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Pardew – Better Players Than Cabaye Yesterday

2:17 pm, Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 146 Comments

It was an excellent performance from Newcastle yesterday in London and Yohan Cabaye made a big difference on his return from suspension and got the vital first goal through another link up with his French International colleague Moussa Sissoko.

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Alan Pardew entering Selhurst Park yesterday afternoon

And while Yohan is leading our Man of the Match poll, Alan  Pardew has said he though there were better performances yesterday from some other Newcastle players.

This is what Alan Pardew has said today:

“I was honest with Yohan all the way. He respects that, but the bottom line is that he’s a great character and had the X Factor for us today. You need that to stay at the top of the Premier League and he gives us that.”

“I actually thought there were better players than him on the field. Fabricio Coloccini and Mathieu Debuchy were absolutely outstanding in their positions; Cheick Tiote as well.”

“We have a team that believes in what it’s doing. We are really professional. Nobody shirks from their responsibility. They all have confidence. There isn’t anyone not doing their job.”

“It is difficult to single out players because it was such a great team effort. It was a sweet feeling for me to come back to a club that I love to see my team play so well.”

“All the stereotypes about French players are a nonsense. They were brilliant again for us today.”

Coloccini had a great game at then back for Newcastle and is approaching his best form now for Newcastle at a good time, and Debuchy continues to pout in top class performances for Newcastle,  and his defensive play has improved dramatically this month.

But a pleasing aspect of Newcastle’s recent play is the team-work and as Alan says every player puts in a good shift for the side, and that’s great to see.

Now to see Newcastle get all three points on Boxing Day against Stoke City.

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Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Mathieu Debuchy · Newcastle News · Premier League · Yohan Cabaye



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146 responses so far ↓

  • 1 clinath@ed // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Ed’s done me again…..repost,

    Who’s arguingTDS. …and, flaw? How dare you sir? Took me hours to put that together!!
    Seriously (again) any investment has to be good. It’s how it is observed to the people directly involved and the observing public.
    Last Jan we had to buy or be relegated (it could be argued), but with so many coming in they took time to gel….this happened regardless where you are in the league, eg. Spurs and Sunderland.
    But to sign players when, on the surface, you don’t NEED to, sends out the the right message to all those concerned.
    Hope that makes sense…..!?

  • 2 wolfshead@toon // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    yes cabs is a bit of a pouter haha

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    I can see part of Percy’s argument about the EL in that there is no large financial prize for winning it and if your squad in not big enough (or have enough quality) it can impinge of how well you do or do not do in the league and potentially lose millions or even battle against relegation. That having been said players want to win cups and fans want to see their teams winning something -and both probably could not care about the costs involved and whether money is made or lost.
    So I suppose the trick at SJP should be about getting the balance right for next season. Lessons should have been learnt last season – so hopefully if that is true -despite Percy suggesting the squad is better than last season -we should be improving the squad this window and in the summer with a commanding CB and at least one other quality striker otherwise we will regress.
    I hope if we are interested in loanees – it is just for the next six months -and only for players who are in international squads but who are not getting a lot of first team football.

  • 4 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Clinath

    Basically…what you’re saying is that we should sign players in every window? :-)

  • 5 Shadow_Shearer // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Our best player wants 2 leave for a bigger club, and Pardew is talkin him down from motm. Not a good idea. Just make sure he keeps his more advanced role, that’s now two in two for cabaye.

  • 6 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Munster,

    Disappointing transfer windows can mean making poor signings as well. We’ve had plenty of those under previous regimes and managers.

  • 7 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Munster

    Marketing a very talented, good looking and charming football player is hardly genius or original. And it will have been PR companies and agents that actually did it. I don’t think his track record shows calmness and professionalism.

    When you say disappointing, what would have been average last summer?

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Spurs 2-1
    Bollox!

  • 9 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    what was Hoivelt thinking… shocking own goal, not a spurs player in sight

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Lambert 2-2 what a great goal!

    Pardew use your connections make Lallana a priority signing!

  • 11 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Lamella reminds me of Luque, skill but hasn’t got the pace to make it as a winger in the Prem.

  • 12 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    great goal, How much for Lallana? LoL

  • 13 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    please don’t mention Luque… he is well and truely in the ‘not suited for the premier league’ bucket

  • 14 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Ahhhh ffs Adebayor 3-2

    Sherwood tbf showing exactly why AVB got the boot, not using the huge depth of the spurs squad

  • 15 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    There was a rumour that Levys breaking point was that AVB refused to play Adebayor. Not sure of the truth in that.

