Pardew – De Jong Has Trained Well Today – He’s A Presence

It’s not that Director of Football hasn’t managed to bring in a player in the January transfer window, since Newcastle finally signed Luuk de Jong on loan, but Joe still has to have his first permanent signing for Newcastle, and if the club cannot bring in a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, it’s not only embarrassing, but shows that Joe may not be the right man for the job of  Director of Football  at the club.

Newcastle United Unveil New Signing Luuk de Jong

Luuk de Jong – we hope he’ll be smiling soon

Luuk de Jong trained yesterday with the Newcastle squad, and Alan Pardew was very pleased with what he saw from the Dutchman:

“I’m pleased in so much he’s a player we’ve had our eye on for a while.”  “He was someone we couldn’t quite reach in his last transfer move, in terms of the finance, but that hasn’t worked out as perfect a transfer as they probably both hoped – the (German) team and Luuk.”

“But he’s ended up here and has trained well today. I like his confidence and we are looking forward to his inclusion in the squad. He is a big presence of a player.”

“He is a goalscorer and if there is a criticism you could aim at us maybe, we could do with scoring a few more goals.”

But since Luuk hasn’t had much match practice with Borussia Monchengladbach this season, it looks like he will not play against Sunderland tomorrow, in a game that Newcastle just cannot lose.

If that happens, it will end what has been a very bad week for Newcastle – so we have get all 3 points tomorrow to get us back on track.

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58 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Ol’ silver toungue will have him playing wingback in no time.

    Luuk, you’d better get practicing your long shots because unless our final thirs teamwork improves, you’ll get scraps of chances in the box.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #2


  • jayphoto

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Really happy with De Jong hes a better player than many on here think and if people had seen Lucien Favres set up at BMG you’d know talent isn’t the reason he failed! He was a signing by the chairman, not the manager and just didn’t fit into the system and wasn’t wanted!
    Hes a marked improvement on what we’ve got! Im including remy in that too

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Ashley has a new plan of running the club. Selling players and then loaning their replacements.

    I think Cabaye replacement will come in the summer in the form of a loan. We might have about 3 loan players in the summer me feels.

    That will make fat man pocket heavy fast.

  • AaranD

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #5

    De Jong will prove to be a good signing, albeit a loan. Would fit into the 4-3-3 we’ll be playing with out a #10 being signed.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #6


    I’ve heard Delph, Charlie Adam all kinds of links mate, bottom line we’ll make derisory offers and then last 2 hours of window we leak a last minute bid for someone and then end up with no one!! Meanwhile the 4 targets sanctioned ensured that mid season tickets got sold in good numbers….. The Geordie public continue to get conned and fans still fickle enough to pay and turn up in droves!!

    Ashley can’t survive without bums on seats how much more are some going to take? So glad I’ve boycotted this season, justifies my decision


    Loan deals don’t make sense to me, we spent minimum £8m on 2 guys that won’t belong to us beyond this season including there wages

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Poor Pardew,
    Highly complicit in the Mike Ashley eight year plan, will take a more than adequate bonus when the said eight year plan is complete.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Never ever thought id lose passion for the Toon but Ashleys really creating a distance and disinterest from the fans!
    So much about this club ***** me off right now ! Lack of singing section has killed our atmosphere! joe kinnear is… Well joe kinnear ! Wonga are a diabolical company to be associated with! Puma shirts feel/look cheap, designs are same as every other puma club! Sports direct advertising everywhere ! Another company we shouldn’t be associated with, cheap tack! No permanent transfers! Longest any premier league club has EVER gone without buying a player! No ambition! MA would take 8th-17th every season! No interest in competing at the top!
    The tarnishing of club legends Keegan and Shearer! People that loved our club and gave all for our club yet no respect was shown for either!
    So many indiscretions and f#%k ups! We really do turn a blind eye and forgive and forget far far too much

  • Our Toon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Spot on Jail!!

  • Belfast

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #10

    The books are in great shape though, and the 5 year plan that included relegation is still going strong.

    Plus if it wasn’t for Ashley, we’d be playing against Pompey on Saturday.

