Can This Midfielder Step Up To The Plate For Newcastle?


With all the doom and gloom being reported this week, Alan Pardew has pointed to several positive things that came out of the 2-1 defeat against Swansea City on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park, although not much has been said about anything positive this week,  after our third defeat in the last four Premier League games at home.

Alan Pardew – still looking for the positives

Alan Pardew seems as upbeat as ever, and he had this to say today in the local press:

“There were also some positives from the Swansea game.” “Hatem Ben Arfa may not have scored or created the goal but he did threaten a lot.” “You have to say that he had some lovely moments in the game.”

“Cheick looked like his old self. I thought Vurnon did well too.” “There were positives – and we have to take that into the next game.”

Cheick Tiote did look good on Sunday, and he even managed to escape his usual yellow card in the game, which was good to see.

And Vurnon Anita is slowly but surely looking like the player we thought we had brought in last summer, as he is finally getting to grips with the physical nature of the England game, and he certainly can pass the ball, and seems to read the game well too.

And Vurnon will likely get an extended run in the side now that Yohan Cabaye is out injured with a groin injury, and since Yohan could be out for two months, a lot will depend on how well the Dutch International can step up to the plate at Newcastle during that time.

Vurnon Anita – in action at Liverpool

If Vurnon can start playing well and players like Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can start rifling the goals in, we may not do too badly through the 11 games we have to play in the next 43 days.

We start on Thursday night against Maritimo,  and then have a vital game at Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

Two wins in those games would be fantastic, and would help sweep away the doom and gloom on Tyneside – well for a while in any case. 😀

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203 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Having biscuits and crisps sprinkled all over his new bed sheets is too good for Ashley.

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  • toon1707

    Nov 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    I am confident we will win on thursday but worried about sunday we just seem lost in league games but it has to change eventually. Doest it???

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  • lucasnufc

    Nov 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s not about Anita stepping up. He, like Tiote is a defensive minded midfielder and so through no fault of his own, is not going to play like Cabaye. The key to our success last season was combining defensively minded Tiote with offensively minded Cabaye. We have no alternative to the latter unfortunately. With Anita and Tiote in midfield, we will be solid- but not many chances created.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    If all we do on Sunday is play with purpose and conviction – it will be a good step forward from the last two games!!

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  • Graeme

    Nov 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Jail – don’t forget the toast crumbs lol

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  • countrylad14

    Nov 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    For me its far too early to panic. I think we definately need to get back to 433. I think the whole 442 thing is down to keepin Ba happy until he signs his contract which is fine if we could still win games playing like that. Pardew however knows alot more than me and he needs time to turn it around.

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  • Hebburn Mag

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    I can see where Pardew is coming from when he says he doesnt have a full choice team to choose from. Cabaye, R Taylor, Gosling, Vuckic, Obertan, Sammy, are all out injured. Tiote, Collo are banned. But out of all of the players above how many would actually get into our strongest starting 11, 3/4? We shouldnt be able to blame injuries for our poor form because at the end of the day we should have brought in back up in the summer to help when we did get injuries and suspensions, which we didnt. We’ve got a number of really good youngsters who when needed can fill in in games but only games where its worth the risk. Come January we need to bring in atleast 3 players that will see us through until the summer and help us to finish as high up the PL as possible, whilst trying to progress as far as we can in Europe because lets face it the where were playing unless we win it we wont be in Europe next season. An already made CB who can fit straight into the team when needed aswell as a FB and a CFare the positions we need to look at strengthening come January, if we do bring in a CF in in January he cant be African for the sheer fact that with Ba and Cisse and possibly Shola going to the ACOF for the next few years we need a striker who is going to stay and be able to play for that period. Hopfully Ashley digs deep in January!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8

    Pardew should play 7-3 formation, the defenders can hooFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF the ball and if strikers cannot score we can defend in numbers.

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  • croftus5678

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    lets all get behind the team for a few games guys and bring toon support back to life and give the players the motivation they need they will not let us down if we cheer them on as loud as we can.

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  • countrylad14

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Personally though id go 433 in both the upcoming games.
    Vs Maritimo… Gk- Harper,Rb Santon, Cb Good, Cb Collo, Lb Fergy, Dm Anita, Cm Amalfitano, Am Marveaux, Rf Obertan, Lf Sammi, St Cisse.

    Vs Saints… Gk Krul, Rb Simmo, Cb Willo, Cb Saylor, Lb Santon, Dm Tiote, Cm Jonas, Am Marveaux, Rf Ben Arfa, Lf Obertan, St Ba.

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  • giimps

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Where the hell are we going to get 7 defenders from?
    This is our problem, we dont have enough quality defenders, we have Colo And Santon, the rest are squad players (maybe Simpson would get into 1st team but not if we get a proper attacking right back), Colo is suspended so in reality we have 1 available defender who would nail his spot in a prem game.
    Hopefully though , we will get a decent CB and RB in January if we qualify for Knockout stages of Uefa cup (which is looking likely) and maybe another creative CM as these are the areas we are short (as has been covered many times on here in the past).
    If we sort our defence, we can push up the league and possibly get top 5-8 if not we can stay where we are in the league or drop a bit more.
    Time to smell the Coffee Fatty.

