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Still Time To Vote For Your Player Of The Season

10:24 am, Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 81 Comments

There is still time to put in your vote for who you think was Newcastle’s best player last season, when we finished in the top ten for only the third time in the last ten years. 🙁

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Mike Williamson in action against Cardiff

Mike Williamson is currently leading the poll with 25% followed by four Frenchmen – Mathieu Debuchy, Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Moussa Sissoko.

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  • 1 toonarmydownsouth // May 16, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Toss up between Willo and Debuchy
    Both been solid this season

    Sadly accurate
    How can you expect playing staff to put the effort in when the clubs board promote mediocracy and discourage competing at the highest level?

    It also makes you wonder when they put ridiculous statements like this out how it effects us in the market?
    We want to apparently attract eager young players and not pay cheque mercenaries so why put out such ridiculous PR statements?
    The other part of the minutes seem to gloss over the fact the club have confirmed they will stick to the publicised transfer policy, so all this talk of 5,6,7 players coming in seems highly unlikely!

    West Ham were deep in relegation trouble with an huge injury crisis when they put a youth team out….

    We were mid table, safe in the league, in a not overly busy fixture list and had no need to rotate against a club who had just appointed a new manager and were coming in to a game with lifted spirits
    We showed a huge disrespect to the competition by making changes to face another PL team in such a prestigious competition

  • 2 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM


    Except it’s true. The domestic cup competitions and the Europa League are simply not cost effective.

    The question should have been asked, “Do the club want to win a cup?”

  • 3 Average_Contents // May 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Because they researched how bad it was to compete or even win one! What does that say? We are not interested in a cup run! My god you are deluded!

  • 4 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I’m outahere.

    It’s sad to see that some of you are so far gone with your bias that you really can’t see the wood for the trees. If you have a problem with clubs prioritising the league over cups and rotating their squad to keep players fresh for the league, then I suggest you take that up with the FA and the Premier League.

    Every single club is doing it but some of you love finding any reason to have a go at people at this club.

    I’d rather we finish 17th and win the FA Cup than finish 8th and win nothing and I think most fans would. But football doesn’t work like that and no club owner is going to risk getting relegated or risk not getting into the CL because of a cup run.

    And I repeat…the squad we put out against Cardiff (who were also weakened I believe) was definitely good enough to win. Some of you complain that HBA, Anita and Haidara didn’t get enough chances to prove themselves, well they did in that game.

  • 5 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 10:33 AM


    You mean they did what every club does and look at the most cost effective way to invest? Clubs are businesses these days and they are all looking at ways to be more efficient. That’s why every single PL targets the league first. Every single one!

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    The fact that they smugly answered the question of whether we’d go for the cups if we were safe by saying Rule No 2: See rule No 1. Imo says they don’t want to win one, nothing to do with being relegated but their qualification into EL, the five players Mikey likes to keep us short will have to be bought if we were unlucky enough to qualify for Europe.

  • 7 mindshaft // May 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Can’t believe Willo is being voted as our player of season, whilst he’s improved he has no pace and has the turning circle of a bus – if this is the best we have we are fvck3d

  • 8 Average_Contents // May 16, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Anyway, the “incorrect” question that was taken out of context was asked and the response, plus the fact they had gone to the trouble of researching it their own way beforehand just showed us the complete and utter contempt they hold on cup competitions in my opinion, and if you can’t see it then your of the brainwashed type of fan!

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Clubs in Europe, realistic chance of CL and in danger of relegation could be forgiven for having other priorities, clubs aiming for 43 points with 37 in the bank with half the season left should be going all out to lift that cup.

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // May 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Can’t understand how Willo leads this, solid (ish) but best player??? Debuchy is far and above for me, but Remy has done well, as has Tiote. Cabaye did well for us, so is another – some would say he only played half a season, I would argue most of our players only played half a season.

  • 11 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM


    That’s just a business response. No point speculating on something that isn’t. And if we were higher up the league, then they’d want to try for CL.

    The EL is just a mess though. It’s only good for clubs that have the resources to maintain a squad big enough for European competition. So would have been good for Man Utd, possibly good for Hull to raise their status too but I don’t think it will be so good for Everton or Spurs…and it doesn’t pay anywhere near what the CL does.

