Some Good News On Newcastle – For A Change

We need as much good news as we can get these days, as Newcastle’s alarming slump in the Premier League continued on Monday night in London, when we leaked two goals to lose against a Fulham team that were struggling just like Newcastle, but the London club got all 3 points on the night.

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Yohan Cabaye – back in mid January

And there does seem some good news concerning our two injured stars Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye – with both looking to come back next month rather than in early February.

Newcastle have missed Yohan Cabaye’s creativity and coolness in central midfield, and Steven Taylor’s fight and grit and never say die attitude will help a lot – especially if we are in a relegation battle when they return.

After the game on Monday night, Alan Pardew basically said the team he fielded was the best he’s got until either somebody comes in during the January transfer window, or some of our injured players come back.

Alan was asked if any of our injured players would be fit for the Manchester City game on Saturday:

“I don’t think so.” “I think that’s the group between now and mid-January, when maybe Steven and Cabaye will come back to us. Until such time, that is the team.”

“I thought we looked a good team.” “We were just a bit unfortunate not to get anything from the game.”

Yohan Cabaye has had two groin operations to try to fix a persistent groin problem, and Steven Taylor has another one of those hamstring problems, but it looks like both could be back in about five weeks.

But of course they cannot help Newcastle before that time, and we have five tough games through January 2nd, when we play Everton at home, and they are against good teams this time – and also include the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal – so we could well be struggling in the league by the turn of the year.

That’s unless we play better than we have done over the last month, but the very fact that Taylor and Cabaye could be back in mid January is good news for Newcastle fans.

There – I’ve said it. 😀

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15 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Cyprus – sorry repost

    Hehehe, tried to be positve few weeks ago, not anymore after being let down so many times.
    It’s like watching horror movies sequence Ring 0,1,2 – Grudge 1,2 (WH, Soton, Swans, Stoke, Bor, Ful)

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #2


    Saw 1, 2

  • RonVanDam

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3


    @ Rotonda heights

    I completely agree. I’ll admit, I’ve watched few Liverpool games and they are starting to grow on me. They are becoming a very sound tactical team. As must as i hate them, i have to give BR kudos for the brilliant job he’s doing to restructure the team and giving them a Barcelona flavor

    Watched them against West Ham, when they were 2-1 down, they still played smart football, players would pass the ball and run to find gaps (something we ought to start doing) . Once they equalized, they unleashed attack after attack until West Ham buckled.

    They may not make the top 6 this season but they have made enough noise so far with a young squad that could threaten the summit next season.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    how about this for a change…midfield and forward line

    ——————–ben arfa——————–

  • Santon03

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5


    Saw is already 4th sequence 😛

  • G

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    I never thought I would use these words, but once Cabaye is back, we should maybe drop Tiote from CM, as he has been off his game lately, plus the fact that Anita seems to get better every game he plays.

  • Santon03

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #7


    is that for 3-6-1 formation with sweeper, I LIIIIKKKKEE!

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    or to be more realistic


  • Graeme

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Its fair to say, he has the players he has.

    However, if he tried using them to maximise their effectiveness to the advantage of the team, it would be a major step in the right direction!!

    Playing Cisse as a winger does NOT WORK
    Replacing HBA with Bambi does NOT WORK
    Playing Ba, Cisse AND Bambi, with NO wingers, does NOT WORK.
    Launching punts up-field in the vain hope of hitting one of our 2 players (often 1 or none) in the box does NOT WORK.

    We HAVE to play to OUR strengths. Pretty please Mr Pardew, PLEASE.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #10


    nope just a 4231

    have benny play a role like messi for barca

    then get obertan, cabaye, marv and anita all running past him if he drops a bit deeper

  • Santon03

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11


    I would prefer with 2cb and 1 sweeper epecially vs city attack speed.
    Santon ——– Colo ——–Perch
    I would rather have Santon as CB than Willo, I’m not that confident with Willo vs Aguero or Tevez speed.

  • Santon03

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #12

    with 2dm : Tiote and Anita to handle Nasri and Silva

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #13


    I’m not confident with willo against man city either but I dont think santon would do a better job…takes away from his strength which is attacking.

    I’d be tempted to have perch in CB instead of willo. Was impressed with how well perch did against suarez last year when he partnered willo in defence. And thats the type of player aguero and tevez are

  • tweaked

    Dec 13, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    i really hope he plays perch instead of the useless tosser willo

  • dcdick

    Dec 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15

    So the good news was that we “should” have 2 players back by the end of January.
    So……………. if Taylor & Cabaye return in January ….you know who might just decide the squad is strong enough to survive the rest of the season & then promise to buy in the close season next year.
    Aaaaarrrgh…..I hope I’m way off the mark, but…?



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