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Newcastle Bid For Striker Turned Down – Now What?

3:27 pm, Saturday, January 26th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 93 Comments

We had reported earlier today that Newcastle had put in a €10.5M bid (£8.6M) for St. Etiienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and there is news the French club have quickly rejected the bid.   The 23-year-old Gabon international attracted interest from Newcastle some weeks ago, although Loic Remy was our number one target – but it does seem that Mike Ashley is trying to get another striker into the club before the transfer window closes next Thursday.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – while on loan at Lille

A St. Eitenne club statement read as follows:

“Following the rumors that have appeared in the media linking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a move to Newcastle, AS Saint-Etienne wish to make clear that the player, his agent and the club have collectively agreed to refuse all offers made thus far.”

Those last two words are significant – so the club may be looking for Newcastle to put in an increased bid for the striker, and certainly if Newcastle can get the lad in before next Thursday that would be good – and he can help ensure we avoid relegation, which is job one through the rest of this season.

Pierre will also get some experience playing for Newcastle over the next four months,  and our squad will be in great shape come pre-season.

Newcastle have also been interested in Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel – and he would be a fantastic signing – so whether Newcastle will test the Portugal’s revolve before next Thursday is a good question.

But we’d still like to see a fourth striker come into the Newcastle squad before the transfer window runs out.

And Alan Pardew has said today he would love to sign a striker from Gateshead – but that there’s nobody good enough – and that seems a reference to 27 year-old Gateshead-born Danny Graham, who is available from Swansea.

Newcastle have already brought in Frecnhmen Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko this month, in one of the best transfer windows for Newcastle for a long time – and in January too – which is a very difficult transfer window to get good players through the door.

But where there’s a will there’s a way – and certainly Mike Ashley and company (Derek LLambias,  Secretary Lee Charnley, and Chief Scout Graham Carr) have done very well this month in giving Alan Pardew the players he needs to fight off relegation and climb that league table through the end of the season.

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93 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jayden // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I reckon there’s a 50% chance Mapou will start – him or Saylor, Willo’s finished here imho ( h=hopeful 😉 ). Sissoko; I can see him getting a run out around 70mins in, but not a starter.

  • 2 roe997 // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Personly i would take pea over rvw. Both are great strikers. I would also look at zarate, apparently he wants to leave italy

  • 3 Sazzer // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    “It helped get other signings across the line this summer that we have been able to attract people like John O’Shea and Wes Brown, who have 750 games between them at Manchester United,” said Bruce.

    “It’s not just their ability, it’s their attitude and winning mentality that rubs off on everyone. I don’t think that, three or four years ago, we could have got people like that to come here.”

  • 4 toonLYF // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Absolutely no reason why M’biwa, Sissoko and Gouffran shouldn’t start imo. Saylor won’t be 100%, and Williamson needs a break. Sissoko and Gouffran are fully match fit and in form, and i’d like to think they both have the quality to slot straight in. I know Sissoko does for certain – it will be interesting to see how Yoan does.







  • 5 nightfa11 // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    now..if we dont have a really quality back up..IF our back up is 10 mio rated RvW, we should just wait till summer..

  • 6 alanrichie // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Seems the MIKE ASHLEY love is spreading!

  • 7 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Hahahah QPR 2-0 down to Milton Keynes 🙂

  • 8 roe997 // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Haha mk dons 2 nil up. on welly face floppy chops

  • 9 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    QPR 2-0 Down! 🙂

  • 10 Nick 69 // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    why are so many people against signing RvW? He’s better than what we already have, including Cisse.

  • 11 sachin toondulkar // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Goose bumps…exciting time to be a NEWcastle united fan

  • 12 Jayden // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I would love the Wolf at the Toon, but I wouldn’t pay anything over £7.5m for him.

