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Sissoko Has Already Paid Newcastle Back Handsomely – Pardew

4:15 pm, Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 179 Comments

The new 23 year-old star player at Newcastle this last week has been Moussa Sissoko, and Newcastle have obviously made the correct decision in getting this lad in during the January transfer window, instead of getting him for nothing in the summer, when his contract would have run out at the end of June.

moussa sissoko and del;ighted manager pardew - cheslea

Alan Pardew – delighted with his new super-star – Moussa Sissoko

The reports are that Newcastle paid around £1.8M for him – and what a complete bargain this lad looks for Newcastle – we’ll leave it to some other clubs in the Premier League to massively overpay for their players – they are welcome to it.

Alan Pardew has said that Moussa has already paid Newcastle back with his two stellar performances at Aston Villa and yesterday in his home debut against European Champions Chelsea, when he hauled Newcastle to victory with two goals in the last 22 minutes, after we had gone down 2-1 to a very good looking Chelsea side.

This is the what the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had to say today:

“We rushed the deal to get him here in January, he was supposed to be a summer target but we wanted him and he’s paid us back handsomely, we have watched him for a long time but we decided to accelerate it.”

“He has fantastic power but, with players, you never know about their attitude until you get them in and start working with them.” “But he came in like a giant and played like a giant.”

“I remember watching him for Toulouse 14 months ago and thought, ‘he is the one for us.'”

Yohan Cabaye also had a stellar game for Newcastle in the middle of the part with Moussa and to think we paid less than £6M for the two of them – and how much are they worth now?

The answer is a lot – but we’d be very surprised if any club in the summer would be able to match Mike Ashley’s evaluation of the two players, who now form the new engine room at Newcastle United.

Credit to Graham Carr and his Newcastle Scouting team – who seem to be the best in the business.

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179 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JazzMag // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    He sure has 🙂

  • 2 outsidethebox // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    the way he ran past cole and brushed him off said one thing this guy is special

  • 3 Novocastrian66 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Sissoko looks the business. Very impressed with him. Power, pace, skill. He has it all. How many nutmegs did he pull off yesterday? Awesome!

  • 4 TOONLOVER91 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    sissoko,cabaye,tiote,anita is just scarey and benny marv and gouff all around them too,just gonna get better and better !!tiote scores for ivory coast,stepping his game up already 😉

  • 5 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    credit to pards for utilising moussa in an attacking role

  • 6 toonicle // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Such a strong team now, just wait til Ben Arfa is back in that right wing spot. Drool.

  • 7 Dantoon85 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    There’s a lot of competition for places now. Things are looking good

  • 8 belgrade fan // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    nig 2 tiote 1

  • 9 Klatoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    We could have tiote for spurs, ivory coast down 2-1 with 10min to go!

  • 10 outsidethebox // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    pardue imo put sissoko up front with cisse as he didnt want to upset midfield balance….i think he has found the midfield formation that will work …play cisse up front alone with cissoko just behind backing up midfield and using his power and stamina…..let others cab in middle with defensive midfielder perch/tioteor anita …. and jonas (hba when fit ) goofy/marv on left worry about balance..
    debuchy and santon fb,s with dm covering dont blame fb,s for leaving holes thats what dm is supposed to cover…i would play m bai and collo as cb,s saylor as hard as he tries isnt as good ……moving right way

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Beefman from previous
    Dont think its a no brainer at all mate
    Tiote hasnt had any presence at all this season, he’s been found out, name one team we’ve played where he’s bossed midfield or hammered there forwards
    Every team we’ve played with tiote on the pitch have done the opposite of last season, they have put him under pressure, and its worked, he’s been useless
    He cant play under pressure he constantky gives the ball away, panics and then gives away free kicks, it no coincidence that since he’s left for the ACON the number off stupid free kicks given away just outside the box has halved
    Perch and anita have been miles ahead in terms of perfomances tgis season and theres no way he should walk back into the team, what sirt of message would that send? You can get by on reputation? He hasnt been good enough, infact he’s been a liability

  • 12 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    guti brings a balance to the squad like him or not that hba would not give, we already have a weakness on the left with two attacking players, would we want the same on the right?

  • 13 nufc13789 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Ivory Coast losing 2-1 tiote may be back sooner!

  • 14 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    tads, this season anita>perch>tiote for me

  • 15 nick_9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Love how you’re now a hater if you’re critical of a players performances, moved on from the term neggar have we or is that still branded about?