  • 12 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 10:41 AM


    But at the time we still had an outside chance of CL football didn’t we?

    They should make a CL place available for the winner of the FA Cup. You know…FA Cup CHAMPIONS play in the CHAMPIONS League…

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    What in the league is to prioritise if you are already safe.

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // May 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM


    You say, “Since when does “the league is our priority” mean “we don’t want to win a cup”?” It means we’ll have one if we’re given one but we’re not arsed.

    If you put out a weakened side (especially for fear that if you win a cup you’re in serious danger of being relegated), it says cups are not a priority. The day the FA CUP is not a priority to NUFC is a very sad day indeed. I’m surprised any NUFC fan thinks otherwise.

    I’ve asked you whether you’ll be attending? You haven’t answered?

  • 15 The next Mike Williamson // May 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Williamson has been a key part in one of the worst defences I’ve seen. All he’s done is not been awful, kept his passes simlpe, and won a few headers. Although, despite having every corner and free kick aimed at him hasn’t done a single thing with any of them. Remy and Cabaye would be leading by miles if they were actually our players. Debuchy has been the best right back in the league and teams like Bayern and Real are looking at him. Williamson if he left would go to Hull or Palace at best.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Do not stretch the boundaries of incredibility we had not a cat in hells chance of getting that CL spot and you damn well know it.

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // May 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    To be fair, we were higher up in the league just before the cup match, a few points behind Liverpool, so if they wanted to kick on for the chance of Champions League football, the opportunity was there. The fact is they didn’t and we were safe from relegation.

    It is funny that only English clubs don’t view the Europa league as worthwhile. Tell the Sevilla fans it is a waste of time. Or the Benfica fans who went to the final, Atletico Madrid – who used it to springboard for Champions League, and from next season, the winner gets a spot in the Champions League. So, is it really that bad a competition to be in?

    Or is it not worthwhile because when it becomes popular for viewing figures, Ashley has to put up with UEFA putting their own sponsors on the ad boards, rather than SD?

  • 18 Average_Contents // May 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    They got asked

    “if we are already safe like last year, will the club give it a go”

    the answer was the same

    “the league is the priority”

    what more do you need?

  • 19 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    Attending what? Sorry I didn’t see the question.

    The day that any club doesn’t view the FA Cup as a priority is a sad day for football…but that day has long passed unfortunately.

    Why haven’t you addressed by simple point? Every club puts out weakened squads in the cup competitions so why are you criticising NUFC for something that is a fault with modern professional football?

  • 20 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM


    Yeah, I don’t think so either but if we hadn’t sold Cabaye, we were the dark horses…

    We put out a good enough squad to easily beat a weakened Cardiff. I wonder if the two managers spoke first and said “I’m going to rest 4/5 of my usual starters, is that ok?” and got the reply “Sure, I’ll rest 4/5 of mine too”. Job done…

  • 21 Toon-Prodigy // May 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Nufc should spend 50 mil this window and 30 mil in January and boost the wage cap.

    Show some ambition ffs. The money is there!!

  • 22 Munster Mag // May 16, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    TDS, I don’t see why you are defending the club / company’s (!!) stance on the FA Cup. They have clearly shown that the Cup is not a priority. However, this just shows, again, that Ashley doesn’t understand the nature of sport, or the psyche of NUFC fans. We sent out the reserves against Brighton last year. West Ham were on their knees with injuries and in relegation trouble. Would it really have cost us much to send out a stronger team ( Remy is like two or three players to us ) and get through against Cardiff, given how relatively safe we were in the league. Its another appalling indictment of the club and yet another insight onto our “best chairman ever” , as Bills used to say. How long is he gone now , anyone know ?

  • 23 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Munster Mag

    Bills called him our “best chairman ever”?? Odd…

    Surely SJH wins that hands down! No competition there at all for me…unless someone would like to sing the virtues of our chairman in the 1950s or before…

    But how many times do I have to say the same thing, virtually every club rotated their squad, Cardiff did, Everton did, Arsenal did. The only PL club I saw who didn’t was Spurs and that was because it was Sherwood’s first game and it was against Arsenal.

    This whole thing isn’t about NUFC or Ashley, it’s about modern football. Seriously, check out the 3rd and 4th round matches and look at the PL clubs’ teams.