  • 13 roe997 // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I think rvw is the class of striker we should definatly be aiming for.i just think pea edges it with his style and ability with ellectric pace.also av heard he has a addictive personality and lively caracter which would bring a new dimention to the dressing room.the lad ouses confidence, which i know can go bad if that confidence turns to arrogance

  • 14 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Sordell may be a good shout

  • 15 mattnufc // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Sorry to disappoint you’s but Pardew has said they all won’t start due to fitness. Don’t shoot the messenger.

  • 16 toonfield // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Whether we bring in pea or rvw. Cisse is still my number 1 choice unless these lads can play alongside. Cisse just needs a goal to get his confidence back. Once he starts scoring i think he will be banging them in for fun. Watch out villa

  • 17 donkeypunch // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    rvw ive watched his videos and nothink stands out about him looks way to lightweight for the prem rather get a loan striker in till end of the sesaon someone like arshavin or bent with prem experince. then go for a player at end of season like gomis on a free he looks like a mini version of drogba leads the line very well and if mike ashly still want splash the cash get PEA aswell

  • 18 Jayden // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    All won’t or won’t all ?

    Nothing to stop a couple popping on later tho? 😉

  • 19 mattnufc // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Ha I’m guessing the latter, ty.
    Yeah, just as long as Guitterez and Shola don’t both play 90 mins.

  • 20 Sazzer // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:59 PM

  • 21 toonfield // Jan 26, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Donkeypunch – i think gomis would be a good shout purely on value with his contract running low.
    I wouldnt want arshavin or bent anywhere near our club though

  • 22 Dennis Twice // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM


    ———–Cabaye—Sissoko——–Anita— Jonas————


  • 23 toonLYF // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    i’d be happy with Sordell like.

  • 24 true toon // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Jonathon walters?

  • 25 beefman13 // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Pardew is already sending signals about how the new boys are not fit enough????? well Alan the other players are simply not good enough, you will no doubt have your boyfriend, jonas starting, i would also guess he would play shola, you see he already has an excuse with the fitness levels patter, he grates the hell out of me.

  • 26 BigKirky // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Pardew could still play them regardless of what he said about fitness. He’s done it before, so the other team get set for a different side from us and he springs a surprise with some of the new lads in. Can’t see them being massively off the pace. He played Debuchy straight away as well.

    He should play them then he can always bring ’em off if they’re tiring later.

    Shola or Jonas in wing positions is nothing short of unproductive and pointless, so Gouffran has got to be in.

  • 27 donkeypunch // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    i think with arshavin thou could be a great loan deal as he in final year of his contract and will want to put himself in the shop window for his next move even if we used him last 30 minites of a game would still be worth it and bent im not the biggest fan but his goal record speakes for itself none of them would be in my first 11 side but just good players to come of the bench and make an impact

  • 28 Nick 69 // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    toonfield – people have been saying all season ‘Cisse just needs a goal to get his confidence back’………HE HAS SCORED THAT GOAL, on several occasions, and his confidence has never came back. He cant keep onside, which is not good enough, and his finishing has been pretty poor, hits it straight at the keeper far too often. We cant afford to carry ANYONE at the minute, anyone who isnt doing there job shouldn’t start

  • 29 toonfield // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Qpr 0 – 3 mk dons

  • 30 Phoenix // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    New signings might be suffering from jet lag after all its a long flight from France lol

  • 31 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I hope Remy is watching the QPR game 🙂

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM


    we’d love to see that team but with our special manager wouldn’t be surprised if shola, jonas and willo all start.
    at least it’s great not having to see simmo any more.

    it’s funny I’m greedy now and want the Pea and Thauvin!!!

  • 33 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Qpr 4:0 down now?

  • 34 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Hahaha QPR 4-0 down :). One of the most embarrassing results of the season, well done Redknapp aka clayface 😉

  • 35 tequilamag // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Beef where are these comments about the new lads not being fit enough coming from?

  • 36 toonfield // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Nick – there arent many players doing there job properly at the minute. We wouldnt be in the position we are in i f everyone was.
    I do agree though we cant aford to have people in the team who dont do their job properly. We will soon see who is up for the challenge and whoever isnt should be shipped out in the summer. I still think cisse will start tuesday and will start scoring again.