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    From previous thread, as you well know I had my head turned slightly as to what ambitions Mashley had for the club for the simple fact that a 9M striker was signed as opposed to Danny Graham who probably would have been 2/3M at the time, and then in the summer, I wasn’t screaming for loads of big name signings and would have been more than happy with Anita, Debuchy and an established CB but the lack of investment showed a distcint lack of ambition and very much gave the impression that Ashley would quite happily see us tick along in mid table, it has taken a very real threat of relegation to kick start this recent investment, and Sissoko who has been instrumental in these last two wins might not have even been here if he hadn’t of given up his signing on bonus, would they of compromised and reached an agreement we’ll never know, that is why bills I am waiting to see what he’s going to do this summer before I start lauding the good work he’s doing.

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Especially as those who use the labels normally scapegoat a squad member themselves!

  • 18 sula // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Please please please Newcastle do not sell this guy we dont want to be known as a selling club and we need to keep hold of our top players if we are to succeed in the prem and other competitions. We cannot lose our stars its that simple.

  • 19 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    ‘”They told me last time that they didn’t like me, that my subs were all wrong – and they were probably right – but today, they know a good player when they see one.’

    pardew listens.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    He’s just got here mate on a five and a half contract.

  • 21 rossc // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Quick question for everyone on the Ashley front.

    In all honesty at this point in time would you swop Mike Ashley and his strategy for NUFC which includes a focus on scouting through graham carr and an emphasis on balanced books and managerial consistency for any one of the following owners.

    1.roman abramovich – (and watch him sack manager after manager)
    2.tony fernandez – (and watch him do exactly what freddy sheppard use to do)
    3.The glaziers – (and watch your club be pilled into debt just so they could buy it)
    4. Randy lerner – (couldn’t be more disinterested if he tried)
    5. Al-fayed – (……..)
    6. Fenway Sports Group – (Home of the worst negotiators in the world)
    Or…. Delia Smith

  • 22 Jayden // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    7. Venky’s

  • 23 nick_9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    It’s almost like its a crime wanting more out of some players.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Just trying to picture Pardew in the supermarket and a fan approaching him and saying “Alan your subs are all wrong, I don’t like you”.

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    You’ve missed the Arabs out.

  • 26 outsidethebox // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    tiote back quicker than we imagined now

  • 27 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    great article on guttierez on the nufc website

  • 28 nick_9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Rosse – there’s not much wrong with Ashley’s idea but at the Argo stages when you don’t make a profit you’re left without funds for signings unless you sell players. That’s the problem, in four years time I think Ashley’s way will work much better but like I said the early stages are not what we are used to or like. This window was excellent business and if it turns out we have still broke even or made a small loss then the books must be pretty good. I’ve said for ages once our revenue is decent turning over a profit we will spend more, boycotting doesn’t help the plan (or kitty)

    Tiote is coming home guys, it’s a shame for him but hopefully his mind is on us once he returns. He has got a real fight on his hands now as do Jonas, gouffran, marveaux, Anita and mbiwa

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Jamie redknapp loves his own voice doesnt he!!

  • 30 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    tiote is coming back, ahh selection headache…wooo!

  • 31 Joe Blog // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM


    Yeah, making logical remarks based on observation is met with hostility for some reason. Some are just blind zealots – dangerous people given the wrong cause.

  • 32 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Seeing Redknapp and Bellamy together is sicken

  • 33 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    That’s a tough one, I heard that Delia cooks up a storm! Imagine em pies as half-time! hhhmmmmmm 🙂

  • 34 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Alan pas de clue
    Not sure he’ll be back to train snd feature vs spuds tbh
    Dont they have to travel back to there national camp first?
    Dont recon he’ll be back til wednesday/thursday

  • 35 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Defo twisted his ankle today and if Togo win in ACN then Spurs will be short up front! Bale is still a threat though 🙁

  • 36 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    when do we play spuds?

  • 37 mot7 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    im glad tiote is coming back with caby back in the side we can look forward to tiote concentration on his own job.
    He was taking on a job in midfield getting the ball of the defence and trying to playmake thats not his job but unlike some players he always took resposibility and always shows for the ball mistakes i can live with lack of effort as others have shown i cannot.

  • 38 Dantoon85 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Tiote won’t be back til a week Thursday. He’s coming back on the boat… He phone pards and said “I ain’t gettin on no plane sucker”

  • 39 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Spuds nxt Saturday @ WHL

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Alan pas,
    I cant see him getting past the bench for Spurs mind.

  • 41 Mister Tuff // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    spread -Delia might present a tasty pie -which you might find delicious -but not for me -but everyone has the right to choose. I still recall her drunken rant at one of the Norwich games -I would be put off -even wearing beer goggles.

