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Alan Pardew’s Message To New French Players

10:32 am, Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 88 Comments

Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias seem to be doing their jobs in the January transfer window (which they didn’t do last summer),  and it looks like we’ll be signing three more players today and tomorrow –  Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and hopefully Moussa Sissoko.

Massadio Haidara

Massadio Haidara - should be signing today

Andof  course our second signing through the door in January was yesterday, and it was French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and he is a seasoned player in the French league – and his experience and leadership should be a big boon for Newcastle in the final 15 games of what has been a terrible season – so far.

The new boys will have a chance to train with the team for a number of days before we face Aston Villa at Villa Park next Tuesday night – and we must take something out of that game.

Alan Pardew is well aware that a relegation fight will be a new experience for his incoming Frenchmen:

“This will be new for the French players.” “They have not been in a scrap at the bottom of the English Premier League. Now they are going to be fighting to help us stay in this division. They have to be strong enough.”

“The French players we have here are quickly learning what English football is all about.” “They saw on Saturday that everything was rosy at half-time. They were in front and on top of the game. Then in the second half it changed.”

“There is pressure in English football and games can change quickly. We will have to talk about that; it has affected us.”

If we can do well next Tuesday night it’s very likely to be a full house against European Champions Chelsea a week on Saturday at St. James’ Park – even after our pathetic second half showing against Reading.

And maybe we can get a different result at St. James’ Park this time?

Hope so.

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Tags: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Massadio Haidara · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Premier League · Yoan Gouffran



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88 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Llambias? Pretty sure he’s locked in a cupboard somewhere Ed :)

  • 2 geordie157 // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    So Pards was at Villa Park, watching our next opponents, Curtis Good too. Wonder if he added Benteke and Wiemann to his summer transfer targets list.

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I think the experience in the league has some importance but as long as the players have the right physical, technical and mental attributes then they have a great chance to settle.

    Hopefully these lads can develop an understanding quick, being able to communicate on the pitch should help, then hopefully a few will be in their for the villa game.

    It gives us good options from the bench too.

  • 4 King Arfa // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    pic.twitter.com/XNdXYEvu

  • 5 Shiremagpies // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    pardews message to the french guys behind closed doors will have been – pratiquer le football coups de pied haut et longe -

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    geordie

    If villa go down I would do everything possible to weinmann….probably benteke too.

  • 7 outsidethebox // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    repost
    going to be some midfield when benny gets back..got to play to our strengths with 5 man midfield …cab on right anita on left to cover fullbacks with benny marv and tiote /(love to see sissoko) in middle ….has to be organised midfield need cabaye as captain…

  • 8 davybtoon // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Pardew it would of bloody continued to b Rosie if u had not went defensive n sat back second half

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    jesper

    I don’t mind it every two years…not ideal but does provide much needed finances into those countries.

    Is the heat so intense it cannot be played in the summer? I don’t know enough about the climate.

    Surely the size of africa you will have varying temps in summer and winter in different countries.

    So surely you could have a summer tournament followed by a winter one 2 years later….much like the ashes series between england and australia in cricket

  • 10 gaz 44 // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Santon is quality in the fact he can play lb rb lm rm and is probably quality in any of these positions and it allows us to only need 1 other left back and one other right back as if 1 get injured he can cover…
    So glad to see more senior players coming through the door just hope its not 6month too late

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    to sign weinmann and benteke that should read…the way i put it could be taken in many ways haha

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Deansowerby9/status/294029477703475200/photo/1

    How the fcuk can he tell!!!!

  • 13 Markaccus // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    If we nail down all these signings, despite the loss of Ba and probably colo, is this our best window since that time we got nobby back from villa (possibly the same time we signed sibierski, who turned out to be very useful for us)

  • 14 Shiremagpies // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    guys would you consider 3-5-2 formation if we loose colo and bring in dick van wolfswinky

  • 15 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    We need a team strong enough to win despite Pardew’s tactics.

  • 16 ToonAndy // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Transfer Sage – didn’t think Benteke would be your type :)

  • 17 geordie157 // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    tds, that could be Haidira??

  • 18 stockport_toon // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I hope Pardew puts these players straight in the first team, and not waiting until they are “fit enough to cope with the physical nature of the premier league”, like we’ve heard before!

