Six Core Players To Make Newcastle Great Again


The fact that John Carver is back at Newcastle United,  gives us a link back to when Newcastle United were a top four side in England.

Alan Pardew – seems very sensible guy

And surprisingly enough, that was only just over six years ago, when Bobby Robson in his final thee seasons in charge had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th places in the Premier League – not too bad at all.

We are hoping that John Carver and Alan Pardew can form a really good working partnership together, and that John can help the club get back to at least a top eight side fairly soon.

The more we hear Alan Pardew talk about Newcastle, and the job he sees ahead of him, the more we think he got some agreements from owner Mike Ashley before his took the job on Tyneside.

And we think those agreements were for the club to sign up key players that Alan had identified.

We don’t know who those players are, as far as Alan is concerned, but we think there are six players the club can form their team around over the next few seasons.

Those players are:

Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor,  Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll.

Fans will have their own opinions on what that group should be, and some will be surprised we don’t have Fab Coloccini in there.

Fab is one of our favorite players, but we still think he has to prove he is a top class PL  player, but of course the way he’s played since Alan has been at the club, has been outstanding, and on Sunday he may have played his best game ever in a black and white shirt.

We haven’t included the great Ben Arfa in that six either, because we’ve picked only those players who have shown over the last two years,  that they are key players at the Newcastle club.

Some will be surprised we have included Steven Taylor, but we’ve done that because along with big Andy Carroll he’s a local lad, and it’s important to have a couple of  local lads in the Newcastle side.

Steven also has more PL experience than any other defender at the club currently, and he’s also performed very well since he’s returned from an injury riddled year in 2010.

We think Alan has identified these players – and possibly a few more, and asked the club to sing them up long term.

He’s already been successful in getting Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa on long term deals, and he says the club is working right now to ensure Joey Barton and Jose Enrique are going nowhere.

And of  course the club recently signed Andy Carroll up to a long term deal at the club, and as Alan has said to anybody who will listen to him – Andy is going nowhere.

So if Alan can get Joey and Jose signed up soon, he’s already done a great job to ensure success could lie ahead for Newcastle in the foreseeable future.

And the next step will be to tie down a certain  Cheick Tiote to a longer and improved contract at Newcastle. Cheick is already a huge favorite on Tyneside, and he works his socks off every single game and adds some bite (ouch) in Newcastle’s midfield.

He’s almost a perfect player for Newcastle United  that the club have signed.

We’re not sure what length of contract Cheick signed at Newcastle back in late August, but in any case his play this season has already earned him an improved deal.

We would hope the club would do just that, and sign him up through the summer of 2016 on an improved contract.

And  we haven’t even mentioned some of our exciting youngsters like Haris Vuckic, Tim Krul,  Shane Ferguson, Phil Airey, James Tavernier, Fraser Forster, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger and many many more.

We hope Alan Pardew can get these things done before the end of the season, and we also have other very good players at the club, apart from those six in  Ben Arfa, Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling and Jonas Gutierrez.

With those players the future  of Newcastle could indeed be bright.

We hope so in any case.

Let’s have you views on this – and yes we know there will be a different  six core players from fans.

Comments very welcome.



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76 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I would say Collo over Steven Taylor.

    Cant really argue with the rest like.

    I would have Harps in there too to be fair, we are not as stable when Krul in the sticks.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #2

    I think there are more then 6 core players tbh, if you think about it, we have a really strong FIRST 11. For me these are the core players:

    Harper, Enrique, Colo, Taylor, Tiote, Barton, Nolan, Carroll…

    Then we have youngsters like HBA (yes hes still young!), Gosling, Ranger and Ferguson that we can add to that in a year or 2!

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh I even forgot Forster who can prove he can handle the pressure at playing for a big club, Celtic, hes kept the most clean sheets in the SPL and Celtic have the best defence.

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Colo over Tayls any day.

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  • arcarius

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5

    even though i’m a S.Taylor fanboy
    but Colo > S.Taylor for me 😀

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #6

    @ BiffBaffBoff // Jan 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    I think Forster could well be our No. 1 next season which will see Tim out the door.

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  • jimmyxavi

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #7

    What about Danny Simpson and Fraser Forster?

    Danny Simpson is proving that he can do it in the Premiership and is improving steadily – Fraser Forster has been the Number 1 keeper for the current league leaders in the SPL. My guess is that he will be Number 1 next season for us – Either that or he will leave!

