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Pardew – Newcastle Now At Full Strength – We Need Wins

4:44 pm, Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 473 Comments

With four new players coming into the club last week in just four days to join Mathieu Debuchy, Newcastle have now brought in five good Frenchman to strengthen the squad this month, and with Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye now fully fit and available, and the great Ben Arfa to return in a couple of weeks time, Newcastle should be able to field much stronger sides than we have over the last two or three months.

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Sylvain Marveaux - in sparkling form recently

And we need to start picking up wins in these games, if we are going to quickly get away from the relegation zone – and we have almost a perfect chance tomorrow night at Villa Park to do just that – and a win will give a huge boost to the Newcastle squad and the fans too.

Alan Pardew has no excuses now – and he says the squad is at full strength (only Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote are really missing):

“It’s a kind of restart for us because we are so much stronger in terms of depth and quality within the group.” “We have got Yohan coming back, and he’s like a new player; Debuchy has come into the building and settled quickly, Sylvain Marveaux is playing well, and then the new boys on top of that.”

“The loss of Demba, I think, really impacted on us. You only have to look at the goals scored and you would have to say it has.” “We have had to react to that and hopefully, we have reacted in the right way.” “We have had a small squad since I have been here and now for the first time, I think I have the full allocation, and that goes without the injury crisis we have suffered this particular year.

“We are up to full strength really and now it is about making sure we get the victories we need to build on this.” “People keep talking about finishing fifth last year and this and that, but that team, I have never been able to field because of injuries or whatever.”

“We now have a strong squad. We will probably have a new look to us and that new look hopefully settles quickly because we have not got a lot of games left.” “It may seem like it, but it won’t be in five games’ time if we are still in this same position.”

The game tomorrow night will be a watershed game – and it will be interesting to see what kind of formation and what kind of game plan Newcastle will have against one of the weakest sides in the division, who have not brought in many reinforcements so far this month.

If we are to get away from the relegation zone quickly, then we need to win tomorrow night – it’s really as simple as that.

What do you think?

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Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Injuries · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor · Yohan Cabaye


473 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beattie25 // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    No way near full strength.

  • 2 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    We’re only missing Ben arfa from our starting 11. I would call that near enough full strength.

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Hello all, hope everyone had a good weekend. Been off for a few days, where are our new players? I was expecting 3 more in by now :)

    Really looking forward to tomorrows game, there is a new confidence surrounding Newcastle, at least it seems that way and there certainly is amongst the fans and that should be enough to see us through tomorrow…fingers crossed.

    Hoping this is a turning point and we can really kick on from here.

  • 4 Faddj // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    hellaw, me and a few pals are venturing to the Aston Villa game for our first away game, if anyone else on here is going, could you get in touch and let me know where all the toon supporters are going for a drink before the game, don’t fancy a pint with the Villa fans!

    I’m on twitter, @Faddj, someone get in touch, please and thanks.

  • 5 pk // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Agree with Pardew. Apart from Tiote and Ben Arfa, we are full strength. If the new boys hit the ground running, we will soon climb the table and out of trouble. Sissoko excites me the most. Looks a beast

  • 6 GAZ09 // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    As close to a full strength team as we’re going to get!

  • 7 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    We have got Yohan coming back, and he’s like a new player ….

    … classic we’ve been waiting weeks for this line to blurt out of his rubbery gob… lol

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I dont even reckon tayls is fully fit tbh and was only on the bench due to the fact we had no one else
    Also dont think he will be getting the nod infront of a lad who was club captain at 23, a full international, and guided his team to a league title
    Wait who does that sound like? Oh yeah cabaye so would everyone of been happy with cabs making a few 10 minute sub appearences when he signed? No? Same for mbiwa the lad is exactly what we need to shore up our defence not warm the bench behind a want away captain and a sick note ffs
    Also note pardew hasnt mentioned taylor being fit…

  • 9 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Hatem…At least it wasn’t said to compensate no actual new players arriving.

    Good to see him acknowledge Marvs form also. Really interested to see who emerges as the starting 11 over the next few games.

  • 10 Beattie25 // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Super mag

    I was talking more of the left wing options and striking options.

  • 11 John Tudor // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    imho if pardew makes cockup of the selection of the team and we do not get a result, he is at fault

  • 12 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    tads…Didn’t Cayabe arrive during pre-season? He would have had some time to adapt to the team etc, mind you, I would think that a non adapted Mbiwa is better than Williamson :)

  • 13 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    If he isn’t fit then we shouldn’t risk playing him. He’s only ever a couple of games away from another medium/long term injury. I have no doubt that M’Biwa is the better player and I would have no complaints if he started.

  • 14 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I see your point. We only have 3 strikers in Cisse, Gouffran and Shola. 1 bang out of form, 1 is untested and the other is just Shola. However, that’s all we have. Another striker would be very helpful.

  • 15 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Playing CB can’t be too different from club to club most have a back four.

    They’ve had a couple of training sessions … jobsagud’n

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    He did, but he’s our earliest signing next to debuchy, he’s played with debuchy sissoko and cabaye and he’s match fit, he’s trained with the squad imo its a no brainer rather he start against villa and have a game to know his team mates than watch one then start against chelsea!!

  • 17 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Tads…I do expect him to start, but I do worry about who we would be able to direct free kicks at without Willo…what a dilemma…

  • 18 yo-yo // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I wouldn’t play Marv in left midfield with Santon LB. That way will leave gaps for their right winger to attack.

  • 19 Raffo // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I think Mbiwa and Sissokho have to start.






  • 20 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I think we should now rest easy in view of the fact that our Captain Colo is now staying at the Toon for at least until the summer to lead the fight against relegation. A true hero of the people. An unfortunate letter was published which caused some offence to Toon supporters -however we now know that what the letter said was not really what the letter said – this news has allayed the fears of many Toon fans after the letter was translated by that well known Spanish linguist, Percy Panais, our esteemed manager.
    You will be aware of Captain Colos’ need to get back home to Argentina immediately in order to be with his estranged wife who was ill. Captain Colo is now willing to stay until the summer not because of what has been reported in the press -that he has been threatened by Toon lawyers but because of a miracle in Argentina.
    I am reliably informed that a famous South American shaman called Amasina -a Trio shaman from Surinam was draughted in to help Mrs Coloccini. After his examination he applied a poultice (made from medicinal forest plants and chicken entrails) onto the torso of his patient and following various chants and a secret ritual -any ailments to the unfortunate spouse will be magically placed in suspended animation for 6 months -which should allow courageous Captain Colo to stay in England without any worries and return to his wifes’ bedside in the summer, which is great news for all concerned.
    Viva jungle medicine.
    Viva la France.
    Viva le Toon.

  • 21 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Yo-yo…Marv and Santon both on the left isn’t covered enough as you say.

    I’d probably go:


    Or something along those lines anyway.

  • 22 Newcastle for alltid // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I’m really excited by these new signings and what they’ll potentially do to out form and results. Combined with getting Cabaye, Saylor and (soon) Ben Arfa back, we SHOULD soon be back on winning ways.
    I do, however, fear that tomorrows game will be a huge anti-climax. It has been so hyped now. The fact is that it’s an away game against a side desperate for a win, and they do have players who can punish us. We have to win this game, as simple as that, just like we had to win the game against Reading. If we lose against Villa, we have games against Chelsea and Tottenham coming up. Imagine what kind of sh1t three defeats would leave us in.

  • 23 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    That is the worry!
    Maybe drop colo and give wilo the armband? Seems the only logical action tbh

  • 24 Beattie25 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I just think LW is THE biggest weakness.

    Marv and Ober could do a job but we all know who will be there tomorrow night.

  • 25 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    The lack of arguments on the blog is most alarming this week. I say Jonas has to start LW. discuss

  • 26 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Mister tuff

  • 27 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Mister…Don’t suppose you heard anything about the club recruiting that shaman to join our medical team?

  • 28 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    If Pardew is starting players on form Gutierrez & Willo should be nowhere near the starting line up

  • 29 Raffo // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Toon army – Willo is the first who should be dropped IMHO. If Collo isnt in the team then the skipper should be Cabaye/MBiwa/Saylor

  • 30 jonman // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    @GFN_France: We understand that #NUFC have enquired about the availability of #Standard Liege’s French central midfielder William #Vainqueur. #Newcastle

  • 31 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Its a joke man!

  • 32 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    tads…I’m sure Pardew has a master plan, fear not :)

    Tequila…This blog has become sickening. A Jonas start should throw a few curve balls though…which is in great need :)

    I can definitely see him starting tomorrow, I would say there is no chance all the new players will start tomorrow, Pardew is a cautious guy and will want Guti and his covering ability on the field from the start imo. For me, Sissoko and Mbiwa need to start (obv Debuchy as well), Gouffran and Hadeira (spelling?!?) on the bench and a run out later in the game if needed or possible.

  • 33 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    We haven’t scored from a corner or indirectly from a free-kick all season, and we’re still targeting Willo v Reading … it would be funny if it wasn’t so insane. lol

    Think we’ve seen the end of Willo?
    Epitaph – Always gave 100% but panicked too easily.

  • 34 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    “The loss of Demba, I think, really impacted on us.”????

    The rotting problem has always been there..It just surface earlier. Maybe that’s what you “mean”.

  • 35 GeordieDan // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM


    Unfortunately I’m not going-couldn’t get a ticket.

    Could you do me a massive favour and take a huge “Who’s YOUR next Messiah Villa scum?” banner/poster?

    I’ll never forgive or forget what those ******** did when we were about to get relegated.

  • 36 davybtoon // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    @30 rmc are backing that story and saying we will bid in next 24hours

  • 37 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Ibiza, my thoughts entirely. Can`t see MYM and Sissoko not starting.

  • 38 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Ibiza – not to join the medical team but to become manager- now there’s an idea.

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Am I being ungrateful because I still want us to sign a forward? :-D lol

  • 40 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    I hope he doesn’t play it too cagey. We’re better than them if we just play football. No silly rigid formations designed to keep clean sheets.

  • 41 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Mister…So instead of a man flicking through a note pad we could expect some geezer with some assorted bones pierced through his nose and ears mixing up some brew on the touchlines and waving his arms in a mysterious manner.

    Why not? I’m game.

  • 42 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Over the line, through the door and into the building. Now to get them on the bus. Its all progress I suppose.

  • 43 Twatter // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    The fact that people are still putting Gutierrez in their starting line-up is staggering. Almost as staggering as Pardew doing it.

  • 44 jonman // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM


    His contract running down, spurs have been after him.. If its the same player???

  • 45 GeordieDan // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Sammy Ameobi just posted on Twitter that they’ve all just landed from a terrifying flight down to Birmingham!

    He says “Just landed from the scariest flight ever-so much high-pitched screaming going on”

    REALLY hope that hasn’t effected the lads too much. Not exactly great for the pre-match nerves! :(

  • 46 Beattie25 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    I know it sounds weird but I would be hugely disappointed if we didn’t sign a striker/winger.

    I think this window has shown Ashley cares that we remain in the PL but knows nowt about football if a LW/SS isn’t signed.

  • 47 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Twatter….Glad I could be of service :)

    I expect he’ll be starting for now, although ultimately his place in the team is disappearing.

  • 48 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Twatter , Jonas is not the force he was but Santon is still poor defending and needs a babysitter . In the 4 games Jonas has not started we have conceded 15 goals.

  • 49 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    “It may seem like it, but it won’t be in five games’ time if we are still in this same position.”

    Are you trying to say we will might not even be in the last four but Bottom third? Replacing QPR or Reading?

    Ya…I have said that “it wont be in 5 games … that the new players will settle in and gel. That’s the problem when we get in players during the Jan windows, its always going to be hard. -Pardew signing off.

  • 50 NUFC1985 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Need another quality forward. Against the big teams we’ll have to play 4-4-2, Gouffran and Ben Arfa on the wings because Jonas isn’t good enough. That would leave Ameobi playing up front with Cisse, Ameobi isn’t good enough. Coloccini will probably leave this year so we’ll only have S.Taylor & Mbiwa at CB…if either are injured we have to resort to the useless Williamson or Perch. Could do with another CB.

  • 51 davybtoon // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    jonman – got till 2016 on it still i read but is available at 2.5, 3m

  • 52 check the toastie // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Ibiza – i agree with your team think the halfwit will keep Jonas in, as he owes him money for his gambling debts.

  • 53 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Ibiza… mission accomplished

  • 54 TurkishFan101 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Pardew will most likely go for 4-3-3, as we saw last game Cabaye was linking allot with Debuchy so the formation always changes with Pardew and that’s what keeps us inconsistent and the reason that we lost all games recently along with hoof ball and substitutions which were panics.

    Marvo——— Cisse——Jonas—–

    Also switching to a 4-2-3-1 as Cabaye lurks around as a playmaker behind Cisse.

    But knowing pardew, Amoebi will play on the right, he will switch in games to 442 to 433 to 4231 and all players will look confused.

  • 55 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Check….He seems to have a lot of debt to a lot of people doesn’t he?

    We all know Pardew values, when a squad is lacking confidence, graft players rather than luxury players. Once the team starts clicking I would expect the team to change.

