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This Is Now Starting To Pay Off Big Time At Newcastle

2:56 pm, Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 77 Comments

Who would have though that we’d get a full 6 points out of our games with Chelsea and Tottenham in the last two games and not concede a goal, and to think we did that without the likes of Fab Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Steven Taylor in the starting line-up.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa covering Roberto Soldado yesterday

So it seems as though things are starting to change at Newcastle and we now have real competition for places in most areas of the side, and that’s paying off big time with some excellent performances coming from the likes of Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Cheick Tiote, whose starting positions are under pressure from other players.

Competition for places pushes players to be at their very best in every game,  because they know a poor game and they could be out of the starting line-up in the next game.

As we mentioned this morning too, January is a good time to bring in another two or three good players to further add to the competition for places, and who knows – we may even be able to have a decent season again.

It will be interesting to see if we do bring in some new players in January, and it will help us gauge the ambitions of owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear.

Here’s hoping they do the same as last January, especially since we brought only Loic Remy in on loan in the summer – but of course he’s been just fantastic in Newcastle colors so far this season.

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77 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    It’s a shame it almost took us a relegation for the fatman to listen to the footballing people at the club and realise you need more than one player for each positio.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Do you think we’ll see Mbwia at LB with Santon moved over to the right against Norwich with Debuchy being suspended.

  • 3 DokToon // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    JfA…

    blasphemy sir!! :)

  • 4 stretchintoon // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    No suprise about cisse tho,he needs selling quickly,lets try and get ba back,ba & remy up front…that id like to see.

  • 5 JackButler // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Can anyone actually see us spending anything in January if we sitting pretty in mid table???

    Last January’s spending spree only came about as our position in the league was under serious threat

  • 6 Belfast // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I actually think Willamson and Mbiwa is our best pairing.
    Colo is better than both of them, but I think Mbiwa looks far more solid alongside Willamson.

    Also Tiote has looked much better since he got the armband, and should keep it on a permanent basis, in my opinion.

  • 7 Belfast // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Absolutely no chance Butler. If we’re 9th in January we wont spend a penny unless we sell somebody.

  • 8 pottsclock // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    We may not buy in January but I think we will. When we were doing well with just Ba in the season we finished 5th, Cisse arrived in January.
    I think we do business when it is good business to do and if the need is there. The need is there due to Cisse’s form and Remy’s probable departure in the summer. The question is whether the right person is available for the right price but Ashley may take the view that he’d rather spend in January than in the summer when the competition is greater.

  • 9 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    JB…probably if MA can see himself making an investment ;)

    …I still think he preparing for a sale (as long as he can get out with his dignity intact) …that’s the hard part!

  • 10 JackButler // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    pottsclock

    There are good deals in the summer and yet again we over looked them, can’t see what the difference is between the summer window and january’s?

    Spend to survive not to succeed

  • 11 JackButler // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    jesper

    Agree he’s looking at the exit and will go as soon as he can recoup his money……………as for going with his dignity intact……………….there’s no chance of that happening as that ship has sailed and he’ll never get it back after the shamble’s he’s created

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    JB…hence the hard part ;) lol

  • 13 JackButler // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    jesper

    Thats not hard it bloody impossible

  • 14 pyunky // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Bambams, try Optajoe on Twitter for Goalkeeper stats. Not sure how far they go back.

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Potts
    In all fairness though we tried to get cisse in the previous January window!

  • 16 Ibizatoon // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    NUFC transfer policy is quite simple really.

    If we NEED players as relegation looms, we will buy. Other than that, only if there is a deal to be had (and that deal wont get better in say 6 months).

    Can’t really think of any of our transfers that fall outside of those conditions.