  • 24 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    An outside chance if we had of kept Cabaye and bought our first players in a year, but the fact is that we knew Cabaye was going all along and we knew we weren’t going to replace him was all the more reason to try and win the cup.

  • 25 Tinman // May 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I am sick to death of hearing this stupid cup run argument. Fair enough Europa League has a lot more games, but I am curious as to just how many extra games the FA Cup brings, as some people appear to have absolutely no idea.

    So FA Cup for example, maximum number of games to play for Premier League clubs = 10 (draw in 1st leg of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th rounds), minimum games = 6.
    Arsenal will play 6 games this year and Hull 7.

    Rounds are played around these dates:
    3rd – Jan 4th, replay 14th
    4th – Jan 24th, replay Feb 4th
    5th – Feb 15th, replay 24th
    QF – March 8th, replay 18th
    SF – April 12th
    F – May 17th

    So over 5 months (133 days) a team can get to the final playing 6 games (5 extra as everyone plays the 3rd round).
    Arsenal have played 1 extra game every 23 or so days (113/5), Hull have played 1 extra game every 19 days (113/6).

    With a professional diet, muscular massages, professional warm ups, professional cool downs and professional exercise and training programmes anyone who is an above average athlete, of which 99% of Premier League footballers are, can play 2 games of football a week. Which they don’t even do every week even on long cup runs.

    After this you can take into account in the first couple of rounds (barring extreme circumstances) you should be able to rotate the squad to some extent and still win the tie. Then you can consider the increased adrenaline of the final rounds.

    For a professional athlete this is not a lot in my opinion. This gives a club the chance to go down in history. It is pathetic that they don’t consider it achievable.

  • 26 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM


    If we’d kept Cabaye and got a player like LDJ who could actually score then we had an outside chance. Still very unlikely but I bet we’d have finished in 8th at a minimum if that was the case. Stupid decision.

    And no, we didn’t know we wouldn’t replace him. That was just a moronic decision that made no sense.

  • 27 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM


    That’s a seriously dumb and ill-educated post.

    Every footballer is honed to perform to his maximum and the perfect balance of performance and stamina. If a player has to play more games, then they will need to focus more on building up stamina and less on performance, in simplistic terms.

    And every player carries knocks throughout the season which means they cannot always perform at 100% Playing a tough game and then another one a few days later means that the player will not be on top form and increases the risk of further injury, plus it means that even if they don’t get injured, they still won’t have recovered by the next game a few days later.

  • 28 davetoon // May 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    who didnt vote for Debuchy?

  • 29 Mister Tuff // May 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    TDS – you have introduced that you are a businessman and suggest you have therefore a better knowledge or understanding than the Fans Forum members. As you introduced your “pedigree” into the debate can you please tell us what sort of businessman you are, please include your job title, if employed/self employed, how many people in your company, your responsibilities,sales figures if applicable etc etc. With this information we may be able to judge your knowledge of business matters.

  • 30 Average_Contents // May 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Just another insight into the club’s “own” research! Just goes to show, they use what they want when it’s convenient and leave the rest out, Hmmmmm just like a certain someone on here! Is “IT” really a manifestation of fatty on NUFC blogs? I’m beginning to believe it!

  • 31 Tinman // May 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM


    If a player has a knock he gets rested, simple as that. In football 11 players play at once and a club can choose from a squad of 25 players. Or did you forget that?

    ‘and every player carries a knock’ – fact?
    ‘they still won’t have recovered by the next game a few days later’ – fact?

    I honestly can’t decide whether you’re simply an arsehole or whether you are employed by the club.

    But these days I’m leaning towards both.

  • 32 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Mister Tuff

    Ha! Nice. I’m not going to justify my knowledge and I’m sure there are others who know more than I do. I believe there was an accountant on last year who gave some educated feedback on the accounts for example and there are several on here who offer educated views on coaching and young players given their experience in those areas.

  • 33 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Bored of the negative whingers who just pick at the slightest thing and turn it into a huge big stick to try and beat the club over the head with. Some of you (you know who you are) are just really really miserable people.

  • 34 Thump // May 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    @mindshaft: Willo being in the lead for the blogs player of the season has nothing to do with his technical ability but for his commitment and application throughout the season. He’s fully deserving of it, tbh.