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Yeah, personally I think Forster is better than Krul, not to say Krul is a bad keeper, I think hes a great shot stopper but he lacks communication I think which is vital for a keeper to have to help the defence out, hopefully he can learn that from Harper, who I think will be our goalkeeper coach in a few years time.

    Im really surprised Harper hasnt been considered for England over the past 2 seasons, he much better than Foster, Green et al…

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    i agree forster will hav played 2 seasons as a no1 with norwich n celtic n i would like to see him as no1 keeper here and krul goin out on loan sumwere

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah Sorry Jimmy, i forgot about Simpson too! Hes been solid this year so he deserves to be in that list, you see our squad is quite strong but still needs that extra few players to push for europe 🙂

    Also…

    Scottwilsonecho Scott Wilson
    Young Arsenal striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas joining Cardiff City on loan. Could smooth the way for the departure of Jay Bothroyd

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Not seen enough of Forster to compare him to Krul.
    You have to remember Forster is playing at a different level to Krul. Its a lot more difficult in the EPL then playing in the SPL.

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #12

    It will be very interesting next season. Foster, Harper and Krul to challenge each other. Maybe it’s time for Krul to loan out for experience like Foster.

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  • chuck

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #13

    I would certainly add Colo. to that group also probably Ben Arfa, as for Gosling, we will soon find out.
    Williamson, no ! due to inconsitency and poor distribution, but no reason why he cant improve.
    As for Jonas, yeah not a great final touch and has become predictable, he seldom goes to the line to cross, being right footed, instead cuts to the centre to cross with his right foot, perhaps he would be better employed on the opposite wing.
    Except for the fact he works so well with El Toro on the left. hmmm!

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #14

    @ginkoh: Forster has requested loan spells to stay on the pitch. He doesn’t like warming the bench.

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  • MGriff

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Routledge has been signed by QPR on loan! WHY!?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #16

    We simply cannot accomodate 3 top class keepers.

    I think if Forster comes back, then he will be No1, like Thump says, he dont do bench warming!

    If Forster comes back, I cant see a place for Tim.

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #17

    We have no idea MGriff. It’s either a great idea or a very stupid idea.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #18

    iv said it all season, we have a good team,

    i dont care what anyone says, this should be about the players that are holding others back,
    amabambi, he isnt good enough, 1 good game 5 bad then injured, perch, just bad, even king beardo couldnt say anything about his football skills from last nights game, alan smith, just not good enough, sorry leon best, great hatrick but shouldnt be in our team or squad, routlidge, how he gets in front of ryan tayls is beyond me,,,,

    we have got some good younins coming through, but while these lot are there, i feel pardew has to justify there wages and play them,

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  • Sav

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Simpson is a good lad but he’s not one to hang your hat on. He should be pressing our first choice RB, who is still out there.

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  • jwheelie12

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Hopefully Collocini doesn’t read this, if I were him I’d be insulted, the way he’s played the last 2 seasons compared to Steven Taylor.

    And every single one of our fans knows that Ben Arfa is the best player at this club (well at least equal with Carroll and Enrique), so you may aswell include him.

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  • lesh

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    ‘………….and possibly a few more, and asked the club to sing them up long term.’

    Sing ‘them up long turn’? How does it go Ed? Can you whistle it?

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #22

    @catchy: Perch scored yesterday.

    Smudge is handy to have around.

    Best was tired at Stevenage (no excuses for Sunderland mind you), let him have a run in the squad.

    Routledge is a good squad player, has ability and is still learning his trade. He gets in ahead of Tayls because he can run and isn’t injured.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Smith is handy to have around but not at his current wage packet, which is ridiculous.. why not just hire a comedian to have banter with the players, it’ll be 10 times cheaper…

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Completely agree with you, Biff. I’m fairly certain I could do what he does but credit where credit is due, he looked sharp against the mackems; plus did you see him having a go at the fans? 😀

    In all seriousness Smith is in the wrong position. After his injury he went from a striker to a defensive midfielder due to lost confidence but have you seen some of his shots? I remember he almost broke the bar against… I want to say Chelsea?

    Push him forward and you’ll see a different player.

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  • carl nufc

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Has he actually went to QPR on loan or is it just a rumour??

