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We’re Very Much On The Ball With The January Window

1:43 pm, Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 135 Comments

Alan Pardew has said today Newcastle are very much on the ball when it comes to the January transfer window, and that being the case, hopefully we have one or two good players lined up – and we may have already made offers for those players – that’s the hope in any case.

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Alan Pardew - ready for the January transfer window

This is what Alan has said today in the local press:

“We took Papiss two years ago which pushed us on and last year in an emergency,  we took four or five that we didn’t really want to do. They’ve still worked out well for us.”

“Graham Carr and Joe Kinnear and myself and the owner are very much on the ball with the January window coming up.”  “Hopefully we can keep it all together and improve on it because the window’s opening.”

“And there might be an opportunity for us to galvanize ourselves and make ourselves even stronger.”  “Absolutely it makes it easier to attract players.”

It’s interesting that we’ve done well in the last two January transfer windows, because it’s usually difficult to get players away from their clubs in mid-season.

But there seems to be some confident words coming out of the Newcastle manager this morning – but we suppose we shouldn’t read too much into them.

We’d like to see a good striker brought in during January, so at the very least he can get acclimatized to the Premier League in the next five months or so – and then be ready for next season.

Somebody like Tom Ince of Blackpool would also be a very decent buy, since Tom has a knack of putting the ball into the back of the net and he’s English too, and his contract runs out in the summer, so we could get him for a decent price.

This season the 21 year-old has 6 goals in 13 appearances for Blackpool.

We may be able to have another successful transfer window coming up, and that linked to the excellent form being shown by the team should keep us flying high.

Comments welcome.

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135 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JAMSHA // Dec 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    they wont even score against us :-P

  • 2 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Ed’s article on 1st Feb

    We dropped the ball this january – pardew

    Then we beat the dirty Mackems 5-0

  • 3 bills-son // Dec 23, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Jail,

    Remy had a sell on clause if QPR got relegated which meant he held all the bargaining power. Nobody would sign him in the summer because of the rape case and if he refused to agree to a transfer if and when he is cleared we either backed out of the loan deal or took pot luck. Not the usual loan deal and no fault of JFK’s

  • 4 pottsclock // Dec 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    For him to make that comment, he needs to be pretty sure that someone decent is coming in through the door…

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Dec 23, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Bills,
    Where are you getting your info from, I think it was a balls up from the start.

  • 6 croftus5678 // Dec 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    fingers crossed for ince and a striker please.

    2milfor saylor would be good so we can spend that on a younger cb to develop.

  • 7 bills-son // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Jail,

    What info? The release clause? Google it and you’ll find Remy had a release clause of under £7M if QPR got relegated.

    If we refused to sign him because of the rape case he could just say – fair enough I’ll come on loan but I won’t agree to sign if I get cleared. That forces us to either sign him immediately, agree to his loan terms or not take him on loan.

    Makes sense to me and exactly what I would do in his situation.

  • 8 JAMSHA // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    i hope we get ince.. mayb a swap for gosling or obertan

  • 9 Ciaran // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Bills

    No chat of a release clause of under 7 million if QPR got relegated. All mindless speculation once more.

  • 10 toon22 // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Cisse replaced by De Jong
    Shola stays till the summer then replaced by Andy Carrol
    Ben Arfa replaced by Ince
    Remy signs with Taylor going the other way.

    At the very least we need to cut some of the dead wood out of the squad and replace with people who can push those currently playing each week.

  • 11 bills-son // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    The Telegraph 1st August 2013

    “I don’t think he [Rémy] will go on loan,” said Redknapp, who hijacked Newcastle’s deal to sign the France international back in January on the day he was due on Tyneside for his medical.

    “I can’t see any sense in it. I don’t know why we’d pay £8m and then loan him out. If he was to go, someone will have to pay for him. He has a buy-out clause, and we want our money back.”

    Direct from the horses mouth.

  • 12 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Bills
    I would be amazed if Remy signed for us anyway unless we get champions league football. The guy will be using us as a stepping stone towards a bigger club with more ambition than what we can offer, So enjoy him while he is in the shirt I say. I would love it if I am wrong but seriously this position at nufc is lacking to say the least

  • 13 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    toon22
    afternoon pal.Would you seriously put ince in front of ben arfa-brave call my friend………brave call

  • 14 Munster Mag // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    fair enough bills. hope all well with you and u too ciaran. htl

  • 15 Ciaran // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Bills

    He has a buy-out clause, but there is no suggestion that it is under 7 million pounds, nor that it became active when QPR got relegated.

