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Newcastle After River Plate Center-Back

6:29 pm, Thursday, November 1st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 62 Comments

The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle are after German Pezzella, who currently plays for River Plate in the Argentine league and is only 21 years old.

German Pezzella - top Argentine youngster

We would expect Newcastle to bring in a younger center-back to fortify the central defense at Newcastle, and on that front German seems to fit the bill well, and he has played a massive 26 times for the Argentine U20 side.

The 6′ tall Bahía Blanca, Argentina born player is said to be nearing a call-up for the Argentine full national side, and if Newcastle bring him to Tyneside, he will be given time to acclimatize to the English Premier League, and would be one for the future.

Pezzella has played close to 10 times for River Plate, form what we can tell, and he made his debut against Defensores de Belgrano in an Argentine Cup game back in 2009.

Pezzella played for the Argentina team in the Toulon Tournament in 2009, and in preparation for the World Cup in 2010, he was a member of the team that played against the Argentine team a number of times, as preparation for the World Cup.

German has been a top performer for the Argentine U-20 team and he is the captain, and is a highly rated youngster in South America.

His strengths are in tackling and the reading of the game, plus he has significant leadership skills both off and on the pitch, and he has attracted the attention of a number of top European clubs.

In addition to Newcastle, Roma are also thought to be interested in the top 21 year-old, and if German does arrive at Newcastle, he will join his countrymen Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez, both of whom have played for the full Argentine national side.

The transfer fee is quoted at around £4M, but that seems like a lot of money for a relatively inexperienced player.

What do you think?

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62 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 1, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Well, he has a few years to grow out that hair, could be the future Colo we’ve all been discussing lately. Seems to fit the bill, so I look forward to a future article confirming him signing.

  • 2 toonLYF // Nov 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    German Pezzella…good name, we’ll take um’.

  • 3 seancavaz // Nov 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Would he get a visa?

  • 4 jayphoto // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Pretty sure hes got dual Italian nationality through a grandparent…. Really common in Argentina that

  • 5 breno95 // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Another name amongst many that will be reported so won’t be getting to enthusiastic.
    Liverpool losing last night won’t have too much bearing on game on Sunday as it will be a different starting 11 altogether.
    To make a good game of it and go for 3 points I would like to see AP field our best defence of Krul, Simpson, Taylor, Colo, Santon.
    A midfield of Jonas, Anita, Cabaye and Amalfitano with Ben Arfa played up front just behind Cisse.
    Gone for Amalfitano as IMO he has more footballing technical ability than Obertan, Sammy and Ferguson put together.

  • 6 jesperfuglsang // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Does anybody remember this thread from the summer?

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2012/07/04/newcastle-look-to-south-america-for-young-talent/

    Take a look at post 107 :)

  • 7 Ashton // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    I haven’t seen him play but he is very highly rated by the River fans. And this news is driving them mad!!

    http://canchallena.lanacion.com.ar/1522616-german-pezzella-la-joya-millonaria-que-ya-observan-en-europa#lectores

    I liked this comment by one of the fans : “This kid is as good as paid by Walter Samuel. 19 million euros.” Authentic Google translation.

  • 8 Dannyo // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Future Collo. Simple as that.
    A target that ticks all the boxes.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Why can’t we buy one that simply fits in to our current set up,a position we clearly need to strengthen,I feel as though I’m sounding like a broken recored.

  • 10 rainrix // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    About time we started looking at south america for talent!

  • 11 breno95 // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Wake up lads.
    If this kid is as good as reported he ain’t gona arrive at NUFC.

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    rainrix,
    We have had South American talent at SJP for as long as I can remember.

  • 13 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Breno

    You’re right, it’s not like we’re actually a big club that are plying their trade in Europe or anything…oh wait.

  • 14 rainrix // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Jail… I know mate i was talking more about how we scout nowadays, picking up unknowns for low prices. Besides in recent times we’ve picked them up from europe a la spain for colo and jonas

  • 15 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Jesper…One question…How did you find that so quickly?

