Next Four League Games Crucial For Newcastle


It was what we would call a worrying performance from Newcastle on Saturday,  because we did not look good at the back and even when the brilliance of young 18 year-old Rolando Aarons had us ahead 3-2 with only two minutes to play in normal time, we couldn’t hang on for the win, and Wilfried Zaha equalized with only two minutes of the seven minutes added time to go.

siem de jong grea hands in air

Siem de Jong – could be key player for us this season

So we picked up only two points from our first three league games, and most of us thought we could get all three points on Saturday – in fact 70% in our poll thought we would win the game.

The next four league games will not be easy for Newcastle:

September
Sat 13	15:00	A	Southampton				
Sat 20	15:00	H	Hull City				
Wed 24	19:45	A	Crystal Palace	- League Cup		
Mon 29	20:00	A	Stoke City				
October
Sat 04	15:00	A	Swansea City	

In fact in those four corresponding fixtures last season we lost all four.

We were hammered 4-0 at Southampton, we lost 3-2 at home to Hull, 1-0 at Stoke and 3-0 at Swansea City, so those games will not be easy ones, with the most of those teams now improved from last season.

And we face a tough Capital One Cup tie at Crystal Palace on 24th September too.

It’s going to be interesting to see how many points we will have after our first 7 league games this season.

Last season we had only 7 points from those league games but we also won our two Capital One Cup games 2-0 at Morecambe and at home to Leeds United and then went on a good run that has us in 6th place in the league by Boxing Day after we hammered a 9 man Stoke side 5-1.

At that time we had 33 points from 18 games – but it was all downhill from there.

We would hope to have at least that many points this season, but our performances will have to improve a lot from last Saturday, which we hope was just an off day at the office.

Siem de Jong didn’t look too good on Saturday, so we were even pleased when Alan Pardew said he still wasn’t fully fit – hopefully the Dutchman will be fit for our next game at Southampton a week on saturday.

Our defense is a worry especially since we let Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa leave for Roma yesterday without replacing him – so we hope Colo and Willo can start putting in some solid performances at the back – and let’s just hope neither of them gets injured. 🙁

And Alan Pardew needs to give youth a chance and start Rolando Aarons at Southampton – he was easily our best player last Saturday after he came on after about 67 minutes – and he should have started the game.

What do you think?

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26 comments so far

  • yorkymag

    Sep 2, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Whatever your views on benny or mym and these will be varied for obvious reasons
    What is fact is we have a weaker squad as we wake this morning than we were yesterday and also weaker than a year ago .if benny was a nuisance then we needed some real flair in the squad if that is Cabella then who does cabyane job it has been evident that in the first few games the team has no shape ,no focal point .
    JC is a good player and adds real energy but he is not going to open a defence up De jonk seems confused as to where pardew wants him to
    play ,worse still where are the goals coming from
    Perez looks like he could be ok ,arrons has some potential but is raw in the extreme. Rivière is simply not a lone striker and certainly not a natural finisher,we are yet to see our loan signing and cisse well who knows,certainly not reliable.
    Tiotie is still with us and that’s a positive he will add some steel but how does he JC and Sissoko fit in the same midfield
    But to cap it all we now have only 3 recognised centre backs ,two who are average at best and also injury prone

    Simply madness

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  • dannitoon

    Sep 2, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Results will similar to last season… we havent even got a 2nd team to send the palace

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  • 70TWO

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #3

    ‘Hope’ is gone

    Same old same old to continue

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #4

    The window wasnt too bad.
    Mym was let go as he wasn’t suited to the premiership .. Remi street has already been penciled in, hence the comments from pardew about him and Aaron’s making the step up. With Curtis good due back we do have a good enough back line if the tactics are right, pardew is terrible at this.
    Still can’t wait for the lodgers to f**k off though

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #5

    hope we get defeated in all those games just to get rid of pardew

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  • stan anderson

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope we get zero points from those games as it make the natives restless again and stage another demo or a mass walkout of the ground lol.
    The only way to p-ss them off is to stop giving them your cash as i have always said.
    It wont happen as we have proved time and again.
    WE ARE MUGS.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #7

    its about time the fans on here got there heads sorted about the fans who go to games there the ones with the power just look at cardiff game pards was like a rabbit in headlights he would be gone in a couple of games get them on side pardue would be gone

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  • Slank

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #8

    yorkymag @ 1

    I agree with your assessment of those players.