  • 16 Ciaran // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Munster

    Back in the emerald isle once more, couldn’t be better! Haha

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Toon 22

    Is that the andy carroll’s whose lifestyle means he misses half a season, every season !!

    Have you learnt nothing from Liverpool? Rodgers made a point of getting rid of carroll as he wanted to play football, not hoof ball and the rest with suarez is history.

    We finally are playing some stuff on the deck these days as pardew has at last tumbled to the fact we have some very good technical players, I never want carroll or his style back.back. We’ve moved on. Carroll is exactly where he should be with the manager he should be with !!

    The only suggestion I really like is:-

    Remy signs with Taylor going the other way.

  • 18 Tommyy // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Do we really need Remy? Aside from his goals I’ve been unimpressed, not a team player and never plays the correct pass and struggles to beat a man one on one despite good pace. Granted the goals would be worth it but not sure if he’s the right character.

  • 19 bills-son // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Same article:

    Rémy has a release clause in his contract which allows him to leave for just under £7 million following QPR’s relegation to the Championship.

  • 20 wolfshead@toon // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    according to the bookies we are 14/1 to sign ince 12/1 adebayor 7/1 zaha 6/1 demba :-)

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Bills

    I’m with you on this. also got to look at remy….a loan makes more sense for him.

    Gets him in the shop window for a year, then he can either stay with QPR qho should be promoted, move to us or move to an even better team if he has a good year.

    The man is no mug, he went to QPR where he had a release clause so if he had a good 6 months he’d get him move in the summer just gone, where as with us he’d have a 6 year deal and no he wouldn’t go anywhere unless crazy money came in.

    Remy will wait til the summer and assess all his options

  • 22 Ciaran // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Bills

    Which is the fictitious invention of some two-bit journalist. Does not constitute fact.

  • 23 jimmysmith // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Couple of things regarding the Palace match. Willo, despite being an admirable and stalwart 4th choice centre back, is an accident waiting to happen if he continues as first choice and will inevitably be run ragged by one of the half a dozen truly outstanding strikers in this league. I’ve seen milk turn quicker, and any suggestion of him going to the World Cup is frankly quite laughable. And their fullback Parr, is the worst footballer I’ve ever seen in the EPL. He was entirely duff, utterly out of his depth and if he continues to play Palace are nailed down certs to be relegated.

  • 24 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    jimmysmith
    Agree on willo-yes he is having a good spell at the moment but surely is not the player to take us forward

  • 25 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Obertan-marveaux-cisse would be players to move on this window for sure.Had there chance time and again.

  • 26 bills-son // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    TS – exactly.

    I see Remy in the same class as Ba, he isn’t anywhere near the class of Suarez, Aguerro or players of that ilk.

    Imo he is unlikely to interest City, Chelsea or ManU and possibly not even Arsenal. That would mean he needs to consider us, Spurs or Everton if he wants to play for one of the bigger clubs.

  • 27 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    @Jimmysmith

    Is that the same Willo that nullified Lukaku when he came on in the 2nd half against Everton? Or the one in control against Suarez and Sturridge? A brick wall against Spurs and Man Utd while keeping RVP in his back pocket?Did not get run ragged in any of those games also done well against City in the cup so has faced pretty much every outstanding striker in the league !

    Yeah he will get run ragged eventually but so called better defenders than him have been terrorised by strikers this season that he has had in his back pocket

    I think you are getting him mixed up with Taylor who is an accident waiting to happen every game !Willo might not have pace but he can properly defend , reads the game well , does not fanny about with the ball and puts his body on the line and never moans or complains about being dropped

  • 28 Rotonda heights // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I’m more annoyed about MYM being dropped for no other reason than ” he is unlucky” while captain ” I don’t want to be here ” Colo waltzes straight back in. So much for not changing a winning team.

    I’m happy with one big lump getting rid of the aerial stuff but we desperately need pace alongside that. Trying to play offside with Willo and Colo ie like at Swansea is fatal.

  • 29 bills-son // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Ciaran // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Bills

    He has a buy-out clause, but there is no suggestion that it is under 7 million pounds, nor that it became active when QPR got relegated

    ____________________________________________

    bills-son // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Same article:

    Rémy has a release clause in his contract which allows him to leave for just under £7 million following QPR’s relegation to the Championship.

    _____________________________________________

    Ciaran // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Bills

    Which is the fictitious invention of some two-bit journalist. Does not constitute fact.