    If it is true, Levy must have a big smile on his face now

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Soldado is possibly the most underwhelming summer signing, his finishing is absolute sh1te in the PL

  • 17 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    This top 8 will surely be the top 8 at the end of the season? Probably not in that order but they’re the 8 best teams by some distance I think,

  • 18 AaranD // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Lallana isn’t an out and out winger, but he is such a classy player. Can use both feet, skillful, intelligent and isn’t all that slow has enough pace to get in front of players. Think he could slot into our side easily playing just behind Remy and in font of Cabs and Tiote.

  • 19 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    hopefully saints can find another goal, draw would be best result for us, gain 2 pts on both sides

  • 20 mindshaft // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Not sure we could afford Lallana or even if he would come to the toon

  • 21 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Spuds playing such a high line.

  • 22 Novocastrian66 // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Southampton are constantly wasting possession which is surprise for them. Normally there is an end product to their intricate passing game. They’re letting spurs off the hook.

  • 23 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I think Lallana coming here would depend on his other opportunities, surely hes on a lot less cash at Southampton than we could pay.
    Would be interesting to see the wage bill of the top 8.

  • 24 Ted Bundy // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Funny how a manager being paid millions can be detrimental to a team. AVB will probably leave our shores and look for an Italian or Spanish club, his reputation is in tatters.

    To think if we beat Stoke, our match against Arsenal is a CL 6 pointer :lol: I laugh, but I feel there’s a sense we’re their on merit this season and there’s not the giddy disbelief, as most of our fans long recognise the talent in the squad we have.

    Team selection is imperative over the course of this period. Will Pardew go guns blazing against Stoke and see Arsenal as a ‘bonus game’, opting to switch it up in that one, or think we can beat Stoke with a shuffled team and save the current winning formula for Arsenal?

  • 25 Ted Bundy // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    we’re there*

  • 26 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    davetoon,

    Other players not suited to the Prem,

    Pistone, Marcellino, Boumsong, Maric, Viana, Guivarch, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Andreas Andersson.

    Add in Luque and £60M was spent on that lot.

    There will be a few I’ve missed as well.

  • 27 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Quite right about Cabs ok he gets flavour of the month award becasue he’s trying hard to keep in focus for Brazil, but his overhit long passes and selfish attempts dont help to endear him that mmuch to me really. Lets not forget this is a want away player with an angenda who is tolerated because his ambitions currently suit our needs. Soon as he can he will plunge the clu into the search for a replacement and this blog into meltdown over who that should be, and, eventually, why we didn’t get anyone in the end. Sayng it like its going to be thats all. :)

    Debuchy because apart from a couple of abortive forsy nothing came down his flank yesterday, but he gave their LB a hernia trying to keep him at bay.

    Tiote (harsh yellow btw) also good again, yes he does have a few issues but dont take your eye away from how he controls the midfield and forward of CD. We will miss him I fear.

    And Pards is on the money with Colo, a popular figure of fun (the new Willo) for some. Good solid and imperious game which is what you want from a leader at the back.

  • 28 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    @ bills.. ahh Viana..never seen a more hyped player

    Might be unfair to add Kluivert to that list as he was almost retired and he did score that goal against Chelsea in the cup

    Then there’s 17million sick note Owen

  • 29 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Davetoon

    A huge percentage of a PL club’s income is from the PL itself so actually we don’t have that much more money than the other 13 that aren’t in the top 6. The top 6 have more because they win trophies and get into Europe. That gives them prize money and greater pull for sponsors.

    We should be able to pay a bit more than Saints but not loads. Question is, do Saints want a huge wage bill when they’re more likely to get relegated than us in the next few years?

    We’re a step up for Lallana that’s for sure, but is he either loyal to Saints or holding out for a regular CL team.

  • 30 AaranD // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Stoke aren’t great away from home and also aren’t the same bruiser side they once were, so if we stick to our passing game at home can see us taking the 3 points comfortably. Could do with a Remy goal in that get the confidence back!

    The Arsenal game should be a very interesting one. Probably the top team in the league possession wise so I’d pack the midfield and frustrate them like against Chelsea. I’m glad Tiote will be back but Ozil will not be :D!!

  • 31 Ted Bundy // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    As much as I usually like to see Spurs struggle, especially since their spending extravaganza, I’m glad Southampton have been put back in their box in recent weeks.

