Good News – New Arrivals Will Be Much Better Next Season


It’s never easy to play for Newcastle, and it’s never easy to support Newcastle – and there’s no better example of that than what’s happened this season, after we finished 5th last season.

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Moussa Sissoko – can become a great player for Newcastle

To be fighting relegation again, like we were doing in 2009, was a complete nightmare – but it’s good to get to safety.

But it’s a bit like knocking your head against the wall a lot of times and then stopping – and you feel a lot better.

We are looking forward to the summer and next season, and one area of optimism is the five new Frenchmen we brought in during January – they all look good players and they will be better for the fiery baptism they have endured over the last four months as Newcastle players.

Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara will all be much better players for Newcastle next season – that’s almost a certainty.

Yohan Cabaye has talked about the new recruits and how the pre-season will help them:

“You never know in football, but the new French players will have more time to prepare in the pre-season and that is important.” “That will help all of us because next season, they will have had more experience in the Premier League.”

“It’s very difficult to adapt quickly, especially if you’re moving in January.” “It was a new league for those players, and a new type of football. We will have more time to prepare now.”

“Hopefully, we will have a good pre-season, a tough pre-season that will make sure we are fit for next year.” “I think we have good quality in the team, and we can certainly be much higher in the league table.”

Of the five new players, maybe Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran have down the best, and certainly they’ve been the most consistent.

Moussa Sissoko can be a huge player for Newcastle, but went into a little bit of a slump after a great start, and Mathieu Debuchy has made his mistakes, including giving away two daft penalties.

Young Haidara has gained the immediate support of the fans, after that terrible Callum McManaman challenge at Wigan, but to his credit, he came back well – and seems to have a great temperament, and he can turn into a top class left back for the club.

So while the season has been a disaster there is some optimism for the future – and our five new Frenchmen are part of that.

Comments welcome.

Note – I’ve been told there’s going to be a minute’s applause for Steve Harper in the 37th minute of the game on Sunday – that’s his number – and it’s in appreciation of Steve’s 20 years at the club and all he’s done for Newcastle – we should be 2-0 up by then too – please pass this on to those attending the game on Sunday.

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346 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    ToonDarnSarf

    For me only 3 goals he has scored could be classified as key goals

    1 against QPR in Dec
    2 against Mackems in 2005-06, in a 3-2 victory. agaianst a side that went down with record llow tally at that time.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    but we already knew that.

    Its like saying, that this very momemt iam the oldest and the youngest i will ever be

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    and may be against Sunderland last year

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Indian – just reading his Wikipedia page tells me about more important goals that he scored. I don’t think it’s fair to slate him for his lack of ability compared to some of our top strikers, especially when his effort has been top notch.

    Every manager has played him when they needed to. So fans either seem to think they know more than our football managers, or they have too high expectations of what kind of backup striker our club should have.

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  • josh

    May 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope wigan get out of it, and send the unwashed down, but if wigan go down, would anybody have mcmanaman? Would the club have him after what he did. The boy woupd come cheap and he is looking like a tidy player. Tough question really, not sure I know the answer.

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  • Markaccus

    May 14, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    someone earlier (i forget who without going back to check) said they would like to see Callum Bananc**t playing fo us. He seems like a gifted player but after what he did (which was not his first offence of that sort) who would want him here? Genuine question.

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  • discrepancia

    May 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Indian..
    and i would put all goals in championship ..which no doubt was his best campaign and time at newcastle..
    he is simply championship class to me and key player to pardew ..

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  • Joe Blog

    May 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    Doesn’t matter as long as Pardew is in charge if them. Really doesn’t.

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  • Markaccus

    May 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    JOSH! What are the odds of that?!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Markaccus

    It wasn’t me earlier, but he is a good player.

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  • Markaccus

    May 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Discrepancia… He has been key this season due to being our only back up since Ba left. Victim of circumstance. EVERY manager has seen something in him, not just Pardew. he was a faveorite of SBR too.

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  • josh

    May 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Markaccus, I don’t know mate. That’s why im asking opinions.

