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Newcastle Top Form Team – Above Arsenal And Man City

1:15 pm, Monday, December 9th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

Newcastle have won five of their last six league games, and in the club form guide the Premier League puts out – Newcastle are top of the league and ahead of Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton.

Alan Pardew after ManU 1-0 win-6382853

Alan Pardew applauds fans at end of the game on Saturday

Take a look at the form guide table, that is a running points total of the last six games, and shows which teams are in form, and Newcastle are the top form team in the Premier League at the moment with 15 points from six games – and thanks to reader Desmond for pointing out the table this morning.

At the bottom of the league are Fulham with 3 points with Sunderland second from bottom with 4 points, but of course Fulham won 2-0 at home to Aston Villa yesterday, under new manager René Meulensteen, so Sunderland need to start getting some wins fairly soon – draws will not do it for them.

And Crystal Palace have 10 points from their last five games, with three wins and a draw and 5th in the form league table.

Newcastle have won four of our last six home games, and three of our last six away games, so you cannot argue too much with that, and of course it’s the wins that are so important these days, and three times as important in terms of points as a draw.

In the olden days it used to be two points for a win, but the three  points was installed back in 1981, and the rationale was to make teams go for the win, and not be so conservative in their approach.

We’d like to see Newcastle top of the league, which last happened over Christmas of 2005, when Bobby Robson was managing the club.

But we’re not allowed to think that positively by manager Alan Pardew – so we’ll just say that should be a target – from now on.

And it would be a great time to further strengthen the squad next month, with two or three new players brought in,  and who knows – we may be able to surprise ourselves with how high up in the table we can finish this season.

And always remember – fortune favors the brave.

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40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonincheek // Dec 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Tempting fate.

    Pride . . . and all that.

  • 2 Ultra Mag-ness // Dec 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Whilst I can’t fault how well we are doing – the results speak for themselves – we need to be cautious that we don’t get complacent. Wins over Spurs, Chelsea and Man Utd are brilliant achievements but we have to keep momentum. Last time Hull were in the Prem they stormed the first half of the season but were nearly relegated. Saying that I don’t think you’ll find a happier Magpie than me at the moment!!!

  • 3 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 9, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Valid but unrelated post.

    If fellaini was 27.5 million, then cabaye must be at least 15 million.

    Not that it will help any NUFC fan. all in to ashley’s coffers.

  • 4 Mister Tuff // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Indian – if Fellaini was £27.5 million then Cabaye would be at least £35 million.
    I don’t think Fellaini is worth the money Man U spent -and still cannot understand the deal. Whilst he did OK for Everton I still do not grasp how Moyes wanted him at Man U. They perhaps need a new midfield but is Fellaini the answer at that fee.

  • 5 ilovetoon8788 // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    regarding Cabaye and Fellaini comparison

    However, speaking to beIN SPORT just 24 hours later, the midfielder suggested he may not be a part of Alan Pardew’s squad for much longer.

    “As far as I know, there has been no contact with Paris Saint-Germain. Who wouldn’t want to join PSG today?” the former Lille man, who is under contract at St James’ Park until 2016, said. “Paris make other teams afraid in Europe, more so than last season. I really hope they win the Champions League.”
    ——–

    He just put himself in the window there. We’ll know soon how much he’s worth. =)

  • 6 LEROI // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Cabaye is better than fellaini by far this season on goals assists you name it he’s better on all positive stats. last season when fellaini was playing regular football at everton he (fellaini)was on top form. so i still obviously. care more about our player than a fecking manure shyted but i do believe if fellaini was given more pitch time by moyes he wouldn’t be viewed in such a negative manner.

  • 7 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    For all Cabaye’s undoubted ability I still don’t think he imposes himself on a game as much or as often as the hype around him would have you believe.

    He will need consistently top performances in Brazil to get the £20M bid that it might take to get Ashley to sell. Whatever fee Ashley quoted Arsenal they weren’t prepared to pay it.

