Two Good Players Signed By Magpies Before Arsenal Game


If Alan Pardew ever thought the Newcastle manager job was going to be easy, then this week has proved that judgement completely wrong.

Alan Pardew – he’s got a tough job on Tyneside

And Alan has been down to earth about it and said it has not been a good week for Newcastle or himself, and he hasn’t much enjoyed it either.

And while we know Pardew has his detractors among the supporters, it’s hard to think how Alan could have done much better in the way he handled the tough Joey Barton situation this week, which would have sent most sane people around the bend.

This is what Pardew told the Newcastle press corps today:

“I need to make sure there’s some good news in the next three or four days, and that everybody starts thinking optimistically about this next season.”

“If I was Fabricio Coloccini, I’d be looking for a good player, or maybe two good players, to walk in the door before we play Arsenal.”

“I think the group is a tight group, and they’ll be ready for the campaign, but we must remember where we are.”

There were signs this week that Newcastle have initiated a move to quickly bring in a couple of players to the club.

And while the pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta may have been ended by his injury, it seems Newcastle have already agreed a deal to bring Red Devils winger Gabriel Obertan to Tyneside.

If the Daily Mail is to be believed, Newcastle have already agreed a five year deal with the 22 year-old and he will sign on early next week,  to further add to the many skillful Frenchmen now at the Tyneside club.

The Evening Chronicle is reporting that some other moves for bigger name players have fallen through, but we’d not be too surprised if two players arrive before next Saturday’s first league game against Arsenal, who are having their own pre-season problems with Fabregas and Nasri.

Pardew continued:

“We are where we are – we’re a team that got promoted a year ago.”  “Physically, all the players’ figures are better than this time last year, but mentally we’re not.”

“I think we need to get one or two things resolved this week to help that.”  “We’ve had a good season, but there were times last year when we were on the edge.”

“We need to get players in to make sure we’re stronger than that.”  “Hopefully, in the last 10 games of the season we’ll be stronger than where we were last season.”

“We’ve been unlucky with a couple of injuries.”  “Shane Ferguson, a bright spot last season, has missed pre-season because of an impact injury.”

“Hatem Ben Arfa – who we got up to speed and looked great – had an impact injury, and Danny Guthrie, as well.”

“We lost three good technical players. Fergie was a blow as I wanted to look at him at left-back and see if he could offer to cover for Jose Enrique or play there.”

But we also think that injuries could well be a big problem next season, and it was simply a continuation in pre-season what happened in the last five months of last season,  when the squad was simply decimated by one injury after another.

That’s why the Newcastle squad needs to be a lot bigger than it is at the moment, but it’s hard to see that can now be possible, with only 25 days left to bring in new players.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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60 comments so far

  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Is that a spliff in his hand??

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    LMAO well spotted Darlo

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  • ToonAndy

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Darlo – If that is a spliff hes going down as a Newcastle legend already lol

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  • mattnufc

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Obertan would be decent signing but we need a very good striker, if its Carlton Cole I’ll cry.

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  • DarloGeordie

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Has to be Ed taking the pi$$ with the photo shop that like….

    Might as well put some dreds on the bloke while ya at it Ed

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  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think we will see any big name players come in now, I simply know that Fatty couldn’t care less what squad moral is like and if we are short of players aslong as the books look good he seems to think we can get by.

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  • Toon_Army

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #7

    can’t complain with the job the man is doing uder the circumstances, I just wonderhow long he will stay in the job, we know the management will get rid of him at the first sign of actually trying to make any proper decisions about personnel in-coming and outgoing.

    Hes a puppet manager biding his time untill he can get a proper job without the strings.

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  • toon 4 life

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #8

    hahaha f**k me that does look like a spliff in his hand haha quality

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Not seen much of Obertan to be honest and i have read mixed reports on the kid. He is still only 22 so a good signing as far as potential is concerned. Would like to know what the rest of you folk think of him?

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  • toon 4 life

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #10

    wats the latest on ben arfa is he fit yet oh what?

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #11

    b really happy if we land obertan n long this week, orbertan is fast n skillfull from what ive seen its jus is final ball that needs work

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  • Marty-Toon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Darlo.You’d think that would go with the job description,seeing it’s such a high pressure one.
    Hope we get a couple of names in and that should make us feel a little more comfortable.problem if Joey n Jose go does that mean we’ll get 4 players?
    I certainly doubt it.So the numbers won’t actually increase

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #13

    last i heard hba will b back for the fulham game

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #14

    davytoon

    Sounds similar to Jonas.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #15

    i think we will get 2 then if jose n joey leave we will get 2 more

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  • Toon_Army

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #16

    @8

    looks decent enough, but it worries me that MU are happy to sell a 22 yr old when they are well known for bringing younsters through, I can only assume the reports were true that he didn’t make the grade.

    On the other hand I hope and pray we have another K. Gillespie on our hands.

    But the whole thing could be smoke and mirrors created by the fat controller to make it look like he is up off his ass!!!