    So all and all we should be really happy.

  • darrylwe

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #11

    Watching Challenge. Bulleys special prize tonight – a pine bureau cabinet – the 80’s are cool.

  • darrylwe

    Jan 31, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #12

    They gambled for a Ford Cortina – lucked out with 81.

  • Belfast

    Jan 31, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Forgot to mention, we’re 20 million pounds richer damm

    Hopefully get some new sports direct signs with that, and design a few new french themed items for the club shop.

  • Thump

    Jan 31, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #14

    Have to say, after reading Grenier’s agent’s comments, I have to say “fair play”. It’s not often that an agent will actually look out for his player like that. It’s a shame, though. Grenier is a real talent and his agent is absolutely spot on: he doesn’t deserve to be a replacement for Cabs.

  • kizza

    Jan 31, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #15

    I just finished work and I want to finally have my say…. I actually agree with Pardew and the Cockney mafia. We have enough in our squad this season to compete. We have signed De Jong who could be a surprise package (in Carr we trust). I would hate for us to waste money on a good player when we can use that money and have an excellent gem of a player in the summer (in this Clement guy). Sometimes you have to wait. I know its hard being a Newcastle fan but keep the faith guys. Pardew and the board are doing the right thing in waiting.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #16


    If that’s the case then why not sign Grenier now and loan him back to Lyon? You shouldn’t have to wait when you’ve decided to sell the best player in the team, these players will be hot property come the summer, if we sign no one now then best thing to do is ensure we have tied up deals for Grenier and for Cabella now so they join in the summer!!

  • MacToon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Belfast, who’s this imposter who keeps posting as Skunki, I find I’m agreeing with him more n more……..

    Another window and another farce? All we need to do is wait and see where David Craig’s reporting from to know how busy we are (not) going to be!
    If you’re up for the match, have a good one Thump 😉

  • kizza

    Jan 31, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon
    The loan idea is a great idea. But i get the impression Grenier doesnt want anything else on his mind but his immediate goals….he has his heart set on lyon for this season…he clearly has personal targets he wants to acheive for this season and he is sticking to it. He is a team player and probably doesnt wanna let his team mates down by leaving half way through a season. After
    the world cup he will be back at square 1 in his head and then will be the best time to approach him.

  • t00ntime

    Jan 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #19

    just saying I agree with AP (last page). atleast his last sentence. No point bringing in a weak player just for the sake of buying someone, otherwise you get stuck with him and we wont be able to get rid. (like obertan.)

    However we should of made sure we had a replacement lined up before we sold Cabaye, especially since he was a key player.

    I do think that we have enough midfielders to cover till the summer and our bigger problem will be creativity. Cabaye was one of the few creative players we have left. Infact the only one that gets close to our 1st team now (so ignoring Marv) is HBA. And whether he is creative or not depends on what type of mood he is. So I think unless HBA has a great 15 games we will have trouble scoring. (though tbf Gouf+sissoko are decent going forward when they are on their game, but still not in the same class as cabaye)

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Jan 31, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #20

    anyone notice why we are linked with remy cabella

    ashley probably thought to himself how cud he replace remy ,cabaye and also bring in a former experienced striker i know lets buy remy cabella

    CABaye – CABella

    on a serious not cabaye sale very depressing.

    1) if juan mata is worth 37 million cabaye is worth atleast 30 million

    2)cabaye was the leader of the french pack dats y debuchy came etc he lead the french revoloution.

    3) him and tiote on form were the best pairing we eva had in centre midfield.