    Janmaat – Good player especially going forward.
    Colback – Good player, very tidy, full of energy, good passer of the ball but not the killer pass. Will benefit from having Tiote alongside him.
    Cabella – Full of tricks, works hard, can see a pass but hasn’t got that electric turn of pace. Not sure being on the wing is his best position. Would like to see him in midfield.
    De Jong – Intelligent player but possibly confused as to whether he is in midfield or supporting the lone striker possibly because the team hasn’t fully gelled yet and the tactics are not fully refined enough.
    Rivierre – Big, strong and pacy but probably needs more players up beside him.

    Special mention to:

    Aarons – Quick, clever, two good feet and works well with Haidara. Not afraid to have a go.
    Haidara – Excellent fullback especially going forward. Great crosser of a ball. Work really well with Aarons.

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  • Harley

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #9

    The players we’ve brought in have pretty much replaced the ones we sold.
    We now have no Remy and no mbiwa who were here this time last season.
    I just fail to see how Ashley doesn’t realise this. Every other team had got stronger exept us.
    It started well with the players coming in early but it would only be successful with the addition of a striker and cb.
    Baffling!!

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  • BuckLuck

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope we lose those matches as well. The crowd will turn on Pardew again, and perhaps you’re right hibbit…

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  • TheToonKing

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope they at least forbid Ben Arfa to play against us for Hull. Would break my heart.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone heard any rumours about a takeover recently?

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  • stan anderson

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Before anyone starts calling me a Mackem, i love the Toon as much as anyone can,i was born and bred in Walker and started going to St.James,s when i was 7, i am now 63 so have seen a lot of bad days,but nothing as bad as this shower of s–te ruining my club and bleeding it for all they can get.Cocneys out.
    ,

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Jayjo,

    Surely you can see we arn’t get any better or stronger for all the money that this club is recieving? Hull have just been promoted and have spent 36 million on eleven players. Do you see what is wrong with this picture?

    We are plodding on and not even spending what we rake in, we just replace and spend what we make in transfers.

    We have stagnated and it’s on purpose so he can bank all profit.

    We are not getting any better as a football club our aim is only to survive and take gambles each season.

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  • Mag52

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #15

    It was a close thing, but I think we made it !!
    Made what ?
    Why – balanced the books of course.
    But what about the team ?
    Oh b@gger the team ! It’s the books that matter.

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  • jukitsu

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #16

    It was a disgusting deadline day. Getting rid of Hatem and Mbiwa and not getting replacements.. With Pardew in charge it’s relegation battle looming.

    I’m f***ing gutted, hope Hatem does well for Hull. Hopefully Pardew gets sacked and we can recall Hatem. 🙂

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  • valle

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #17

    The people in charge of this club from the owner and down to the manager are clueless on a whole new level. They ruin what could have been the first positive vibe in years on the last day of the transfer window. Most people have now gone from quite pleased with the transfer window to absolutely gutted. Pardew will be under preassure from the fans much easier now and all of this will reflect back on Mike Ashley with bad publicity. How can a man who have achieved so much in business be so absolutely clueless.

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  • valle

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #18

    I know this is probably over the line but I truly hope Mike Ashely get into a serious accident so this club can finally be sold to someone who actually give a sh*t about the club, other than to milk it for their other businesses.

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  • toonbrother

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #19

    I hope the fans sing HBA’s name loudly every match day until pardumb gets sacked. I’d be surprised if we got more than 3 points from the next 4 games especially if coloshitty stays fit and tiote does not return to bail him oout

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  • Harley

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Everyone hoping we lose the next few games to get rid of pardew???
    Ashley will stillbe here!!
    The next manager will be in exactly the same position!

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  • toonbrother

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #21

    @Valle #18

    yes that is over line. For a start you couldnt ask more of ASHLEY from a funding perspective. He is not the bad guy in this transfer window. His only mistake – albeit a BIG mistake is putting faith in PArdumb and that piece of garbage Colocinni.

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  • BuckLuck

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #22

    Valle

    That’s the thing. I think it’s calculated payback for what we did to him and his family some years back.
    Insted of getting us to league two and lose money on us he’s made us into a club without soul, and earning money from it at the same time I’m pretty sure he is happy with the result.

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  • WestOzMag

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #23

    HAHA valle im sure many of us agree with you but just think it rather than say it. I hate to say it and i never wish anything bad on the NUFC players but id love us to loose all them games so we can really get stuck into Pardew and he gets the flick with Ashley next in line to finally sell up. Personally dont think we would win any of them games regardless.