  • 17 scout // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    He won’t invest heavily, why would he? we are never gonna get top 4 and the squad is too light for Uefa cup.
    We just plod on not really getting anywhere, that’s our motive. Ash will be happy with that IMO people who are saying spurs only get 30 odd thousand, try looking at the prices to get in. You won’t see a premiership game in London for the 15 notes we charge. I pay 9 to watch non league stuff.
    We have had a good start, people are never happy. We start well and you want more players. Look at the teams with massive additions most are taking time to bed in.
    Just enjoy the good start and don’t get carried away

  • 18 scout // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    If the main man really wanted to pi.. The fans off in January you know he could. There’s quite and valuable squad in place now which they seem content to keep

  • 19 JackButler // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    scout

    He’s only content to keep the squad we have until the right offer comes in. Every player is for sale with no assurance of any being reinvested

    Don’t forget that if Arsenal offered the right amount in the summer Cabaye would no longer be here

  • 20 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Spending to get intop the top four is a spending balancing act.
    take a look at the four tables below and see how much teams have spent in the last five years to getin/stay in the top four never mind stay in the Premiership.
    last years top four in the last five years have spent 1.647 billion to stay in the top four and the spuds and Liverpuddle over £300 million to get into the top four.
    Spent last 5 Years Gross

    1 Manchester City £640,650,000
    2 Chelsea £390,000,000
    3 Liverpool £304,450,000
    4 Tottenham £310,900,000
    5 Manchester United £229,750,000
    6 Arsenal £188,200,000
    7 Aston Villa £179,600,000
    8 Sunderland £153,630,000
    9 Stoke City £99,825,000
    10 Newcastle £93,150,000
    11 West Ham £81,850,000
    12 Southampton £75,350,000
    13 Everton £63,500,500
    14 West Bromwich A £50,745,000
    15 Fulham £50,580,000
    16 Swansea £48,455,000
    17 Hull City £41,525,000
    18 Cardiff City £29,695,000
    19 Norwich City £22,750,000
    20 Crystal Palace £18,800,000

    Sold last 5 Years
    1 Tottenham £306,300,000
    2 Liverpool £220,550,000
    3 Arsenal £192,400,000
    4 Manchester City £163,700,000
    5 Manchester United £128,800,000
    6 Newcastle £118,150,000
    7 Sunderland £103,700,000
    8 Chelsea £100,100,000
    9 Aston Villa £93,600,000
    10 Everton £75,816,000
    11 West Ham £54,800,000
    12 Fulham £39,700,000
    13 Swansea £29,860,000
    14 West Bromwich A £28,810,000
    15 Southampton £14,600,000
    16 Cardiff City £12,925,000
    17 Crystal Palace £9,750,000
    18 Stoke City £8,650,000
    19 Hull City £8,250,000
    20 Norwich City £1,100,000

    Profit/Loss on transfers in and out

    1 Manchester City -£476,950,000
    2 Chelsea -£289,900,000
    3 Manchester United -£100,950,000
    4 Stoke City -£91,175,000
    5 Aston Villa -£86,000,000
    6 Liverpool -£83,900,000
    7 Southampton -£60,750,000
    8 Sunderland -£49,930,000
    9 Hull City -£33,275,000
    10 West Ham -£27,050,000
    11 West Bromwich A -£21,935,000
    12 Norwich City -£21,650,000
    13 Swansea -£18,595,000
    14 Cardiff City -£16,770,000
    15 Fulham -£10,880,000
    16 Crystal Palace -£9,050,000
    17 Tottenham -£4,600,000
    18 Arsenal +£4,200,000
    19 Everton +£12,315,500
    20 Newcastle +£25,000,000

    “Nett total divided by the 5 giving an average of the money spent in transfer fees by each premiership club each season in the last five Seasons.

