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Youngsters Will Get Chance Tonight – Ben Arfa Missing

9:23 am, Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 50 Comments

None of Newcastle’s players who were on International duty for their countries during the summer will play tonight, and it looks like Ben Arfa will also be missing.

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Alan Pardew - will play those players who are fittest

Tim Krul is still recovering from his dissociated shoulder and he will not play along with Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse, Mathieu Debuchy and Cheick Tiote.

Coloccini was not due to return to training until Thursday, but came back yesterday and surprised the manager and the players – that’s a very good sign from the captain.

Motherwell finished second top of the Scottish Premier League last season, 16 points behind Celtic, and that gives them entry into the Europa League for next season, under Stuart McCall, the former Bradford City manager.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We have a fairly young team with a sprinkling of senior players. I am playing the team which is in the best condition.” “So the best-conditioned player in each position will play.”

“For example, the best-conditioned No 4 is Vurnon Anita.” “He is in front of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, so he will play.” “Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is my best-conditioned center-half, so he will play.

“That is the reason behind the team.” “We want to get off to a winning start.” “Motherwell have done really well so it will be a tough game.” “I hope to see a few of our fans. We want to get off to a good start for them.”

We expect Alan to also give some of the youngsters a run-out tonight, and they include Adam Campbell, Paul Dummett, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and maybe Conor Newton, who did so well on loan at St. Mirren earlier this year.

Newcastle will want to get off to a winning start tonight, that’s for sure, but we could see a young Newcastle side playing tonight.

On Wednesday, Newcastle will travel to Portugal for the two games next Saturday and the following Tuesday against Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira respectively, and the squad will have a week-long training camp on the grounds of SC Braga.

Here’s the full pre-season schedule for Newcastle.

Tue - 16 July KO 7:00pmMotherwellFir Park W 4-2
Sat - 20 July KO 6:00pmRio Ave Estadio do Rio Ave L 3-1
Tue - 23 July KO - 8:00pmPacos de Ferreira Estadio da Capital do Movel D 1-1
Sun - 28 July KO 3:00pmBlackpoolBloomfield RoadW 1-0
Tue - 30th July KO 7:30pmSt. MirrenLove StreetW 2-0
Tue - 6 August, 7:45pmRangersIbrox StadiumD 1-1
Sat - 10 August, KO 6:00pmSC BragaSt. James' ParkD 1-1

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Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Friendlies · Hatem Ben Arfa · Newcastle News · Pre-Season


50 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Where is Joke Innear shouldn’t he be trying to sign us some players .

    Our club is run by some tossers aint it

  • 2 jonobbad // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    So pre season begins and we havent added to our squad.
    And we are the only prem team not to.
    Pardew is still here dragging us down along with JFK.
    And yet im still massively looking forward to next season.
    No idea what id have been like if we had actually shown some ambition this summer.
    Roll on Man City game!

  • 3 jeff // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM


    You keep getting your and you’re mixed up. For someone whose only language is English that is pretty embarrassing.

  • 4 yo-yo // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Jeff. The last thing this blog needs is another troll. Go away and take your MENSA sized ego with you

  • 5 Mr Funk // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    We definitely need 3-4 players in before we go away to Portugal, so they can get a pre-season in with the team

    I am hoping NUFC are going to have a busy few days – moving players out and bringing players in!

  • 6 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Tsunki, if you’re around, why aren’t you sorting out this ‘obstreperous’ lot? ;)

  • 7 NUFCarter // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Would you say you support Newcastle United?

  • 8 NUFCarter // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Is there any way of wathing the game tonight. Its not on firstrowsports!!!

  • 9 Markaccus // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM


    You have learned good English…. it is a pity you were not taught to be polite and amiable with it. Instead, you seem to be a horrible little swine who has no respect at all for the rest of the human race.

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Lads ignore him jeff is about as Indian as vinnie jones

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    On a brighter note, can’t wait hear how some of our new signings get on tonight!

  • 12 geordie157 // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    i’d like to see Newton and Inman get some game time pre-season. Hopefully one of our untried youngsters can step up and be of use to the 1st team this season.

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Any news on Bradden Inman?

    …hope he signs a new contract soon!

  • 14 Ben3arfa // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Is Kinnear still alive?

  • 15 Markaccus // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM


    New signings?? Now who is trolling :D

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    It’s so hard to know where our youngsters stand!

    Thought dummett might have a role until we signed haidara
    Inman looked good so did Newton but would like to see them at a championship club or even a newly promoted club to compete at a better level

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Ben…Joke has crowned himself “Fisher King” the keeper of the Holy Grail, so signing players would now seem beneath him!

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Markaccus ;)
    I simply meant I can’t wait to see kemen, and of course Anita and Marv who are like new signings! :)

  • 19 Markaccus // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:47 AM


    Ah yes of course. Dont forget Vukic who will be like a new signing for the third or fourth time! Until he dislocates his sock again or something.

  • 20 jeff // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Hope Vuckic and Campbell get a run today. Them two could really be our front two of the future. Vuckic can play target man and knock it down for Campbell while also being able to drop back into midfield.

  • 21 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Inman still hasn’t signed a new contract, and is the only one of the 5 who were offered deals that I actually want to see get game time this year.