    HWTL

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  • chanty

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #12

    Maybe its the lack of consistency in team selection that’s causing problems, i know we have a fair few injuries atm but why not try playing similar teams (as we have suspensions) for the next 2 games. With the available squad i would go for:

    ………………….Krul
    Simmo Colo(Willo) Taylor Santon
    …………….Anita Tiote(Bigi)
    ……..Marv Ben Arfa Fergie
    …………………Ba

    IF players are getting tired the can be subbed at appropriate times, personally i think subs after 75 mins are a waste of time unless defensive options

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    why do some you insist on thinking that this is a problem that has just started this season,

    is the problem suddenly hitting you because we arnt 4th in the table right now,,

    no amout of new signings whould have changed what and where we are right now

    as a squad yes squad, we have some gifted players and some with less abitlity that can play as lets say ACM, LW, but pardew would rather just shuffel his first team and not really use his squad to its full affect,

    if pardew is the right coach ( i doubt it but heyho) why didnt he spend hours on the training pitch with simpson and williamson,, remember these played best part of lsat season, so its not like they have been dropped in last minnut and can not cope,,

    it seems they do enough training for free kicks to always aim for williamson at the other end of the pitch, that never work,, but when will that penny drop, prob never,

    the problem is , they have to be coaching long ball football, for the amount they use it, and it never seems to get any better,

    i dont know about you lot, but i bet even i could pass a 10 yard ball, if a player is availeble it should be easy,,

    and the strange thing to me is why isnt the simple pass on,, for large parts of last season and this seasn we have had 4 df and DMC all in our half,, there is enough bodies there,,

    i think some of you are more afriad of saking the manager because it dosnt look good not because its the right thing todo

    if i could look back and say hey , this is just a bad spell because we generally play well i would not be so worried, but as i see it,, we are now getting results that actullay match our play,,

    we have the players, and he has a great crowd,, but there are turning, and the only thing he had going for him was his league position, now thats gone,, he will lose the whole game and be gone

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  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    For me its a no brainer…stick marveaux in CM….one.of.our best technical players and used the ball well on saturday unlike the rest of the team.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    ooops

    and the strange thing to me is why isnt the simple pass on,, for large parts of last season and this seasn we have had 4 df and 3 DMC all in our half,, there is enough bodies there

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  • croftus5678

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    @11
    without being so down in the dumps about it i do think you’ve hit the nail on the head tbh colo and santon are top of the prem players but saylor has lost his edge after the injury and willo is good but at the same time bad and never an average game with him.
    and when cabaye is out its upto arfa or even though he should still be in the youth side fergusson to provide the passes (although i think abied will be great here) marvaux imo needs to sort his head out as he’s one of the most creative players with vision and a good pass i have seen but for some reason he has not hit it off at toon.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Catchy in norway….when there isnt a simple pass on the centre halves should carry the ball more…..saylor.does it, colo.does.it, williamson hooooof

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza…I can’t take responsibility for that early post this morning – mind you it was incoherent and I haven’t slept all night ’cause the little one was sick this weekend and he was by no means cooperative last night 🙁

    …and I clearly needed coffee 🙂

    So you are telling me cannot win the EL this Thursday – thanks for ruining this week for me as well (when will I get a break) lol

    Any chance of Pards playing Benny in the EL game soon? If we are going to try and win it we are going to need him at some point…right? 😀

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  • stuart no9

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #19

    lets be realistic lads- there were no positives from saturday. to say ben arfa having a good game is a positive, is nothing but desperation . that s how bad it has got. what next ? how long will it be before getting beat 3-0 at home is going to be a positive? or – “we did have a shot at goal in the 2nd half “. Hearing about chelsea having a good old argument after getting beat at west brom on saturday, – thats being positive,- not walking awayfrom a shocker as if it is normal, saying that , it is becoming the norm to have shockers now at our club. that is why- chelsea are there where they are and we are where we are. that is the difference from being ambitious and being un ambitious if thats the right word.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Robby Bobson

    i aagree,,

    2 of them think it is a hot patatoe,,

    and thats where pardew should earn his money

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  • Robby Bobson

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    sorry but werent we pounding there goal for large parts of the game….krul decides to pass to their qinger then we chase the game and get caught on the break…..there were some poor perfirmances.but that game could have easily been over and 3 pounts to us before thier first goal.

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  • countrylad14

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #22

    @Robby
    I agree. For me Marv has looked a little bit lost on the wing but when he is played through the middle in the Cabaye role if you like he has looked a much better player. We need his creativity and passing range with Cabaye out.

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #23

    stuart no9

    now come on there a big club arnt they????