    1 Manchester City £95,390,000
    2 Chelsea £57,980,000
    3 Manchester United £20,190,000
    4 Stoke City £18,235,000
    5 Aston Villa £17,200,000
    6 Liverpool £16,780,000
    7 Southampton £12,150,000
    8 Sunderland £9,986,000
    9 Hull City £6,655,000
    10 West Ham £5,410,000
    11 West Bromwich A £4,387,000
    12 Norwich City £4,330,000
    13 Swansea £3,719,000
    14 Cardiff City £3,354,000
    15 Fulham £2,176,000
    16 Crystal Palace £1,810,000
    17 Tottenham £920,000
    18 Arsenal -£840,000
    19 Everton -£2,463,100
    20 Newcastle -£5,000,000

    Conclusion for the TOON to get in and stay in the top four they are going to have to spend millions upon millions.
    and take a hit on selling on players unless they find a Gareth Bale

  • 21 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    whoops
    forgot where I got the info from: http://www.transferleague.co.uk/

  • 22 bobby mango // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    If we sign Remy permanently in Jan and no-one leaves I be happy. Very happy.

    Such is my pessimism I don’t see us getting anyone and fear Remy will be lost when his contract is up.

    A sensible policy would see us getting a complete striker and some competition at RB, a decent youngster would do.

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Nov 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Well it may be the club has decided January and not the summer is time to do business. They can get almost out of contract players or those out of favour on the cheap which fits in with low spending policy.

    I’d rather they came in during the summer but we now have a decent squad so I guess we can deal with then slowly settling in playing the odd game from January to the summer.

    Same as every transfer window with us, I don’t worry or get excited, just wait and see how it pans out and judge after.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Cisse came in January because he was cheaper but still the best part of 9mil. Could have gotten cheaper options.

    Whilst I’m no Ashley fan, and not 100% on board with the transfer policy (left ourselves short before) I think it’s hard to predict what will happen. It’s other issues to do with tradition and respect I have my issue with Ashley

    And with remy if the man doesn’t want to sign for us nothing we can do.

  • 25 giimps // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    There’s always the season ticket renewal time in February to spur on the buying of players.
    If we bought in the summer, people would want more in January if things were going poorly, if he buys in January, he can show that he’s willing to spend to keep us in the league, it will be interesting to see what happens if by January we are still in top half or higher, will he see the opportunity to get more of the huge prize money pot by finishing further up the league, or will he hold his purse strings until the money is in the bank, then sell to buy in the summer.
    Hwtl

  • 26 MosesNUFC // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Catchy

    you keep on calling the tactics for chelsea and tottenham games “negative” or defensive”

    Chelsea game-as pardew said in the first half we conserved energy we pressurised them into making mistakes, didn’t allow any time on the ball. second half-we controlled them most of the half and came away with a well deserved three points.

    Spurs game-first half, we controlled them and setup perfectly, went 1-0 up most of tottenhams shots were outside the box. second half-well what do expect, spurs losing at half time they’re bound to come out and pin any team back. But we stayed resilient, kept the spirit and there were only 2 o 3 clear cut chances from the ball bobbling round the box, but Krul was there to save them and thats what he’s there for. M’Biwa’s clearance off the line summed it up, the team spirit and fight was unbelievable, and for M’Biwa to make that clearance which looked like it would inevitably go in, is phenomenal. We came away with yet again another well deserved 3 points, and a masterminded victory by pardew and the boys.

  • 27 G // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    It is amazing how we can leave out several supposedly key men, and yet outperform the team that includes them. Just goes to show I suppose, that the best players do not always make the best team. Much as I love to watch your Ben Arfa’s of the world, we wouldn’t get very far with 11 of them (but my god it would be nice to watch!).

  • 28 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    voted defeat then posted to win and win well on blog credit where it is due a great team effort krul outstanding

  • 29 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    charlie you forgot the relegated sides in you five year extravaganza

  • 30 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    did we not drop to championship for one year ergo those figures will be out

  • 31 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    John Tudor
    I have not got the info on that but will have a look and see if the web site has the info

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Yes the win was a bit lucky as spurs had a couple chances they should have given krul no chance to save but they have him a chance.

    Whether it’s the actual finish that’s poor or the pass to set up the goal is poor, either way there own fault for not scoring.

    Against good teams no matter how well you set up and play they can still beat you. Even if we played perfect tactics to 100% effort doesn’t mean better teams like Chelsea and spurs can’t win.

