These Two Players Will Make A Difference Up Front


In the last two seasons Newcastle have won their Premier League fixture at Aston Villa 2-0, and the season before that we drew 1-1, so Villa Park has been  a happy hunting ground for Newcastle over the last few seasons.

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Alan Pardew – a win would be good at Villa Park

And Alan Pardew will be hoping we can pick up 3 points on Saturday in the early kick-off game, but a defeat would not be good, and we’ve even seen some headlines yesterday that this is a must win game for Pardew.

And it’s only the second game of the season, so that’s hardly realistic.

But it is true that Pardew must get off to a decent start this season, after the last two seasons have turned out to be very poor ones for Newcastle.

Alan Pardew has been talking about the Aston Villa game today:

“We won there last year, and we can go there with confidence after the performance against City, and hopefully get ourselves a win.”

“I thought as a team and as a squad, you could see there was a togetherness there.” “If we take that into every game – we won’t come up against that sort of quality every week – we will win more than we lose.”

“I don’t think we should read too much into our goal threat against City, because we still have Papiss to come back, and we still have Siem de Jong to join this group.”

“If you put that into the mix – with Manu, who I thought was decent on Sunday – we have got a good forward line.”

We looked a bit impotent in the final third on Sunday, especially in the first half,  but we did have Siem de Jong and Papiss Cisse out, and those two should make a big difference – and Siem hopefully will be able to make his competitive debut for Newcastle on Saturday.

And we still have to see Facundo Ferreyra make his Newcastle debut, and the Argentine striker will no doubt be given his chance this season.

There are a couple of things worrying us at the moment – the strength of depth at center-back in case Colo or Willo get injured and also up front, where we haven’t brought in a  proven goalscorer.

But there’s still 12 days to go in the transfer window,  and Newcastle could still bring in a couple of very good players, with a target  being center-back Micah Richards of Manchester City.

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30 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Lilo, Cestri

    I don’t agree with richards is better than Saylor, not saying Saylor is good. I just can’t a player who hasn’t played for 2 years because he couldn’t get into the squad is a good player especially compared with Willo and Mbiwa. Both Willo and Mbiwa each has played more than Richards last season. Satka and Good is better option in financial matter, I’m not convince that Satka and Good are worse than Richards. We haven’t seen Richards played lately, so how can we judge the current Richards is better than what we have?
    He doesn’t seem to put any effort to fight for his place in the team.

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  • Magpie Myles

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost from last thread.

    Our Toon

    I have to disagree, keeping confidence in a team is a big part of what makes a team work and gel together.

    Last year we lacked confidence from top to bottom because of the sale of our biggest asset and then losing a few games and heads were down, even Pardews was.

    I think it’s good to see a team spirit we havent had for 6 months at the club and im glad Pardew has praised Cabella, Colback and Riviere for their debuts, especially for Riviere and Cabella who are still adapting but put great display of determination in. Colback had a lot of energy around the pitch and also played some great passes to sissoko out wide and do Janmatt to get him involved in the game.

    Get behind the team mate, that would be a good way to support the club.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Edit…..

    Right Back Micah Richards, who is certainly more than competent at CB and certainly better than saylor, but lets get his primary position right.

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  • Blofal

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    My starting 11 doesn’t currently have Sissoko in it. He had a very good world cup but pre season and first match he was average I thought. I think he could be a powerful bench player until he works his way back into the team. Providing everyone is fit I would play this against Villa..

    Janmaat – Willo – Coloccini – Haidara
    ————Tiote – Colback
    Cabella——-De Jong——-Gouffran
    —————-Riverie

    Two players need to be dropped from last week for Tiote and De Jong to come in. Colback more than earned a starting place. So I think the logical candidates to be dropped are Anita, Sissoko or Gouffran.

    However I think Pardew though will drop Anita and Gouffran and have Sissoko down the right and move Cabella out left.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    I think cabella could be a hit if we play to his strengths.

    For that to happen pardew has to permanently ditch the containing, non-moving midfield and defending too deep mentality.

    I would have no worries about Cabella under an attacking manager who lets his players express themselves, I just hope he won’t get shackled by Pardew’s usual methods.

    Pointless buying in all these flair and creative players if the style doesn’t change also.

    That’s right across the board from getting a shot on goal during 94 mins to varied and imaginative free kicks etc, etc.

    It’s all there for Pardew if he just loses the fear.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Santon03

    Simple answer is…. Because Taylor is an awful liability with zero composure and the timing of a broken childs digital watch! I have sneezed out thinhs that could defend better than him 😀

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  • Rainrix

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Sissoko will never get dropped, for me. He’s a pardew favourite. He’s a cracking player on his day but he has massive consistency issues and struggles to pick a basic pass sometimes. Remember this interview?

    http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/newcastle-united/news/pardew-i-wont-drop-sissoko_114937.html

    It wasn’t that he was adapting to the league, just plain old inconsistency,

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Ethio,
    I’m not basing my posts on the Man City game. I’m basing it on his entire time here. His passing is poor, he has concentration lapses which, if he played deeper would be more costly and he is too easily pushed off the ball for a man his size. He could be excellent if he eradicates errors, but at 25 he should be doing so this season. I’m not saying I would drop him yet, until Chucky is up to speed he could have a role out wide but he could be in danger of struggling to find a place if he doesn’t improve in these areas.

    Santon,
    None of our side would get in Man City’s team mate. Using that as a yardstick would mean we don’t want any of our players.

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  • dannitoon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Wasn’t it 2-1.. sure benteke scored

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  • Ethiotoon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #10

    How come Villa game should be a must win game?
    it’s Astonvilla we talking about,away from home,not easy.Villa come away winners against one of much strengthened teams in this summer.ED…why are you try to pressurized the mgr at timed???