    _____________________________________________

    NOTE:

    The last post is the fictitious invention of some two-bit blog journalist. Does not constitute fact.

  • 30 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    @Rotonda

    Agree with that Colo should never have got back into the team although in the last few games he has upped his game a bit still think we would have beat Southampton and Swansea if Mbiwa had been playing instead of him

  • 31 Transfer Sage // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    santon

    exactly…willo is a solid CB who struggled for form last year and made basic mistakes, but the year before was good too. Every defender gets run ragged once in a while, its to be expected.

    Bills

    Yeh thats a good point, can’t see him doing much better than us, just depends if he wants top football, money, location, certain league etc…have to wait and see. He knows we will wait.

  • 32 wolfshead@toon // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    @29

    eh

  • 33 Munster Mag // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    i see my old pal santon still aint up to much…

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    jazzy

    i agree, but no point moving them on til we have the replacements ready

  • 35 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Santon
    Agree that willo is having one of his best seasons for us pal but his last few have been average at best. I think 90% wanted him gone when there was interest from Swansea,but hey the guy might be coming into his purple years but would still choose mapou in the long run.Yes he had a shocker against everton but since has been a star performer in most matches and has been unlucky to be dropped.

  • 36 croftus5678 // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    i too agree not calling colo at all as he’s been our savior on a hell of a lot of occasions and he still has a few seasons in him as a good prem defender but he’s by far my 3rd choice atm with mbiwa/willo and my main pair.

    i expect colo to leave soon though tbh so would love a new cb early to bed in.

  • 37 Transfer Sage // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    jazzy

    you need one good aerial player and willo is the only one we have….be great if we upgraded for a kompany type but for now he needs to be playing i feel.

    the decision is colo or mbiwa

  • 38 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    @Munster

    Long time no speak ! That must be you finished for the Xmas holidays as well then yeah?

  • 39 jimmysmith // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Yes, Willo has done well and received well deserved praise recently, but Suarez despite being quiet by his standards was still involved in their two goals if I remember correctly. Rooney was missing from the Man U game and RVP clearly not match fit and played in a withdrawn role and the Spurs forward line couldn’t hit a cows arse with a banjo right now. We aren’t a genuine top 6 side if he remains a regular as far as I can tell. Nothing personal, top bloke, just an observation about a side that is all of a sudden starting to look legit.

  • 40 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Transfer
    hopefully we have this time eh mate.A CF is a must for me as I don’t believe remy will be here next season nor will shola. The less said about cisse the better

  • 41 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    @Jimmysmith

    Agree on that we are still a little away from being a geniune top 6 side but funnily enough we are actually comfortably in the top 6 with him , Shola and Tiote playing well??Who would have thought that at the start of the season ?

    Pretty much glad that everyone on this blog has had to eat a bit of humble pie over a couple of players and performances we are at the top end of the table on merit and long may it continue

  • 42 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    All we need now is Gutti to come back into the side and start playing well and I will have to boil my own head lol !!

  • 43 croftus5678 // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    i’m still preying for cisse to hit form tbh >.<
    i dont think we have any chance of getting 10mil for him and shola is rightly starting ahead of him imo but all it takes is a goal and he could be the man he once was.

  • 44 Kebabacus // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Merry Christmas all!

    Would love Ince in January, looks a top talent. Have a sneaking suspicion it will be none in and none out though.

    In keeping with the season of giving, can I ask that everybody has a think about donating to Run Geordie Run, AKA Mark Allison, Toon fan, top bloke!

    http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=rungeordierun&pageUrl=3

    He is 222 miles away from completing his run across Australia for charity. Having just flown across it (it took hours), I am in awe. I’d read about him before but only just got around to donating now.

  • 45 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Why not move Sissoko in the middle and Ben Arfa on the right?

  • 46 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Ince instead of Ben Arfa? Are you backward?

    Also, Pardew is making Marveaux look poor, but really he’s one of our best players.

    I’d never have Andy Carroll back. He’s not good enough.

  • 47 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    It’s like saying swap Jordan Henderson for Messi.

  • 48 jimmysmith // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Both Shola and Willo are fine as part of the 25. Shola in particular I think has plenty to offer as part of a top squad. While Tiote, on current form, along with Cabaye, could do a job for any side, in any league. They have been incredibly good.

