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Defensive Midfield Up For Grabs Next Season

11:12 am, Saturday, July 13th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 82 Comments

Newcastle allowed James Perch to leave Newcastle this summer, and that was probably because we now have some cover in defensive midfield in Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko, and new boy Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa can play well anywhere across the back four, and has already done that at Newcastle.

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Cheick Tiote – in Ivory Coast colors

James Perch has been great since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, and had two very good seasons at the club, and of course we wish him well at Wigan .

Cheick Tiote played very well in his first year at Newcastle after signing from FC Twente for £3.5M three years ago, but he hasn’t look great these last two seasons, and still picks up far too many yellow cards and makes some daft tackles at times..

Te Ivory Coast International has freely admitted he had his worst season that’s just finished, but manager Pardew still has confidence in the player:

“All players have disappointing seasons.” “Unfortunately for us, Cheick’s coincided with us having a disappointing season as well, which probably didn’t help him.”

“He had such a fantastic season the year before.” “You don’t become a bad player overnight.” “It’s about confidence, and getting him back to where he was.”

“He’s a fantastic character around this building.” “If he’d had another year like he did when we finished fifth, he probably would be gone.”

“So who knows, that might work in our favor this year given the fact he’s still here.”

The job of the manager is to bring out the very best in the players he has in the squad, and those are good words from Al;ana,

But if Cheick doesn’t improve his form next season, we could see Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana or Moussa Sissoko in defensive midfield for Newcastle next season, and Cheick would no longer be an automatic choice.

For the record Cheick has played 83 times for Newcastle over the last three seasons, with that stupendous and unforgettable 4th goal for Newcastle against Arsenal at home over two years ago, which gave us that unbelievable 4-4 draw after being 4-0 down after 26 minutes.

And we had Arsenal exactly where we wanted them with just 26 minutes to play when we were still 4-0 down, and had successfully drawn Arsenal into a false sense of security – obviously. :D

Here’s  some video of that Tiote goal – as a reminder – and it’s guaranteed to cheer you up this Saturday morning..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xx01ZBQZoA

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Gael Bigirimana · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News



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82 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joe Blog // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Always been way overrated.

    Anyway, time to check outta here, Lake District for me today :D

  • 2 Slank // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I still have faith in Tiote.

    I don’t see Anita as a defensive midfielder.

    Bigirimana is fantastic for his age and I’m convinced he will become a huge player for us, but not yet. He is the natural successor to Tiote.

    I’m not sure about Sissoko as he has so many attributes but I don’t like him as a support striker. I think he may be best in a three man midfield alongside Cayabe and Tiote but then again I think Marveaux and Anita would be good alongside Cayabe and Tiote.

    But if Cheick doesn’t improve his form next season, we could see Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana or Moussa Sissoko

  • 3 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Tiote should start this season on the bench watching a midfield trio of Anita , Cabaye and Sissoko all players who can pass, move , attack and defend in equal measures players who under performed last season should not get back into the team Jonas as well should not be anywhere near the left hand side for a start and Taylor should be on the bench as well

    But knowing Pardew it will be Anita, Marveux , Bigi and Gouffran who probably get benched when they should be in the starting line up ahead of Pardews favourites !

    Really worry about the season coming we have signed no one and because of Kinnear being around the scenes everyone has forgotten how inept Pardew was last season!He should have been sacked!!!

  • 4 plana // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    To many bookings to be a great player, cash in!

  • 5 woolerbill // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Tiote

    Never rated him, gets caught in possession to often because he doesn’t know what to do with it. As for cards he reminds we of V. Jones of Wimbildon. We have better than him in the squad, if only Par dew has a brain.

  • 6 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    If cabye goes id move for marvin martin.

  • 7 toon kk // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    I sometimes think Tiote is loosing it, he must get booked every other game. If the rite bid came in I would let him go as long as he’s replaced. The biggest disaster would be selling HBA.