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    The other point about Cabaye is the Arsenal bid. He was certainly worth a damn sight more than £10 million. They surely could not have been serious with that figure were they signalling future intent.

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    bills

    he does play better for france than us….think in an arsenal type team or liverpool he would be brilliant, with us he has more to do and less quality around him than he does for france.

  • 10 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Why should Cabaye go to PSG in January and maybe not be first choice thus jeopardizing his passport to Brazil. More likely to go in the summer which in itself is going to be a strange transfer window due to the World Cup

    Well then did anyone work out who was who in the fancy dress
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/newcastle-united-christmas-party-pictures-2905776

    paul dummet – Bo selecta
    Steven Taylor – the Joker
    Santon – mickey mouse
    colocinni – American Footballer
    Gutierrez – The grich
    Mbiwa – Iron Man
    Sammy – Ninja turtle
    Debuchy – Pirate
    Krul – gasngster
    R Taylor – basket ball player

  • 11 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    TS,

    If Cabaye’s performances are so good for France then why did Arsenal only offer £10M-£12M?

  • 12 Munster Mag // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I dont think Cabaye would get in the Arsenal team to be honest.

  • 13 70TWO // Dec 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    GROUP PHOTO HAS 15 PLAYERS IN FANCY DRESS
    Superman – Anita
    Chewbaka – Sissoko
    Batman – Elliot
    Spiderman – Cabaye
    Cowboy – Shola

  • 14 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Th reason Arsenal offered 10-12 million for Cabaye was simply because they wanted him for the least amount of money possible.

    No club offer’s what is seen as being a players true worth, unless you are Liverpool or Man UTD who over pay for players

  • 15 Ancientcoptic // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Cabaye was already worth around £10+ million the day we signed him. His value has not stayed the same since proving himself in the toughest league in the world.

    Arsenal’s bid was derisory, something that is common with that club… they should really know better after Barcelona’s pursuit of Fabregas.

    You also have to remember that Newcastle are not a selling club, if we were a selling club we would sell players at their market value – you pay more for players that are wanted by their clubs.

    I think Ashley would struggle with a £20 million offer, but ultimately accept it if the player has his heart set on going elsewhere. Anything below that figure would be unacceptable, especially considering how much more a top club could get out of Cabaye, with with better coaches & team-mates.

    Man Utd desperately need a player like Cabaye, but would he want to go there… I don’t think Rooney & RVP are going to stay, that would bring about hard times for Man Utd.

  • 16 Shola Pure Legend // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Virgin poster here chaps.

    We are nowhere near a top 4 team yet like but things are looking very good indeed. Debuchy looks like a top right back now he’s settled in nicely a have to say. A reckon we’ll beat Southampton on saturday then Crystal Palace and that would be unreal. The Pardew haters would have to get off his back then no doubt about it.

  • 17 Shola Pure Legend // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Munster Mag your off your nut Cabayes in a different class to Flamini and Arteta he’s got a few years on them aswell. Cabaye will go in the summer after a good world cup to PSG sticking stick 20mil plus in fattys sky rocket a think.

  • 18 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Cabaye is worth £20m + and unfortunately we are a selling club, we may not have sold any players (except Carroll) but we openly tell everyone that players have their price at the club, this is a fact we just have to accept. Arsenal’s bid was derisory because they know we wanted to sell….I honestly think the lad wanted to leave and WE offered the player to Arsenal and they bid £10m, it’s the only logical explanation for the player to say you have to ask JFK what happened!!

    If someone bids £20m for either Cabs, HBA, Tiote, Krul these lads would be sold. I club that isn’t a selling club would say no!! Cabaye is certainly worth more than Felliani, think Moyes would prefer to play his Everton Style and go long to Felliani

  • 19 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Ancientcoptic – I don’t think Rooney & RVP are going to stay, that would bring about hard times for Man Utd.