  • 37 rainrix // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Any links to these pardew comments about our players not being fit?

    Well pards said ben arfa wasnt fit enough to start against spurs and he did. Come on guys all of the incomings were regulars and theres been 5 days to prepare. Of course they’ll be fit. Pards is just playing silly mind games

  • 38 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    For those thinking the new players won’t start Pardew is known for playing mind games like saying Ben Arfa wasn’t going to be fit a few months ago and then bam he is in the starting line up. The less Villa know about our line up the better.

  • 39 belgrade fan // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Matri?? could be cheap, Juve s just landed Lorrente. very good player.

  • 40 tequilamag // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    rainrix, I think it`s just Beefy being miserable, can`t see any comments about the fitness of new players at all from Pardew just that HBA is still 2 weeeks away

  • 41 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Dont misqoute fella he said that all 5 might not start depends how fit they are in training ffs ppl still slating him when thwy havent even seen hiw he will play them!

    Nick 69
    Spot on bout cisse mate cant understand why people are so against RVW? Proven goal scorer in a couple of leagues but mire than happy with PEA on his break through season or even worse andy fcuking carroll!

  • 42 rainrix // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Tequila…. Yeah probs people jumping the gun as per usual.

  • 43 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    They’ve all been starting in France?

    Okay start the fittest two for 70mins.
    Try to use another as sub.

    Perhaps he’ll start the same team as v Reading.
    Hoping this time they score 3 before HT, vindicating his game plan?

    He makes some strange choices.
    He needs to restore my confidence in him my patience and goodwill ran out last week.

    he signings mean he has a few more games.
    I hope he gets it right and we start winning.

    Another striker in would be amazing.
    Another 2M might get a deal done?
    Lets hope the board keep going the extra mile to get this lad in.

  • 44 toon-farmer // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    any1 know if remy is playing??????????

  • 45 RooneyToons // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Nick 69

    Are you for real???
    Drop the only natural finisher as soon as he has a dip in form??
    so who do you want to start in his place.. Ameobi? Ranger?

    get a grip pal

    What do you think that would to his confidence
    We need him on the pitch and he needs our support

    Its not like he’s been missing open goals now is it… we’ve created about 1 chance a game for him no wonder he’s not scoring.
    He’ll be banging them in with the new creativity we have in the squad now


  • 46 tequilamag // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Rainrix yeah why wait to see what happens when they can get a moan in early..

  • 47 toonfield // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Nick, tads – who do you think should start in the striker role on tuesday? You obviously dont rate cisse. So what do you suggest?

  • 48 nufc_eire // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    I think (but really hope this doesnt happen) this is the team that pardew will throw out against villa


    Haidara wont get playing, mbiwa and sissoko will be 60min substitutes. Im really worried that now we have gouffran we will revert to a 4-4-2

    The dream team for the rest of the season

    —Ben Arfa———————PEA——–

    Subs: Butland, S.Taylor, Haidara, Tiote, Marveaux, Obertan, Gouffran

    Options left, right and centre!!!

  • 49 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM


    nick and rooney your both right in your own ways including the fact that cisse is still scoring so he’s not too much out of form.

    i think cisse needs a bit of luck like last season (being in the right place at right time) or keepers being slightly out of position when he shoots but facing facts we do rely on him a lot now that ba has gone as we do not have anyone even half decent (cambell too young and needs experiance) and gouffran will be playing alongside him to take his place atm.

    i honestly think we are not giving gouffran the credit he deserves and think he will get tons of goals for us this season and next outscoring cisse by a fair few.

  • 50 tequilamag // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    nufc eire, can`t see any reason why MYM would not play but even if that was the case Saylor is fit so why would he play Willo?

