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Injury Update – Ben Arfa Out – Cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Tiote Doubtful

11:43 am, Monday, August 13th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 348 Comments

It’s not what we wanted to hear but Newcastle now have several more players injured, which we have found out after the 4-1 mauling at Cardiff on Saturday, with Ben Arfa definitely out and injury concerns with Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote, and Yohan Cabaye is struggling to be match-fit for Tottenham.

The expression - it never rains but it pours – comes to mind.

Ben Arfa - in action against Hartlepool – out at least two weeks

It seems that Fabricio Coloccini will be OK but he will join up with the rest of the Argentine squad this week for their game in Germany, but Ben Arfa is out and Cheick Tiote is doubtful with a calf problem.

Yohan Cabaye is obviously short of  match fitness, while Papiss Cisse has  a hamstring problem and Demba Ba has a shin problem, and they are all having treatment.

With Shola Ameobi in such good form, he could even play on Saturday in place of  one of the Senegal strikers, and it would be a good opportunity for Shola to show what he can still do in black and white shirt.

We have a feeling that Cheick isn’t as badly injured as it first appeared, but Newcastle will be hoping to keep him from traveling with the Ivory Coast squad  to Moscow, for an International in Fabio Capello’s first game in charge as the new manager of Russia.

It turns out that Ben Arfa will also miss the first leg of Newcastle’s Europa League qualifier against Atromitos next Thurday, although Newcatskle are still hoping to bring that tie forward by a day or two.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the injuries today in the local press:

“Ben Arfa has a slight knee problem, which I think definitely keeps him out of the first week.” “Papiss has got a slight hamstring – we think he’ll recover by Tuesday or Wednesday – and Demba has a shin injury, which he’s carried for a week or so.”

“Yohan Cabaye is not right in terms of work he’s done. We are hoping to get him up to speed and get him involved on Saturday.” “Everybody else is OK, apart from the knocks we got at Cardiff.”

“Cheik has got a calf problem.” “We’ll have to see. I don’t think he’ll travel by the way (to Moscow).” “Colo looked like he was struggling after 20 minutes, which worries me. Colo didn’t want to come off, being captain.”

“I wasn’t sure if he was injured or not, so he might have played too long.”  “We were a bit sleepy and at half-time the damage was done – in the second-half, we were better.”

If we can get Cheick fit to start on Saturday, and if Yohan Cabaye can maybe play 45 minutes against Tottenham, we should be in fairly good shape – we hope.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Demba Ba · Hatem Ben Arfa · Injuries · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Yohan Cabaye


348 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Bit of early panic I feel.

  • 2 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Told you guys, Spurs are going to be favourites unfortunately.

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Too early to start posting starting line-ups then?

  • 4 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I understand that we appear to have picked up some injuries but we did the same at the beginning of last season we also had a poor pre season last season but we were not too shabby when the season kicked off proper so I am inclined to not panic and take it as it comes.

  • 5 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Mark Spurs down as a defeat.

  • 6 walton1984 // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Ramdon question!!!!!
    does anyone know which players are currently Ramadam…….I know Cisse,Ba & Tiote….. but what about HBA, Cabaye, Bigi, Abied etc are any of those

  • 7 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    i feel a bit like Johnny Depp in Alice in wonderland im going MAD please saturday come quickly and help stop all this crazyness i cant take it for much longer AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH

  • 8 Magpies-till-d3ath // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Just Great!!

  • 9 G // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    @ post 2. That will be the Spurs playing under a new manager, with only 1 striker (Defoe), with injury concerns over their (arguably) best player (Bale), with their luxary player excluded from the squad for wanting to move to Real Madrid (Modric), and their key central midfielder (Parker) out injured. That Spurs? I think we will do just fine.

  • 10 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    still no signings. if we do badly this season, i can see our star players getting pissed and leaving the club. we either maintain this position and solidify it to keep the attraction or goodbye to Cabaye and Cisse and co at the end of the season.

    And it’s back to square one again.

  • 11 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    yeah walton u have it sussed mate all foreigners are in ramedan jeez louise

  • 12 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Kyo, according to the bookies, there’s no decent odds on anyone. They’re all backing a draw as spurs have no recognised decent striker available for the match, and have a few injuries too.

    On another note, with the euros, Olympics etc. this has been a really hectic pre season, seems like our preseason has only been about 2 weeks. I’m not expecting a start like we ha last year. As long as we get into Europa league group stages and don’t get beat off spurs or chelsea I think I’ll be very happy.

  • 13 Novocastrian66 // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Shola starting fills me with dread.

  • 14 magpiemover // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    y do i get the feeling mr pardew is playing mind games with chelsea he done this a few times last season ?

  • 15 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Ruddy you are a grade 1 idiot that is a stupid thing to say.

  • 16 magpiemover // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    spuds i mean not chelsea

  • 17 AMEOBI // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Damn not good, so really if no Ba or Cisse, vuckic anyone?

    Get me her number then I’ll leave the blog ;)

  • 18 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Kyo….You told us the chunk of our star players would be missing for the Spurs game? Must of missed that one.

    Spurs will always be favourites against us. All of the pundits aren’t even mentioning us when discussing CL this season. It’s the Manchesters, Chelsea for the top 3 and then Arsenal, Spurs and Tottenham to battle for 4th.

    What worries me most is both Ba and Cisse out. Can’t win games without a goal scorer. Dreamboat will be a big miss too against Spurs.

  • 19 AshtreeKid // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    anyone know if Anita is actually in Newcastle/on his way?

  • 20 RonVanDam // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Why does all these injuries and lack of transfer activity for senior team tell me we wont be repeating our 11 game unbeaten heroics from last season. I guess a draw will.
    Win will kick off a dream start to the new season
    Draw at home will satisfactory
    Loss will be very difficult to bear

  • 21 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

  • 22 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    ilovetoon8788 @ # 10

    You know we are never very far from a razorblade on the wrist poster.

    My advice to you is not across the wrist but parallel to it and be brave go deep from the off and it will be all over very quickly. ;)

  • 23 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Cupid…New tactic to clear the blog of panicked and worried posters? Talk them in to quick death?

  • 24 Londtoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Gabby for hba, Gael for Tiote and Gutierrez for cabaye

  • 25 markmac // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    anyone else get the feeling AP shouldnt have said anything last week about us doing ”ok” on the injury front?

  • 26 walton1984 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Boom Boom

    where did i say all forginers are in ramadam cisse, ba, Tiote defo are fasting……..Ben Arfa, Abeid are muslim and i think bigi is too so i was wonderin if those are fasting too………coz if u remember Bas perfomances improved once he had finished fasting last season!!!!!!!

  • 27 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM


    You’re working in Euros. Stop. This is England! :D And no, I really don’t think it is moving as much as usual. The total expenditure of most of those clubs is far far lower than in previous years – the majority are fee transfers or £1-2m signings. We’ve made 3 of those!

    We’re both realists when it comes to NUFC – I just find it pretty hard to believe an article that starts with “The Chronicle understands…”, has no quotes, has no details, and all in all reads like one of the thousand articles they’ve published this summer which have turned out to be fabricated.

  • 28 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Cupid i almost pissed myself laughing there i already had a picture of him in my head throwing up the rope but your post cheered me up no end. And to the familiy of ilovetoon8788 sorry for your loss at this sad sad time for you all.

  • 29 JTOONJ // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Shola was awesome against spuds last time at SJP, that goal was immense but the thought of him playing a full game is woeful, he is a super impact sub

  • 30 Beattie25 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    I can’t wait for Lawro to predict a loss.

    We will do ok. It’s 38 games not 1. If we lose, we lose. It’s more important IMO to get players in than 3 on the board in the first match of the season.

    I predict 6-7 losses this season and if Saturday on number 1 ten so be it.

    As long as we play well, with heart and a bit of quality there is nothing more we can do.

  • 31 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    did u not say cabaye aswell? and if u already knew they were muslim why did u ask.

  • 32 JDdubai // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Ok starting line up if all thos players miss out!!


    Sod it, Im putting Shola in my fantasy team, captain et all.

  • 33 toon_asprilla2012 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    I read today something about players not being happy that Newcastle haven’t bought in players yes I hear their point but their in no fit state to start being unhappy after doing well for one season and half a season respectively, ba, cabaye and cisse. It’s not like we bought them from top europeon clubs for them to EXPECT big signings all of a sudden! Yes they have performed well but we got them from west ham relegated, Lille okay they got in CL but they play in ligue1 not exactly best league in world and Freiburg flirting at bottom of bundesliga. coming to nufc was a step up for all concerned so don’t start with the big man talk now your established at nufc bcus we seen bassong, barton, enrique all think along them lines jump ship and see what happend.. Although I do feel we need to bring in new senior signings but Cumon lads don’t start kicking up fuss and making unrest in the group albeit management or squad. On injury front it looks touch and go for spurs game and I am today not as happy as last night with now benny joining cabaye cisse and ba in treatment room.
    What do u think of this

    Simpson Taylor willo santon
    Bigi Anita
    Marv. Gosling Gutierrez
    Subs: harps, tavinier, sammy ameobi, obertan, Campbell, abeid, vuckic

    It’s not best of squads at our disposal however could get us an unbeaten start to the season and the main men can come back into the picture.

  • 34 JDdubai // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Lawro will have us down for relegation, I bet 100% that he has Liverfool finishing above us. Tho Le Tissier said on his prediction that either Arsenal/Tottenham or Liverpool would be challenging for 4th this year.

    Really dont understand where they get these ideas of Liverpool finishing 4th from..

  • 35 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Got to try something biz as they get on my tits with the constant woe is me.