  • 8 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Tiote has GOT to engage his brain if he wants to keep his place in the team,gets himself into too much trouble by not releasing the ball quick enough.As I said before win it & give it or Anita will in taking over that role.

  • 9 markisio // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I don’t normally comment on the blog but the lack of activity has been very frustrating. Currently I think we lack in some areas.
    Gk: krul, Elliot, Alnwick. I think that we should buy a better keeper than Alnwick like zoet but this is not very important.
    Lb: santon, Haidara, Gutierrez ? We are actually very strong in this position.
    Cb: MYM, Colo, Saylor, Willo. When one of our first two is injured we begin to look weak. Willo should be sold and a better younger defender bought in who in time will be first choice and replace colo.
    RB: debuchy, Raylor, Anita. Would be good if we could bring in a young right back but this is not very important.
    Cm: cabaye, Sissoko, Anita, tiote, bigirimana. This is great.
    Lw: gouffran, marveaux, Gutierrez. None are suited to wingplay so need to purchase a winger chadli or Sinclair are good cheap options.
    Rw: Ben Arfa, obertan. Poor in this position, obvious that at least one winger needs to be purchased.
    Cam/cf: none naturally play here but marv and hba are decent here. This is an essential position.
    St: crises, gouffran, Campbell, shoal. This is awful. We need a striker who is at least as good as cisse.
    Essential signings: a winger, a striker who can also play wide in a front three and a cam. Also replacements for anyone sold.
    Would be good if we signed: new cb, young rb and keeper.
    Should sell: gosling obertan willo shola and all the young ones who don’t cut it abeid etc. all of these should be replaced though apart from in cm as bigirimana can replace them and Sissoko will play deeper next year. Also Anita will effectively replace perch.
    We could then have this squad: krul,Elliot, zoet, santon, Haidara, Gutierrez, debuchy, Raylor, young rb, MYM, colo, Saylor, young good cb, Anita, tiote, bigirimana, Sissoko, cabaye, marveaux, Sinclair etc., Siem de Jong etc., hba, remy etc., cisse, gouffran Campbell and the other decent squad players like vuckic.
    If we did this we would spend: 7m remy, 8m Siem de Jong, 5m Sinclair, 2m young rb, 6-10m young cb, 1m zoet. Total= 30m
    Outgoings: perch 1m, shola 1m, obertan 1m, willo 2m, gosling 1m + a few m on other deadwood like amalfitano and abeid. Total 8-10m.
    This would been that Ashley spends 20m to get a team that should finish top half with ease and really challenge for Europe without other distractions.

  • 10 plana // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    All the fun will start next week when Kinnear, lands at Benton. Watch for plenty of comings and goings!

  • 11 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Santonthenewmaldini @3
    Anita Cabs & Sissoko ….my pick also & for the same reasons.

  • 12 OhSholaAmeobi // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Swansea have made some unbelievable signings, i already feel we’ve fell behind them. The issue isn’t that we should be buying players as soon as the season has ended, it’s that we’ve missed out on players we should have bought.
    A young cb/rb, a winger and a quality striker are essential, there’s no excuse not to have a go at one of the cups and to finish in the top 10 in the league.

  • 13 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    my ideal team
    Rolo’s
    Polo,Texan,Picnic,Tictac
    Cabana,T,Delight,Astec, Boost
    Mars,Swizzles

  • 14 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    sadly no room for P Violets

  • 15 OhSholaAmeobi // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    On the striker front we should be looking at the likes of Gameiro, Agbonlahor, Mame Diouf.
    We need an out and out winger, my picks are Sinclair, Biabany and Perotti from Sevilla.

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Umm not really sure of pardews message here? We can only keep players if there form drops and they become utter shite?

  • 17 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    no pix or mix either

  • 18 Klatoon // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Tads, My thoughts too!

