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Frenchman Could Be Loaned Out Next Season

9:04 am, Friday, July 19th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 91 Comments

When Jose Enrique was at Newcastle from the summer of 2007 though the summer of 2011, Newcastle never really had a natural left back pushing him for his first team place,  and Jose was never really challenged, although the Spanish U21 International made great strides on Tyneside, before he pushed for a move away and ended up at Liverpool two years ago.

massadio haidara in training

Massadio Haidara in training this summer

But now Newcastle have Davide Santon and Massadio Haidara fighting it out, and Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita and local lad Paul Dummett can all play at left back.

We noticed that 20 year-old Frenchman Massadio Haidara did not make the trip to Portugal, and news today in the Newcastle Journal that the 20 year-old may be loaned out for the first part and in pre-season training, may change his mind, and Massadio may be sent out on loan.

Haidara is a popular lad on Tyneside, after coming through that ridiculous tackle from Callum McCallum at Wigan, and the Newcastle fans sent the lad a ton of good will messages during his recovery, which was short because he somehow avoided serious injury.

And Massadio is good enough to be loaned out to a Premier League clubs, so we’ll just have to wait to see what happens, and a lot of it depends on the form of Geordie Paul Dummett, who has improved immensely from his loan spell at St. Mirren last season.

And that will encourage Alan Pardew to send out a lot of his good youngsters to get first team games on loan in the coming season – that’s what the big clubs like Manchester United do all the time.

And as an example that’s what they did with Tom Cleverley,  and he was loaned out to Leicester (15, 2), Watford (33, 11) and Wigan (25, 4) from 2009 and picked up 73 appearances and 15 goals and subsequently became a first team player for the Reds.

That’s a way Newcastle can bring on the youngsters and it seems to have worked big time for Paul Dummett last season at St. Mirren. where he got rave reviews.

And we are now starting to understand why, because he was Newcastle’s best player on Tuesday night,  and he brilliantly set up the fourth goal for Sylvain Marveaux

We think that Massadio needs to play next season, and being loaned out to a Premier League club or a Championship club would help him develop his game in England.

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Tags: Davide Santon · Massadio Haidara · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett · Pre-season

91 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    JFK Junior

    All I will say is he was the reason marseille came second last year. if he was fit for the entire season they would have won the league. scored 18 goals.

  • 2 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM


  • 3 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    So the house agrees Haris Vuckic is like a new signing!

  • 4 jeff // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    i wish ed would credit his sauces with a link

  • 5 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Indian Magpie – is that right?!

    So why are people so against him coming to us?

  • 6 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:08 AM


    Lilongwe Geordie @ 19

    I think loaning Haidara out would be a good thing as he will presumably get more game time in the English game and be much better for it, than warming the bench if that.

    It certainly hasn’t done Dummitt any harm. A positive transformation, and very welcome.

  • 7 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    no he is just a returning squad player trying to break into the first 11

  • 8 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM


    They want better

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Cheers mate! I know True Faith put local music stuff on their site, so may well include some African music references through the season.

    Vice President – I like the sound of that! I’m sure The Right Honourable Gentleman and President Kinnear has plans to promote the club in these parts!

    As for the extra £1, that will get me an extra 2 beers watching the cricket and COSAFA final tomorrow! What a generous leader we have!

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    3 mins ago
    Ian toon
    Good to hear, hopefully the level of competition for him will increase over pre season
    Good to hear he’s bulked himself up too hopefully he can stay fit and really push for the first team, but unfortunately staying fit is a big if for poor Harris!

    Does anybody now if haidara/bigi will be linking up with the squad in Portugal?
    I’m assuming they have been given more time of due to the under 21 World Cup?

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Indian/JFK junior,
    Taken from the Mag, but here are some Marseille fans thoughts on the Gignac bid.

    However, the really interesting bit was when I had a look to see what the Marseille fans were saying on their Forum about this transfer speculation….

    “I would give him a piggyback to Newcastle”

    “Oh pi** off! Somebody offering 14m Euros for Gignac! My f****** god, sell sell sell”

    “Great if we can replace Gignac, bring in one from abroad”

    “If you read this Gignac, thank you for last season but not anything before. With your salary and predictable game you have your limits, you can go. England is cool, you have a big salary and will move to a club of your heart”

    “You and me both amazed if they offer 14m Euros”

    “This is serious, 14m Euros for Gignac?”