  • 49 croftus5678 // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    @46 kets

    ince does score more and assist a hell of a lot more then arfa and is a better team player also tbh but can he do it in the prem ? def worth a punt imo as arfa can play either wing and lets not forget how many times arfa has let us down also not just base him on his last performance as a sub.

    cant agree on marv either tbh as he’s had plenty of chances and even though i think he has the best passing of any of our players and the best vision he’s such a lazy git and wont even think of moving if he’s not 100% it will make himself look good ! (his attitude needs to change imo if he’s to become a very good player but he is only still young)

    but i do completely agree with carroll.

  • 50 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    @Himanshu

    Because Sissoko is a right winger and is playing amazing there attack wise and defensively ! Just because he has a similar build to Yaya Toure does not mean he is Yaya! He is a modern day winger

    Arfa on his day can be good I think he would be better in a free role just behind Remy he is not a premier league winger as the full back has to either stay back or gets murdered with a 2 against 1 situation because Arfa does not come back its no coincidence Debuchy is playing much better since Arfa has been dropped ?

    Tiote is suspended just replace him with Arfa and let Anita and Cabaye patrol the middle on boxing day leave Sissoko and Gouffran on the wing job done

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    croftus

    marveaux is 27 !!

  • 52 Wandering Geordie // Dec 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    For me and I will say it again German Pezella of River Plate is a must buy .He can play anywhere at the back great reader of the game two good feet and good in the air and is only 22.Full Argentinian international and a logical replacement for Collo.Check him out below

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-SoRjZclkU

  • 53 croftus5678 // Dec 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    @51 rotonda

    he is ??? thought he was 24 lol maybe he’s past the point of learning now then !

  • 54 70TWO // Dec 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    The end of Goslings contract makes things difficult but I would not be so eager to see him go. If we can persuade him to sign an extension with the idea of going out on loan again for the whole season, he will be then 25, at his prime and have plenty of experience.

    I would certainly entertain loaning Obertan to Blackpool as part of a deal to bring Ince to us, they are short on players, it would be like for like and again he will be getting playing time.

  • 55 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    There’s no way that Ince is in the same league as Ben Arfa. Ben Arfa could win the ballon d’ore one day.

    Marveaux is the best passer in the team. He also has a good shot and adds pace to the team. Workrate is probably his weak point, but like Ben Arfa, he is an attacking player. 27 is young, but 24 and below should be classed as youngsters.

  • 56 usmagpie // Dec 23, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Merry Christmas Toon Army Fans!!!!!
    Its going to be interesting this Jan window, our midfield is solid when you look at it, we have good players in the middle of the pitch with good subs to swap in and out of those positions. However the only reason we would go after Tom Ince , we are looking at some attacking power for the left hand side of the park. No offence to Jonas but he’s getting on a bit and Ince is a solid attacking winger. I have a sneaky feeling that this time, Newcastle have already talked to several clubs and told them not to openly discuss there transfers so we don’t miss out on players again. I know that’s hard for a club to do and especially those dumb agents but I feel Newcastle may have done this. Yes I know Christmas Miracle right, but here’s wishing!!!!!

  • 57 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    It’d be mad not to strenghthen the team in jan. I expect at least 2 signings. Shame we couldn’t tie up Toby Alderweireld last summer.

  • 58 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Usmagpie
    I hope your right mate regarding transfers. You would have thought by now to be as discreet as possible with impending transfer targets.

  • 59 wynsleap // Dec 23, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    The team is going like a bomb. Pardew is looking like a manager again. The fans are happy.
    When is the Grinch going to spoil it again? He doesn’t like things going well as all the focus is on the players and not his beloved S.D.
    I’d say this transfer window could be the most significant yet for the Toon. But in which way?

  • 60 Mister Tuff // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    jazzyp@42 -you posted:-
    jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM
    “All we need now is Gutti to come back into the side and start playing well and I will have to boil my own head lol !!”

    Bit of an extreme threat if you ask me. However, even though I say it myself – I can excel in the kitchen and can make quite a nice sauce. I could just fancy some custard and sponge.

  • 61 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I see midfielder Mehdi Abeid scored twice in Panathinaikos over Xanthi on Sunday

  • 62 stestickle // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Can see ashley doing most of the transfer dealing during january window with it being an world cup year and he won’t want pay inflated prices as clubs seam to wait till it’s over might see 1 or 2 go during summer tho.

  • 63 swemag // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Pardew should not mention the owner and JFK. Just let them deliver a few things and let the transfers do the talking.
    That is better for all involved.

  • 64 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I wonder how much forster would cost to bring back. Would be a cracking signing if we were to lose Krull,Wants to return home and is English which we are supposedly after.

  • 65 swemag // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    @ stestickle

    that is what I would expect as well.