    Don’t know if I agree or not tbh, but it’s what I expect and at this moment in time, as long as we start getting some points I couldn’t care less.

  • 56 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    He’ll start Jonas LW and Shola Ameobi RW.
    Probably drop Marv to reward his good play.

  • 57 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Tequila…We’ve done all we can, now it’s up to Pardew to finish the job.

  • 58 jonman // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM


    Not the player I was thinking about. One for the future I guess

  • 59 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Yeah, Dennis Bergkamp never likes planes

  • 60 Beattie25 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I still think Andy Carroll on deadline day!

  • 61 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    This is what the team will be:


    Debuchy Williamson Coloccini Santon

    Obertan Sissoko Anita Gutierrez



    This is what the team should be:


    Debuchy Mbiwa Coloccini Santon

    Anita Sissoko Cabaye Marveaux

    Cisse Gouffran

  • 62 davybtoon // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    jonman – nope hes 24 probably means we will b looking to move tiote on in the summer

  • 63 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    I would like to declare my support for Ibizas’ new campaign to replace our manager Percy Panais with a South American shaman called Amasina from Surinam.
    Ibiza -a bold move indeed but I will support you.
    Meet the new managerial candidate. Link:-

  • 64 GeordieDan // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM


    Aye but he didn’t get on ANY plane.

    I pity the fool! Sorry :(

  • 65 GeordieDan // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM


    He won’t play Williamson. Ne chance this time.


  • 66 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Actually, I have a feeling that he might start Shola.

  • 67 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    On the Jonas debate:

    Those saying that he needs to look after Santon need to realise he is playing on the wing. His role is to beat players, cross the ball, create chances and get the odd goal here and there. He does none of this.
    No offence to the lad but he seems to hinder us going forward more than helping.

    I understand that Santon needs help but if Santon is so far up the field at times someone should fill the gap while he gets back. We shouldn’t just play Jonas on the basis of him basically playing as a 2nd LB. I know Santon is not the best at defending but there are other alternatives to having Jonas babysitting while he hinders the team offensively.

    But we all know he’ll be on the team sheet tomorrow. :roll:

  • 68 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Mister…Thank you for the support. I’ve been saying for ages now we need a new manager in, it’s about time people listened to me :)

    Bit worried about how wor Amasina and the North East weather, plus he needs to put some thought in to his colour scheme, work a bit more black and white in there.

  • 69 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Willo will FINALLY be out of the lineup. In all honesty I think that’s the 3 points right there!

    Can’t wait to see how Sissoko gets on. Can you imagine him and Tiote side by side in top form?

  • 70 boater // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I’d start Jonas for a steadying influence on the new players. A complete overhaul’s exciting but it could go tits-up big time if we concede early doors. Also like to see Gouffran start – still a bit puzzled where the goals are coming from otherwise.

  • 71 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Super…From what I have seen of Sissoko, I imagine he would be able to cover a lot of ground and should be able to support Santon a fair bit. Hopefully that will lead on to us being able to play an attacking minded player in an attacking position…madness, but it may just work….

  • 72 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Don’t you love the sheer jubilation on this blog because Williamson won’t be starting tomorrow? :lol:

  • 73 GeordieDan // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM



  • 74 alf // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Anyone heard of, William “Winner”Vanquier? As NUFC have submitted an offer!

  • 75 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Super, agreed but like I sat without Jonas we have conceded 15 goals in 4 games so whoever is doing Jonas job whilst he is out is not getting back enough to cover Santon. It`s a balancing act between being offensive and making sure we don`t leak goals,

  • 76 stretchintoon // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    i’d love us to get a world class striker in to partner papiss

  • 77 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    To be honest, I haven’t saw much of our new signings to have an opinion on them. I bet that applies to a lot of others on here too but because they’re foreign they’re suddenly great players. I’m not saying they’re not, it’s just too early for me to form a proper opinion on them.

    If it’s true about what you’ve just said about Sissoko then I also think it will allow us to play a more attack minded game.

  • 78 Novocastrian66 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I’m dreading tomorrow night. Too much at stake to enjoy a game like this. I only hope the new boys settle in quickly and we get a much needed win. Think I’ll be watching from behind the sofa and between my fingers!

  • 79 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    What the hell was Sammy doing on the flight -I thought he would have already been loaned out.

  • 80 brighter // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    I think that Jonas does not have the ability to patricipate in XI anymore.

  • 81 brighter // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM


  • 82 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Super…Are we supposed to have watched new players previously to form an opinion on them? That doesn’t sound right…

    I should have said, from what I have seen, which isn’t much… :)

  • 83 boater // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I think people who assume Williamson being dropped will guarantee results are halfwits. Everyone has played badly this season – which points to a tactical/organisation/fitness/psychological problem generic to the squad. Williamson is the last line of defense – and probably the least proficient performer in the team so he has become the scapegoat.

    I know mob mentality likes to skim over trifling concepts such as logic and perspective – but to cling to the idea that our ails will be miraculously be healed by dropping one player (Jonas, Willo) or adding another one (Marveaux, etc.) you lack the most basic of reasoning skills.

  • 84 Paps // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Vainqueur would be a poor signing imo

  • 85 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Stretch so you prefer a 442. Who would you drop from CM from Anita Cabaye and Sissoko?
    Or do you favour Jespers 443 formation? (only joing Jesp I know it was a typo)

  • 86 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Pardew have already said before that he wont replace a player (fringe player) unless they played badly in his view. (… Rtylor got his chance of playing 1st team football, etc)

    Will see, if Pardew is consistent then he wont replace much. With Jonas and Williamson. or Maybe Just replace Williamson.

    Because Manager usually don’t really change CD much when the game started.

  • 87 remy D // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Good point there as always by mister softy

  • 88 Beattie25 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Santon needs help from Pardew not Jonas.

    The tactics need to evolve so that Santon can bomb forward and be joined by the left winger not be covered by him.

    All it takes is for Anita to slip in to LB from DM and were sorted.

    If we ask Ben Arfa to babysit Debuchy we might as well book our tickets for Derby away next season.

  • 89 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Boater, well said mate.

  • 90 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM


    The only reason Willo plays is because Saylor is constantly injured and we have no others.

    With Saylor and Mbiwa fit, I think Willo is a new fringe player.

  • 91 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    When Pards says “full allocation”, I think he is referring to the squad of 25 over-21 players that he is allowed:
    Tim Krul
    Rob Elliot
    Steve Harper
    Davide Santon
    Mathieu Debuchy
    Danny Simpson
    Ryan Taylor
    Fabricio Coloccini
    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    Steven Taylor
    Mike Williamson
    James Perch
    Cheik Tioté
    Moussa Sissoko
    Vurnon Anita
    Yohan Cabaye
    Jonás Gutiérrez
    Romain Amalfitano
    Dan Gosling
    Sylvain Marveaux
    Gabriel Obertan
    Hatem Ben Arfa
    Yoan Gouffran
    Papiss Demba Cissé
    Shola Ameobi

    All of the other players are either under-21 players or Xisco…

  • 92 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    True, but you could say the same for Cabaye, Saylor and Tiote who give us more solidarity in defence too. No doubt that Jonas helps a lot with defending but going forward he offers very little when he should be doing a lot more than he is.

  • 93 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM


    You clearly have not seen his numerous defensive errors….

  • 94 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Beattie, or you could argue that Simmo often looks exposed because HBA does not track back. Wingers and FB work best as a pair. ie Enrique and Jonas had a great understanding and would double up in defence and attack.

  • 95 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM





    What do ya think? could this team compete in the premier league and slaughter villa tomorrow?

  • 96 Munster Mag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    I’m a bit surprised that we are not chasing a striker. one injury to Cisse and its back to Shola. Is Gouffran a player who can ply up top in the prem league? Doubt it. Hope we get one more….

  • 97 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Dont you think Anita would be better off kept in midfield. We could use Jonas at LB, since his saving grace now is his stamina and defensive effort. I think that’s a perfect position for him now.

  • 98 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Super I had already made the point earlier in the thread that Jonas was no longer the force going forward that he used to be.

  • 99 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Beatrice…I haven’t given up on us signing another forward either.

    …hoping for PEA :-)

  • 100 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    formation screwed up

    obertan gutierrez

  • 101 crawcrook3 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Am I reading between the lines incorrectly here. If Saylor is not fit and Mbiwa on the bench, then Willo starts. Was looking forward to going to the game, but getting very nervous now, if that is the case. Hate being negative towards a player, but been to 5 away games this season and a lucky draw at Reading was our only point. Or am I a Jonah! But at least Sissoko is definitely starting.

  • 102 GeordieDan // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:49 PM


    They’d have bother competing in the blue square premier league at the minute-BUT they’d probably still beat Villa! :D

  • 103 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Tequila @93
    Totally agree that full backs and wingers have to work as a pair to do well. Look at Baines and Pienaar as an example. They destroyed us in both games this season and have done it to other teams too.

    Simpson ckearly wasn’t on the same wave length as HBA (Not many players are), but I’m sure Debuchy will link up much easier than Simpson did.

  • 104 GeordieDan // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    NUFCarter That last comment was regarding btw.

  • 105 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:51 PM


  • 106 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Maybe Pardew is trying to hang onto his last remaining Englishman in the starting lineup with Williamson

  • 107 JP...from The Rock // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    If we draw or even lose against Villa and then go all out and perform against the Bigger Teams ie Chelsea etc I will be pis*ed as this constantly happens. The seasons we have not done that we end up in the top 6. But most of the times we tend to play dismal footbal for the crucial 6 pointers and then play a blinder against the Big Teams, that is soooooo frustrating! This time we CAN NOT AFFORD TO DO THAT!

    Give us something to cheer about and new boys show the rest how it’s done please.


  • 108 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Yes, like some have ald said before. Its the style of play. When a player so being close down or needed to pass, there are NO OPTION.

    A normal play will almost see a Triangular shape of players running and the player on the ball will have a side and forward option to pass the ball to.

    But you don’t see that in the team.

    Even if Williamson wanted to pass the ball to someone he just couldn’t, there are NO Option. Often, without much technical abilities, it will results in CLearing the Ball.

    It just show the weakness of the team.

  • 109 Tsunki // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Whether Jonas hampers our left sided threat going forward or not is immaterial, looking after Santon is exactly what’s been happening. Not a good option compared to getting an accomplished LB in the first place and letting santon understudy.
    It all started with Raylor being covered by Jonas which was ok because Raylor knew his part and rarely abandoned his spot for the odd set piece. Cue Santon being thrown in when not ready and copying the disastrous simpson surge and abandon technique. Witness the subsequent ruination of Gutierrez’s game. Now we have a winger who isn’t a FB and a FB who thinks he’s a winger (and he definitely aint that either).

    I think a top LB with Santon to bench and also rest Jonas for a while so someone like Marv Obertan or even benny can haunt that spot for a while. I wouldn’t put Jonas and santon on at the same time ever again, they don’t work.

  • 110 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Regarding Santon – it it not Jonas job babysitting him.

    …we rely on our fullbacks to go forward and when we are hit on a counter you cannot expect them to get as quick.

    That is why you deploy DM’ers. For me this is where the problems is. They are not safeguarding the defense (nor are they helping out in attack)

  • 111 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Vainqeueur – ?!?!?! First I’ve heard of this link and I’m ITK !!! Haha

    Ok maybe not…but it is the first connection to him I have heard/read. Can’t see it having any legs to be honest – seems a position we are well and truly covered in.

  • 112 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Tequila @97
    Fair enough. It’s clear that he’s lost his attacking instinct and most of his pace. For that reason he shouldn’t start. I can sort of see why Pardew starts him but there are better options in my opinion.

  • 113 Williamsonsuks // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Williamson? Nooooooo! Get rid, sell him to stevenage or clydebank. If he’s on the team sheet, we say good bye to the 3 points. Benteke would have a great time with willy. No! No!No!…… Did I say No? :D

  • 114 Oldgit1 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I’m ok with both shola and willo starting tomorrow. I read shitu comments after their match with Aston villa whose defence Had an average of 5ft 8 inches tall, and they were begging the tall guys to miss the target. So two tall lads when corners are taken maybe a good thing. I bet that willo would score. So perhaps this is AP plan.

  • 115 Beattie25 // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:57 PM


    Simpson should support Ben Arfa in attack. Ben Arfa shouldn’t help Simpson in defense.

    The job of a modern day full back is to join the attack. In which top 4 club do you see a winger helping the defense as often as Pardew tries to make ours?

    Again I will give the Everton example of how it should be done.

    Baines help Peinarr in attack, overlaps, plays fluid attacking football and creates chances for the forwards.

    When it comes to covering, Distin shifts to LB when Baines is upfront and the DM slips to CB.

    Now when the opposition have the ball Peinarr stays up front to play of a counter and Baines is again helped by his CB/DM.

    That’s how to do it!! Nothing you can say can change my mind!!

  • 116 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Willo really wasn’t that BAD IF we can play a little better in terms of controlling the ball. This often gives him some confidence and he will even dribble and bring the ball forward. (but try not to do that, unlesss needed or a chance to attack)

    Did everyone saw what he did? ….But his heading abilities was terrible for a CD.