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  • josh

    May 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #13

    Ohhhhhh. I see the question has already been asked. My bad.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Markaccus

    At SBR’s time he was 22-23

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  • discrepancia

    May 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    markaccus…
    i just wonder how come anyone of the managers who trained ameobi cold not take his maximum and show the real abilities of ameobi
    surely the fault must be with robson, hughton,allardyce, shearer , pardew and many more

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  • Markaccus

    May 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    JOsh. Yeah i was commenting on the fact we asked the same question at the same time! Personally if he brings flowers and chocolates to Haidara and gives him a big hug, then maybe id like to see him in a black and white shirt. After all, i hate Ronaldo but id be daft not want him in any team i picked lol

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  • magpiemover

    May 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    he be gone if pardew stays

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  • donkey

    May 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    “I don’t care what anybody says, getting over the line with some of the misfortune we have had is an achievement.

    We have had three cruciate injuries (Twice Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic), no other club has had that.

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  • Markaccus

    May 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Discrepancia… Yes he only ever seems to produce something of note about one game in 5 or 6. I think its lazyness rather than lack of ability, as all the managers must see something in training.

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  • Rainrix

    May 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Mcmanaman is average at best. He has a good game then 2 where he’s anonymous. Its not just haidara he’d have to make it up to its everyone at the club, i imagine some of our current squad would have a bone to pick. 1 good game in a final and suddenly people want him? There must be a 3 dozen better wingers we could look at that wouldn’t upset the dressing room. not the kind of player that would take us forward imo.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Good News – New Arrivals Will Be Much Better Next Season

    The only new arrival who would be good news is a new manager

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  • Phatoon

    May 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Ameobi’s “key contributions” from the last 2 seasons.

    These only include games where his assist/goal has directly resulted in “points”. EG if we won 2-0 and Ameobi scored 1 or assisted 1 I have not included it.

    This season (so far):

    PREM:
    Everton – Assist – 1 Point earned
    West Brom – Assist – 2 Points earned
    QPR – Goal – 2 Points earned

    EUROPA:
    Brugge – Assist – 2 Points
    Brugge (sep game) – Goal – 1 Point
    Metalist – Goal – Next round
    Benfica – Assist – Draw in game but lost from previous leg.

    Last season:

    PREM:

    Spurs – Goal – 1 Point earned
    Sunderland – Goal – 1 Point earned.

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  • Sack Llambias

    May 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #23

    When are the anti Pardew posters going to start looking forward rather than back. Ashley/ Llambias/ Pardew and Carr are all planning for next season. At the moment looking at who’s now not posting regularly fans are not interested and like me just reading Ed’s articles.
    Looking forward lets bring in Steve Round on the coaching staff and a press officer to avoid Pardew having to constantly be the mouthpiece on routine issues. Beattie was not telling porkies over being around
    13 stone but he’s around 5′ 8” tall. Billy towered over him when asking him not to come back!! You couldn’t make it up.

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  • woodsee

    May 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    I wouldnt class harper as a leech no,in shay given we had argubly the best keeper in the league for yrs,being a no2 keeper is a lot different from being an inept lazy one wonder goal a season striker.I cant remember ever thinking Harper has really let us down today,where as Shola,hold on i need my calculator

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Rainrix

    be fair , it’s hardly one game is it. Looks a threat every time I’ve seen him

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  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    May 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #26

    To McManaman, no way we should sign him.

    Have some pride. Its like signing a mackem.

    Plenty of players for similar cost with equal ability.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #27

    Phatoon

    I am not an ameobi fan but against WBA i am sure it was his brother, the giraffe not the donkey

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  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    May 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Indian, correct it was Sammys shot in off Cisses arse

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  • Beattie25

    May 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Some of you live in the dark days!

    ‘Back up’ players are a link to the past, a relic from a by gone era, a dusty reminder of how football used to be.

    Decent clubs don’t have ‘back up’ players like Perch, Willo, Shola and the other ‘back ups’. Decent clubs have competitive squads that push each other ability wise, this allows squad rotation with the starting 11 equally strong dependent on player form. Decent squads have invested in youth to push from underneath and should an injury crisis strike, these youth,ayers have the ability, training and confidence to step up.

