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Some Good News On Newcastle

9:13 am, Thursday, August 15th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Newcastle have not particularly had a good summer so far, at least not in the transfer market, but there are a couple of very good things that have already happened.

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Steven Taylor – we are fitter than last season

One is that Fab Coloccini has decided to stay on Tyneside, and that was a massive win for the club, but went a little unheralded.

And the other thing is hiring Faye Downey as a fitness consultant, and Faye will help in a couple of ways, there should be less injuries this season and so far so good, since we have had only one real injury in pre-season to Jonas Gutierrez.

And the team should also be fitter and therefore towards the end of tough games, we may be able to get a result because of that – we hope so anyway.

Steven Taylor talked about Newcastle being fitter for this coming season, when he talked to the Newcastle web-site yesterday.

“We’ve got Manchester City first game and hopefully we can catch them off guard.” “That’s what you want to play for – it’s the whole point of being a professional footballer. The big games are what we look forward to.

“I think what you’re going to find on Monday is a fitter Newcastle United team compared to last season, and hopefully we can show that and produce the goods on the pitch.

“As players, along with the manager and staff, we were disappointed with our performances last year. We didn’t hit the grade that we wanted to and hopefully this year we can hit the ground running, starting with Man City in the first game.”

It is not clear that Steven will be in the starting line-up on Monday night, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa challenging hard to start alongside Coloccini in central defense.

And there was news yesterday that Newcastle were after 24 year-old Ajax Belgian International center-back Toby Alderweireld, who is said to be available for just £5M.

But we somehow cannot see Newcastle bringing Toby in until we have at least one more striker in the ranks.

At this point striker is still a weakness in this Newcastle side.

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Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Pre-Season · Premier League · Steven Taylor


22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nico // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Wonder if anything good will happen today?

  • 2 jackostoon // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Morning all,
    Bent having medical at Fulham.

  • 3 Klatoon // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Jonas being injured is the only ”positive” going into the season

  • 4 nico // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    If Cabs was sold, I want it done now so we can replace him with McCarthy, Sinclair and finally Gomis.
    I presume he’ll be sold at the end of the transfer window and then some phantom bids of £10 million made on above players before time runs out.
    Another transfer window that MA makes very good profits.

  • 5 nico // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM


    Excellent news, finally something positive. How long is Jonas out for?

  • 6 lesh // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    If Alderweireld’s unlikely to come before we get a striker, then he’s not going to!

  • 7 Edd Case // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    We don’t ‘need’ Alderweireld, though I’d love to have him and ditch Willo.

    We don’t need Bent either, though again, I’d have him over Shola.

    What we so desperately need more than anything else is 2 more really attacking, really creative, really quick attacking midfielders.

    Ince fits that bill, as does Hughes (Derby) and many more. Norwich pulled off a great transfer getting in Redmond – we should have taken him and off-loaded Obertan.

    Cisse is a poacher, needs top service, fact.
    Our current team, bar HBA and occasionally Cabaye, has nothing in it that provides consistently top quality service.

    AP is thick as if he thinks buying another striker will resolve this issue. ALL STRIKERS need top quality service to be successful, this is where we fail and will continue to do so this season.

    We simply wont score enough goals.

  • 8 jordijohnty // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Just got back from 2 weeks in a remote part of brittany. Quickly, who have we signed so far?

  • 9 Klatoon // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    No idea, reports said he had a problem with his backside, doubt for the opener.

  • 10 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Said it for ages – need a midfield player or two that will supply the bullets for Cisse, Goufran and Remy. As we sadly create very few chances.
    like to see if any stats on chances we created last year – bet we are near the bottom of the pile

  • 11 barkel // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    well done lads turning a positive outlook on the blog to a negative one in 7mins. The negativity on this has gotten ridiculous. We all know that we haven’t bought any players and we know we need to and soon but can we please go an hour maybe without the b!tching. It’s worse than school girls the most of you are

  • 12 nico // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Edd Case

    Totally agree

  • 13 nico // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM


    How are any of these comments negative. Simply people discussing what should happen transfer wise. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. And stop putting stupid comments like that on.

  • 14 JaxtheMag // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    we will be lucky to score in the first 3 games, remy is out and we will let in goals. it doesn’t look good at the moment. city 0 4 w.ham 0 1 Fulham 0 0.

  • 15 WayAyeCabaye // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I’m fairly optimistic about this season. We may not get off to the best start at city but that’s expected, the quality in their squad is absurd! I do think we will have a good season though, we have no europa league, we have the strongest squad since Sir Bobby (albeit with a tactically inept pardew) and signing Faye as fitness consultant can only boost our chances of challenging for a high finish.

  • 16 nico // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:36 AM


    I’m going for
    Man C L 0-2
    W Ham W 2-1
    Fulham L 0-1

  • 17 bobby mango // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Don’t see why we can’t pursue him and a striker at the same time. If we get him “over the line” whilst negotiations with a striker are still on-going so what!?
    From Pardew up the club is a joke and embarrassment. Another long, hard, depressing season coming up.

  • 18 Edd Case // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the look of Gomis and he could definitely do a job, but honestly, look at our team, where’s the ammunition coming from?

    Jonas offers so little these day, particularly going forward.
    HBA cuts inside, so rarely puts in a cross.
    Debuchy flatters to deceive in my opinion and although gets forward a lot, doesn’t really create a great deal.
    Santon is more or less the same as HBA, cuts inside a great deal.

    Our ‘best’ 11 is unbalanced and uncreative and always likely to concede because other teams aren’t scared of us and attack us.

    We carry no ‘counter-attacking’ threat and we’re not a good enough ‘passing’ team to play like Swansea either.

    We’re a very ordinary team and I just can’t see us doing well with what we have.

    We desperately, desperately need more pacey, attacking quality on the wings.
    Ince for me is easily the best option, and that lad at Wigan, McCarthy is it? Him too, plus Hughes from Derby who’s already much better than Vuckic.

    If MA has any ambition at all for us, he’ll get us these players in.

    Oh, and I’d happily let Cabaye go for £20M, Anita more than capable of playing in CM and a better passer than Cabaye in my opinion.

    Sell Cab’s, buy 1 x top striker, 2 x top attacking mids.

  • 19 nut meg // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Edd Case @ 7
    Charlie @10
    Both 100% correct in IMHO. Doesn’t matter how many CFs we play with we MUST have creative players to give the forwards chances. I have put this guy up a few times so take a look, he creates chances for fun.In the last 3 seasons + 1 game this season 1/ played 102 2/ goals 28 3/ assists 45 He plays LW-RW-AMF & he creats from all positions. I JUST HOPE WE HAVE AT LEAST LOOKED AT HIM !!

  • 20 nufc 11 // Aug 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Why on earth was the fitness so bad last season? Doesnt John Carver coach the team someone should answer for that.

  • 21 Davies // Aug 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Can’t believe there are still people out there who think that Ashley’s pocketing cash from player sales.

  • 22 dcarter90 // Aug 15, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    i think when we have the full squad available remy and hba will ply n the wings and then 3 centre mids to win and distribute the ball, our best team will stand up to any team in the prem, its just keeping them fit each week. we do need a cisse replacement or back up however but being so pessimistic is a bit far at the present. especially with the lads coming n from january they will be alot stronger now they have a pre season and integrated into the team. it will be a good season………. i hope ha

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