  • 51 RooneyToons // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Cant believe people are suggesting we buy Sordell

    Have you even seen him play? He’s shocking
    1 goal in the championship this season hahahahaha

    My mate at work is a Bolton season ticket holder and is always going on about how bad he is

  • 52 jeraziah // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    @nufc_eire and all you other twats that leave Tiote on the out for your starting XI.. Are you mad?

    He’s one of our best players. People forget fast… he’s been a monster for us previous seasons. £20m player.. Starter in the Ivory national team.. Immense BEAST that just have had a little bit of dip in form.

    The real XI:

    —Ben Arfa—————Marveaux/New Player

  • 53 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    the way i think the team will go for villa is


    arfa not fit yet hence he’s not in team mbiwa i think he will watch his first competitive game before coming on as a late sub and sissoko and gouffran start to bring motivation into the team.
    imo not marvaux’s best position though but he’s a major pain to defending teams anywhere in the final third of the pitch.

  • 54 toonfield // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    After watching gouffrans highlights i cant wait to see him in action for the toon. Fast, skillfull and a good eye for goal.

  • 55 Ian Toon // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Beefman– Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. We all want Ferguson to come through but he needs to go out on loan. He is not best equipped for a relegation battle.

  • 56 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM


    i shall let you withdraw that comment before telling you that tiote’s currently on afcon duty 🙂

  • 57 toonfield // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Croftus- i think that might be a good shout for the team on tues. Only difference i think is whether pardieu thinks saylor is fit enough. So could be saylor or mbiwa with the oher benched. As long as willo is nowhere near the team sheet il be happy.

  • 58 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Theres a BIG difference between not rating someone and stating that relying on an out of form CF too score enough to drag you out Of a relegation battle is short sighted, we need to bring in another to push cisse everyone thought the second ba left he’d start firing them in, personally think he’s looked worse since ba’s gone

  • 59 nufc_eire // Jan 26, 2013 at 4:57 PM


    Forgot Saylor was back fit. For some reason I think Pardew might want more time for Mbiwa to gel with Colo on the training pitch. I would start Mbiwa but I wouldnt be surprised if he didnt


    The fact that Tiote is out of from and Anita is on fire is the reason you drop Tiote. Anita and Sissoko is a better midfield at the moment than Sissoko + Tiote or Tiote and Anita

  • 60 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    If any of the new lads start it will mbiwa i reckon doubt taylor is 100 % fit

  • 61 Nick 69 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    RooneyToons – If you read the full conversation id had I was talking about bringing in RvW and that he’s better than Cisse. So yes if we had RvW I would drop Cisse. He’s a better player, and in better form.

    If you would be happy to start a striker who isn’t scoring goals, when we’re deep in a relegation battle, instead of someone who is in form this season, then I think its safe to say its YOU that needs to get a grip.

  • 62 Toonfan8 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Pardew just told that new players bring to the team power, pace and energy, so Sissoko and Mbiwa are must starting…

  • 63 jeraziah // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    @55 I know he’s on AFCON duty but I just saying that IF we have all avaliable players.. Ben Arfa is still injured aswell so.. DUH!

    Well Tiotes form wont improve not playing him, and he aint that bad.. He’s putting a good performance in today againt Tunisia, playing all 90min with a 3-0 win.

  • 64 Nick 69 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    toonfield – I never said I would drop Cisse for Tuesday. My conversation started by me asking why people were against buying RvW, and I said he was better than Cisse, you then said Cisse would be no.1 no matter who we signed and I disagreed. Hence me meaning if we signed RvW, then I WOULD drop Cisse until he gains some sort of form.

    It’s not that I don’t rate Cisse, it’s that we are in a relegation battle, and to get out of that we need to win, games, and that means scoring goals. Which Cisse isnt doing, so if we we’re to have another option, who has been scoring this season, then he should be starting.

