Pardew Makes Some Tough Decisions For Europa League

Newcastle have revised their squad for the Europa League, now that new players have arrived in January.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – will play in Europa League

Some players no longer with Newcastle have been removed from the list like Demba Ba and Xisco, and some young players on loan have also been removed such as Brad Inman, Medhi Abeid, and Conor Newton.

AAnd three of our five new players last month have been included included and they are Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massamio Haidara.

But the suprise is that French International Mathieu Debuchy has missed out despite being eligible, but Newcastle ere restricted to only being able to include three new players.

Pardew will obviously be playing Mapou Yanga=Mbiwa at center-back and Haidara at left back for the European games, and since Mathieu Debuchy is playing in every single league game, it looks like Danny Simpson will get games in the Europa League before he leaves as a free agent in the summer.

It’s really a way for the Newcastle manager to start playing Yanga=Mbiwa at center-back and Haidara iat left back n the Newcastle side, and in that way the decisions make some sense.

Yoan Gouffran has already played against Newcastle in the Europa League for Bordeaux, and so he is ineligible, but players who have played in the Champions League – like Yanga-Mbiwa – remain eligible.

Maybe because some teams, like Chelsea, have dropped down into the Europa League after playing in the Champions League earlier in the season – so there’s already a precedent for players playing in both competitions.

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22 comments so far

  • jettson1971

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Santon will play RB – i can’t see Simpson playing again for NUFC

  • toonincheek

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Simmo could well get a runout – just to give Santon a bit of a rest.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Stephen Keegan (from previous thread)

    Derby have a young centre mid, Will Hughes. Been followed by a lot of premier league clubs. Barkley is an Everton player, but centre mid. Doubt they would let him go.

    On young British players, I’d want Redmond from Birmingham, and should be reasonably cheap. Also Middlesbrough are always good for finding young talent. If they don’t come up then finances may dictate they have to listen to offers. I’d also take a look at Charlie Austin, price dependent. Homegrown goalscorer, and would be an upgrade on Shola for next year.

  • TheGingaWarrior

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Makes sense to me – gets some games under their belts.

    I assume that means Demba won’t be eligible to play for Chelsea either?

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Pards made the right decision. Mapou needs to start some games, and I think he will be starting these ones. Santon can play right back and Haidara left back so we still look solid.

    Having Sissoko available is a bonus, and Anita and Marv will probably have big roles to play

  • dannyboy

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    I wonder if saylor and colo stay fit then Mapou Yanga Mbiwa will just be a europa player this year,hel not be to happy im sure but it goes to show how strong are fully fit team is, mr.t isnt guaranteed a start nomore either

  • dannyboy

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #7

    there is a good few players ahead of anita now perch is even infront of him, could well be a utility player this next year

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Mapou has played right back on a number of occasions, more frequently than Santon, so he could slot in there as well. Mapou offers lots of options across the back, so I think was a much more sensible inclusion, given the choice between Debuchy and him, in this context.

  • Stephen Keegan

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Cheers Lilongwe, i will look into them< think the players i listed are already becoming Names of the future sort of thing and their price tags will already be rising, Have you seen much of Jamaall Lacelles? he plays for forest been really impressed with what ive seen from him!!!

  • croftus5678

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #10

    pards signed hairdryer because santon was overworked he said so think he will definatly rest santon.

    think elloitt/mbiwa/simpson/hairdryer/anita/bigi/marv/ober/shola will def play.

  • Macas

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Makes sense, Simpson can play right back in Europe if we need him, and it lets the 2 new boys in defence slowly get integrated into the team. Having Sissoko available is an added bonus, and Marveaux and Anita may get a start in those games as well.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    my line up


  • Graeme

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #13

    We need to win this game – therefore playing Bambi is just not an option; His days as a starter are long gone.

    As an impact sub, a last 15 minutes player, he is fine, but that is now his limit.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #14

    I haven’t seen much of Lascelles, although I have a friend who is a forest fan and he rates him very highly. I think the problem with some of the ones listed, Ince, Shaw and Clyne, is that they are all ready being talked about, and there price is constantly rising. Particularly Ince after scoring for the U21s the other night.

    To buy English youngsters we need to go under the radar, as we did with Bigi, there is still value in England as long as you avoid overhyped players. For me, Nick Powell at Man Utd, bought from Crewefor 3-4mill will be a much better all round player than Zaha, but Zaha got hyped by media, Powell didn’t.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #15


    who else we got ? i can not see him playing cambell as much as i want to see it and cisse needs to be rested at some point and this seems ideal !

    think marv will do great in no10 role but i can only see shola as an option tbh 🙁

  • TorqToon

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Morning Ibiza. How was the England game? I saw Lampards goal – pretty tasty!

    The France / Germany game was very good.

    All France first half and all Germany second,

    Cabaye was nothing shirt of majestic. His array of passing was unreal. He sat fairly deep and pretty much ran the show. Was unlucky on 2 occasions – one where Benzema got in his way when he was in a better striking position, and the last kick of the game which mertezacker pulled off a great block.

    Sissoko had his chances limited but it just a power house! He loves to run with the ball and one several occasions dissected the German backline with his runs. Came off after 80mins and put in a solid shift. Debuchy and Yanga didn’t play.

    Star for France imo was Valbuena. A little bloke but with incredible technique, work rate and passion. France main weakness is their backline. Sagna and evra just aren’t good enough imo. Debuchy will win his place back and somebody like Cissokho should be pushing for the starting LB berth.

    But second half Germany were something else. Ozil was incredible. Hummels at the back was like a wall.

  • Stephen Keegan

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Tavernier M’Biwa Collo Hairdryer
    Perch Bigi
    Obertan Anita Marveaux

    Really Want to see how Gouffran Plays up top by himself

  • Mund30

    Feb 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Its not the fact they can only put in 3 new players, the reason Debuchy didnt get in is because, we could only put in either Mbiwa or Debuchy we couldnt have both. Something about only being able to have 1 player who has played in 2 European competitions in 1 season, so Mbiwa got the nod.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Santon Mbiwa Coloccini Haidara
    Marveaux Tiote Anita Sissoko Obertan

    Don’t bleedin’ underestimate Metalist.

  • Mund30

    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #20

    @19 They are a strong team and have technical gifted players, so we shouldnt underestimate them at all but i believe Pards and the coaches know that and im confident we can get through. But wont be an easy game thats for sure.

  • Jamiemac

    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #21


    Says in the article gouff is not available.

  • Yorkgeordie

    Feb 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #22

    I think the way it works, if we had been knocked out in the group stage, Demba would have been eligible to play for Chelsea. That’s why Gouffran can’t play for us, Bordeux are still in the competition. The competition seems to start from scratch after the group stages and the, champion league failed clubs, join in. That’s my interpretation, but I could be wrong.


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