Is This Is A New Era At Newcastle United?


Newcastle have so far done what they had to do this summer, and already have signed some very good players, and that’s surprised a lot of fans that Newcastle have done so well – at least so far in this transfer window.

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Steven Taylor – 10 years in the first team at Newcastle

Newcastle still have work to do, and we need some strikers and a creative midfield player brought in – but the mood on Tyneside is lifting – but whether this is the start of a new era – we don’t know.

But it’s a bit like three years ago when we also had a very good transfer window,  and ended up 5th top – and if we can do that again next season and finish in the top six – that would be just terrific.

Steven Taylor has work to do in the pre-season to show he is still good enough to stay on Tyneside after a poor season last term.

The local lad has been interviewed in the Express and he says it seems like a new area at the club – this is what Steven has said:

“It feels like a new era at Newcastle,” “We knew when Yohan Cabaye left that the gaffer would have to bring in some new signings and it has happened now.”

“Quite a number of new players have come in and everyone around the club is very excited about the future.” “We are looking at the new season knowing we have some great signings and we are all looking forward to it.”

“You are seeing the start of a new era now at Newcastle and I’ve seen a few eras over the years. That’s what it feels like. It is a new start with great signings and you can sense the fans are getting very excited as well.”

“The new players have given a lift to the whole city. It is something we needed and it has happened.” “Everybody has looked at how we did last season and especially with results in the second half of the campaign.”

“We know we have to improve considerably from that.”  “I’m really excited about some of the new players. You see Siem De Jong and straight away you know he is class. If you give him the ball he will hurt you.”

“He gets the ball under control easily and has a look around, which is always the sign of a good player. He has got all the touches and he sees passes which other players don’t see.”

“We obviously missed a bit of that last season when Yohan left, so I’ve been very impressed by him.”  “The goal he scored against Oldham showed what a good finisher he is and I’m sure there will be plenty more where that came from.”

Siem de Jong has certainly looked good so far, but he was always a good technical player and scored some great goals for Ajax, and in 244 appearances for them he scored 78 goals – and that’s not bad for a midfielder.

We don’t know if this is a new era or not, but the fact that is the conversation this summer shows Newcastle are doing something right – and certainly we have signed some very good players for some very reasonable fees.

It would be great if Newcastle can break back into the top six again next season – and it’s possible – although very difficult.

What do you think?

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106 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think STaylor quite understands the word era.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #2

    ED the club publicly stated that they DON’T want Newcastle competing for cups so top 6 is out of the question

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  • Bambams

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Must admit it is SDJ who I am really looking forward to seeing play.

    Bloke looks class

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  • cestriasteve

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    If Ben Arfa is out of condition what is Steven Taylor classed as.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Jesper
    So Benny should continue to essentially self destruct his own career on the off chance Pardew is sacked before the 1st of February?
    All to teach Pardew a lesson?
    And then not get a new contract anyway due to age and and wages?

    How does that make any sense to any party? Surely it’s best for everyone for HBA to move on now?

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail for Ashley

    I don’t think S.Taylor quite understands the word defend

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  • expatmag

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #7

    B&W

    We will have more of a chance of challenging for a bottom 6 spot this season mate

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  • Graeme

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Bring in Dier from Portugal, sell Mr Taylor – both moves would improve NUFC’s back four. If we are lucky, we’ll get £5 Million for Saylor and spend it on Dier – therefore a “No-cost” improvement.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Stevie, we knew two windows ago that we should have brought more players in as well as a capable manager.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    expatmag

    I 100% agree with you there mate, especially with Pardew still here

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  • Shot Bru

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #11

    Hmm..take note Taylor….good control, good passing, reads and understands the game and most importantly good composure…unfortunately you possess none of these qualities Mr Taylor…

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    JFA
    I’m sure there are a lot of words Taylor doesn’t understand mate

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    I can just imagine this lineup

    Krull
    Janmaat, MYM, Willo, Santon
    Tiote, Sissoko
    HBA, SDJ, Cabella
    Cisse/Riv

    and then Pardew tells them to hoof it long 😉

    Oh and what style did we play against Oldham? it certainly wasn’t passing attacking style?