  • 117 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Tsunki, jesper

    We should move Santon up as a winger, and push Jonas back.

    Just look at their strengths:
    Santon: Dribbling, crossing, angled runs
    Jonas: Work rate, stamina, defense

    Well all recognize Jonas is impotent on offense now, but still works his ass off on defense.

    It seems like the perfect switch to me. If Pardieu did that I would have restored faith.

  • 118 ITUNDERASHELL // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    The reason l wanted M’biwa was because he can play anywhere across the back line, he can also play as a defensive midfielder.
    We could line up with M’biwa at leftback or doubling up with Sissoko in midfield with dreamboat allowed to play further forward.
    The idea of playing Santon further forward appeals to me, but with the squad we have now players are going to rotate apart from the very best of them.

  • 119 Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Tsunki and Jesper
    Absolutely spot on. I couldn’t have said that better myself.

  • 120 lesh // Jan 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Mister Tuff @9….. I and many thousands of fans will feel much better now we’ve read your post.

    Phew, thought we were gonna have some probs with Colo, he’sprobably sacked his letter writer by now and will no doubt want to demonstrate his 110% commitment to th cause/.

    What does Mr Tuff want of the lads? He wants a happy squad and an efficient squad….. one cannot live without the other and they will be led of course by Capn Colo!

  • 121 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    The game is just passing Jonas by.
    He’s a yard short. He has picked up more cards this year.
    Not so many refs are giving free-kicks to him for falling over in the last ten minutes.

    Can’t cross, can’t shoot, can’t run passed a fullback.
    Bench and sell him and Colo in the summer.

  • 122 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Beattie I would never want to make you change your mind. Your great just the way you are. In all seriousness though we just see the game differently. I don`t claim any special insight just putting my thoughts out there.

  • 123 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    It’s not Willo’s ball control that’s the problem, it’s his defensive mistakes. His work on LeFondre’s first goal was appalling. And he’s constantly making those mistakes that result in goals thus deflating our team.

    btw, SSN saying Danny Graham has told Swansea he wants to leave for “personal reasons”. Figure he wants to come to NUFC?

  • 124 JP...from The Rock // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    davis_toons- Exactly. It’s something we’ve been guilty of for years. I keep complaining about the terrible passing but I can’t help but notice the lack of support from Newcastle team-mates. We really are bad at passing and moving and I think Pardew has realised this and by the signings we have bought this window. I remember Pardew mentioning at the beginning of his Toon Career that he wanted us to adopt a slick passing game along the deck. I bet he’s been just as frustrated as we have seeing the likes of Gutierrez, Willo, Simmo and Tiote constantly lose us the ball, especially after the great season they had. He must be scrating his head just like us and therefore I understand his comment on Sissoko being his most exciting signing and maybe a dig at our ‘old’ CM’s to up their game because this guy will quickly earn his spot in the middle of the park. In the middle is where we have been the weakest I feel. With the midfield not supporting the defense well enough we will always leak goals and even make Tim Krul look bad.

    Hopefully Sissoko and M’biwa will start tomorrow and we’ll win and push on from there.

  • 125 Beattie25 // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:04 PM


    I signed off on that post pretty strongly, sorry about that.

  • 126 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Norcal…I could easily see Santon do a Bale for us in the future ;-)

    …but I don’t think I would want Jonas at LB though.

    Still don’t think it is the LW or forward in a 433′s job to babysit the fullback. The DM safeguard the defense. If we have a problem in that department, then we should play with two DM :-)

  • 127 saxonfenken // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    IMO, I sincerely believe that at long last we have the players running in behind, opponents defense, so we can expect more goals to come from our midfield players. in the past two years we have relied heavily on Ba and Cisse.
    Cabs and HBA chipped in with a few, but both have been missed so badly over the bad run we have had. With Sissoko making runs from deep it will open things up a lot more for our strikers.

  • 128 Williamsonsuks // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Mbiwa isn’t tall but is great in the air. He’s strong, confident and I’ve no doubts about sticking him straight in. Bold statement, I’ll eat my words if I’m wrong. With a new, strong, confident defence, it’ll make the midfield stronger, knowing that a mistake wont always concede a goal.

  • 129 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Beattie no worries mate.

  • 130 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    lesh @119 yes it is always better to have the facts in the public domain -in order that we can make informed decisions/arguments. Dis-information is a terrible thing – I feel a sense of well being after revealing the truth to Toon fans.
    Vive forest medicine
    Vive la France
    Vive le Toon

  • 131 boater // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Santon is right footed, can’t shoot, has 0 assists in 47 starts, is unwilling to track back, and has to cut infield every time he runs with the ball- narrowing the pitch. Sounds like a blinding winger to me.

  • 132 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I’m with you, I think switching Jonas and Santon would inherently fix that tactical problem and make us more balanced.

    Apparently Mbiwa can play across the back line, maybe we could put him at LB and have Jonas fill the water bottles.

  • 133 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    “Simpson should support Ben Arfa in attack. Ben Arfa shouldn’t help Simpson in defense.”

    Yes, this is one thing that Simpson cant help much in. ..but trying very hard to (maybe contract renew)

    We can attack well on the right if HBA is back.

    Santon and JoseE are different, Santon is young, loves to attack and Jose is a “BULL” in defence. Santon is still learning the game to tag with Jonas. Jonas was often found playing at CD/LW/LB tbf. (apart from his weakenss)

    Santon got more defensive skill sets to learn and improve on. When to attack and when he should retreat back and cover his role and CD.

  • 134 boater // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    williamsonsuks “I’ve no doubts about sticking him straight in. Bold statement, I’ll eat my words if I’m wrong. ”

    Really? You mean you’ll write a few comments on a message board if the decision backfires? Wow you are one daring son of a gun.

  • 135 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Brilliant. could get used to this next season.

  • 136 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM


  • 137 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    For me, cutting in was fine just like Bale…But of course both teams are different, in terms of team composure when we lost the ball.

  • 138 Williamsonsuks // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    @boater… That’s right
    Walking on a tight rope I am :p
    Hardly ever post, until I seen the possibility of Willy playing.

  • 139 JP...from The Rock // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I think Pardew’s vision is to move Santon to compete with Debuchy for RB in the distant future and buying a LB to challenge Haidara at the LB spot. But first he will replace Gutierrez with a quality winger that can dribble and cross at pace in the summer.

  • 140 north_country_boy // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    To be honest I’d take Danny Graham til the end of the season and then go for another 10-12m player in summer so next season we could go in with Cisse, Graham, Gouffran and new player plus the likes of Campbell and Ameobi on the fringes. Add a commanding centre half (or two if Colo leaves) and then just need to fill out the squad with some better youngsters, let the better ones at the minute out on loan and get rid of the deadwood (Ranger, Xisco you know who you are!) The way this window has gone means we shouldn’t have too much to do in the summer to get ourselves ready for next season, just need to make sure we are still in this league. For what it’s worth my team for tomorrow would be similar to most people’s – KRUL, DEBUCHY, COLLO/MBIWA, TAYLOR (think we need to combat Benteke) SANTON, ANITA, SISSOKO, CABAYE, MARVEAUX, CISSE, GOUFFRAN – although I think there might be a case to start Perch as DM and leave Marveaux out as I don’t think Pardew will go gung-ho from the off

  • 141 NUFC1985 // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:16 PM


    Debuchy Coloccini Mbiwa Santon


    Cabaye Sissoko

    Gouffran Cisse Marveaux

  • 142 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Danny grahams handed in a transfer request

  • 143 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Can’t see him starting Saylor after his long term lay-off. He may be reluctant to through Mbiwa in as well, so that means Williamson will play.

    It annoys me how he keeps seeming to drop Marveaux. Gutierrez deserves to be dropped. Flair is more important than work rate. Gutierrez was a proper winger in his first season here, but now he’s lost lots of pace.

    Is crucial that we sign another striker. We need to replace Ba with Bony or Gomis.

  • 144 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    apparently Morgan amilfitano has been told he can leave Marseilles. 3 of 4 premier leagues has been identified as interested WHFC, READING and QPR. Wont be long till NUFC are said to be interested but it wont be true, although would b a great backup to colo and mbiwa with taylor. Then we could send willo on loan to pompey if they think hes good enough.

  • 145 RooneyToons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Boater Santon has 2 assists.. Wigan this season and Chelsea last
    Admitted he hasnt been great crossing wise but he does cause problems for the other team

    Santon was pretty much our best player for the first 10 games but he hasn’t reacted well to our fall in the league.. for me though hes a great talent who will only get better.

  • 146 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Beattie, are you sure i can`t change your mind? Kets agrees with you. ; 0

  • 147 HullMag6 // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Screaming on the flight? Where’s power ranger?

    Seriously though – more midfielders?
    Vainquer? Morgan Amalfitano ?(transfer requested) are they good enough either a LW?

    Deadline day idea Beattie – I was wondering that too

  • 148 yo-yo // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM


    I wonder if Sissoko might play left side to provide that cover you talk about.

    With every match a cup final (funnily enough also which is what Brendan Rodgers words to his second string after they showed a similar lack of commitment to ours) I reckon AP will try to find his best starting 11 right away. He’ll want to settle them early so he’ll bring in Mbiwa and Sissoko and probably Gouffy, though he may be impact sub. Haldaira on the bench to get him into the swing of things.

    If he starts any of Strolla, Sammi, Willo, Simmo, Perch he needs his head examining.

  • 149 RooneyToons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Carter Morgan is a Midfielder/winger

  • 150 breno95 // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I would expect AP, who has asked for new additions, to play mbwia, sissoko and gouffran from the start.
    If williamson and more so shola are in the squad then ashley should sack him immediately.
    Team needs to be:-
    Krul Debuchy Mbwia Colo Santon
    Anita Sissoko
    gouffran Cabaye Marveaux

    Anything else and AP will confirm that its him that is useless.

  • 151 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Galatassaray are gonna be a threat going forward in the champs league. They’ve already got sneijder, now they’ve just signd drogba

  • 152 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    I was just thinking if Jonas was playing on the RB for Arg. Why have we not try HBA with Jonas on the RIGHT. (Before…maybe we are lacking of players previously)

    Just left Santon on the LB with a AML in-front top of him. (MAUX, Obtan, etc)

    If this works, then Debuchy will be sitting on the Bench?

    Then again..
    I dont think it will work, because Jonas FULL defensive qualities is still lacking somewhere, e.g. Man-Marking, off-side trap, etc (But attacking wise could be something)

  • 153 RooneyToons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM


    Morgan is a good little player but i doubt were interested…He plays centre mid and occasionally right wing.

    Vainqueur is a defensive midfielder so i really really doubt we’re after him

  • 154 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    iv’e always thought amalfitano was CB for some reason dont know y?

  • 155 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Its really Pardew job to pick and selected the Best Player for the game. And convince that its the best setup for the game. Players will have no doubt abt it.

  • 156 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    on Santon

    I remember Bale was signed by spurs he was a left back, spurs couldnt buy a win when he played, aul floppy chops sent him up field to LW/LM and bang… a world class player.

    This could potentially be Santon and could be the same path he follows if the management have paid attention to his daring runs and cutting in but for me he doesnt shoot enough which could be a bi product of exposing the left side if possession is lost.

    I’m not one for retraining players into new fulltime positions if they have played their whole careers in a position, but, I think the similarities with Santon and Bale are very uncanny but obviously Bale is the more complete footballer with untouchable pace, that said with more freedom and not thinking about getting back Santon could be very dangerous.

    Anyone agree?

  • 157 HullMag6 // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Anita to play left side cdm to cover santoons raids down the wing and marv cutting in.

  • 158 JP...from The Rock // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I feel we’re left short up front. God forbid Cisse gets injured we’re fuuuked! We need a pacey, striker that can also play on the left. If there was no way of bringing in PEA or Siem De Jong how about we go for a LW a loan with option to buy for Scott Sinclair maybe???

    What do you guys think?

  • 159 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    This has probablly already been mentioned but what does everyone think of it?

  • 160 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:32 PM


    sinclair has played for both swansea and citeh this season.

    Great idea mind!

  • 161 John Tudor // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    pardew will pick his team and will either live by the sword or die by it we can only guess at his selections being right or wrong long lie the revolution mon amis

  • 162 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    TBH, IF Perch, will ever appear in the game, then we can be very sure whats Pardew is all about. NO MORE siding with him, pls.

    There are so much quality midfielders to start or sub. Perch ..really no chance of appearance.

  • 163 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    maybe in a few years time everyone i Newcastle will be speaking fluent French. LOL

  • 164 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    The Strawberry used to run ad in Viz.
    It said Come to the Strawberry drink beer, smoke tabs. Wide selection of crisps

  • 165 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    the older Amal is IMO no better than his wee bro…

    I got dead excited when i read that post but i was thinking of Valbuena until the penny dropped! lol

  • 166 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    …Anyone agree?

    Its a good exposure that can try. But..

    With Santon pushing forward, there must be someone backwards, apart from the wield LB Jonas.