  • 19 toon kk // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Premier league clubs usually have ambition to be the best they can. Newcastle is a business to MA no more. The january signings were a must, he’s a gambler so may wait to jan again to see how we’re coping before he parts with any cash. He obviously thinking its his club so he will do what the hell he likes.

  • 20 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    no Bon-Bon or BeachBalls

  • 21 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Eclair just missed out too

  • 22 cyprus // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Tiote is king. He’ll come good once more.
    Anita is a different player, definitely not a defensive MF.
    Sissoko is also different, box to box like Toure.

    Perch was in another (lower) category, same with Bigi.

  • 23 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Klatoon
    It’s just a really wired statement!!
    Most PL clubs either say he’s not for sale end of, or look we have to be realistic and sell to bring in players
    Not yeah he was shocking last season so hopefully he’ll stay because nobody wants him!!!!

  • 24 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    these guys running the club they know everything about footy we are in good hands(snigger)
    best see some bodies thru the door at very little cost or freebies soon or face the inevitable

  • 25 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    The word twisting of pardews interviews is hilarious.

    Omg I cant believe he said he never wants to be in Europe again and only wants to stay in 10th!

    Lolz such a hypocrite saying he wants bent n remy when he has a go at blanc for talking about cabaye.

    And now he can only keep the crap players!

    Take your blinkers off lads its just making you look narrow minded.

  • 26 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    no room for sherbert or dabs ?

  • 27 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Tudor

    How dare you leave parma violets out!? Imo its the only ‘purple’ in that list! God you stupid fool! Rant rant rant! Idiot! Rant rant rant.

  • 28 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    @Nut meg

    I honestly cannot believe that Pardew has not figured this out they would be such a dynamic trio all have a goal in them and can make chances and are defensively sound

    I bet if Benitez or some other quality manager had taken over this summer that would have been the trio first on the team sheet!!

    Also Marveux needs a go centrally this season from the start as a no 10 especially in the home games against West Ham and Hull where we should be taking the game to them from kick off he has earned the right at a shot no more left wing covering the full back let the man create and let the other team worry about us for a change !!

    For me looking at the fixtures we have a relatively kind run in at the start of the season it will probably take City a while to get going so we can pick up points there if we attack them again it comes down to our manager and what he sets the teams up to do IF :

    His plan is to play like the Chelsea, Southampton Reading 1st half at Home and Spurs and Swansea away(very unlucky in both games) then we will do well

    But if its like West Ham , Everton , Reading 2nd half at home and countless away games where we give the opposition too much respect and play long balls then we are in deep trouble !

    So what does Pardew actually want us to play like?!?!

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Sean
    Give it a rest lad ffs

    “So who knows, that might work in our favor this year given the fact he’s still here.”

    That’s not twisting jackshit fella that is him plain and simply saying tiote was off form last season and that’s no doubt helped us keep hold of him

    There’s no blinkers on, supporting the club doesn’t mean you blindly have to only see nothing but positives all the time
    And every example you have listed is a direct contradiction from seniors within the club not fans

  • 30 geordie157 // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    I think tiote will be back on form this coming season, well I hope so. If he doesn’t perform then Anita and bigi can step in.

    Is this brown ideye any good? I haven’t heard of him before.

  • 31 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    pmsl you gotta have some fun the heat the non activity the shame and by the way there are 1-2 purples in Swizzles

  • 32 Bambams // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I honestly thought kinnear was away scouting for players and the report he was on holiday was just a smokescreen. ….

    This is actually unbelievable that this dof in his first few day’s of his job at the most important time of the season …. takes his holidays now.

    I will put my neck on the line here….. I bet there is no other dof at any other club who is on a two week holiday NOW. …

    Absolutely crazy !

    Imo

  • 33 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Tads

    Its not about only seeing the positives mate, its about looking for reason in a quote rather than looking for an excuse to belittle. He was probably asked about tiotes dip in form and responded in an adequate manner imo nothing good or bad about the quote.