    Viva la Revolution!

  • 19 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Great title Ed.

    In my browser tab it abbreviates to Alan Pardew’s Mess…

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    toonandy

    Then you clearly do not know me well haha

  • 21 BelfastMagpie // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    It’s Sissoko I’ve got x-ray vision..

  • 22 Bambams // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    From SKY…….

    ‘ Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran AND Nancy Defender Massido HAIDARA at Newcastle for medical’

    I must be latest ITK

  • 23 geordie157 // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    As Ashley is feeling generous, can he bring in Wilifred Bony too!

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    surely we must have some adaptation of the french national anthem into a chant

  • 25 Rotonda heights // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    davy

    very true, if he hadn’t tinkered and meddled!!!

  • 26 BigKirky // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Sissoko is like near 6ft 2″ isn’t he? Could be him, looks tall in the pic.

  • 27 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Belfast
    Phew thanks for clearing that up!!!!
    Geordie157
    Probably is but twitter makes me chuckle!

    On the RVW story, that statement might aswel of just said yup its newcastle!

  • 28 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Belfast….Using those free x-ray glasses you get with your comics? Have you started reading them yet rather than just flicking through the pictures?

  • 29 Shiremagpies // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    instead of possibly trying to learn the french anthem or parts of it could we not all just chant the tune of itat once around the ground, da da, da da da da da daaaa da da, da da da da daaa, da da daaa. or summit along them lines im sure they will get the jist of it on the field????

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I see Sammi doesn’t like these French players coming in.

    A bit rich coming from the laziest player I have ever seen and who thinks he’s already made it.

    Hopefully the Ameobis, Ranger, Simmo and Willo’s days are numbered now.

  • 31 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Allons enfants de la Patrie,
    Le jour de gloire est arrivé!

    could become

    we love the toons french revolution
    sign more up, viva la france

    Far, far from my best work…im not creative today

  • 32 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Apparently going off pics, Gouffran, Haidara and Sissokho all at Benton, as some of Yous have said.

    Hope we get them all signed up ASAP! This is turning into a fantastic couple of days, and a great window.
    It should have been done in the summer but better late than never :)

  • 33 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Anyone got a working ssn stream cricfree and koisports aren’t working for me?

  • 34 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Dont mean to get over excited like but this is the snap of haidara so the other one could, just could BE SISSOKO
    Deep breaths tadders deep breaths
    https://mobile.twitter.com/nufcfans/status/294031956511965184

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    TS…see my answer at the last thread!

  • 36 Conaldo (The Wizard...Also Bestest Friends With Paul Scharner) // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Rotonda – where did sammy say he didnt like the French players? All he said was he will have to start learning French, as a joke.

  • 37 Constanstine // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Now he’s blaming the team. Good job Pardew.

  • 38 gaz 44 // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Proppa peeping tom whoever took that photo lol, can honestly say there’s deffo someone having a medical today as im not allowed in that section of the training centre today but not seen nobody who’s mentioned sissokho

  • 39 WWYCD // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Conaldo
    Jokes arent welcome in Newcastle damnit! Just another stick to add to the pile

  • 40 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    hope we get this lad sissoko in asap he’s not only a box to box player he’s also a ball winner twice the player of tiote

  • 41 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Jesper

    just seen your response.

    But surely there are parts of Africa maybe far north or south where football could take place in the summer.

    You could have a summer tournament in those countries in say june 2014…then a winter tournament in a hotter country in jan 2016, then back to a summer one in june 2018.

    so would be only 1 disruption every 4 years to major leagues in europe where a lot of those players play.

  • 42 BelfastMagpie // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I only buy the comics for the free glasses Ibiza.

