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These Newcastle Players Are Under Pressure

10:12 am, Saturday, September 28th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

Alan Pardew has said today that one or two players are under pressure for their place in the starting eleven on Monday night at Everton, after the good performance on Wednesday night where Sammy Ameobi, Paul Dummett, Yoan Gouffran and Mike Williamson all had good games.

Alan Pardew at home

Alan Pardew – likely to make one or two changes for Monday night

Alan Pardew is still furious about the way we gave away the lead twice against Hull City on our last league game, and our defensive frailties showed through once again. :(

But a clean sheet on Wednesday night helped to steady the ship a little, but now we need to push on from there and try to get a good result at Goodison Park.

Alan Pardew will presumably give a press conference for the Everton game later today, but he has been telling his players we cannot have any more slip-ups like against Hull:

“I think one or two are under pressure on Monday night.” “What I’ve got is players in good form and that’s a good thing.” “We just have more options. I’m able to make changes.”

Paul Dummett is putting some pressure on Davide Santon for the left back position, and Cheick Tiote is now fully fit and is in a battle with Vurnon Anita for his midfield place.

And with Sammy Ameobi playing well out on the left wing and Yoan Gouffran looking great against Leeds, both will be pushing for a start up front, or at least a sub appearance in the second half.

And it seems that Papiss Cisse is most under pressure of the current front three – although he did score a good goal against Leeds – and Ben Arfa needs to improve on his defensive play,  where he was caught lacking against Hull City.

And it could be that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is under pressure from big Mike Williamson at the back, after Mike looked comfortable alongside Colo on Wednesday night.

We’re not sure what the team will be for Monday night,  and while Alan Pardew may give the starting eleven against Hull one more chance, we’d be surprised if he doesn’t make one or two changes.

What’s your team for Monday night?

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Davide Santon · Hatem Ben Arfa · Mike Williamson · Papiss Cisse · Sammy Ameobi · Vurnon Anita · Yoan Gouffran



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61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Korean Magpie // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Guys..How did Vuckic fare against Leeds??

  • 2 whatsup // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Ben Afra at fault for 2 of the Hull goals, too much talk during the week did not think he had to track back.

  • 3 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Hopefully Debuchy follows Enrique footsteps. Enrique was absolute pants when he first came but turned out to be the best left back we ever had in my opinion.

    Defensively superb and his crosses down the wing and his attacking play was brilliant.

    Cmon Debuchy, your absolute pants now.lol.

  • 4 Blofal // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Korean, Vuckic wasn’t on long enough to judge really.

  • 5 yo-yo // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Don’t think Anita and Tiote are like for like players and see nothing wrong in them both playing at the same time as mids (not just Anita depping at FB) – say if we are a couple of goals up, and need to park the bus.
    I’d be tempted to play Dummett for Santon too

  • 6 Blofal // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Pardew will play….

    Debuchy-Colo-Willo-Santon
    —–Tiote——-Anita——-
    Ben Arfa–Cabaye–Remy—
    ———-Cisse———-

  • 7 Ciaran // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Lesson on how to take 1 quote and make 2 articles of it. Magic.

    Disappointing to see some fans justify Mike Ashley’s tenure due to the fact that we’ve not won a trophy in nearly 45 years. These are the kind of short-sighted fans whom Ashley loves peddling his “vision” to because they lap it up, claims he has a plan, and when it goes wrong they simply claim that he’s fixed the mistakes and learning his lessons despite the fact that there is no evidence to support their claims.

    What there is evidence of is that this club will not be seeking to win any silverware as it is not financially viable to do so. This club has not sought to give us a stronger, more competitive squad, despite Alan Pardew’s desperate attempts to convince us otherwise and in our 4th season back in the Premier League you must ask yourself the question, in relative terms to all the other Premier League teams, is our position stronger than when we got promoted?

    I would argue that financially we are. Perhaps we have more technically gifted players at the club now. However, would I have preferred Cabaye or Nolan last season? Tiote or Barton?Carroll or Cisse? Santon or Enrique?