  • 32 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Six games without a win for Southampton.

    Pochettino just like Laudrup still has plenty to prove in the Prem.

  • 33 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    @TDS agree on prem league money although obviously the more consistency you have with league positions, the more you will get shown on tv and also pick up the end of season finishing position money.

    Still trying to work out how Sthmptn lost that game. Spurs were average at best

  • 34 Cool Hand Luke // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Gah! Spurs level on points, at least the GD is way in our favour.

  • 35 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    davetoon,

    SBR signed Viana aged 19 for £8M and Bramble aged 20/21 for £6M the summer after we finished 3rd or 4th.

    As great as Bobby was they were two bad signings and a missed opportunity to improve the team in key positions.

  • 36 jazzyp // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Afternoon lads…………….halfway through the season and everything is going well. But do we put this down to being injury free or the fact that the French contingent of last January are starting to blossom,or the fact we haven’t the Europa league to contend with.
    Personally I feel a CF is a priority as remy is only on loan,Cisse has had his day and shola bless him is not a player we should look to for the future.
    If we were to lose Cabs and Krull,Marvs,Gutti and Cisse for around the £50 mill mark and just let us all dream the fat controller reinvested it back into the squad, Imo I think this could take us to the next level and become a permanent fixture in the top six.
    I do believe with a little bit of tinkering nufc could be come great again rather than bordering on greatness that we seem to strive for !! or not.

  • 37 roy // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Drop Coloccini and Santon they are both liabilities!

  • 38 AaranD // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Hugo Viana, that goal against Feyenoord in the 1st Group Stage of Champions League ooooo good times…

  • 39 Ted Bundy // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Ah yes, Hugo Viana – once Young World Player of The Year I believe.

  • 40 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Bills

    Did you forget Cort?

  • 41 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    i have no idea what a forsy is. foray, maybe?

  • 42 Tsunki // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    SBR persevered with Cort long past when the fans could stand it any longer :)

  • 43 Ted Bundy // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Ah, just checked, it was Young European Footballer of The Year. Ya’ can forgive SBR that one, at 8m you’d regard that a snip with that kind of rep. Still think he did ok with us, just not suited to us and the league at that time.

  • 44 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    TDS,

    Cort falls into the not good enough for the Prem rather than not suited :-)

    The not suited’s have a distinct dislike of the physical side of the game but they enjoy a game of five a side.

  • 45 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Tight ass Bramble.. LoL and to think people are complaining about Collocini who is Maldini compared to Bramble

    Although you can’t use a couple of signings from all that time ago to say we shouldn’t buy now.

  • 46 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Davetoon

    Exactly exactly. That’s what I’ve been saying for ages. We need consistent top finishes to re-establish our relationship as one of the truly top teams. We need to do what Spurs have done for the last 10 years but try to do it better!

  • 47 Novocastrian66 // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Cort was a good player. Injuries was his problem particularly his hamstring.

  • 48 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Bills

    Like Bramble then? Although Bramble was probably good enough for a lower PL team and on his day was outstanding.

    We’ve had some truly dire signings at our club!

  • 49 roy // Dec 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Cort was a good player, when he changed his name to Ameobi!

  • 50 jimmysmith // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Newcastle had a lamentable period from the late 70s to the early nineties, and it’s ups and down since, that is certainly true, but please don’t use that as the yardstick to describe the club or suggest that Ashley is somehow on his way to making a silk purse out of a pigs ear, that is really quite insulting. Newcastle is and has long been one of the great English clubs.

  • 51 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    TDS,

    Tbf Bramble wasn’t that far off being a top CB.

    The problem was he had no football brain which led to mad decision making and pub player level mistakes.

    On his good days though he could look colossal and impassable. Mind, even on those days I never saw one his Beckenbauer long passes ever end up anywhere but a throw in for the oppo.

  • 52 dantoon85 // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Stéphane Guivarc’h was one of our best strikers lmao

  • 53 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Bramble was not good enough but Shola Ameobi is?

  • 54 davetoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Bramble was good 75% of the time. The problem was the lapses of concentration cost us points every season and cost Wigan later on

  • 55 JackButler // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    For all the money that we have wasted over the years the like’s of Fergie has wasted a hell of a lot more on very, very poor signings.

    Saying NUFC have made bad signings and wasted money over the years is such an obvious statement to make as every single club in the league has wasted big money

  • 56 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    jimmysmith,

    How do you define a great club?

