Newcastle Leaving It Late – Now After Two Flair Players?


To be honest we have no idea what Joe Kinnear and our transfer team are doing at the moment – whether they are trying to negotiate a deal with Bafe Gomis, Demba Ba or Andre Ayew of Marseilles, or perhaps we are trying to get a flair player – as Alan has hinted at today – so maybe we are trying to sign 20 year-old Florian Thauvin from Lille on loan?

forian thauvin

Florian Thauvin – star man in U20 World Cup

Newcastle were after Thauvin last January, but it looks like we didn’t got in with a bid and he signed for Lille for £3.5M, but it seems the youngster, wants to join Marseilles, and he has not trained at Lille for the last three days, presumably in an attempt to force through a move.

And Florian’s value has gone up since January since he was a star player for the France U20 side,  when they won the U20 World Cup in Istanbul this summer, by beating Uruguay in the final.

Arsenal were also interested in the player in January and we suppose they could still be interested in the Frenchman, as Arsene Wenger is now desperately trying to bolster his side before the transfer window slams shut at 11:00 pm on Monday night – which is a short 78 hours away – Joe Kinnear – please take note.

Alan Pardew talked some today about trasnsfers, and mentioned maybe bringing in a couple of flair players:

‘We need and would like another striker, or maybe another two flair players in the side, so we are in the market for anybody in that field that we think is going to work for us. We work in a small spectrum of the market in terms of the finance we have available, so that’s what we’re concentrating on.’

“Remy has trained, but he hasn’t really done a pre-season.”“I think the option of him on the bench, maybe for just the last period of the game, might be something I look at because it would be nice to bring him off the bench.” “He’s fit and well, there’s no problem with him.”

“it’s just he can’t really do a big portion of the game. I hope our fans don’t start chanting his name after 20 minutes! They’re a bit like that our fans, a bit impatient for things like that.”

Andre Ayew is a flair player so maybe he’s one we are trying to get – but with Roma now looking hard for a striker and already being linked with Demba Ba, don’t be surprised if the italian club make an inquiry about Bafe Gomis.

When newcastle leave it late like this we could again miss out at the last minute as we did two years ago when we desperately tried to get Mevlüt Erdinç of PSG, in and then went after Cosa Rican International Bryan Ruiz, who had already decided to join Fulham.

And we ended up without a striker and had to wais six months to sign Papiss Cisse from SC Freiburg for £9M.

What’s that about history repeating itself if you don’t learn from your mistakes?

There’s simply no excuse why Newcastle have left it this late in the transfer market – no excuse at all.

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295 comments so far

  • Toon1978

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #1

    repost

    It seems some folk on here can’t deal with other’s opinions. I mention no names. If that is the case and you can handle the so called “hysteria” then go blog elsewhere. Why come on here to bitch about other bloggers. Bitch about what is happening at the club. IMO this blog is all for opinions, hence the name “NEWCASTLE UNITED BLOG” it is not called “KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT COS SOME CANT HANDLE IT BLOG”. We live in the western world and we are supposed to have freedom of speech. My advice to the munter complaining is to move to Afghanistan were freedom of speech is no prohibited.

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  • cyprus

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #2

    TDS,
    Shearer Bellamy wasn’t too shabby. In fact, Bellamy resurrected Shearer. And incidentally, Bellamy leaving Sounness staying was the beginning of the big slide.

    BTW, did you see Bellamy squirt that water at the ref a couple days ago? 🙂

    On post, yeah yeah after players

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Couple of flair players would be good.

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  • DiscoNUFC

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #4

    IMPATIENT!!!

    Youve no idea my silver haired friend! Sign someone or piss off to palace!

    And stop buying french players… The first sign of a struggle they just give up? If you insist on spending outside the uk all of the time then try germany, at least they’ll all put in a shift!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Ruddy

    Maybe regarding Berbatov and Cisse…but like we both said, hindsight is a wonderful thing. With two up front, we’d need more width from the midfielders instead and we’re loaded with central midfielders.

    With one up front, we can have the full backs pushing forward and the supporting attackers drifting out wide too.

