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Anzhi Makhachkala vs Newcastle – Match Preview

11:39 am, Thursday, March 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 73 Comments

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It’s going to be a tough game for Newcastle United against FC Anzhi Makhachkala at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium tonight, in the first leg of the round of the last 16 of the Europa League.

But Anzhi’s manager Guus Hiddink has heaped praise on the new Newcastle side, on the run-up to the game, and he has watched the Magpies a few times in preparation for tonight’s game, and the famous coach has said Newcastle are now a modern side who attack the opposition, and they have some powerful and good players.

Anzhi are owned by Russian Billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, and they have not been shy of paying our big dollars to get good players into the club, and they have some top class players who include their captain Eto’o.

And in January they brought in Brazilian Willian for £19M, which is a million more than Newcastle paid for the five players who came to Newcastle in that same month – Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Newcastle will be without Krul, Coloccini and Cisse for the game tonight, and they are out injured, and also Debuchy and Gouffran are not eligible to play in Europe for Newcastle.

So we think this could be the side that Alan Pardew could start tonight:

Simpson Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
Ben Arfa Anita Sissoko Cabaye (c) Marveaux
Ameobi (Sh)
Subs: Alnwick Santon Perch Gosling Tiote Obertan Campbell

With Cisse being sick and Alan Pardew reticent to play Shola Ameobi on a plastic artificial surface, we’ve put 18 year striker Adam Campbell on the bench, and he could even get a run-out in this game.

Anzhi are going to come at Newcastle at the start of this game with everything they have to try to get a goal, so how we fare tonight will have a lot to do with how the back five perform, but this is almost the same team that had the great 1-0 victory at Metalist Kharkiv, so if we can play as well as that – we’ll have a chance.

And with these European ties, it’s important to try to get an away goal, as that is the first decider if the scores are level after the two legs.

In our poll on how Newcastle will fare tonight, 46% think the game will end in a draw (that includes me so it probably will never happen), and the rest are split between winning and losing the game – at 27% each.

Newcastle’s objective will be to stay in the tie tonight, so that it’s possible next Thursday night to put in a performance to do what’s necessary to win the tie at St. James’ Park and go though to the quarter finals of the competition.

But what’s necessary will be completely dependent on how our lads perform tonight in Moscow tonight.

Here’s a chance to vote on the result if you haven’t already done so.

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73 responses so far ↓

  • 1 harrizoom // Mar 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    There is zero chance of ben arfa starting tonight would be stupidity if he did, he shouldnt of even travelled, he has bad hamstrings and two of the worst things for bad hamstrings are the cold and poor surfaces both of which newcastle are facing later. Would really like to see santon in a more advanced role which will allow marveoux tobplay in his more central position rather then stuck on a wing where i think he is poor, also if ameobi cant play on this surface why play him, play sissoko up there with marv just off him

  • 2 fergies left foot // Mar 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Dont feel to confident about picking up any points but I think
    away goals will be key for us if we are to go through.

    3-1 Anzhi first leg, then well smash them to bits at home. I honestly believe we will.

  • 3 Hatem's better than Messi // Mar 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Hopefully Pardew will start with Campbell and bring Shola on as a sub.

    What is with these East European team’s crests?
    The Metalist one was nasty too.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    The pitch isn’t amazing but these artificial pitches have come on so much the past 10 years….they are much safer than they were at one time so I wouldn’t get too worried about that.

    Just looking at the forecast…temp be between 0 and -4 celcius…cold but not terrible especially with all the base layers players can wear now (work a lot more than you’d think).

    I think ben arfa should be on the bench but purely depends how he has trained. If he has handled the cold and surface well might be worth starting him even if you just get 45 mins out of him. Can always bring him off when he is tired/feeling it a bit where as if you give him 20 mins at the end you could be losing out on 10/15mins he could have played.

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 11:58 AM


    I sing campbells praises all the time but too much to start him when he hasn’t even got on as a sub this year.

    I think he is good enough but lacking the experience so would maybe get him on as a sub as they are tiring and he is fresh…be a good impact sub tonight.

  • 6 Spotlight Kid // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    If Ben Arfa is even half a yard off the pace he will be crunched the moment he hesitates on the ball. This is not a good game to bring him back. Whatever happened to the tried and trusted route of “a few games in the reserves”?