    It gives me flash backs to episodes of dad’s army and private Frazer I can just see them sitting at their computers rocking back and forth saying ”we’re doomed I tell you we’re all doomed” (has to be read in a Scots accent)

  • 36 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    It also doesnt help when Ed exagerates the Chronicles BS tenfold :/

  • 37 JustStu // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Walton – only Muslim practicing players will be taking part in Ramadan. Ba, Cisse, Tiote and HBA are the four.

    For the record guys…..we’ll be fine against Spurs ;). #Positivity

  • 38 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Beattie…Agree with that 100%…oh how I’ve missed lawro’s predictions….usually worth a weekly laugh.

  • 39 walton1984 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Boom Boom…

    because Cisse, Ba And tiote i know are fasting but noithing has been said about them

  • 40 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Haha hey Euro is money too damnit ;)

    Aye maybe the money isnt as high as normal but player movement isnt down dramatically compared to windows specially ones where a major comp has been played let alone two.

    Teams have still gotten stronger around us without spending huge amounts something which we did last season. As for the article it could have no truth in it though is it such a stretch that some of the players feel the same as the majority of the fans in regards to transfers? (or the boards handling of transfers)

  • 41 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Sorry last comment directed to biz @ # 23

  • 42 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Ibizatoon – (from other thread) you do know he’s a Rangers fan too right? And a secret Mackem I heard…

    His real plan is to have built our expectations up and then in January, Rangers join the Premier League and we join the Scottish Third Division…

  • 43 walton1984 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    JD Dubai

    Le Tiss didnt even mention us at all

    i cant wait for lawos prediction liverpool too win league and us bottom with zero points

  • 44 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM


    It is a stretch to think that they would approach the board to ask why Debuchy or Anita haven’t been signed. (After all, that’s what the Chronicle actually says)

    They’re proffessional players, and none have been here more than 12 months! There’s also the fact that the Chronicle has 2 lines on it, and Ed’s made it into a massive story to get everyone riled up.

    It just gets tiring when after 3 months of complete rubbish from the press, a lot of people still believe it!

  • 45 G // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    People have to remember that Spurs, are not the same team as last season. Whilst I am sure they will not be an easy team to beat, their 2 key men are doubtfull, (Bale is 50/50 & Modric appears to be on his way), Scott Parker is out injured, Defoe is their only recognised striker, and most importantly, this season Man City have decided against lending them Adebayor. Spurs look like a high / mid table side to me this season. Absolutely no reason we should be frightened of them this year.

  • 46 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    JDdubai @ # 34

    Pretty safe bet from le pissier historically those three are generally around forth place so he is being very brave in his predictions

  • 47 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Sky also said that Cisse is our penalty taker – so I wouldn’t really call them ‘experts’ :|

  • 48 Cool Hand Luke // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I dont know how Lawrenson still has a job with the amount of crap/ wrong predictions coming out of his mouth. And he has it in for us all the time, as an ex toon man he should be ashamed of himself.

  • 49 Toon-Barmy // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Heard a whisper that Newcastle are ready to offer Xisco a £1.3million pay-off to terminate his contract early. Apparently this amount is half the value of the current contract, which still has twelve months to run.

  • 50 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Haha is it only 2 lines in the chron? Didnt realise that. Yeah I doubt they would go to the board but asking manager/staff whats going on and why the first team squad hasent seen any investment I could believe that

    Aye there is a lot of crap that goes on in the press about NUFC I agree but the local papers are company papers whatever is in them is what the club wants to be in them as far as I am concerned

  • 51 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    TDS….Oh yeah? Bit odd for someone to support southern teams, the mackems and rangers, but there you have it :)

    I heard he was going to turn SJP in to the biggest sports direct retailer on the planet and just scrap the club altogether (once he’s offloaded all our team to Rangers and the highest bidders).

    Cupid….I don’t know why they put themselves through it. Sounds far too stressful if you ask me, maybe i’m just not a true fan and am happy to see us drift off in to the unknown, blah de blah.

    As for Le Tissier and others not even mentioning us….great. Last year we were relegation candidates, the fact they don’t rate us now doesn’t bother me at all, it just helps take the pressure off.

  • 52 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    oh ok heres my line up …………………………………………………………………krul…………….santon…………..saylor…………………collo…………….raylor…….jonas……………cabaye…………………tiote……………marveux………………………..cisse……………………ba…………………………….. all the stuff were reading is BS anita will hopefully be in but not ready we will be told im sure but i have faith the rest will be fit

  • 53 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Heard the same thing awhile back but also heard Xisco told them to stick that offer

  • 54 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    a finely balanced side wed have with jonas on the right and marveux on the left plus he would help sort out bale while still giving us a threat going forward

  • 55 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Cool Hand Luke @ # 48

    Sorry my memory is not what it used to be but when was he an ex toon man

  • 56 Shedzzzaa // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Team for Saturday …
    Simmo saylor colo santon
    Anita guti
    Obertan Vuckic marveux
    Shola/xisco (just for a laugh)

  • 57 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM


    You can’t be suggesting that the club wants an article about restless players? ;)

    I would hope that Cabaye has the brain to match his looks, and can see we’re much stronger than last season. At risk of sounding like Pardew’s PR playbook, Marveaux is like a new signing. Anita should be good (although I won’t pretend to have seen much of him), and Sammy looks genuinely read to play at this level.

    Personally I’m just happy all our players are still here. Especially Simmo and Ba.

    I worry about defence though. Hopefully Tav can make a step up, but performances in friendlies can be misleading. And a 6 year contract may indicate Good is half decent. LB is a nightmare though, as Santon isn’t exactly defensively sound.

  • 58 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    cupid…I think with the amount our fans bitch about our team/players he’s justified in thinking Lawro has some sort of association with the toon. Joking aside, I think he was a defense coach under Keegan?

  • 59 JTOONJ // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM


    He was a DEFFENSIVE coach when we had OFF and DEF coaches.

  • 60 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    If I was Xisco..
    I would tell Ashley to stick his pay off up his ass & stay for the rest of my contract… lol

    50 grand a week,yes please…

  • 61 walton1984 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I think the whole Xisco thing should just be put down as a bad job………for the next season he is goin too pick up 2.6m in wages on 50kpw and lets be fair who ever he sign for next he will be lucky too get minium wage

  • 62 JTOONJ // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Also and quite frankly he was rubbished and was sacked. Probably explains his bitterness towards NUFC

  • 63 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM


    He was our defensive coach under Keegan – didn’t go too well.

  • 64 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Gameiro and Gervinho spoted drinking in Jesmond Hotel with Barnetta and Erding #ITK you heard it here first

  • 65 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Thanks boys that totally slipped my mind.

    A lot slips my mind these days.

    Somebody told me it was because of my Alzheimers but I forget who told me that so don’t know how true it is.

  • 66 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Who knows with the NUFC board mate though maybe the paper puppets are aloud to get away with some sneaky comments?

    Cabs seems like a intelligent gent so I wouldnt worry about that and yeah we are potentially stronger but we have distinct weaknesses imo. I dont think there is huge unrest but a underlying worry that investment isnt coming I can quite believe

    I agree on Simmo and Ba though hopefully both will be here for next season and yeah LB is one of our biggest weaknesses but Santon I have faith will come good might be a case of stick it out until it solves itself and on Good I have heard nothing but good things on him so I have high hopes for him

  • 67 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    i seem to remember a Lawro interview where he said its not in need of massive surgery just a bit of tinkering yeah good man Lawro well done nice job!

  • 68 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Cupid…I can see why you would want to forget about it tbh.

  • 69 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Aloud? Allowed rather…ffs

  • 70 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Wind back a year…Newcastle to finish mid-table at best, The Olympics to be a complete mess and British athletes to crumble under the pressure, and England to get knocked out in the quarters at Euro 2012 on penalties…

    Only 1 out of 3 for the neggers!

  • 71 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    jeez look at the time shoulda been in work at 10 o clock

  • 72 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM


    I can imagine Cabaye feeling a little disappointed about his mate. At the end of the day though, if they want X amount for him, and we won’t pay that, what can you do? I do wish we’d moved on to other targets though (though clearly we may have).

    I don’t really buy into the ‘just pay the extra million’ thinking. A club has budgets, and if he’s beyond that, then so be it. After all, I’d love us to sign Ozil, but he may be too expensive.

  • 73 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I really hope this is an injenious ploy from Pardew to keep Spuds guessing like. If all those players were missing it would be a right kick in the balls

  • 74 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Santon saylor colo Anita

    Tiote Lee McCulloch

    Obertan Marveaux

    Cisee Kevin Kyle

    Kyle and McCulloch once they sign from Rangers when MA takes his stake ;)

  • 75 tdyson // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Hopefully this will shake us into getting hear tagrets across the line. We know we. An do deals very quickly. I think we will be fine, but I am always worried how we will do…

  • 76 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Yeah I can see that and the club made Debuchy a priority off the back of Cabs wishes but some things just dont work out am sure Cabs can accept that he is a big boy after all

    Hopefully we have moved on to other targets by now otherwise we will be left short for the coming season…again.

    Haha Ozil would be class need some Germans in the squad ;)

  • 77 dave 1961 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    first 2 season tickets arrived white in colour with a sports in the corner & a picture of the east stand on the other side + 3 badges a free ticket cover a membership card and free pay as you go sim. its like christmas.

  • 78 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    @ tiotely footy mad

    I guess the clue is in your name :)

  • 79 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM


    Well, we have needed to strength our back four for 5 transfer windows now. I can’t see too much changing to be honest haha.

