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Newcastle Squad Looks Stronger Than It Was Last Year

8:51 am, Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Cheick Tiote returned this week and had his first game for Newcastle on Wednesday night at Sheffield Wednesday, and the Ivory Coast International will be involved in the Schalke 04 Cup this weekend, when Newcastle play two games – one this afternoon against Malaga CF,  and one tomorrow against the German hosts.

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Cheick Tiote in action on Wednesday against Wednesday

Tiote has been at Newcastle for four years now, and he is one of Newcastle’s most committed players, and on his day he is a real strength in the center of midfield for the Magpies.

And it hasn’t gone unnoticed with Cheick that Newcastle have done some great business so far in this summer’s transfer window.

Cheick was asked in the Shields Gazette what the goals for Newcastle were this season:

“You never know in the Premier League, but we are working hard, and hope to have a good season.” “We just have to stay together on the pitch and try to win every game. We will see where we finish.”

“The squad looks stronger than it was last year.” “Hopefully, we will do well on the pitch this season – better than last season.”

“I think it’s good for me, and I hope I will help the team have a good season,” “We won at Wednesday, and it was a good game.” “We will continue to work hard for the new season.”

“Lots of the players were really tired, but we stayed together on the pitch. It wasn’t easy.” “The young players also did well. It’s not easy for them for come into the first team. The manager was happy with them.”

There was good news yesterday that Newcastle had agreed a loan deal to bring 23 year-old striker Facundo Ferreyra from Shakhtar Donetsk for next season for a €2M (£1.6M) loan fee, with an option to sign the striker permanently for €8M (£6.4M),  if he does well.

Newcastle have already signed Ayoze Perez, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella, Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere and Daryl Janmaat this summer, and it’s expected that Ferreyra will be unveiled early next week – probably on Monday.

There’s little doubt Newcastle have done well this summer, but it also seems Alan Pardew has given up on striker Loic Remy – who doesn’t seem to want to come back to Newcastle.

Silly lad. :D

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Aug 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Markaccus

    Remember two days ago:
    ‘ Slank – If nufc are doing transfer business in your bones, no wonder we find it hard to sign players?’

    The old bones don’t lie.

    Facundo Ferreyra and ‘..given up on signing Loic Remy so that the club keeps its, “…own respect and professionalism.”. Clearly the club were in discussion with QPR, Remy and his agent.

    My old bones are still telling me the club’s business is not finished.

  • 2 Monument Mal // Aug 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I think time will tell if the new squad is stronger than last season’s. So far we have replaced proven performers with players of potential, and this could all go horribly wrong. It’s quality as well as quantity we need and let’s not forget that Ashley is still well in profit on transfer dealings.

  • 3 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Slank

    roll the bones, mate :D

    I hope you are right. Wouldn’t mind another CB. Thats the priority imo

  • 4 Brutooon // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    it is stronger than the last 14 years because:

    we get rid of Shola Sh*t Ameobiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • 5 clinath@ed // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    I think there is a certain amount of brinkmanship going on with the Remy saga. Not heard the last of this one.

  • 6 clinath@ed // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Definitely need a quality CB. But I do not think Ashley will sanction the move for one, when he sees 4 first teamers and 2/3 youngsters who can do the job already on the books.

  • 7 jazzyp // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Markaccus

    Mapou was lucky to stay on the park in the second game on tour. Because again his rash judgement jeopardises the back line.
    We can ill afford to play a liability at the back as this cost us more than ever last season. We shipped goals for fun last term, And this position for me needs to be addressed as much as the CF position does.
    Mapou has the talent that is clear to see, And I for one was happy when we signed him. but for whatever reason that has not transgressed onto the pitch. Whether its game time or not he looks all over the place when on the park and looks an accident waiting to happen

  • 8 murvar // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    I’m glad we aren’t signing Remy. He simply doesn’t want to be here – he used us and Pards is right to say that we shouldn’t be treated with that degree of contempt. We have signed some proven players – Cabella, Janmaat and De Jong – and our track record is good on identifying potential. So – reasons to be cheerful. I am astonished by the negativity of some posters.

  • 9 jazzyp // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Slank

    I agree mate I don’t think we are finished in the transfer market either. I see a few suprises yet of a positive nature.

  • 10 Slank // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Mal

    It’s always a gamble buying players especially from abroad.

    Cabaye and Debuchy were not proven performers when they arrived. Colo definitely was not.

    Even a great manager like Sir Bobby brought in some turkeys. Christian Bassedas was a good example.

    Other Newcastle managers are not exempt:

    Stephane Guivarc’h
    Albert Luque
    Xisco
    Elena Marcelino
    Carl Cort
    Jean Alain Boumsong
    etc etc

  • 11 jazzyp // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Newcastle Vs Malaga
    On Sky Channel 167 at 2.15pm
    #NUFC

  • 12 Slank // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Markaccus

    I will have to look into the tea leaves for a more accurate prediction.

  • 13 Nam-Magpie // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Yes the squad looks stronger,but with Pardew’s tactics the chances that we will have a better season are slim..

  • 14 Markaccus // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Jazzy

    thats fair enough. I suppose we all see different things when we watch games. I will stick my neck out and say a think he will have a much better season this time, hopefully having got used to the premiership.

  • 15 deeps // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Today we are gonna be playing against a solid mid table la liga team in malaga ..probably our first real test of the season..

    Guys predictions pls??

  • 16 Mag52 // Aug 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Deeps. My prediction – Whatever the result, however we play, whichever formation we put out, there will be some of our ‘armchair managers’ who will have a go at AP.
    It’s become all too predictable and all too boring.

  • 17 joeinthecheapseats // Aug 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Was having a similar discussion last night about Remy
    I think it’s gamesmanship Pardew wants him in whilst Remy is hoping a champions league come in for him
    Pardew says we are moving on to try and get Remy to commit to the move
    I can’t dispute he is a greedy mercenary git but he goes score goals in this league

  • 18 ToonMatt // Aug 2, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    I don’t get why people are calling Remy for not wanting to come here? It’s a fact we do not want to be in cup competitions or Europe? Nor have we shown any ambition to challenge for the league oh and we have the greediest owner in football who has spent the Cabaye and Debuchy money and not a penny more? Proof with our latest signing being on loan, He’s pocketed the TV money!

  • 19 dannitoon // Aug 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    If remy decides to stay at QPR it’s either the £££££££ or arsenal and Liverpool are waiting to see how they and he does up to January. .. i hope he flops in a poor QPR side and is left to struggle in front of 17000 fans




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