  • 7 Rainrix // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    As much as i’d love to i doubt we’ll see campbell tonight. if he got of the bench then fair play to pards, but i predict unimaginatively perch coming on.

    If HBA is fit enough then i say bring him on for the last 30 – 20 minutes. Much better to play him against tiring opposition when he can cause some damage, plus it minimises the time he can potentially get injured which is a bonus.

    Scoring tonight and not losing by a horrific margin would be a decent result in all honesty. As we saw against AZ away goals can be vital.

  • 8 Spreadthetoon // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Blood Campbell and rest Shola against a physical Stoke @ the weekend……..Campbell is good enough, the lad is never gonna get experience unless you play the lad. Campbell to start for me….sadly I think it may be a little predictable for Shola instead…..!!

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM


    well anzhi haven’t kept a clean sheet in 4 games….which is good for us and the most they have scored is 3 in a game since september so a good chance that even a 3-1 defeat we can get a win to go through at home.

    I think if we keep the score close (and we score) so either a draw or narrow loss (no more than 2 goals in it) we can go on to win at home.

  • 10 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Just confirmed Colo out for 7-8weeks
    broke two bones in his back and has returned to Argentina

  • 11 Spreadthetoon // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    reckon we could nick it 0-1. Eto is good but he’s an aged player these days…….not sure how potent he still is…..cannot dispute his world class quality though.

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Campell should be out on loan; he shouldn’t even be playing for us.

    …for me we are mismanaging our youth and biulding them up to something they are not!

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM


  • 14 WWYCD // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    People really want to start Campbell against these big hitters? Hmm interesting idea, he’d get dominated over 90 minutes though so lets get behind Shola

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:14 PM


    would like campbell to get experience but starting an away leg of an important europa league game isn’t ideal to start.

    rather see him make a few appearances off the bench

  • 16 Rainrix // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Sage… That bodes well then. We’re more than capable of beating them at home. Hopefully the stadium will be quieter and less hostile than some of the others we’ve played at, so ideally thats some pressure off.

    Its hard to call really isnt it? Not sure what to expect from them having never seen them play apart from of course their expensive frontline. Quietly optimistic about this one.

  • 17 JAMSHA // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM





  • 18 Rainrix // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Spread… Eto’o has a one in 2 record for anzhi. Not the strongest league in the world obviously but still impressive. He’s still a threat no doubt about it.

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM


    with you there, if campbell have been coming off the bench for a motnh or two maybe start him…but he hasn’t played a competitive game with the first team so too much pressure to chuck him in from the start…maybe a sub appearance late on.


    I think our kids are over hyped…..but campbell is the one for me who has bags of potential. His game is all about pace and these kind of players usually have careers from 18-27/28 before theire pace goes and they begin to struggle (look at torres, owen, etc)

  • 20 Spreadthetoon // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Transfer / Jesper

    I agree that blooding Campbell in an important Europa game is not ideal…..but then again there does not seem ever to be a good time to bring this lad in.
    We place Fergie and Sammy out on loan and not Campbell who has had only 1 first team appearance this season in comparison and yet is not loaned out. To me that would suggest that this lad is good enough and ready for a 1st team place birth in this competition. Campbell is arguably our best youth player at the club, so doing nothing, keeping him sidelined and on the bench is going to do nothing for the lad’s confidence and that’s what all good players need. Take a chance on the lad….why not?

  • 21 TheToonKing // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    simpson vs Zhirkov ? No…just no.

    Santon Taylor Mbiwa Haidara

  • 22 Rainrix // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Jesper… I partially agree with you.

    It all depends on how highly he’s rated by the club. If he’s not in the immediate plans then yeah he should go out on loan. Obviously not right now as we only have 2/3 strikers and we might need him if some disaster happens.

    But in the summer where its likely we could sign 1-2 strikers then yeah send him out on loan. Its better doing it early than having what we have had this year, youngsters coming into the side who aren’t ready or don’t have the experience.

  • 23 Spreadthetoon // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Can never be complacent about one of the best players in modern time, and yes he’s got a good record in the Russian league but I think our defense should be able to contain him.