    “If you take away his (Gignac’s) goals then his contribution to the team is close to nothing, I hate players like him”

    “Gignac has had a good season but 14m Euros…must sell!! His first two seasons were chaotic and if we refuse 14m Euros then we will look like fools when he leaves for 2m/3m Euros”

  • 12 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Indian – Who do they think we are?

    We aren’t a CL side, we can’t offer regular European football, who do people think we can attract?

    Remy and gignac. Plus a creative midfielder and at a push, young CB. That will do me.

  • 13 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    tads we could ask him via twitter

  • 14 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    €14mil is a silly price. Can’t see us paying that.

    I quite liked the “if you take away his goals, he contributed nothing”

    (ummm apart from 18 goals helping you finish 2nd!) haha

    They sound like some of our fans!

  • 15 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Loan Massadio to Wigan

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Didn’t know he was on twitter!
    Yeah we’ll ask him

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    A loan may do him good, but for me the Prem would be the only place to send him. Maybe a Hull, or Palace would be good. At the same time, I think he could push Santon for a place here, looked better defensively than Santon last season.

    As for Dummett, he did well against Motherwell, but them in a friendly is a far cry from competitive Scottish football, let alone Prem wingers against him.

  • 18 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    from previous post, so many people said that a lot of clueless people or idiots or not real fans commenting on this blog.
    Wow… the level of arrogance is unbelievable, like they are masters of everything, like others are not worthy to speak on this blog other than those bunch of elites.
    Is there elite society of NUFC knowledge that I don’t know about here? or special clubs of elite NUFC know it all?

  • 19 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM


    Haidara is not in portugal, Bigi i think is still resting after U20 WC in Turkey

  • 20 North Atlantic Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Haidara is better than Santon. Enough said.

  • 21 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Palace wouldn’t need him on loan they have a cracking young LB coming through but yeah agree a hull or Cardiff would be great for him

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Not to mention Gignac has only twice in 11 seasons as a first team player scored 10 or more league goals. The season before last he managed 1 goal in 21 games.

  • 23 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    tads when he was taken out at wigan ed had a twitter account verified and we all sent condolences to him its worth a shot

  • 24 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Santon03 – I can’t see your name on my list of blog VIPs, I’m afraid.

    Therefore you are NOT permitted to air your views, have an opinion, post without prior approval and screening, or disagree with anybody.

    Kind regards

    Blog Security Task Force 🙂

  • 25 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    There you go

    indykaila News ?@indykaila 25s
    Ben Arfa bid is imminent from #LFC according to media reports. #NUFC

  • 26 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I know there not in Portugal was seeing if they are travelling later 😉
    Was haidara not part of France’s U21 team?

  • 27 89Norcal // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Very true Lilongwe. While I would like to see haidara in Newcastle to keep Santon on his toes (we all know he needs defensive motivation) I suppose we have enough cover with dummet and Mbiwa. Though we have no clue how Paul will fair in competitive EPL games yet.

  • 28 lesh // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    There you go Lil, that’s your tomorrow made – thanks to President Joe who made the recommendation.

    Lil, maybe you could wear a black top-hat to official duties, ala Dr Banda? Paint white stripes on it and it’d be perfect in your new role as VP!

  • 29 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Fair enough about Palace, I was just thinking of clubs that will be doing quite a bit of defensive work next season really. Don’t see the point loaning him to lower divisions as he has proved he can play at this level.

  • 30 North Atlantic Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Santon needs competition. He made too many mistakes last season.

  • 31 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM


    France were not in U21 Euros

    For Under 20 WC that they won Lucas Dignie played LB and Bimitri Fulkier Played RB

  • 32 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    JFK Junior

    How many members of VIP now? How to become one?

  • 33 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM


    ‘… so many people said that a lot of clueless people or idiots or not real fans commenting on this blog… ‘

    Reading some of the comments on this blog what other conclusion could there be?

  • 34 Jamseyd24 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    JFK, 14 mil for who??? Do you think it’s safe to say we have moved past bent and looking for other targets?? I can’t help but think we slipped up not signing Bony?? Where is Torq when we need him for for some info on these French strikers??

  • 35 Beardosfacedouble // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Time for a new tee-shirt by Mr. Steve Jenkin, if he would be so kind:

    In Ed We Trust


  • 36 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    North Atlantic Magpie

    I’m defending Santon 😛
    So.. only Santon made too many mistakes and others did great job?