    Hopefully he will soon, and he gets a run out tonight.

  • 22 jeff // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    NUFCarter. I would say my bones are black and white. Some have called me an oreo (which is also black and white haha).

  • 23 NUFCarter // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Bradden Inman should start in the CAM role and then be replaced by Newton as he seemed great in the SPL last season.
    Haris vuckic should definetely get some playing time as should Tavernier and ferguson. Remie street and Mapou at the back with a few first teamers around like gouffran, sissoko their pre-season on the go. Rob elliot in goal. If winning – replaced by Jak Alnwick in last 15.

  • 24 NUFCarter // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Thats hard to believe

  • 25 geordie157 // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    totally agree on Dummett, i thought he’d become Santon’s understudy at left back.

    Dummett, Good, Sammy, Inman and Tav ideally need championship loans.

    Being optimistic i’m hoping Newton with our lack of wingers can maybe stake a claim for a place in the squad, especially as we all know Obertan doesn’t know how to use his attributes effectively.

    Not heard much about Street for a while either, will be interesting how he does this season. despite some critics i believe there is talent available but a few are now at a make or break stage. partly the managements fault for not getting more out on loan in the past few seasons.

  • 26 jeff // Jul 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I didn’t mean it literally NUFCarter, hahahaha.

  • 27 NUFCarter // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Either Streete and Mapou or Good and Mapou at the back

  • 28 ToonDanno // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Oh it’s so close, hurry up and finish Derek- remy

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Unfortunately I am one of those critics!
    But have always said its due to the club letting them down and not loaning players until there 19/20 instead of for 3 or four seasons from being 16!
    I’d say out of our current crop the most promising looking are Dummett Newton and Inman

    For me Sammy and Fergie and Tav could well of missed the boat, loaned out to late and missed vital playing time during key development years,

    Vuckic possibly the same injuries have crippled his development, very important year for him

    Good should be back on loan but in the championship, as should Streete and Campbell these lads need regular playing time!

  • 30 NUFCarter // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Whos Derek?

  • 31 SeanNufc87 // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Morning lads.

    My mate said he saw darren bent shopping for furniture in ikea Gateshead, I dint believe him so told him to get a sly photo, he sent me a picture of him with his arm around a completely random black man. I informed him he was probably a racist.

    Any news so far? Good news on the new fitness coach.

  • 32 SeanNufc87 // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Yeah danno, who is derek? Is he still dof and kinnear is actually doofus nd he got it wrong?

  • 33 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Derek doesn’t work here…..

  • 34 NUFCarter // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    What did that random man think?

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Possibly a terrorist as well most racists are also terrorists, it’s a fact like
    Although in all fairness to your mate a random bloke in ikea would probably be a better signing

  • 36 Greebol1892 // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Hoping to watch the match online…..

  • 37 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    We’re signing Milan Baros, Stephane Mbia, Remy and Albin Ebondo.

  • 38 SeanNufc87 // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM


    No alderwerld mate?

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Rumor has it NUFC has just signed a random bloke from Ikea ;-)

  • 40 ToonDanno // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    iPhone sorry guys. Hurry up and finish deal-Remy

  • 41 geordie157 // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Baros, don”t make me laugh.

  • 42 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM


    I don’t know of many 16 year olds that go out on loan for 3 or 4 years mate. There’s a balance between young players getting competitive football and getting coaching from us with our better players and ‘superior’ coaching facilities.

    Every player is different. It’s down to the club to judge the right time to send them out on loan. I don’t think they should go out on loan too often.

    We’ve got a squad of 26 over 21 players now, so clearly some of them will be sold or loaned out.

  • 43 sello // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Hopefully this new fitness chick can get to the core of some of our injuries, I am positive without the injuries vuckic would have been one of the stars of our team now.

  • 44 gazzaforever // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Toondownarmysouth, why you are such an idiot everytime you open your fking mouth “let’s be optimistic mates” , or ” on the brighter side” didn’t you learn from last season, you are as dumb as manxpie.

  • 45 gazzaforever // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Apart from that fact, Ibrahima toure wants to,leave Monaco, he s better than Cisse, so maybe we should consider him as an option.

  • 46 Rotonda heights // Jul 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM


    I think the game is up young man.

    You lecture about grammar but then wrote

    ”Them two could really be our front two of the future”

    I think you’ll find it is THOSE 2.

    So you are in India eh? hmm…!

  • 47 toonincheek // Jul 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Rotunda -
    I don’t like to highlight grammatical errors,
    but when posters do do this, and make glaring
    mistakes themselves, they are fair game.

    You missed jeff’s “Us Hindu” on the previous
    thread (in correcting someone else on the plural
    of Hindu).

    Then again, you could go back and back for a
    long time.
    Sensibly, you have a life.

  • 48 rossi // Jul 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    all we need this summer is a playmaker and two decent strikers i liked the look of mccarthy of wigan remy of qpr and la fondre of reading

  • 49 Noah Another Ameobi // Jul 16, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    my team for tonight

    tavernier m’biwa good dumett
    obertan bigirmana anita ferguson

  • 50 Geordiedoonsooth // Jul 16, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    For the first time in many years I am not looking forward to the new season it wouldn’t surprise me if we struggled an the SMB’s finished above us god forebid.

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