  • 65 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    A little drop of form?? Half a seasons a pretty big dip wheres the point in having quality in several positions if you continue to start tiote based on “on his day”
    Tiote hasn’t had his day since april! Anita’s looked twice the player and if sissoko impresses tiotes got a real fight to get back into the team

  • 66 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM


    i pretty much agree although not much in it but i kinda think cisse looks slightly worse without ba.

    however i think gouffran will help with everything cisse does tbh as one of my pet hates with cisse in his being offside a hell of a lot >.< but with gouffrans speed and cleverness i think it will push defenders back which could prove to be a massive plus in cisse's case.

    i really think now is the time to start playing cambell in europe and maybe some sub appearances as we will definatly need him at some point untill the end of the season atleast.

  • 67 Tekkers29 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    We need to start with Mbiwa as we need him for the pace and power of benteke

  • 68 corkypants85 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Ha ha ha well done droopy bollox good result for you today that lad remy had a stormer oh shiz forgot hes injured allready hope the knob is out for the season

  • 69 Santon03 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Regarding Colo letter to san lorenzo supporters, it’s more like he’s trying to calm them down, because they probably feel angry and dissapointed that NUFC not allowing him to leave.
    I have a feeling with these new signings and with the changes, he will stay until the end of his contract.
    With all these excitements happening in the club, who wouldn’t want to be part of it. It is certainly lift things up even within supporters.

  • 70 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Either way pardew needs to find a way to get cisse scoring or bring in someone RVW to push cisse every step of the way and if he doesnt find his form, we have some one too step up

  • 71 FollowFollow // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I bring you news of the beast: “Youssef Msakni is writhing around in agony after a tackle by Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote.”

    Please don’t tell Cheik he’s got a “real fight” on his hands or our new midfielder will be no more.

  • 72 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I think mbiwa is the most likely to start. Can probably see Pards bringing gouffran and sissoko on after about 60 minutes. Can’t wait to see what they can do against villa though, hoping they all adapt straight away and beat those villains. I suspect Jonas will be in the starting eleven to start.

    Cisse needs a few goals to get his confidence back not one, he needs propped service too. The service in that Norwich game was appalling but he should of had a couple against reading.

  • 73 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I think the team against Villa is very difficult to predict with Pards past history of selections. I have a feeling he will only start 1 of the new lads but not sure which 1 though. If Williamson is in the team he should be shot!

  • 74 toonfield // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Tads – i agree that another striker needs to be brought in – i thought that before ba left.
    Will bring in much needed competition for the striker role. At the moment though cisse is in this role and we need to get behind him.
    There is nobody in the squad to push him. I dread to think what would happen if cisse got injured and no other striker was brought in in this window

  • 75 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Nick i think everyone in the starting eleven will be in it to start lol

  • 76 noladonna // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    i honestly have no idea who pardew is gonna start with at villa i just hope jonas aint in the starting eleven you should earn your right to wear the famous black and white and for me he hasn’t done that all season think there’s very little chance shola will start, i reckon sissoko has to start thou cant see pardew going with the the same trio in the middle as against reading

  • 77 jeraziah // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I just think Tiote is a great player. All players have ups and downs. This first half hasnt been great for him I agree. But I think he will prove you guys wrong when he returns from AFCON.

    I wouldnt want to face both Tiote and Sissoko at the same time. Two powerhouses that would eat up most teams, and I think Tiote is better as DM than Anita so it would give Sissoko more freedom to attack.

    But I could be wrong, we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • 78 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Jereziah – people are posting their teams for the villa game which tiote will miss so less of the name calling.

    Tiotes form won’t improve not playing him? So he won’t give his all to get back in the team? We’ve got competition for places now and no player deserves to be in the team on past form if they’ve been out of form for a prolonged period of time. He needs to shape up.

  • 79 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    I still think we are a good striker short of a pair, but I am pleased that the press has mentioned Robbie Keane – the club is making progress.
    Is is still on loan at Villa?

  • 80 nick_9 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Eastend – don’t start haha, I’ve had a few of those moments over the past few days.