  • 80 dembademba // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    right lads, my first post. i was at the match on saturday in probably the best seats in the stadium n this is how i saw it..

    we didnt start terribly but we werent playing at a great tempo and went 1-0 down to a really good goal.

    then quickly went 2-0 down, goal was simmo’s fault, he was caught out of position going for a tackle he should never have gone for… i dont think he would have done that in a competitive match.

    we were then pissed off with each other n instead of pulling together we just got sloppy. obertan was shit, tiote played a few sloppy balls, marveaux looks much more suited to european matches than english football, jonas worked hard but was played out of position, would have been better if it was ba or cisse up top with him.

    second half was quite good. vuckic and gosling were impressive, i think gosling can be at least as good as guthrie was for us. amalfitano has got a great touch and reads the game well, it will take him time but he could be verry good. i honestly thought williamson looked better than saylor, just saying… and last but not least adam campbell, was great to see him come on, he started on the right but ended up being everywhere. he was rapid when he wasnt even sprinting, had a good touch, ran with the ball well,and seemed composed enough to pick out passes. bit gutted he didnt get a chance to score but we know he can put the ball in the back of the net. saw him at the end n he was delighted and slightly embarrassed to be signing autographs and give an interview. if he makes ten first team appearances this year i think that would be a great achievement.

    if anyone wants to ask me any questions, go for it

  • 81 Shedzzzaa // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    @ toitely footy
    Should never of sold Martin Patterson the Aussie, way better than Ben arfa

  • 82 Munster Mag // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    In fairness, Liverpool are predicted to do well because they have an excellent manager who will improve them significantly.

  • 83 Beattie25 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Le Tissier is undoubtedly one of the jest natural footballing talents that Englad had ever seen but what a fcuking cock puppet of a pundit he is.

  • 84 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Just got 1 of 2 season tickets.

  • 85 AshtreeKid // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    any1 know if Anita is meant to sign and be announced today?

  • 86 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    @ Big Pappa Cisse @ Shedzzzaa

    im just seeing the bigger picture here, why else would MA invest in Rangers were struggling to sign players then he states an interest in Rangers, i’m just putting 2 and 2 together here i can see how MA is thinking and we have been interested in a holding midfielder and a striker for a while now

  • 87 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Haha nar we have Perch and Raylor now 2 men who can play in a combined 6,853 positions ;)

  • 88 Shedzzzaa // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    @big pappa cisse
    Has no clue what hes talking about @tiotely footy get him telt cisse laddddddd

  • 89 JDdubai // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    n reality i would imagine that when the team sheet comes out against spurs, most ofour top players will be on the list, maybe 1 or 2 as sub. Reckon its just Pardew’s way to throw a smokescreen around our team.

    Having said that I would have no issues having Bigi in the line up if needed, next to Anita in DM if Tiote doesnt make it. If Anita signs then he will definitely play imo. Am sure Tiote played against Everton pretty soon after he signed too.

  • 90 AshtreeKid // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    I think rodgers will struggle to get the Liverpool fans behind his style of boring teams to death – when we played them at their place last year I nearly fell asleep everytime they had the ball and kept passing backwards or square!

  • 91 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    I can’t see Pards throwing Bigi in in such a big game, so soon. Gosling or possibly Abeid would be my bet.

    I hope Amalfitano gets a fair bit of game time this season. He looks creative, which is something we don’t exactly have an abundance of!

  • 92 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    On a serious note now, line up for this weekend

    Simmo Saylor Colo Santon
    Anita Tiote
    Obertan Marveaux Ba (will be fit, just mind games i think)

    cant see us getting beat especially at home with a side like that, obertan to prove the doubters wrong

  • 93 markmac // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    @53 at this rate he will have to be on the bench come saturday…. or maybe young campbell is ahead of him now hes already played about the same amount of 1st team footy lol

  • 94 NUFC_LEAZES END // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I reckon pardew is just living to everyone about them all being injured, so that spurs think they’re gonna have a walk in the park ;)
    Mind games my friends

  • 95 JAMSHA // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Reading between the line ALL ARE FIT TO PLAY against spurs

  • 96 NUFC_LEAZES END // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM


  • 97 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    tfm @ # 91

    What do you mean “on a serious note” we are always serious on this blog.

    Even when we are joking we are joking seriously :lol:

  • 98 Shedzzzaa // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    @tiotely footy

    What about guti? Pardrew loves him.
    Simmo colo saylor santon
    ………Tiote……Anita(if he signs before Thursday)/guti
    Obertan Ba marveux

    If cisse ain’t available then Shola and Ba upfront 442

  • 99 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    @ cupiddstunt

    as much as you want my previous line up involving Kevin Kyle and Lee McCulloch to be true i must say that we may just have a better team without them 2 in the side, im sure you will be delighted when you see the breaking news about those 2 signings but i pre-warn you dont get your hopes up to much ;)

  • 100 JAMSHA // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy
    has issued the Premier League club
    with a come and get me plea,
    insisting he is determined to leave
    Lille – Full story: talkSPORT

  • 101 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    @ Shedzzza

    there was me thinking he was injured as well ;) he would play instead of marveaux if Ba is fit and if Ba isnt fit then Guti will play a wider role either way we still have a strong side with or without Kevin Kyle and Lee McCulloch ;)

  • 102 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM


    Your contact link is 404’ing me

    While reading a thread I have just had a drop down window from “ScorecardReseasch” is it something you know about or has your site been hacked?

  • 103 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    @ Beattie i could read your posts all day long lad ha ha cock puppet love it . Must say on Le Tiss ive never once heard him say anything positive about us untill half way through last season

  • 104 nimo // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    the main reason ashley has bought into rangers is to sell there merchandise in sports direct.. same reason he buys stakes in sports brands i.e. puma it helps with deals in future as he can buy for cheaper. there no real downside for us as we can loan our youngsters out to get first team exp. in front of a massive crowd and if they do get back up and we want to buy a star player e.g. boumsong lol we dont get stung for 8million

  • 105 jesperfuglsang // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    To be honest anything outside top three is basically up for grasp…

    I don’t see why Liverpool cannot finish fourth; they have the same chances as us, Spuds and Arsenal.

    I even think with a good start Everton will up there somewhere :-)

    I predict us to finish 7 or 8; anything higher than that would be fantastic :-) then again I thought we overachived last season ;-)

  • 106 davybtoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    They will b fit n Anita will sign
    Santon staylor colo jonas
    Tiote Anita
    Obertan cabaye marveux

    If there not fit then
    Santon staylor colo jonas
    Anita gosling
    Obertan amalfitano marveux

  • 107 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:12 PM


    Haha, Jonas can cover a few aswell mind. If I’m honest, despite all the utter rubbish about Simpson, I think that Raylor is one of the players that is a level below our squad now. He’s a really really decent guy, and obviously Pardew likes him for a reason, but I really can’t see him making too many PL appearances this year.

  • 108 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:15 PM


    Santon & Obertan? That’s a recipe for disaster! (;

    Obertan does work hard, but his awareness when it comes to tracking his man is bloody awful!

    Simpson got the blame for so many goals last year, when actually he was left trying to track 2 runners.

  • 109 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    It’d be in the 5 digits if I included Jonas ;)

    Aye for me Raylor isnt up to scratch, take away his free kicks and where would he be? Wigan most likely. I wouldnt want to lose him though I do like him but he is well down the pecking order imo

  • 110 Beattie25 // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM


    Got to agree. For me the players that are a level below are unfortunately our English contingent.

    I like Raylor, always gives 110% but apart from being a dead ball specialist he offers very little.

    Perch is the same. Blood and thunder but lacks quality to really trouble the starting 11 and perhaps may struggle to get on the bench this season in the PL.

    My thoughts on Simmo and Willo are well known.

    I think if Raylor and Perch don’t mind reserve games, cups and bench duty they should stay but if wither starts more than 5-10 PL games i’d be upset unless is was a massive injury crisis.

  • 111 nimo // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    tds theress only raylor who tracks he man but offers little going forward imo. other than fk and corners which cabaye can take if fit

  • 112 Beattie25 // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Id also like to say I’m not illiterate.

    Does anyone know how to reset iPhone predictive text?!

  • 113 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    No disrespect but Ed is worse than the Daily Mail at taking a headline and multiplying the BS by 100.

  • 114 Zebras4Life // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Guess Campbell will be on our sidelines as our backup ST. Seems a bit young yet.

  • 115 jesperfuglsang // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    * ohh should have said up for grap :-) silly phone

  • 116 pardews plan B // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    @captain lemon. I think Liverpool will got mostly 0-0 draws. A few 1-0 & 2-0 (maybe) wins. They’ll pussyfoot around for ages. That’s why i have thought about their defence for my sun dream team. Clean sheets i think

  • 117 pardews plan B // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Up for grab perhaps?

  • 118 arroeben // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Can this be mind games pleeeease:((

  • 119 jesperfuglsang // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM


    Are you saying I cannot spell? ;-) hehe

    …but you are probably right ;-)

    Nice to see you address me in the right matter this time ;-)

  • 120 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    sorry but i’m not convinced by Anita’s ability.

    And @cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    say what you want. fact is, don’t sign anyone, end up near the mid table and you can see the likes of Cabaye, Cisse, Ba jumping ship.

  • 121 jesperfuglsang // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM


    are you not playing the fantasy football from

    Good idea about the defense ;-) I think Liverpool will do just fine this season.

  • 122 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM


    But what can we possibly do about that, when a player who wouldn’t get anywhere near our midfield has just signed for City for £15m+ :(

    All we can do, is hope to bring through some ‘home grown’ players. But even then, there’s few truly outstanding prospects near the first team. Sammy and Fergie are both potentially very good, but they’re not going to be troubling the first 11.