    Saying that we could assume:

    - No player going to the world cup that is currently a regular in their club team.
    - Players that wants to go to the world cup but not getting enough playing time in their currency club team.
    - Players whose contracts are up in the summer.
    - Players that are no going to the World Cup at all.

    Luuk de Jong, any takers?

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I can’t believe that people talk about last Januarys transfers like it was some well executed master plan that has set a blueprint for our transfer policy, it was nothing other than a panic buy because ghe fat man finally listened to some football people at the club, that Reading defeat saved us from the drop.

  • 67 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Abeid will be challenging Cabaye for a starting spot next season.

  • 68 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    JFA
    Bosingwa saved us from the drop. I still say we paid him to be our 12th man that day.

  • 69 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Kets
    Is abeid going to PSG as well then lol

  • 70 IITianToon // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Though Pards might be tempted to revert to the 4-4-2 for the game against Stoke, I would try the 4-3-3 again with the following:
    Krul
    Debuchy–Willo–Colo–Haidara
    Tiote–Cabaye
    Sissoko–Ben ARfa–Gouffran
    Shola
    Give Remy a rest and drop Santon. Santon will get killed by Walcott I feel. I would be inclined to play Mapou for that one at LB!

  • 71 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Abeid’s scored 4 times in 15 games. That’s impressive for a midfielder. It just proves that he’ll be a future prospect for us. Another good signing.

  • 72 swemag // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    JFA

    And yet we managed to get unbelievable value in that window.

    How much did we pay for Gouffran and Sissoko? What are they worth today?

  • 73 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    They’re both going to Man Utd.

  • 74 Mister Tuff // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    The way I read the “noises” coming from Percy is that he hopes to sign at least 2 in the January window. He has talked about a key signing – surely this can only mean a decent forward – as opposed to a young lad with promise. As long as it is not a player who is past his prime. I think we should get an idea about the clubs ambitions in the next few weeks. What has without doubt occurred is because of our recent good form and taking a couple of excellent scalps -we have become more attractive to potential recruits. Most of the “top” current teams have two players at least scoring goals. We need to emulate that and get a quality forward in.

  • 75 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Go for Shane Long , Ince and De Jong this would give us strength in depth up front and improvements on Cisse and Obertan in fact if we could get rid of them and Taylor while bringing in those 3 we would have improved our squad immensely in one window

    Our youngsters also need to either improve or be shipped out as a lot of them will be over the age of 21 and take up a squad place next season I think Dummett could effectively be better than Taylor if given a run in the team but the rest of the youngsters have ability but need to come back from their loans ready to step in and prove themselves

    I still hold out hope that Vuckic and Abeid can come back from their loans better players as they are goal scoring creative midfielders which would be great if they could step in next season .. guess we will find out next year

  • 76 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Mister tuff
    Agreed-as said over the summer months, We will attract a better quality player through the door while up at the top of the league as you rightly said we are a better prospect.
    I think a lot will be said of where our intentions are regarding ambition of what grade player we go for.

  • 77 clinath@ed // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Jail @66….spot on. Best defeat we ever had…!

  • 78 IITianToon // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Kets you were right about ManU being poor without Carrick. Though rooney is a matchwinner in his own right!

    @Tuff Key signing+ English, hmm Shane Long could very well be a possibility!
    @Santon Our youngsters need games. Let us hope Abeid comes back better. Also what is going on with Vukcic at Rotherham? No news from there at all!!

  • 79 IITianToon // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Ok Shane Long is Irish, but I think he classifies as Home Grown; so thats what I was implying!

  • 80 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    @IITianToon

    He is gaining rave reviews down there :

    http://www.rotherham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=342614

    Probably because its a few divisions below his level but the guy needs to play competitive games as he has never played a full season yet

  • 81 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    It would be great if the likes of Abeid and Gosling came back into the fold all the better for playing time and experience.

    Well observed Iitian regarding Santon, he has been the one player who has struggled a bit of late, and if there’s a game where he will be exposed it’s against a pacy wing man. Imho Santon will be replaced by Haidara in the not to distant future, there’s a lad who knows when and how to storm forward, and most importantly, is aware of his limitations and evaluates the risks well. I thought Santon was finally nailing it a few games ago but I thought he was poor last couple of matches.

    Also well called about Debuchy playing better since Hatem was benched. Simple maths, really. HBA is always marked down by two players minimum, do when he lost the ball, there were two players bearing down on Debuchy. Hatem I’d not a winger. He should play a free role behind the main striker. The amount of balls delivered across the box by HBA that have been squandered by our forwards lately is ridiculous. When Hatem came on the other day he supplied what should have been 3 goals in 5 minutes.

