Two New Signings Praised By Alan Pardew

Vurnon Anita is one of the few bright spots over the last couple of months, during one of the worst spells of results for a long, long time, and he was one of the few players to perform anywhere near his potential at Brighton on Saturday, in another humbling 2-0 defeat.

Gael Bigirimana’s benton

Bigi – Man of the Match on Saturday

So if the Newcastle brass were hoping the youngsters would save us this season, which we think is one reason they didn’t bring in players last summer, they are wrong – dead wrong.

Young players make mistakes, as they try to learn the game, and that was evident on Saturday as we had a number of the youngsters in the side, which played so poorly.

But 19 year-old Bigi is another bright spot for Newcastle over the last couple of months, and he was our Man of the Match on Saturday with 34% of the vote with Anita close behind on 31%, and manager Pardew though both Anita and Bigi were great:

“I thought we had inconsistencies from the players because they’re young.” “Sammy Ameobi did some good things, but some naive things. Bigi and Anita were great.”

“Young Dummett came in, and we had to call him in as an emergency.” “He shouldn’t be with us. He should be gaining experience in Scotland.”

“We have Nile Ranger, who shouldn’t be playing.” “We had James Tavernier at center-half, and when we had 10 men I thought we did reasonably well.”

“We had a couple of chances, but the game was gone when Shola Ameobi was sent off.”

It’s good that both Vurnon Anita and Bigirimana were two new signing last summer, so although we didn’t bring in enough players, those two players look to be good acquisitions by the club.

And with James Perch injuring his knee, if Yohan Cabaye cannot make the game at Norwich on Saturday we could see both Vurnon Anita and Bigi starting for Newcastle in the middle of the pitch.

It’s another big big game for Newcastle, and of course the last thing we want is yet another defeat.

Here’s hoping.

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30 comments so far

  • lewytoon

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    ranger shouldnt play?

  • canada_nufc

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    3 picks for other strikers to target:

    Seydou Doumbia (94 goals in 150 matches – should DEFINITELY be our top target)



    Oba 1 Kinobe (Obafemi Martins): could resign him on the cheap – and he could be a backup striker – he’s got 6 goals in 13 games this year in Spain’s La Liga, after a free transfer to Levante

    Vagner Love:

    123 goals in 250 games…currently plays at Flamengo, 28 years old.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Lewy…You think he should be? The guy was told he really needed to sort his stuff out before even being considered again, I feel Pardew has been forced due to circumstances to bring him back in to the mix earlier than he had hoped.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Sammy should not be playing, ranger should be getting spells he has hunger in him and tries hard when on the pitch he has it in him, the game was gone before strolla got sent off cos we were awful.

  • canada_nufc

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Pardew should also take a look at this centre-back…available on a free…

    The vid is from he was just starting out…with Vancouver Whitecaps…now he’s played a couple years in Scandinavia & Europa league I believe.

    As well as defending…excellent with the ball, and passing, speed & cardio….so much better than Williamson. We’d still need another Centreback but he’d be a great backup. Here in Canada he’s well known as a reliable player

  • Pardews Perfect Battleplan

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6


    does anybody feel that while our defence has been poor the midfield should shoulder a fair bit of blame. tiote losing the ball and giving away free kicks in dangerous positions, a player not picked up early enough causing us to be outnumbered in defence, a winner not tracking back, a stray pass not chased down, a tackle not made. this all puts pressure on our defence.
    we managed last year with willo and simmo because these duties were being performed. add to that cabaye being injured so we’ve lost our best passer of the ball. you can see the problem is not just the defence.
    sometimes i wonder if this is why we go long ball this season. pardews is worried we will like the ball in midfield anyway which is worse than losing it in their third from a long ball.
    just some thoughts.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    …still think Shalo let us down big time (he was captain for christ sake)

    …have I ever let down my lemon crew like that ? 😀

  • davybtoon

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Thought ranger showed real desire n effort more than any other player on the pitch