  • 123 Hatem Ben Farta // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Sick of all these line-ups on here everyone keeps putting up without gutierrez in them! and Ba for that matter, If we didn’t have Ba we wouldn’t have won half the games we did last season and as for jonas his work rate and energy is far more beneficial to the team compared with marveaux who hasn’t proven anything to show that he can step up to the plate. So you’s all need to get a grip and stop basing everything on football manager!

  • 124 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    @ Hatem Ben Farta

    I’ll have you know Football Manager can be quite a catch, rumours a few year ago was that David Moyes was using this as his background for real life transfers, not a bad manager he is these days and dude chill out its a forum people are allowed their own opinion which may mean that gutierrez and ba may not feature ;)

  • 125 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Just so you guys know, I didn’t post that Saturday is to be marked down for a defeat. That was the idiotic troll.

    Even with these potential injuries I still think we can come out of the traps firing and win on Saturday :D

  • 126 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    @ Hatem

    Marveaux has been arguably our best player in pre-season

  • 127 Spreadthetoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:47 PM


    Apologies that I coined the phrase “you get what you pay for”…..yes its a flippant comment no doubt.

    But then again, we have haggled and negotiated with our competitors and have not gone anyone over the line.

    I agree with the strategy we have today as it is more sustainable for the club. That stated and Ed mentioned this that clubs are becoming attune to our approach.

    Take the debuchery saga for example….and I don’t think Lille have been good. Would I rather pay an extra 1m which is probably less than 15% more than we have offered and have (a) good morale in the team (b) good morale amongst fans (c) extra defensive cover or not….I’d rather pay that price.

    It is sustainable in this example and is not dramatically overpriced….we’re not in the business of paying silly money and I do not see the price Lille want as completely off the mark….after all he was one of France’s best players…not to mention Lille’s. Put another way would you want us to sell HBA for less than 10m?…..I think not. Its a similar comparison surely.

    I just feel frustrated that we might be cutting of our noses despite our face over marginal amounts. We need 3 decent additions to the squad and I like you hope that they will come. If they don’t we’ll make do the best we can.

  • 128 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    My team far hatem

    Guti ba guti ba
    Guti ba guti
    Ba guti ba

  • 129 Hatem Ben Farta // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    @tiotely footy mad
    I’m perfectly chilled ha I just think that Ba and Jonas should be in the team, I’m glad Pardew doesn’t think like some of the people on this blog, and as for football manager it’s the most unrealistic game I have ever seen.

  • 130 pardews plan B // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    @jesper i will but not done it yet

  • 131 Londtoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Guys no spottings of anita on SSN?

  • 132 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    @ Hatem Ben Farta

    thats ok then, well some of us are basing our ideas on the fact that there may be injuries and Football Manager does wonders for David Moyes and he has become some manager, last time i checked before we signed Cisse he was amazing on football manager my guess is that pardew is a secret admirer of the game ;)

  • 133 KenyanMagpie4Life // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Psychological warfare against Spurs. Mark the firs game down as a confident win!

  • 134 Hatem Ben Farta // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    @ tiotely footy mad
    Yeah i know where your coming from but when fit i’d rather jonas at the minute because i don’t think we should throw marveaux straight into the starting 11. As for footy manager cisse has always been shit for me, proving that it isn’t realistic ;)

  • 135 Shedzzzaa // Aug 13, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    @ tiotely footy
    Hatem Ben farta is obviously livid that he can’t hack it at footy manager and taken it out on the lads on this blog.

    Also @ Hatem Ben farta … If you have such a bad opinion on this blog you know what to do

  • 136 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    ilovetoon8788 @ # 119

    Sorry but the “ fact is “not a fact at all until proven to be so, so it is currently only a fuct and folks come out with fucts all the time claiming them to be facts only for time to show that they were indeed only fucts.

    I will tell you a fact and this is proven. At the start of this transfer window we had all sorts coming on here banging on about lack of investment, losing the best players, not showing ambition. Ba’s gone to this club Tiote’s gone to that club chelski is buying half of our first team etcetera etcetera etcetera. and as yet all the first teamers are still here.

    That is as yet a fact. You on the other hand have come out with conjecture which is as said merely a fuct.

  • 137 Hatem Ben Farta // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    My opinion is as valid as anyone else so I can voice it as much as I want, so thanks for the advice ;)

  • 138 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    @ Hatem Ben Farta

    well its a good job Pardew doesnt take notice of your comments cause if you cant get cisse firing on football manager then theres something missing here, dont go all angry on the game cause your no good, a bad workman always blames his tools tut tut

  • 139 AshtreeKid // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    any news on whether Anita is actually in Newcastle?

  • 140 pawl250 // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I think it will be

    ———————– Krul ————————-
    Simpson — STaylor – Coloccini — Santon
    Jonas ——- Tiote —– Anita — Marveaux
    —————— Ba —— Cisse —————–

    Subs – Harper, Williamson, Perch, Gosling, Obertan, Cabaye, Ameobi

    I think it’s 7 subs these days, if it’s 6 I would imagine Cabaye will lose his place if fitness is in doubt!

    Against Spurs we would have a chance with that line up. Strong competitive midfield, top strikers and a very average look defence if you ask me! Atleast Jonas (naturally right footed) can cover Simpson!

  • 141 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Meanwhile in the sports office of a local paper –

    “so what are we going to do to sell papers theres nowt happening at all is there?”

    “Boss, I’ve been posting on and I can see they are falling to pieces in there. Couple of minor injuries and players off on crappy international friendlies and they are all over it. If we just print a couple of rumours about key players wanting out, manager unhappy with board, b-team for their first outing, they’ll lap it up”

    “Son, that is the laziest most blatant scare-mongering cheap rubbish journalism I’ve seen in a while. Get it printed and you’ve got a raise, well done!”

    Man up people! I’m more worried my ST didn’t arrive this morning – now that’s potential tragedy right there! :)

  • 142 pawl250 // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I think it will be
    Simpson – STaylor – Coloccini – Santon
    Jonas – Tiote – Anita – Marveaux
    Ba – Cisse

    Subs – Harper, Williamson, Perch, Gosling, Obertan, Cabaye, Ameobi

    I think it’s 7 subs these days, if it’s 6 I would imagine Cabaye will lose his place if fitness is in doubt!

    Against Spurs we would have a chance with that line up. Strong competitive midfield, top strikers and a very average look defence if you ask me! Atleast Jonas (naturally right footed) can cover Simpson!

  • 143 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Dont think currently Benny is in Pardiola’s plans for the first team as he will want him firing on all cylinders, i imagine he wasnt going to play at the weekend anyway.

    If we sign Anita then him and Cabaye will do the business in the middle of the park in Pardews currently beloved 442, i imagine Obertan and Marveuax will be on the wings, Santon RB with Jonas back in LB. Cisse and Ba up front.

    More than enough to whoop Spurs, who have a bit of a plank as manager, and is hopefully a sacking waiting to happen.

  • 144 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Cupid – I am still more modest than you and thats not a fuct. If you dont think so, get fact.

  • 145 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM


  • 146 pawl250 // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Sorry about double post lads it said it failed :S

  • 147 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Just saw Anita at Greggs. He says he wants to have a talk with them to see if their pasties are right for him before making a decision.

  • 148 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    “When Spurs are ashes, you have my permission to die”

  • 149 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Spreadthetoon @ # 126

    I see what you are saying but to take the Debuchy situation, as you say an extra mil is around 15% of the offer price but to my understanding a price was agreed with Lille and they changed the goalposts.

    So what is to say we offer the extra 15% and Lille think ok NUFC are a soft touch and hike the price by 15% again when does it stop?

    I used to be a regular at various auctions and found it very amusing to watch some folks chase the item they were after and overpay, you go into a buy sell situation after doing your homework on the buy sell item, with your top and bottom figures firmly in your mind and you do not go beyond them.

    Like NUFC currently

  • 150 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    sorry 127

  • 151 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    @ HBF

    if the game was realistic what would be the point in the game thats what all games are about and we dont care about wolves and Doyle, if you cant get the main boys firing for the toon then your game is not valid to start with, poor management i would say

  • 152 lesh // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Pardew must be pulling his hair out by now. Why, he might ask, does Llambias treat transfer dealings like a game of poker?

    Why can’t the powers that be just respect his professional judgement and if he says we need players, then we need players is….. early!

    So, here we are eh, the players reportedly questioning the club’s ambition, Cabaye wondering why he’s bothered cultivating Debuchy and players injured too….. days before the season’s start coupled with a tough tough schedule.

    Marvelous innit!!!

  • 153 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Anita has just been sighted in the Sage drinking their lukewarm BroonAle. 4 bottles so far, nice one.

  • 154 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I hope he isn’t ‘Anita’ and steers clear of Greggs we don’t need another Viduka thundering and wheezing around the pitch :)

  • 155 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    anyway give us a knock when Transfer Sage tells us his shirt is being printed.

  • 156 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Heard ‘Big Vern’ has moved onto the Baltic, scoffing on some tremendous Eggy Bread by all accounts, obviously washed down with another bottle of Broon.

  • 157 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Ha ha Oi fink ‘e can’t get darn ‘ere ’cause he’s been fitted up for the Brentwood Tickle – shooters an’ everyfink…..

  • 158 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I loved Big Vern – didn’t he used to blow himself away every episode? Bit like Transfer Sage ha ha ha.

  • 159 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Vernon has now checked into The Mal, Just had a couple of Murphy’s and a Mohito whilst he waits for Pardew to stop pesturing the women on reception. Dirty old Shit.

  • 160 mattnufc // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I’m guessing Simpson and Obertan will be starting then ;(

  • 161 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    @ HBF

    well finishing 2nd 3rd and 5th could be considered as a success, and i do recall receiving an email about being part of the hall of fame alongside SAF and co so yeah why not ;)

  • 162 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Big Vern was good fun, in fact the Viz was, never read it for 20 years i imagine its still pretty funny, Top Tips used to be class.