  • 35 Big Pappa Cissé // May 16, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Remy, Closely followed by Cabaye and then Debuchy .

    And Yes Willo has done a decent job, but it isn’t hard to look half decent in our back four these days . Lets not forget how many thrashings we have been on the end of .

  • 36 theartfuldodger // May 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Im bored of this cups talk as well..

    We did put out a decent team and could have won…

    Perhaps the club may not go for cups due to PL priority or due to EL..
    But we need more proof of that…Its not there as of yet…

    And I would prefer we finished in top 6 in PL than go for cups won by wigan and birmingham…We dont have a squad big enough for both…Can ppl understand that nxt season if we lose cabaye and remys replacements in cup games due to injury we will be 110% down…and no we we wont have replacements of replacements…If we are gonna complain it should be about that…squad size too small for PL + cups…

  • 37 Tinman // May 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM


    Quick look at how hard our players have worked this year:

    Sissoko – 34 games
    Gouffran – 34 games
    Anita – 31 games
    Total players over 30 games = 5

    Ivanovic – 50 games
    Hazard – 49 games
    Terry – 47 games
    Total over 30 games = 15

    Osman – 43 games
    Coleman – 41 games
    McCarthy – 39 games
    Total over 30 games = 12

    Skrtel – 39 games
    Henderson – 38 games
    Gerrard – 38 games
    Total over 30 games = 8

    Diame – 40 games
    Noble – 39 games
    Downing – 37 games
    Total over 30 games = 8

  • 38 catchy in norway // May 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM


    regarding your comment yesterday about having the 5th highest no of shots, and you think that’s good

    I have to totally disagree with you, like I said we were 20th for shooting out of the box, and 20th for shooting in the box, this means because we were 5th with the total amount of shots on goal , most of them were hopeless punts from out side the box,
    for me that just adds to my argument about the style we play ,

    sissoko just hit the ball for fun , not getting anywhere near the target most of the time , but the main reason they do that is lack of options in front of them or in the box,

    and it is also shocking having the fifth highest no of shots to the total amout of goals we scored , very poor goals to shots ratio

  • 39 Munster Mag // May 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    TDS, I think the club has to realise, that if they want to win any silverware, and the glory that goes with it ( and some revenue too lets not forget ) , that we have to send out stronger teams in the Cups ( we probably would have won that gme with remy ) , but also to show that the club is not only focussed on money. Its all wll and good saying Arsenal do this and that, but Arsenals reserves and our reserves are very different animals, and they have a track record of doing well in cups with their kids! Moreover, its not just the choice of team, its the motivation etc of the manager – ie if he isn’t concerned about the cups, the team wont be either. The key issue here is that in the league, we were safe and we could have done more.

  • 40 Mister Tuff // May 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    TDS – forgive me but you do attempt to justify some posts by suggesting you are a knowledgeable businessman -in comparison to an ordinary fan who is not a businessman.
    As you introduced your “qualification” into the debate, I think it is perfectly reasonable to ask you to elaborate further. To give an example of what I mean lets say you were Richard Bransons’ second in command people would sit back and probably accept you business knowledge/credentials. To be fair you introduced that you are a businessman -please tell us a your business credentials,successes etc etc as previously requested. cannot see any harm in that surely.

  • 41 Toon Tang // May 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    It really is saying something when willow gets player of the season after shipping the amount of goals we did. Chuffing farcical

  • 42 Munster Mag // May 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    TDS, Billson did indeed say that he was our best chairman. mad !

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    You’re right, we didn’t know that Cabaye would be sold and wouldn’t be replaced, we lived in hope that he would stay till the end of the season and the money that wasn’t spent in the summer would be spent in January, but THEY knew.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Do you work in a Boiler room ?

  • 45 jimmysmith // May 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Willo our player of the year. What a grim indictment of the season we’ve had. Perhaps the club could undertake its “own” research into how that might have come to pass.

  • 46 Tinman // May 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    A few actual figures rather than opinions and the Cockney Monkey goes running to Fat Mike to let him know the plan isn’t working

  • 47 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM


    Sure. And I’m sure we could have fitted in a few more matches. I’m not saying our players played too many matches, I’m saying that every club rotates their players for the cups.

  • 48 Toon-Prodigy // May 16, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Remy for me. Decent season at a very mediocre football club and squad to go with it.