  • 167 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM


    I think the french are sending their players to toon to start a revolution, divide and conquer from within then launch an attack on the UK from the North east! lol

  • 168 NUFCarter // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    maybe they’ll target sunderland and middlesborough next :)

  • 169 Dagwoodz // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    This is what I think the line up for tomorrow’s game SHOULD be:


    This is what I think we’ll actually see tomorrow:


    I think that Haidara is going to come on as a sub for Marveaux, pushing Santon up to LW, Taylor coming in for M’Bwia, and Perch coming on for Cabeye. Of course, it would not surprise me at all to see Strolla coming on for Goofy either. Of course Percy is going to prove me wrong and start Willo, Obertan, Guti AND Strolla…and still use Perch as one of the “super subs”. Gawd I hope not.

  • 170 Williamsonsuks // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Worked with a few French guys and learned a few swear words.
    tet du beat = D1ckhead
    soos mon beat =Suck my d@ick
    vashay broller = f@ck off w@anker
    vagin poo = Smelly f@nny
    pootang = bastard
    Spelling the pronounciation

  • 171 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Would like to see some South American player brought in. We need to loan out Amalfitano as he’s never going to get a game at this rate. We can loan Bigimirana out to Man Utd as they need a couple of central midfielders.

  • 172 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    lol carter

    VIVE LA REVOLUCION (dont speak french… still waiting on torqtoon i thinkit was, who has promised to start classes) haha

  • 173 RooneyToons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Krul to be Kind

    Theres one main reason why Bale will always be streets ahead of Santon… His left foot
    His free kicks, crosses and shots are right up there with Beckham in his prime and this is why he works so well there.
    I think Santon will be a great player but he’s never gonna a good enough winger… you cant teach what Bale has

  • 174 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I hope we go for Danny Graham.
    He’s put in a transfer request unless he’s just attention seeking like Kebe.

  • 175 John Tudor // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    heard he is having medical @ makems tomoz

  • 176 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Sunderland apparently bid 5.5m for Graham, wasn’t he valued at more just a week ago?

  • 177 jeraziah // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Pardew simply cant start Willo or Saylor..

    Willo is a nightmare… Saylor is just back from injury.
    Mbiwa has played regular and is a f****g beast.

    Colo and Mbiwa from start, if not Pardew is a retard.

  • 178 ronjohno // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Sorry but I have no faith whatever in Pardew.
    I think he would ruin Barcelona if he was ever allowed anywhere near them.
    We will see by his selection tomorrow night-same old, same old Jonas and Shola to name just two.

  • 179 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    He’d be a great option off the bench or if Cisse is injured.

    I hate Geordies playing for the scum. Hijack the deal!!

  • 180 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    “Again I will give the Everton example of how it should be done.

    Baines help Peinarr in attack, overlaps, plays fluid attacking football and creates chances for the forwards.

    When it comes to covering, Distin shifts to LB when Baines is upfront and the DM slips to CB.”

    Thanks! Beattie25
    This is defensive team-work which the team can also learn from.

    But then we must also get our passing act together first. The “Triangular” passing..

  • 181 John Tudor // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    if he gets enough rope he may hang himself

  • 182 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 6:59 PM


    Defo cant teach what Bale has, more tricks than paul daniels.

    But the fundamental similarities are there to make a case of pushing him up.

    Personally i dont like left footers on the right and vice versa on the left in defense but further up the field i love it, especially when you haven’t the firepower to convert the high volume of crosses.

  • 183 check the toastie // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Wonder what excuses Pardew will give tommorrow.

    1. ” We have not played for ten days, and i thought it showed, you could tell Villa have played together as a unit a fair bit, knew their jobs a bit better, but hopefully when we get Ben Arfa and Cheick back we should be able to compete a little better.”

    2. We are in a battle now, its time for the players to stand up and be counted, Villa are a massive club and Lambert has done a brilliant job, must say a few of the players need to step up to the plate, the new signings need to hit the ground running, no excuses really, unless im making them.

    3. Thought Jonas and Shola were terrific and they should the new signings of what they need to do to break into the side, Marveaux Anita and Cabaye need to shape up though, they should look at Shola’s and Jonas’s workrate and learn from that example.

    If we lose Pardew must go.

  • 184 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    We already do triangles in the midfield. It’s the final third where we are shit.

  • 185 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    also Bale has a first touch to die for!

  • 186 check the toastie // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Quite like Danny Graham, think he would be perfect back up to Cisse, would be happy on the bench and not to expensive and could stay here for sometime and would bust a gut for the club, Maybe Parsnip still fancies Carroll?

  • 187 tequilamag // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Check, your a little ray of sunshine.

  • 188 John Tudor // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    and danny speaks french

  • 189 Tekkers29 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM


    sorry but if you think we do triangle passing then you need to get your eyes tested as most of the time we just pass sideways. i think we might start to see it now as we have a midfield who can pass and move but if not it will be down to pardew and not the players as they do it for there national teams.

  • 190 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:05 PM


    Only a WIN (be it lucky or what) will stop that REASONINGsss.

  • 191 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM


    Give me an example of who has consistantly done it for their national teams?

  • 192 proudtobageordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    mr tuff

    last nights conversation about three at the back. you wern’t keen. how about collo infront of mbiwa and saylor holding like david luiz does for chelsea

  • 193 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    check the toastie // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM
    …but if we lost the and 3 should be pardew answers…

  • 194 Cool Hand Luke // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Sunderland looking to steal Scharner right from under our very noses apparently… or has this been laughed at already earlier?

  • 195 John Tudor // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    he has the tools for the job, no exuses should be tolerated

  • 196 Tekkers29 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    cabaye, sissoko and anita all play a pass and move game at national level and with there past clubs

  • 197 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Sorry but I do watch the games, rather closely. And yes we DO pass in triangles in the midfield. Though have to admit Anita is responsible for much of it because he’s constantly finding open space to support teammates.

    It’s when certain players barrel down the pitch and run themselves into trouble that’s the problem, then we resort to lobbing towards cisse who really doesn’t fight well in the air.

  • 198 big rich nufc // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Start them all pards we haven’t been good enough in the past few games there’s nothing to lose, we have signed them so please start them. My team would be krul, debuchy, mbiwa, colo, santon, Anita, sissoko, cabaye, marveaux, cisse, gouffran…. Or haidara lb, santon lm and marv behind cisse, and gouffran on as a super sub, either of them would be good.Gutierrez on sub bench and willo not even there he can stay at home or even hopefully move to a league 1 club (his level) by Thursday… Howay the lads

  • 199 John Tudor // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    swansea ballboy dropped for international

  • 200 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I can’t believe there are still negative posts…

    Guys 99% of the fans are on a high at the moment, there is no need at all for this crap, we have got more than we ever imagined from transfers this window, lets see how it unfolds before trying to get folk down.


    No offence man but that post kind of pissed on my cornflakes… lets see what unfolds in the immediate run of games even though we have chelski at home and spurs away coming up and at worst never mind the results but see how the team perform and tactics shift, no matter how good they are we must allow bedding in time

  • 201 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:15 PM


    Cabaye is the only regular international player

  • 202 davis_toons // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Tekkers29 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Even, if the team have done it wasnt too much of a highlight or consistent, therefore some of us really don’t one have the impression that it exits.

    e.g. Spurs, Swansea, Fullham, etc not mention Arsenal, take note there…

  • 203 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Anita and sissoko are just breaking into national teams, Toulouse never played triangles, Anita i agree with but purely on his teachings at Ajax

  • 204 Tekkers29 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM


    sorry but 90% of our passing game is sideways or backwards. the reading game was the only game for a while where we passed it in little triangles and that was only the first half.

    if you watch our reserve team they all try to keep the ball and pass it in triangles but as soon as they move to the senior team they forget everything they have been told.

    i’m just hoping sissoko will drive the team forward and help cabaye dominate the midfield.

  • 205 Tekkers29 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    i don’t just mean the senior national sides they have done it at all levels of the game

  • 206 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Honesty that is probably the main thing that annoys me about management under Pardew the insistence of playing players out of position

    Santon can cross a lovely ball he should have been on the right hand side a long time ago and we should have had a left footer there its this fannying about cutting back onto stronger foots which loses us possession and is so easy for defenders to stop

    Jonas is the worst example of this he has no left foot at all but the last 2 years we play him Left wing should have been playing right wing even if he cant beat the defender he can still get a cross in

    Debuchy can swing a great ball in and Arfa can use either foot maybe Haidara will come in and Santon can move to right wing with Arfa left wing ?!?

  • 207 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    we have the tools now more than anytime from the entertainers era to entertain

    I cant wait to see this team next season. I do believe we have bought our ‘safety’, i would just want to see the rest of this season used to try to implement good on the deck football so we can mount a top 6 challenge next season again

  • 208 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    proud -evening -I don’t think I commented on the defence -got more tied up with “the clown”last night. God knows what team Percy will pick -some have correctly commented that Percy likes to “ease” players back in. If I had to guess :-
    debuchy mbiwa colo santon. I don’t think he’ll play Saylor.
    I only hope to god that if we get one up -he does not put the shutters up -he might just not be able to resist the temptation of doing so. Sissoko driving forward must be the key -I hope Percy has not instructed him not to go too far forward.
    In any event we’ll see what Percys’ thinking is when he announces the team . We need to be straight out the blocks attacking- not sitting back inviting pressure.
    Really looking forward to the team selection -need three points not one.

  • 209 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    I would go for this tomorrow.
    Debs mbiwa colo santon
    Anita sissoko
    Goofy cabs marv

  • 210 boater // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    cheick’s handler has removed his muzzle and he’s back on ranting about jonas and shola.

  • 211 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I see where you are coming from tekkers and you are right that we have bought ball playing footballers, they just havent had the chance to play it yet.

    Pardew has his faults, a purest he most definitely is not but that said he did give us decent footabll most of last season, i do believe he will have us playing it on the deck with triangles soon enough, the class of player we now possess will not allow anything but, watch this space (I SINCERELY HOPE)

  • 212 big rich nufc // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Sissoko and cabaye will boss the midfield tomorrow and mbiwa and debuchy will steady the ship at the back things are looking up for us, I would love to see another striker in by Thursday tho to add competition, because strolla is only good for two games a season… (Mackem slayer) we need better than him, I would love to see pardew bid 8mil and try and get Carroll home or I would even give 4-5mil for Danny graham, he has asked to leave so I would take him, local lad and he would give his all for the toon, roll on villa tomorrow I will be there to see the lads va va voom them lol …..

  • 213 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    lol boater

    So so so shocked to see a negative post before a ball has been kicked after 4 class signings!

  • 214 geordie157 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    should be a strong line up tomorrow.

    same line up as eaststand just said.

    i’ll add the subs,

    Elliot, Haidara, Saylor, Perch, Jonas, Obertan, Shola.

  • 215 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    lol Tekkers you can’t convince me otherwise, I’m saying we DO make triangles in the midfield and keep possession better than we did pre-November. And I’m talking about the games vs City, Man U, and Arsenal not just Reading, which I don’t remember us passing well at all.

    If you’re saying we pass out wide on the attack I half-agree, either obertan or santon fly down the side or we boot it in Cisse’s general directon. That’s approaching the final third though.

  • 216 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    I think haidara will come on at some point tomorrow for santon, overdue rest for the kid if we get comfortable around the hour mark

  • 217 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:38 PM


    If sammy has tweeted about the flight down i think he could be on the bench he should be going out on loan to the championship.

    Bench could be elliot, perch, saylor, sammy, shola, obertan, bigi

  • 218 geordie157 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Is check being serious, or just looking for a reaction!!

    We need to win, which i think we will. Ideally though we do need another striker in, if Cisse doesn’t rediscover his form from last season we could still struggle a bit.

    Hope to see Campbell get a chance in the two europa games, give him a chance, if he does well then we have a useful option off of the bench for the prem games.

  • 219 cestriasteve // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Torq, your the one best placed to answer so:

    MBwia or Saylor and Colo?

  • 220 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM


    if we see cabaye higher up i think with his willingness to come and get the ball and his ability to find space (football brain is his best asset, way beyond his years, but needs it with lack of pace) we will see less lumping to cisse and more boom bosh from mid to cabs to cisse

    we now have the players and balance to break when we lead and villa is the best place to try this giving the disorganisation in their backline… im so so so excited about tomorrow i just peed a little… again haha

  • 221 proudtobageordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    mr tuff

    sorry mate it was sage i was discussing it with. i mentioned 3 at back with 2 wing backs deds and davide. that way our left side gets covered more when he bombs forward? ref the clown @87 think brown nose comes to mind with that comment lol

  • 222 Spuggy // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    I think saylor will start tomorrow if fully fit as he has a partnership with collo. This is the most difficult selection as mbiwa hasn’t kicked a PL ball yet and defence has been out vulnerability.

    Midfield picks itself – Anita Cabaye sissoko

    Up front is again difficult to predict. Could be

    Marv Cisse Jonas


    Gouffran Cisse marv

    Either way I think marv will play alongside Cisse with Jonas. Of course there’s also obertan.