  • 57 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    JB,

    Correct, but Fergy won titles and cups with his good buys.

    We won sweet FA despite being one of the top spenders pre Abramovich.

  • 58 Fostino // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    pity we didnt get ashly williams..great player

  • 59 jazzyp // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Bills son
    History and success would define greatness. Nobody remembers mid table mediocrity a decade ago but will remember winners and not losers

  • 60 Ciaran // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Because we haven’t won a league title since 1927 and haven’t won a domestic trophy since 1955 that means we are a small club?

    Surely if you flip the perspective you could say that it is criminal that such a big club has been so chronically mismanaged to allow that to be the case?

    Instead of accepting your lot we should be demanding better.

    In today’s money driven era we are not among the biggest clubs, but we are a very big club. If Ashley had better business sense and ability, he would, at the very least, be pulling in as much commercial and match-day revenue as Shepherd and Hall, but he has failed to do that.

    With that added money we would be able to compete with the likes of Liverpool and Spurs (who incidentally had lower income than us only 5 years ago).

    It is not our trophy-less history that has seen us unable to compete financially. It is Ashley’s stewardship of this club.

  • 61 clinath@ed // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    TDS….err, yes, I suppose I am. That would have saved a lot of typing…!
    Sorry for the satelite delay.

  • 62 jasper // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    It would be only fair to call Leeds Utd a great club but I don’t want to end up where they are. Ditto the Sheffield clubs.
    Better the devil you know than a Venky or such like. Indeed I don’t know who this knight on a white charger is that some think will appear if only they tar and feather MA and ride him out of town.
    But then this isn’t the season for casting doubt on the existence of F***** C******** in front of the children is it…….

  • 63 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    At the beginning of the season our target was top 10 (for better or for worse). As per JFK and he said the squad is clearly good enough for that.

    Can anyone see us buying anyone per that logic?

  • 64 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Boring this Swansea V everton.

    can’t see more than 1 goal

  • 65 jimmysmith // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Bills, I’d start with an overall view of its entire history relative to its counterparts and then look at its individual successes and failures, along with its support and it’s location and it’s importance in that community and in the overall game.

    Bobby Robson claimed there was no better place to play football than St James’. We are a special club, not the biggest or the most successful nor the greatest at all, but certainly I believe one of our great clubs.

  • 66 Newcastleforlife // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    not getting carried away… but i would like a Goal movie climax in real time… we taking on liverpool on the last match with cl place up for grabs and us winning with a ben10 goal……………..

  • 67 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Both time Ashley has spent money in Jan (if we can call it that)

    Jan 2010 – 6 players in, 2 on loan, 1 was already there bought.

    Jan 2013 5 players in, 1 out.

    Acts of desperation!!!

  • 68 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    jimmysmith,

    I think your second para sums it up well. Good post.

  • 69 jasper // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Turning to the transfer policy I think that the club are interested in only two types of signing.
    The first is a young promising player for a modest fee. The jury is still out on whether we have got the hang of how to sign these.
    So far as senior signings go I am convinced that they are not interested in “squad” players in the Petch mould e.g. Good enough at a pinch to fill in for an injury. Rather the intent will be to sign high quality players to improve the weakest positions. A strong CF, CB and possibly attacking midfield. Replace the weakest or ageing players with the best you can get for the role.
    Nevertheless the days of silly fees are gone. VFM is required. Furthermore the players of the quality we require are few and far between. The sort of player we want, such as Lukaku, simply isn’t for sale.
    Lastly I suspect that if a first teamer is signed in January it will be someone from right off the current radar, Remy excepted.

  • 70 Newcastleforlife // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    @Himanshu…

    MA signed cisse for >8 million when we were 7th… no sign of desperation…
    I always believed MA has ambition for club but in a contrlled way… not opening his purse wide open…

  • 71 wolfshead@toon // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    did someone say adebayor playing is like having ten men playing…. :-)

  • 72 Newcastleforlife // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    the only difference in this window as compared to last Jan will be we will be going for quality than quantity…
    and JFK in charge we can expect more english players which suits pardew…

  • 73 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    NUFC for life.

    May be not, but we needed a striker that summer. Yes BA did well but no one expected that(Not me anyways)

    Freiburg sold him cheap as they were bottom of bundesliga. great for us.

  • 74 wolfshead@toon // Dec 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    @73

    that was cisse

  • 75 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Yeah I know, that is what is written.