    So sure we rode our luck but you can’t dominate every game even with a master tactician and the best players.

  • 33 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    and could those wins be put down to the players taking it upon themselves to try and win in their own way

  • 34 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    what would be interesting is to see those figures what the relegated clubs have spent /received

  • 35 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    John Tudor
    Takes a bit of working out but I have got the spend of each team relegated. some teams have been up and down in those years.
    profit loss on spend would take a bit of working out.

    QPR £76,450,000
    Bolton £25,050,000
    Blackpool £5,925,000
    Birmingham £39,675,000
    Reading £12,859,000
    Wigan £55,300,000
    Blackburn £47,302,000
    Wolves £49.000,000

  • 36 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    where would we sit if those were added into those tables out of curiosity

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    John

    Look on the web link he posted and see if it’s there.

    What I think it shows is not clear. Sunderland spent a decent amount of money this summer but bought so many players none of them were of particularly high quality.

    Basically money isn’t important, what is important is getting in the right type of players you need to take the club forward at the right time.

    Spending money does work as city have proven . What doesn’t work is spending a lot of money on average players which is what stoke have.

  • 38 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    the only figures i like are 38-24-36

  • 39 Our Toon // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Lads have to say….don’t know what I was even worried about, we seem to have found a formation against the so called “better teams” which is to sit back and hit them on the counter attack, served us well against Chelsea and against Spurs. The win on Sunday reminded me of the year we finished 5th (lots of luck) we weren’t the best team out there but the players were fantastic nonetheless and still got the win. Against the lesser teams playing that way won’t work and invention will be needed, especially the next 2 home games, WBA won’t be easy either, will be interesting to see how we set up and whether we attack more because we will have to. Luck or no luck will take that all the time.

  • 40 martoon // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I like reading Catchy’s comments because he is entertaining and deliberately controversial but what he doesn’t seem to understand is there are TWO teams in a game. We don’t deliberately attack and then sit back, it’s that the other team raises their game and pushes forward. You could argue we should not allow them to do that but if we could completely control the opposition then football would be an easy game and we would win every game!

  • 41 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    most games ala arsenal, man u, chelsea and citeh

  • 42 Yohan Kebab // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    i think the money is there for us, for players who ashley believes will genuinely improve the team, and are at a reasonable price.

    i think we would have got aubameyang if he chose us.

    but ashley wasnt prepared to sanction a move for gomis who, in his opinion was not worth the money needed since he would not have been a great improvement on what we had

    i think we should be looking at a 6ft 4 plus psychopath cb and a 6ft 2 plus target man striker

  • 43 Douglas // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Chelskie were poorish and Kruls display seems to hide the fact that we were not as good as Spurs. We should be happy with a win but really need to identify and solve our shortcomings in January. Am I being sour?

  • 44 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    for some a negger for me just seeing the truth

  • 45 geordieboy83 // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Transfer sage.

    Evening mate did you see the question I asked you last night mate? If not basically I was wondering if you’re beginning to see some of the potential in mbiwa as I know you didn’t rate him particularly highly? Only a few games I know. But thought I’d ask. Cheers mate

  • 46 G // Nov 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    @43, fair comments, but as Our Toon said above, the result reminded him of when we finished 5th. One of the big reasons we finished 5th that year was because Krul had a very good season. Let’s hope this is his form kicking in, because the year we finished 5th we didn’t look like a great side, but because of our goalkeeper, we were a difficult side to beat. I’m not taking anything away from the rest of the squad that year when I say that, however, I feel Krul’s performances were key.

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Transfer
    Good summary on spending – Its quality not quantity AND getting players to play gell together as a team, and I think the TOON have ‘Gelled together’ at the minute.
    I still believe that if we had not bought Asprilla in Feb 1996 we would of won the 1995-96 Premiership as he disrupted the Toon’s style of play to accomodate.
    Anyway Happy 44th birthday Tino for yesterday

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Yohan,
    Do you really think there was any intention to sign PEA from the club that have in the past proved to have mislead the fans.