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #26

    It was on SSN earlier that he was going but I haven’t seen it since. Caulkin is reporting he’s going, Routs Twitter doesn’t sound like that of a happy man… go figure

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  • ginkoh

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #27

    I think we can group our players to be,

    Experienced : Nolan Barton Smith Harper Ameobi Loven
    First teamer : Colo Jonas Enrique Taylor
    Rising star : Carroll BenArfa Gosling Tiote Simpson Krul
    Something to proved : Raylor Guthrie Willo Routledge Best Perch
    Youngster : Ranger Vuckic Kadar Ferguson

    and for Forster I still don’t lnow how good he is but look at him now I think maybe he can challenge even Joe Hart for England No 1 ! Who know ?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #28

    @ Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    I totally agree re. Smudge, I would like to see him supporting the stiker rather than the defence.

    He cannot tackle fairly, its simple as that, and he is no competition for Tiotes place, coz like you say, thats not his position.

    I think he still has it in him to score the goals, just the position he plays in does not allow it.

    I say put him in behind Big Andy.

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #29

    @ginkoh: he’s definitely got a few caps heading his way, make no mistake about it. My mate’s a brutal Celtic fan and hasn’t shut up about how good the lad is so that has something to be said. In fact he speaks positively of him even after he’s made a mistake… says a hell of a lot.

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #30

    @ thump

    routledge can run all day,, but carnt seem to get the ball in the center, wastes it nearly every time, he is old enough and been around enough to know where the pen spot is ,

    no,, there not good enough,

    and when you think goslin , guth., affa, all want to be in the middle,,

    taylor carnt run, but nor can becks, but they can both cross the ball,

    smithy,, ggrrrr no.no.no after his last few games,, the guy just gets worse 🙁

    perch might have scored, but when he plays, im always worried, he makes so many easy mistakes,

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Exactly Richy, Smudge has had a hunger for goals this season and has been pushing himself up the pitch more and more often. Given a few games as a CAM or SS and I reckon he might grab one.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Problem with playing Smith further up is.. we have Nolan who has already scored 10 league goals which is fantastic!

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  • Ericles

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #33

    I think that Forster will eventually supercede Krul as our first choice keeper once good old Harper hangs up his boots. Already think Harps will be our keeper coach one day. As for Enrique – I think we all know he will make it to the full Spanish squad in the near future. Good to see Shola has been picked for Nigeria too. I feel Pardew knows where he needs to tweak the side and where he needs to get some back ups. I just hope that Ashley is going to back up the manager and his growing Geordie contingent among the backroom staff.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #34

    @ Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Did he not score in pre-season?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #35

    @ Ericles // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    I think Ashley is gonna back AP, but like AP says, he wants to be sure he signing the right player, at the right price, for the right positions.

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  • arcarius

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #36

    LoL Smith up front? You guys kidding me?

    No disrespect to Smith, but i thought there was this saying ‘you cant teach an old dog new tricks’

    He’s been in this position long enough (defensive mid) , I doubt he knows the feeling of scoring anymore!

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Routledge is trying too hard, if I’m honest. We saw what he can do last season and we’ve seen flashes of it this season (Villa at home anyone?) but he always overkicks and does silly things that I don’t entirely understand, maybe this loan will do him some good, idk.

    You’re right about Becks, the difference being Becks knew he was a RM (not winger, midfielder) while Raylor seems to think he’s a RB despite not being able to stop a balloon at a kids party.

    I can’t defend Perch there. His games in the first team have been consistently bad, and when he does something good you know he’s going to throw himself into a vatload of karmic nastiness. I wouldn’t mind seeing him pushed up into a DM role in place of Tiote, I think playing as a defender restricts him a bit too much.

    @Biff: True, but Nolan is the engine room – he goes where the ball is.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #38

    @ arcarius // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    your right, there is that saying “you cant teach an old dog new tricks”

    Hence why Smith cannot do a job at CDM, he always was a striker, now he is still a striker but being played out of position.

    So yes, your right, you cant teach an old dog new tricks, so why try, play him in his position – up top.

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Smudge score? Maybe in the penalties against Deportivo?

    36 arcarius // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    No disrespect to Smith, but i thought there was this saying ‘you cant teach an old dog new tricks’

    And what ‘new trick’ would he be learning? Leeds and Man U both saw him in the Striker role, while he started as a Strike here he dropped back shortly afterwards.

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  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Great minds think alike Richy 🙂

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