    Jail…I hear you, but just because we need to fill a certain spot, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be looking at other positions and bringing in upcoming talent.

    Breno…Nice positive outlook. Don’t think anyone has got carried away (I think my post was probably the most “carried away”, but it was a joke – we’ll see what happens.

  • 16 breno95 // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    So funny that like quasi. Can’t stop laughing at your wit and humour?
    We were linked to Vertongen as we are a big club who could offer European football and did he come, oh wait……….no.
    If this kid is any good and other European clubs are interested then a) price goes up and b) the way the team is playing at the moment they won’t be in Europe next term so what can you offer him then?

  • 17 beddersmag // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Breno

    Why not? Lots of these players probably see us as a club to make a name and get a move to a bigger club if a top club is unwilling to take the gamble. On amalfitano im not sure he quite has the pace to make it at the top level. Pards obviously isnt seeing it from him on the training ground but he does have a nice touch like

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Ibiza,
    Defintely not,but although we all know that Ed prints stories that he picks up on internatinal rumour sites I’m getting tired of players that are linked with our future success when issues need to be addressed now.

  • 19 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Breno

    Comparing a 21 year old who plays in South America to a full International defender who has Champions League experience?

    And you’re saying that when we aren’t in Europe we aren’t an attractive prospect? So why did Cabaye leave a CL club to play for us? Why did Tiote leave a side that won the Dutch league to play for us? Same goes for Santon, Anita, Cisse.

    We are an excellent club, in or out of Europe who most young talented players would love to play for.

  • 20 blaydonracist // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    http://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/en/german-pezzella/profil/spieler_113133.html
    take him for that money
    Personally, although i don’t think we have been linked with him, I would like to see us make a move for napoli centre back, federico fernandez, argentine international, and only 23 so old enough to get first team straight away but young enough to develop

  • 21 breno95 // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Neither positive or negative Ibiza. Just realistic.
    Too many see a name posted, google them or check them on FIFA12 and hey presto it’s the ‘sign him up’ rubbish.
    All am saying is he is another name out of lots more to come who more than likely are not even known to the manager.

  • 22 WWYCD // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Always quite tough scouting in South America for talents because of visa’s not to mention the style change and the adaptability of individual players

    Players ability might be there but its always a risk

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    rainrix,
    As much as I like our new scouting system,it is surely limited to so many locations and as much as it has unearthed a few ‘gems’ we were told that if target number one wasn’t possible that we would then persue plan B then C,so if our A grade scouting network was so good how come Debuchy and Douglas were the only two identifiable targets last summer.

  • 24 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Jail…As I said, I hear you. May have to skip a fair few of Eds articles for the next little while, the next month of madness is fast approaching.

    Breno…Just want to say I’m not saying this deal is likely to happen. However, this kid is hardly in the same situation as Vertongen. Maybe he’ll look at us and see a great opportunity to get game time he wouldn’t at another club? Maybe he’s seen our Captain being recalled to his national club? As I say, certainly not something to hang your hat on and I know for some it was a tough summer, but give yourself a break.

  • 25 ToonDownSouth // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    http://i.imgur.com/D6uUr.jpg

  • 26 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    @ Toondownsouth

    Haha, The resemblance is uncanny :)

  • 27 toonLYF // Nov 1, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    http://www.thefirstrow.eu/watch/150129/1/watch-genoa-vs-ac-fiorentina.html

    Genoa vs Fiorentina if anyone is interested…complete with the best commentator of all time – from our very own Newcastle (whey Gatesheed a think) – Ray Hudson

  • 28 toonLYF // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    - what a fabulous pass, stick that game on all.

  • 29 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Breno….Sent my last post before reading yours to me. Still not commenting on whether this one is true or likely, but I wouldn’t have thought i realistic that we would end up with players like Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, HBA and be back in Europe this season.