  • 163 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    If Simpson starts at the weekend i will be doing a Big Vern myself.

  • 164 Spreadthetoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    cupiddstunt @152

    I agree about staying within your range n that but sometimes you gotta meet em halfway, pay 750K instead of 1.5m.
    As this Debuchery saga has been volleyed in the press were not quite sure what the REAL truth is….Pards has not said anything and neither has the board. It could still happen.

    Its all well driving a tough bargain but if you don’t achieve anything then you’re not negotiating. There has to be a level of compromise in any situation….

    NUFC are fighting in a tough market where there is scarce quality at decent prices. Hence we’ve got the best scout in the PL in Carr but if the board don’t act on the instincts of Carr and Pards you begin to question their ambitions. This then filters to the players and fans alike…..that’s all. NUFC have got a real opportunity to cement their standing….I’ve got no inflated opinions of being in the top 3. I just want NUFC to consolidate their position so that in time over the next 5 years we can get some silver!

  • 165 peterrwrightt // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Anita to be confirmed in a couple of hours!

  • 166 Toon To The Top // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Just read an article with a supposed interview with anita’s father, contradicts the idea of him signing by tomorrow. I’m not sure how valid the article is however.

  • 167 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM


    And how exactly does that article imply that? :|

  • 168 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Spreadthetoon – i agree, well said young man. Personally just think Fat Mike and Deker are stubborn when it comes to saving pennies. Balance sheet first, team performance second. Fortunately Carr has pulled some talent out the bag, the man deserves the freedom of the City.

  • 169 surreytoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    To those looing for an update on where the Anita deal is, look at

    There is an interview with Anita’s father who says, he will be looking for assurances over which position he will be playing RB, LB, DMF. He also states that Newcastle have not yet invited him and Anita to Newcastle for these discussions but that he like all Ajax players are free tomorrow. Says if assurances are met, he could be a NUFC player within a week.

  • 170 chris_g // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Hatem Ben Farta // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    can’t wait to tune into the paralympics next week like, gonna be a right laugh ;)
    yes, laughing at peoples’ disabilities is really funny, isn’t it?


  • 171 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    surreytoon – have you got a link???

  • 172 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Tsunki @ # 146

    :lo: :lol:

    Sorry can’t agree with that, I did disbar myself from the title as the actual making of the claim disbarred me from being the most modest, ergo you are also disbarred.

    I think the most modest may very well be “Indian” not “Indian magpie” but the poster known only as Indian. The brevity of both their name and post content coupled with they are so consistent with their posts, short, sharp, concise and to the point.

    Whether they are first to post on a thread or not they always post “1st” nothing more nothing less and you have to admire such brevity (although they are a bellend of the first order) so surely in the face of such modesty you have to relinquish your claim. ;)

  • 173 Spreadthetoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    check the toastie @175

    see link @ 170

  • 174 peterrwrightt // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    well if everythings agreed, all it takes is a medical and a signature? a couple of hours, maybe more?

  • 175 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Spread – yep i know, i was just being a dick,

    thanks anyway

  • 176 Beattie25 // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  • 177 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Chris_G – didnt see that, HatemFarta needs to give his head a serious shake, Fcuking hate that. what a prick.

  • 178 Nick 69 // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    peterrwright – everything ISNT agreed, Anita hasnt even spoken to Newcastle yet. And his agent has said today they havent even been invited over to newcastle yet to discuss things. So it definitely won’t be complete in the next few hours, or even today

  • 179 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Beattie….Hmmm….these rough looking “women” wouldn’t be some guys off here in drag would it? :)

  • 180 NUFC_LEAZES END // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM


    That is a cracking article like, I must admit

  • 181 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Beattie hahahaha great story

  • 182 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Cupid – ok I see your point. Although to agree with you and step down would take a fair amount of humility……

    Anita saying that the clubs have agreed a deal but HE hasn’t is a sobering comment. Why do I get the sense that NUFC and Ajax are being played for advantage, and that we have to pass muster? Cheeky get?

  • 183 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Spreadthetoon @ # 168
    Again I see what you are getting at but why do you feel there may be disagreement over the valuation of players.

    NUFC may very well be going off GC’s instincts and valuations and Carr may well have said He’s not worth a penny over that price.

    NUFC as in GC, who finds and values them AP who decides yep I agree with that valuation and that is who I want, and DL and LC then clear that valuation with MA and go to deal, as I said you go with a top and bottom price and do not go above the top one.

    Apparently a price WAS previously agreed and then Lille upped it what’s to say the same does not happen again? How many times do you accept the goalpost moving before you say enough is enough.

  • 184 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Maybe ED’S footnote should have read:
    You should realise that the person you are interacting with could be someone who may have or may not have taken their medication. The original statement by Anita said he would be meeting Pardew within the next 24-48 hours – said after the. Ajax game last evening.

  • 185 Oldgit1 // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    @HBF What the f, who do you think you are putting a comment like that on this site.(Comment 148).
    You are a total pri*k of the first decree.
    Disgusting and I would suggest, its enough for you to be banned.
    Now crawl back under your stone. You are not worthy of being on this site.

  • 186 hoppernufc // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    I can see us getting hammered of spuds if our main men are injured, shola isn’t exactly a goal threat n well have no bite and creativity in midfield add that to a pretty shakey defence at times and we could be in big trouble in our first game

  • 187 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Ibiza- No ladyboys.

  • 188 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Ian…My doctor said I was ok to come off the meds and that I was showing signs of improvement.

  • 189 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Haha so Anita hasn’t even been invited to chat with Pardew.

    This is so embarrassing.

  • 190 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Ian…Was just a thought :)

  • 191 Tsunki // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Kyo man chill will ya. It might never happen…oh, wait…

  • 192 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Kyo…You believe everything in an article or from a players relative or agent….how embarrassing.

    I don’t mean to start something with you, but you just seem to love taking the negative path with everything Newcastle related. Maybe it’s just silly season taking it’s toll, but really, it’s non-stop.

  • 193 peterrwrightt // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    that ITV article quotes Anita. Anita apparently says everything is agreed.

  • 194 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Yes Ibizia, silly-season has turned me into a zombie. I hunger…for…signings… :(

  • 195 peterrwrightt // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Anita quoted as saying ‘I’m happy that I will play at a big club like Newcastle. They made me a good offer. Obviously I wasn’t going to refuse, as I want to play good football in a strong league.’ now if this quote is true, everything is agreed? correct. :)

  • 196 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Give that man a sausage roll

  • 197 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Kyo….Have faith….you may go on a life sucking frenzy once the window has closed, until then relax a little ;)

    Peterwright…where was the quote from?

  • 198 Toon To The Top // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    peterrwrightt, there’s quotes from his own dad apparently saying he hasn’t even spoke with pardew yet. The quotes from anita say the clubs have agreed terms, he still needs to agree personal terms. So everything isn’t agreed, unfortunately.
    I would love to be right behind you on the optimistic list and say he’s gunna be with us in 2-3 hours, but he’s not even in newcastle yet, gunna be another waiting game by the looks of it.

  • 199 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Ibiza – i wouldn’t dream of bullshitting a bullshitter. It will be a cold day in hell when you are not on a level playing field. It is an art. though to decide whether to respond when addressed directly particularly when your instinct is to conclude why respond to a fatuous
    comment. I had one last night – I had been singing the praises of Santon and how Anita would improve his game when I was told that it was a good opportunity to drop Santon so he could gain experience
    In the reserves. Anyway is there any truth in the rumour that at the beginning of. September your of to the US on a lecture tour – educating on The if’s and but’s of pre season. I use your line all the time – I was asked at lunch whether I was concerned at loss of players
    For big kick off. It saves so much time – could you please feed me a line though for use after beginning of September.

  • 200 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I don’t believe that Anita quote that peterrwrightt posted for a minute.

    Patience lads…if he signs then great, if he doesn’t, we’ll be fine. The only player we’ve lost who was half decent is Guthrie, and it’s not as if we’ve got players knocking on a bit, so we’re in a better position than this time last year!

  • 201 peterrwrightt // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    ITV mate – twitter

  • 202 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM


    I would agree depending on injuries. If we don’t play the likes of Cabaye, HBA and Tiote then we’re not in a better position than last year.

  • 203 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Ian…”It is only when you bullshit the bullshitter that you know how much of a bullshitter you really are” – Ibizatoon 13/8/2012

    A US Tour sounds pretty good. Not heard the rumours myself, but could certainly use a nice holiday and have no trouble putting together a presentation on “if’s and but’s of pre-season” :)

    As for post deadline day lines…I will have to come back to you, as it all depends on the final outcome of the if’s and but’s.

    P.S. Surely Santon could benefit from playing in the reserves, it’s not like we’re short at FB either? :)

  • 204 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    peterwright…must have missed it on the ITV article, it just seemed to say what we had been told already (that a fee had been agreed).

    I don’t think I need to say anything in response to Twitter news, other than it’s in the name.

  • 205 TOON4LIFE_1 // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    if the anita deal is 6.2m including bonuses then surely we are paying a much lower base fee, so the actual transfer is probably 5m

  • 206 gaz 44 // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Does anyone else think Tim krul is a captain in the making he’s always bigging the club up to his fellows dutchies .. Very rarely has a bad game.. Looks to communicate wi defence well. Is so passionate.. Only thing is i dontt like keepers as captains.

  • 207 Zebras4Life // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Hopefully, Anita news will be announced at the latest on Wednesday.