  • 42 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    When is Tiote coming back?

  • 43 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    perch should stay thogh as cdm, done nothing wrong

  • 44 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Tiote is really going to have to up his game, he’s been well below his best for too long and we’ve suffer because of that

  • 45 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Mister Tuff
    Delia could be your mistress tuff!

  • 46 Dantoon85 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Tiote won’t be back til a week Thursday. He’s coming back on the boat… He phone pards and said “I ain’t gettin on no plane sucker”

  • 47 papattack // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    i dont think people can compare mbiwa and saylor yet because he hasnt played a full match at cb yet. im just glad we have all this competition for places and finally a bit of depth in the squad.

    im not even going to mention sissoko, unbelievable spot by carr.

  • 48 Marty-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Tough decisions for AP now as Anita doesn’t deserve to be outa the team,Percherinho played brilliantly yesterday,Ben Arfa coming back,Mbiwa waiting for a first start and Marveau also biting at the bit.
    Great to see competition for places but you don’t wanna change a winning team.
    Jonas played well yesterday and gave his all including a top goal although he had poor deliveries.
    He could learn a thing or two from Santon who’s also turning into a top player.

  • 49 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    if a team is winning dont change it, its as simple as that tbh

  • 50 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Anymore on that Chinese company interested in a stake in our club? I would not be opposed providing they never got a controlling stake and that we were never plunged into debt where the assets of the club were leveraged against – which is the case of Man U!
    I reckon a 25% stake for £180m would be fair price and then we would be debt free plus £50m for players as a surplus……it would be like putting the finishing touches to a Michael Angelo masterpiece.

  • 51 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    its always easy to say play anita ahead of perch as perch is ‘dropable’ and will be ‘less upset’ at being on the bench

  • 52 mot7 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Tiote im sure will regain form but he has been one of many that have been way off there best this season and only now seem to be picking up
    Hopefully he will be the same and gets back in the team on merit

  • 53 Marty-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Dantoon 🙂
    Nice one

  • 54 MT // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Summer Business :

    Out : Coloccini (if he wants to go back Argentina)
    Amalfitano / Obertan

    Loan : Shane Ferguson
    Haris Vu?ki?
    Curtis Good
    Mehdi Abeid

    In : LM – Tom Ince / Jeremain Lens / Viktor Fischer
    ST – PEA / Tim Matavž
    DC – Mehdi Benatia / Steven Caulker

  • 55 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    benatia matavz lens…hmmm

  • 56 Novocastrian66 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Spread. Where has that come from?

  • 57 roe997 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Jail for ashley

    It was a 6 1/2 yr deal. No way hes going anywhere soon

  • 58 Mister Tuff // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Sread – no thanks -the though has put me off my tea. In view of your previous post about her I do suspect your “battle cry” with her would be:-
    “Spread the Toon is coming”

  • 59 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    spread, optimistic valuing there, we would be lucky to get 100m for a small stake

  • 60 Mister Tuff // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    ref previous post would read better as :-
    “spread………………………….the toon is coming”.

  • 61 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Someone posted something from Indykaila from twitter either yesterday or today…in the last 24 hrs…

    Strategic fit as company is also a sportswear company and the Chinese mkt for 2bn people has a massive potential to extend our image, brand overseas….not just China, but SE Asia as well.

    Freelance journalist ?@indykaila

    Chinese company Li Ning Company Limited have made enquiries for a stake in a #English club. They have been in contact with #EFC and #NUFC.

  • 62 clinath@ed // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Are we about to find ourselves in Benitez/Mancini situation of continual rotation of the squad?

  • 63 jonobbad // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Just gotta say as much as I love nufc and always will, we are not worth 720m.
    Not even close.

  • 64 donkeypunch // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    got to think really alan pardew lost andy carrol José Enrique then had the balls to let joey barton leave on a free sells are second top goal scorer to west ham in nolan then come 5th that season in pardew we trust lol

  • 65 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Mister Tuff
    And she’d be wailing Choo Choo! Gilf’s not me thing though pie or no pie!

  • 66 clinath@ed // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Do you get the impression we all instinctively new the best formation we wanted, but now we have the players to make it work?

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I thought it was just couldn’t be arsed to Google it, yup he isn’t anywhere soon.