    Anyway, nice pic TDS.

  • 30 tenpointnine // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    @28
    Krul would have saved that!

  • 31 breno95 // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Quasi
    Was not comparing them specifically against each other. I was trying to convey that if, and a big if, we have to go up against other European clubs then we won’t be at the top of the list.
    As for those you named here’s why I believe we were able to sign them:-
    Cabaye – no other EPL club made an approach and he himself wanted to challenge himself in our PL irrespective of the fact Lille had CL football.
    Tiote: as above plus Twente saw him as a liability as he had the worst disciplinary record in their league for the 2 previous seasons he played before they sold to us and read some of the views on here on him as he spends more time suspended.
    Anita – new challenge, only EPL linked and more money.
    Santon : out of favour at Inter and told that hence as we were again only EPL showing an interest he came.
    Cisse : was playing for a club who were bottom of german league, who needed the money hence dropped the asking price and it was a choice between us and the mackems. No brained there then.

  • 32 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Breno

    How do you know who was interested in signing Cabaye, Cisse, Santon, Anita or Tiote? Unless you’re privy to the discussions between players and their agents then we will not know who we were up against in securing the signatures of these players.

    Also, it would seem that clubs have since went in for Cabaye and Santon and both are still currently at the club, with Santon coming out to say that he wanted to stay at the club, why would he do that if he didn’t think we are a big club?

    As for Vertonghen, do you know if we were even in for him?

    And of course we are nowhere near the top of the list in terms of top European clubs, if we are in for players against the likes of Man U, Barca, Real etc then we need to brace ourselves for the fact we’re going to lose that race but it is unfair to claim that a 21 year old playing in S.America wouldn’t look twice at us because we are a big club. If Cisse, Anita, Cabaye and Santon only came to us to gain PL experience then why is it inconceivable that Pazella wouldn’t want to do the same?

  • 33 breno95 // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Q
    And how do you know if other clubs went in for those you named?
    Also I am not claiming that young lad would not consider NUFC. What I am saying it’s just another name plucked out of a big hat.

  • 34 jawballsaswallwell // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Los Millionaros are the establishment club of Argentina. Saw them play at their rambling old coliseum of a home ground around 10 years ago in a game that was punctuated by regular sounds of gunshots. I assumed they were summararily executing dissidents in the bowels of the stadium. They will doubtless demand an extortionate pile of cash for this player, as they do.

  • 35 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Breno

    I don’t know if other clubs went in for them, we’re in the same boat on that score.

    Well I don’t want to get into a row or a slanging match but you did say that he wouldn’t come to us @11. But yes I do agree that the closer we get to January the more and more stories we’re going to hear about who we are supposedly linked with.

  • 36 breno95 // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Q
    I did and he won’t IMO.
    As for slanging match – not interested in that at all. Expressing my view on him being just another name probably hugely wide of the mark.
    Anyway, back to reality and did you see my 11 posted to play liverpool earlier? What are the views of others. Starting 11 and result?

  • 37 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Breno

    Who knows, we may even have an even better alternative lined up but until they are in SJP with the scarf above their head I won’t believe a word of it.

    I didn’t see your line-up, but I’ll give my 11 and we’ll see where we’re at.

    Krul

    Simmo Willo Colo Santon

    HBA Perch Cabaye Guti

    Ba Cisse

    I don’t particularly want to see a 4-4-2 but going away from home we’ll need to be solid and hard to break down so for me we need the more rigid formation. I’ve also went with Ba and Cisse together because I think this partnership will come good eventually. If we want to play a bit more fluid if things go our way then stick Ba LW, take Perch/Guti off for Anita and play a 3 man midfield.

    As for a result, not sure, think it is a tough one, think we’ll have much less possession than them but I fancy either a 1-0 win or, more likely, a 0-0 draw. What’s your thoughts?