  • 76 wolfshead@toon // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    8 mill for us is the equivalant of madrid spending 100 mill on bale haha

  • 77 Dragon64 // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    at this moment things are going well for the toon so lets hope if there is a chance of european football next season lets hope c£shley invests into the team instead of resting on the players we already have which we done last season.
    so lets see if he has learn’t from that not going to mention champion league because there is no way we are good enough for that but wait and see and enjoy where we are at the moment so have a great christmas lads.

  • 78 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I am not expecting much in January. What about you all?

  • 79 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Here’d Man Utd are preparing a £5m bid for Mike Williamson. Would you sell him for that price?

  • 80 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    We’re after Jean Bearsejour to add competition to the left hand side.

  • 81 Newcastleforlife // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    @72…
    why would somebody pump money into the club if it is nt required unless he has ambition…

    MA always go for goood deals.. He will do the same this Jan as well with somwhere between 10-20 million will be available and 5 million on wages and agents fee…

    MA will look for
    Gomis(last year of contract)
    Finagobsson (cheap, scoring heavily, playing style like shearer)
    Luuk de jong(looking for a move)
    Ince
    remy cabella(montpellier struggling)
    Mautidi/Menez(if PSG comes for cabaye)
    Kouyate/N’kolou

    Although i would like Newcastle to
    1. Get Remy on a deal
    2. Make cabaye and Ben10 sign new deals
    3. sign N’kolou /Kouyate and Finagobson and a Physical striker who is nt under consideration for world cup but playing well for club(adrian Ramos) and ince…
    4. sell cisse(as he is nt suited for Pardew.. unless pardew go for nothing to loose approach)
    5. sell saylor(high sal, need playing time, rates himself)
    6.sell obertan(…….)
    7.loan dummet or haidara, Bgi, sammy

  • 82 Toon Tang // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    has ross barkley had nits ??

  • 83 Ciaran // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    I don’t care how much we spend, so long as the players are of the sufficient calibre required to take us forward.

    We need a strong centre-forward and a strong centre-half. If we do not sign both then that is a disappointing window.

    I do think we could benefit from probably 1 more signing on top of that but those 2 signings are essential.

  • 84 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    My gut feeling is Ashley will want to back JK and we’ll see two signings and a loan deal.

    Another CF on loan would make sense to check out in case Remy doesn’t sign.

  • 85 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Lallana is british right? then he will cost way too much money ;-)

    …why are you Brits so overprized? lol

  • 86 Graeme // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    cracking strike for Everton to lead 0-1

  • 87 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Bills…you wouldn’t want your two main strikers to be loan deals; that is not a good idea mate ;-)

  • 88 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I am completely confused when fans think we should sell players, I really don’t get this. I can understand fans preferring one player over another but unless a player disrespects the club or fans, why would we want them to leave?

    Let the club worry about the wage bill and transfer funds. I just want the strongest squad we can get.

  • 89 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Martinez is doing very well at Everton…not that I doubted he would!

    …cracking manager with a great football philosophy :-)

  • 90 Graeme // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    and a superb equalizer to follow it with!!

  • 91 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Jesper,

    I’d sign a striker and take one on loan. Should have made that clear.

  • 92 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Bills…ohh! got it :-)

  • 93 Ciaran // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    TDS

    Correct me if I am wrong, but it was you who was coming out with gems like “our wage bill is 64% of our turnover, so until we bring down the wage bill I understand why we are not signing players”

    Seems like you have had a mammoth change of heart.

  • 94 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    We need to have 2 strikers tied up in jan.

  • 95 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    So are people ready for Christmas?

    …we just drove all the way home to our family for Christmas :-)

    Is it turkey you guys in the UK are having? It is Duck and pork for some here in little DK :-)

  • 96 wolfshead@toon // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    jesper

    when scan players can cut it in the prem then you can start crowing haha

  • 97 Newcastleforlife // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    @Jesper…
    Martinez is great coach… but bad manager…
    his trasfer dealings are bad..
    he has 3 players on loan.. rest of the squad on 30+…
    and in summer he bought in mccarrthy
    alcarez
    koonee… overpaid…
    lets wait for 1 more yr…
    heitiga gone distin retired and jagielka too old and how he reacts…

    @TDS
    as a fan i hate when a player comes up and speaks like he is nt getting playing time kind of stuff….

  • 98 Transfer Sage // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    TDS

    I think it’s just because we always hear about money, balance sheets and wages in the media now so it’s something more of us consider as well. Just the current times. Also knowing how the club like to only spend within their means, which is admirable if not a little annoying at times, some just accept certain players should be moved in to make room.