    Also how come most clubs sell there players for inflated prices and we sell people for peanuts bar andy caroll

    if we have to build a team with sale money we are doomed

    krul 12 million ?
    Santon 5 million?
    Colo 2 million?
    Willo 2 million?
    Taylor 3 million?
    Mbiwa 5 million?
    Debuchy 5 million?
    Obertan 1 million?
    Ben arfa 7 million?
    Marteaux 1 million?
    Gosling 1 million?
    Anita 7 million?
    Tiote 10 million?
    Goufran 3 million?
    Ameobi ? 1 million
    sammy a 1 million?
    Cisse 5 million
    elliot 1 million
    sisokko 8 milllion

    most of our squad worth 80 million if sold

    compare dat with southampton

    shaw -20 million
    rodriguez-9 million
    wanyena- 13 million
    lambert- 5 million
    cyne-6 million
    lalanna-15 million
    lovren- 8 million
    osvaldo-5 million

    just 8 southampton players are worth more than nearly our entire playing squad

    i hate pardew lies with the fans but considering our ambtions in terms of spending we are lucky ta have pardew with our spending we cud have neil warnock or sumting im glad we have pardew if we had more ambition then yes new manager but the fact we trade like a league 2 team we shud be al hapi ta have pardew at helm.

  • lesh

    Jan 31, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #21

    A couple of points;

    • Grenier’s agent can’t have been referring to Grenier’s wages as there can’t have been any discussions as the fee was never agreed.

    • The agent’s concern at Grenier being valued at half that of Cabaye had nowt to do with the player’s valuation. It was surely a reference to his commision from the relatively lower fee. He wasn’t looking after Grenier’s interests but his own greedy pocket. Bear in mind that this guy’s also Remy’s agent who’s took his client to QPR after a chat with ‘Onest ‘Arry!

    • Kinnear, if he had anything about him should have anticipated the potential problem and dealt with it before it arose.

    • Not being a season ticket holder or even able to get to games, non-renewal or cancellation of season tickets us probably the best way to show Ashley that fans are concerned – that’s assuming they are.

    As I said, I cannot really have a view – it’s entirely up to those that do pay their hard-earned money into the club.

    • Again, I feel it for Pardew having to put up with this crap every year or so. It shows what a helluva good manager he is and needs support from fans, not constant sniping from some.

    To sum up, Ashley’s ownership has been a disaster from the first few weeks of it. My heart goes out to all of you guys who have and are paying into Newcastle United. Be stubborn, be strong, stay loyal.

    Maybe one of Pete Seeger’s best known songs should ring out from the terraces – We Shall Overcome, reworded to suit.

    Howay the lads

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Jan 31, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #22

    also joe kinnear just came in to try and get pardew to resign and also get players ta move

    charles n zogbia? Charles insomia

    yohan cabaye? Yohan kebab

    surely he aint dat slow in the head he must do it on purpose to make players angry and ask for move.

    He also said he wants ta bring great players to newcastle and he wants players under 25? So y pursue bent all summer

    ashley has put us on good financial footing fair play but reali? Tv money? Player sales? New sponsership? Europa league?5th in table?like comon pardew stop lying to fans saying we go into overdraft if we bought a player?what the hell,ashley is robbing fans for sure..

    We are the only premiership team who can only do loan signings ?even crystal palace bought dwight gayle for over 5 million? And we have ta sell our best player to fund a loan signing.

    All i say fellow newcastle fans if any1 deserves a rich owner to buy a club its our

    we have the patience of saints

    keep the faith

  • Thump

    Jan 31, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #23

    @lesh: Trust me, you don’t want to go to games. It’s always a joy to watch the lads, don’t get me wrong, it’s just depressing listening to the away fans singing “Where’s your famous atmosphere?” and knowing that no matter how much you sing, it’ll always be mostly silent from every body around you.

    The atmosphere at a stadium is the best descriptor of how people feel and it’s absolutely flat at St. James’ Park.

  • IITianToon

    Jan 31, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #24

    If these guys knew that Cabaye was gonna leave, why not put in a bid for Grenier earlier. All that replacement for Cabaye talk wouldn’t have arisen!

  • swemag

    Jan 31, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Filip Duricic, maybe. Looking at youtube…feels more like Benny than Cabaye. But for 6million cannot go wrong.