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Charlie,
    That will remain forever one footballs unsolved mysteries, you could argue that the points he won for us against Boro on his debut, Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona and that traitor Fenton cost us the title that year.

  • 50 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Jail
    If I remember Man U got a lot of 1 nils, dodgy decisions Fergie Time and a lot of luck against us at home – Schmeichel was a bit like Krul yesterday

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Charlie,
    Cantona got a few last minute goals where as we conceded them, we absolutely battered them at our place and lost 1-0

  • 52 Ibizatoon // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Right, I’ll say from the start that I know the source is suspect, however, would seem a good bit of business imo.

    Colin ?@cwarr07 Protected account 27s

    Tom Ince for 4m in Jan to replace Marveaux looking increasing likely #NUFC Good business?

  • 53 bills-son // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    JFA,

    That traitor Fenton?

    A professional footballer doing his job.

    Just like Denis Law backheeling the winner for Man City that relegated Man Utd.

    That’s the problem with reactions on this blog – way over the top – traitors, liars, scum, idiots, bstards, clueless … not to mention Mister Tuff and his threat of thrashings.

    You normally tread a reasonable line – but cone on, traitor?

    My son went to school with Graeme Fenton and his parents had dog sh1t put through the door amongst other things. Despicable.

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Ibiza…at £4M it would probably be a good buy, but you Brits seems to think so highly of yourself ;) so it might twice that lol

    …(just kidding)

    *what happened to your car by the way?

    https://www.google.dk/search?client=opera&hs=JLc&channel=suggest&biw=1920&bih=957&tbm=isch&oq=+rusty+old+car&gs_l=img.3..0i19l6j0i5i19.17311.17311.0.17525.1.1.0.0.0.0.198.198.0j1.1.0….0…1c.1.31.img..0.1.198.lKRvKp1EAck&q=rusty%20old%20car#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=-1vYwBzzCEE2KM%3A%3B6OOzVw4vf7orIM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fus.123rf.com%252F400wm%252F400%252F400%252Fpiccaya%252Fpiccaya1203%252Fpiccaya120301425%252F12668995-a-wide-angle-view-of-a-rusty-old-abandoned-car-under-puffy-blue-skies-in-the-game-reserve-of-central.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.123rf.com%252Fphoto_12668995_a-wide-angle-view-of-a-rusty-old-abandoned-car-under-puffy-blue-skies-in-the-game-reserve-of-central.html%3B1200%3B804

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    *Jesus, what happened to that link?

  • 56 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    its been eating chop suey

  • 57 Ibizatoon // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Jesper…My car sunk as soon as I left the beach. Rather odd.

    It’s not that we think highly of ourselves, it’s simply that there aren’t that many good homegrown players so any semi decent ones come at a premium.

    It’s those cheap talented foreigners who are to blame!

  • 58 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Ibiza…I know we are undermining the whole system ;) lol

    …it’s like the Polish carpenters coming here to DK and doing our job for half the money and twice as good!

    *So are you with out a car now?

  • 59 GoofyFooted // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Does anybody see this lineup against Norwich?

    Krul
    Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Colo Santon
    Cabaye Tiote
    Sissoko Benny
    Goofy Remy

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Nov 11, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Yes, it was out of order, but him celebrating like he’d won the league was also out of order.

  • 61 Ibizatoon // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Jesper…Exactly. How dare people go somewhere and do a better job for less money.

    Not sure the car discussion is still in joke mode or not? My car is fine and I didn’t really try to drive to Denmark for your birthday :)

  • 62 John Tudor // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    spuds bottom of five european leagues on shots per goals

  • 63 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Ibiza…and i find that a bit hurtful :(

    …had set the table for an extra guest so you know it! By the way th roasted duck was fantastic (I know you Brits are Turkey people)

  • 64 MosesNUFC // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    My lineup for norwich:

    Gk Krul
    Rb Debuchy
    Cb Williamson
    Cb M’Biwa
    Lb Santon

    Cm Cabaye
    Cm Tiote
    Rm Sissoko
    Lm Gouffran

    Cf Ben Arfa (Free role)
    Cf Remy

  • 65 Tsunki // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Weeeelllllllllll sorry to digress with random football and topic-related comment but…..