    With the exception of Carroll due to his injury worries (nothing to do with ability) I wouldn’t have preferred a single player we currently have at our club. We may have players with more flair, but we certainly don’t have players with passion, desire and heart for this club. So are we better off?

  • 8 Blofal // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I would play…

    Santon-Colo-Willo-Dummett
    Ben Arfa-Anita-Cabaye-Sammy
    ———–Goofy———
    ———–Cisse———-

    and sub on Sissoko, Remy and Tiote as required.

  • 9 Blofal // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Ciaran I agree. As I said the other day we need more english players as only they seem to really be able to fathom what an honour it is to wear the black and white shirt.

    You have to want to play for a club and succeed with that club. Not just hope to play well so you hope you get noticed by an even bigger club. Not naming names. I feel like a Kebab though.

  • 10 colwell // Sep 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    It’s not too bad if Willo does start, with Lukaku up top Colo and M’biwa have no chance of dealing with his aerial threat.

    my team would be

    Krul
    M’biwa Willo Colo Santon
    Sissoko Tiote
    Cabaye
    Hba Cisse Remy

  • 11 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    @Ruddy. Why do you support Newcastle?

  • 12 Ciaran // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Quasimodo

    Fell in love with this club in the 90s and have supported Newcastle United ever since. Is it a prerequisite of supporting Newcastle United that I have to like everything about it? Are players, managers and owners immune from criticism?

    These people will come and go, but Newcastle United will always remain, as will my support. My support just doesn’t happen to be blinkered, unquestioning support.

  • 13 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Have to go.

  • 14 Himanshu Dhingra // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Another Monday night game,

    Away from home,

    against a team that plays in Blue Jerseys and white shorts

    :P

  • 15 Pokat // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Hang on hang on hang on
    hang
    on –
    Ben Arfa at fault for whaaaaat? I know its a free for all but come on there has to be a standard before someone just posts any stoopid thought thats running through their head ha ha ha. Tell you what chucky egg I thought Williamson was at fault for the other one hows that? Duh. At least make an effort.

    Ciaran was that a compliment about Ed’s article production line or sarcasm? :)

  • 16 Pokat // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Its a rare thing to get a foreign player to get the idea of playing for the shirt. When it happens its a rare compliment and much appreciated by fans. But at the mo we dont have them sad to say, oh well. We do need more UK players, we’ve had some canny Scots Welsh and Irish players to be fair.

  • 17 Ciaran // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Pokat

    It was whatever you want it to be lad.

  • 18 martoon // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Pokat – I sit right behind the goal although I love Ben Arfa you could clearly see for the third goal he just let the guy who crossed run right past him – if he had tracked him he would not have got in an unchallenged cross. I can’t remember the first goal now – too painful.

  • 19 roy // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I think Vukic will be moved on, he isn’t improving and seems a bit slow for the Premier league. Young Dummet and Ameobi seem to be coming on.

  • 20 Pokat // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Ciaran if you need to pick anything out you should focus on his typos they are horrendous ha ha

  • 21 Pokat // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    martoon yeah I know I have spent many a game in the gallowgate watching him trot on when he loses the ball, but you cant really say a ‘winger’ or AM has cost you goals unless he taps them in himself. The real problem is Pards either not getting his to modify his commitment to tracking back, or failure to compensate in defence properly for it.

  • 22 Pokat // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Said it before, Vuckic, Tavernier, maybe Ferguson and Campbell, not going to make it. We alos cant scout good full backs. Santon and Debuchy make my head shake involuntarily, they think they are wingers but boy are they not. I thought Hairdryer started looking the part but I bet he’s a crock now after that cloggers challenge last season. Shame.