    ‘Back up’ players? Who wants them? Sitting around, hoping to make a brief cameo, waiting for someone to get injured before making a start, robbing a living by sitting on the bench when surely it is the desire of all footballers to play.

    That’s just one of the many things that is wrong with this club and yet again more fans lap it up and think its good to have ‘back up’ players.

    No. It’s good to have depth, it’s good to have competition and its good to have a solid underbelly of decent youngsters coming through.

    The clubs desire to have ‘back up’ is just one of the reasons we’ve been shit this season.

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  • manxpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Mctwataman defo not he’ll be a one season wonder remember everyone banging on about James mclean last year plus he’s got a face you just wanna punch

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  • Rainrix

    May 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Rotonda…. I’d look good in the wigan side 🙂 Just a bit fickleness that annoys me. A couple of months ago people were saying he shouldnt play until next year and now we should sign him? As i said plenty of players of similar or better skill who wont cause an upset.

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  • Phatoon

    May 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Indian,

    Ameobi assisted Ba for the 1st goal.

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  • Beattie25

    May 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #33

    Sack Llambias

    You really are a dipstick.

    Us ‘anti-Pardew’ types are always looking forward. We search for better, hope for more and see a good future without Pardew.

    Cocks like you see sideways.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #34

    sack llambias

    the point still eludes you spectacularly.

    You could give Pardew Barca and he’d still have them hoofing it and sticking 10 men behind the ball. ”Messi can you track their left winger please !!!

    I would love to see the Pardew lovers choke on it with a sudden announcement of Benitez or a proper manger who is consistently good and has a CV to show that.

    I know some people will go and watch 11 black and white dogs, but season ticket renewal will be interesting if Pardew is still here.

    Pardew wants Carrol and hoof ball and we can wave goodbye to all the players we won’t see the like of again to be replaced by Jay Spearing types!!

    Rodgers and others will keep moving forward playing football the right way while we will just stagnate for another 7 years.

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  • Beattie25

    May 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #35

    Sack Llambias

    I can’t believe what Billy told me yesterday about you and your visits to the red lion. I never knew you were gay, you should’ve said buddy. We don’t mind you know.

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  • Phatoon

    May 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #36

    Shola that is.

    Sammy got the Cisse backside deflection dirty horrible thank (insert religious figure) it went in goal.

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  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    May 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #37

    Ranrix, 100% agree
    Beattie, 100% agree

    Well thats boring…

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    May 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #38

    I can’t believe Ashley is stupid enough to keep Pardew.
    He’s lost the fans support, it’s just a question of time before it all turns very nasty.
    However long that time is .. plus the rest of the season will have been wasted.

    Sack Pardew now!

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Rotonda heights

    We will not stagnate, we will go backwards

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  • saxonfenken

    May 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #40

    sick and tired of the manager debate, I said five weeks ago that he will not be going anywhere sacked or other wise.
    So is it about time you morons who play fifa games all the time wake up to the real world.
    I have been a fan for over 60 years, seen managers sacked on a whim, a clear out of players new ones brought in only to be replaced again when another manager is sacked. We have the basis of a very good squad, with good signings this Summer we will be in a much better position.
    don’t forget we played since Xmas with only one recognised striker. thanks to Remy going to QPR. That put far to much on Cisse’s shoulders.
    I see the same people day in and day out on here with there bile, against players who have performed extremely well when called upon, Simmo, Willow and Perchy, No w it seems Shoala is the target of hate.

    As to the manager, he is here for next season whether you or I for that matter likes it or not.
    So lets cut the crap and for once get behind our players, manger, and owner who is the one who has put his money into the club. not some PC game where players/managers can be swapped at will with no cost whatsoever.
    Real life is not like that.
    So please all you so called supporters enough is enough, if there is something to say say it, but not 20 times a day, For God’s sake change the record.

    I am and always have been a Toon supporter through thick and thin, I think that Catchy and his friends ought to be ashamed of them selves, slating everything from players to club just to keep attention on themselves.
    Reasonable debate yes, but constant rubbish is beyond a joke

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