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  • nden85

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #17

    watched a few videos of obertan on youtube and he looks to have pace and skills to burn, really improved my opinion of him. also watched a video of a player called luque, looks like a class player.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Obertan looks like Routledge type player to me and I rated him so I would be quite happy with him would love it if Barnetta came in as well

    Have Gutti and Marv fighting for the left and Barnetta and Obertan fighting for the right wont be happening though

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #19

    grey dreads? urrrgh /shudder

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #20

    well lads off to the match soon will report back what cabaye, marveux, gosling n ba r like

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #21

    i think routledge was all speed and nowt else. this guys prolly not quite as fast but much better feet although sadly he shoots exactly like routledge and crosses like gutty from the left at best

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Seems like he’s completely ignoring the fact that we don’t have a dedicated LB at the moment. That quote suggests Ferguson will be planted there but he got turned over by Stoke!

    Last thing we need is another midfielder! And Obertan is crap anyway.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #23

    wwjbd – barnetta can play in the middle aswell, but ya ryt if orbertan, barnetta n long n a left back r at our club by the end of the window ill b buzzing

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #24

    davy yeah mate I would be apeased by those two, Long and a good quality LB coming in

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #25

    also i think Best is going to come into his own this season ive been very impressed with him tbh

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #26

    oh well all that thunder outside has just made me decide not to go to the match.. 🙁 or it may have been an explosion O_O

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  • barryvenison

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #27

    I hear John Beresford is available on a free.

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #28

    bad crack when you have to have a light on at the height of summer in the afternoon O_Q

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #29

    no streams for the game -.-

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  • Tino99

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Obertan is shocking!!! He never made it at all at Utd and his scoring technique is terrible. Really average has skill but end product isnt there.
    Please.

    I think personally we need 3 – 4 players.
    who is cover for simpson?
    we only have 3 centre backs. only one fit left back (enrique) who might leave

    and light on strikers – most are rubbish – ba only fairly decent one we need a poacher like suarez, hernandez esque!!!

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  • ross armstrong

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #31

    is the game on the net 2day lads???

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #32

    hope we sign a stricker before arsenal game

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  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Pardew used the “we only got promoted this year” all last season as an excuse for defeat. Now he is saying –

    “We are where we are – we’re a team that got promoted a year ago.” “Physically, all the players’ figures are better than this time last year, but mentally we’re not.”

    there won’t be any decent players coming in is what that means. Will he be sayin ‘we only got promoted 2 seasons ago’ next year when ashley doesnt spend a penny? the new signings must feel conned

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  • Felipe

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Quote from Peter Beardsley on the official website…

    “Unfortunately there are a few negative vibes around the club at the moment but I have to say the manager, the owner and the chairman are three of the most positive people I’ve met. I think they’re going to take this club forward very well and I’m looking forward to being part of it.

    I’m lucky I’m on the inside and I know the ideas they have for the club and I’m very confident they’ll move it in the right direction”.

    Is the legend that is Peter Beardsley also in hock to the owner or should we take him at his word?

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #35

    facking hell that was one hell of a thunfdderclap… we in for a storm here like arrgrh!

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Hmm judging a legend by what they say about MA is a ricky business there like Felipe remember Keagan?

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  • joppadoni

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #37

    @felipe – beardo is spot on.. i honestly believe theres a lot of mob mentality when it comes to how the clubs being run. a few start off the crap and others pounce on a few poorly timed quotes then its neg spin and some complete rubbish and suddenly darth vader is owner and hes got his mind on his money.. lol

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  • Rowan Milsted

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #38

    I have to be realistic now, we’re not going to get the 4-5 players we really need so I would be relatively happy with two. Slightly worrying that Pardew hinted at replacement LB’s the other day, now he’s talking of putting Ferguson in there. I really like Shane and think he has a good future ahead but I’m sure he’s a winger, not a LB, plus he’s still pretty raw to be playing every week. God knows if this ‘second signing’ will be a striker, CB or LB, we need players in all those areas, and that’s assuming we get a RM.

    Obertan reminds me alot of Gutti- I love Jonas, he’s got great feet, good skills and can excite the crowd but his end product is inconsistant. Obertan is fast and gutsy but his crossing and finishing is below par. Perhaps if he signed for us he’s get alot more game time, and would therefore improve his final ball, particularly if he builds up a relationship with one of our forwards. I think he’s a decent signing but he needs to start fulfilling his potential pretty sharpish.

    I can’t find a link for the friendly today- what’s going on with that?

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  • Felipe

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #39

    @joppadoni 36: Have to agree with you there.

    @wwjbd: You have to really try hard to find something negative to say about that. I guess that means you don’t believe Peter Beardsley. Shame…

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 6, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #40

    Felipe Keagan took the club to court proved MA was a liar and then told us all what would happen come this summer…..he was then slated for being bitter and pathetic yet has thus far been,once again, proved right

    Beado comes out from the club and says everything is rosey upstairs….so why isnt he just kissing his bosses backside so he doesnt get the sack?

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