  • 37 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Santon03 – That information is on a ‘need to know Asia’s And unfortunately…

    You don’t need to know! Haha

  • 38 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Yeah mate it’s a good idea can only be beneficial for us!!!
    As for gignac
    Completely agree mate the bloke has had one good season in his entire career and is injury prone
    Not what we want

  • 39 1alanshearer // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Been viewing this site for some time now and I am amazed at the negativity here. First and foremost MA has a right to employ who he feels fit. Whether we agree or not doesn’t come into it. We all make a choice to but a ticket, he doesn’t force it upon you. We have tried buying success and that didn’t work? People are deluded we are not and never will be a big club! We have something however others envy and that is a fantastic fan base and we should at all times support our team 100%

  • 40 rossi // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    why are we talking about loaning players out we should be discussing who comes in surely

  • 41 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Do I get a clothing allowance with my salary? I’m not sure how I will stretch that extra £1 to get 2 beers AND a top hat. Then there is the cost of paint, a brush, is it on sale, will it have a future sell on value.

    Before making these sorts of purchases you have to look at the full cost of them you know. I’m going to need to review this for 6 months before making any decisions. Plus I need President Joe to sign off, and I haven’t heard from him for a while…

  • 42 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    GIGnac was truly awesome for tolouse

  • 43 Ibizatoon // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Lesh…Just doing my morning check….what are “ps and as”? 😉

    Toon_Tom…Whilst I appreciate a Dodgeball quote, is there any reason why I get grouped with Jeff? 🙂

    On thread…Would this be a good time to re-open the “Is David Santon better suited to RB” debate?

  • 44 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Indian – You seem quite clued up, is he worth €14mil?

    If not, what would you value him at?

  • 45 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM


    about 8 or 9

    I honestly will try fro Rudnevs from HSV or a german based striker.

    Would really go after some SC freiburg players. Ginter being one

  • 46 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    ibiza-re santon
    best ask his woman on that one

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    One good season again. In his first he got 3 goals in 37 games, his second was good, 25 in 43, 11 in 35 in his third season.

    38 goals i 116 games in total. Awesome is certainly not the term I’d use for a striker with that record.

  • 48 SpaceGhost // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Santon vs Navas on opening day. Guess Guti gonna have to start on LW then !

  • 49 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM


    It’s just a football blog, some people taking as if it’s share holder’s private meeting or something.

  • 50 North Atlantic Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I like Santon but he needs to be pushed to the limit. Without Haidara in the team I don’t think it’s possible.

    Mapou at left back is not an option. Mapou needs to push Saylor out of the starting 11.

    We should sell Saylor, Raylor and Cisse asap.

  • 51 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM


    I am not saying we should buy him, but he is not as bad as what we think.

    + he has already said NUFC are beneath him so just saying.

  • 52 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    rossi @ 39

    Sometimes it’s better to loan a player out, to get real game time, than to sit warming the bench which in Haidara’s case is not guaranteed.

    Santon is currently first choice but it is arguable who is better as a temporary replacement Haidara or Yanga-Mbiwa.

    I doubt Pardew would have a specialist left back sitting on the bench. If Yanga-Mbiwa is not first choice alongside Colo (or even his replacement) he would always be first choice on the bench because of his versatility and leadership.

  • 53 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    and right off topic
    should the ladies england manager loose her job they looked like a poor side last night

  • 54 LooneyToon41 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    The BenArfa story comes from France. L’Equipe are reporting it.

    @11.Lilongwe. That’s fantastic info,work mate about Gignac!!! That’s what this blog is about. Congrats bud!!

  • 55 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    JFK Junior

    BOOOOO!!!! 😛

  • 56 Ibizatoon // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    JT….What have I started here? Is RB known to mean something other then right back? 🙂

  • 57 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Indian – so €8-9mil (what’s that, £7mil?!) and its a good deal?!

    Or £5mil for bent?

  • 58 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    no right back is correct. there was talk of him going home as he was homesick that is the missus link

  • 59 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM


    If possible neither,

    But, if Cisse drags his heels then Probably Bent over Gignac.

  • 60 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM


    ‘….It’s just a football blog, some people taking as if it’s share holder’s private meeting or something…’

    True, but some people do actually talk as if they own the club you have to admit!

  • 61 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Did Santon play in 6-0 and 3-0 trashing? I forgot

  • 62 G // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I really hope this is speculation, because he looked like a great player in the making last year. Whilst it is nice to see Dummett doing well pre season, can I just remind people of a couple of names, such as Xisco, Cordone, and JD Tommasson, who all looked world class in pre season fixtures. In competitive games though, none of them fitted for different reasons (JDT played out of position, Xisco never really given the opportunity, Cordone because he was a mental that wasnt very good at football). I’m all for giving Dummy a run out in the prem, should he prove good enough, but lets not shift good players out just yet eh?