  • 23 Pokat // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Talking to myself here. At least the conversation is good :)

  • 24 John Tudor // Sep 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    4 in a row u hogging the blog hahah

  • 25 Ciaran // Sep 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Pokat

    I’m focusing on nothing bud, just making an observation. Couldn’t have people think I’m slating Ed

  • 26 martoon // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Pokat @22 – I agree with you about Vukic and possibly Tavernier but harsh on Campbell – still very young and only played bit parts normally on the wing. Fergusson is doing very well at Birmingham so surely judge him when he returns.

  • 27 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    How good is Eriksen. Wish we had went for him, signing of the season IMO.

    Spurs looking real good this year.

  • 28 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Eriksen is just magnificant. And Townsend looks a fine player as well.

    Cisse should take a look at Soldado’s game to learn how to lead the line. Great assist.

  • 29 LGFUAD21 // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Will not be happy if Anita is dropped for tiote.

    Out of our 4 cms it’s Anita and sissokho that are earning the starts for me.

    Cabaye has done little to warrant his price tag lately and I’ve not seen anything to believe tiote is back to his best.

    Pardews logic is. We kept a clean sheet against leeds and tiote was the difference.

    I think it was more to do with fullbacks playing more reserved.

    Fact is we have to defend less with Anita on the field because we attack more.

  • 30 Pokat // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    martoon, dont get me wrong mate I was relly hoping Campbell would be the next big thing people were suggesting, but there’s got to be a reason why he isn’t breaking through, and for me players that go out on loan are basically being put in the store front. If a player goes on loan it means that we either don’t have a reserve team, he’s two places behind a first team start and can’t progress, or he’s surplus but it wouldn’t hurt to get a good price for him from a lower league club by showcasing him in one. Real prospects stay at the club and worry the life out of the first choices. Tim Krul has spent life as both, he went on loan I believe when he was still very young, and when the only choices for GK were shay and harps in their prime and whatsisname now at celtic was banging about, but when he progressed he didn’t go anywhere, he pushed past thingumabob and haprs for his starting place and got it. Forster thats it. :)

  • 31 LGFUAD21 // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    And for all the flack he got, wrongly in my opinion. With hba in front we could do with a more restrained full back like Simmo.

    I like debuchy but he is leaving us very vulnerable. Steve Bruce had clearly set hull up to exploit it so it wouldn’t surprise me if more teams do.

    There is no link up between the two. Debuchy never knows when to over lap or underlap. And our number 9 is incapable of finding space. All teams have to do is invite us on to them. Get 10 mean behind a ball, win it back and hoof it to a man upfield on the left to play counter football.

  • 32 Pokat // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    LGFUAD – bit of rosy memory? Simmo was basically the same, although a bit quicker to respond as a full back than Debuchy. Simmo still liked his absolutely rubbishy and pointless runs and often left Williamson horribly exposed, which is one of the reasons Willo got so much stick. That and he was rubbish as well lol

  • 33 martoon // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Pokat @30 – The problem is we don’t have a reserve team now only an under 21. So once you are over 21 there is no second tier of football.
    BPC @27 Vertonghen is some defender as well – we were linked with him for ages also.

  • 34 Ancientcoptic // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    To be fair to Ben Arfa, if he is playing on the right side of a forward 3, he should not be expected to be tracking back and playing in the right back slot. I am also quite certain that Ben Arfa is instructed to not come too far back, as he is the man we want to pick up the ball for counter attacks.

    Debuchy looks like a very good defender to me, certainly not a player you would want to go in to a 50/50 challenge against. The problem clearly seems to be in the coaching; Dubuchy needs some zonal training.

    I just have to question, who is coaching our back line, and is it the same defensive coach as last season? if so, why have we not switched our defensive coach.

    When you look at our goal difference over the past few seasons, our positions in the table look almost a miracle. We always seem to be higher in the table, than our goal difference would suggest.

  • 35 nufcusa // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Are we really so fickle to think that Mile Williamson is now a savior and has gone from not being in the match day squad to the first team after playing against a championship team??