  • 82 Tsunki // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    If Rotherham can solve Vukic’s tendency to be injured it may be worth it.

  • 83 cyprus // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Next game, since Tiote is out, bring on HBA all game. Expect a goal from wor Messi. Also, expect one or two from Crouch .

  • 84 clinath@ed // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    It’s not his tendency to get injured, more his lack of work rate and commitment that worries me when he’s playing.

  • 85 Mister Tuff // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I’ve copied some information (below) from ESPN showing how much money you can make from the Champions League. As Percy has stated he does not like the EL and that there is not enough money in it – could he and Joking Joe convince Mr Tubbs to go for a CL spot this season -ie get the wallet out for a few quality signings – get it right and riches await -get it wrong and a relegation battle and financial ruin (comparatively) awaits.

    “Prize money for the this season’s Champions League will be the same as last year, UEFA have announced – meaning that English clubs in Europe can earn up to £50 million if they win the competition.
    Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are guaranteed £22.5 million even if they fail to qualify for the knock-out stages.

    Last season, Sir Alex Ferguson’s United side earned a total of £46 million in getting to the final.

    Each of the 32 teams in the group phase receives a participation payment of £3.37 million and £475,000 for every match played in the group stage. Performance bonuses will see £690,000 paid for every win and £345,000 for each draw.

    Each team reaching the last 16 will get a further £2.6 million, quarter-finalists £2.85 million and the four semi-finalists £3.6 million. The Champions League winners take home a further £7.8 million and the runners-up £4.48 million euros.

    Each clubs is then also a given a share of the market pool of TV money, based on the value of the television contracts in their country and where they finished in their domestic league.

    Last season, Chelsea earned the most of any club in Europe from the market pool – £23 million.”

  • 86 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Haha Man Utd would be in a worse position with Carrick in the team. He is absolutely useless.

  • 87 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Panathanikos unlike us have a clause where they can buy Mehdi Abeid.

    So if does well so I doubt unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger he won’t be coming back

  • 88 HullMag6 // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Sell Cisse, get remy om a perm and offer the shirt in the summer. Look for another fwd to play with him.

    Look at defs and get tom ince.

    I’d be happy at that. Only offer fat sam 8mil for AC to replace Shola as super sub. Offload gosling, marveaux, obertan and possibly Colo and Guti if they can be replaced. My choices would be Richards and Ince.

  • 89 Ketsbaia9 // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    It’s the same type of deal when he went to St Johnstone. He’s coming back to replace Cabaye.

  • 90 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Believe what you want to believe.

  • 91 Sazzer // Dec 23, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Merry Christmas! I hope these recent statement means we will have great window.

  • 92 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    just back from lumping on again on ncle top 6 finish at odds which defy logic .11/1 at lads .before the season started after finishing near bottom,we were 14/1 incredible. jimmysmith at 39 suerez had a hand in both goals ,first was a penalty when fouled by yanga 2nd we only had 10 men .against man utd you can only play who is on the pitch,van persie was forced to drop back as we were outnumbering them in midfield imho. santon at 75 although we could do with players shane long is not selected always for west brom would prefer campbell to be given a chance ldj scored 1 in 2 in holland misses a lot of chances and has 7 in 32 in germany i think he is a poor mans kuyt . dummet is ok at left back but is not a center half all inmho. hope who the club go after is better than there targets previous of ldj or bent.

  • 93 Blofal // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Ive watched Florian Thauvina couple of times lately. Its a shame we couldnt nail him on a cheap transfer. The kid is a younger Cabaye.

  • 94 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    having watched quite a bit of french football it shows how good our scouting there is. a pity thauvin did not want to come in jan or summer he looks good now he has settled in at marseille. gomis has 4 from the last 4 and is a handfull sure he would fit in here .strange to see rozenthal filling in because of injury and doing really well against psg was not as good here imo.

  • 95 Tommyy // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Is Tiote out for Stoke?

  • 96 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Are we playing boxingday?

  • 97 Tommyy // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Rozenhal was never really given the chance to settle in my opinion. Reminded me a bit of Williamson in his first Premier League season, decent attributes but just wasn’t ready for the pace and lack of time.

  • 98 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Tiote Is suspended

  • 99 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Jesper

    Yes Against Stoke, could be like a boxing Match with a lot of bumps and Bruises.