  • 24 WWYCD // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Even then it’d be a lot for him to take plus hes just recovered from injury not long ago hasn’t he? I think had Cisse been fit he’d be at home not in Russia

  • 25 robin // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    NUFC, are more than capable of winning this game, if Pardew, has Sissoko, playing off Ameobi and Anita, Marveaux or Obertan playing out wide with Haidara and Santon as wingbacks. The mags will win 2-1, but Pardew is still the worst manager working in top flight football!

  • 26 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    If only we had Xisco….

  • 27 DokToon // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    and robin/roberta, you are the worst blogger here, shut it with the negativity.. back to your corner…

  • 28 DokToon // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    pards is fine… have no idea why you hate him so…

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    TS…I remember back when Chopra was a kid and he was scoring goals for fun for the youth and later on for the reserve. Everyone was building him up to something he was not.

    He was kid who was thrown into the big league too soon and wasn’t up to it. He stopped progressing and look at him now!

    He should have been out on loan and broad in gradually.

    I don’t think he’s ready; not by far. He needs to go out on loan or else we break him to!

    Spread…I honestly think it’s a big mistake taking chances on youth. They are not an object but a human being. You have to be careful with them or you might hinter or stop their progress. For me if Campbell was anyway near ready he should have featured by now.

    Rainrix…you only agree partially with me 😀

    Guys it’s just my humble opinion…

  • 30 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Spread @20 -I think Campbell has not been sent out on loan because we are a bit short of forwards and he has been kept back as an insurance policy in case the likes of Shola and Cisse get injured. A bit like what Percy told Abeid before Christmas -that he wanted him to go out on loan but not before January -when he anticipated new signings.
    Also demonstrates our lack of a quality striker replacement. I suppose if we get knocked out over the two legs -back in the PL- we have Gouffran who will be eligible for the rest of the season -and a striker bought in the summer.
    Whilst anxious about this game -if Shola can surprise us and play well – I’m going for a 2-2 draw.

  • 31 Munster Mag // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Perch will be one of the first names on the teamsheet. I dont know why you havent put him in Ed?

  • 32 barkel // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Square pegs again i think!

    Dont think Ben Arfa will start, the only problem with Shola starting is the massive risk of him injuring himself on a pitch he has been advised not to play on.

    I reckon I’d go with something like this ..

    Simpson Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
    Anita Perch Cabaye (c) Marv
    Subs: Tiote Obertan Shola/Campbell

    The classic Spanish formation of 4-6

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Tuff…Isn’t it a big mistake to hold back a youth prospect just as an insurance?

    …we have just released two forwards and we had an opportunity to strengthen in January :)

    *Sounds like someone fell asleep once again in the Newcastle hierarchy 😉 lol

  • 34 barkel // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Obviously Obertan wont start and be a sub, that doesn’t make any sense. I think depending on how the game is going the subs will be Tiote, Gosling & Shola/Campbell

  • 35 Toon-Prodigy // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Looking forward to this game. Would love to see Anita start along side Tiote and have then both sit just infront of the back four to see how they go.

    4hrs until kick off..

    Howay The Lads!

  • 36 Spreadthetoon // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I guess my view point is take a chance on Campbell who is chewing at the bit and has impressed in training all season long. Why not?…..surely not playing Campbell is not good for his development or experience. If he’s good enough then he’s good enough………..time will tell I guess. Still reckon we’ll edge this match with a very tough home fixture followed up!

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    I agree with barkel I would play 4-6-0 tonight with a fake #9 (we interesting to see who that would be, but Sissoko is the obvious choice for me)

    *I wouldn’t risk Shola or Benny to safe my life in this game. We cannot afford to loose Shola now and Benny has just come back from a mismanaged hamstring injury and it’s minus 4 degrees in Russia now.

  • 38 Munster Mag // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    From previous…..What a bunch of conspiracy theory muppets. Quite simply, the guy has probably cracked ( hairline ) two bones and it has nothing to do with his spine. Do u think the club would make it up/ Muppets.

  • 39 Troy Stavers // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    How on earth do a club that’s competes in Europe get away with playing on an artificial surface.