  • 208 Zebras4Life // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Keepers make the best Cpts. They organize the back four and are usually the craziest cats on the squad.

  • 209 beefman13 // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    hatem ben farta @148 maybe the most awful post i have ever seen on this or any other blog.

  • 210 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    gaz…he certainly has age on his side too. Could be with the club for another 15+ years if he keeps himself together.

  • 211 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I’m personally hoping Cabaye cools his temper and becomes our next Captain. Everybody follows him.

  • 212 Londtoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Itv didn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. An agreement has been reached between clubs. Nothing with the player as of yet. I actually believe the report with the lads father more and perhaps we can invite them in tomorrow. One thing I do know is I think he is well worth signing. He was great against Norwich

  • 213 beefman13 // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    ok back to talking about football, all our niggles concerning our players will be beacuse we need to keep them out of international duty, a stupid time to have an international in any case, i would maybe only ben arfa will not be available!

  • 214 Brutooon // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    with Shola Ameobi starting (and no competition for his place – well campbell is still young) therefore there is NO CHANCE we got a win.

    Bigi for Tiote

    Obertan for HBA

    maybe Vuckic to support Ameobi up front

  • 215 MagpiesFlyHigh // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    any news about any other targets than Anita and Debuchy guys ?

  • 216 MagpiesFlyHigh // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM


    What if Shola plays 60 mins and then Campbell is his super-sub.?

    Think a score draw is on the cards like

  • 217 Zebras4Life // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Hey Beef – I agree.
    That Hatem @148 cat needs to get smacked in his F’n mouth. I wish I could break his fingers too! Just uncalled for.

  • 218 Toon To The Top // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    beefman13, I agree completely, pardew is just keeping them from the whole travelling on wednesday scenario. Its a shame he couldn’t keep colo, but then as colo says, he’s 30, not gunna get many more opportunities to impress the argies, gotta take it.

    MFH, just a rumour I saw earlier, Llorente has declined a contract to stay with bilbao, apparently spurs are in for him now. Does that mean Remy could come to us? (I’m gunna keep my fingers crossed for this one until deadline day is over, no matter how unlikely it is!)

  • 219 magpiebop // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    We buy who we buy and we’ll play who we play. But each and everyone of us have to sing our hearts out and get behind the team and intimidate the opposition. We can’t underestimate our role as supporters if we wish to achieve our potential.


  • 220 Shedzzzaa // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Obviously @hatem Ben farta thinks he’s big and clever taking the piss out of impaired people. Needs to be publicly stoned. C**t

  • 221 redondo77 // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    16th of August is the last day of fasting for moslem

  • 222 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    gaz- Krul was In my premiership team of last season – he can improve his kicking. My team based on what I had seen and not populist selections: Krul , Walker ,Kompany, Colo, Beausejour, Toure, Cabaye, Aguero, Bale, Cisse and RVP. Subs: Hart , Baines, Skirtel,
    Dempsey,Sigurdsson,Silva and Rooney. I would have found a place for Tiote ( not that I am biased) but he missed a number of games and Cabaye is a more subtle balance.

  • 223 redondo77 // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    if Ba & Cisse are out, could it be Shola and Campbell?

  • 224 MagpiesFlyHigh // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM


    Remy would be a real blue-chip signing.
    Lot of posters think we’ve tied up Douglas and are just waiting for his nationality thing to run at the end of the month. Douglas/Colo or Douglas/Saylor would spread the load a lot.
    I hope so we really do need a CB. The youngsters can’t be expected to cover – though maybe if Good comes through he’ll play 10-15 games

  • 225 tiotely footy mad // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:56 PM


    firstly he thinks he can player hate on football manager then he gets personal by making jokes about the para Olympics, this kid must be one disturbed mother f***er

  • 226 gaz 44 // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Thing i enjoyed most about krul last year was his little argument wi van persie ..

  • 227 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    redondo- in the uk Ramadan finishes on the 18th – I realise you said fasting . Athletes got special dispensation re fasting (or not )during Olympics.

  • 228 Zebras4Life // Aug 13, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Karmas a biatch – I hope it hits that HBA kid 10 fold.

  • 229 Toon To The Top // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I hope that’s the case. I’m with you on Good as well, you don’t offer a 6 year contract lightly, must be something about the lad, I can’t wait to see him in action.
    @ peterrwrightt, I’ve read the itv link again, and it appears I was in the wrong, apologies! ITV definitely quote anita saying the following:

    Yes, the clubs have come to an agreement. Newcastle will pay €8.5million including bonuses. I’m happy that I will play at a big club like Newcastle. They made me a good offer. Obviously I wasn’t going to refuse, as I want to play good football in a strong league. I’m grateful to Ajax for everything. It’s a great club, where I played for 9 years.

    what astounds me is only ITV have picked up on this quote, but they’re a legit source, so I’m now backing it, I think the personal terms have been discussed.

  • 230 Dannyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Afternoon peeps.
    After skimming through… What on earth is todays topic?
    I read the article in the chronicle about some unrest at the lack of signings, tho i reckon Anita should help lift the mood to status quo and another FB signing to make them happy.
    Also, i just saw a quote from Anita, that he’s agreed a fee with us.
    On ITV mind.

  • 231 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Ibiza – have you read Catch 22 by Joseph Heller . If you haven’t it’s your type your humour . The film was awful.

  • 232 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Ian…I haven’t, but have had it recommended to me previously. I shall have to take a look, but will on your recommendation avoid the film like the plague.

    Dannyo….I think the topic is “will Newcastle fans make it until September without suffering nervous breakdowns”.

  • 233 Dannyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Haha, i think about 30% already have according to this blog.
    I even saw strong tendencies at Beattie today…

  • 234 Rake // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    If Tiote is unavailable against spurs I would like to see Bigi and (if/when he joins) Anita in the middle
    Then on the wings Jonas and Marv, Obertan with his speed is a good impact sub… in theory.

  • 235 fog on the tyne // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Hi lads
    Anita was on skysports football website saying he had agreed terms this morning. Itv put it on thier site at half 2 today, apparently it orriginates from some dutch rag.
    Also his dad is saying they are waiting to hear from toon.
    However i believe that anita has agreed terms, which would defo tie in with what Pardew told me yesterday…..
    What do you think boys?

  • 236 surreytoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Right, i am off to the Ajax forum and with a little help from google translate hope to get to the bottom of exactly where the anita tranfer is at. They are usually closer to the facts!

  • 237 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Dannyo…The window can’t close soon enough as far as i’m concerned. At least then we’ll be arguing over things that actually have or haven’t happened. All these “facts and speculation” can drive a man insane. Luckily for me, I wasn’t the full shilling before, so no major long lasting effects for me :)

  • 238 nicktoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    I’m not being pessimistic here but do you not think its weird that Anita has been talkin about all this do openly. Quoting the fee, emphasising that he hasn’t agreed terms. Just wondering if he is fishing for a bigger club- maybe. Hope not.

  • 239 JackButler // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Catch 22 is one of the best books you can read :D

  • 240 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    JB….People have been telling me this for quite a while…..going to have to stop using my spare time on here and bloody read the book I think.

  • 241 JackButler // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Ibiza – You wont regret it mate, its a brilliant book, one of my all time favourites

  • 242 MagpiesFlyHigh // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM


    Definitely Catch 22 as recommended by Ian.
    It is most certainly your type of humour.
    (The film was truly dire )


    Beattie wants to transfer 95% of toon fans (assuming no season ticket holders) to the bindippers for £15m so I wouldn’t trust a word he says til he comes to his senses and asks for £35m.

  • 243 Dannyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    He said today that he had agreed afee with us, supposedly.there were quotes tho.

    I’ve taken the “sceptikal but hopefull” approach this window. It’s worked ok for me. Debuchy saga did my head in tho.
    For me, getting one blue chip is mandatory, getting two is acceptable, getting three will be more than expected for me, and i’d call it a successfull window.

  • 244 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    So anymore news on Anita? And where has all the Remy news gone? And Douglas for that matter

  • 245 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Kyo – agreed. But last year, who came in for Cabaye or Tiote? Guthrie…I’d be just as comfortable with some of our youth players (including the 2 we bought this summer). In for HBA? Best or Loverman…I’m happy with Marveuax or Shola.

  • 246 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Can I be transferred to the bindippers? That team shows real ambition and aren’t afraid to pay the going rate for players, unlike Mike and Del boy.

  • 247 Scottishmag1 // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    It’s been a while…….note all your comments about the uncertainty in transfers and the team against spuds
    Maybe I will find out a few snippets tonight at the Pardew and Carver Q&A starts 7pm

  • 248 JackButler // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM


    The Bin Dippers pay the going rate……………Really???

    Henderson, Downing, Carroll, Briton????????????

    Give me Mike and Del Boy anyday

  • 249 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM


    my friend actually lives next door to Douglas and saw him in Dortmund signed cars. And no I’m not joking. Maybe he’s off to bundesliga like de jong.

  • 250 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Yo…Yes, they’re all due to sign within the next 10 minutes – it says so on Twitter.

    MFH….I’m starting to take this “your humour” thing a bit personal :)

    Dannyo….1-3 first team players and I’d be delighted.

  • 251 leavemyarselona // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Im attending pardew and carvers Q & A tonite at st james be interesting to hear their crack.. Any questions you lads would ask haha

  • 252 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM


    Beg him to get debuchy lol

  • 253 Scottishmag1 // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM


    See you there mate

  • 254 JackButler // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM


    No more news mate, this window is very, very quiet for everyone at the moment

  • 255 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Signed cars? Thats a new one on me

    REALLY!? Oh am very excited now….though if I have been lied to there will be issues 10 minutes and counting

  • 256 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM


    I’m on phone so I can’t get exact quote. Give me a minute.