    7 million bid going in for berahino from West Brom

  • 49 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Only if there is a valid reason to do so.

  • 50 ToonDarnSarf // May 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM


    Sure. But some of the other stats I mentioned (dribbles per game and shots on goal per game for example) were actually quite positive. I’m not going to argue that I want to see a more attractive style of play but it isn’t all doom and gloom as some paint it.

  • 51 Belfast // May 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Willamson for me. Debuchy second.

    The rest have been shite

  • 52 tequilamag // May 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Catchy 35 of our goals were scored inside the box only 8 outside. To suggest we relied on lucky punts from distance is utter bollox.

  • 53 Belfast // May 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Remy was probably the best player tbh but not our player.

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    If Lee Charnley says only one or two players a year to be brought in, does he mean after the six players who could feasibly fit in to the first team are bought in the summer.

  • 55 Belfast // May 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Also good luck to Gosling at Bournemouth.
    Terrible luck with injuries that lad, hope he does well down there.

  • 56 headtheball // May 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Mister T
    I think we will win a cup before you get an answer from our resident guru regarding his business acumen.

  • 57 Mister Tuff // May 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    jail -afternoon – seeing that TDS does not appear to want to reveal his business credentials – in waiting for him to do so I thought I would check out your lead @44 -unfortunately there does not appear to be anyone in the room, there is only one chair, no desk, no electrical sockets, I can see a couple of light switches at the end of some steel conduit, no I’m afraid it does not appear to be a businessmans’ office, so your lead has not materialised -he must work somewhere else or maybe he is not a businessman. Oh well I suppose we’ll never know.
    The suggested workplace:-

  • 58 Munster Mag // May 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    TDS, I agree with that – its not all doom and gloom. Mid table – 5th – 16th – mid table is not a disaster , especially iof we can get some new blood in. There are plenty of people out there in football who comment positively about pardew, and whilst I would prefer better , and a better manager, its not all doom. The miserable heeds who were on here were still trying to complain when we were competing well. However if we don’t sort out some creativity, then yes, we are goosed. I have a worry about the mental strength of many of our players, and we need to start well next season. And please, will people stop whinging that Pardew was sacked in jobs – all managers ( pretty much) get the sack. But Pardew needs the right players to suit his football and I do think we will see more 4-2-3-1 next season , as he is innately cautious and will want two screening players, and Tiote and Anita do this well. But if we don’t get a proper midfielder and wide players it will get scary. I wish we had a more talented manager, but Pardew has to be backed with HIS players, if we are to maintain mid table and progress higher.

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Realistically how many players do you think we need in the summer, two CF, a winger that can play both flanks, a creative midfielder and a RB to challenge Debuchy. That’s five, which is probably how many will leave.

  • 60 Mister Tuff // May 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    headtheball @56 – can you please justify your statement by citing was research or computing modelling you did in order to arrive at your conclusion.

  • 61 Mister Tuff // May 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    error was =what

  • 62 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Mister Tuff,
    What qualifications does a businessman need, probably the same as a bent accountant, crooked MP or a spin doctor, I would have thought.

  • 63 Blackley and Brownlie // May 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM


    The fact that businessmen at other clubs don’t rate the cups doesn’t justify NUFC not going all out to win them.

    Will you be attending the cup matches next season knowing that we don’t have any ambition to win? There really is no point.

  • 64 Graeme // May 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Here are some interesting stats on games at SJP under P45DUE

    “In Pardew’s three full seasons in charge, there has been a steady decline in percentage of games won, from 58% in 2011/12 to 47% during last season’s relegation battle, only to fall further this season, with a win percentage of 42%.”

    Its good to know he plays “On the front foot” !!!

  • 65 Ian Toon // May 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Munster Mag- 4-2-3-1 we’ve gone full circle. Hope your enjoying life- Keep The Faith.

  • 66 Graeme // May 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Here are the rest of the stats for games at SJP – not pleasant reading, for sure!!

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // May 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Was that because of EL games.