  • 68 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Im sure he will return to his best but i dont think he’ll do that by being gifted a starting spot the second he’s back, a couple of games on the bench get him riled up

  • 69 Alinufc // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    one point that I have just noticed about our transfer system which I think could be one of the reasons our transfers fit so well in is that most of them are one club teams ! For example
    Cabaye & Debuchy- Lille
    Sissoko- Toulouse
    Yanga-M’biwa- Montpelier
    Marveaux- rennes
    Anita- Ajax
    Santon- Milan (Know he went out on loan to somebody but he came through ranks and that was to try to improve himself)

    I really do think this is key to signings of players ( I mean the fact that gouffran was the only one to have played for more than one club previously (but still just two Caen and Bordeaux!) cannot be a coincidence!

  • 70 proudtobageordie // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    tiotes goal if anyone interested

  • 71 mot7 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    totaly right mate i did mention he would have to be in the team on merit as much as i admire perch i would still like to see a on form tiote back to his destuctive best

  • 72 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    The good thing about our predicament is for the first time since Keegan’s time we now have a headache over team selection and formation. There is competition around every position and the team no longer picks itself. That’s good for morale and the team. If you cannot get into the 1st team then you have to work harder to prove yourself. It also gets rid of complacency and enables AP to potentially pack a surprise during our matches. Another 4-5 players and our transfer activity will be done and we will then have a very settled squad and team for at lkeast 3-4 seasons. We need that stability if we want to win trophies…..just look at our peers at the top of the league!

  • 73 clinath@ed // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I don’t subscribe to the theory best players=best team.

  • 74 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Gerrard just scored a worldie

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Dont want to rain on your parade but theres not a great deal of competition for Cisse, hopefully that will be put right in the summer.

  • 76 mot7 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    looks like two england old timers have lashed in a couple of top draw goals this weekend glad lampards was just for show like ha ha

  • 77 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    when he was subbed late in the game yesterday i was impressed by the fact he almost look embarrassed by the fact he got a standing ovation, he looked almost perplexed by it the reception he got… funnily i think he still has more in the tank to show in coming games!

  • 78 Novocastrian66 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    TADS absolute belter. 3 cracking goals today.
    On this Li Ning thing. Had a look on the Internet and the seem to have their finger in a few pies; athletics, gymnastics, basketball, even badminton. No football tie ups. Maybe something in this. Kit manufacturer perhaps? How long is the Puma deal.
    Oh another good finish.

  • 79 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    what a goal from aguero… some player like!

  • 80 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Good point….oh well I guess you can see that we are very near to the finishing touches. IMO we need
    2 ST
    1 Winger
    1 CB
    1 RB
    Job done. I’d still like to see young Campbell come through, I think he’d be brilliant with Sissoko, HBA and Gouffran + Cabaye!

  • 81 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    What a finish by aguero. Reins is one sh*t keeper lol

  • 82 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Reina lol

  • 83 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Reina has gone from being one of the best in the world to average at best

  • 84 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM


    that should never have found the net, cisse used to be able to do that lol

  • 85 beefman13 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    tads, i would say virtually every manager in the prem (there may be one that dosnt) would rather play against us with perch in the team and tiote not.

    Matter of opinion, if you feel perch is better in the central defensive roll then Tiote then nothing i can do about it.

    We all have our prefered players and systems, i personally feel Anita will be sick as a chip at not getting the nod over perch, people say perch is underrated i reckon hes overrated. and the day that jonas and perch or simpson or obertan or willo are not in our starting eleven will be the day i can finally say we have took that extra step forward, thats not meant to be nasty statement but we have those players as squad players i have felt that for a long time watching us, we have to go to the next level and the afore mentioned are not on the new level without doubt IMO.

    I have watched god awful football this season prior to the first half at villa and yesterday which was a terrific effort, and while a good goal by jonas, it was not jonas or perch who won that game for us. i certainly dont hate these kids i know jonas grafts his arse off, perch as showed yesterday when he lost the ball on half way certainly did not bust a gut to get back for sure, and terrible at defending crosses as well overrated without doubt. where was he when lampard burst through for his goal, protecting the back four do me a favour, we lost 11 in 14 with him playing there.

  • 86 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Aguero wow what a finish!

  • 87 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Defoe ruled out of England game so I take it he won’t be scoring against us anytime soon.

  • 88 mot7 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    reina is bollocks be even he wouldnt have expected a finish from that angle top quality finish

  • 89 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Shame Xisco left. He’d be banging them in for us now.

  • 90 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM


    after our wee chat this morning it looks like defoe will miss the game after all… a lot can be said about prayers! lol

  • 91 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Can anyone actually tell me what Gareth Barry does???

