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Pardew – Things Looking Up – Big Players Back Soon

10:09 am, Thursday, January 10th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

Newcastle have proved, without a shadow of a doubt, that once we have some of our big players out of the side, we are only a mediocre side at best. We’ve had three top players missing over the last few months – Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, but without them we’ve looked just an ordinary side, and have started to learn how to lose far too often.

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Alan Pardew – seems more upbeat today

And yes we’ve had other players like Fab Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez missing too – but the performances of some of our fringe players have done their Newcastle careers no good at all, and we think if Newcastle can survive in the top flight this season, we’ll see a bit of a clear out in the summer.

The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew even seemed a little upbeat today about some top players coming back:

“I would say the cup didn’t help us in terms of where it fell.” “The injuries made it even more difficult.” “The real issue is that we need our best players on the pitch. That’s what we’re working on.”  “There’s a determination to get our best players out there.”

“But we can’t rush them and bring them back before they’re ready.” Yet at least Papiss Cisse is ready to step back into the fray and into a more central role, and the No 9 will be joined by Jonas Gutierrez.”

“Hopefully, we’ll have Jonas, Fabricio and Papiss back in training.” “Yohan trained on Tuesday, but I’m not sure if he’ll be involved.” “Mathieu Debuchy’s also been training, so things are looking a little bit healthier.”

It seems that Steven Taylor could also start at Norwich, after Alan this morning said the local lad with Newcastle United tattooed on his forehead could make the Norwich game.

And don’t be surprised if Pardew is playing mind games, and that when we see the team at 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, a big surprise could be that Yohan Cabaye is in the starting line-up.

But it’s also true we don’t want to rush our players back – like we did at Fulham with Ben Arfa – because that only puts them out of action for even longer periods, which is not good for Newcastle.

But it does seem that players like Mathieu Debuchy, James Perch, Fab Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse will all start on Saturday, after missing the game at Brighton,  with an outside chance that either Steven Taylor or Yohan Cabaye could be in the starting line-up.

That would all be good news for Newcastle.

What do you think?

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Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · James Perch · Jonas Gutierrez · Mathieu Debuchy · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jeff // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    “But we can’t rush them and bring them back before they’re ready.” Yet at least Papiss Cisse is ready to step back into the fray and into a more central role, and the No 9 will be joined by Jonas Gutierrez.”

    if that translates to jonas playing behind cisse, please for the love of god spare me

  • 2 BelfastMagpie // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Here’s our new signings.. 😉

  • 3 Wayayman // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Just like having 5 new signings. Groan.

  • 4 croftus5678 // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    erm saylor is a big player ?
    since he came back from injury he’s not been that good tbh williamson looked better in some games than him.
    i do hope he comes back a lot better but think he’s lost something in his game.
    collo is starting to worry me aswell with his lack of form so i think we “must” sign a cb and fast to take some pressure off them.
    and santon needs to be rested as he’s lacking confidence.

  • 5 catchy in norway // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    If lambass is in France , I’m sure one of the French papers would be all over it , saying Newcastle in for so and so, right now it’s only remy we are linked with,
    I would stay well away from him, it’s a short window, so maybes just are not good enough, we need yes or no,

    The only other reason for them to be in France without needing to speak to a club would be L Blank, they can meet with less chance of a leak to the press,

    I only briefly read the mick lowes thing , so I could be way of base, but did he say he got the info from a player? If so I would not believe a word, why would a player know?

    We got it from Ashley 4 years ago there would be a marquee player coming that season , did not happen

    Lets just wait for them to sign on the line, then we can believe ,

    To many ifs and buts right now

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I think most of us would prefer someone as Gen. Manager who knows something about football and running of a footballclub since MA clearly doesn’t!

    …god only knows why Lamearse is in the position he is (but I wouldn’t want any of you guys doing the negotiatios either 😀 lol)

  • 7 catchy in norway // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:17 AM


    Did mick lowes get confused

    Was it 3 big players coming in or coming back ?