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Jan 31, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #26

    tiantoon-they did this because they wanted to make fans think that they were going to bring in a decent player to replace cabaye but they knew it wouldnt happen so they keep the cash for summer spend it all and keep the 60 million tv money for himself,its how they operate

    same thing a few years back oh newcastle trying ta hijack ruiz deal but they knew he was signing for fulham

    same old shite

  • Ben-Arfa11

    Jan 31, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #27


    we buy gomis and luuk de jong

    sell cisse and remy goes home to qpr

    we also buy cabella

    and dats it cnt see more than dat in summer then january will come around and our next jewel will be sold

    krul to napoli 12 million quid then we be stuck with elliot as no.1

    if there is 1 player i hate ta leave it wud be him he loves the toon and will be the no.1 goalkeeper of netherlands and we know what a quailty team netherlands have.

    If we sell tiote or krul then i would reali lose faith.

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 31, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Greniers agent is just proof of how stupid agents can be! He’s basically complaining that Clement would replace the France NT playmaker and our most valuable player! What an idiot.

  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #29

    Well a big thanks to Pardew for putting us out of our misery by virtually saying we wont sign any replacement.


    I need not sit here on deadline day hoping for miracles.

    If we drop to 10th or out of top 10 Ashley and co will look stupid.
    Loss > Profit

  • Ramshack

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #30

    I can’t see the point of being financially sound if your not going to spend it to improve your squad. A team like West Ham regularly spend even if they spend it on the wrong players, at least their showing some ambition

  • Blofal

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:33 AM

    Comment #31

    The summer window will be interesting. As I’ve said before we will lose…

    And we will possibly lose..


    That is 9 players. We would need at least 5 signings I would think to cover those losses. Im pretty confident we have Cabella on an agreement to come in the summer from what was reported too. Hopefully we get a surprise.

  • swemag

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #32

    @ ramshack

    West Ham is ambitious.

    Ashley plays a game of attrition. Everyone is spending cash they don’t actually have hoping. Ashley will wait until they are down and out. Then he will be cash rich and steal their players as they are forced to sell.

    That is how he runs his business. That is how he will run Toon.

  • beermonkey

    Jan 31, 2014 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #33

    what is it with people comparing cabaye to mata
    there miles apart

    cabs has been great for us, but was always gonna go

    most on here have been screaming for benny and marveax to get there chance, if we invest 10-15mill on a replacement benny will go back to bench warmin,

    I like a lot of people wanna see benny in the number 10 role cos he aint no winger my only concern is he is a little greedy, mind u a lot of our players are,

    we should put electric shock collars on our players and when they shoot instead of playing some1 in we as fans can shock them this will soon get there heads up and looking

  • beermonkey

    Jan 31, 2014 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #34


    would be nice if there was some confirmation on cabella deal for the summer

    all 9 of those will be gone in the summer but we might have pay some club to take obatan

  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 31, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #35

    After this weekend there will be only 14 games to go. That is just one third of the season.

    Perhaps waiting for the summer isnt all that big a deal..

    Im trying to console myself..

  • Ramshack

    Jan 31, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #36

    @ swemag Fair call. I’ll shut up 🙂

  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 31, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #37


    Yes it could and should be a big summer.

    But I fear that from the list you mentioned, only Remy might go and No one got in to replace him.
    So cabella in and summer done.

    By the time that all those mentioned as replaced, it will be time up for Gouffran, Tiote etc contracts.

  • Blofal

    Jan 31, 2014 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #38

    Dodger from that list the first 5 are gone.

    Cabaye is gone along with Guti (on loan cos he was told he was no longer needed)

    Shola, Gosling and Remy will all be out of contract/end of loan.

  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 31, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #39

    Conclusion is that it NEVER MATTERED whether cabaye was sold on Jan 1 or Jan 31.
    Our replacement Grenier was never keen and Aulus wasnt gonna cave in either.
    The FEEBLE transfer attempts, in fact, make a MOCKERY of the clubs administration and player research.


  • theartfuldodger

    Jan 31, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #40


    Cabaye out cabella in
    Gutierrez – Dint get a game this season. Will replace as per finances whenever possible.
    Shola – New 1 yr contract
    Gosling – Will stay ?? Is his contract up ? Anyways see Gutirrez up.
    Remy – No replacement. We survivied half a season without dejong. Weel get through another half without remy. Will wait for a financially viable deal.

    This scenario is very much possible. Then perhaps a player in winter, one next summer and so on. Oh so slowly.


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