    Also just want to say we don’t need to b thinking just about remy all time on here there better options that I hope we go for n get rather than remy

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    *from now on Shola shall be know as Shalo 😉 lol

  • dubzy

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    What about this guy Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG we been linked with him for a while £11-15mil age 23

  • toon1707

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    What bugs me is why is ranger getting run outs but Campbell is not I go to reserve games and Campbell is a much better player and goal scorer

  • pawl250

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Ok, we need to look at the facts

    Tavernier, Ranger, Dummett these players were not even on the bench last year and are near enough starting games this year. We are VERY short in terms of players.

    Everyone needs to understand, yes injuries do happen but to this extent?

    Krul, Simpson, STaylor, Colo, Jonas, Tiote, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Cisse and Ba have all missed atleast 1 game since the start of December, obviously some have missed more.

    That is the whole starting 11, its nearly unheard of!!

    Pardew has a bare bones squad right now. Norwich on Saturday will most likely look something like this:-

    ————————- Krul ————————-
    Debuchy – Williamson – Colocinni – Santon
    ———-Anita — Marveaux — Bigirmana —–
    Sammy ————- Cisse ———— Ferguson

    As far as I am concerened the whole “Shola is suspended now” argument is a blessing in disguise, no more toying with Cisse on the wing.

    Obertan should be dropped from a automatic start given his recent attitude and performances.

    Unfortunately we have no news on Jonas, Arfa and Cabaye injuries. The likelihood is STaylor will not be rushed back but looking at the team, despite the overall height it looks quite solid. Has good balance too it.

    I am confident we can get atleast a draw against them with that team.

    Hopefully this week we see a central defender appear on the horizon, would take one over a striker at this moment in time!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #13

    ppB I have tried to make that point in here before (didn’t go down so well. fault was at the feet of willo and simmo).

    …Tiote has been the problem for me this season (and tactics – not formation )

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14


    I think your wrong on the closing down part, if you watch games from last year,
    Our game was closing down quick, we had 3 players tiote cabaye jonas in the top 10 for the amout of Km’s they ran during the game, it was one of the things I liked about our team
    I think you will also find as the season went on and cisse came in things changed and he went 433 ba tracked back on the left but added little going forward
    Jonas dropped into DMC and did not run as much cabaye HBA cisse played as a great attacking 3

    This season has been a mare from the first game, to many players in wrong possisions ,

    I have no sympathy for Pardew right now on the injury front , he new in the summer we needed a CB, it was our no 1 priority, he did not come, they said they had 8 players lined up for each position , if one fails we go for the next,
    I said yesterday his treatment of the kids is shocking, they have been blamed for losing games to many times, and the senior players around them like shola get pats on the back, his man management skills are shocking,
    If you were one of those kids , would you run through a brick wall for someone that keeps telling you your not good enough? I wouldn’t

    There is a saying , never step on ppl on the way up that you might need on the way down, Pardew didn’t just step on them he pissed all over them and hung them out to dry,

  • canada_nufc

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15


    He looks great in the video. Probably would be a good choice too. Only concern is the trouble he had scoring at Monaco and Lille…barely scored at all there.

  • Krul to be Kind

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16


    For my money anyone with Trafford in their name should be as far away from SJP as they can get, if he’s over 26 he will be called old Trafford, I personally have too much hate for Manure to be happy with something lie that Haha

  • canada_nufc

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Krul be Kind…

    That’d be hilarious… I had a good laugh!! And somewhat true I’m sure…

    He’s an awesome player though…he used to play centre-mid and actually forward (I used to play with him in youth) so his drop back to CB means he reads the game well, and has great ability to move the ball (unlike guys like Williamson)

  • dubzy

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #18


    i agree m8 but still young playing for them …milan fans say thy were gutted when he went coz they new he was gunna b good and still hasnt reach his peak yet

  • canada_nufc

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Krul be Kind…

    Can you, or anyone else, imagine Williamson doing this:


    true..he’s young and looks promising. I like Doumbia the most though…he’s scored so many goals at every club he’s been at. And most importantly, having watched him play, you can see he has all of the skills needed to be a top player..only 25 too (looks 35 tho!)

