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Newcastle Still Short Of At Least One Player

3:39 pm, Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

Newcastle played well last week against Manchester City in the 2-0 loss, and we played OK today at Villa Park, but we could have (easily) won this game if we had a Loic Remy or Demba Ba type player in the side – but we didn’t – and we don’t have one in the squad at the moment.

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Tim Krul in action this afternoon

It’s asking a loot for a player like Riviere to immediately fill that role and we haven’t seen much of Facundo Ferreyra yet, but in the first two games we could have done a lot better if we had a guaranteed PL goalscorer in the side.

Newcastle have struggled all year to score goals and we have yet to score a goal in our first two games, and with only 9 days to go in the transfer window we are hoping Newcastle will still try to bring a top striker through the door.

Aston Villa were ordinary this afternoon and it was Newcastle who created most of the chances but like the end of last season we just couldn’t find the net – and today’s game was similar to the second half last week as we labored to score.

And with Mike Williamson getting a red card for picking up two cautions, we’ll have to see how Steven Taylor fares next Saturday, but we could strengthen the side by bringing in a another good center-back – like Virgil van Dijk as one example.

That’s what we have seen in our first two games and we still have time to act in this transfer window even if a striker is brough in on loan for the season.

Newcastle’s best players today were Daryl Janmaat and Jack Colback who nearly always completes his passes.

And Daryl showed we will not miss Mathieu Debuchy too much this season and he had a very good game with two excellent attempts at goal in the second half.

It’s not too good a start with just one point from our first two games, but we shouldn’t over-react either.

What do you think?

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Aye….a decent manager !!!

  • 2 ToonMatt // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I honestly think that is it for this window? Ashley has spent the Cabaye and Debuchy money and that’s it, Anyone else think this is the case?

  • 3 Graeme // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Leave Saylor on the bench, bring MYM in out of the cold!!

  • 4 davetoon // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I remember when we were challenging with Liverpool for 4th place.

    I think Ashley needs a trophy buy.

    I mean FFS it must frustrate the hell out of him that most fans don’t like him. can’t belive he wouldn’t try and change that if he wants to stay here long term

    just doesnt make sense. Just do a Freddy Shepherd and buy a big name player, do a (genuine) Mea Culpa and most fans will accept it (catchy aside) and he would enjoy his life a lot more

  • 5 Graeme // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    ToonMatt – it sure is looking that way!!

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    @lee_ryder: Pardew feels that Cabella needs to smile to find his natural game http://t.co/W5jdbt6xga #nufc

    Speechless

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Surely even for Mashers the message has to be there that we need a proven striker and leaving it until January could be too late, why wait if the money is there, it really does go to show that there is a sure lack of ambition and this summers signings have been brought in purely to sell at a later date, sooner rather than later.

  • 8 Graeme // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Davetoon, FCB doesnt give a toss, as long as we stay in this division, get him his international advertising for peanuts – he will be more than happy!!!

  • 9 Ron Knee // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Quote from Paul Lambert:
    “I know for a fact we (ie Villa) will be a threat for anyone.”
    And we think P45 is deluded.

  • 10 DAVEMAC // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Ed dont know how you can say we played okay today we were dreadful against a very poor team, yes we might have been better than them but that means absolutely nothing in the big picture

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    When ill TDSarf raise his condescending, patronising head to tell us that the extra TV money has gone on wages, floodlights etc and that the reasion we never spent it last year was that it hadn’t been paid yet and all the other clubs would suffer because they spent theirs too early, well it has been fcuking paid now and there should be an extra 20M sitting in the bak, get it spent on Remy or Bony.

  • 12 optimistic prime // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Pardews comment to Warnock will be utter BS.

    Planting a seed for a excuse

    “I wanted another player but it didn’t work out”

    I’m not looking foward to Gillingham as I can see our usual cup form continuing.

    Pardew has to win that game comfortably otherwise SJP will turn on him again.

    Has anyone seen a improvement over 2nd half of last season?

    The majority of our squad including all the defence except Janmatt and Cabella have spent the whole summer training with Pardew or played under him last year.

    Zero improvement anywhere on the pitch in 3full seasons if anything were going backwards.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    BBC Football have it down as an entertaining but goal less draw, I never got to watch it as I’m at work.

  • 14 shearerclass09 // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    @jail remy doesn’t want to come so you cant buy him, Have you not noticed it’s hard to get top players when your not in champions league even man u are struglling to get people with all there cash

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    @GFN_France: QPR in advanced talks for Younes Belhanda, according to @footmercato.
    Full story: http://t.co/QuKU7hHgOw #QPR #MHSC

    Jesus

  • 16 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Jail, I’ve seen more entertainment from water down a drain pipe.

  • 17 Graeme // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    After that glorious game of Football, Villa are now TOP of the table with 4 points and we are in a magnificent 13th place. That could well change as the other games are played!!!
    Bottom could well be a reasonable expectation I guess!!!

  • 18 bladeuser // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Played ok r u blind say it how it
    Is and stop sitting on the fence we were and r shit and always will b while this bafoon is in charge

  • 19 Crow59 // Aug 23, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Soooooo

    Shane long – 12m
    Ross McCormack – 11m

    Mario Balotelli – 16m

    Just goes to show how expensive the English market is. At 16m Mario is an absolute steal shame it’s to the bin dippers but good business on there part.

    Today proved that we desperately need a goal scorer aswell as a quick CB as willo although capable isn’t cut out for the prem. 2 signings away from a decent squad as soon as everyone begins to gel and the new boys settle in

  • 20 Novocastrian66 // Aug 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    We need a goal scorer and they are like moon beams and do not come cheap. With all the money sloshing around we should be able to shell out on one. We should have won today, no doubt however we are missing the cool head up top.
    Villa are relegation certainties for me. They played like we did against Man City last week with the difference being we are not Man City.
    I’ll put my tin hat on now, I think Oberatn should have came on for Goufran in the second half to stretch Villa. If Aarrons had been on the bench he would have been my alternative choice.

  • 21 Sav // Aug 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    I said this after the City game. The margin of extra quality costs 20 million but that is what you are buying – the conversion of half-chances into goals and points. There may still be a deal for Remy but it doesn’t look likely. At the same time, we brought in Riviere and Perez and there’s no point having them here unless you give them their chance. de Jong just got his first start, Tiote is still to return and Cisse will be back and all these need to grow into a side. For now, lets concentrate on the good stuff we are doing.
    Pity about Williamson but if Van Dijk arrives it could do as much for us as a striker in terms of our general play and goals from set pieces.




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