  • 223 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:46 PM


    I posted yesterday about Gouffran, I think he will be immense for us, really looking forward to seeing him in black and white more than any of the rest of them, he will surpise all i’m sure.

    Hope Campbell gets some time against Metalist and if we go through it could be a case of… ‘ze Germans are coming’ (french accent) in t he shape of Hannover (been waiting ages to get that in!) haha

  • 224 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Evening lads- Looking forward to the match tomorrow. Villa is a crapper to park near but can’t wait to see sissoko and the new lads.
    Sissokho Cabaye
    Gouffran Marveux

    Will be a front 6 of this we should be able to control the game against villas young mf.

    Any titbits of info guys? New players coming in ?


  • 225 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Cisse’s first game was villa right? Hope he remembers how to score against them.. go on Papiss

  • 226 check the toastie // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Well. the following team will be typical Pardew, picking players to keep the group happy even though it is clearly not the correct team, i imagine he could actually come up with something like this tomorrow.

    Can people tell me if he is not capable of picking a team like this.


    I swear if he does something like this, which by the way is right up his street, he shouldnt be allowed to take charge of the team and Big Mike should sack him on the spot, from the man who gave you the Marveuax substitution and Cisse/Shola Right Midfield, next up, return of the Hoof. :), wonder if we can go through the game playing the same fourmation, i am looking for a miracle tomorrow, lets wait and see.

    If we are 1up, wonder who comes off for Perch and Bigi on 65 minutes, bet you it isnt Jonas.

    And people who say i am being negative, why would anything change whilst we have the same manager, we now have the best squad of players since Keegan, it is Judgement day for Pardew in my eyes in how he sets the team up and how he continues to be positive all the way through the game 90 minutes not 65, ala Man Utd away.

  • 227 Phoenix // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    New Signings Make Pardew’s Secretary A Happy Bunny 19:30
    That secretary would make anyone a happy bunny

  • 228 numba9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    We stil have not replaced demba ba. The most important thing is goals and we lack badly now he has gone . Even before he went we needed a striker because we all know now how injuries can plague your season. striker needed NOW

  • 229 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    thinking 4231 tomorrow

    debs mbiwa colo santoon
    —–Sissoko Anita
    Gouffran Cabs Marveaux

    Dream Football

  • 230 VanToonMan // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Any idea if the Villa game is televised tomorrow fellas?

  • 231 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:56 PM


    I think you’re exactly right about Cabaye, because that’s what he did last season. His link up with Cisse was superb.

    Hopefully he pushes up higher, he was sitting too deep in the Reading game.

  • 232 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:58 PM


    watch out for gouffran as i said previously
    gonna be great

    I’m really heavily hedging my bets on him
    He better produce or i’ll look a right twonk!


    It’s mainly because a ball hasn’t been kicked and we signed 2 top internationals and 2 u21 internationals

  • 233 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Simmo, Willo, Jonas & Ameobi needed replacing.

    Looks like Simmo & Willo are benched.
    Jonas looks like his legs have gone. A bit early he’s only 29, is he playing injured? Groin?
    Has Pardew seen Jonas isn’t playing well?
    Has Pardew learned not to start Shola?

    We’ll find out tomorrow lol I’m not confident he’ll pick the right team.

    I’ve seen a few people post this team, I quite like it.


    Debuchy Mbiwa Coloccini Santon


    Cabaye Sissoko

    Gouffran Cisse Marveaux

  • 234 check the toastie // Jan 28, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    good link above, to show how shit we were even with a full team, anybody thinking these signings guarentee good football and instant results are deluded, it is going to be one massive struggle, fingers crossed the players can do it despite their self protecting deluded defensive negative thinking manipulating manager.

  • 235 El Tino // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    A lot of pressure on the new boys tmw. Some will settle quicker than others. Hope ppl dont judge them too early, especially as we’re all anxious to see some of them for the first time.

    Also the line up needs to reflect this and the added pressure of a relegation battle away from home.

    The key to beating them would be to stop Agbon n Benteke. Can not leave Debuchy (maybe Santon) alone up against Agbon. So either Jonas has a big job on the right or Obertan will/should play on a wing as well (did well against Bale last season in that role). Also would have Mapou depending on how hes trained or Taylor (even if both are not match fit). Marveaux must start as he’s technically our best player next to Cabaye, and we hold the ball n pass well when they both play.

    Cant remember what formation they played against us when we last played them, but they packed midfield and stifled us. Width is key. I would go for Obertan to start for once, to give width n has the pace to stop Agbon. Jonas as he usually does well against them and extra security n battle away frm home, but would sub him early if we need a goal and unleash Gouffran.

  • 236 check the toastie // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Hatem, Krul that is the team anybody with a right mind would pick, however Pardope wont and everybody knows it, but some wont face up to it. The guy is a loser and is way out of his depth.

  • 237 proudtobageordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM


    wow you really are anti pardew with a passion

  • 238 remy D // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Get a life man will you.if anyone is up
    Anyone’s back door on here it’s you mug lips

  • 239 geordie157 // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Wonder if dummett and Inman will have done enough to earn a new deal next season. Think both are worth giving a one year deal and seeing if a championship side will have them on loan. Hear Conor Newton is impressing at st mirren, be good to see at least one of them come good.

  • 240 check the toastie // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    El Tino – have you been on Pardew’s management training course titled ‘worry like mad about your opponents so much that you strangle any bit of creativity out of your own side’, its one of his best attended courses, he seems like he has mastered it to be fair.

    We go to Villa (who are shit by the way, and have just been beat by Bradford and Millwall) and play our absolutely most talented side and dictate the game from the first minute to the last, totally impose our game on them, win the game and come home and think about imposing our game on Chelsea.

    Thats what good managers do, the likes of Allardyce, Hughton and Pardew spend too much time worrying about who they are playing rather than focusing on there own teams strengths. pfffffffffffftttttttttttt.

  • 241 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    ffs check we all knew what the problem was at the start of the season. Cisse and Ba couldn’t play for shit with each other and Pardew got strong armed by Ba.

    I picture you with a constant scowl as you squeeze your mouse to leave a negative comment every day.

  • 242 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    you have hate issues buddy lol

  • 243 proudtobageordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    the Clowns in the house

  • 244 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:11 PM


    I think having Cabaye back in control of midfield is the key change.
    Taking Willo and Simmo out will stop the panicky hoofing.
    We’ve go strong commanding players in M’Wabia & Sissoko we’ll be a different team.
    Much tougher to go through and better at passing.

  • 245 james589 // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Anyone else seen Ben Arfa talking about his love for PSG again:

    Really hope the project at Newcastle becomes of interest to him…

  • 246 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Hope Graham goes to Sunderland. We’re too good for him. We should’ve snapped up Steven Fletcher though. Everyone was saying that he wasn’t good enough for us, but I knew that he had talent.

    We could do with Scharner as our third choice centre half, so hopefully we’ll make a loan bid. I’d be over the moon if we signed him on a permanent deal.

  • 247 pizzicatochan // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Seriously, how many of you would think we should go for Morgan Amalfitano for LW and mentor of his little brother?

  • 248 geordie157 // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Kets don’t start that Scharner thing again.

  • 249 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Colo will show his real class with mbiwa they will cover each could be the best CB partnership in the prem

  • 250 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    PSG will offer Sakho to us and plus £15m for Ben Arfa. We will accept it on deadline day and then we’ll use the £15m to sign Alderweireld, Bafetimbi Gomis and Wilfried Bony.

  • 251 pizzicatochan // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Oh Kets. Scharner is not French and not from Tyneside. I don’t see he’s coming at all.

    Maybe you could get Barnetta released from the Jesmond Hotel first… is he still there?

  • 252 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:21 PM


    heard that too about newton

    a lad i work with is a big st mirren fan and was at the game against celtic over the weekend said he was different gravy, and run the show in a 3 2 win over celtic in the cup!!! said he looked decent in his debut too but he only got a half. He really wants Dummett back on loan too, said he was improving as games went on.

    Brilliant to hear!

  • 253 remy D // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Yea we all no you’re on div.stick to what you’re good at make some bs up
    About a new player we are after.whats you’re source (sister) told you now?

  • 254 pizzicatochan // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    @Kets, I think PSG could use Lavezzi, Pastore, Menez, Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva for Ben Arfa.

  • 255 check the toastie // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    No hating just dismay and utter disbelief at some of our managers decisions, however as i previously said tomorrow is judgement day and will prove if he is going to take this squad anywere, i dont hold my breath.

    Anyway i am looking forward to the match Saturday and hopefully he wont make me leave early again.

  • 256 TurkishFan101 // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    @Check although it sounds negative you are absolutely right, that performance at the beginning of the season when we had a fully fit squad saw us draw to Aston villa and they were away!! Pardew was so cocky them times after winning Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season for 2011/12. I hope he has changed his tactics as he has a load of choice besides Jonas, Shola and now can play good entertaining football by passing on the ground and good tactical philosophy. There should be no excuse at all tomorrow if we lose or even draw because Aston Villa are in a very bad state and have not won for a longer period then us!

    Still that being said he will have to go and Mike Ashley is now prepared to sack him if he does not get the win tomorrow. This guy is no fool he is very clever, as he has given us 5 new players so simpson and williamson should not be anywhere near the first starting eleven or reserves.

    I watched the Mourinho documentary this guy is a legend, truly a tactical genius I just wish pardew was like him or got some tactical advise from the special one.

    So Pardew you lose, Mike Ashley has got a plan to get in a very good manager, you prove to Mike and us fans you are capable of handling such quality with quality back within yourself or get your big ego and stupid nonsense out of our club.

  • 257 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Cestriasteve – I think you know my answer already mate! :-)

    It’s Mbiwa by a mile. He is, first and foremost, a leader. He runs the show, vocal and an example to everybody around him. Add to that, the fact that he will (imo) become one the greatest centre half’s to have worn the black and white, you are into a winner.

    Strong as an ox, composed, calm under pressure, battles for everything and truly cares about his club, his job in the team and the players around him.

    When you put the whole ‘colo letter to the fans’ next to the fact that Mbiwa gave a MOM performance AFTER he knew he would be leaving to sign for us, showed the exact respect the club and fans (Montpellier) deserved and thanked them for everything – I think you can see why I would place him top of the pile.

    IF the colo letter was NOT from colo, or was misrepresented, we would’ve heard by now – we haven’t, and that bothers me. From now on, colo has to EARN respect back from the fans by performing at his peak.

  • 258 pizzicatochan // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM


  • 259 BDin9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    remi D, drink tea.

  • 260 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Yeah, I wouldn’t accept anything less than £50m for Ben Arfa. He is such an important player for us. We’d be set up for the rest of the season if we signed Bony or Gomis. Surprised we signed Mbiwa before Alderweireld. Thought It’d be the other way around. I suppose height doesn’t matter if N’zogbia beat Williamson in the air.

  • 261 obatoyou // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    How come we signed people though guys?
    Cabaye and S Taylor are back, they’re like new signings :)

  • 262 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Think it’s about time that we offered Simpson to clubs. Would like to see Gosling leave.

  • 263 El Tino // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Jonas starting is a given. Pardew wont drop him, so there’s no point of putting a team down without him.
    So who would you start on the right to face agbonlahor?
    Shola- no
    cisse- no
    Marveaux -maybe but had his worst match against Everton on the right due to Baines n co.
    Gouffran- maybe, havent seen enough of him.
    Obertan – Inconsistent, but tall, quick and strong and at very least will cover Agbon.

    Dont forget, Villa will make it scrappy. Its gna be tough and physical and it will be a wet heavy pitch. To play good football in this situation with new players who have been here less than a week is gna b difficult.
    Jonas, Sissoko, Cabaye, Obertan
    Santon, colo, Mbiwa, Deb

    I would drop Jonas for Gouffran, but Jonas is the first name on Pards team sheet.

  • 264 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Pizzi – Yeah I saw that, and if like to believe it. But Pards would always say what is best for the squad and the fans to hear.

    But I hope it’s true. I like colo. I feel he has had pressure piled on him by his loud mouth father which has distracted him. He perhaps felt he let his FATHER down by not moving to play for him – but now he has to accept he has a job to do, and that is to win football matches with Newcastle Utd. What’s done is done and I don’t doubt he will be cheered on by us all, tomorrow night!

  • 265 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    hey torq

    i too look forward to seeing mbiwa

    given your dabbling in france whats your take on gouffran… I’m very excited by him an absolute snip at the price, if he had longer on his contract i dont think we would have paid anywhere near as little for him

  • 266 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    remy D – I see you must be out on bail again. Before you appear again I would be obliged if you could warn posters of you impending posts by warning us you are appearing beforehand. I’ve taken the trouble to sort out a nice little tune you can post beforehand to warn us – I think it really suits you but you don’t need to thank me.

  • 267 Spuggy // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I say throw Mbiwa, Sissoko and Gouffran in – the pitch is green and rectangular the same as any other.

    All this talk of bedding them in etc etc. Bollox, there’s more french in our team than any french team that they came from!

    They will play without fear as they haven’t been part of the team and losing confidence.

    Nouveaux Chateau!