    Simply don’t see anything about him

  • 92 mot7 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    xisco is at home making wise a big thankyou cake

  • 93 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Defoe twisted his ankle today. If Togo go through tonight in the ACN then Adebayor will also not be able to be selected.
    I do not underestimate spurs or any opposition but next weekend will provide us with another good springboard opportunity. I hope we get something from the game and preferably a win! HWTL

  • 94 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Im not saying that perch is better than tiote, of course he’s not
    But the best 11 on paper or with your best players is not always your best 11, based purely on form, nothing else, tiote shouldnt walk back in because his form has been in the gutter
    An on form tiote would be in most prem starting 11’s all day but he needs a kick in the ars3 to get him going again and i think if he was benched for 1 or 2 games we’d see a more determined tiote back in black n white

  • 95 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    How fickle is the fan,if we win at Spurs we’ll be talking about an ouside chance of CL 🙂

  • 96 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    i’ll be watching the acon now with interest, who could spurs possibly play up top against us, have they any other recognised strikers?

  • 97 Tsunki // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Gareth Borey. Yawn.

  • 98 mot7 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    gareth barry is one of the worst players ive ever seen in a england shirt
    cant belive benitez wanted him to replace alonso at liverpool

  • 99 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Great comment. Competition allows and enables creativity and a will for everyone to do better. That’s probably why manure always turn out results…….not cause they have the very best players in every position, but they have a good team. That “good” team comes from competition for places. Hence why we have so many midfielders! Just need to finish off the squad with strikers and wingers and a CB and I think we’re there.

  • 100 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Aye glad i lit all those candles!! 😉
    Mind watching spuds today and seeing lamps goal we have too pick up bale when he cuts in too central midfield, thats why i’d start anita over perch i dont think perch reads the game well enough to track him tbh

  • 101 Tsunki // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Yep another 5 – goal fail at spuds will bring the dream crashing to earth. Where’s Catchy btw?

  • 102 clinath@ed // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Well said TADS it’s a shame I type in invisible ink, otherwise you’d see that others agree with that sentiment!

  • 103 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I’d be happy / “overthemoon” with 8/9th place given our season. I’m sure some people will no doubt post criticism pre-match next week and then praise after the match should we get a result!
    Anyway why just CL, why not the title! LOL 🙂

  • 104 tequilamag // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    KTBK. Clint Dempsey scored a lot last tear for Fulham. I would imagine Spurs would play him as a striker.

  • 105 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Before the new boys arrived I thought we’d only get a point from Villa, Chelsea and Spurs, now we have a real chance of nine out of nine but even if we get a point st Spurs that will be one hell of a turnaround

  • 106 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Im not sure what barry does but i think they bought in garcia to try snd make barry look better 🙂

    Still many goal threats in spuds squad tbf bale dempsey lennon sidgurson holtby all drift wide cut in drop centrally
    Going to be a very tough game be happy with a point but will be ecstatic with 3!

    You only have to look at the improved displays at the back to see how much competition mbiwa has bought in

  • 107 Tsunki // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Ketsy @89 – no he wouldn’t. He had 5 years to impress. He’s 26, at the top of his game and now plays in Spanish 2nd tier. What does that say? All this ‘never had a chance nonsense does my head in, we had him forever!

  • 108 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Oh and dembele who i think used to be a CF before fulham converted him to a CAM role 🙁

  • 109 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Agreed but also Saylor has been on absolute “FIRE” since he’s been back….I’ve forgotten how good he is. A fit Saylor would get into any premiership team IMO. The lads a legend!

  • 110 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    tads @100 – maybe time for Guti to really step up and have a blinder tracking bale effectively doubling up with debs, sandro is a huge miss for them too, another cracking player and dare i say the spuds backline is not mobile enough to contain our movement from what i seen over the last 2 games, remember when Norwich had a revival earlier in the season beating utd arsenal and chelsea i think, in a tough run of games, if we stay injury free i can see us getting a great run, winable games coming up!

  • 111 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Do you reckon people hack your account.

  • 112 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM


  • 113 89Norcal // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    How great is it that Alan actually has proper “decisions” to make now regarding our starting lineup. That’s the support we needed on the bench all season.

    Loan out some youngsters then onwards and upwards.

  • 114 papattack // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:58 PM


    didnt notice your point but its a good one, a team full of mercenaries was what got us relegated.

    we’ve signed loyal players with the exception of demba and maybe another couple but on the whole they want to be here and do well for us. its showing in the last two games.

    i just hope we dont sell players in the summer just because we have a few new players in. we need the depth and competition!