    On the defensive situation, how would anyone read Pardews’ comment about managing without Captain Colo? I see it this way. Pardew has been shaping a defence without our ‘talisman’ ever since the ‘IwannagohometoArgentinagate’ thing last year. The deal that kept Colo here for another year was that if he stayed until we got our back line pemutations including Mbiwa settled, he would get us through to the end of this season, still be in the frame for Brasil, and his release fee would be lower by dint of another expired year on his contract. I think the plan is going as expected, after some scares Mbiwa and the crew are starting to settle together without Colo (who is meanwhile keeping a low profile) and I think our captain will go in January or at latest summer, with very little fuss.

    Thoughts?

    Btw I still have a story to tell about Mr Colo when he does go, its not fantastic but it is interesting, I ant tell it right now because I cant afford the kind of legal assistance he can. :)

  • 66 Tsunki // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    The Brits are really the Turkey People? I knew it I knew something was wrong! Its like invasion of the freakn body snatchers!

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Tsunki….in the summer!

    …no one of importance will leave in January unless someone shows MA the money ;)

  • 68 Ibizatoon // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Jesper… :)

    Tsunki…I would say that is a very good educated guess.

    Does that lead on to, do we care, and if so, why?

    I think most of us have pretty much accepted he’s off. It’s nice to see that our back line has tightened up, but I do still feel we’re missing a CB after Colo leaves. Willo has been great, but I can’t shake the opinion that we need better in that position, which I realise is harsh on the lad, he’s done nothing wrong. Tough old business.

    Anyway, come on, spill the beans. Just blame it on Belfast if it gets you any grief.

  • 69 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    *Just change the names then it’s not slander ;) (might want to run that thought by Senor Tuff first lol)

  • 70 Tsunki // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    If the Brits are really Turkey People I guess I am stuffed.

    Alright I know it took me too long to think it up.

  • 71 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Love Remy’s salute celebration when he scores :) .

    My front line for Norwich would be :

    —-Sissoko——–Cabaye——–Tiote——–Gouffran—-

    ——————————-HBA——————————

    ——————————-Remy—————————–

    We don’t need to worry about Benny losing the ball as much in the middle of the park, plus against lesser teams we can afford to play him IMO .

  • 72 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Tsunki…way to long mate ;) …but it was quite funny lol

  • 73 Ibizatoon // Nov 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Tsunki…I’ll give you a “lol” or a “haha” in about 10 minutes.

  • 74 scout // Nov 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Jack butler
    Every

  • 75 scout // Nov 11, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Jack butler
    Name me the players who MA has sold for big money?
    Truth is everyone has a price if the cabaye bid was large enough of course he would leave its a champions league team. It’s a no brainer, if the players were leaving to join lesser sides I’d be worried.
    Look at spurs modric left for 40 million, everyone has a price.

  • 76 The next Mike Williamson // Nov 11, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    It’s strange to see Stoke have spent so much money. They don’t seem to have any valuable players

  • 77 Jeff from Benwell // Nov 12, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Jack Butler 19
    What a naive comment to make , after the weekend that saw Robin v Persie put Arsenal to the sword.
    I was at SJP when Pedro Beardsley came on for Dalglish’s Liverpool. It was a really weird feeling seeing him in all red , he got a bit of stick from the crowd , but who could blame him for signing for that great side.He has subsequently shown his love for the Toon 10 times over and probably uses a lot of what he learned at Anfield and Melwood to help our kids now.
    I think my take on it is the opposite of your regime bashing slant (at every opportunity) but rather well done Pardew for getting Cabaye back to work after his head was turned.




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