Nicky Butt – Three News Lads Have Done Fantastic

Nicky Butt has admitted today that the arrival of new boys Kevin Nolan, Ryan Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands has given the Newcastle squad a big lift.


Nicky Butt – three new lads have given us a big lift

The new signings all played a massive part in the important 3-2 win at WBA almost two weeks ago, and will be set to do the same again on Sunday, in our difficult game against Everton.

And current captain Nicky Butt says that the increased competition for places, and the presence of the new lads, has come as a boost for the Newcastle squad.

Nicky talked today to nufcTV about the three new lads:

“It has definitely given us a lift,” “And if they’re in your position you have to step it up a little bit which is good for the squad.”

“All three have done fantastic and have fitted in straight away.” “They are all good lads and get along well with the rest of the boys.”

“They’re very experienced and have already shown why we bought them.”

While three players in January was not enough, the players we brought in have definitely improved the squad, and for just £5.5M, they were a bargain.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #1

    good job .. but should have been more and they should have been brought in early .. a win on sunday though and I don’t care about ashley etc.

  • spiderpig

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    lets reserve judgement til end of season ed.nolan and taylor,good keep banging the lovenkrands drum but i aint seen him do anything yet mate.

  • RyanToon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #3


    he scored at west brom and was one of the better players! also he came close vs the mackems!

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Spiderpig – you not been watching the lads playing.

    He came within inches of scoring against the mackems and scored against west brom and would have netted more except Duff fluffed the passes.

    I got a feeling echoes of Peter Lovenkrandz will echo around SJP on Sunday.

  • Howay50

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Is Oba likely to play against Everton on Sunday?

  • Tony

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #6

    off track i know but i see stephen appiah is still available.think we should ask him to train with us

  • spiderpig

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #7

    hope so.hope he is our new heroe.just wouldnt pair him alongside oba at home when a well organised team like evertons will sit back,try and get a goal and protect it.need viduka in with oba or loven.we can then at least hold the ball up for the team to get forward.

  • big boomer

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #8

    I am with spiderpig on this this one. For me lovenkrands is competing with Jonas and Duff for two stating places and I favour Jonas and Duff. Away from home maybe all three could play if we go with a five midfield. Lovenkrands is not a striker.

  • Dan4Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    a think Viduka and Martins for Everton like, and maybe bring Lovenkrands on later on in the game, for Oba because a cant see him last the whole 90*, and should be more fit for Bolton, member last year, over head kick 😉 !!


    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Aye great signings from whoever made them. I bet the crime rate goes up now in the north east with more scousers on the prowl! Love it!

  • Stardust

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Well Lovemeister has made a good start, if he maintains the standard set against WBA and the glimpse against Sunderland, then I see him as replacing Martins in our team.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    I think we might start with Oba and Loven upfront as they both got pace and use Bambi and the Dukes as back up for when they are knacked.

  • big boomer

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #13

    You guys that want fatty viduka on the pitch please tell me what he is going to do

  • chuck

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Lovenkrands is versitile can play both up front, winger, or inside midfield, as can Duff, this is a plus as both can score.
    Also as with N`Zogbia, when playing to gether can interchange wing to inside midfield, gives the manager more options and confuses defenders.
    I think both Beye and Enrique could also play on the wings as both do a decent job when attacking.

  • VanCanToonFan

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15


    S/R Taylor—Colo—Bassong—Enrique

    Duff Jonas



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