Things Coud Be Coming Together At Newcastle

Vurnon Anita is a good example of a player who needed time to adjust to the Premier League,  and although he played 37 times with one terrific goal last season, he was rarely a starter in the side, but  he has managed to adjust his play at Newcastle.

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Mathieu Debuchy – in action against Liverpool

This season he has looked a very good player and a good buy at around £6.5M, and we always have to realize that it takes time for players to settle in at Newcastle, some longer than others.

That’s also been true of the five Frenchmen we brought in during the January window, but there are now definite signs that all five players are starting to adjust to the rigors and demands of English football.

And it was no more apparent than against Chelsea on Saturday, when four of those players – Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko all started and all had good games.

And Mathieu Debuchy was the Man of the Match and the best player on the field against Chelsea.

Add to that,  the fact that the missing Frenchman Massadio Haidara had played very well in the first half in the previous game against Manchester City and came off injured at half time, and all five Frenchmen seem to be starting to play at or near their best form for the Magpies.

And the very fact that four of the five started the game last Saturday suggests they have been good buys for the Tyneside club.

So maybe if they keep adjusting this season, we could even do very well in the league and become more consistent than we’ve been up till now.

The key is for Newcastle to play solidly in every game, and while the game at Tottenham this Sunday is a tough one, the twp games following against Norwich City and West Brom at home, are two games we should be able to win, and anything but 6 points from those games will be a disappointment.

We’d be happy with 6 points from our next three league games, before we have to travel to Swansea and Manchester United.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m trying to be optimistic for Spurs game & to be fair a lot of fans on here are being positive. However looking at all the facts its quite difficult to be positive, yes we beat Chelsea but that was by far the worst Chelsea performance I have seen for a long time, but we were decent. We’ve lost badly to Citeh, Everton (Could have been worse if they hadn’t taken the foot off the pedal) & Scum all 3 away performances don’t fill me with great confidence. Cardiff = Jekyll and Hyde 2nd half was one way traffic and we were fortunate to get away with 3pts. Spurs may not score much at the moment but they also don’t concede many.

  • Rainrix

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Yup so moral of the story? Don’t write off players after a few bad performances!

  • Rainrix

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Our Toon… Spurs haven’t clicked in an attacking sense yet. Understandable as most of their front 6 are new. Thats one of the main reasons I’m optimistic but depending on which newcastle shows up they could well hand out a hiding. A draw would be a decent result. In terms of our jekyll and hydeness it would be more likely we beat spurs then get thrashed by norwich 🙂

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4

    our toon – Tubbs does indeed own Firetrap. They got into financial difficulties and Tubbs “rescued” them. Upon the acquisition – Tubbs sold the remaining stock and below wholesale prices – thus seriously exposing other companies who were stockists. He then made sure all those who had existing orders fulfilled those contracts -however by this time the Firetrap goods quality had reduced as Tubbs was now making Firetrap branded goods in his normal tat sweatshops. The quality has reduced massively. I personally would never ever buy anything branded as Firetrap. Firetrap needless to say will not be paying for the LED adverts at SJP.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Can see a narrow defeat to Spurs but hopefully victories over Norwich and West Brom. Which would leave us in roughly the same position as now.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    I never write the players off but I defo write the manager off to get tactics right. I’ll credit him that he got it right for Chelsea but that was mainly because of ET against Citeh on Wednesday, bit like the formation he stumbled upon when we finished 5th (only to abandon for following season). Spurs have dropped point at home to West Ham (lost) and drew with Chelsea but they beat Hull, Norwich and Swansea (they have lost once in last 6 games and we have lost 3 in that time)

  • tarie4

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    the 1st 45 mins will be key on sunday..if we can subdue them and keep it at nil all…i think their fans will turn on them the longer the 2nd half goes with the scores level…i know we will score 1 atleast..we do have goals in us atm the trick is to stop them scoring.. would take a draw right now tho..

  • Our Toon

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Mister Tuff, Makes perfect sense….this company went into obscurity and now is plastered around a ground because its owned by HIM!! Absolute disgrace!!

    Our away performances have been shocking this season, they were last season as well…all I’m saying is that Spurs have played well this season, even though they have lacked the goals…. someone is going to get a hiding there soon. If they haven’t clicked yet as some say on here, then surely it’s only a matter of time and surely they must be title contenders as they grind results out when not playing well (signs of a good team)

  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Vurnon is in such fine consistent form, I would not mind Arfa being relegated to the bench in favor of Anita starting… that being said… how will we fit 4 CM’s into the starting line up when all.. including Tiote who seems to have come back from hiding, after a season and a bit of utter disappointment.


    When everyone is fully fit?

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think there ever ws that much wrong with the squad.

    Pardew successfully deflected blame elsewhere to mask his own deficiencies in bringing the best out of them.

    If Chelsea is the start of something and Pardew is finally changing his stance on how we play then great and I couldn’t be happier. I guess Sunday we’ll find out.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    12bishopblaize // Nov 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Our renaming was never a fixture, only a Publicity stunt that went in a lot of favours (the Club, the Town and of course Ashley soon became a Billionaire that same year)
    For a business man and club owner he must be lapping it up.
    The ONLY difference between this sector is that a Collection of Supporters/Fans reject his every move Even when we Winning! LoL

    Exactly how did the club and city benefit from the stadium renaming?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    Cracking line up and exactly how I’d like to see us line up vs spuds, but the 442 has been working and I can’t seem him moving away from it

  • bobby mango

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Don’t think anyone can predict us at the moment.
    Only game I felt positive about (Hull) we lost.
    Against Chelsea I was certain we’d lose and we won.

    Agree if we get 6 points from this next 3 games it be a (very) good haul.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    My worry is that Spurs have only conceded 5 goals this season, 3 of them to West Ham. 7 clean sheets in the league and last night conceded there first goal in Europa League. I can’t remember the last time we kept consecutive clean sheets. the only other teams to score against them were Arsenal at emirates 1-0 and Chelsea 1-1

  • gazza85

    Nov 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    I just want to see us have some level of stability on the pitch…. we are a true Jekyl and Hyde team atm. As good as we were against Liverpool and Chelski we were a shambles against Everton, the Skum and Citeh (1st game not cup).

    Its exciting and frustrating in equal measure tbh…. if we play as we can regularly then we could push for around 6th-8th but I could also still see us dropping the other way and floating just above another relegation scrap.

    As for Tottenham I’m quietly confident however thats when we usually go and get stuffed…. so I’ll predict us to lose 3-0 and the opposite should happen 😀

  • Sav

    Nov 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Gonna miss Debuchy and Cabs when they get their inevitable suspensions soon. Both on 4 cards at the minute. Need to take a leaf out of Tiote’s book for discipline as both these Frenchmen are guilty of a couple of petulant ones. Still, when they do have to sit one out, its great that there’s the likes of Anita, Haidara and Mapou Yanga M’Biwa to cover and press for places.


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