    Bills

    On other poor windows. There were a lot of bad signings by previous owners and the current one. But two separate issues I feel. The club spending and then how they spend. I agree both can have the same results with buying the wrong players more damaging that not buying at all but I will never blame ours or other clubs owners for buying a player that doesn’t make it, providing they are properly scouted. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out, not suited to league, team, don’t like living abroad, etc.

    I personally don’t mind our transfer business, would prefer one or two more players but I feel that will always be the case no matter how many you could. Always feel like you want one more. We now have a good squad, not just team, so I feel we don’t need bulk buys, just add one or two genuine quality each window to continue to improve.

  • 99 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    wolfs…that is probably going to take a while then ;-) lol

  • 100 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Newcastleforlife

    If a player has been asking the manager and has had a rejected transfer request, I can understand that they might use other methods to engineer a transfer. There are some players happy to provide backup and others who would prefer to play a regular role for a lesser club.

    I can’t think of any of our players that I want to leave. I wanted Barton to go and also Owen and Marcelino.

  • 101 Graeme // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    And thats 1-2 to Everton!!

  • 102 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    TS

    Yet the same fans complain our squad is too light? I want to see players come in and if that means the likes of Obertan, Saylor and Shola move on then that’s what happens for progress. But I’d rather keep them as backup if we can afford it and they fit into the 25.

  • 103 John Tudor // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    with whips n chains

  • 104 pottsclock // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Jesper
    Ross Barkley has entered a Thomas Graveson lookalike competition. His head is completely shaved.

  • 105 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    7 wins for Swansea in 28 games since they won the league cup. First win and last win against us.

    Gareth Barry has been a great loan signing for Everton. Very good player and great organiser during a game.

  • 106 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    A gap is starting to open up between the top 7 and the rest now like .

  • 107 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    two of our alleged targets gomis and finbogosson have both scored again this weekend.just finished watching gomis playing on a plastic pitch in weather like yesterday.he scored atap in but generally played good,holding the ball up well and working hard for the team.watched pogba playing for juve earlier ,good job he did not stay at man utd he is better than anyone they have there now imo.

  • 108 Sgt. Heagerty // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Absolute dominant display from the lads!!! The draw against the saints was no disgrace as they have played the giants to draws all season or better… But with the 3 points from today that draw looks even better… I think we all agree we could have had 3 against Southampton but it wasn’t to be, this match here was important to see how we bounced back or if we had cooled off and remy many have cooled off but the rest of the lads have not…. And big props to the gaffer another spot on gameplan… I thought our midfield was dominant against palace, cabaye played great but I thought sisoko, goofy, Anita, and tiote were beasts!!!! Especially tiote breaking up play with Anita and getting the ball forward…. Debuchy my man of the match though he had free rain all day down the right flank and had some tidy defending… Another great game from collo and willo as well… All together another 3 points in the bag, onward and up hwtl!!!!

  • 109 Newcastleforlife // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    TDS….
    a player like saylor or obertan is nt going to sit at the 25 man squad they already said that… ii dont think our squad is light after last jan… it has strength and depth and it has >15 internationals…
    now the plan should be quality rather than quantity and bring youngstrers(18-21) who can cover the main team as well play in u21 league…..

  • 110 Ben3arfa // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Ross Barkley . What a player

  • 111 Harley // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    “If Ashley had better business sense, he would have…….”

    I actually just read that on here. This blog gets crazier every day.

    Keyboard warriors telling multi billionaire mike Ashley he needs better business sense.

  • 112 sweendog // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Newcastle for life .. Agreed Martinez is a good manager but poor on transfers .. No lukaku and everton would be below us .. Mind you no Remy and we’d struggle

  • 113 stuart no9 // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    just going back to pardews comments on the last thread ——’ “If they or ourselves lose two or three players, it becomes difficult. It did for us last year with the program we had.” “I think it’s fair to say that we have a team at the moment that looks dangerous. Even teams at the top wouldn’t relish playing us.”—–

    shouldnt that not be a problem ? I f he can see that losing 2 or 3 players will make it difficult now , then why not look at the areas that need strengthening ? january is not far off- so where’s the problem ?

  • 114 Harley // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I think we’ll end up with gomis this jan and that’s it.

    If no players leave I just can’t see where another player will get in to the team.