  • 81 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Bit worried if we get this PEA he will be a flop

    Just seems like the type of player who will be good in France we spend a good bit and then he will flop feel the same way about RVW as well just think both of them would be far 2 weak to play in the Premier league

    We need a Lukaku type of striker quick and built like a tank who can dominate defenders

    Also I dont think PEA really wants to come here let him go to City in the summer and rot on the bench for a few seasons as he is not good enough to play with them either

  • 82 aidantoon // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    pea would be good signing, he has very quick feet and good eye for goal. he also has a edge about him.
    I would start all New boys apart from the left back as let’s face it we have been shocking with team that has been playing!!!! sissoko and mapou will be world class in two year!!!!

  • 83 toonicle // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Not really thrilled with the idea of signing another striker this window now. We’d have better options if we wait until the summer. Gouffran can do a job and Cisse will come good with the likes of Cabaye and Sissoko feeding him. Let get a star striker in the summer and then make a top 6 run!

  • 84 davybtoon // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Unbelievable all ppl have done all season on here is moan how we needed a class cb n a driving force in cm n striker with real pace and now we have all 3 non of u think they should are you all crazy
    Yes let’s put staylor in cb after 2month out over a French international on top of his game with champions league experience
    Lets play jonas who has been shocking all season over one of the best box to box midfield player in Europe
    N lets play shola the donkey over a striker who skillfull lighting quick n has great eye for goal
    Anyone who thinks sissoko mbwia n gouffran shouldn’t is a muppet my god I hope pardew dosent think the same way a game we could win we will end up losing

  • 85 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    @Nick 9
    Spot on – a touch of maturity – perhaps a bit more class; don’t over elaborate/ take risks for no obvious benefit; you don’t not mind a ‘killer pass’ going astray – but not one accross the back.

  • 86 archaeomag // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM


  • 87 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    we do need a 4-4-2, i think this team would get a lot of goals although another striker would be ideal… really like the look of aubamayang but siem de jong would be great as well.

    debuchy – yanga – colo – santon
    ben arfa – cabaye – sissoko – marveuax
    cisse – gouffran

    i think thats a great team and obviously we’l have decent options coming off the bench or depending on the situation other players could start – the likes of Saylor, anita, tiote, jonas wouldnt weaken that team and shola, obertan can come on. lets hope ferguson, sammy, tav can all get a bit better.

    Also gosling, raylor and vuckic would all do more than a decent job WHEN/IF they stay fit for a while.

    i think tom ince would be a great signing, left footed, english player, bit of skill, can pick a pass, score a goal… him and a striker should be our next targets

  • 88 davybtoon // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    That should start in there twice got to carried away

  • 89 dembademba // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    team for villa should be

    debuchy – yanga – colo – santon
    anita – cabaye – sissoko
    goufran – cisse – marv

    thats what i hope, although jonas is bound to start prob ahead of sissoko as hes the last one in

  • 90 geordiejamie89 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    SIGN HIM SIGN HIM SIGN HIM. He is a fantastic striker, and on of the quickest around. He’ll catch so many teams out. He’ll score 20 plus goals next season. He’s better than Ba so he would be a good replacement!

  • 91 croftus5678 // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM


    never been a fan of robbie keane (maybe his days at totemham were decent but from liverpool onwards he never seemed a decent striker i would rather get viduka back 🙂

    and yep atm cisse is guarentee’d a starting spot purely because no one else can challenge for it which is no motivation.

    we can not really moan if we do not get one though with these signings we have they have far exceeded my expectations and aslong as we get one in the summer i’ll be very happy (lets hope ashley is hands on from now on)

    i can not wait till villa game now and theres not many games this season i have been looking forward to us playing 🙂

  • 92 donkeypunch // Jan 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    santonthenewmaldini like the idea of a lukuta type player up there with cisse and tbh i really think we should try and buy him at end of season only 19 aswell so would be great investment even if he did cost 15 20 million the guys a beast

  • 93 Carl Cort // Jan 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    remy is another owen? money grabber and injury prone! arfa should play up front with cisse. save the money ashley dont panic buy.

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