  • 68 Munster Mag // May 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    When you see that Gosling gets snapped up by mighty Bournemouth, it really does show that we don’t have a strong squad…..strange, but when I said he was crap and so was Obertan about 3 years ago I was told to sherrup! Gosling reflects Ashley’s discount based purchasing policy that I laid out years ago on this site:

    1. Talented kid – go for it ( assuming nice n cheap )
    2. Player at end of contact – go for it
    3 Player with injury at end of contract
    4 Player with noticeable discount ( eg Cisse ) – Go for it
    5. Player worth 5-6 mill or less – probably go for it
    6. Player worth 7-12 mill – prevaricate and mess up ….:(

  • 69 Munster Mag // May 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Ian , full circle and no progress ! 🙂

  • 70 Munster Mag // May 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Graeme stop that. Pardew is a winner, like his mate Colo

  • 71 santonthenewmaldini // May 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Has to be Remy even though he was not our player his goals kept us up this season

    Wish we had have paid him the money last season to properly sign him would have beat Benfica last year if he had have played as well !

    See Everton are rumoured to be in for Bony and Townsend?? We should be in for players of that calibre but I doubt we will be

    Just really do wonder who the hell we are going to sign I mean if we show some ambition we could get some excellent players with the TV money but I really worry as we have teams like Everton, Southampton, Spurs. Stoke and even Sunderland with spending power who have more ambition than we do competing for the same players !

    Maybe if they announced a player in the next week or so I would feel a bit better about the whole situation

  • 72 jimmysmith // May 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    So Mike has increased his wealth by over 1.5 billion in the past year aided in no small part you’d think by free advertising at St James’ and the brand recognition that comes with owning NUFC. Surely it’s time he invested some serious capital into it. Golden Goose that it is. Why wouldn’t you? I mean Newcastle goes off, isn’t SD likely to go through the roof along with it. I don’t quite understand the reluctance when you really are so well off and seemingly have so much to gain. Not quite following all this, if he doesn’t put in now.

  • 73 theartfuldodger // May 16, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Everton have mirallas barkley stones howard lukaku baines going to wcup…oviedo injured…

    Shampton have Llana Shaw Lambert lovren ramirez .. maybe rodriquez if not injured..

  • 74 Ketsbaia9 // May 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    It’s a tossup between Santon and Debuchy. I’d probably give it to Debuchy with Remy coming in third place.

  • 75 davetoon // May 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    will be shocked if Man Utd, Liverpool or Arsenal don’t bid for Debuchy as he’s a lot better than their current right backs

  • 76 Ketsbaia9 // May 16, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Can see Santon going to AC Milan or Chelsea.

  • 77 catchy in norway // May 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM


    im not implying anything like that,

    I am saying that we had the lowest amount of shots inside the box, and if you say we scored 35 well that’s great, we have quality players who can finish given the chance
    the very fact that we only scored 8 out of all the shots we had from outside the box just goes to show how much of a waste of time it is to do so,

    we would have been much better off trying to work the ball closer to the goal, more shots from inside the box, more chance of scoring

    and the fact that this has been the story for 3 years is shocking

    even you must see that, or is it injuries ? or the press, I just don’t know

  • 78 Ketsbaia9 // May 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Shame Jay Rodriguez got injured. I would’ve took him Agbonlahor, Rooney and Sturridge to Brazil. My England starting line-up would be:


    Johnson Cahill Phil Jones Baines

    Milner Gerrard Barkley Sterling

    Rooney Sturridge

    We are weak in defense, on the wings and in attack.

  • 79 Tim the toon // May 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Can’t see how any of our defenders can be player of the season – have you seen our goals against. If I recall we were the 5th worst in the league.

    For me Tiote or Sissoko – mainly for their work rate. I don’t think anyone had a great season

  • 80 catchy in norway // May 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM



    your mad mate

    phil jones has had a shocker, he does not know what position to play in

    Johnson, is having a mare right now

    sturridge misses more than he scores,

    the squad that is going out is the worst iv ever seen , to many squad players and rooney who never turns up

  • 81 Ketsbaia9 // May 16, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    I don’t rate Johnson, I prefer Walker and Richards, but they haven’t been selected We only have one right back. Jones is poor but he’s the second best centre back. Jagielka is too small and poor. Chris Smalling is useless. Welbeck and Henderson and bad players. Milner is one of our best players. Adam Johnson should’ve been called up.

    The squad’s a joke. We’ll miss the following:

    Adam Johnson
    John Terry
    Micah Richards
    Kyle Walker

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