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    pretty ironic Taylor coming out with that statement about new era and considering he’s the worse defender we have I’m sure in some way he was talking about himself and his level compared to the other 3

    Willo
    MYM
    Collo
    Saylor

    yep Saylor it’s an new era for you mate because your sh!t 🙂 end off

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  • willgrey

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Just because the club says they don’t want to challenge for cups or top 6, it doesn’t mean players fill the same way. I think if we start we’ll this season we can continue through till the end aim for top 10 but push for top 6

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Tads…I think Benny is fighting fire with fire and he refusing to give in to this sort of harassment with the lack of a better word!

    …time will tell what happens, but if he stays I think it could benefit Newcastle cause you never know what will happen within a season.

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  • Slank

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Black and White with an army @ 2

    ‘…club publicly stated that they DON’T want Newcastle competing for cups….’

    The club never said that. It said that the Premiership was its priority.

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  • ethiotoon

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    I like hatem a lot,he is important player for us.I don’t think he has worrying attitude as well.but he won’t pass the ball when he had to.no strength,weak defensively, that’s is why AP wants him to go.
    If borini cost £14m,hatem should cost aleast £8m.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Alexandre Lacazette confirms that he will stay at Lyon to @infosportplus. More to follow. #OL

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Jesper
    But how is? How is ruining his own career going to effect Pardew?
    He’ll be 28 at the end of the season, he already stalled contract talks so the club took it off the table
    How will HBA reach potential rotting in the reserves?

    It’s telling that he hasn’t even featured for them, both Oberran and Marv did when sent there to regain fitness, Narv has regained fitness and has been rewarded with interest from other clubs
    If a player has been told they no longer feature in the plans of the club then that’s that really
    He’s not the first player to have been told that and I doubt he’ll be the last, the only question is does he want to further his career or be an Alan Smith

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail…then I don’t need to tell you 🙂 I only knows German.

    Pardew…wants new players buy I don’t think he will get that without flocking some…especially some on big wages.

    Not naming Benny will hurt Newcastle. Do you think this is so black and white that Pardeu is right here? And even if he is not, which I think he is not, why all of the sudden the interest in Benny making what you think would be the best decision for him?

    I think him staying would be best for Newcastle and if he decides to leave then good luck to him.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #22

    On Carroll I think there is a lot of resentment towards the lad for leaving us in the first place. Im sure most would agree that they were devastated when we sold him.
    He was scoring for fun and most pundits were touting him to be the future England no9. The outrage it caused across Nufc blogs was unfounded, Yet years on there is still obvious hatred still towards the player.
    I agree he is not worth 15 mill……..But then we go back to the old English overpriced debate. If Mcormack is worth 11 mill then Carroll is by definition is definitely worth 15.
    As for him being only good with his head, I can remember plenty of goals with his feet from both inside and outside the box as well as showing nifty feet at times.
    The truth is that his career has stalled through injury and in my mind would be the big stumbling block on bringing him back

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #23

    Ipswich Town are now in the frame for #NUFC ST Adam Campbell on loan. Northampton made enquiries a couple of weeks ago #ITFC #NTFC

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #24

    Sorry that last part of post #20 was for you tads! 🙂

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    The striker heavily rumoured to be Newcastle United’s main target, Alexandre Lacazette, is set to put those rumours to bed by signing a new extended contract to commit him to Lyon until 2019.

    With fifteen goals in thirty six Ligue 1 appearances last season, Lacazette had become one of the most talked about young strikers in France.

    alexandre lacazetteHowever, the Lyon striker has now stated that;

    “I will be staying at Lyon – I want to continue my development here.”

    This followed comments on Friday from Lyon President, Jean-Michel Aulas;

    “We had lunch with him (Lacazette) and his agent yesterday and we’re on track to agreeing a 3 year extension. It’s for him to make the decision. He’s under contract until 2016 and he’s still a young (23) player.”

    It looks increasingly difficult to see where Newcastle will sign a striker with any kind of credible goalscoring record to be the main focus of the attack. Emmanuel Riviere may prove a decent signing but his goalscoring record is nothing to shout about.

    Figures of up to £16m had been speculated about Lacazette and while he scored 15 Ligue 1 goals in his breakthrough season, the striker had only scored 9 league goals in his previous 70 games (28 of them from the bench).