  • 8 Wayayman // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Willo has looked better than Saylor? Saylor can jump more that 6 inches off the ground and can outsprint my Gran. That’s more than Williamson can do. God loves a trier, and he always gives his best so I won’t ever slate him for that BUT he’s just not good enough. Like Simpson.

  • 9 John Tudor // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    you all know whats gonna happen

  • 10 JackButler // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Lets just hope that some of the players that are returning are in better form than when the left the side

  • 11 Wayayman // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    @ Catchy. Wasn’t that Marquee player Collo? Thought he paid 10M for him and he has gone on to be our best defender for years, even if his current form is not up to those standards.

  • 12 John Tudor // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    we are being taken for a ride by the worst management team in living memory imho

  • 13 TorqToon // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Yo – Yes sir. I’m a Cardiologist. I work in an advisory capacity for professional football clubs.

    I was once asked on here if “‘in my professional opinion’ did I think MA had a heart??”

  • 14 JackButler // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

  • 15 WWYCD // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Hahaha hope u didn’t put ur name on the line with a answer hell of a gamble if u did 😉

  • 16 TorqToon // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Yo – I refrained from comment on that one! Haha

  • 17 sticklebricks // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Anyone else got a sneaky suspicion that our transfer dealings are over for this window…?

    After Ba took his cut I guess MA was left with around 5M… Debuchy in for 5M and now the piggy bank is empty..?

  • 18 BelfastMagpie // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Mick lowes club source could be talking rubbish to him. I dont believe any journo knows what we”re up to regarding transfers.

  • 19 Ian Toon // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    CATCHY- Happy New Year. I feel it in my bones ( as per Tsunki) do not despair it’s going to happen. It will be the fulfilment of the messianic prophecy of glad tidings. In plain language there will be a few more signings to come which will include your marquee signing.
    Oh yee of little faith.

  • 20 outsidethebox // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    talk of tompkins boyatao and pieters although it would relieve cb problem dosent disguise the fact that what is need is a captain (eng if poss ) someone to win ball in air… do not know who though …only know no one mentioned fits the bill…

  • 21 Ian Toon // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Mick Lowes does not have a reputation for speaking with a false tongue! The big guys OK.

  • 22 croftus5678 // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM


    yep i agree thinking the impression i get from mbiwa is that he could prob do the job and is french speaking (which is pretty much our full team now) ^^

  • 23 TorqToon // Jan 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Outside the box – Yanga – Mbiwa is more than capable to fulfil that brief mate! (Apart from the being English bit!) 🙂

  • 24 Lee Dodd // Jan 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    More Like Derek Lambias is on A Booze trip to France With Trigger and Denzil Ashley as there so Tight to Buy it over here !!!!

  • 25 stuart no9 // Jan 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    just back from a break in tenerife- and i must say, never been so embarrassed in all my life. taking so much stick off everyone was the worst i have experienced. – even fans from the lower leagues were hoping we beat brighton so that they could play us in the next round- what a joke-fans throwing their shirts in the sea, seen nothing like it.
    All in all our second string were not good enough to beat a campionship side – if pards, or anyone for that matter think its going to get better when our so called stars come back- they are in for a shock the only person who can save us is ashley- give pards his P-45 NOW.

  • 26 WesJameson // Jan 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Shut the F@#$ up Percy…..F@#$ing puppet!!!!! Just like 5 new signings hey lads? PATHETIC!!!!

  • 27 Albert Einstein // Jan 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Mr Pardew …..Only one who devotes himself to a cause with hi whole strenght and soul shall be a true master .For this reason mastery demands all of a person

  • 28 hadthetshirt // Jan 10, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    “Don’t panic Mr.Manwaring” we will sign some players they say.The thing that get’s me is ashley is a gambler and yet again he’s gambling we stay up.I have news for you ashley if you don’t buy a striker and at least one CB quickly then we wont.If we lose to Norwich we are in grave danger.As they say 3x 6 point games coming up with more pressure by the day.We have known for ages we are short of numbers yet their still fannying about.All this should have been taken care of in first week.What you thinking ashley,that you can save a few weeks wages by waiting till end of window.

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