  • 268 boater // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    I have no doubt Scharner is high on the NUFC wish list.

  • 269 proudtobageordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:59 PM


    when did the french league resume after there winter break. surely these players should be fresh

  • 270 Spuggy // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    If that’s our signings done (as pardew hinted) then we have to get Gouffran in and firing asap, especially if Cisse continues his goal drought.

  • 271 Toon Tang // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    true spuggy we need to chuck em all in and let them mash up villa, they wont know whats hit em. like caged animals that have smelled the fear of villas rear guard.

    this is pards were talking about though , heel probs keep em all back till pre season

  • 272 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Krul – On Gouffran, I feel some people, not necessarily those on here, but the press etc are under valuing the lad! Make no mistake, this boy is quality. He will score goals at this club. Yes he has come in under the radar so to speak due to his fee etc, but the constant demand for a LW has already been solved. I’ve seen this lad play god knows how many times and he can do the job for us.

    Personally I LIKE the fact that he has gone relatively unnoticed, as that means he will take defences by surprise. Yes he is quick, very quick, but his skill set and his movement is outstanding. I know people will be quick to jump on my back if he has a bad game etc, but he is a very good player who we would be look to be paying €7-8mil for had his contract not been up.

  • 273 aidantoon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    can’t wait for tomorrow night to come. hope gouf and mapou starting also, hope Jonas not playing as not good enough.
    haway the lads.

  • 274 Lucky Les // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    As well as our players having a positive approach the attitude of Aston Villa tomorrow will be crucial.Will they come out battling and full of fire or scared to make a mistake in case the crowd jump on their every error.Needless to say we must not concede an early goal and must fight for every ball.Work rate must be evident from every player.We need to have dogs of war attitude as at least a point is crucial.If we can win it will be such a tremendous boost to both the players and the supporters.

  • 275 pizzicatochan // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    @Torq, I think at this moment, we should just sail through the 15 games safely before mentioning anything. As long as Colo is still around, it’s good enough.

  • 276 Mancgeordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Reckon the team tomorrow will be.
    Line up abit like city wouldn’t want ameobi to start but reckon he will

  • 277 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    agreed torq

    he was 6m 3 n a half years ago, matured nicely and very quick… better than Loic Money i believe far better value, wants to come and most importantly seems genuinely delighted to be here…

    I was kind of hoping to be the one that said to everyone ‘told you so’ at the seasons end haha

  • 278 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Proud – Winter break was from Christmas Eve up until Jan 12th. So a couple weeks. So a less busy Xmas period than we experience in England.

  • 279 aidantoon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    has cisse taken a knock today? hope he is ok if he has!

  • 280 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    If that Pardew tw*t starts Shola, Jonas or Williamson he’ll just be taking the complete p*ss!

    Debuchy M’Biwa Colccini Santon
    Anita Sissoko
    Gouffran Cabaye Marveaux

    Wait and see Pardew fielding this:

    Debuchy Willo Coloccini Santon
    Obertan Anita Cabaye Jonas
    Cisse Shola

    Wouldn’t surprise me tbh!

  • 281 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM


    cabs never wide, too slow and too influential, needs played inside

  • 282 proudtobageordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM


    so the new les toonies should be pretty fresh then.

  • 283 remy D // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Didn’t think it would take long for mister softy to show up talking sh1te.say hello to you’re wife for me softy al be round to see her when you’re out dogging with proudknob you little mince

  • 284 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Btw- Please follow me on twitter, HatemBomb10. I’ll follow back! :)

  • 285 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    So we are not getting another forward I guess?

    …we might be alright, but given the fact Ba was our inform striker and Cisse still hasn’t hit form I do think it is a gamble not to sign a replacement for Ba.

    Gouffran is not a replacement for anyone (we needed another forward as it was). What happens if Cisse gets injured long term.

    *I would just like to go on record and say “this is not a gamble” we should be taken. I am not going to say I told you so if worse case scenario happens (hope it won’t), but I honestly thought we had learned our lesson by now…

    …I am still hoping for another striker to joins us before thursday :)

  • 286 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:18 PM


  • 287 obatoyou // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    El Tino // Jan 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Jonas starting is a given. Pardew wont drop him, so there’s no point of putting a team down without him.

    ? Are you sure?
    I’d be more inclined to say Jonas won’t be starting…
    In fact, if he starts, I’ll eat my hat

  • 288 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Pizzi – I agree. Need him around in body AND mind, to help get us through our problems.

  • 289 Spuggy // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    MY line up is….






    I could however live with Jonas starting away from home on the left with Marv on the right, with Gouffran/obertan as late subs.

  • 290 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM


    i spend my life living in hope

    hope’s great haha

    but seriously dont think we will, a few loans out though after deadline

  • 291 obatoyou // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    actually, scrap that…
    if he plays the full game ill eat my hat.

  • 292 proudtobageordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM


    how big is your hat mate. no on a serious note totally agree with you. think he will start goofy there

  • 293 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:22 PM


    howd the danish population boom go?

    is there a need for a fertile irshman to start the ball rolling?

  • 294 lesh // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    For xrying out loud. Five new signings and still the pessemists are with us.

    Have faith, smile if you can, get a life and transmit good karma to the lads…. and Pardew – he needs a break from the incessant critcism!

    Alez le gars!!!!!

  • 295 RooneyToons // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    I wouldn’t say Gouffran has gone completely under the radar
    On Fantasy football he’s more expensive than all of these-

    Remy ;-)

    Was just about to put him in as well…. put Sissoko in though

  • 296 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Krul…hope is all we have right now :)

    …we have just come so long this window that it would be a shame to throw it all away (I think £10M on a forward is better spend now than in the summer)

    *I know alot of people will complain once again come summer if we don’t spend much money (that is probably always going to be a given at NUFC)

  • 297 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    gouffran for me…

    Guti is the new shola, heart on sleeve and always about the bench, a game changer haha

  • 298 Spuggy // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Anita and Marv should definitely start as they are our in form players.

  • 299 obatoyou // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    haha you’re on

    thinkin more about it, Gutierrez prob will play, hm

    fair enough

  • 300 lesh // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    ToonDarnSarf @91, among others, you seem to have left Ranger and Xisco out of your squad list.

    Surely some mistake?

  • 301 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    it was saying about PEA not going anywhere early dec so i kind of new he wasnt coming, that rumour kind of went under radar, he went public and said the summer yes winter no… i think we are doing the legwork on that one he could be a summer signing imo

  • 302 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Krul…there are more to go around here in little DK ;) lol

    …you know the girls here are very outgoing and attractive lol

  • 303 lesh // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Whoops another lot in translation Colo moment…. for ‘xrying out loud’ read crying out loud!!!

  • 304 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Krul…do you reckon if Saint-Etienne accepted an offer from us this window that he would turn it down?

  • 305 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:30 PM


    so i hear about your woman kind – nice ;-)

    in ireland we have the proverbial swamp donkeys (my wife excluded) ;-( haha

  • 306 proudtobageordie // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM


    isn’t manure and there noisy neighbours after pea as well

  • 307 NUFC.Westy // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Sissoko and cabaye gunna tear villa’s midfield up tomorrow like!

  • 308 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    i think st etienne could wait until the summer so the fee would be considerably more… back to working smart from here i think now the squad is taking shape, Xisco goes in the summer too on a free I think frees up £50k a week i believe, an above average wage void opened up meaning it is more attractive to us too, I think we might sign a peripheral loan signing just to freshen up though… just a hunch ;-)

  • 309 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Krul…”proverbial swamp donkeys” lol :D

    …good one! I meet a few Irish exchange student when I studied Architecture here in DK :) they were quite nice (especially one of them)

    Meet one in Glasgow as well who worked there (had a friend who lived there for a while)

    They were both actually blue eyed blonds :D (is that common in Ireland?)

  • 310 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:36 PM


    they no more need him than the mackems, i would say thats just lazy journalism given his talent, i’d worry about him being lured to Arsenal though!?

  • 311 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    hahaha remy d. what a character.

  • 312 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    proud…some media outlet would like to let us believe – i a not sure though.

    …I think Citeh are after Falcao or Cavani. Man Utd have enough forwards I think.

  • 313 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    and by character i mean like punch or Judy.

  • 314 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    lol jesper… not really that common (the curtains don’t match the drapes) minus the bleach… but my wife also has blonde hair and blue eyes (absolutely nutural blonde haha)

  • 315 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    ppB…any Rhum left in your liqueur cabinet? ;)

  • 316 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Judy. definitely Judy.

  • 317 GeordieToon89 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Dont personally think we’ll sign anyone else of note this window, we might go back in for Thauvin but he’ll be loaned back to his club if we do.. So a think we’ll go with what weve got and i’ll be happy with that if im honest although we could do with another striker but i’m more than happy with the business done

  • 318 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:41 PM


    very good :-)

  • 319 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Krul…I actually like the Irish (they know how to hold their liqueur ;) lol)

  • 320 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    @jesp lemon plantation barbados rum 5years, old monk 7years and a good old bottle of mount gay

  • 321 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM


    i must say buddy your over use of happy smiley faces always brings a smile even when its not happy if you know what i mean

  • 322 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    remy D -why didn’t you play your theme song first -after all the trouble I went to -some people are so ungrateful. So what insults and filth are you going to spout tonight.

  • 323 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    ppB…that’s good mate (then there is not a dry eye in your house ;)) lol

  • 324 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    ironically jesper, i’m embibing with some danish beer as we speak, starting to see the link… smiley faces comes on i drink danish beer, your a carlsberg ambassador! haha

  • 325 geordieracer1980 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I think that we are a striker short. We are covered enough on the wings, but we haven’t replaced Leon Best, who’s contribution last season was vastly overlooked. He was responsible for winning 8 or 9 points with the goals he scored last year, which just to quantify things, would put us in the top half of the table. We haven’t replaced Lovenkrands or even Ba.

    I think this has also had an impact on Shola, who i believe last season had found his “niche” as an impact substitution. He scored a great equaliser vs. Spurs, the equaliser against the mackems and generally contributed a great deal from the bench. But with Best leaving, this has then pushed Shola back up the pecking order of strikers, meaning he has started far too many games for my liking, your liking (hopefully) and everyone’s liking who works on the coaching staff and management at Newcastle United. We are desperately in need of a striker to really put competition on Cisse to start scoring goals. To use an old adage, goals win games. And with out two potent strikers at the club, we aren’t going to score too many.

    Gouffran isn’t a striker. He is a SS/LW. So Beattie, he is this player that you speak of that you say that we need. We’ve already bought him. Now it’s time to bring in a proper striker. We need one. The team needs one. Shola needs one. Cisse needs one. Without one, I worry about our “goals for” column.

    Comments please.

  • 326 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:48 PM


    …Ibiza and I was told once by PlanB (the girl who frequent the blog a while back) that we used way to many smiles :)

    Ever since it has just escalated for me! (can’t help it)

  • 327 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    @softy leave remy alone your ruining his sleep and he has his sats test in the morning

  • 328 SupaToonKid // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Zarate on loan?

  • 329 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Krul… :D lol (I do what I can)

    …are you a lager or stout/ale kind of guy?

  • 330 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    @jesper there’s never an empty glass in my house either. I’ve a list of around 20 rhums i wish to purchase

  • 331 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    @krul prefer Belgian beer myself or British ales.

  • 332 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    ppB…one should never run out of rhum ;) never lol

    …this one should be your next rhum – look how beautiful it is:

  • 333 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM


    i agreed with you up to without 2 potent strikers, i think we have 1 that will regain form with quality around him again, goofy is a better left winger than Ba last season 2nd half, shola will be impact sub again (hopefully) – anything happens cisse – gouffran moves up and the likes of Obertan will step up or marv when Ben arfa comes back, in short we now have comfortable rotation and tactic to suit most worst case scenario

    i think anyway

  • 334 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Krul/ppB…at the moment I am in to German beer :)

    …Köstritzer (very nice)

    that or Danish or American micro breweries.

  • 335 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    i’d drink holy water if it done the job haha

    Just what ever’s in the sale bucket for me and it’s usually carlsberg so I have developed a penchant for it… although, variety is the spice of life

    Guiness everytime though in the pub though!

    whats your poison Jesper?

  • 336 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:58 PM


    leffe is the business… nice and sweet!

  • 337 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    @jesper how old are you? i have a list of ages of some of the guys on here that i consider good estimates.
    ibiza – 40 going on 16
    remy d- 11 3/4
    check the toastie – an angry 35
    tudor – 50 son 13
    kets – either 12 and a football manager fan or 90 and senile

  • 338 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:00 PM


    Worsteiner is the Job also, think thats the spelling like a big heavy paler ale, not too many of them though… im an athlete ;-)

  • 339 geordieracer1980 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I hope you are right, but Cisse has looked a pale imitation of the striker we saw last season and I think it’s a big ask of him to pick it up now, when we really need him too. He was been missing some absolute sitters and i really worry about his confidence. There have been times this season when he has got himself a goal and I’ve thought “here we go, he will start banging them in on a regular basis now” but he has never kicked on. The goal vs. Man Utd in the cup. The goal vs. West Brom that went in off his back, the goal vs. Everton. He hasn’t gained any confidence or swagger from those strikes. Or so it seems to me. I really think a new striker coming in will put the heat on him, so to speak, which has to be a good thing. Competition for places is very healthy. And i don’t think there are any viable options, other than him, to start up front. I can’t be the only one to be pretty darn furious when i see Shola starting up front. I mean, i like the guy, he seems like a really decent human being and a decent footballer – when used correctly – but he shouldn’t be starting up front for a premier league team. He wasn’t good enough when he was 10 years younger, and he still isn’t good enough now. And to ask a player we’ve picked up for a few million quid, who isn’t a striker, to play up top by himself, in a relegation battle, is a massive ask. If we sign a fully fledged, established striker, i will be a much happier man!