    C’mon lads, be honest with yourself. When we kept back to back clean sheets two weeks ago m’biwa was being lauded as superb an a future toon captain. Now he is being dropped??

    No wonder people take the piss out of our fans. No doubt the people shouting for big Mike are the same people that thing Campbell is the new Owen or Sammy is better than Zaha and Ince. Laughable.

  • 36 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Do some people on here have short term memory . Even with Simmo we still got the odd thumping, and even in the 5th place finish our goal difference was poor .

    IMO Pardew doesn’t know how to play with two attacking fullbacks.

    Teams like Bayern & Barca dominate teams because they attack constantly and get their midfielders to cover when the likes of Alaba or Alves push up . Its not rocket science .

  • 37 Ian Toon // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    What’s to be done about the online comments on here?
    It was only a few years ago when away from home at Uni that I would value posts and responses from people who knew more and understood better.

    With so many, choosing not to contribute thoughts of their own, were left with so much chaff clogging the whole medium. Talking to many toon fans home and away they would like a return to the halcyon days of informed opinion and an absence of barbarian incursions masquerading as facts. Less bullyboys and more football fans.

    Straw polls undertaken in the No 9, suggest that many just don’t have huge enthusiasm for the quality of what appears beneath the articles. This despite the vast majority welcoming being able to respond online to critics, admirers or interrogators if they so wish. As it used to be.

    What they don’t want is tedious repetition, obvious inaccuracy and babble. Before an extended spate of the aforementioned I was an enthusiast for total liberty of expression. Surely few of us in our daily lives do not, in private conversation, encounter much enthusiasm for the quality of what appears as comments. Some fellow fans affect not to read them at all and know longer post.
    It used to be worth the effort. That was before so much bile. There are still many good contributors but just not so many and far too many providing clueless drivel.

    A quality poster- missing off here- once reminded me that there was a place for everyone . He was right but I would say not to the exclusion of the crème de la crème.

  • 38 Ciaran // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Martoon

    As far as I am aware, a number of players over the age of 21 (3 I think) can be selected to play in the u-21s, thus affording fringe players over the age of 21 to play.

    Dan Gosling and Gabby Obertan have played for the u-21s despite being over 21.

  • 39 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    how about a bid for andros townsend?

    he looks pure class!

  • 40 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Ahhh, the not so special one has finally realised benching Mata was a ridiculous decision .

    Juan is a magician and is in the top 5 chance creaters in the world only bettered by the likes of Ozil & Xavi .

    Mourinho’s ego is clouding his judgement. If SBR was still alive he would probably clip him around the ear :) .

  • 41 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 28, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Must say, Torres is looking sharp again . Seems to have found that extra yard again.

  • 42 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    And Mata gets an assist within 15 minutes ;) . Mourinho has really shafted my dream team points like.

  • 43 catchy in norway // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    it’s fantastic isn’t it, we have a game that we control from start to finish against a team that was poor , in poor form and had 1 good player , and pardew is ranting , got some fans believing he has turned a corner,

    he hasn’t , whilst I enjoyed the win , I think for who we had out on the pitch , 2-0 was a poor result, Brighton last year gave us a very hard game, a proper test, Leeds rolled over,

    dummet and Sammy both had good games , Williamson had nothing to do , nor did tiote,
    we should have had more goals against that team on the night

    pardew is a poor excuse for a manager, got his little pardew puppies on here all happy

    Emm Everton next , see if we can control them , we could but we won’t , pardew has an inferiority complex with other prem teams

    sad but true

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I would like to think any of our players are under some sort of pressure to perform?

    …that goes for Pardew as well!

    I know it sounds crazy; anyone would argue if that was the case then surely JFK was out of a job now :-D

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Ian…I never left ;) I am still here mate!

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    PS: Who killed this blog?

  • 47 kt97toonarmy // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Big pappa cisse

    Torres is about as sharp as a blunt knife m8 hes awful

    Anyway afternoon lads

  • 48 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Shocking decision

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    hereisthecity.com/2013/09/27/everton-newcastle-united-alan-pardew-neville-southall/

  • 50 Ian Toon // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Jesper- ????