    Rooney and RVP are the only two top class players at ManU now. If one or both of them go, and even if they stay, ManU might have a real problem persuading the top players to sign that they need to get back as title contenders.

    RVP carried them to the title last year imo but when you look at their squad now it is full of nearly men like Nani, Anderson, Hernandez, Young and Carrick, oldies like Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic and Giigs and to top it their last two signings are Zaha and Fellaini who are nowhere near top Champs Lge standard.

    They have major problems imo.

  • 20 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Our Toon

    To be honest the only difference between our transfer policy and that of other clubs is that we are open about saying that every player has his price, as you could buy any player from any club if you offer enough money.

    As long as that seeling price is higher than his actual worth i.e. Carroll, I have no problem with it as long as the money is reinvested in the squad

  • 21 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Prophet Ketsy. The nightmare has come true.

    Btw aren’t we top of the league performance vs. squad cost as well?

  • 22 Shola Pure Legend // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Moyes is a yellow teethed ginger jock who is a very average manager at a horrible football club which everyone hates. Sacked by January Moyes is and will end up at Doncaster or somewhere like that in the future.

  • 23 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Moyes is just like fellow scotsman Alex Mcleish, just slightly better.

  • 24 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Shola Pure Legend

    Moyes is a top class manager in the impossible position of following the greatest manager any of us will ever see.

    He was on a hiding to nothing the second he sign that contract as if they finish 1st or 2nd in the league or make to semi’s or final of the Champions League he will be seen as a failure

  • 25 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    * if the don’t finish 1st or 2nd *

  • 26 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    70TWO
    cheers for filling in the missing ‘Superheroes’

  • 27 Toon Tang // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    a picture tells a thousand words eh.

  • 28 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    JB

    I have no issues with selling for high prices, but clubs will keep the backbone of a team together though irrelevant of the bid (unless Bale type money) to replace Cabaye it would cost £20m + though. By openly inviting bids we just end up unsettling players, clubs are not like Liverpool and won’t get mugged off!! Arsenal bidding £10m we leaked that to start a bidding war and it backfired, depriving us of a player for the start of the season, I don’t believe for 1 second that Cabaye didn’t want to play, I do believe we wanted to cash in on him and didn’t want to risk that commodity by injuring him (fans talk about player loyalty)!!

  • 29 Mister Tuff // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Talking about pictures. The Star published a photo (from BT) showing Fellaini texting on his mobile just before half time. I would suggest a bad attitude having no interest in how his team mates were doing. Mobiles should be banned -pitchside on matchdays. Link to Star photo:-
    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/354927/SNAPPED-The-moment-Man-Utd-flop-Marouane-Fellaini-started-TEXTING-during-Newcastle-game

  • 30 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Fergie left because he knew the squad had it and he couldn’t rebuild it again, quite crafty but he knew the Man United couldn’t dominate the transfer market because of Citeh, Chelsea, PSG, Monaco, Real, Barca. He’s not daft that team he left is shocking yet won the league last year due to in fighting at Citeh and Di Matteo / Rafa debacle!! As for his achievements domestically fantastic but his club was the dominant force in the transfer market, European stage he only won Champions League twice. I would say Mourinho is a better manager, winning the league in 4 different countries and 2 CL wins

  • 31 JackButler // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Our Toon

    I have no worries about us replacing a player like Cabaye as Carr has shown time and time again that he is capable of unearthing gem’s at almost every turn for very little money.

    100% agree that the way Pardew continually talks about players able to leave for the right price (or words to that effect) is wrong, unsettling and sends the wrong message to the fans, we all know that is the way we are run and he doesn’t need to speak about it everytime a transfer window is about to open.

    Also, I said from day one that I didn’t believe that Cabaye had gone on strike as the guy played through last season while suffering depression and someone who does that isn’t a person or professional who simply goes on strike to force a move. He was held back to protect him from injury to allow any potential move to go through

  • 32 bills-son // Dec 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Our Toon,

    Saying we are openly inviting bids is just your opinion.

