Our New French Players Have Been Great For Us – Krul

One of the things we’ve noticed about the Frenchmen that have been arriving at Newcastle over the last two or three years, is that not only that they are simply excellent technical players – but they are also first class professionals.

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Yoan Gouffran scoring Saturday – he’s been a revelation for the Magpies

And the five lads who came in last month have already shown they can get the job done for Newcastle,  and in the last three games Debuchy, Sissoko and Gouffran have played in they have played really well.

And when you consider they are settling into a new country and don’t speak the language yet – it’s been even more amazing and is a measure of their great professionalism – and also their desire to do well at Newcastle.

Tim Krul yesterday rightly lauded our new Frenchmen:

“They have been fantastic. Normally you see with new players, they take a bit of time to settle. But these lads, from the moment they walked into the club, they have been great for us.” “We have had, of course, a team meeting and we know everything about the players now, but before, I didn’t know much.”

“It’s not ideal for them, but on the other and, it can work well. They will obviously be very fresh and very motivated for this game, and that can hide a number of sins.” “They have a large influx of South American players, who give the team a real characteristic of technique, and that’s probably what we are going to have to come up against.”

“They are very good at keeping the ball and keeping it away from us, and will probably take our tempo out of the game.” “That’s their strength, and on the break, they are fast, so we need to be on our guard. As Juventus proved on Tuesday night at Celtic, you have to be very clever in how you attack.”

It could be a tricky game tonight because Metalist keep the ball well, and that could tend to frustrate Newcastle, but we have to be patient – and also try to keep a clean sheet so we put ourselves in a good position to get through in the return leg next Thursday night.

And there’s bound to be a number of our new Frenchmen playing tonight, with Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko starting – and maybe we’ll see 20 year-old left back Massadio Haidara for the first time too, either starting the game or coming on as a substitute.

Massadio is very highly rated, and Newcastle don’t pay out £2M for any youngster, unless he’s top notch.

Howay The Lads!!

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17 comments so far

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1


    Our french Bellamy? – the attitude?

  • rainrix

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Sage… From Previous

    Thanks for that, i would’ve though that you get money from tv games every-time they’re broadcast. I dont know if they pick a bunch of fixtures at the start of the season to broadcast or just do it on the fly. I think its the latter we were getting loads of games broadcast last year due to our form and style, this year it feels like we havent had half as many.

    That was in relation to sky games btw i expect thats where the majority of money comes from especially seeing as they just spent 3 billion on 3 year broadcasting rights.

    Obviously you only get your position money at the end of the year. I wonder what the other 50% is from? Tickets and such?

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3


    All that I mentioned is tv money…thats just how thye divide it. So the other 50% is TV money evenly shared…so from all domestic and international sources.

    I think they book blocks of games….see sky usually announce what games they have in 2/3 month blocks so must pick some then adjust tne next 2 month block dependent on form and interest. They will sack of a mid table game for relegation or title influencing ones.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    You then have you merchandise, ticket sales, etc on top of all that.

  • dannyboy

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    how much do you get for winning th europa cup , something pathetic like 3 or 4 mill? and whats the prize money for the CL in comparsion?

  • rainrix

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6


    Ah i see thanks for clearing that up, it makes more sense as the PL is big business in the US and asia and hell even europe.

    That makes sense about sky as well, so it pays to be doing well basically. Just read as well the top team can expect around 100mil staggering really as well as TV rights being worth around 5 billion.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    I believe there is a sizeable introductory payout because all prem games are streamed to broadcasters all over the world regardless of whether we see them on UK tv or not. Obviously if we fetaure more due to cup / competition games we will be a more lucrative attraction and the final payout will differ drom club to club. At any rate it will be the initial payout clubs that are scrapping at the bottom of the table will be looking at.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning lads, so where sending out our strongest side tonight?

    Thats the vibes im getting from reading certain articles.


  • Tsunki

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Don’t forget the upcomong seasons have much more tv money floating around due in no small part to a massive contribution by surprise package BT. I can’t see that changing in the next couple of years, recession or no. I think punters are still favouring their tv sub over going to games and I think clubs will have to seriously consider how to make attendance a better option for punters. Hence frozen ST prices from a few clubs and our very own part-season offers.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Pards said he was feilding a strong team. A two goal cushion to take away will do me.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d like to see as close a team to the last 3 games as posible. Debuchey and goofy can’t play, so for me, perch into right back, anita in to DM. Marveaux or squidward for goofy.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    No Tiote, he’s in trouble with the law, and his head is often elsewhere at the best of times. Red card waiting to happen if he plays tonight

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    I’d take a 2 goal cushion if its 2-0
    3-1 would be a bit nervous with the away goal rule

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Say we have a 2-3 goal cushion, anyone reckon Pard’s should give Campbell a 45 minute cameo second leg?

  • Markaccus

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Charlie, a little nervy maybe, but I’d still back us not to lose by 2 goals away, and I’d fancy us to score one, too, so I think it would be ok. I’ll never forget that CL game in holland, when bell-endamy saved us from an away goal exit in the last min. Anything is possible with the toon!

  • dannyboy

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    charile youd take a two goal cushion? i dont think its going to be that easy tonight , especially if pards does what i think hes going to do and play shola!

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17


    I dunno why, but I feel the team will be something like this.


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