  • 340 geordieracer1980 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    That last comment was about Gouffran.

  • 341 Bowzer912 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    I think that after we finish the season the summer will be a big clearout. Because we now have a backup for about every position I believe we will incredibly strengthen.
    Send all youngsters out on loan e.g Sameobi,Tavs,Campbell,Abeid
    Siem de Jong-9m
    Backup Striker-4-5m
    More squad players to really bulk up the squad e.g Maher,Thauvin
    I reckon with a team of Krul,Debuchy,Mbiwa,Alderweild,Santoon,Sissoko,Tiote,Cabaye,Ben Arfa,Siem de Jong and Cisse in a 4-3-2-1.
    And with Butland,Haidara,Taylor,Anita,Marvs,Goofy and a backup striker will challenge for a Top 5 finish.

  • 342 Andreas Andersson // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I agree with Geordieracer1980.

    NUFC need another 20+ goal scorer. Gouffran is no striker.

    He is like me when I played with Alan Shearer.

  • 343 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    So arrys having a pop at agents hes the most currupt cnut in football the saggy faced w@nk@

  • 344 coccolini // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    danny simpson is off! He just tweeted he’d miss Hana Hana when he leaves to wayne routledge, then quickly deleted it. Obviously not conclusive, but there are reports linking him with wigan

  • 345 geordieracer1980 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Andreas Andersson:

    You missed some absolute sitters, mate. Even the goals you scored for us were utterly shite! The softest 6 foot swede i’ve ever seen!

  • 346 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    lol ppb

    me id say ibiza is an on the fence transitional 28 pre first minor midlife crisis lol

    Jesper – a haggared 35 washed up and resigned to a life as a husband and father, smiley faces are to remind him to smile, make it a habit.

    Beattie is a young 23 under rated and angry about it

    PPb – your a boisterous 33 and pissing about

  • 347 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    @jesper they serve that beer in a place here in newcadtle. alvinos i think. and im after a proper top notch rum next too. in a decanter/bottle that looks like its for perfume. @krul you live in the northeast?

  • 348 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM


    …German beer is really good (not their typical lager – too bitter)

    ppB…I turned 34 last November (did that corespondent with your estimate?)

  • 349 geordieracer1980 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Jesper – Erdinger has to be the best beer in the world. Love the stuff!

  • 350 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    belfast ppb

  • 351 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    @krul lol brilliant but im not 33 and if you suggest so again ill have your balls for breakfast

  • 352 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    good call geordie

  • 353 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    ppB…do you know what that rhum is called?

    …are we talking about a pub in Newcastle that serve Köstritzer? You better get down there tomorrow mate and watch the game lol

  • 354 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM


  • 355 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    geordie….Erdinger is very good indeed :)

  • 356 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:13 PM


    we think alike i just thought you were the same age as i was when i wanted to be like the description – married with a very young child kinda goofed that up though ;-) haha

  • 357 GeordieToon89 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Laurent Blanc is on his way to manage Roma

  • 358 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    @krul shame i know a bar in newcastle that has either nearly or over 100 varieties of beers and lagers and do cracking food (not asking youon a date lol) which is recommended.
    @jesp lemon i figured mid 30s old enough to appreciate fine rhum and beer with all their intricacies and delicate favours but young enough for juvenile humour.

  • 359 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    after your last post then ppb, youre now a 28 yo pre initial little midlife crisis lad too… but too strongwilled to sit on any fence ;-) haha, bet you have a vespa!

  • 360 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    i try and get over in a season you must tell me when i go, yet to go this season so should be soon

  • 361 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    endanger is my go to drink when i don’t wanna try something new

  • 362 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Krul…very good judgment there mate ;)

    …I am not sure what “haggared ” means but I hope it’s a compliment lol

  • 363 Ian Toon // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Mr Tuff– Good evening. It is possible to liberate yourself from the mindless! The French have a phrase that as a linguist you will be familiar with. ” moins on en parle , moins on en soufflé”. But here’s hoping that this time tomorrow you have much to talk about of a positive nature regard the toon.

  • 364 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    haggered = burnt out ;-)

    I do jest Jesper, nothing personal haha

  • 365 Ian Toon // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Souffre For soufflé -LOL

  • 366 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    erdinger that is
    @krul im definitely in early mid life crisis. at half the age.

  • 367 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    do translate ian

    non francais

  • 368 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    14???? your liver will be goosed with ‘ze german beer’ PPB lol

  • 369 nick_9 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Coccolini – aye I saw that too, he then tweeted because he is on a strict diet now but I detect a hint of sarcasm. Noticed a pic of him and Titus bramble from a few weeks back, explains a lot as that boy is contagious.

    Pards Benny is still missing, don’t forget him. You’ve pretty much ruled out using injuries as an excuse now were near full strength so you best get the win on Tuesday. It’s long overdue and I cannot take you using the French lads being new to the league as a reason for our poor form. Get sissoko on the pitch, the boys a tank

  • 370 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    @krul its tilleys bar for future reference
    @jesper that botran is on my list as us mocambo art edition and zacapa xo but the latter is like £80-90 a bottle.
    god, im a ponce.

  • 371 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    ppB…a bit young to drink fine rhum wouldn’t you say lol

    …ohh…I thought you said you could get Köstrisser in Newcastle :(

  • 372 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    ppB…thought you were a bonce ;)

  • 373 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Alreet lads i’ve gotta go, wife and child away to the country to see family for a few days and i need to spend some constructive time getting my fill of porn before her return, and ready for work in the morn…

    i leave begrudgingly without haste, great chatting and happy transfer days eve’s eve tomorrow guys!

  • 374 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Krul…I know you’re joking (cause I am not 35 just yet) lol

  • 375 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    @krul half the age fir a midlife crisis
    @jesper i also want barbancourt. you need old monk. cheap as chips and sweet as caramel

  • 376 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    im 33 if youre asking btw lol

  • 377 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    @jesp i did say that and warsteiner too. in the same place. strangely its a cocktail bar/coffee shop.

  • 378 Andreas Andersson // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM


    Yes I did find it difficult to score, my floppy hair got in the way most of the time.

    Unlike Alan who had no such hair worries!

  • 379 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    ppb…25 you say. So you are just a younger version of Ibiza ;)

    …I’ll have to look into both of them (barbancourt I have heard of)

  • 380 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    ppB…nice read if you have the time:

  • 381 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    oh and Jesper if yoou want a b, get the impression you and to listen too try Therapy? (if searching dont forget the quwstion mark) from larne in Ireland rock act from the 90′s you might like, going on some of your way back posts, ill catch up some time to see what you think buddy

    Defo goodbye chaps lol

  • 382 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    ppB…do they show football there?

  • 383 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    i also have a soft spot for yamazaki, hibiki, jd single barrel/silver select/gentleman jack, crystal head and stoli elit

  • 384 Krul to be Kind // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    that didnt work out

    but check out therapy? you get the jist man haha

  • 385 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Krul…take care mate!

    …I’ll look into it later this week ;)

  • 386 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    ppB…so you are a Whiskey kind of guy as well?

  • 387 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    i love therapy? troublegum is a brilliant album.
    @jesper barbancourt is haitian. im off now too. gonna read that article. oh and check out hundred reasons, hell is fir heroes, rival schools and the cooper temple clause.
    catch you tomorrow. same bat time, same bat channel.

  • 388 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    ppB…I am more a Calvados or Armagnac kind of guy!

  • 389 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    @jesper i appreciate a good spirit. Tara for now mate

  • 390 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    ppB…sleep tight mate!

    …I am very much into CTC and I know Rival School a little (Luke Ebbin produced on of there albums)

  • 391 yo-yo // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM


    PlanB wasn’t a lass or articulate

    BandB is a lass and very articulate too

    and less of the ageist stuff guys – some of us aren’t 35 and washed up :)

  • 392 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    While everyones at it im 30 and im busying enjoying a nice spiced rum as im typing and tonight at footy i took one in the nuts.:-)

  • 393 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    yo-yo…damn! I mixed them up :)

    …it was BandB of course (probably going to get told off by her for that one)

  • 394 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Well said Alan,

    Shame on the supporters who were knocking the squad and manager while they were down!

    Try supporting instead of knocking for the rest of the campaign eh! Its easy to pull the bones out of the manger\players you dislike.

    Will they eat there words though from now until the end of the season?

    I certaintly hope so ; )


  • 395 HullMag6 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Tut tut disgraceful call yourselves men, how about a nice bottle of dog (a geordie should know)

  • 396 yo-yo // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM


    only for the smileys

  • 397 yo-yo // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I did a translation of “Away the lads” as Google doesn’t register Howay and it comes out as
    ”Loin les gars”

    So its LLG pour moi

  • 398 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Hull i like a bottle of dog like but got nen in the hoose

  • 399 yo-yo // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM


    It’s vin rouge de chateau nouveau these days not Newcy Brun

  • 400 HullMag6 // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    For those who didnt know.
    Dog = Federations finest – Newcastle brown.

  • 401 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Ian Toon – evening – your phrase is certainly true. All the talking stops tomorrow night, so we’d had better play well. I only hope Percy goes for it and doesn’t do any strange substitutions or start with Shola/Obertan/Willo. Judgement day is tomorrow -really in effect the start of our season. Percy cannot slip up.
    I confess I have a “fatal attraction” (cleverly using a movie theme) to putting dross/scumbags into their places after they start with their abuse – I cannot change the habits and practices of a lifetime I’m afraid.
    So here’s hoping it’s three points in the bag -everyone will be upbeat.

    Krul – translation is :- the less we speak the less we suffer.
    Vive jungle medicine
    Vive la France
    Vive le Toon.

  • 402 Sazzer // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:22 PM

  • 403 Sazzer // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    GFNFrance ?@GFN_France

    #Belhanda Update: #MHSC holding out, still waiting for a potentially better offer somewhere else than #Fenerbahce. If no new offer, he goes.

  • 404 beefman13 // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Danny Simpson just tweeted before, “hana hana is by far the nicest resteraunt in Newcastle, i will miss it!?!

    looks like hes on his bike, thanks for your efforts if you are, but we have to move on bonny lad!

  • 405 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Evening gents … Big game tomoz can hardly wait hope it’s our turning point onwards and upwards ! And by the way Guinness is my tipple although I’m on a fitness binge at the moment but off to Dublin Thursday to see the mrs family so may sample a few :-)

  • 406 Sazzer // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    We must get in on Belhanda action if we can.

  • 407 north_country_boy // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Can someone please point me in the direction of the football blog as I seem to have come across a wine, spirit and beer drinking blog instead ; ) either that or everyone is bored as we haven’t signed someone for the 3rd day running and still have to wait 20 hrs before we kick a ball tomorrow!

  • 408 Sazzer // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    You can try the blogroll on first page.

  • 409 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jan 28, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Defo wouldn’t mind a slice of Belhanda, looked absolute class whenever I’ve seen him.

  • 410 obatoyou // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    had a dream that we beat Chelsea 4-1 with out new players, think it was an FA cup tie tho

    one of our new players scored a header for the opener, wasn’t Gouffran, was a mid

  • 411 obatoyou // Jan 29, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    with our*

    not without

    It was the first game they all played, which is against Villa in the league tonight really, not against Chelsea in the FA cup… but hey it’s a dream, it was away too

    might chuck a tenner on 4-1 win!

  • 412 Moe-NUFC // Jan 29, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Some food for thought ..

    What do u guys think of James Rodriguez of FC Porto. More importantly i guess, do u think we can afford him?

  • 413 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Colo seems to be happy in this picture.

  • 414 obatoyou // Jan 29, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Super Magpie // Jan 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    We’re only missing Ben arfa from our starting 11. I would call that near enough full strength.

    We’re missing tiote too man, two of our most influential, can’t wait to see them back and a full strength team

  • 415 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 5:29 AM

    Our strongest 11: Krul, Debu,MYM,Colo,Santon, Anita, Sissoko, Marv, Cabaye, HBA, Cisse.
    Subs: Gouf, elliot, Haid, Saylor, Perch, Vuckic, Obert

  • 416 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    Our strongest 11: Krul, Debu,MYM,Colo,Santon, Anita, Sissoko, Marv, Cabaye, HBA, Cisse.
    Subs: Gouf, elliot, Haid, Saylor, Perch, Tiote, Obert.