    The ‘every player has his price’ came after the AC sale when Pardew told fans he would not be sold. Nobody at the club though Lpool would offer £35M and at that price – since proved correct – it was the right decision to sell.

    The club know our top players will attract Champs Lge clubs and that they will most probably want to go – but they will only go for more than they are worth ie., our price, not the buying club’s.

    As Jack Butler says in that respect we are no different to other clubs outside of the elite few and because Ashley doesn’t need the money our selling prices are probably higher than most.

  • 33 kenzie // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I think cabaye has an inflated opinion of himself, he cant cross and doesnt score many. He isnt consistant enough to be an automatic starter at supposedly big clubs. Shame he doesnt have the loyalty that some of our lads have. I wont be too bothered to lose him if we get a good price. So sick of him whining on about missing the champions league and the appeal of other clubs. People like him who dont understand what a great club this is can just leave asap

  • 34 Baddeley // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Nice too see we are top of the performance table but as with everything you can prove almost anything with statistics, all the lads need to do is concerntrate on the pitch and keep the positive results rolling in. As for Cabaye, if hes shop windowed himself then MA needs to maximise what we can get for him (I say about £25 Mill), regardless it would be a shame if he went.

  • 35 AaranD // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Unless you are a team in the upper echelons in Europe, you are always going to be suspect-able to bids for players. Every player has their price and that’s fair enough if another team wants them so much then they can pay the price, on this front Ashley wont be messed around.

    Ashley has always played hardball with clubs trying to buy the players and wont settle for anything thing less than he thinks is right. I just hope he becomes a little more flexible when we actually try to sign players ourselves.

  • 36 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Kenzie

    We are a good club to be at but make no mistake we are lucky to have the likes of Cabaye, He has the most assists and is guaranteed to get 6 or 7 goals in our team, imagine what he could do with a CL standard team with better players around him!! Loyalty works both ways mate, as long as we aren’t in the CL we will always be a stepping stone for players of his ilk who have ambition to play at the highest level!!

    Bills Son – Every transfer window the Pards PR machine rolls into town with the usual drivel of “hope we can hold onto our key players” or “hope we don’t receive big offers for key players” that isn’t my opinion it’s a fact!! The 2 reasons we do that is…. 1: ensure everyone knows that our players have a price on their heads (inviting bids) 2: To hide away from the lack of investment and say look we didn’t sell anyone.

  • 37 Spoof // Dec 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    ignorance is bliss, we are a mid table team who are doing exceptionely well due to a manager who can get the max out of those who he has available to him, we are not a good team what we have is a good manager, who is maximising our potential, and what a difference it makes, look at Man U now compared to last season, that is purely due to the manager, look at us, Pardew is doing a grand job, lets give him the vocal support he deserves

  • 38 Ancientcoptic // Dec 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    If I remember rightly, it was less than a year ago that Alex Ferguson was saying this Man Utd squad was possibly his best since being at the club.

  • 39 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 10, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 10, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    I think there is quite a bit of through to that interview…. I think last year took a toll on cabs if I’m honest and for a lad who is used to competing for titles in France not playing to avoid the drop and with the shananigans and horrible summer window from our owner he probably thought like the rest of us that this season may be more of the same when we got started…. I think he was down and got his head turned by Vanger the biggest hypocrit who is the first to cry foul if somebody does something to arsenal, but he waits until the day before the season opens to rattle cabs in hopes we would rid ourselves of the trouble and let him to on the cheap… He is as bad as the bloody bindippers!!!! I think now that cabs sees we have a squad fit to compete and we have something to play for and how well he is doing with France he will at least see the season out!!!

  • 40 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 10, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    And cabaye is at least on par with falaine, I would ask for Andy Carroll money, we built a 5 place squad off the sale of that lad!!!!????




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