  • 63 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM


    yes, you are right about that

  • 64 Indian Magpie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM





  • 65 jeff // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    we should deffo sign danny fletcher.serious talent

    heard hes actually getting a medical AWS

  • 66 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    With regard to possible new forwards arriving, could Cisse’s (or/and his agent’s) antics be because he has been told that he will no longer be a cert in a starting eleven?

  • 67 Ibizatoon // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM


    That’s odd, everything I’ve ever read about Santon is how happy and settled he is in Newcastle. Mind, wouldn’t be the first time what gets printed is false…

  • 68 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I will say this for Gignac, according to a couple of sites he has the same number of assists in his career as Ben Arfa, and more than Marveaux.

    Does that say we over rate HBA and Marveaux, or does it mean Gignac is a creative genius…..

  • 69 Slank // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM


    I must also confess that the time I’ve been reading your comments has dwindled in the last 7-8 weeks. Funny that.

  • 70 Ibizatoon // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Slank…That would mean the club are actually looking at buying new strikers and that can’t be right?!?

    I don’t view Cisse as that type of guy, but have never met him, so possibly. If I was Cisse and saw us being linked with Bent et al I wouldn’t be too worried about my starting spot…

  • 71 bills-son // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    LG @ it means you never know how good a player is until you’ve seen him play at least ten full games and even then some new signings take a season to show their best form.

    99.9% of fans on here – including me – haven’t seen anything of Gignac other than his goals on youtube. That tells you sweet fa about his overall ability or style of play.

    To sum up – 99.9% of fans opinions on Gignac are as accurate as a fairy story.

  • 72 Ibizatoon // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Lilongwe…Talking of stats and those particular players, what is Gignacs injury record like?

  • 73 jeff // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    LOL GIGANAC OR BENT. Take ur pick. Think Ill have shola ameoba instead

  • 74 JFK junior // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Bills son

    That was the opinion I got. Plenty of people saying he is no good etc, yet nobody has seen enough of him to truly comment on his ability.

    Anybody REALLY seen this boy play?

  • 75 Phatoon // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    @Santon03 61,

    No he didn’t he went off injured in the Fulham game and missed the remaining games (which included the 0-6 and 0-3). He also missed the City game (the one before the Fulham game) where we lost 4-0.

  • 76 bills-son // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    When Souness was at Blackburn he signed an African (I think) midfielder from an agents video. He put him on as a sub after two days training at the club and hauled him off after ten minutes – he was worse than a pub team player, his first two touches were throw ins.

    Shola looks a £10M player on his youtube highlights.

  • 77 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Santon’s baby was crying every 3 hours, I think any of us won’t be able to concentrate in our jobs with that happening everyday especially if the job demmanding full concentration and physical.

    This season he will be much better.

  • 78 John Tudor // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    i believe what their supporters have said of him not the press or the fifa players.

  • 79 bills-son // Jul 19, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Jfk junor – Carr will have seen him play.

    I think I’ll play safe and take his opinion.

  • 80 LooneyToon41 // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    @71&79. Bills-son. I agree mate. I’m more likely to go with @11 lilongwe’s post about what the Marseille fans actually think, who see him week in week out, + of course Carr’s opinion.

  • 81 Santon03 // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM


    Thanks. 🙂

    Just to prove even without Santon, the team still play badly last season.

  • 82 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    He seems to have had three main injuries, not sure what they all were though. He did his metatarsal last season, and missed a bit of the season.

    I’m not sure which part of that has relevance to career stats? Or his stats over 3 seasons at Toulouse.

    I haven’t seen him much, odd bits when I have watched French football, and odd European games, but judging from those, his career goals record, and the comments from Marseille fans, I’d say a big no thanks. Not too mention he was quoted earlier on in the summer saying he would be at a bigger club then us.

  • 83 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Why all this talk about players like Rhodes and Austin? Just because they’re English and scored a few goals in the championship, doesn’t mean that we should spend millions on either of them. Rhodes is 23 and Austin is 24 – still young, but not exactly an 18 year old wonderkid that the CL teams would like but we can offer more first team football (like Moses, Bale).

    Bent is far and away a better striker than either of those two at the moment. If Rhodes is so good, then why did he move to championship Blackburn last Summer? Austin moved to championship Burnley 2 years ago at the same age (22) and is now being linked to Hull.

    Come on…I’m not saying that neither player will ever be good enough, but there’s no way that we know more than the scouts on this.