    We need a cf but don’t need a first choice for any other position IMO. The defence looks great, midfield and wings.

    I’d still love to see a winger come in with obertan and marveaux moved out but I can’t see that happening.

    I think anyone expecting a cb will be very disappointed. We can’t even keep the ones we have happy not playing.

  • 115 sweendog // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Harley they might sell Taylor and replace with the Anderlecht cb

  • 116 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    potts…Graversen always reminded me of a garden gnome :-) lol

  • 117 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    hope we can make a couple of jan signings but if we dont we have to move on .i think moving out obertan and marveaux on loan would improve the squad leaving space for reserves to come into.to many posters are worried about injuries and suspensions,that is what the squad and reserves are for. our squad is better and saw the team we put out for the reserves on friday and the reserves in a friendly 2years ago same day .15 out of 16 have left and we are stronger.

  • 118 Newcastleforlife // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    @112
    I wasnt meaning that…

    i just wanted to coveey that he lost their best player to manu and they nly bought in 4 wigan players…

    i was just trying to say that martinez is a manger with lack of proper forward thinking and a bad eye in transfer window but want to make decisions in window… he is a fantastic coach…. not great in press conference either…
    and good in player management

    for me a great manager has to tick these 4 boxes..

  • 119 Harley // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Sweendog

    They may just do that but someone will have to be sold for someone coming in. If we do sign a cb it will be because a cb is going out.

    I’d be a bit sad to see Taylor go. I’d like him to knuckle down and wait for his chance like willo did. At least he knows now he’s not automatic choice which may benefit us.

  • 120 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Harley,

    Agreed, the way Willo and Mbiwa have performed this season a CB is only needed if we know Colo is going.

  • 121 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Or Taylor!

  • 122 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    They are showing Coming to America here in DK in a few hours :-)

    …what a great movie that is lol

  • 123 p // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Couple of key signings + remy on a permanent dea would probably get us top 6 or better.

    However, expect routine signings only – people like gomis on the cheap or development squad players

  • 124 Harley // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Bills

    For me willo has been our player of the season. I never thought I’d say that but he’s been immense.

    I don’t know what he’s doing different but whatever it is its working!

  • 125 Harley // Dec 22, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Actually no debuchy has been my player of the season, with willo 2nd.

  • 126 jimmyxavi // Dec 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Tickled me when people were saying that we could get Lallana.. 1 – He’s English 2 He’s Southampton’s captain 3 He’s one of the best English players in the league 4 The group that own Southampton are valued at more than £3billion..

    Lallana will go to the world cup, he will be valued by Southampton at more than £15m which is more than MA will ever pay!

    We can all dream.. and that’s exactly what it is! You forget that our board doesn’t match that of a 6th place team! It’s madness that some of you are actually serious in thinking Lallana should sign for us!

  • 127 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 22, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    My Stand out players this Season. ‘Iron Mike’ Debuchy and Goufron,

    followed by Tiote, Cabaye

  • 128 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Dec 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    I don’t think we need Lalana unless we sell one of our current midfielders.

    Would be hard to keep everyone happy when you have to choose from Cabaye, Anita, Sissoko, Tiote and Lallana. I’d rather we give Bigi and Abeid more of a run if we do find ourselves short in Central midfield due to injuries.

    There is also Mbiwa that can fill in for Tiote as a CDM and forgotten man Marveux that can play as a CAM. Gutti can also do a half decent job as a CM.

    I reckon we should make Remy a permanent if possible… even if it involves a player swap. Saw someone here mention that QPR want Stevie T. I’d sacrifice him for a swap deal if it meant securing Remy.

    We should get a young winger with potential, as Obertan just does not cut it and a young striker, 20-23 years of age.

    Tired of Cisse’s lacklustre displays and Shola isn’t getting any younger. Campbell hasn’t impressed me at all when he has played for the first team. He needs to go on loan and get experience in the Championship first imo, bags of potential, but still too early imo.

    What’s happened to Guidetti? Perhaps we should inquire about him?

    Remy Perm, Guidetti Loan?

    Also, In my honest opinion, Goofy should be heavily considered for the france squad. Not as a starter, but on the bench… his workrate and defensive duties alone would benefit them immensely, especially if they are trying to defend a slender lead. Deschamps must have a grin on his face right now, watching Sissoko and Cabaye combine twice now to score vital goals.

  • 129 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Harley @ 125,

    Agree on that as well :-)

    Anita has made me eat my words. I still think he is too lightweight to play as one of a two man central midfield but as part of a three or five he is very effective.