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Our Toon

    August 20, 2014

    Magpie Myles

    I’ve stated numerous times that the decline had begun with Cabaye here. We were very poor against Stoke until the red cards, lost to Arsenal, WBA, Cardiff and Man City until we beat West Ham who had 9 injuries to senior players and they got tonked by 7 goals in a midweek game. Cabaye was the perfect excuse but the wheels had already come off.

    I agree morale is important, but it’s a bit hypocritical if he’s doing this for morale yet outcasting Jonas and HBA!!

    Our Toon

    August 20, 2014

    If recent news is to be believed then are we right to assume that Tiote will go out and in comes Sinclair, and Richards will come in for a CB (Saylor) but knowing this mob we’ll probably move out MYM.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Rainrix,
    Football is a fickle mistress. What Pardew says one week is ancient history the next. I imagine Ginger Jack will become a favourite, Tiote already is, Cabella, Riviere and SDJ all will play as they have only just arrived so it doesn’t leave much room for Sissoko if he isn’t doing well.

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  • MassiveG

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Blofal

    Your team seems to be missing Sissoko…

    Yeah Colback looked decent but Sissoko was rampaging all over the place setting up our attacking play, bombing forward, holding off Yaya Toure, winning aerial battles, he’s first name on the sheet

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Is now the right time for someone to tell pardew that HBA scored in that game and got an assist.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Good match report from Quinny
    @ChronicleNUFC: .@mickquinn1089 has a new column out today saying #NUFC need more firepower against #AVFC http://t.co/tCIvVhuXDX http://t.co/pwi3EaRWwe

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Ethio,
    Because that will put Pardew on 1 win in 10. Villa away is the away game NUFC have had most success in and they are not a great side. They have one or 2 good players but that is it. They are a team that we should be beating if we have aspirations of anything above 10th.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Lilo
    Still leaves room for Sissoko for me tbf when SDJ comes in, would much rather see him rampaging up the right flank than Goofy up the left

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Ethiotoon

    Come on!! We should be beating Villa! Your getting excuses ready for a draw or a defeat. How does an article on a blog put pressure on the Manager?? Are you Pardews PR manager?

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    LG

    Do you not think we will need Sissoko because of the pace Villa have in the squad?

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #20

    “I don’t think we should read too much into our goal threat against City”

    hmmmmm. Is that because you’re renowned for scoring goals, Alan? We haven’t hit the target in a number of games against lesser teams. Nothing new.

    I’d call it more being aware of it that not reading into it as much.

    I saw the little deflection pointing to players not being there. When those two come back in then two have to drop out. In Cisse’s case, he may not even play him. So mentioning him is a bit cheeky.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    @ChronicleNUFC: .@mickquinn1089 has a new column out today saying #NUFC need more firepower against #AVFC http://t.co/tCIvVhuXDX
    Good match report from Quinny

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  • martoon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    I see Pardew haters are giving him grief for commenting on players. Pardew is obliged to give a certain amount of press interviews per week and the quotes you see are most probably the answers to direct questions about certain players – he doesn’t just come out with random comments for the sake of it!!!!!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Tads,
    Yeah, I agree, but when Chucky gets up to speed I expect he will come in up front and Riviere will move to the left, Cabella right and SDJ central. Sissoko out at that stage for me, unless there is marked improvement in his game for him to play in a deeper central role. He is more than capable of doing this, but he needs to show it.

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  • TheBossMan

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #24

    If we are going after Richards as a CB for 4.5 mill, why dont we try for Dawson from Spurs at 5mill or why didn’t we go for Steven Caulker who signed for QPR for 6mill…. Easy and most logical answer is we are NOT going after any more defenders.. SADLY

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Martoon, he does cone out with random comments because he is a regular liar.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Martoon

    That’s not the same press he blamed for a defeat against Stoke is it? Or the same press he ignored after sociedad game is it?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #27

    Ethio

    Ed trying to pressurise the manager!!!

    Every manager is under pressure but unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 2 seasons our manager, since all the signings is rightly under more pressure than most to succeed, when any other manager with the same records would have been sacked along long time ago.

    Pardew is very very lucky to still be here, courtesy of an owner who doesn’t seem to care an awful lot.

    Markakkus

    Quite right in your analysis of Saylor. Just not sure Richards is necessarily the answer, given his awful injury record.

    Saylor out and one of Nastasic or Coates on loan I would have thought would be a good compromise for now.

    As for this Sinclair link – why? when we have Cabella, Aarons, Riviere, Gouffran, Obertan and Sammi.

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  • WLtoon

    Aug 20, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #28

    I said last wk that we have the players to beat Villa, so the ball is in Pardews court now.
    It will probably take Villa to score before we start going for it and that is annoying.
    Time will tell whether De Jong is the missing link between us being offensive or defensive, but somehow i think its Pardew who will decide how we play , obviously.

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  • switch365

    Aug 20, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #29

    I think Villa is the game where the Toon need to show their statement of intent!

    So LC, after the match, have words with Randy Learner (epic pornstar name) and arrange the switch of Concrete Ron to the Toon and Saylor to Villa please bonny lad.

    We did look a little toothless v Citeh, but given that so many players made their PL debut in addition to the fact that SDJ didn’t play, I’d expect to see a huge improvement in that department.

    I don’t see how Colback can be dropped for the match after the display he put on and how dangerous his set-pieces were. So to me it looks like it’s Sissoko or Tiote, personally I’d go for the former.

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  • James RS

    Aug 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #30

    To make any impression on the top six we still need a Proven Striker; Back up Defender (preferably Centre Back) and also a quality Winger to create those chances. Maybe Ashley is happy finishing just outside the European spots and making a steady profit out of the club. Of course I hear you say.

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