  • 43 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    For once in a VERY long time everybody seems upbeat about the Transfer Window! That article about 5 players in 11 days actually seems possible! M’Biwa, Gouffran, Haidara, Sissoko, RVW? :)

  • 44 miggy // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    next on ssn mbwia press conference hope ur watching

  • 45 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Belfast…Glad to hear they’re working for ya

  • 46 gaz 44 // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Tiote is a quality player.. Think his problem is he’s been too comfortable as he knows no matter What he’s obviously on the team sheet there’s only perch to challenge his spot .. Hopefully competition for places will get him back to his best where chelsea were contemplating a 25mill bid

  • 47 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    anyone find a SS news link? None that I’ve found are working or they’re showing SS1

  • 48 barkintoonfan9 // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    You guys have give Ashley a hard time. He hasnt been rash and sacked pardew. He has spent nearly 17mil on playersand is getting more involved in transfers. What more do you want in a chairman? Yes he had a terrible start as the owner but it looks like he knows what he is doing. Any way here is my dream team;

    krul
    debuchy mbia collo santon

    Anita (sissoko if he joins)

    Cabeye
    Benny Gouffran
    Wolfswinkle
    Cisse

    Now that is a team who should be challanging champions league!

  • 49 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    if Cashley wants to spend big on striker ( DOUBT IT ) i still say Leandro Damiao 18-25 mill and if he came to Newcastle he will score about 50-60 goals per full season and could be sold around the 50-60 mill mark or even more

  • 50 TorqToon // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Don’t wish to over execite anybody – but I’m hearing that Sissoko is at Benton for talks and there’s a “strong possibility” that the deal has been ironed out for a move this window.

    Man our medical team are earning their money!!

  • 51 Party Tyne // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    The two at the training ground are gouffran and Haidara, I’d be surprised if sissoko was there, we haven’t had a fee agreed with toulouse.

  • 52 spitfire_ // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    @Ibizatoon – Back by popular demand

    http://www.viponlinesports.eu/football/97357/1/sky-sports-news-live-stream-online.html

  • 53 Munster Mag // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I guess my last nights happiness should be tempered with the fact that we are lsoing Colo and Ba is gone. Please Colo – stay with us till the end of the season or we’re in trouble at the back.

  • 54 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Spitfire…You sir are a true gent. As for the rest of you…you’re dead to me.

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    TS…what ever happens I am convinced that the current structure of the ACON has outlived its purpose.

    …it will have to change (any other tournament has.)

    *maybe it’s because it’s Africa we are so lenient (who knows…)

  • 56 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Sorry Guys. Both pictures are of Haidara. Just different angles!

  • 57 cheddar // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    The guy in the pictures who is confused for Sissoko is Mbiwa’s agent. Pretty sure of that.

  • 58 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Jesper

    Well it is difficult for them. If thats what they think is best for players, will be right temp to produce best football and therefore sell more tv rights, etc…then it’s difficult to change them.

    A lot of these countries are in poverty although I don’t imagine a lot of that money gets to grass roots football never mind helping people who need it.

  • 59 tenpointnine // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    How about when the boys come out of the tunnel it’s 10 seconds of La Marseillaise, immediately followed by Local Hero?

    I enjoyed this clip from Casablanca:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM-E2H1ChJM

  • 60 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Yeah I don’t think that is sissoko after just seeing footage on ssn

  • 61 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Wouldn’t want to go upsetting S Williams would ya?

  • 62 geordie157 // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Scott Sinclair on loan would still be a decent move.

  • 63 Transfer Sage // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    geordie 157

    he would be a great addition til the end of the year…might even strike up a deal to sign him..city only payed 6/7mil so not too pricey for us.

    he wasted himself going there

  • 64 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    157…Can’t see Sinclair being allowed to come to us tbh. Surely he’d be sent somewhere he’d be guaranteed starts and not sure he would with us with Benny due back soon.

  • 65 BigKirky // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Yeah, I just watched the footage too and just looks like an associate of Haidara’s, so not Sissoko.

    Gouffran was there on another shot though.

  • 66 SuperShearer // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Can we take a moment here and applaud a certain Ben Arfa? He came out last week saying he would stay at Newcastle IF they showed ambition. Clearly that message was received loud and clear by Mr. Ashely. Vive la revolution.

  • 67 geordie157 // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Plus it boosts our English contingent!

  • 68 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    TS…It is a problem and money is probably the biggest concern.

    …I would think FIFA would compensate them (to some extend).

    *but at some point the reat of the football world is going to ask FIFA why the ACON gets special treatment and why the big leagues has to pay the penalty! That’s been the argument from FIFA; plus the issues with the FIFA International calender.