  • 100 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    @1949 BH

    Thats fair points but the thing is Shane Long is about the same level as Gouffran and better than Shola he is premiership ready and gives us some experience I want Campbell to come good but he needs a few seasons out on loan as he looks like a lost boy when he plays for us loan him to St Mirren till summer then a championship team next season and the season after that he comes back a man hopefully Long can do a great job for us in that period while we wait for Campbell to come good a little bit of forward planning although doubt Ashley has that idea in mind

    On De Jong its not just about his scoring record his hold up play is similar to Carroll and Shola which is what we need to complete the formation that Pardew has in mind he will score goals for us as we put crosses into the box which does not happen for his German team!A poor mans Kuyt is more effective than a poor Cisse !Plus he is unloved at his club our fans can make him superhuman again haha personally I would like us to go for someone else but cant really think of someone in that mould that we can afford apart from De Jong and Gomis cause the likes of Benteke and Lukaku are out of our reach like

    Just using Dummett as an example of a young in really as not really wanting Taylor to play for us again he gets cut some amount of slack on here because hes a “Geordie” but he is terrible and has been for years lets get rid and let a young one take his place they will play more games a season than him and will not get sent off or lose his head when the going gets tough

  • 101 roy // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Ship all the dead wood out in January, Sammy, Saylor, Gosling, Jonas, Cisse, Obertan, Marv as they aren’t contributing anything to the current side. The money saved will pay for a couple of decent signings wages.

  • 102 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    We face Arsenal on 29th, to the day from last year. lets see how they go Without the rest that they were afforded last time out and we are at home.

  • 103 Tommyy // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    That’s a killer since he’s been playing very well recently. What are people thinking? Cabaye and Tiote to sit with Ben Arfa in the free role or Ameobi to come in and play just behind Remy to link up the play?
    I’d like to see Cabaye in the same advanced role as against Palace but can’t see it happening without Tiote.
    There’s always the option of Ben Arfa on the right and Sissoko to partner Anita in the centre but why break up a formidable right side? Is Gutierrez a possibility? What’s happened to him.

  • 104 Tommyy // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Always the option of Jonas taking up the left flank again and showing the same persistence as he did in our 5th place finish and shift Gouffran over to the right to link up with Debuchy. I really like the options we hold at the moment.

  • 105 HullMag6 // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Could be interesting if it rings true.

    Or it’s setting us up for a groanathon again with statements like ‘couldn’t get them over the line’.

    I shall sit back and wait and see then pass my judgement after the window closes. Hope we push on the club needs it.

  • 106 roy // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Stoke will be steamrolled, by the pace and power of the Mags mighty midfield and if Pardew, drops Coloccini, against Arsenal, we will beat them as well! Merry Christmas to one and all!

  • 107 roy // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Shola up front with Remy and the four man midfield of Gouffran, Anita, Cabaye and Sissoko, far too much for Stoke!

  • 108 Harley // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Who’s rozenthal again? He’s been completely erased from my memory.

  • 109 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Dec 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    santon at 100 appreciate your points too.to anyone saying about us not being genuine top 6 lee tiss etc other teams have better squads ,better players but at the end of the day it is about who has the most points. it stands out that of the top 8, 6 of them have 1 or two players costing more than our entire team but the best two teams are ourselves and everton.

  • 110 swemag // Dec 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Rozenthal – Czech central defender that looked alright the first few games and then was not so alright and was shipped of to Lazio if I remember correct.

    Sam Allardyce days.

  • 111 Ted Bundy // Dec 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Drippy commentators making excuses for the poor quality in the Arse-Chel match, citing the weather – the mighty Toon didn’t have any trouble!

  • 112 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 23, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    At Lille now isn’t he ? . Thought he looked decent at times for us.

  • 113 bills-son // Dec 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    1949,

    If, which is unlikely, Lukaku doesn’t get injured and/or Everton don’t get a few other injuries or suspensions I think they are genuine dark horses for the title.

    Barkley is a fantastic talent and he will get better as the season goes on and Gareth Barry was an inspired loan signing imo, a great leader and organiser.

    If we finish close to Everton we’ll have had a very good season.

  • 114 Blackley and Brownlie // Dec 23, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Don’t reckon many of those arsenal players would get in our team on our current form. The test is soon to come. We’ll see.