  • 38 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Thats an intersting argument lads, if unable to be proven one way or the other. Breno, its unlikely that zero clubs were in for our star players. Given how most talent is well monitored in europe. Having said that Quasi, we cant turn around and pretend that we werent in for Vertongen – we probably were, just like we were in for that Dutch striker who went to Germany. Having seen some real weaknesses in our team, and a real lack of quality in our football and being outplayed by many teams, I’m more interested in first team signings at the moment.

  • 39 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Munster

    Well we definitely were in for De Jong as his agent and Twente were very vocal in our interest in him. I wouldn’t have the same amount of certainty about our interest in Vertonghen but like you said, we can’t prove it one way or the other.

    Where do you think the current weaknesses lie in the first team? And is it purely because we didn’t invest more during the summer?

  • 40 breno95 // Nov 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Q
    I had picked an 11 of
    Krul, Simpson, Taylor, Colo, Santon
    Jonas, Cabaye, Anita, Amalfitano
    HBA & Cisse

    Reports gave Ba injured and I know AP won’t send out that 11 but I would want to Taylor brought back purely because he is better than Williamson. I have gone for Amalfitano as from what I have seen of him he is a far better player than Sammy, Oba and Fergie IMO and I have pushed HBA up front so he can play football in the final 3rd rather than having to pick the ball up in his own half and have no movement in front of him.
    Anita needs to play. As far as I am concerned he is a very cultured, composed and good technical player as is Amalfitano.
    Jonas and Anita also frees Cabaye to pull the strings in the midfield and hopefully Cisse has his shooting boots on.
    Heart wants a 2-1 win but it’s a bogey ground so head says defeat by Suarez.

  • 41 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Breno

    I would like to see HBA play behind the two strikers because AP has said that HBA is a no 10 and would like to play him in that role, but maybe he has defensive concerns that makes him feel that we still need to play wingers.

    Anita doesn’t seem to be grasping the physicality of the league just yet, and is getting bullied when he plays but when he gels properly into the side he will be a valuable player as you can see his passing is excellent at times.

    I don’t think Amalfitano is anywhere near the first team, and that Sammy, Oba and Fergie are capable of offering something more than him at the present minute but I agree he does seem to have the ability but as someone mentioned AP mustn’t be seeing it at training.

    If Suarez is contained then we definitely stand a chance.

  • 42 tarie4 // Nov 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Munster Mag

    tbf, we were interested in alot of players from dejong to Vertonghen, but what stopped us Getting them was wonga!!!
    Vertonghen turned down arsenal for spurs. (higher wages)

    I think breno’s approach @11 was wrong. Yes we might not get him, but the kidd is exactly what we are looking for. Young, talented and his best years ahead of him.
    But I do agree with all of U in parts.

    As for Sunday Liverpool are very lightweight in attack and a bit in defense and midfield. We shud look to exploit that. We shud be looking to get at them and take all the points.

    Simpson, willo, collo, Santon
    Benny perch cabaye gutti
    Cisse ba/shola (depending on fitness)

  • 43 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Quasi, we have a number of weaknesses, and our unwillingness to pay out let us down. Despite the subterfuge and hot air of many devout Ashley supporters on this site ( and I am not an Ashley hater, just strongly dislike certain aspects of his stewardship ) , we just didnt spend. So, centre half is something we should have improved on – as identified by Pardew. We lack pace all over the team, and we lack creativity ( mot like Sunlan mind !! :) ) . We neither have wingers who can consistently play well as wingers, and lack crossing accuracy and creativity from right back ( but 1 million stopped us getting the player we needed – buy hey, no one will takes NUFC for mugs now , eh ? Yawn ) . I’ve always liked Pards, but we have some real issues as above. We dont seem to have the wingers for 4-4-2, nor the belief ( or the right players in full ) for 4-3-3 . We believe too much in youth development ( cos its cheap ) and i think we get away with a lot because of our work rate. Nothing wrong with that, but I have a feeling a tonking is coming soon, and i havent seen one particularly impressive showing in the league this season. Put it this way, if football involved 12 players, we could play HBA in the hole and it would solve a lot of our issues, and Pardews issues. Unfortunately we are stuck with 11. Finally, our fans overrate both Cabaye and Tiote, although thats a side issue.