    That gives them a great advantage. They play on it every other week but for visitors its a totally different experience that takes time to adapt.

    The bounce of the ball is different.

    Not happy with that like!

    Apparently the ball they are playing with is one of those fuzzy ones, like an overgrown tennis ball and they play the head height rule!!!

    It’s gonna be stop start all the time!!! What’s that about???? The bloody head height rule!!! Ban them!!

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Spread…for me Campbell is a diamond in the rough. Maybe he’s just another Chopra.

    I would never play any youth players at our First team unless they have had a season i the Championship an shown they can handle it.

  • 41 Munster Mag // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I cant see Ben Arfa starting unless Pards has been selling a dummy. It wouldnt make sense. I doubt Marv will either because of his work rate. I dont fancy this, 3-1 to Anzi , if the crown Liverpool played are anything to go by. Did u see their skill speed and technical ability? Scary at times.

  • 42 Troy Stavers // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    @Munster Mag

    Yes. They would make it up. I’m not saying they have but you would be naive to rule it out which you have.

  • 43 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    I think campbell will become a good player for us…a player who relies on pace is often better coming in around 18/19 as they don’t need to have physically ‘filled out’ as much as a target man styled player and they don’t need as much experience as cisse style player who relies on movement and knowing when to run…they just use pace to get in behind (obviously they get better with experience and getting bigger but not essential for them to do well to start with).

    Campbell hasn’t been sent on loan as we have 3 strikers….sammy and fergie have been as they have been pretty innefective and are behind obertan, ben arfa, gouff and marv as well as having players who can also go wide who aren’t naturals in that position.

    Jesper – ideally campbell would go out but without cisse we have shown we only have shola (gouff ineligible in europe and used wide in league) so campbell had to stay even if its not ideal for him.

  • 44 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM


    It’s either artificial or frozen and unplayable pitches…these days the pitches are much better and safer than what they once were so not an issue….not ideal but not as dangerous as people make out.


    For most I agree, a season in the championship is best, gives them regular football to learn how to deal with it and be part of a team.

    However some players are just a bit special and mature early.

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    TS…it is not even ideal for us. January was an opportunity for Newcastle to do something about it.

    …we have just released two forwards.

    *Sorry, but Campbell needs to go out on loan. Even if Cissé gets injured, both Shola, Benny, Gouf, Ober and Sissoko can do a job on top.

    It’s too little too soon for young Ginger in my book.

  • 46 Mister Tuff // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    jesper @33 – well yes it isn’t an ideal policy to “hold back” young Campbell as an insurance policy due to our lack of forwards. We all know the arguments for and against and the argument about exceptional young players being allowed to play in the first team, the likes of Rooney etc.
    The fact that we were in for Remy in January illustrates our interest in acquiring a forward, but someone on here recently suggested would we have gone in for Gouffran if we had signed Remy?
    If we start to get a walloping tonight you never know Campbell may come on -but in order to get him into the game -will require through balls for him to run onto -not high hoofballs as he is never going to compete with tall centre halves in an aerial challenge. Playing Shola to flick on balls is a possibility -but with Percy being over cautious I cannot see this possibility ie playing them both together -unless we are getting walloped and an away goal is desperately needed.
    The intrigue about this game centres on the fact that we do not know a lot about the opposition -so its difficult to judge. Still going for a 2-2 draw though.

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    TS…I honestly don’t think Ginger is anywhere near where Rooney or Owen has at that age. Not by far :)

    …hope you are not suggesting that lol

  • 48 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:12 PM


    I’m with you…the club wouldn’t make up and injury to allow a key player to go home when they wouldn’t in january.

    Also even if they were going to make up an injury, surely they would do it for something like a muscle injury so could bring him back sooner if he did clear his head.

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Guess we will see tonight, but I am pretty sure we won’t see young Ginger tonight unless we are trashing Anzhi 😉

  • 50 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM


    just saying he has won the award at that nike cup that players like tevez, xavi, torres won at his age so must be something in it.

    I don’t think he is the level of an owen or rooney at that age but I think he is better than your avergae 18 year old academy player. If he was at arsenal i have no doubt he would have played 10 or so games at least by now.

