the ball in the middle of the park, hence slowing down everything and inevitably losing possession wit ha poor pass.

  • we are staying up!!

    Aug 22, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Newcastle are crap!! Sunderland all the way!! ive seen milt turn faster than martins and u turn every player to early retirement..look at of the worlds best then went to you guys and couldnt score a goal in is own net if he tried!!! ur all scum!!

  • Craig Allen

    Aug 22, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #18

    lol @ Scott Parket Pirouette … I’d forgotten about that

  • Craig Allen

    Aug 22, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh, what’s this about the Faye deal having issues about the fee ?

  • Bob

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Michael – Martins is 5″7 and Owen is 5″8 so they aren’t exactly big 😛

    Having said that, Martins could probably out jump many players who are 5″11+

  • jenson button

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #21

    what happened to faye,belleti or even deco. we should sign kallstrom

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Jensen – seems like we’re tied up with the Faye singing – news is that we will not pay the 2M for him – seems odd to us.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Michael – there’s not much height up front with the team – who’s goinjg to take all the hits from the opposing defense like Shearer used to – and viduka was fdoing on Saturday?
    Defense looks good but got to believe Cacapa is our best CB.

  • michael

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Fact remains Bob that the big small combo has never really been proved more successful than two strikers with skill, pace and composure in front of goal. Otherwise Emile Heskey would have one the CL!

  • michael

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed – We can’t say that based on 2 minutes in the Villa game. We don’t really even know if Enrique is any good. I know he’s won titles galore at Lyon but he hardly played last year and they still waltzed it. If we tailor our game, i.e. start playing balls in behind the defence for O&M to run on to why do we need a big glipe? Shearer only became a target man when he lost his pace, and was never as prolific after the broken leg.

  • Bosck

    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Michael – don’t see your argument about the height of those pairings seeingas Ronaldinho who is a am anyway and eto’o are 5’11”, zidane 6’1″, Henry 6’2″ compared to viduka 6’1 1/2″, are all significantly taller than owen at 5’8″ and martins who (unlike you seem to think) is tiny at 5’7″. although martins can jump well and owen will get the odd header, neither are highly prolific with their headed goals and therefore need a bigger player along side him to win headers and score some headed goals on the end of crosses.

    and besides its not a myth about the big man little man set up, allardyce has said he will use that system.

    and bill f, although i dont think he’ll be a regular starter, to say ameobi hasnt found any kind of form is basically not true seeing as how he has scored 4 goals in 3 games in the preseason/reserve fixtures.

  • michael

    Aug 22, 2007 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Viduka has the height but not the pace nor lets face it the skill. I did think Martins was bigger than he was, just because he looks it. I concede your point. Although how many headed goals has Viduka got so far. In fact I only remember him missing a sitter against Vernon Kay’s Bolton as his only contribution thus far. Big slow strikers only lend themselves to the long ball game, something Villa were easily able to defend at the weekend.

  • ADAM

    Aug 22, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #28


  • Alex

    Aug 22, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Ed-If cacapa turns out to be our best cb then that would mean splitting up the Taylor ,Rozenthal partnership which already looks good.Taylor could move to right back enrique left back cacapa and rozenthal in the centre, but i would prefer Taylor to stay in his natural position.Turning him into a fullback could hamper his development into a world class defender that i truely belive he is going to be.

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 22, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Iveseen Cacapa play RB

  • Rich

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #31

    i have a funny feeling Sam is up to something…. thiers stories on BBC & Skysports with Sam quoting as saying something like:

    “theirs been specualtion about Oba every weeks icne i joined NUFC but not one club domestic or foreign has contacted us about him, Oba remains a nUFC player UNTIL someone activates his clause”

    this comment really confuses me, because if Sam wanted to keep him like every fan wants to then he would refer to the fact Oba has publicly stated that he is happy at NUFC the clause was his past agents idea not his and that he wants to stay and hes ready to sign a new contract for 6,7,8 or how ever many years we want him and to also remove the ‘silly’ clause (his owrds not mine!), why not say that and put the media to bed Ssam WHY?!?!??!?!?!?!?!

  • TOON1

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Rich-agree the quotes seem alittle odd,but dont thinkanyone will come for martyns this late in the transfer window ,unless fergie really wants him.Cant really see fitting in at man u ,doesnt seem a fergie type of player.Can see them going 4 Anelka .Come on sam dont sell oba !He can be a toon legend!!!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Alex – I agree with you about Steven Taylor – and certainly Rozehnal and Taylor look great together – wonder how Sam is going to use Cacapa?
    He’ so experienced and good I expect Sam to get him in the team somewhere – maybe he’ll play RB?

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Michael – hey don’t get me wrong about Martins – I love the guy – think he’s going to become a big player at Newcastle. Like to see him in the team every week – but he needs pairing with someone big to offset him. Don’t think Owen and Martins will work together – too similar in style. They were played together a few times last year and did appear to be single style together.

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 22, 2007 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #35

    Adam – we HOPE both will come – there seems to be some difficulty with the fee for Faye – but 2M? – let’s pay Bolton that money – he’s worth it.
    Also hope we can get Belletti – then Sam will have done a great job with our defense – and we hope Edmilson will be on his way in January window. Then we’re going to be very hard to score against – step number one in getting a great team together……which we will.

  • Rich

    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #36


    if Owens and martins play together it will be in a 4-3-3 which wont be too often, they can play together imo they just havent had any oppertunity. throw match fit viduka in between them and i think we would be laughing.

  • Ashton

    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #37

    chelsea sign with belletti !!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 23, 2007 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #38

    Yep it is true according to spanish sites, he has signed for chelsea for 5.5 million euros.

  • Ahmed Bilal

    Aug 23, 2007 at 5:13 AM

    Comment #39

    bottle-washer? HAH!

  • jenson button

    Aug 23, 2007 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #40

    why it is so difficult to complete even a transfer!We must sign faye and few other players


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