    I forgot Tiote

  • 417 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 6:25 AM


    the reason that Santon has to make forward runs so often is because we don’t have LW that can trouble the opposition. Since Jonas nolonger can do like he used to and if Santon didn’t go forward, the opposition will have easy time defending and when Santon go forward will leave a gap and I don’t think he can go furthest forward and furthest back everytime within seconds. Basically he is doing 2 jobs.
    Someone posted a link here before about the best dribblers in the league and Santon was second best dribbler after Suarez. Our LB is the 2nd best dribbler in the league!!
    I would rather have SAnton as LW or LM, he could give very good cover to whoever play LB and he will have more freedom going forward.

  • 418 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Jan 29, 2013 at 6:47 AM


    Santon may be the one of the best dribblers but I think playing him LM/LW will be a mistake. He has made countless runs and dribbles forward and I think he is only contributed to two or three goals. His end product is no where near as good as needed (though it’s probably better than Jonas). Maybe if he plays and LW and doesn’t have defending in his mind, he will do better. Definitely something worth trying on the training ground.

  • 419 89Norcal // Jan 29, 2013 at 6:57 AM


    I agree with you. I don’t think people should take Santon’s actual assist numbers into account because firstly he’s not a dedicated winger, he’s a LB that makes occasional runs and also because he and Jonas hamper each other since their roles are constantly mixed.

    One moment Jonas is our winger, the next he’s full defense and Santon pushes through while Jonas covers. Instead of adding another dimension, Santon’s runs just become a constant Plan B because Jonas is ineffective anymore on offense.

    Santon started as a winger in youth and has the potential. I don’t think Pardew would play Jonas as a consistent LB though, and Haidara is a little too young yet. So that means Santon will probably stay at LB anyways

  • 420 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 6:59 AM


    We never know until we try, I believe he will do great job and create more chances and space for others without worrying about his defensive duties. He won’t be as good as any midfielder as long as he play LB, defenders are to defend not to create chances or scoring goals, that’s their priority and he has to do 2 jobs since our LW/LM can’t do it.

  • 421 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 7:07 AM


    Yes, people can’t expect for LB to be more creative than midfielders. If he played regualarly as LW/LM and can’t do a damn thing then I would agree.
    I think Haidara is good LB, he just need to adjust/settle with the style we play. I don’t think he is too young, Santon was his age, actually younger than Haidara when he played for Inter under Mourinho.
    I hope Pardew realize the talent Santon has and brave enough to do things differently.

  • 422 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 29, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Get in match day is here and we get to see our new stars tonight, im hoping for the win hopefully the new lads have gave everyone a much needed lift and can kick start us into a little run.

  • 423 89Norcal // Jan 29, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Yes true about Santon being younger. Actually think Haidara would take to water well being more physical, but it’s all about if Pardew wants to move Santon up and ditch the LWB approach; not sure if Haidara is is up for that.

    Debuchy is class enough to be the main attacking full back. I’ve seen him put two great crosses in since he’s been here.

  • 424 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    I think santon would be worth a go as a winger….would be much better delivery/shot if he could get it away after running 20 yards and not 60 yards from LB.

    I think that Haidara would surprise a lot of people with how well and quickly he could adapt to the prem league. A good chance he could be our left back next year with santon as the winger.

    Santon doesn’t get enough support in attack of jonas but at the same time santon is too cavalier and needs to hold is position more. (whoever plays infront of him has to be the main attacking threat).

    Having said all that santon needs to take more time to work on his shooting and crossing if he wants to be a consistent forward player.

  • 425 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Beattie made a good point yesterday.

    If we play with two DMs like anita and sissoko/tiote then we need to make sure they are the ones covering the defence and we are not asking jonas to track back deep into our half every time the opposition attack.

    The wingers job is not to defend your box in a 433 system….in 442 yes they need to get back more but with 3 in central midfield then the centre mids should provide the cover for the back line.

    Obviously wingers and strikers have defending to do but its further up the pitch and not into our third, more the central and final third of the pitch.

  • 426 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 29, 2013 at 7:46 AM


    This is what we are missing

  • 427 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    I have heard that tomorrow we will hope to complete the signing of a striker….think its PEA but could be Rvw….heard it isn’t going to be Bony.

    Not sure if we will get them but interest remains high to get another forward in.

  • 428 toonfield // Jan 29, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Ts – hope you’re right

  • 429 toonfield // Jan 29, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    This is the most excited I’ve been about a match day in a long time, a lot of anticipation, wish it was kick off

  • 430 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    TS….That is bordering on one of my ITK moments…come on now, put your neck on the line…who is signing, what time and what number shirt are they getting? :)

  • 431 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    TS & Norcal

    We don’t need to have a great attacking LW in front of Santon, but need to change the system to let him play freely as LWB like Italian national team or club level, they use 2cb, 1sweeper, and 2dm.

  • 432 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM


    I dont think we have the players to play that system. I think either let santon of the leash and have a LW role or tell him to be a bit more cautious and let jonas/marv/gouffran, whoever is in front of him attack more.

  • 433 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:08 AM


    No no…I only pass on what I hear which is usually vague. Just call me Nostradamus.

  • 434 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    How about Transferdamus?

  • 435 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    it certainly works…does that mean i need to write all my gossip in a 4 line verse?

  • 436 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    its becchio 7.45pm the no 99

  • 437 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    TS… For authenticity I would say so. Really depends on how far you want to take it. I’d probably just stick to your current method.

    So, is everyone confident about tonight or do they share that sickening feeling in their stomach that it could all just go horribly wrong?

  • 438 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM


    We actually have players to play that system if you are concern about sweeper role. Most sweepers are DM like DeRossi, Cambiasso, Bonucci, Sammer, etc.
    We have plenty of DM : Anita, Tiote, Sissoko, Perch, Bigi.
    I think the most suitable sweeper will be Colo and Perch.
    But again it’s up to AP and I don’t think he has capability to implement this kind of tactic or system, well it’s kind of alien tactic to most English managers.

  • 439 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    id rather have that tank from oldham

  • 440 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:15 AM


    I hope we win, but I think it’s a draw.

  • 441 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Santon….I think we’ll win, but I feel it wont be pretty. All I know for sure is today is going to be a long one…hurry up kick off.

  • 442 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:20 AM


    Oh…so the sweeper to play in front of the CB pair? I thought you meant a system from like the 90′s where they play behind. That could work then.

  • 443 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Morning all. Hope there’s a new article soon. Mobile scrolling through 400 plus comments is a nightmare!

  • 444 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    ——————Colo or Perch——————–

  • 445 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:22 AM


    As the rain begins to fall
    a team will kick the ball
    you will see a great goal
    it will be scored by an adult foal

    thats my transferdamus prediction…..could that grown up foal be shola? we never know.

  • 446 Ian Toon // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Trtransfer @424 ( Very appropriate). Talk about stating the obvious for anyone who has a remote understanding of football -LOL
    What a good point as if your hearing it for the first time . I don’t think you’ve been paying attention at the back of the class. People spout formations without having a clue how they should function. More style than substance. I spelt out to you personally on countless occasions over the last 6 months what Pardew had said of the sort of football he was seeking to play . This was pre season and until MA let him down.
    Munster Mag— You will doubtless recall our countless chats. Well it’s the time so no pressure! Let’s hope the team as a whole hit the ground running. Let’s all have a great day.

  • 447 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Recently Inter always use Cambiasso as Sweeper.
    Italian national team used De Rossi as sweeper in Euro.

  • 448 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Sage – I want to believe. Its all a little too quiet and although the club has indicated they have got what they wanted I don’t think they have said outright that all business has been concluded. Hoping for a deadline day cherry for this cake ha ha.

    Sorry I haven’t beenm adorning the blog with the blooms of my wisdom (what the…) But I have been busy unpacking all the boxes, bit of decorating hanging pictures back up etc. OV is such a nice place now the sun is shining again. Think I may buy instead of renting – what’s the resale value here? Or should I wait until after the Villa game ;)

  • 449 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Transferdamus has spoken! :)

    Shola scores a great goal? I suppose it could happen, but we’ll wait and see.

  • 450 Santon03 // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    They converted DM into Sweeper behind 2cb, not in front of CB.

  • 451 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:28 AM


    Thats the beauty of the prediction like that…it can be taken in anyway haha.

    In all seriousness though I would say I think it will be a difficult game, villa will fight and our new signings wont be integrated perfectly so I see a game where we will win but not easily and be 2-1

  • 452 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:29 AM


    Were you agreeing with my point there or just insulting me? couldn’t tell haha

  • 453 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Tsunki….The whole concept of OV is about blind faith, honestly, do you not read the blog? :)

    You’re either in or you’re out, regardless of the Villa game. Saying that, if we lose, I’m setting the whole place on fire so it’ll make choosing a little easier.

  • 454 Markaccus // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    We owe these brummie goits one after the way they were with us when we got relegated. It was like they’d been holding some king of grudge against us for some reason, although I’d never heard of any bad feeling between the clubs before that. Do we have a bad history with villa, or were they just suddenly being tw@s for nowt?

  • 455 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Hmmm. Thought I could smell petrol.

    I don’t expect wholesale changes, a conservative approach away from home, although seeing as we haven’t won one I would be disappointed if we were set out for a draw. Big concern is defense (as usual but for different reasons) – if Pards starts with two new boys a wet and wintry tuesday slogger in Brum is kinda steep learning curve. Welcome to the glamour league lol.

  • 456 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM


    No idea…I just know the way there fans were with us they are now the one team I want to see relegated…hopefully we can start putting nails into their coffin tonight.

  • 457 John Tudor // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    there are wet and windy games in france too, go all out for win

  • 458 Transfer Sage // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM


    I think debuchy has settled well so far and doesn’t really look out of place.

    Mbiwa has to come in for me, especially is saylor isn’t fully fit. All the reports say he is phenomenal in training and he will be good in the air against benteke.

  • 459 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Tsunki….Don’t mind the smell, just trying out a new cologne.

    I agree with that assessment tbh, I can’t imagine it being anywhere the finished article, but I do expect some belief to be restored to the team.

    Can’t imagine Pardew will want a draw today, Villa are right behind us and 3 points will give us the space we need heading in to the Chelsea and Spurs games.

  • 460 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Mark – I thinl it was your last theory. There was a villa fan on here some time after who insisted it was an isolated section of the crowd but the youtube vids make for uneasy listening all the same. I would be sorely tempted to join in a verse or two of ‘cheer up paul lambert’.

  • 461 kevymartins // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Once again the none drinkers are left out. Its like when you don’t drink and all your friends are like come on out and your like NO I couldn’t be arsed with 25 drunk people screaming in my face..Btw im not 12 just see to many alcho’s day to day and say fccuk that.

  • 462 geordie157 // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Wonder if amalfitano can force his way into the first team by the end of the season, not heard much about him so far.

  • 463 kevymartins // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    you ever notice after women had a night out when they come in drunk they always seem to wan’t you to suck there titty there just like aww come on suck my titty that’s the funniest sh it ever I swear

  • 464 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Sage – good to hear the new boys are keen it gives me heart! Agree on Debuchy I can’t remember the lsst time I saw that right hand line so well sewn up, if Mbiwa hits the ground running then our midfield will suddenly feel free going forward, and with sissokos pace there will be blue bricks aplenty for the home side ha ha.

  • 465 check the toastie // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Team confirmed for tonight


    Marv the fall guy, and Saylor is preferred to Yanga, for the time being.

    Subs – Marv, Eliot, Willo, Yanga, Shola, Obertan, Perch

  • 466 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Kevy…Are you already drinking?

  • 467 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    vote poll
    79% have put us down for a win
    Whoa there aren’t we getting carried away a bit with the new signings.

    The team have not even played together yet!

    We have not won an away game yet!

    I think we will get a point aginst Villabut it will take us the next three games for the players to get to know each other on the pitch.

    It’s going o be a long hard slog to get us out of this mess.

    Hopefully by the Southampton game we will be firing on all cylinders.

  • 468 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Check….Isn’t it normally confirmed an hour or so before kick-off? Not far off what I expected, got Saylor and Gouff wrong for MBiwa and Marv.

  • 469 kevymartins // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    @Ibiza after near all my school buds became alcoholics and drug users and my dad and a few off my uncles go through box’s of wine an bottles off magners like there’s no tomorrow I wouldn’t touch the stuff..Don’t know about you’s over in abiza but the asda brand wine here in ireland come’s in a box lol

  • 470 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Ibiza – ha ha that’s what I was thinking coffee for Kevy lol.

    Check is that for real? Interesting lineup. I hope alan knows what he is doing. Cue catchy.

  • 471 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Kevy….It can be a mess, I know far too many that let it lead their lives. Wine in a box? *Gags* :)

  • 472 TorqToon // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Morning bloggers !

    Am I right in assuming the blog is full of line ups and tactical discussion?!

    Personally I’m a strange mix of nervous and excited! Excited to see the new lads all lined up, and nervous that we can perform well and come away with a result.

    Howay the lads!

  • 473 Tsunki // Jan 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Maybe with that lineup we will get a glimpse of the former jonas? Not hanging my hat on that like.

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