  • 257 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Ask him why he is answering ur questions rather than getting Anita ‘over the line’?

    How very boring this window is for us so far like last year but without the initial signings

  • 258 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    JB…Didn’t you know how transfers work now? You’re supposed to pay what is asked and not try and be cheap and negotiate. You stick with your sports direct tactics and watch our wonderful club getting dragged through hell and back. I for one cannot sit here anymore and watch players like Cisse, Ba, Cabaye, Marv, Santon, Bigi, Amfo, etc arriving at the club for low fees. I want to see some ambition ffs!!!! ;)

  • 259 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM


    here it is:

    The guy is legit, known him for a while.

  • 260 Munster Mag // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Leavemyarsealona….(!) ….ask him if 4-3-3 is a problem re Demba Ba or if he sees 4-4-2 as the answer.
    Also, which full back position is most important to him in terms of a signing. Will Anita play left back , given that we have Tiote and Cabaye in midfield on a good day , in a 4-4-2 set up?……Tks

  • 261 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Haha ok mate

  • 262 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Ask him why he is answering ur questions rather than getting Anita ‘over the line’?


    Can you ask them how big this line actually is…it’s been baffling us for some time.

    Yo…I have no reason to disbelieve them. It’s Twitter man, why would they lie?

  • 263 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    How can u tell if a car is from Dortmund from its license plate? (I have no idea what German license plates are like)

  • 264 JackButler // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    The scary thing is that if Pardew see’s Good, Tavernier and Biggie as first team squad members then Anita may well be the only senior player through the door

  • 265 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Hang on a sec…so, this guy is Douglas’ neighbour and instead of just asking the bloke what’s going on he’s going to assume based on seeing 4 German plated care leaving his place?

    Lord, please take me now. Surely I have done enough on this great planet, free me, save me, please.

  • 266 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I just dont like being lied to *sniff sniff* haha

    Oh can someone ask Pardew where this line actually is? Maybe its a geography matter as to why we lose so many to the dreaded line….or is it one of those lines from the top of a toilet? Maybe Pards is a pusher?!

  • 267 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    That can’t be right, i’m going to re-read the last few comments again

  • 268 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM


    It’d say “DO” on it.

  • 269 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Ive been speaking to a lot of Spurs fans over the last couple weeks, and theres a few things Ive learned about what they feel about this weekend.
    1. Majority of them expect a draw at best, without a recognised striker and a midfield that has not hit full form during pre season, they cant see how they will score.
    2. There defence are looking suspect in several occasions. They reckon theyre vulnerable on the counter.
    3. They genuinly fear our fully fit attack and midfield. If cabaye is fit, AVB will designate one or two players to control him , leaving space for our wingers. They are terrified of Cisse, and expect him to score.
    4. They think our defence is poor, apart from collocini. From what i understand, i havent spoke to anyone who rates Simpson or Santon, and thtey dont think Saylor is anywhere near his best.
    5. They think that they will not win unless they sign a striker and get the modric situation sorted by saturday.

    Thats the jist of it anyway. They are in the same boat as we are, waiting for transfers, however, if all our players are fit apart from HBA, and i’d love him to make the last 20 mins, as if the spurs defence are vulnereable to the counter, then HBA would eat them for breakfast, well mid afternoon snack.

    If we field this team, Spurs fans are convinced we will win and so am I:


    I put santon on the right because without HBA we need better attacking options down the right. I didnt inclue anita as the deal probably wont be completed in time.

    I think that team would comfortably beat a weakened spurs side that are not looking forward to playing us.


    ps. anybody else not got their season ticket yet? I know theres still one more day but ive not got mine. I am dreading having to call them on wednesday if i dont get it as they are useless on the phone lol.

  • 270 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    hey lads anyone here created classic fantasy leagues please give me code me and my friends would like to join

  • 271 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    No, I think i’ve read that correctly.

    Yo…But you seem to take it oh so well :)

  • 272 MagpiesFlyHigh // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Okay, Ibiza we will sell you in the Januray window on the last day for say £35m cashews. Then I’m afraid you’ll have to underperform on their fan blogs for six months and we’ll resign you for £12m cashews.

    You can take Xisco with you a free introductory offer as long as they pay his wages.

    That’s how this fan transfer thing works when your dealing with bindippers management.

    I was told by a bindipper (dead straight faced) that they were following a new strategy of signing young up coming talent at low fees and growing them as players.

    Then they spend €6m more for their shiny new young striker than Roma paid for him 4 weeks previously and £15m for Allen. Some policy…

  • 273 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Lmao thats a fair point. Maybe Douglas was kidnapped

    Would it? I honestly had no idea haha would Dortmund want Douglas though? Dont they have some pretty brilliant CBs?

  • 274 BelfastMagpie87 // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    My fantasy league strike force.


    Lets be avin you! :-)

  • 275 Spreadthetoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    cupiddstunt @ 187

    Agreed again some worthwhile points. However look at it from the other dimension……..I accept that there will be cases where NUFC will walk away and quite rightly. But something cannot be right if every target player during this window does not make it over the line… have to ask the question whether or not our Price appraisals are right?
    You can’t be 100% right against the market and yet not land any of your targets….that just means that your position is not aligned to the market.

    As for Debuchery its just conjecture cos no one knows the truth….all we can do is surmise on the basis of our transfer dealings during this window?! :)

  • 276 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    I know I seem like such a laid back young man right!

  • 277 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM


    No idea tbh. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see him snub us after De Jong snubbed us too.

    That guy I linked you to did actually ask him if he was leaving FC Twente and he responded “I don’t know” around a month or so ago. Really have no idea what he’ll do but I hope we get him at the end of the window.

  • 278 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    @ Ibiza

    The so called line is about the size of the equator judging by how long our transfers are taking :)

  • 279 JackButler // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Anyone else preparing themselves for the ‘Marveuax and Sammy are now injury free and fit and are like two new signings for us’ line

  • 280 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Yo….Do we have to add Douglas to the missing persons list? At least it’s some company for poor Barnetta and Scharner…they must be bored of each other by now :)

    MFH….under-perform on a fan blog? Not sure I can do that like, I have a reputation to keep up you know *chuckles*

    To be fair to Liverpool they have a great policy when buying players.

  • 281 WWYCD // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Ah well time will tell I wouldnt be shocked if he signs the day after he gets the ability to play in the Holland team though

    Anway am off to find inner peace

  • 282 89Norcal // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Looks like a rough start to the season..

    Bigi’s signing makes me feel slightly less worried about Tiote’s absence but the kid still needs some time before he can reliably sub in PL and Europa games.

  • 283 leavemyarselona // Aug 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Conaldo i got mine today mate with a freeNUFC simcard

  • 284 colwell // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    So our starting 11 come Saturday could well be the same that were smashed by Cardiff minus Tiote. Ok then.

  • 285 Toon1978 // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    With Cabaye and Tiote being injured i think it’s pretty important to get Anita through the door asap. Don’t think there is any more room for messing about having said that, Anita only played yesterday so he will be needing a day of rest lol. Fingers crossed.

  • 286 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Damn auto correct.

    Great = crap

  • 287 toonLYF // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    jesus christ, Anita could walk straight onto the pitch if he signs this week, best i can come up with if all the above players don’t make the game is






    not that bad tbh.

  • 288 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Big Pappa…I’ve always assumed the line is equal to Ashleys belt size :)

  • 289 lukes26 // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Does anyone think this is all players revolt to get signings across the line? Or have I become too conspiratorial?

  • 290 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Yo….Laid back? Sure, that’s exactly how I picture you :)

  • 291 Toon1978 // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM


    Don’t think that team is good enough to beat Spurs lol and that’s even if we sign Anita before Friday. NUFC never bloody rush anything. I think they need to up the anti a little. You would think we had a Man City size squad the way NUFC are going on.

  • 292 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Luke…Not so sure it’s even true. What I will say is the last time Newcastle players got on Ashley’s back he basically gave them away…not sure he would mind cashing in on the likes of Cabaye and Cisse if they started getting too mouthy on the subject. Lets hope for the following..

    1) It’s made up crap
    2) We sign the “needed” players to take us forward, then everyone is happy.

    Happy happy happy

  • 293 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Jack Butler – How’s the secretary of the Davide Santon fan club?

  • 294 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Ian…Was it Jack you were discussing Santon with? Now I’m really intrigued. JB is a poster whose opinions I’m normally well on side with.

  • 295 toonLYF // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    i know mate but it’s literally the best we have…well atleast the most exciting squad we have…Pards will probably go with Gosling, not exactly a mouth watering prospect. But i’ll just be back inside of St James Park.

    Although it is a bit rubbish how worse our squad looks once we lose Cabaye or Cheick, and one of the Demba’s. That’s why i think Anita is an important signing.

  • 296 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Ibiza- it was a Sunday afternoon and he’d been on the sherbet I suspect!

  • 297 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Ian….You can’t listen to a man on a Sunday! Just read the papers, Sundays are backward days :)

  • 298 jesperfuglsang // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    If both Dreamboat and Tiote are out against Spuds I would think Gus has earned his wings :-)

    Any news players unless it is Messi should be benched ;-)

  • 299 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Ibiza – I am not going to do the any friend of Ibiza bit. Mind you I
    suspected I read you were wavering on the need to up-grade
    Simpson and Williamson.

  • 300 Black and White Blood // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Isn’t £6.3 or €8m (ish) what Lille wanted for Debuchy? This Anita kid wants to be good to command a fee like that. Can’t see why we’d pay for him rather than have Debuchy for an immediate injection of quality like.

  • 301 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    I want a smiley face – there is nothing so descriptive .