    This summing up just how precious proven goalscorers are and the fact that Newcastle will almost certainly have to pay the going rate, both in terms of transfer fee and wages, to stand any chance of attracting one

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #26

    That last part didn’t even make sense. Tads I’ll try again:

    Do you think this is so black and white that Pardeu is right here? And even if he is, which I think he is not, why all of the sudden the interest in Benny making what you think would be the best decision for him?

    I think him staying would be best for Newcastle and if he decides to leave then good luck to him
    is

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #27

    Jazzyp…didn’t Lacazette want CL football? Probably no CL club were interested given the fee Lyon was quoted wanting!

    …he was never really a realistic option for us do you think?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #28

    Jesper
    The interest is we don’t have another season of the HBA debate which tbh is now null and void as it’s clear he doesn’t have a future
    Him Marv Jonas Obertan all big earners who don’t feature or don’t offer anything to the team
    If Padrew wants new players then it’s in the clubs best interest to shift them out and in fans best interest to see some young exciting players who would feature bought in, even if it’s only 1-2 players we can get through there wages it’s still adding to the squad as those four just aren’t used and won’t be
    No longer care who’s fault it is HBA is overweight or banished to the reserves the over riding point is he is and no longer has a role in the tea and absolutely nothing to gain rotting in the reserves all he is doing is hampering his chances of signing for a decent club, at the end if his contract he will of missed nearly 3 seasons of football, that won’t impact Pardew at all and given the signings made I doubt it will overly impact the squad, in fact given the signings and Benny’s demotion it fully suggests Pardew still has MA’s full backing, i doubt he’ll lose any sleep about HBA’s current dilemma otherwise he would of intervened by now

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #29

    Morning Jesper
    Unsure mate as it was quoted that we had originally agreed a fee for Lacazette but like you say he wanted CL football.
    At the end of the day if the player is under contract he has the right to stay, And maybe Lacazette see’s more of a future at Lyon than starting a new era with NUFC

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  • bladeuser

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #30

    A new era would b great so lets start by selling steven taylor then a new era of better defending can begin the manager or directors should make the statements
    the players NO as they come out with utter drivel every time especially brain dead taylor

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #31

    jazzy

    top of the morning to you

    you aint wrong on carol its an injustice to him to say he is only good with his head

    i don’t think it would be good for him to come back
    his outside life could become a problem back home

    15mill is far to much if we wait a 18mnths we could prob sign him on a free he would still have to take a pay cut to come

    are the hammers willing to sell him i bet fat sam don’t wanna sell him even though he has to entertain, he still has to win as well

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  • Lost Plot

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #32

    Passes other players dont see?

    Didnt that sum up the end of last season???

    Really hope we see Wor Steve back in the campaign with real good effect!

    If we can get it right there aint no reason us not to a Top 5 by Crimbo … Its April May when we really in the Thick of it … Should be proper Canny Season 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Jazzy
    There has been a lot of links with Gignac going and Lyon have offered Lacazette a 3 year extension so maybe they see him as the main man now and have offered him a more prominent role?

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #34

    Sorry off topic I know but is just been reported on Sky news that the Ukranian intelligence have caught Russia sending in a further convoy of 15 trucks containing tanks/Missile launchers.
    Cant believe they have still not learnt there lesson after the appalling event that tuck place a few days ago

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #35

    Anyone else extremely worried that we won’t get a top striker in and we’ll just gamble as per and have a mediocre to bad season as a result?

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  • nut meg

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #36

    Was it not reported a few weeks ago that Lyon had a debt that had to be paid back at the end of this month ? I’m pretty sure the report said that they would have to sell players because they’re skint.I think the debt was over 20m.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #37

    I could take another mediocre season if it guaranteed Pardew was out by the end of it.

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  • dufuss

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #38

    dont all reports lie

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #39

    @GFN_France: 6 Shakhtar Donetsk players have gone into hiding since their friendly w/ Lyon last night. They refuse to return to Ukraine. (Canal +) #OL

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  • Belfast

    Jul 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #40

    If they pay 15 million for Carroll they’re a bunch of mugs.

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