  • 34 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Tudor

    1-2 purples? That just screams inconsistency to me fella, hope your having a good un, good to have you back… you cnut ;)

  • 35 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    i’ve read in very earlier posts stating Shearer would be a crap manager,clearly these guys saying this clearly need to refresh their ideas when stating Ferguson ,Moyes, etc nearly relegated their clubs,Shearer was given nothing to alleviate the hole the club was in by Kinnears dinosaur attitude to the game.

  • 36 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Kinnears probably trying to bring Shearer out of retirement

  • 37 cyprus // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    JT,
    in fairness he picked up 5 out of a possible 24 points and alienated some key players. He did relegate us, in truth, although 8 games isn’t much of a chance, granted. Shearer was a fan’s manager, nothing more.

  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Sean
    Of he’s asked about tiote, why not say we’re working with him to get him back to his best? He’s only just back but is in great shape and is ready to go for the new season?

    Not his form dipped massively so it’s worked well for us as it means he’s still here

    I get the need for positivity from the fans we all want to go into the season thinking the club will get it right this time, but the general message from the club isn’t positive, not in terms of league position, not in terms of strengthening and not in terms of them all being on the same wavelength

    It’s hard to look on the bright side when MA, JFK and pardew seem to constantly contradict and swipe at each other!!

  • 39 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    yes but everyone was defending pardew saying give him time last year if shearer was given that time who knows coz pardews done naff all with his time imho

  • 40 OhSholaAmeobi // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Krul/Elliot/Alnwick
    Santon/Haidara/Dummett
    Yanga-Mbiwa/S.Taylor/Good
    Coloccini/Williamson/Mbabu
    Debuchy/Tavernier? (SHIT)
    Tiote/Bigirimana/Richardson
    Cabaye/Anita/Newton
    Sissoko/Marveaux/Inman
    Gouffran/Ferguson/Amalfitano
    Ben Arfa/Obertan/Sa.Ameobi
    Cisse/Sh.Ameobi/Campbell

    If that shows you anything it shows you we’re lacking a young defender, a winger and a striker.

  • 41 OhSholaAmeobi // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I missed out Jonas. Never mind eh.

  • 42 Widowmaker // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    JK is out scouting? Yeah, I was told he is watching Woman’s Eruo

  • 43 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Tads

    I hate it when we fight like this… we used to be so close.

    Seriously though I agree its worrying, the silence of Ashley, the outspoken nature of joe the winner kinnear and pardew all seemingly tense relationship, but I think that silence and outlandish part of that relationship gives pardew the opportunity to speak some sense which I think he does, sure he could word himself a little better but the messages coming through all are positive in my view anyways.

    God this sun is so damn hot I had to get some beers to cool down.

  • 44 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    i thought it was women’s beach volley ball

  • 45 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Sean :)
    For what it worth I think pardew has done some really good interviews since coming back, think he seems determined to put last season right!

    I don’t think he was speaking out of term about tiote, I think he knows the clubs policy and has next to nothing to do with transfers, it would just be nice if he didn’t have to be the one to constantly have to say we will only accept big offers rather than this player is key to our success and is not for sale!
    Poor pards always seem to be hung out to dry!!!

  • 46 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Aye, everyone needs a villain. Just hope we get a signing next week to ease tension a little