  • 44 BelfastMagpie // Nov 1, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Must admit im expecting nowt from us in the January window.

    Expect nothing then you cant be dissapointed,is my new moto for transfer windows from now on lol

    Probably best for others to do the same. ;-)

  • 45 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Munster

    That is a lot to digest, haha

    Well I must admit that I would be one of those people who would defend the regime as I think it will be a lot of long term benefits, but I do agree that our current brand of football ie the football we’ve been playing this season has been uninspiring for a number of reasons, injuries has shuffled the pack a bit, frailties at the back means we probably can’t play 4-3-3 (an issue that a lot would say we should have rectified in the summer)

    I don’t agree with your cynical approach that we are focusing in youth just because it is cheaper, it is more sustainable and just makes sense, but yes our work rate saves us most of the time, when we get to a point where we can combine that work rate with better football then we will be a force to be reckoned with.

    Just depends on the way you see it I suppose, some want much better football now, and I would like that too, but if we look to the long term I think we have a much more stable future now as a result of MA and am willing to give him time to make this project work.

  • 46 BelfastMagpie // Nov 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Woo hoo we wont be held to ransom.

    It’s great isn’t it? Haha

    More or less a posh way of saying we’re tight c****.

  • 47 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Quasi, you are misunderstanding my argument. Maybe I’m not clear but hope so. Yes, we have had injuries, but so have other teams – all of them. We chose not to invest in a centre half – as clearly identified by the manager – and you saw what happened with crosses against Man U. We chose not to buy a very good attacking french international right back – hopefully we still will, but who knows – certainbly we will have lost half a season. I am not unhappy with sustained youth development but until we decide that there comes a time when Ashley decides to back up a manager who got his club to a remarkable 5th place, then we wont move forward. We had that chance and chose not to take it. It concerns me that a so – so team like West Brom played more attractive football than us and probably should have beaten us – at St James’ ( or whatever our owners have decided its called ) . I wanted about 12 mill spent in the summer, that wasnt an unrealistic expectation surely. I appreciate the sustainability and youth argument – and belive in it. But we could have pressed forward. I belive that Ashley is happy once we are mid table or better, and will only invest accordingly. There could be far worse situations than that. But also far better in terms of what we could become as a club.

  • 48 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Munster

    No, no I do get your gripe, I too wanted us to get Debuchy but for whatever reason it didn’t happen, we apparently had a fee agreed, they moved the goal posts or we weren’t willing to stump up. For whatever reason it didn’t happen. We all want to see players of a better standard come into the club, as you say it’s the only way we will move forward as a club but I don’t see this season as an opportunity missed, because I actually think that the structure we have in place will keep us in the 5th-7th positions.

    If Ashley was happy enough with mid table, why would he fund the signings of Cabaye, Cisse, Santon given the fact that we had finished 12th the season before?

    I genuinely do believe that he wants us to be a force in the PL and challenging for CL but doing so sustainably and in an economically efficient way.

    West Brom aren’t a bad side and should have beat City so that’s not necessarily a massive cause of concern, and we won that game albeit with a bit of luck.

  • 49 jesperfuglsang // Nov 1, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Ibiza…if you are still here – it is just a gift I have (I have finally cracked Ed’s blog and all the knowledge is mine) lol

  • 50 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    But Quasi, its a bit of a worry when the values of the two teams are placed side by side. I’ll be happier when we are more willing to spend the type of money I talked about. My argument is partly predicated on buying so that we keep our purple chips ( ffs!! ) …..ie if we sell two good players, even for big bucks, will we invest as aggressively as other teams like Spurs do when they sell ? I doubt it hugely. Perhaps when we are financially stronger we will invest more heavily, and as i said, I am very pleased about many aspects of our clubs finances, prudence, youth approach etc. I think we missed out in the summer and hope we are a bit bolder this time, without being silly . I may be the differnece between keeping players like Ba, or not.