    Surely we set our sights higher than a championship striker?

    If the club do end up signing one of them, then presumably they can see the potential and please ignore all of the above… 🙂

  • 84 LooneyToon41 // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Express ‘reporting’ that Gignac deal is close.

    They are also reporting that PSG will meet Barca’s buy out clause for Messi…..£215m…. yes that’s £215m…. hmmm.

  • 85 wolfshead@toon // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM


    im a big fan of sants too him and vukic should be our blueprint young talented and lots of potential they are the sort of players the best scouts unearth dont let ppl wind you up mate

  • 86 viv // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    They should look to bring in more British players, the F.A has been around for 150 years and its only recently that clubs have been obsessed with all things foreign. So how come all the great English teams were full of British players. Such as the all conquering Liverpool,Notts Forest and Leeds to name a few. So the potential is out their.

  • 87 lesh // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie….. of course you’ll get the usual allowances for club-related expenses – that goes without saying.

    However, it would be inappropriate for me to go into details but rest assured your expense limits will be commensurate with your position. I’m sure President Kinneari will discuss the detail with you soon, he’s trying to sort out the NHS at the moment, perhaps after coffee!

    Ibiza, well spotted and you’re on the mark as usual. ‘Ps and as’ was inserted to test your fitness to continue as the Head of Blog Police for this site. You’ve passed that test.

    Oh, and Ed’s agreed another increase in your salary and allowances to reflect your dedication and new responsibilities. He’ll discuss them with you soon.

    Ever vigilent!

  • 88 yo-yo // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    If this blog is like the Toon then we’ve followed a decent finish with a near relegation experience.
    We have had race hatred and white supremacy.
    We’ve had enough toys thrown out of prams to fill Toy-r-us in the Metro Centre.
    We’ve had bickering and persecution of the “ITKS”s.
    We’ve got trolls and kids.
    So the blog has finished about 16th in the EPL club blog tables. Like a lot of regulars I rarely post these days.

    Chance is now to get rid of the personal slights and slagging offs.
    New season means more footie related comments and less personal shite.

    We’ve lost some really good bloggers in the last few months since the end of the season. The blog is worse as a result.

    Beattie has been transferred to some Central Lancashire club (on his day posted like a HBA mazy run but sadly inconsistent and could put the boot in like Colo agin Liverpool)
    Looks like Kets is off to Fenerbace.(every side needs a joker)
    Even Ibiza is playing for the reserves these days.
    And sadly we’ve lost Torq – not only for his insights from inside the football world but also his analysis of players and games and I for one am serioussly P-d off he has been driven off here by some mouthy eejit.
    Indian’s form has dipped seriosuly and he has accepted a transfer to another league
    The other good news is that as Pardew hasn’t been playing competitive games the AP slaggers have been quieter esp the guy from Norway with the bad spelling which is the blog equivalent of halitosis. Catch yer breath guys we’ve signed nobody.
    Jeff – the word you seem to be groping for is ‘source’ not ‘sauce’.

    On football

    We need at least two forwards – a wide player like Remy and a more central striker/playmaker like Siem de Jong. I’d risk Charlie Austin as backup despite the shoulder injury as he is young enough to get over that and could be eased in anyway.

    I always thought of Moussa as a box to box mid but if he thinks he can take on the No 10 role then he needs to work up a partnership with Cisse on field. But at least he is adaptable.

    We do need backup in central defence but is must be a player who is nippt, and doesn’t get turned unlike Saylor and Colo.

    Finally we are going to get string rumnours if not bids for HBA and Yo and are just going to have ti live with that. I would not want either to go even at £20m as the side is still gelling and starting afresh will set us back.

    I think we will get two possibly three younger players come through this next season but sadly Campbell will not be one of them. There just seems to be little space for the Jinky Johnston style players these days.
    I hope Pardew will go more for the 4-3-3 next season like he has said in interview and we still need new coaching in put not just a fitness coach.

    Anyway that’s my blog quota for today and the forseable

  • 89 lesh // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    bills-son…. Souness signed one of Weah’s brothers when he was at Southampton, not Blackburn……. I think!

  • 90 Sav // Jul 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Haidara is first choice LB for me. Santon ok but over-rated and should be the one loaned out until his defensive abilities improve. But why are we even talking about this when we need 2 new strikers – and that’s before Cisse goes.

  • 91 nufc 11 // Jul 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    If ever was a time to push Santon up field is now play him right of a top 3 with HBA on the other side of ST keep Yanga as first choice LB with saidio, and dummet as back up.

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