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  • Mark

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #6

    ToonDarnSarf
    From previous thread…

    Not saying play Berbatov out wide, I’m saying Cisse and Berbatov up front, creator and finisher. You’re right though, anyone who does play Cisse out wide is probably daft enough to think Berbatov would play out there…. such is our manager though!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Cyprus

    You’re right about Bellamy and Shearer, I’d forgotten about them. But I don’t think they played together as a partnership for too long did they? Neither did Shearer and Owen.

    I saw the water squirt, glad it was taken in good humour!

    But I’ll never forget seeing Bellamy out in Newcastle with minders in tow on the evening (or was it the next evening?) that he slagged off Souness on live TV!!

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #8

    i would still take berba he is class

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #9

    I cringe when people say us NUFC supporters are impatient. Remind me how long it is since we last won a domestic trophy? And take in the fact we still pull in fifty thousand supporters. Would Manure, City, Arsenal and Chelsea pull in a crowd of that size after 50 years without a trophy????? I think not. IMPATIENT…..KISS A LEFT KNACKER 🙂

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  • Tinman

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardew having a dig at Toon fans for chanting Hatem Ben Arfa when he is sitting on the bench and we need to go forwards. Obviously didn’t like the fact the fans were proved right when he changed the game vs Morecambe!

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  • cyprus

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Toon 1978,
    Not a bad idea that, for a new blog for the opinionated fan. How about another:
    “Joe Fxxxxxg Kinnear Blog: blow hot air, tell us what you fxxxxxg think!”

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  • TwoFooted

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    @Toon 1978

    I liked that opening comment so much I registered an account just to say so. The negatrons are so depressing.

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Chelsea got Atsu at a steal at 3.5 million from Porto, Wish we hada been in for him.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Mark

    I’d have loved to have seen it. It sounds great in hindsight with Ba leaving halfway through last season…

    But I still think it would have been tough with the personal we have/had. At least with one up front, we can play players like Ben Arfa, Goofy or Remy who can play up front or drift out wide.

    Right…I’m off to do my Surrey thing and go to play tennis…

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #15

    And impatient Alan? Ben Arfa won us the game with 2 assist that’s why we wanted him on, we didn’t want to get beat by morcambe!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Fatman

    Our fans know that we support them 100%, I’d like to think Sammy Ameobi knows that he wasn’t being booed, rather Pardew was being booed for taking Marv off.

    Our players know that we aren’t pleased with the owner, and the English speaking players would no doubt relay that to the others.

    Our players aren’t stupid, so no amount of chanting against the owner should distract them from the job of winning football matches.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Maybe we will leave it late in the transfer marked and sack Pardew on hire Eddie Howe on the last day of the window 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #18

    *on = and

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m sure Shola feels the love every time he steps on the pitch.

    He’s one of the English speaking players that’s going to relay that message to the foreigners of how the NUFC fans are only annoyed with the owners, not how they’re performing.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Apparently Eriksen is only a signature from signing for Spurs 🙁

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  • Bearsize

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Ruddy
    I do like horror lol and car crash! Looking forward to them links mate, heart on the sleeve as always!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #22

    The annoyance of this imbecile in charge is limitless.

    Thr fans are like that??? Yes when we’re seeing more of his dross on the pitch. More awful football.

    Alan, you idiot, we waited 90minutes for a shot on target against West Ham, with a team full of international footballers, tell me why we should have more patience? Idiot.

    He’s full of it every week. Don’t know how anyone can even slightly forgiving with him. The lies and blame deflection are there for all to see.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Fatman

    If the players aren’t playing up to scratch then they deserve some flack in my opinion, they are paid thousands per week to do what many of us would do for free. But many of us know that the main problem at the club is the owner and that the vast majority of the angst felt on the terraces by the fans is towards the owner.

    Bearsize

    I don’t know how to write any other way lad haha Glad you enjoy it, if you follow me on twitter @CiaranDonaghy2 I’ll link them into my twitter account as well as letting people know here on the blog.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #24

    As far as i understand it, marveaux was knackered last week when he was taken off. He also should have been subbed sooner imo on wednesday because he did eff all. Another anonymous show from him. Sometimes fans will manufacture silly reasons to complain just because they don’t like someone.

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  • keeganjr

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #25

    eriksen cost only between 9-11 mill£??? WTF.. why didnt we try? why dont we try anything?? but luckilly for us that we have the strongest squad in the league

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Markaccus

    I dunno how he played against West Ham, I just know that’s why the fans were booing, but yeah he was pathetic against Morecambe.