  • 115 Krul to be Kind // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    good insight tads, never considered dembele or dempsey, he loves playing against us too if im right?

  • 116 remember69 // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Just for giggles has anyone compared the team squad and club finances from the time MA took over to what it is today? It would be interesting to see how it compares and whether the club is moving forward or backwards.

  • 117 papattack // Feb 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    jail for ashley

    i think hes a mackem, or just a moron. his posts are just ridiculous 99.9% of the time

  • 118 ConsettToff // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    So assuming Cisse up front, and the back 4 reasonably settled (perhaps rotating CBs) who are our 5 midfielders/playmakers?
    My line up would be:

    What do you reckon?

  • 119 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:01 PM


    We are moving forward as we no longer pay stupid money to average players who only come for the money, we now have players that want to be here for the right reason plus we no longer have Sheppard who was running the club into financial meltdown

  • 120 Spreadthetoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    What about Gouffran?

  • 121 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Aye taylor has given pardew a real selection headache fingers crossed he can stay fit now!

    Great point about there back line mate, today they left so much room between the back two and with the immobile parker offering protection i think sissoko and goofys pace they will create so many chances for cisse to break through the middle
    Also think we looked much much better with jonas sitting infront of debuchy and goofy and santon have been linking up really well

  • 122 toonLYF // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    I think Pardew will go unchanged against Spurs, Jonas will be needed to double up on bale, and whilst Vurnon Anita deserves a start, Perch has done little wrong, and we could certainly use his steel in midfield away from home.

    As for Metalist…

    now i know Debuchy and Mbiwa both played CL football this season, so does this mean they’re cup tired for the Europa?

    Obviously Gouffran will be.






    Ben Arfa
    Ben Arfa could maybe get the last 10 minutes in this one, depending on whether he trains this week or not. Coming on for Sissoko if so.

  • 123 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Yeah, there’s about a thousand Ketsbaia’s on this blog. Xisco is a wasted talent, as is Nile Ranger.

    Reckon we beat the best team in the league yesterday. Once again, an average Man Utd team are going to win the league. The premier league has got worse as teams are struggling in europe. For instance, United drew 3-3 at home to Braga.

  • 124 mot7 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Just a thought a fully fit taylor as captain next season or cabaye

  • 125 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:03 PM


    Cabaye for captain as no doubt Saylor will miss large parts of the season with injuries as he always seems to

  • 126 stretchintoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    just think how good we will be when hatem’s back & when we get a decent striker in

  • 127 Lucky Les // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    I support Mot7 regarding Tiote but he will need to fight for his place.If Perch and Tiote are to be our defensive midfielders where does that leave Anita other than third choice.He lacks the physicality for the full role of defensive midfield and cannot take a major part in defensive set pieces because of his lack of height.His style might be suited for Europe where physical power is not as vital as in the premier league.He can cover as full back but £6 million for a third choice defensive midfielder and reserve full back seems excessive.Football has a strange way of creating chances for players so he may appear in a different role but I cannot but think if used in the French transfer Market this could have been better spent.I wish Anita no ill will but it is my view he is not a premier league defensive midfield player.

  • 128 papattack // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    kets you really make me laugh. how can man utd be average? they are top of the league and have won the most league titles in england you pleb.

  • 129 JackButler // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:05 PM


    If Man Utd are average and will win the league this season what does that make the rest of us???

    Some of their players are average as individuals but Fergie makes them into a team that always performs and never give up

  • 130 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM


    we have to choose 1 from debuchy and mbiwa due to regulations

  • 131 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    That sounds like a right laugh.

  • 132 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Was talked about earlier think because of some rule, we can name one of debuchy or mbiwa, cant name goody obviously but sissoko and haidara are both eligable
    Personally would name mbiwa if he’s not getting the time on the pitch
    Might even be a goid call to play mbiwa as a CDM over perch vs spuds

  • 133 stretchintoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    apprently man c are offloading a few players in the summer,edin dzeko being 1 of them,could we afford him,could we get him?

  • 134 JAMSHA // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM


  • 135 stretchintoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    chelsea are’nt the best team in the prem,there the 3rd best

  • 136 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Might afford his fee but isnt he on about £90 k a week?

  • 137 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    dzeko would be a great focal point for our attack in our 4231 formation but his wages would be too high.

    against metalist i would go

    simpson mbiwa taylor haidara
    sissoko perch tiote guti
    shola gouffran

    its goint to be a very tough, physical game, soak the prssure clatter them, and hit them with gouffran on the counter

  • 138 remember69 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    “We are moving forward as we no longer pay stupid money……..”