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  • firebug666

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #24

    ARSENAL

    Players in: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona, £30m), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), David Ospina (Nice, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Southampton, £16m), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United, undisclosed)

    Players out: Bacary Sagna (Manchester City, free), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City, free), Nicklas Bendtner (released), Park Ju-young (released), Thomas Eisfeld (Fulham, undisclosed), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona, £15m), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham, loan), Chuks Aneke (Zulte-Waregem, free), Ryo Miyaichi (FC Twente, loan), Ignasi Miquel (Norwich, undisclosed)

    ASTON VILLA

    Players in: Joe Cole (West Ham, free), Philippe Senderos (Valencia, free), Kieran Richardson (Fulham, undisclosed), Aly Cissokho (Valencia, undisclosed), Carlos Sanchez (Elche, undisclosed)

    Players out: Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool, free), Marc Albrighton (Leicester, free), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, loan), Yacouba Sylla (Kayseri Erciyesspor, loan), Antonio Luna (Verona, loan), Joe Bennett and Gary Gardner (Brighton, loan), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord, undisclosed)

    BURNLEY

    Players in: Michael Kightly (Stoke, undisclosed), Steven Reid (West Brom, free), Marvin Sordell (Bolton, undisclosed), Matt Gilks (Blackpool, free), Matt Taylor (West Ham, free), Lucas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough, £1.5m), Stephen Ward (Wolves, undisclosed), George Boyd (Hull, undisclosed), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea, loan)

    Players out: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth, free), David Edgar (Birmingham, free), Chris Baird (West Brom, free)

    CHELSEA

    Players in: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona, £27m), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, £32m), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split, £2.4m), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid, undisclosed), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Loic Remy (QPR, undisclosed)

    Players out: David Luiz (Paris St Germain, £40m), Ashley Cole (Roma, free), Samuel Eto’o (Everton, free), Frank Lampard (New York City, free), Henrique Hilario, Sam Hutchinson (both released), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach, loan), Demba Ba (Besiktas, £4.7m), Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland, undisclosed), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, loan), Romelu Lukaku (Everton, £28m), Gael Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano, loan), Mario Pasalic (Elche, loan), Tomas Kalas (Cologne, loan), Victor Moses (Stoke, loan), Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, loan), Josh McEachran (Vitesse Arnhem, loan), Marko Marin (Fiorentina, loan), Marco Van Ginkel (AC Milan, loan), Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley, loan)

    CRYSTAL PALACE

    Players in: Chris Kettings (Blackpool, free), Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff, £900,000), Brede Hangeland (Fulham, free), Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United, loan), Martin Kelly (Liverpool, undisclosed), Zeki Fryers (Tottenham, £3m), James McArthur (Wigan, undisclosed), Kevin Doyle (Wolves, loan)

    Players out: Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff City, free), Danny Gabbidon & Aaron Wilbraham (released), Neil Alexander (Hearts, free), Jose Campana (Sampdoria, undisclosed), Jonathan Parr (Ipswich, free), Dean Moxey (released), Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest, loan)

    EVERTON

    Players in: Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £1m), Romelu Lukaku (£28m), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros, undisclosed), Brendan Galloway (MK Dons, undisclosed), Christian Atsu (Chelsea, loan), Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea, free)

    Players out: Apostolos Vellios, Mason Springthorpe (both released), Shane Duffy (Blackburn, undisclosed)

    HULL

    Players in: Jake Livermore (Tottenham, £8m), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich, £7m), Tom Ince (Blackpool, tribunal), Karim Rossi (Stoke, free), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United, £2.5m), Andrew Robertson (Dundee United, £2.85m). Michael Dawson (Tottenham, undisclosed), Abel Hernandez (Palermo, undisclosed), Brian Lenihan (Cork City, undisclosed), Mohamed Diame (West Ham, undisclosed), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton, loan), Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle, loan)

    Players out: Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest, free), Joe Dudgeon (Barnsley, loan), Abdoulaye Faye (released), Robert Koren (released), Mark Oxley (Hibernian, loan), Shane Long (Southampton, undisclosed), George Boyd (Burnley, undisclosed)

    LEICESTER

    Players in: Matt Upson (Brighton, free), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa, free), Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton, undisclosed). Esteban Cambiasso (free agent), Jack Barmby (Manchester United, free), Ben Hamer (Charlton, free), Danny Simpson (QPR, undisclosed), Tom Lawrence (Leicester, undisclosed).