    I go to a few reserve games and he is out best player and one of the best i have ever seen at our club for his age. I’d love him to have a go but brought in gradually now we are doing well not dropped in to start in russia.

    It’s hard to say exactly how good he will be but things like movement, pace, being in the right place at the right time and finishing is great…he could be an owen quality player but it’s hard to say until he actually gets a go.

    Will he do as well against better and more prepared opposition…..hard to say….but will he get more chances being fed by marv, cabaye, sissoko, ben arfa etc…yes he will.

  • 51 Munster Mag // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Troy, you’be being daft. The guy landed heavily on his back on a hard pitch. Do you think after all the negotiations, that we would allow Colo to go home with NUFC still unsafe from relegation? Not a chance.

  • 52 Munster Mag // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I cant see Cambell getting on either……wud be quite concerned about 3-0 or 3-1 to them. Those russians are technically excellent .

  • 53 Toon-Prodigy // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Can see campbell getting on around 10 minutes to go, winning or losing. Pardew must be hesitant for shola to play a full 90 minutes on this kind of surface, as he has been advised not to. As Ed states.

    Marveux will start, so for me you have to expect campbell to get on, unless Shola has a blinder and is unhookable.

    I’ll be watching the first 20 minutes to see how we start as we have been slow out of the blocks for most of the season.

  • 54 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM


    They aren’t the terrifying team people make out. They are good, no doubt, but not better than the chelsea side we recently beat 3-2 or the spurs side closely matched 2-1 (free kick and terrible error for their goals).

    There is no reason we cannot beat them, liverpool played two games against them…both times the home side won 1-0.

    Anzhi concede a lot (not a lot of goals but not many clean sheets) and they havent scored more than 3 since september…no reason we can’t get a score draw or even a narrow win or defeat….can’t see either side dominating and winning 3/4-0.

    I think the tie will be in the balance for the return leg.

  • 55 Troy Stavers // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    @Munster Mag

    It’s unlikely to be fair but I certainly wouldn’t rule anything out. It’s a way of appeasing the fans. Who knows what’s gone on behind the scenes.

    Once Mbiwa came in then it took a lot of pressure off the Colo will he or won’t he scenario.

    I’m just saying its very naive to rule it out completely which you have.

    I was being daft about the head height rule though. :-) apparently they’ve let the surface grow to slow the ball as they don’t want the Toon to play their slick passing game! :-/

  • 56 geordieracer1980 // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    On the Colo injury….if he had really broken his back do you think that a cross Atlantic flight would be ideal preparation? I think we’ve seen the last of him, imo!

  • 57 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:34 PM


    Surely they wouldn’t give a time frame though?

    If it was a made up injury then they would specify something like a muscle strain which is much easier to fake and can have a more flexible date of return.

    Also they wouldn’t arrange it mid game, they would do it in training as to not upset the side in a must win match.

  • 58 Troy Stavers // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM


    Just to clarify. I’m not suggesting he didn’t hurt himself in that overhead, half turn flip, with triple somersault but I am suggesting they could be using it to justify his leave to Argentina.

    Who knows what stress he’s going through. He has children that are now living over the other side of the globe.

    It’s his fault IMO and I would be angry if we had to suffer as a club and the board know the fans views on it.

    It’s perfectly reasonable that they would use this as an excuse to assist him if he has made assurances on his long term future.

    It’s not daft but perfectly feasible.

  • 59 Munster Mag // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Sorry Troy we’ll agree to disagree on this one! I hope Anzi are not the monster I have built up in my head but I think they will be far better than you think TS. If the other russian team ( not as good ) are anything to go by, they will be technically better and faster than what we are used to. And the surface might be an issue. Lets hope for best. What top teams are left? Inter are very good – what teams are there from Spain? Anyone?

  • 60 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    TS…I don’t doubt he has talent and you have obviously seen alot more of him that me :)

    …I have just been here too long to hear the same praise song about the likes of Ameobi, Chopra and so on too really believe it before I see it.

    ..I have also been around too long too us ruin kids like Tomasson just because we don’t have adequate cover when you star forward gets injured.

    If Campbell is that good why isn’t he out on loan? That is what the likes of Man Utd. and Arsenal are doing. We really cannot afford not too.