  • 47 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Santonthenewmaldini @28
    I’m no expert on tactics,i gave up trying to work that out years ago.I couldn’t enjoy watching football because nufc seemed to be doing nothing right.So i decided to just take it for what it was…….a day out.Then along came KK & the entertainers to help me just to relax & soak up fantastic entertainment…which by the way is what footie should be. I’ve began to look at tactics again after all those years because Pardew appears to be so stubborn in his selections that it is right in front of my face i can’t avoid it if i wanted to.So i’m an old codger now but my heart is still strong but being a NUFC i don’t know for how long! The back 4 needs or will need a much quicker CB than Collo in the near future ,hopefully Alderweild so we can pair him with Yanga with either Santon/Sadio/Debouchy at full backs so that gives us plenty of pace for pushing up the field. Put Anita Sissoko & Cabs as the 3 MF’s will /should allow us to retain the ball better by quick short sharp passes to the forward/forwards while still holding a solid defense. The forwards at the moment only seem to receive the ball after they have been on the move & had to stop waiting for the pass that didn’t come when it should have done ,leaving them flat footed or offside or both. Cisse is the only CF so he needs help, ideally that help should be an attacking creative MF/ST ……..SDJ. The last position i’ll probably go with Benny on the left side but who knows if anybody else will come through the door. MANY APOLOGIES FOR SUCH A LONG WINDED TAKE ON MY IDEA OF WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE.

  • 48 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Hopefully ashley listens to the fans and invests money where we need it… that michael Jackson statue will be on the transfer market soon Ashley so put your hands in your pocket!

  • 49 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    How come fulham can get a new billionaire owner when we cnt? Doesnt anyone want to buy us?

  • 50 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    i personally don’t think anyone would touch us after ashleys stewardship

  • 51 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Why? We apparently financialy stable, have a huge fanbase and stadium.have some great players at the club. Why?

  • 52 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    but are we, we owe him how much has fulham went for

  • 53 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Shimone eeeee heeee

  • 54 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Im not sure. But im sure there would be someone willing to pay for our club

  • 55 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Alderweireld’s rejected Norwich, so it’s time for us to make a move.

  • 56 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Kets get on the phone to joe tell him its time.

  • 57 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    not what he wants his massaged figure

  • 58 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Just read an article, apparently PEA has been recorded running faster than bolt over 30m. Just rubbing our faces in it aint they. Fulham was sold for 200m euros

  • 59 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Torq
    is there any more info about the new coaching staff

  • 60 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    was it to the bank

  • 61 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Haha no at dortmunds training hq.

  • 62 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    back to selling the club, who is to say he may hide debt like shepherd massage his accounts .its been done before

  • 63 Klatoon // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Did they have vicious dobermans chasing him?

  • 64 tequilamag // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    JT sheperd did not hide the debt. MA failed to do due diligence so never looked hard enough. As everyone and his dog knows what Newcastle currently owe to MA it would be impossible for him to hide the debt.

  • 65 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Whos to say hes not bleeding the clubs true profits and milking all he can get, theres a lot we dnt know.a lot could be masked and a lot of scenarios could be panning out. I do think its all about the money with ma, and profit is what drives him to keep hold of us.

  • 66 tequilamag // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Roe the accounts are published and independently audited. Bored with all the conspiracy theories about Newcastle finances.

  • 67 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Ajax could be losing 2 top players soon………hope to hell it’s to us.

  • 68 roe997 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Ah wharever.im not an accountant unlike most of our fans these days. I can tell you for one. No matter how much pen pushing and auditing there is,corruption is poluted throughout the world. Just because the papers are suger coated and pretty,all the ts crossed and i’s dotted.doesnt mean its legit. The inland revenue in this country is a joke

  • 69 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Tequila
    Bored with the finances full stop mate!!!

  • 70 tequilamag // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Roe so although you know nothing about accounts and don`t have a shred of evidence you still think MA is cooking the books. Forgive me if I don`t give your conspiracy theory much credence. Anyway far too dull a subject. I am off to the Big Meeting. Will be spending the rest of the afternoon drinking beer and smoking tabs.