    Exactly what I wanted to hear mate. I think people need to take a step back and appreciate the way the club has moved forward. I would also argue that our squad is much better than it was wen MA took over.

  • 139 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    best attack in prem is between united/city
    best midfield between chelsea/city
    best defence on paper is between chelsea/city maybe even liverpool

    city have the best squad

  • 140 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    rossc @21

    Seeing as you put it like that then it’s a no brainer.
    If you had also put Shepherds and Hall on the list it would have had added interest.
    We are all very impatient at times and if we are looking at regular CL in two years time and go for the Cup runs so we do win something , I’ll be along for the roller coaster that is the Toon.


    Very interesting point. I’m sure that players who settle and stay with one club have different attitudes to the Bas of this world who chase the dollar. As Carr and the club look at attitude and disposition for the ‘fit’ then I reckon the attitudes we want are there in the one club players. Not that they aren’t ambitious but if Pards has built the kind of club atmosphere that appeals to the Cabayes and Sissokos of the football world then that’s just fine and dandy

  • 141 mot7 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    lucky les
    Agree on the anita situation a fully fit and on form tiote is the choice for dm not long ago everyone was saying he was a 20 mil player
    He has beem off form but if people have watched him this season they would have seen him geting the ball and trying to spray 30 yard passes thats not his game as for the silly free kicks i think that comes from the desire to win every ball in a team that was struggling maybe trying a little bit to hard at times .

  • 142 JAMSHA // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Alan Pas-de-clue

    simpson mbiwa willo haidara
    anita perch tiote guti
    shola gouffran

    saylor n sissoko out…dnt want them to get injurd

  • 143 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    pardews preference is to play players through bad form into better form i.e. jonas, cisse. i expect him to do the same with tioteee

  • 144 Alan Pas-de-clue // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    jamsha, i thought that but sissokos physical presence would be a huge bonus, anita could die against them thugs lol, and willo would prob snap

  • 145 JAMSHA // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Alan Pas-de-clue


  • 146 stretchintoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    true,big mike would’nt give him the wages he’d want.on another note im hoping tiote does’nt start next time we playrather see him on the bench

  • 147 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Tiote , Anita, Mbiwa, Marv will all start in the Europa. The further we go the more playing time they’ll get. That really will give Pards headaches for EPL selection as we all know how good these guys are.

    The thought of a 1000 K9s is a living nightmare.

  • 148 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Against Spuds I think Anita would do a great man marking job on Bale but he ain’t the only one..

  • 149 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Does anybody think Anita might get sold in the summer if somebody matches his value, he’s a cracking player but if he can’t get in the team over Perch then I can’t see where there is a place for him.

  • 150 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:27 PM


    No chance

  • 151 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM


    That’s called depth mate and we’ve sorely lacked it until now.

  • 152 clinath@ed // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    No Jail..the lad is a gifted footballer on his first season, got to to give him more time. It’s also bee proved bigger squads are more successful.

  • 153 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Where do you think he can fit in then and as a current Dutch international I can’t see him being happy at being an understudy.

  • 154 clinath@ed // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Jfa,…as has been pointed out earlier, there’s a long list of superfluous players that will/should go before the likes of Anita.

  • 155 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    If we can secure a good finish then next season looks truly scrumptious 😉

    No Europa or ACON and lots of depth so long as another striker is brought in and replacements for anyone leaving (Simmo colo etc)

  • 156 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    If Man Utd didn’t have Alex Ferguson as manager, they’d be mid-table now.

    I must admit, I’m usually right in what I’m saying. I told my mates etc that Sissoko would make an impact and just look at what he did yesterday. I can identify a good player and a bad player. If Willo and Simmo were playing yesterday, we would’ve lost. Saylor and Debuchy made a big difference.

  • 157 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:34 PM


    I know we’re already worried about losing players this summer but it’ll only be one or two, if any at all. I think clueless Alan who has lost the dressing room makes a point abut nurturing players getting settled. Cabs and Tiote both stayed last summer and had offers in.
    For people to want to move there are usually push and pull factors. Pull might be more money or a bigger name club who wins trophies but if players really like where they are then those things get less important. Happy settled players is a good way of retaining your best.
    Especially if we really are showing ambition. We are, aren’t we ?

  • 158 stretchintoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    id defo get rid of tiote b4 anita

  • 159 clinath@ed // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    JFA…your making assumptions on the lads personality and state of mind.