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  • fray bentos

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    @lucasnufc

    But we created far more chances against Swansea with Anita and Tiote than in ay of the games prior where Cabaye played

    @Stuart

    We weren’t amazing but there is definate postives from the game if you compare it to theWest Brom, Liverpool & West Ham games, we played better which means we have improved, whether we build on that is a different matter. I honestly believe if we had of got the first goal instead we would have won that game 3-0 or something similar, we were unlucky

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #25

    No 9 think Chelsea are where they are at because they spend millions every season and they still get beaten by do called lesser teams … We all need to stick together and get through this bad run of form and results !

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26

    il ask again

    if the unthinkeble happens and we pick up . say 4 points out of the next 8 games, thats a very real possibily, 18 points for a half season,,

    should we carry on with a manager who will take us down,, morral is low now, and its sinking fast

    how long should we wait???

    im only worried cos i dont want to go down again

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  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #27

    robby bobson

    i think that’s been part of the issue this year

    for whatever reason mike w thinks he CAN carry the ball out of the back. he’s tried it a fair few times and looks like a giraffe going forward with about as much ball control

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  • ash1001

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    I thought Tiote had a very good game on Saturday, possibly one of his best yet, it did go a little astray in the last 10 minutes but think that was down to frustration more than anything as we were 2 – 0 down and none of that was down to him. That was when a couple of rash tackles went in but up to that point he was very good.
    As for Anita, forgetting about his goal in Europe he has a long way to go, he does not seem that creative and we only need one defensive midfielder, so the options are limited – think his main chance is going to be at fullback (right), as that’s 2 games in a row Simpson has been taken off, which for some unknown reason (other than by AP) has resulted in a non productive reshuffle. According gossip and the papers Simpson needs to sort his life out, which like it or not is not what we want to see in the newpapers, so its make your mind up time for him, in the meantime play Anita at Right Back and see how it goes.
    Digressing, and waiting to be shot down, here’s hoping Nile Ranger takes the chance he’s been offered. we were all young once, most of us conducted ourselves in the correct manner, but am hoping that Ranger has turned the corner for the better.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #29

    me neither catchy

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  • catchy in norway

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    fray bentos

    your reading stats from a page that said we created.. but in reality,, they were just wild shots or extra deep crosses,, in that second half, i can not remember many where i was thinking go on,, put it in the net,,

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  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #31

    catchy

    i’d say no.

    but think about this in context if we sack him (all inevitable unrest aside brewed up by the southern media)

    we went from keegan to JFK. Hughton to Pardew. Who would be next? I hear Steve Keane’s available.

    If you think that couldn’t happen, think back to how ludicrous we thought it was when the bookies were closing bets on Pardew or when JFK actually was announced.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #32

    Apart from Sunderland i dont think there has been a game that we can say we deserved to win.

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  • croftus5678

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #33

    @catchy

    unlike your view of things i think we played well for most part of last year and even most of the games this year we have played pretty well (based on most of our games not just the ones we lost) i agree we have weak points as does every team and i dont claim to have the answers as i am not personally involved.
    all i can do is choose to either stop going to games of which imo i dont believe mid table and topping euro table makes them a bad team or even a mediocer team or i can cheer them on and try give them confidence so they “think” we believe in them so they play better.
    i’m sure if at work you had 50,000 people booing you that you would not work so hard for them but if 50,000 praised you they would get more work out of you.
    and thats pretty much all “supporters” can do.
    dont get me wrong i would like to see arfa in the middle behind the striker but in honesty he has played there on an occasion and was not involved as much as he is on the wing so maybe i was wrong about him playing in the middle or weather he needs time to addapt there but if he does need time and we lose another game or 2 while he does we know what will happen on the forums dont we.

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  • countrylad14

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    @Catchy
    I think its important to give Pardew and the team time to turn it around. Things are no way as bad as they were in the relegation season…..i think a few are getting a touch carried away.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #35

    having played last night i dont think Abeid will play on thursday too.

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  • magpie6699

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #36

    catchy – yeah, changing the managewr worked last time didn’t it? we appointed JF then Alan Shearer kept us up didn’t he? Oh no, that was in my dream…..

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #37

    i know comparisons are tough sometimes.

    But MANU had 3 CBS missing Jones, smalling and Vidic.

    Still they had 2 specialist CBs. god forbid if we have 3 CBs missing. we will have perchinson and simpson

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  • magpie6699

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #38

    JFK

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #39

    A good article from Solano and Mactoon yesterday in saying now is not time to get rid of the manager I don’t think there is even the remotest possibility of relegation and you might as well get used to him because a guy given an eight year contract isn’t getting pumped on the say so of fans.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #40

    Fray @ 24

    Yes, we did play better than against WHU. Unfortunately, despite all our huff and puff we just did not threaten their goal – the Swansea keeper made ONE save in the 1st half and the ball was going wide of his far post anyway.

    We had NO threat, NO end product, NO movement off the ball. HBA played his heart out trying to make something happen – where were our players? Mainly standing watching him.

    Nobody made a run for him, nobody gave him an option, nobody supported him. It was just abject indifference. We didn’t win the game – we didn’t deserve to win the game.

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