  • 302 ToonDownSouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM


    Should ask Pardew which comes first, ‘the line’ or ‘the door’. Once they’re ‘through the door’, do they still have to make it ‘over the line’? Or is it the converse?

  • 303 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    @Black and White Blood

    Anita is 23 so he has resell value. Plus he upgrades our whole team with him allowing Cabaye and the gang to attack more.

  • 304 toonLYF // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Beattie – that Cabaye link you posted earlier is amazing

  • 305 AMEOBI // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    No more on Anita? :(

  • 306 Toon1978 // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Goes to show having 3 strikers is simply not enough. The squad simply lacks depth in the striker department as well as CB but the club carry on ignoring this until one day we will come a cropper. FFS, we are struggling for quality through injuries yet there seems to be no urgency to bring in reinforcement. To be fair, i think Anita is more or less a done deal but i don’t think we will see him sign until early next week. Think Mr Ashley needs to sort his priorities out and sort the bloody team out with some signings and forget about Rangers for a week or two. Luckily Colo is ok, if not then we would be right up sh1t creek hahahaha. Come on Ash, get some players in before the first match mannnnn. One increasingly impatient supporter here suffering big time lol.

  • 307 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Ian…I would expect nothing less. Just because you generally agree with someone, doesn’t mean everything they have to say holds merit (unless it’s me of course – :) A smiley just for you)

    As for Williamson and Simpson. I personally am not so against them as some / most on here. I do agree though, out of our normal starting 11, they are the two that could use upgrading first. However, I think they are both good squad players and have done us well overall and cannot stand most of the abuse / criticism they get on here.

    Normally, Willo is 3rd choice CB after STaylor. If he wasn’t out of action so much, I would say wait until January.

    If we have to start with Simpson, I wont lost any sleep. We have enough attacking players without the need for our RB to be bombing all over the place, but if a suitable replacement comes in, then great.

  • 308 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Toon1978….Do you want a hug mate?

  • 309 Londtoon // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Black and White..

    Anita is quality! He is well worth 6.5m

  • 310 Toon1978 // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Ibizatoon – Back by popular demand

    You can gan f00k ya hug up ya ass mate hahahaha. Only kidding mate. Leave that to wor lass. Need signings asap in whether ppl agree or not.

  • 311 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Black and White Blood- Why are we paying more for Anita than were prepared to pay for Debuchy? . A midfielder in a key role like Anita is Considered more influential than Debuchy in the team that
    Pardew is looking to construct . Anita is 23 and his re- sale value is considered greater. Debuchy is on a shorter contract . Still think we’ll get Debuchy on board – have to take a rain check with Transfer Sage!!

  • 312 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Toon1978…A simple no would of sufficed :)

    Signings will come, just not looking likely for this weekend.

  • 313 Toon1978 // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Ibizatoon – Back by popular demand

    Wouldn’t be banter any other way mate lol. :) All in good nature.

  • 314 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Toon1978….Indeed. Let the banter continue good sir

  • 315 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Tbf fair i think the player revolt is bo!!ocks these are players that signed when we were a mid table club that were finishing there first season back in the prem i find it hard to believe there demanding high calibre signings especially cisse hes only been here half a season and cant even speak english!!

    Also is there any official word cabs wont maje the spurs game or is this just based on his lack of pre season action?

  • 316 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM


  • 317 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Toon 1978- We’re looking to play 4-2 -3-1. Cisse will play just being nursed into weekend game. Fingers and toes crossed as I type.

  • 318 Toon1978 // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Ibizatoon – Back by popular demand

    We seriously need a player in before Saturday. Anita would help us out a little. I do think Pards is playing it safe and i think we might just see a start for Cisse and Cabaye.

  • 319 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    tads…not sure use the use of English language would be the issue, but I agree on the rest ;)

    How’s wor catem?

  • 320 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Toon1978…A signing would be preferable, but let’s not write us off quite yet. Whilst missing some key players, on their day, the remaining players can give Spurs a good go and that’s all we can ask of them.

    I too think Cisse will play, not so sure on Cabaye, really don’t know what to believe these days.

    When’s Messi signing ffs?

  • 321 Kyo // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    TBH I think the players are all fine. They’re just pretending to be injured to escape international friendlies.

  • 322 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Talk of discontent from senior players within the squad on the question of signings is pure rubbish. Lazy journalism- they’ve just
    dusted down the copy and changed the names of Barton, Nolan etc. Just as reports from posters of meeting Ba, Cisse and Cabaye on the train and them volunteering that they were unhappy on the lack of signings. It’s just the if’s and but’s of pre season. Let’s get the show on the road – can’t wait for the roar of The Toon.

  • 323 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Benny boy is all good thanks hes taken to watching my lad play the kinect keeps him amused for ages!

    No doubt a signing would lift the mood around the club but im sure we can get something out the spuds game regardless after all there hardly at full strength either and apparantly the mackems are after defoe now! They seem to have a squad of unsettled players!

  • 324 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Harem Ben Arfa- we get the message. I am going to the Paralympics .
    I am sure you would not intentionally be insensitive to the feelings of others.

  • 325 Toon1978 // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Think Spuds have Modric and Bale out which is canny lol.

  • 326 jesperfuglsang // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    It’s a 4-3-3 for me against Spuds, but I have a horrible feeling that Pardew will go 4-4-1-1 :(

    I am not entirely sure how to construct the formation or the exact formation, but with the knowledge we have about injuries I think or hope it will look something like this:

    ________________ Krul ______________________






    Comments welcome – but please respect the opinions of other readers – all opinions are valid – because they are just opinions! :)

  • 327 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Hatem Ben Farta
    Would very much like to see you on a 50ft pole with a 40ft bonfire being started under ya now that would be funny

  • 328 tequilamag // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
    -George Carlin
    I think he was talking about HBF

  • 329 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Ian toon
    Ba,cisse n cabs on a train?
    Its sounds like your about to tell a joke;)

  • 330 jesperfuglsang // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    *should have said Bigi or Abeid :)

  • 331 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    hatem…it’s sport, not a comedy sketch. If you think it’s so funny, then that’s your shortcoming to deal with, perhaps this isn’t the best place to discuss such views?

  • 332 toonLYF // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Hatem, you must be like 14 right?

  • 333 check the toastie // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Official – HatemFarta is a grade A prick, and if Karma exists will be struck down with a serious illness that fcuks up the rest of his life.

  • 334 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Not even kids are that stupid some ppl are just through n through cnuts

  • 335 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Ibizatoon @ # 240

    “The full shilling” you ARE showing your age there my boy, although claiming to not be the “full five new pence” does not have the same ring to it I suppose. :) :)

  • 336 Nufc-83 // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Why do people always mention the word abuse when u say that simmo and willo are not good enough. Must have lived a sheltered life when you think thats abuse

  • 337 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Jesper – Gidday. If we turn out such a weak side against I will seriously consider topping myself. Shola is being kept on ice for the Mackem game. Cabaye will play and. Cisse as well. Can’t see Bigi and Abeid both making their debuts. It’s far to early in the week to select my starting team. I feel it ‘s written in the stars ( not The Daily Star) that were going to win. I remember the nervousness in the build up to the Toon 6 Villa 0 game . By the way The Daily Star have Spurs winning .

  • 338 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    check the toastie – steady mate.

  • 339 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    83….Ok, abuse may not be the right wording.

    However, saying they are championship quality and single handed cost us CL is a bit off the mark too, perhaps?

    Cupid….I read it somewhere once, I’m not that old, honestly :)

  • 340 cupiddstunt // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Nicktoon @ # 241

    I have heard of reading between the lines but you must be right down to reading between the fibers of the page to extrapolate that one mi’boy. Talk about conspiracy theories.

  • 341 Tonytoon73 // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Hatem i am an arsehole but you are 1 f@cking sick little prick.

  • 342 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    TADS- you start it and I’ll think of a punch line. It was a variation of the friend of my wife’s sisters boyfriends window cleaner . I read it earlier today on here – honest arry.

  • 343 jesperfuglsang // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM


    that was only with the knowledge I had on players injured;

    both Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, Benny and Tiote could be out mate ;) So you might see something like this come next weekend!

    I was only a rough draft, since everyone has been drawing lineups the past few days ;)

  • 344 Nufc-83 // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I wouldn’t say so that’s peoples opinion of their footballing ability. For me the simple fact is simmo and willo wouldn’t stand out in a championship side however you put Colo in there and he would be head and shoulders above them just like he was of most in prem last season.

  • 345 jesperfuglsang // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    On a side note;

    Does anyone fancy Swansea can surprise again this season?

    And what about the three promoted teams; can they do What Swansea, Norwich and QPR did last season?

    And who will the bottom feeders be?

  • 346 Ian Toon // Aug 13, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Jesper – I was only kidding – honest . I love drawing up my starting teams both before and after the game. I am hoping not to have to select the team we should have played. I wonder just how much any of us know on fitness issues and I am sure Pardew is playing games. Ben Arfa seems certainly out but Tiote – the warrior is busting a gut to turn out. He has been so restless pre season that he wan’ts to be there and again just how accurate are comments on his fitness. I was told he tried almost too hard for a pre season friendly before going off.
    Keep the faith – it’s going to be all right on the night.

  • 347 AmericanMagpie // Aug 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Not sure if the saying is different in England… but Ed I think you meant “When it rains, it pours.”

  • 348 Brutooon // Aug 14, 2012 at 1:06 AM


    Simpson – Collocini – Saylor – Santon

    Obertan – Jonas – Raylor – Marveax



    1) still early to play Bigi and Amalfitano. Both as sub
    2) Raylor and Jonas are the best we got for now
    3) Adam Campbell for vuckic after 60 mins

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