Newcastle Midfield Up There With Best In Premier League


Newcastle have collected 8 points from Joe Kinnear’s 5 games in charge, and that was following 5 successive defeats, which started at Arsenal on 30th August before he officially took over at Everton on 5th October.

Joe Kinnear – now has 8 points from 5 games

Joe Kinnear believes Newcastle United have an excellent midfield four, and has been singing the praises of Joey Barton, since the Liverpudlian returned to the side.

But Joe’s enthusiasm also extends to his experienced partner Nicky Butt and wide men Irishman Damien Duff and Argentine Jonás Gutiérrez, who played across the park for the side in last Monday’s great 2-0 win against Aston Villa.

Kinnear talked about the Newcastle midfield today:

“That four across the midfield are up there with the best in Premier League,” “Everyone was superb on Monday but I think the midfield have been an important part of our success over the last couple of games.”

“Nicky Butt and Joey have been terrific but Jonás, the Spiderman, is a terrific player. He’s got pace, he’s brave and I think the goals will come for him if he keeps up his form.”

“Damien Duff’s been outstanding for me as well – he’s getting close to how he was all those years ago when he was playing for Blackburn and Chelsea.”

“ I think it’s the first time he’s been properly fit for years and him and the Spiderman on either wing are both real threats.”

But credit to Joe, because the most important credential of any coach is to get the very best out of his players, whoever they are. Kevin Keegan showed he could do that when he took over in January, and Joe has also proved that, since he took over 6 weeks ago today on Friday, September 26th.

And both coaches found out, that when most players are fit, the squad, though too small, has a lot of quality. We should remember we have Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Seb Bassong and Danny Guthrie fighting for their places in the side right now.

We still have Alan Smith and Mark Viduka out long term, along with Ignacio Gonzalez, who all have Achilles injuries, as it turns out.

If we can win on Sunday afternoon against Fulham, and we must be in with a good chance, then the City of Newcastle will be buzzing again, we can be sure of that.

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • DanToon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s not really tho is it lol.

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    in terms of wingers we are goodbut is our centre as good as a lot of others in the league

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  • Monster

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    That four man midfield had a cracking game against Villa but the worry is you can’t rely on the same four all season. We only have Guthrie and Charlie to come in who are worth mentioning…

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  • Micky Toon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    DanToon – Agreed. I think Joe is getting carried away here. Nice to see him being so positive and keeping the spirits high, but we aren’t anyway near as good as any of the top teams.

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  • Tom

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Jonas and Duff probably, Barton maybe, Butt has had his day though.

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    jonas______bart_______butt________duff

    rierra_______masch_____gerrard___babel

    ronaldo_______carr______ander____nani

    mal_________balla_______lamps____cole

    i am not sure what arsenals best midfield is

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  • adam

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Clever man – those four will be pumped for the game against Charlton and the rest of the team will have more confidence in them = more confidence on the pitch = 3 points against Fulham.

    I like this guy. I still think we maybe need some more world class coaches who can improve the team and bring the best out of

    Xisco – All round game – bring out the quality he must have
    Jonas – finishing
    Oba – consistency
    Shola -consistency
    Defence – defending! (although they are still improving )

    To improve our position in the league and the value of our assets, the players. As for a mgr JK is not too bad and take our club on to the UEFA places.

    a note on Xisco. we paid far too much for him but I really do not think we will see much from him this season. If we look at Moody Wengers philosophy he’d have a player like that settling into the cluyb and playing in the reserves for a season finding his feet and then gradually bring him in. Hopefully we can do this to him.

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  • adam

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Charlton? – Fulham!

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  • peter watson

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #9

    not to bad but would prefer N’zogbia in the starting line up over Duff as Duff does not make to many successful tackles nor distributes the ball to well shows plenty enthusiasm but little else.

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  • Neil

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    beyethegreat you can’t have stephen carr in the man utd midfield!!!!! Anyone know what’s happened to him? He seems to have vanished!

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  • UTD111

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    **Off Topic Alert**
    I see that avid Newcastle United fan, the poison dwarf has been touting Michael Owen around as available in the January window (especially to his mates at Chelski nudge nudge wink wink).

    If ever I get the chance to plant my hands around the dwarf’s throat I won’t pass on the opportunity……….

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  • steve

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d forgotten about Gonzalez, our new marcelino – pity, in the ten mins he actually played he looked a decent player.

    Smith doesn’t count as he is doing us a favour by being unavailable for selection

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  • selly no skill

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #13

    not near enough goals from midfield.infact cant remember any.the good midfields chip in 8-10 goals a piece and break down attacks.thats where we need to be.cut the bullshit

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Cant wait for Baheng to get back.

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  • The Entertainers

    Nov 7, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15

    The wingers for me are THEY most important players in the team, both Spiderman and Duff.

    The defence is what it always has been and possibley always will be, fragile!

    Our strikers are top notch, when fit!

    Our midfield for some time has lacked quality and creativity and finally with the wingers we have that. 2 out of Barton / Butt / Guthrie makes a solid base and reminds me of the early days at Arsenal when Viera and Petit made the middle so tough to get through and the wingers Pires and Ljunberg were the creative force.

    Now granted we are a million miles off Arsenal, but we have the players no doubt about that, we just need stability and time. Oh and to stay injury bloody free.

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  • Toon_Ksk

    Nov 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Baheng is not going to make it to the first team. Not this lifetime.

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  • reillers

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #17

    OK..ya it’s one thing to talk up your team but another to say that the mid is one of the best in the Prem..what next..our defence.
    They’ve had one wee good game..that’s it. Lets see some consistancy first before we start comparing the likes of Butt to Fabregas.

    Either he’s just talking up his team or he’s finally lost it.

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  • Nacho Man!!

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #18

    toon ksk – is that because he is injured. in the games he has played he scored a few, got sent off after a horrific challenge by a man u defender on one of our players (he fukin bollocked the bloke who did it), and got crippled.

    we have got good youth strikers

    Carroll
    Baheng
    Ranger
    Zamblera
    Donaldson (also plays winger)
    Godsmark (also plays winger)

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  • MDS

    Nov 7, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #19

    I like the midfield, but none of them are finishers or very creative in the final third.

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  • Gun "Indonesian Geordie"

    Nov 7, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Talking about midfield, wingers especially, I really miss the era of Solano and Robert. Have we got the qualities these two left back now in the squad you think? Best in crossing and amazing in freekick, especially Robert. Really miss his phantom freekicks and first time volley shots.

    Howay the Lads!!

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