Keegan – I Have Seven And A Half Players


Kevin Keegan talked to the Sunday Sun after the game last night, after we were well beaten by a superb Arsenal display of attacking, flowing football.

Kevin Keegan – I have seven and a half players

Keegan said he had just seven and a half new players, so now we have to think who we think those are, and whether it would be eight and a half if Milner was still here.

Keegan’s need for additional players was shown yesterday when Newcastle just could match the Arsenal team, and we were hanging on for long portions of the game.

And right now we have no strength in depth, with a number of teenagers on the bench, which didn’t give Kevin many options during the game.

Kevin told the Sunday Sun:

“I’ve said all along we need three players in” “I think I’ve got seven-and-a-half good players at Newcastle now;.”

“Players we can build something around. We will get in two players hopefully. Maybe three.”

And Kevin came to the defense of Joey Barton amid a row over the midfielder’s late appearance as a substitute, and we think Kevin will need to do a lot more defending of Joey, as he plays more games for us this season.

Barton clashed with Samir Nasri, and Keegan was not happy with Nasri or the Arsenal captain – William Gallas – but notice they are both French as is Ousmane Dabo.

Kevin said:

“Joey came on and got a very good tackle in on Nasri, then the guy just sliced him down,” “If you write any different to that, you’re deceiving your readers.”

“I was upset at the end. I like Nasri very much — he’s a player we looked at and talked about — but you can’t do that.”

“Joey hasn’t done anything wrong there. I thought it was an excellent tackle. He got the ball he didn’t go in double-footed or anything.”

“Today, I guess we needed the break they got with the penalty or the one that we hit the bar with.” “There’s no denying they’re an excellent side and that they will finish in top four.”

Well how many seasons has it been since Arsenal were not in the top four – a very long time.

The only thing Newcastle fans want now are 3-4 good players signed by Monday at midnight, because what happens in the next 38 hours could well decide how well we do this season – and that’s fact.
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224 comments so far

  • 51times

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #1

    He doesn’t have any faith in the kids, which is a very outdated mindset.

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  • Will

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    We need signings sooo bad! ps first 😛

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  • Mark

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #3

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzdo-DkrAf0

    the tackle. really good. if it was done by someone like roy keane everyone would be goin on about how good it was etc etc

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  • The Entertainers

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Whos the half…..The Duke?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    7.5 players heh heh,nothing like biggin’ up your squad…the squad is shite anyway too many hangers on.

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  • ToonDaft

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    must be honest as well… if Nasri hadn’t been earlyit could have easily been one of the quickest red cards ever – by they way what the f does 7 and a HALF mean? who is a half?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Will well done on your 1st…now get back to retard finishing school.

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  • ToonDaft

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    and, for that matter, who is the seven? not convinced we have seven tbh

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  • Bas

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Funny how two days ago Keegan said we were going to sign four or five players. Then yesterday he said three, now today he has said two. A pattern anyone. The reality is we probably won’t bring any players in and if we do we will only bring in one. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING ALL SUMMER NEWCASTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • there's only one shay given...

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    who’s the half player? smith and ameobi put together or dukes left hand side? i would love to see skeljbred, seb larson and derdiyok come in. dont think atouba and the guinean are what we need at all, defence isnt half bad although a lb would be good. enrique looks better than last season and bassong can provide cover. our problems are in the front third. i think barton will thrive on all this hate from opposition, his wry smile said it all… love it.

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  • bruTOOOON

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    we need more than 3-4 players…most of our players WILL get injured along the season.

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  • happy toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    toondaft….i think it’s ame-houdini who’s half or maybe spliff.

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  • happy toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    CALLING AME-BAMBI HALF A PLAYER IS A MASSIVE COMPLIMENT. HE’S PROBABLY PLEASED WITH HIMSELF!

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  • ToonDaft

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #14

    never thought i’d say this. but COME ON CHELSKI!!!
    i hate the spudders

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #15

    happy to him thats like winning player of the year award

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  • Beatski

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16

    The entertainers –

    viduka would be one and a half wouldnt he?

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  • Leo

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    we will not sign anyone else before the xlosing of the transfer window

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  • Shane

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Our King Kev was quoted as saying two weeks back that we need and would get in 4 players before the close of the transfer window, last week he is quoted as saying we desperatley need and will get in 3 players.
    Now he’s quoted as saying, “We will get in two players hopefully.” … Hopefully!!?
    Arghhh, i can’t get my head round why it takes so long for us to bring players in and finalise deals when we can ship off our own players in a matter of days!?!?

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  • happy toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #19

    BRUT TOON….WE NEED 3/4 PLAYERS ON TOP OF ANOTHER 3/4. iF WE CARRY ON LIKE THIS WE’RE GONNA BE RAPED WEEK IN WEEK OUT….BY GOOD TEAMS…THANK GOD ARSENAL WERE MESSING ABOUT YESTERDAY…

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  • Will Camp

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #20

    im off to work now and i wnat 2 signing by the time i get back at 10.

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #21

    The half player is prob owen until he signs new deal?

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  • Gooooo the Toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Why does Keegan blatently lie he knows we aren’t going to sign any players.

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  • ToonDaft

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #23

    is Milner eligible for today?

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  • toon lad

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #24

    i think we’ll sign nobody hope i’m wrong

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #25

    yeah he is.

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  • figsdad

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #26

    no shola the half player and should never wear a toon top ever again..

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  • Shane

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #27

    also, if we have 7 players and ameobi… and it appears we will get in, no more than 2, i’m no math-magician but that makes 9 players and ameobi??

    Hmmmm…

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  • scottish mag

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #28

    the half player is bassong as he is one for the future, KK said it in the interwiew he has seven quality players and bassong could be quality that is why he is the half

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  • Ross

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Well, this is encouraging from wor Kev….

    He thinks we’ve got 7 (and a half? :S) fit players, and after saying we need another 3, hope’s we can get another 2 in.
    This is really worrying to be honest, if he thinks he’s only got 7 players with the genuine ability of starting, And lets be honest, his words on the transfer activity aren’t exactly exciting.

    we need 3, hopefully we’ll get 2, because at the end of the day only 7 or 8 of our players are fit to start at the moment. -thats the jist of it, and its worrying.

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  • ToonKing

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #30

    damn, Spurs got really lucky today…

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  • Michael

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #31

    2 players in 🙁

    Simply not enough.

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  • kelvin

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #32

    maybe barton is the half player

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #33

    toon what was the score and who scored

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  • happy toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #34

    SPURS GOT LUCKY

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  • happy toon

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #35

    1-1 CHELSE V SPURS

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  • Ross

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #36

    ToonKing- REALLY lucky. that horrible deflection could have landed anywhere, it ended up a perfect through ball for bent. his first touch was rubbish but he managed to slot it under cech. lucky point for them, cos i didnt see them trouble chelsea’s goal apart from that!

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  • toon lad

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #37

    tomorrow will be the day we judge mike ashley(cashley)as a tight arse f@@k or a great owner

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  • Wow Signing

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #38

    I know for certain that 4 players will be signing and they are all from abroad, so you can forget about Heskey, Malouda and Lennon!!!

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  • Lee H

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Milner is only on the bench today.

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  • asdf

    Aug 31, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #40

    we need new signing

    we need official confirm about signing

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