  • 51 chris_g // Nov 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Now I understand why Ketsy was so keen for us to sign Vertonghen in the summer. Just imagine what an awesome partnership we would have had with him and Iron Mike at the back :)
    http://www.nufcblog.org/2012/11/iron-mike-williamson-the-best-centre-back-in-the-premiership-so-far

  • 52 Quasi.modo // Nov 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Munster

    I seriously doubt that, if we sell one of our bigger players, we won’t replace them. If we didn’t that’d only weaken our team and there is nothing from the MA regime that suggests that they are willing to allow the quality of the team to decrease. We have a very good side at the minute, and we are steadily improving it, perhaps not as fast as some would want but still improving it.

    We perhaps might not invest as aggressively as Spurs or Chelsea but we have yet to see if this aggressive investment will pay off for either side. (I think we can say it will work for Chelsea but c’mon, they spent 80million, we can’t compete with that) Spurs have started well but we aren’t far behind them and we are nowhere near our best yet.

    So I would just want to advocate a more patient approach, which can be awfully frustrating at times, but will reap rewards in the future in my humble opinion.

    I could be totally wrong and if I am then I will be on the back of the owner but until I see signs that we aren’t progressing I will remain optimistic.

  • 53 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Quasi, I’d like your confidence but it wont happen. do you think that if we sold Cabaye for 20 mill ( overvalued) , that we would be brave enough to spend , say 15 mill on a really talented player. I doubt it. I would rather see 12 mill ( say ) spent in Jan, so that our better players see no reason to leave, other than highr wages, or to a team that wins things consistently, like Man U, Real, Chelsea etc. lets be honest, we netted 35 mill in cool cash for Carroll, and the club rolled out pards to talk about those nasty agents and how much a free transfer costs.

  • 54 RonVanDam // Nov 1, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Like i said yesterday – we NEED TO BUY German Pezzella otherwise we will regret later for not getting him when his asking price rockets

  • 55 Carpet Shark // Nov 1, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    I Would prefer my CB atleast 6’2. I’ve never seen this name bantered about. How about Benedikt Howedes from Shalke looks class.

  • 56 APBWA // Nov 1, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    My team for Pool

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul
    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Santon
    ~~Jonas Anita Cabaye Ferguson
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ben Arfa
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cisse

    Based upon Ba being injured. If we are being dominated in MF id put jonas in CDM and play 4-2-3-1

  • 57 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Nov 2, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Krul
    Santon Saylor colo fergie
    Anita cabaye Jonas
    Ben arfa cisse/ba sammy

    May aswell give sammy and fergie a real go.

  • 58 Conaldo (The Wizard) // Nov 2, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Easily switchable between 433 and 451 so we can control the midfield, and have lots of men forward in attack.

  • 59 jesperfuglsang // Nov 2, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    Morning lads! :-)

    Wizard…you late night blogger ;-)

    …I think you are spot on and it would be easy to switch to 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 even.

    I think Pardew need to think more about the difference between forward mentally and defensive mentallity.

    Maybe he’ll find that pass and move he has been looking for all season ;-)

  • 60 roshan MAGPIE // Nov 2, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    http://www.nufcfans.co.uk/toon-man-tops-the-stats-for-europa-league/

    our new creative mid fielder lol

  • 61 mindshaft // Nov 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    We need to drop jonas – he does a lot of running but isn’t actually offering anything going forward – he’s one of my faves but enough is enough

  • 62 Munster Mag // Nov 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Conaldo, control the midfield? Are you having a laugh?




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