  • 130 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    We’ll be lucky to keep hold of Willo with Man Utd sniffing.

  • 131 Harley // Dec 22, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Charlie

    I’d stick sissokho in there too.

    Anita one bites

    I noticed guidetti was on the bench yesterday but didn’t get on. I cannot see how he’ll ever make it at city without a loan to a premier league club so I’d welcome him with open arms.

    Bills

    I like Anita too, a really near and tidy player. Def works better as a midfield 3.

    Things are really starting to look bright for us. Something really bad must be round the corner lol!!!

  • 132 Blofal // Dec 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I think the difference this season is 100% Willo. Having a big man up back winning the high balls (and not giving away goals) has made our defense far more resilient.

    Last season we were leaking goals left right and centre and that just crushed the spirit of the team.

  • 133 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Harley
    The only reason didn’t put Sissoko in there is I thought he started the season slowly but in the last month – six weeks he has shown his true potential – ‘a beast’

  • 134 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Love the way a certain poster has posted 3 or 4 messages “inviting” a response, and he has been completely ignored. I wonder why?

  • 135 clinath@ed // Dec 22, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Quasi….coz he fcuks up the blog

  • 136 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 22, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    anita obd abeid is on loan in greece which is his level,remy is due to report to the police in feb we wont sign him until after something is sorted as he could be doing porridge. gudetti was off sick for most of last season and may not have recovered his form of 11/12.imo

  • 137 Transfer Sage // Dec 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    1949

    remy wouldn’t be signing til the summer even if he was totally cleared. He is an ambitious lad and won’t sign for us now, knowing he could in the summer anyway as well as assessing his other options…if he continues to play well and score he might get a move to a ‘bigger’ club or a one paying him double.

    I think that’s fine, rather have ambitious players who push to progress themselves, even if it means we only have them a few years than some who just are happy to continue at us and not push themselves on.

  • 138 Transfer Sage // Dec 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Bills and Harley

    I still have a problem with anita that he hasn’t developed one main skill yet. Neither attacking, defensive, a quarterback type, a goal scorer….he does the basics very very well, and as you say is good as part of a 3, less effective as a 2 but i don’t mind him playing….he keeps us ticking and we don’t have anyone better in that position.

    Ben Arfa impressed me a lot when he came on, seemed to take on some responsibility and played well in the number 10 role…shows if we lose cabaye to injury or sale we have somebody who can do a job off the front man with our other CM’s behind him.

  • 139 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    TS,

    Anita plays very quick one touch accurate short balls that look simple, but aren’t. David Batty did the same thing but alot of his were backward or sideways whereas Anita plays a forward ball whenever he can.

    He’s like the oil in an engine. He doesn’t supply the power but he keeps the parts that do moving.t

  • 140 Transfer Sage // Dec 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    bills

    Yeh i do know what you man. I just feel that what he does, although not easy, is what most prem players should be doing, especially those of a technical nature like cabaye, ben arfa, etc.

    I think he always does a good job, very rarely over 90 minutes do i think he performs badly, I just think for him to become the top player and put those quick passing skills to full use he needs to add another element to his play..whether defensive or offensive, he needs to step up a level. Especially to get in that Dutch side, he hasn’t featured for them now for 3 years.

    I’m not trying to put the lad down, or say I don’t like him, just want to see him move on another level

  • 141 Transfer Sage // Dec 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    should read mean not man in first sentence

  • 142 martoon // Dec 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Just been scanning through tonights comments – can I say it’s really nice to see good old football debate – not everybody agrees but no slagging off.
    This has probably been mentioned before but it must be a while since we won by 3 clear goals in the premiership. At least a couple of seasons ago I would imagine.

  • 143 clinath@ed // Dec 22, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    You could argue that that Anita brings more to the team than just a good individual performance..!

  • 144 bills-son // Dec 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Palace fans on their forum saying our fans were the loudest and best they’ve had so far this season.

    Also one saying we were the fattest too!

  • 145 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Anita in the midfield contributed largeley to the fact we had close to 70% posession, away from home as well.

    The trio of Cabaye, Anita & Tiote just seems to work in away games as it stops us getting overrun and collapsing as a team. IMO we should play 5 in midfield every away game and then revert to a more attack minded 4-4-2 at home, pairing Remy with either HBA or a new striker to come.

  • 146 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Who f@cks up the blog?




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