  • 51 Ian Toon // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    You do humour don’t you.????

  • 52 mattnufc // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    @KT
    He was excellent today before the red card. Guess you didn’t watch the game

  • 53 joe // Sep 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I believe we are blessed with 2 very attacking fullbacks that a lot of teams would be proud to have in Santon and Debuchy. Trouble is, having them both in our team means having to compromise our central midfield to be more defensive by playing 2 holding midfielders. And with that, I’m afraid I can’t find a place for Anita, eventhough I love him as a player, as having him alongside Debuchy and Santon would leave us far too exposed.

    I believe that our team that finished 5th 2 years ago was so successful because it had the perfect blend between attacking and defensive players. We had Simpson, who was always solid defensively as well as Jonas and Tiote in midfield, 2 grafters who absolutely worked their socks off without much recognition. Compare them now to Anita and Sissoko in midfield, and although the latter may be more economical with the ball, I think between the both of them they cover far less ground than Jonas and Tiote did.

  • 54 Ted Bundy // Sep 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I think Ruddy should change his name to Charles Manson.

  • 55 joe // Sep 28, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Another problem with our current team is Cisse as well. I know a lot of people criticized Pardew here for trying to turn him into a targetman rather than a poacher which he naturally is, but the problem is that to play as a loan striker he needs to be so much more than a poacher. He actually needs to get very involved in build up play till the point of dropping back to midfield. If you look at the lone strikers of any top team in the world, you’ll find that all of them are capable of turning with the ball and finding a killer pass to the wing or an onrushing midfielder. Even in the league, Soldado, Torres, RVP, Suarez are all capable of this, something Im afraid Cisse will never be competent in.

    In top teams, fullbacks are able to push high because firstly, they are confident that they are covered by the midfielders and secondly, they know that the ball will stick once it reaches the striker. Our team does neither of this well, and as good as our players are individually, the balance is just not right in the team I’m afraid.

  • 56 toonbrother // Sep 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    this man is a moron. We conceded 3 goals at home last week. Our defence was the problem! What exactly did the leeds game tell us? does he think Williamson is the answer? What an incompetent idiot

  • 57 toonbrother // Sep 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    lol this blog is full of idiots. So Williamson – the same guy you mercilessly scapegoated last season- is suddenly the answer to our defensive problems and MYM the new culprit? lol. What a bunch of cowards . The merrygoround of partners for coloshitty will continue and so will our terrible defensive showings

  • 58 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Sep 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Ian…you said a quality poster is missing from here and I replied I am still here mate :D

  • 59 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Well the quality poster certainly isn’t Toonbrother. I don’t know who the hell you think you are laddie calling us all cowards and idiots. Mind you, it probably comes easy to someone hiding behind his keyboard.

  • 60 Malta Mag // Sep 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Those two comments earlier on Ashley? Do you remember Seymour or McKeag or Shephard? Sorry but did I miss something? I remember going to games where there were less than 20,000 a grass bank at the back of the Gallowgate and all our best players sold off before the “dubbin” on their boots was dry. Ashley is a businessman who was bold enough to buy a sinking ship. He invested money, has not sold our best players (Don’t dare mention Carroll) and has brought the club back onto its feet. Now as I’ve said before, he’s not my favorite bloke but facts are facts. As for bringing in English players because of this mythical pride and passion you’re bleating on about then I’ll give you one comparison, Sholapur Ameobi who I’ve watched for the past 10 years and Jonas? Both lack ability but who’s going to put in a real shift and give a 100% for the cause? It’s an insult to our foreign players to suggest they lack passion and is born out of over zealous patriotism .

  • 61 Ericles // Sep 30, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Looks like iLovetoon8788 never saw Alf McMichael play! Those were the days when we had great players AND a manager too!.




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