  • 115 santonthenewmaldini // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    The way Chelsea are playing is the way we need to play get tight to Arsenal 5 in midfield when we dont have the ball press them all over and then boom break quickly Tiote, Cabaye and Anita could easily man handle their midfield 3

    Just hope Sissoko will be available as him and Debs could rip Gibbs apart the whole game as left back is the gunners weak link

    Chelsea lucky not to concede a penalty though in this first half

  • 116 jazzyp // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Proud
    Any transfer gossip you would like to share as the transfer window is upon us ????

  • 117 USAGEORDIE // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    I think we play either Bigi or Steven Taylor in CM vs. Stoke. I think Sissoko stays at winger, Gouffy moves to ST, and Benny plays on the other wing.
    Krul
    Debuchy-Collo-Willo-Santon
    Bigi/S.Taylor
    Cabaye—Anita
    Sissoko—-Gouffy—-Benny

  • 118 pottsclock // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Only Arsenal look like winning this. They’re making all the play and doing all the attacking.
    …..so that’ll be 0-1 to Chelski then

  • 119 JAMSHA // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    chelshit are such a cheat… diving all around

  • 120 JAMSHA // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    fight fight ozil vs ivano

  • 121 JAMSHA // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    bloody nt a fould… u chelshit

  • 122 Harley // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Swemag, BPC

    Cheers for response but gonna google him. He’s just gone from my head.

    USA

    I have a feeling that line up won’t happen.

  • 123 Ted Bundy // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Almost s lulling as watching a game of cricket this match, almost.

  • 124 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Surely there is no way Kinnear can do worse this Transfer window.

  • 125 martoon // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    santonthenewmaldini @115 You are right I hope we are watching this. Chelsea are preventing Arsenal from playing their passing game. Although Arsenal have improved in the 2nd half but have had to play some long balls.

  • 126 Ted Bundy // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I’d play Mbiwa at LB against Arsenal, too. Had Walcott’s number in the final game last season and is a quicker, better disciplined and more dependable bet then Santon.

  • 127 Ted Bundy // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    What a crap match, only one team with the intent to win – Mourinho aint all he’s cracked up to be.

  • 128 manxpie // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    well thats twice motd have dismissed 2 teams and 4 sets of fans for the “bigger” match! and they’ve both finished 0-0
    i bet this arsenal chelsea match will still be on 1st tonight even tho both games yesterday were far better

  • 129 JAMSHA // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Giroud = Cisse

  • 130 manxpie // Dec 23, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    and sherwood is made manager for spurs surely good news for us!?

  • 131 Big Pappa Cissé // Dec 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    @ Jamsha

    Giroud hands down . He actually helps build up play and holds the ball up well . Also has a great touch for a big man .

  • 132 Jonny // Dec 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Krul
    Debuchy
    Colo
    Williamson
    Santon
    Cabaye
    Anita
    Ben arfa
    Sissoko
    Goufrann
    Remy

    My XI v stoke.

  • 133 Graeme // Dec 23, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Anita @ 124

    Everyone keeps banging on about this Transfer Window.

    I have it on good authority that our Director of Footbal, Joking Ear, has made at least TWO calls to EVERY Glazing Company to make sure he gets the right one in this time.

  • 134 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Dec 23, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Giroud > Cisse. Simply because he can stay onside.

    This is what I expect for the stoke game:

    With Tiote out for the stoke game, I can see Pardew reverting back to a 4-4-2 formation, reintroducing Strolla into the line up for his physicality.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~Debuchy~~~Willo~~~~~~~Colo~~~~~Santon~~~~
    ~~Sissoko~~~~~Cabaye~~~Anita~~~~~~Goofy~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Shola~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Remy~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A 4-4-2 formation, but with Shola playing closer to the midfield, winning the flick ons and playing the occassional classy through ball to Remy and helping boss the center of the pitch with his brutish approach when required.

    Middle of the second half, when legs begin to tire for both teams, Shola will come off for Ben Arfa and we revert to a 4-3-3 formation.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Krul~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Debuchy~~~Willo~~~~~~Colo~~~~~Santon~
    ~~~~~Sissoko~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~Anita~~~~~~
    ~~~~~Arfa~~~~~~~~~Remy~~~~~~~Goofy~~~~

    That’s what I would expect.

    This Transfer window what I wouldn’t mind and would like to see:
    Would not mind: Cisse + Saylor and a bit of cash for Remy.

    Would like: A young forward (21-23ish) years of age. i.e. Guidetti or perhaps Luuk De jong (if cheaper then last time) signed. Shola is not getting any younger.

  • 135 shola the slayer // Dec 24, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Let’s just get bafetimbi gomis through the door and I will be chuffed to bits, we desperately need a striker with some power and goals.




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