  • Krul to be Kind

    Jan 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    PEA is undoubtedly a good player at St Etienne but he wasn’t great at Milan, Lille or that other French club he was on loan with before, he has had more poor spells than hot streaks, if he came here what would happen if he doesn’t do as well as he was doing at St Etienne and we got the rabbit in the headlights player Milan let go?

    It’s Remy for choice for me, other than his current poor luck with injuries he has been a hit at Lens and Marseille, not so sure on the Lyon stint but I don’t think he got an opportunity as he came through the youth

  • canada_nufc

    Jan 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21


    What about Doumbia?

  • Krul to be Kind

    Jan 7, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #22


    Doumbia is an immense athlete, strong, exceptionally quick, decent touch, he like Tiote is Ivorian I think, but I have a suspicion that there is a reason no one has taken a punt on him because he has been on the scene banging them in for fun in Russia for quite a while now, you mentioned Wagner Love earlier too, but he was a big purchase back to Brazil a year or 2 ago, he’s not going anywhere, cracking player mind!

  • canada_nufc

    Jan 7, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23


    I think its his goalscoring record for Ivory Coast

    1 goal in 19 appearances…shocking. If I was the manager of one of the world’s elite, I’d be hugely worried about that. In Pardew’s position, maybe its worth taking a crack at the guy…

    The lack of goals for IC could be related to their style of play…then again the Russian league could just be a good place to rack up the goals. I do think though that he has the attributes to play well in the PL

  • Krul to be Kind

    Jan 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24

    I had no idea his international record was so poor, explains a lot though, the CSKA attacking set up is sheer quality though, Honda, Gonzalez, Tosic, Dzagoev and a relatively young forward can’t remember his name (think its Arti or something) who is even faster than doumbia!

    I’d take any of their forward players!

  • lesh

    Jan 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Repost… sorry

    We should be familiar with the excuses and platitudes as we saw the same performance in the transfer window of 2012.

    So much for having our targets teed up!

    Ok, we got Debuchy at the end of week one of the current window and we’re now in week two and we’re ‘working around the clock to get players in’. Now when did we hear that last?

    Other clubs seem able to act swiftly and get players in early – just what have these useless clowns been doing for the last five months – playing fanatasy football or something?

    Which owner be content to sit and watch his investment go doen the pan?

    One must assume that Ashley doesn’t run his Sports Direct empire like he allows this club to be run otherwise he’d lose fortunes!

    As far as Newcastle United’s concerned, this owner and his MD are pathetic, demonstrating absolute incompetence and heads should roll – as they would in a properly run business.

  • lesh

    Jan 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Surely nobody’s suggesting we’d buy a player on the strength of a Youtube video?

    ‘Hang on a mo’ says Llambias, ‘that would save a few bob on the scouting network!

    ‘Mmmm, food for thought eh Mike?

  • walton1984

    Jan 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Is it just me or is Sammy starting too become very over rated, i would play ferguson before him

  • canada_nufc

    Jan 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #28

    hahahah. Lesh…could definitely see that. He’d probably mention Wikipedia too.

    To be fair I think the Wikipedia link and youtube videos are a good starting point. You get the goal/game and history breakdown and through the vids can get an idea for his abilities. Obv more work is needed – thats what the scouts are paid for.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Transfer movement at last:
    We are in talks with this guy, as he has more positional sense and mobility than Williamson, so will be ideal.

  • cockneymagpie90

    Jan 8, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #30



    Pezzella into keep colo company and plus hes proper good player!

    And we hopefully get remy!

    If come febuary we have that team i will forgive the owners.

    Nothing else will.


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