  • 69 fray bentos // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    @Conaldo

    You would have thought that somebody who has the supposed intelligence of Rotonda would have seen that as a joke

    But then again you can take anything out of something if you want it to help explain your rhetoric

  • 70 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    *rest

  • 71 Tony // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Sepp blatter said he wanted it be played in the summer by 2016 only problem is its the wet season in about a third of the countries. At that time

  • 72 geordie157 // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    True, just think with Gouffran and maybe another like Sinclair coming in we can loan out Sammy to help him improve and learn the game.

    Abeid surely will be off on loan soon.

  • 73 theroosta // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Looks like mick lowes was in thw know concerning our transfer dealings, he is the type of fella who would not nail his colours to the mast unless he was pretty sure about it, sissoko would be an extra bonus for sure, maybe a pre contract for him to join in the summer?

    Van wolfswinkel stories are gathering pace, a real quality kid this aa well, We all need this lift, but our manager gas to change his mindset concerning our style of play, he is draining all of the positivity our of us fans with his negative style of play, and it needs a shake, new player will get the message soon enough what the manager is about. Is he for change, well we are bringing decent quality in, lets start playing mote quality football an get us out of this predicament, they need as we all know to hit the ground in a sprint!

  • 74 tequilamag // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Well it seems Xmas now comes in January instead of December. And we have a white Xmas, happy days. Hope everyone is enjoying the presents from the Ash man.
    Torq, it seems Ash has a heart after all.

  • 75 JARRAMAG // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    We went to Paris races
    Was in the year 2013
    All along the champs elysees
    The best iv’e ever seen
    We took the tram to Montmartre
    It was heavy laden
    All along the river Seine
    Then all the way to Blaydon

    Sorry just got carried away

  • 76 Toon_Tom // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    10.2M bid accepted for VanWolf apparently….

    On Twitter – so basicaly #fact ;)

  • 77 geordie157 // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Sounds like Birmingham are in a mess, Butland and Redmond to the toon, they can have them back on loan for the remainder of the season plus Fergs on loan to sweeten the deal.

  • 78 BigKirky // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Yes, Roosta, got to be something in it if Mick was that confident, as he’s usually in the right ball park with incomings and outgoings etc. He did say we were seriously advanced with two £8m players on top of the other players we’re linked with.

    M’Biwa is one of them, but is the other one the equivalent of Sissoko at full price, but we’re getting him for less I wonder, or is that discounting that? Interesting, especially with more announcements hopefully to be made soon.

    May the good news keep coming!

  • 79 Munster Mag // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Transfer Sage, Ibiza and Co – great developments of late, although feel a bit wretched after half a bottle of red last night and crap sleep. Not that u lot care . HTL!

  • 80 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Munster…Of course I care. I am pleased you’re finding something positive, losing you this season has been a right downer, even though i do understand your reasons…Hopefully welcome back :)

  • 81 gonz // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    “I think we’re gonna need a bigger banner”

  • 82 TorqToon // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Toon Tom – SSN sources = Twitter! :-)

  • 83 josh // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Well they’re here for their medicals. Thats a good start

  • 84 last minute window lies // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Torqtoon @ 50, you got a reliable link for that ? :-)

  • 85 ToonBano // Jan 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Yea it did change after half time didn’t AP. Who’s fault was that?

    Fighting against our own managers decisions is hard enough for hardened English players never mind brand new French ones.

    Give em a chance Pards…

  • 86 Ian Toon // Jan 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Tads- the twitter photo of Sissoko !! It is from the same guy who got the photo of Mbiwa yesterday ( Deansowerby). I agree mind not totally convinced. Looks around 6′ 2″. Highly likely it is him-LOL

  • 87 Munster Mag // Jan 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Ian, good morning! Hope all well with you, Much encourages by MA’s swoops and have praised him for it. Had a half bottle of vino last night + 2 yr old not sleeping = a bit wrecked today. Sissoko seems to be a top player – would love to get him, but losing Colo for Mbiwa is not good in the short term. I really hope he sees out the season.

  • 88 lesh // Jan 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Tads @12,

    C’mon, wakey wakey and open your eyes – those of us who are ITK know that Sissoko always wears a white shirt when he can!




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