  • 160 Mashley u Batfastard & lambiarse u Cupid stunt // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Andy & Jose who

  • 161 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I agree on Anita. He is not a dcm. Not in the prem anyways. Very useful player and hopefully there’s a hunger in him to propel him in to better form. That’s what competition for places should do for all the fringe playes

  • 162 Spuggy // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM


    All our top players are on long contracts so if someone wants one it’s gonna cost them big style and we could replace.

  • 163 remember69 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    “pardews preference is to play players through bad form into better form ”
    In Cisse’s case what would you suggest AP do ( Shola or Ranger?)? It appears that his striking options are limited at the moment.
    In Guti’s defense I think he is on the field because of his work rate as much as anything else, and helps cover the FBI. That is the tactical side of the game – I have not heard any pro /pundit question whether his place is merited.
    It will be interesting to see what happens with Tiote. I would expect AP to rest him then take a look at him in training. Whether right or wrong the manager is going to put out what he considers the best team to nullify/beat the opposition on that particular day.

  • 164 clinath@ed // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Kets…no your not usually right, thats called selective memory, but I do agree with you about SAF and Man U.

  • 165 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Anita is underrated. He is great on the ball. A total different player to Sissoko. I think we’ve got the best midfield in the prem. It’s just a shame that we didn’t keep Ba and sign Remy. Who knows, we could end up signing Benteke and Remy in the summer.

  • 166 yo-yo // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM


    You’ve got mates ?


    I don’t see him as understudy at all as I think AP will go to a rotation system in midfield with horses for courses., now we have a strong enough squad. Anita will play against ball playing sides for sure. He’s got a lot of drive and guts for a wee guy so his height is only a disadvantage if we are playing against lump it sides.

  • 167 Jail for Ashley // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    I’m not worried that we might sell him in a sense about the money, just worried that if as I say he can’t get in the team over Perch then he might wasnt away.

  • 168 clinath@ed // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Northernirish….damn, that’s what I wanted to say.

  • 169 toonLYF // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I see, cheers for clearing that up lads. It’s a tough one but i think i’d go for Debuchy. Whilst M’biwa isn’t getting the game time in the PL and could therefore do with playing part in Europe, Debuchy is our only RB of real quality and i really think we have a chance of progressing in the tournament and making the Quarter finals at least – and at that point, anything could happen! What happens if we got to the final and were stuck with playing Simmo at RB against Athletico Madrid or something?

  • 170 Marty-Toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Defoe and Adebayor both out of the spuds game 🙂 who’ll they use against us?
    They should be there for the taking but they have of course dangerous players throughout the team but then again we also have quality throughout now

  • 171 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I’d rather earn £60k per week and be happy than earn £85k per week and wasting your career. Success is more important than money. QPR will always leak goals with Hlint Kill playing at the back.

  • 172 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM


    Lol sorry mate

  • 173 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I suppose it depends on the player as much as the club, if he’s not happy in his role he may well want to move on, personally dont think he deserved to be dropped his technical ability more than compensates for his lack of hieght especially given how much cabaye and sissoko rotated roles in the chelsea game, if anything although as solid performance, perch perhaps limited us a bit see no reason why cabaye sissoko and anita cant play in the same midfield tbh aolt of teams lack hieght in midfield, like arsenal, so they simply press teams higher smother them and retain possesion on the deck cant see why we cant do the same, cabs sissoko and anita are great technical players i think they would be one of the best midfields in the league

  • 174 northernirishtoon // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM


    No room for tiote?

    I know tiote hasn’t had the best of seasons but its hard to argue that anyone has bar benny

    Tiote has to be in the team and I think with tiote cabaye sissoko benny and goofy/marv there isn’t a better midfield in the league

  • 175 woolerbill // Feb 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM


    Cessi has had three or four good chances in the last two games. The influx of new players has done him no good. I hope we don’t regret not getting Ba’s replacement.

  • 176 BDin9 // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Cisse scored against Villa.

  • 177 Graeme // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    The way MA does business, it doesn’t matter that they cost a combined fee in the region of £6 million. Anyone wanting them is looking at having to shell out a minimum of £30 million each. And that’s only if MA is in a very generous mood lol

  • 178 Munster Mag // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Tiote walk into thsi team. Are you joking me?? He’ll benefit from having better players around him, but he’s had a shocking season and has looked unfit and ill disciplined.

  • 179 true toon // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Sissoko is good but the real challenge is finding a good squad member that will replace him when he is not available through injury or international duty. We have seen that this season, our squad depth or youngsters isn’t good eniugh.

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