    Players out: Zak Whitbread (Derby, free); Lloyd Dyer (Watford, free), Sean St Ledger, Marko Futacs (both released)

    LIVERPOOL

    Players in: Rickie Lambert (Southampton, £4m); Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen, £9.75m), Adam Lallana (£25m, Southampton), Lazar Markovic (Benfica, undisclosed), Dejan Lovren (Southampton, undisclosed), Divock Origi (Lille, £10m), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid, loan), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla, undisclosed), Mario Balotelli (AC Milan, undisclosed)

    Players out: Luis Suarez (Barcelona, £75m), Iago Aspas (Sevilla, loan), Divock Origi (Lille, loan). Jack Robinson (QPR, undisclosed), Daniel Agger (Brondby, undisclosed), Andre Wisdom (West Brom, loan), Jose Reina (Bayern Munich, undisclosed), Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Jordan Ibe (Derby, loan), Tiago Ilori (Bordeaux, loan), Sebastian Coates (Sunderland, loan), Oussama Assaidi (Stoke, loan)

    MANCHESTER CITY

    Players in: Fernando (Porto, £12m), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal, free), Willy Caballero (Malaga, undisclosed), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto, undisclosed), Frank Lampard (New York City, loan), Bruno Zuculini (Racing Club, undisclosed)

    Players out: Joleon Lescott (West Brom, free); Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland, free), Gareth Barry (Everton, £1m), Bruno Zuculini (Valencia, loan), Javi Garcia (Zenit St Petersburg, £13m), Marcos Lopes (Lille, loan), Jack Rodwell (Sunderland, undisclosed), Micah Richards (Fiorentina, loan), Emyr Huws (Wigan, undisclosed), Alvaro Negredo (Valencia, loan)

    MANCHESTER UNITED

    Players in: Luke Shaw (Southampton, £30m), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao, £28.8m), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, undisclosed). Angel di maria (Real Madrid, £59.7m), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon, £16m), Daley Blind (Ajax, £14m), Radamel Falcao (Monaco, loan).

    Players out: Rio Ferdinand (QPR, free), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan, free), Ryan Giggs (retired), Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow, £4.4m), Federico Macheda (Cardiff, free), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina, loan), Patrice Evra (Juventus, initial £1.2m), Bebe (Benfica, £2.4million), Nani (Sporting Lisbon, loan), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, loan), Jack Barmby (Leicester, free), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund, undisclosed), Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid, loan), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal, undisclosed), Tom Lawrence (Leicester, undisclosed).

    NEWCASTLE

    Players in: Remy Cabella (Montpellier, £12m), Siem de Jong (Ajax, £6m), Jack Colback (Sunderland, free), Ayoze Perez (Tenerife, £1.5m), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord, £5m), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco, undisclosed), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar Donetsk, loan)

    Players out: Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal, £12m), Shola Ameobi (released), Dan Gosling (Bournemouth, free), Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp, loan), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, loan), Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest, loan), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma, loan), Hatem Ben Arfa (Hull, loan)

    QPR

    Players in: Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd, free), Steven Caulker (Cardiff, £8m), Jack Robinson (Liverpool, undisclosed), Alex McCarthy (Reading, undisclosed), Jordon Mutch (Cardiff, undisclosed), Mauricio Isla (Juventus, loan), Leroy Fer (Norwich, undisclosed), Eduardo Vargas (Napoli, loan), Danny Simpson (Leicester, undisclosed), Sandro (Tottenham, undisclosed), Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev, loan)

    Players out: Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa, £750,000), Aaron Hughes (Brighton), Andrew Johnson, Stephane Mbia, Luke Young, Hogan Ephraim (all released), Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad, undisclosed), Julio Cesar (Benfica, free), Loic Remy (Chelsea, undisclosed)

    SOUTHAMPTON

    Players in: Dusan Tadic (FC Twente, £10.9m), Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord, £9m), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea, loan), Fraser Forster (Celtic, loan), Shane Long (Hull, undisclosed), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan, loan), Florin Gardos (Steaua Bucharest, undisclosed), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid, loan), Sadio Mane (Red Bull Salzburg, undisclosed)

    Players out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United, £25m), Adam Lallana (£25million, Liverpool), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool, £4million), Jonathan Forte (released), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Arsenal, £16m), Danny Fox (Nottingham Forest, free), Guly do Prado (released), Billy Sharp (Leeds, undisclosed), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan, loan terminated), Jake Sinclair (Hibernian, loan), Gaston Ramirez (Hull, loan), Jos Hooiveld (Norwich, loan)

    STOKE

    Players in: Bojan Krkic (Barcelona, undisclosed), Steve Sidwell (Fulham, free), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland, free), Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover, free), Dionatan Teixeira (Banska Bystrica, undisclosed), Victor Moses (Chelsea, loan), Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool, loan)