    I am not too happy about the fact that we didn’t bring in another forward in January and seeing us release both Xisco and Ranger too hear some suggesting we need to hold back younger Ginger’s progress as an isurance for Cissé and Shola is worrying at least!

  • 61 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    *sorry about the grammar :( (need my laptop)

  • 62 BarcelonaMag // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I’m not a sports scientist so am ignorant on this one, but just how detrimental would it be for a player to be in action tonight and on Sunday? It doesn’t seem like it should be a problem for a professional athlete. Surely their bodies would have time to recover?

  • 63 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM


    I think he is much better than those 2 players you mentioned…looks better at that age than those two did.

    He isn’t on loan as we don’t have many options and our club seems useless at finding players a good loan. Got two good ones with sammy and fergie but useless until then.


    I don’t not rate them, I just think they aren’t as good as people fear. They could beat us in both games but at the same time we could win both. I think we are quite evenly matched but they have better forwards.

    Zenit are only 3 points behind anzi so not much difference over the season.

    Anzi have lost samba though which will be a big boost for us but gaining willian will help them too.

    I think liverpool showed zenit weren’t that good by winning 3-1 at home. Zenits goals came from errors or a long range shot…liverpool weren’t really outclassed for much of either leg.

  • 64 Rotonda heights // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Did Owen and Rooney ever go out on loan at 18?

    How do you ever get experience if you’re not given a chance?

    Campbell has what we desperately lack: pace and composure.

    Sage didn’t Livepool beat Anzi 3-1 at home but it wasn’t enough?

  • 65 ash1001 // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    So he returns to Argentina for treatment, better than in the UK – Yeh you got to believe it, so we pay his wages till May, the season is just about over, he returns probably plays one game then its back of to Argentina, bye bye Colo, gets a medical discharge from football, Newcastle get 1 million in compensation, 6 months later he makes a miracle recovery – signs for St Lorenzo, JOB DONE Con of the season, waiting to see whether it happens.

  • 66 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Off topic, but can anyone remember how much we bought Elliot for???

  • 67 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    barcelona mag

    Players will be ok to play 2/3 games a week.

    The only issue though is that playing on thursday then sunday means that sunday you might be only 80/90% which is still good but against teams which are 100% fresh it then means you are fighting an uphill battle.

  • 68 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Rotonda…you get experience if you go out on loan to a club at the right level that fit the individual player.

    …young Ginger is no Rooney or Owen (not just yea)

  • 69 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 7, 2013 at 2:01 PM


  • 70 Transfer Sage // Mar 7, 2013 at 2:02 PM


    I’m not against playing campbell.

    The ideal time to play a youngster is when they are in form and when your team is also in form…makes the transition easier.

    We have been poor all year and had better options with ba and cisse so he struggled to get in.

    Also he suffered an injury for a month or two.

    I don’t mind him coming off the bench now but to make his first competitive appearance a start away to anzi in russia would be very harsh on the lad and it would be a big ask for him to even get into the game never mind have an impact.

    And liverpool beat zenit 3-1 which wasn’t enough…they played anzi in the group stages.

  • 71 ash1001 // Mar 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    HUMBLE APOLOGIES TO COLO re previous posting by myself, just been released that he has two broken bones in his back, its taken some time to find that out. SORRY COLO

  • 72 karasu // Mar 7, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Just wanna wish Ben Arfa a very Happy Birthday.

  • 73 giimps // Mar 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I can see us playing with Strolla up front on his own for 70 mins with Benny and Socks And obertan flanking /sitting behind.
    Bring on Campbell and Marv for Socks and Strolla to utilise pace and direction when Anzi players are slower (apparently the placcy pitches are harder on the body and drain energy quicker so this would be the logical time.
    I can see us getting something from this game (either a sneaky 2-1 to us or a 1-1 draw.
    Anzi are not used to playing on this pitch or this ground, there home fans will be outsung by our fans and we are pretty much an unknown entity to them as we have virtually reassembled our whole team compared to the team who has been playing in previous rounds.
    Personally I think this is a good time to play Campbell as he will be much better playing with Cabs, Tiote , Socks etc than playing in the reserves ,admittedly the quality of the opposition is better but the quality of his team-mates is even better.

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