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  • A monkey is better then Pardew

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #27

    “No idea what joe kinnear and our transfer team are doing”
    I have an idea… they are doing f@ck all.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Negativity towards the owner (justified), negativity towards the manager (often justified) and negativity towards the players (sometimes justified)… but it doesn’t make the players play better. It often makes them play infinitely worse.

    We want to see success on the pitch and booing anybody doesn’t help.

    Tell me a game where a team has convincingly won having been booed beforehand.

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  • Bearsize

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Ruddy
    Cool ill follow you. Take care

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #30

    No wonder the owner says nothing to the supporters. What would he say? Something like the following? “Yes I am a useless git completely lacking in ambition for the club. That is why I lay low all the time. I’ve filled the ground with SD signs, hired a clown as DoF, kept a manager who is making us increasingly poor to watch, but what can you all do about it? Nothing, since you keep coming to the ground and filling my pockets!!!”

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Interesting they opted for Chiriches rather than Alderwiereld.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Ruddy

    Never saw the west ham game either, but he apparently ran hid legs off (honorable effort if true) so subbing him is sensible. Maybe he will eventually click in our team, i would like to see more from him than what i saw on weds.

    Suppose the point i was making was that the booing fans need to be clear why they are booing. There are plenty of reasons to have a go at pards without making more up. It dilutes their side of the argument.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Fatman

    The point of chanting isn’t to make the team play better, it’s directed to the owner to try and force him out of the club which will be beneficial for the club in the long run, if that makes the team play a bit worse then I’m afraid that’s something I’d be willing to put up with if it ultimately ended in Mike Ashley leaving this club.

    However, if it looked like we were in dire straights and facing relegation obviously I’d advocate getting wholly behind the team, but if you’re asking would I accept short term pain for long term gain? In this instance, most certainly.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #34

    FatmanJoe

    you say the chants won’t persuade him to spend any money, very true, but based on the fact that without the chants he would still not spend any money which has been proven due to sales bringing in £20m more than what purchases have taken out, which could double to £40m if he gets his way with Cabaye, then I would suggest that its a safe bet that the chants won’t harm our chances of him spending any money either, after all , chants or no chants he just won’t spemd.

    But as we all know thelargest part of our fan base are disgruntled and if the chants only serve one purpose which is to allow the fans to let off some steam then good for them fans, and when it comes to poor old Mike Ashley being on the recieving end of the chants, then I am sorry but I have no sympathy for him as it is all self inflicted

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #35

    I think we won’t agree on this. I think if fans were serious about making Ashley leave they shouldn’t go to the games and hit him in the pocket. In my opinion if you go to the games you support the team, it’s counter productive to pay Mike Ashley money (by buying the tickets) then try and get him out. All seems very showy for the cameras but ultimately an impotent gesture.

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  • Spoof

    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #36

    FatmanJoe

    you say that booing will not help but only hinder the players, I agree with you, but what else can be done by the fans, if making things worse in the short term is the sacrifice for trying to make them better in the long term then that is the price which has got to be made.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Fatman

    Trouble is, most of the attendees are season ticket holders, so them not going would not make a difference as ashley has there cash already. Beer and pies sales are a pittance in comparison. This discussion has happened on here a few times and this point always causes an impass.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #38

    One thing I would like to clear up Amibtp @27. It’s your name. I think it should be A great ape is better than Pardew. We need the power, ambition and intelligence of a silver back gorilla, or if Ashley can’t afford that, then possibly a middle aged orangutan to replace Pardew. Come on Ash, you can do it. We need that increased brain power.

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  • FatmanJoe

    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #39

    I don’t like losing football games, all this long term short term nonsense is just that. Ultimately I want to watch a team that wins games. I really want NUFC to do well and it frustrates the hell out of me to see fans around me making our team play worse for what? A long term positive? No, I can’t accept that.

    I don’t like Mike Ashley, I don’t support his regime. But chanting is counter productive.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 30, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #40

    The only club in England not to have signed a permanent deal for a first team player.

    All the clubs in and around us and even those under us showing what it means to have ambition.

    What a pathetic club we have become.

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