    Players out: Michael Kightly (Burnley, undisclosed), Matthew Etherington (released), Cameron Jerome (Norwich, undisclosed), Juan Agudelo (released), Ryan Shotton (Derby, loan), Jamie Ness (Crewe, loan)

    SUNDERLAND

    Players in: Billy Jones (West Brom, free), Costel Pantilimon (Man City, free), Jordi Gomez (Wigan, free), Patrick van Aarnholt (Chelsea, undisclosed), Jack Rodwell (Manchester City, undisclosed), Santiago Vergini (Estudiantes, loan), Will Buckley (Brighton, undisclosed), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool, loan), Ricky Alvarez (Inter Milan, loan)

    Players out: Phil Bardsley (Stoke, free), Craig Gardner (West Brom, free), Jack Colback (Newcastle, free), Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena, David Vaughan, Kieren Westwood (released), Ignacio Scocco (Newell’s Old Boys, undisclosed), Alfred N’Diaye (Real Betis, undisclosed), El-Hadji Ba (Bastia, loan), Modibo Diakite (released), Valentin Roberge (Reims, loan)

    SWANSEA

    Players in: Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal, free), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon, undisclosed), Stephen Kingsley (Falkirk, undisclosed), Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough, £1.5m), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham, undisclosed), Jefferson Montero (Morelia, undisclosed), Giancarlo Gallifuoco (unattached), Federico Fernandez (Napoli, undisclosed), Modou Barrow (Ostersunds, undisclosed)

    Players out: Michu (Napoli, loan), Leroy Lita, Jernade Meade, David N’gog, Darnel Situ (all released), Ben Davies and Michel Vorm (Tottenham, undisclosed), Alejandro Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano, undisclosed), Chico Flores (Lekhwiya, undisclosed), Jose Canas (Espanyol released)

    TOTTENHAM

    Players in: Ben Davies and Michel Vorm (Swansea, undisclosed), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon, undisclosed), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders, undisclosed), Federico Fazio (Sevilla), undisclosed), Benjamin Stambouli (Montpellier, undisclosed)

    Players out: Jake Livermore (Hull, £8m), Heurelho Gomes (Watford, free), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea, undisclosed), Iago Falque (Genoa, undisclosed), Michael Dawson (Hull, undisclosed), Lewis Holtby (Hamburg, loan), Zeki Fryers (Crystal Palace, £3m), Sandro (QPR, undisclosed)

    WEST BROM

    Players in: Joleon Lescott (Man City, free), Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev, £10m), Craig Gardner (Sunderland, free), Chris Baird (Burnley, free), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool, season loan), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover, undisclosed fee), Georgios Samaras (Celtic, free), Sebastian Blanco (Metalist Kharkiv, undisclosed), Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo, undisclosed), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg, undisclosed), Silvestre Varela (Porto, loan)

    Players out: Billy Jones (Sunderland, free) Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers, free), Steven Reid (Burnley, free), Zoltan Gera, Nicolas Anelka, Diego Lugano (all released), George Thorne (Derby, undisclosed)

    WEST HAM

    Players in: Enner Valencia (Pachuca, £12m), Cheikhou Kouyate (Anderlecht, undisclosed), Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield, undisclosed), Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich, £3.75m), Diego Poyet (Charlton, compensation fee), Alex Song (Barcelona, loan), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, loan), Diafra Sakho (Metz, undisclosed), Morgan Amalfitano (Marseille, undisclosed)

    Players out: Joe Cole (Aston Villa, free), Jack Collison, Alou Diarra, George McCartney (all released), Jordan Spence (MK Dons, free), Matt Taylor (Burnley, free)

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  • sweendog

    Sep 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Don’t want us beat in any games .. Best thing is if we do really well IMO .. Would love Ashley and pardew away but give it time and they’ll be off, the best way is to give his brand a bad rep when the cameras are on us.. How long would Ashley take that

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  • banjax

    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #26

    Two points out of nine is a very poor start to the season with the need for a CB and a CF a long established mininum priority – there is no hiding place for Alan Pardew and Co at Newcastle. The excuse by Pardew that supporters were to blame for putting pressure on his team to drop two points really is an insult to us, as well as a sign of creeping desperation from AP. So now if (when) the crowd do anything, we will be to blame for the team performance. But the real point of the matter is that Alan Pardew’s next game must be his last if he does not secure a win. His disgraceful behaviour last year is a big factor in our lack of success in the transfer market along with a our re-iterated lack of ambition in the cups. The supporters of our club are too good for the current owner and his management- munchkins and the sooner the better they f..k off – the better!!!

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