  • 71 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I am bored with the linguistic acrobatics. I recently made an error in engaging with one such arch exponent.
    Reminded me of this:
    http://www.dailymotion.com/search/monty+python+oscar+wilde/video/x3oe1r_monty-python-oscar-wilde_fun

  • 72 beddersmag // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Santon

    That trio is weak in a defensive respect and would get bullied imo. Its cabaye or anita for me

  • 73 santonthenewmaldini // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    @Beddersmag

    Anita would offer a lot more defensive cover than Tiote for a start! He knows when to come forward and when to cover fullbacks which is something that Tiote does not do as he does not have the intelligence

    Also agree about our midfield getting bullied Sissoko is a beast and possibly only Toure and Fellaini are bigger than him in terms of midfielders, Cabaye is a terrier and Swansea and Liverpool have lots of midfielders with smaller builds than Anita and they dont get bullied do they? It does not need to get physical if we move the ball quickly in a pass and move style Anita will thrive alongside Cabaye

    Under Pardew this will probably not happen but maybe our new manager who comes in just before Xmas will get us playing the way we should be!

  • 74 Billythefish // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Really trying to stay upbeat, but believe me (Pardews favourite quote) we would of lost Tiote if he was playing well? Cabaye will probably be away as he plays well? I said 2 months ago Arsenal were after Krul. He will be away plays well, we put our targets to Joe the top target is most likely out of reach so we sit down and try the next then the next and maybe end up with Bent, we have been ridiculed laughed at and emotionally fucked over by our saviour and his musketeers. I have my feet firmly in the Pardew is shit Joes a joke and Ashley has no ambition for our club camp.

  • 75 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Santon
    Iagree. Tiote was a real hazard to us last season.Twisting & turning into trouble causing even more panic.Giving needless free kicks away in really dangerous positions.Some people just don’t grasp the fact that nearly all teams have free specialists so they can score from 30+yards & Tiote needs to take more care.Anita passes the ball much quicker & moves far better for a return if needed. Sissoko can handle the middle & make surging lung busting runs into the opposition’s box .Cabs is Cabs,he can play,run,tackle,shoot,pass.A good 3 IMHO. But we don’t know until it’s tested,will Pards try it ?

  • 76 beddersmag // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Santon

    Anita is lightweight and gets knocked about in cm. To suggest he offers more in defence than tiote is simply madness. For all tiotes faults in distribution he is a beast and we still miss his physicality whenever hes out the team. Anita is not even close in that respect, although obviously more cultured.

    Sissoko is a beast on the ball and difficult to knock off it, but im yet to see him as a beast in the tackle and he literally bottles every header by running in the opposite direction. He might be as big as fellani but the comparison stops there.

    Cabaye is a terrier in what way? Aside from the odd nasty little kick he offers little in defence, is fairly slow and when the going gets tough he goes missing. His forte is when he has the ball, certainly not without it.

    We may have to agree to disagree on this one as we are obviously poles apart in our opinions. The only person i have seen deputise well for tiote has been perch; although bigi may grow into that role, and hopefully sissoko will improve for last season.

  • 77 TorqToon // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Alderwield rejects Norwich.

  • 78 WWYCD // Jul 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Torq
    Not to question ur sources but ur behind the times I saw that hours ago

  • 79 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and how are we all today?

    The paper talk is that we’ll start to see movement on transfers next week when Kinnear comes back from holidays, but I am not convinced.

    It almost seems like MA and JFK are on the wind up, deliberately taking the p!ss with this holiday and honestly the only person who has conducted themselves with any dignity in this whole situation has been Pardew, which is saying something.

    I’m not going to be negative though, as I’ve said before, I’m expecting nothing next season, so as to not be disappointed so hopefully JFK surprises me with some decent signings, hopefully Pardew surprises me with half decent football and hopefully MA surprises me by going through an entire season without treating us fans like dirt.

    Needless to say, I’m not holding my breath.

  • 80 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    irrespective of us proving or anyone disproving it not an issue there have been shady dealings in the past in all walks therefore no one knows i know there are more unhappy with the state of the club than those who are happy

  • 81 djm... // Jul 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Of course alderwield rejected norwitch. He said he wouldn’t move to any club below Liverpool and actually mentioned us by name!

  • 82 John Tudor // Jul 13, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    nail on the head roe of course there is corruption all the illuminati are at it so why not the ashleysmellyfarty




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