What’s Newcastle’s Best Team For Southampton Game?

Siem de Jong is injured and out for a several months with a thigh injury, so he will not play on Saturday at Southampton, but it looks like other players seem to be  generally fit with Jack Colback being given a decent chance to play in the game,  and Cheick Tiote having played two full games for the Ivory Coast over the International break.

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Jack Colback – expected to be fit?

Alan Pardew is due to give his press conference today for the Saints game, and it will be the first time we have heard from him since  the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace almost two weeks ago.

And of course on the following Monday was the last day of the transfer window, when we lost Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa on loan,  so it will be interesting to see if he is questioned about those two dumb moves – from a Newcastle viewpoint.

Assuming that Colback and Tiote are both fit they could play together in Newcastle’s central midfield for the first time on Saturday.

This is a decent side Pardew can start on Saturday in a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation:

Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Haidara
Tiote Colback
Sissoko Cabella Aarons
Subs: Elliot Taylor (S) Anita Abeid Gouffran Perez Ferreyra

What would your team be for Saturday along with the substitutes?

We have 18 year-old Aarons starting this game and Cabella in the pocket, as the number 10 in place of de Jong.

And Newcastle fans don’t hold out much hope of taking anything from the game, with a huge 77% thinking we will lose – for the third time in a row.

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We were humiliated 4-0 last season and lost 2-0 the season before that at St. Mary’s.

Seems like we are due a win on Saturday?

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13 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    At no point did I say Ashley was using NUFC money for other investments. What I said was that he wasn’t allowing the club to maximise its commercial revenue. This IS a fact. It is impossible to maximise revenue if you are allowing free advertising to various third parties – SD, Firetrap etc.

    As for the profit, we announced a post tax profit of £10million last year, and it is likely due to a large increase in income and the loss of both Llambias and Kinnear halfway through boardroom salaries will have decreased. When we go to players, then things have likely stayed similar.

    The club has not spent this money, and is therefore, not just wiping its own nose, it has monies that aren’t being spent either on significantly improving coaching staff, or on the players that are required to push this team forward.

  • WestOzMag

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Are we sold yet? Has Pardew been sacked yet? Couldn’t care less about the result. More focused on these 2 idiots leaving tbh.

  • Ethiotoon

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Aarons is wonderful player.Great going forward, likes to dribble and attack. But lack a little experience in track back and defend.He should still get a chance from the bench though.I don’t like the way Goufran playing recently but he still should get starting xi as he impresses in defending…

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #4

    That second paragraph makes no sense. It should say “it is likely to increase due to a large rise in TV revenue and the loss of both……(as before)”

  • Slank

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #5


    Lil @ 6

    It’s a chicken and egg thing.

    The push on commercial activities and branding will possibly have to be done overseas, as the domestic market must be fairly saturated.

    But to achieve this the club has to win something. It has to be seen as a winner and it has to have worldwide exposure, which effectively means television. I cannot see us dislodging any of those at the top table of the Premiership but winning domestic cups is achievable, but it has to be done on a regular basis. A one-off trophy win will probably not generate enough sustainable interest.

    It’s a big ask but it can be done but not overnight.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Given the way Southampton play, and with their 3 up top then the best way for us to defend is to keep them pressed back in their half. Attacking is the best form of defence in this case.

    Pelle is more than a match aerially for our defence, Long is quicker than Colo and Willo by a country mile and Tadic has the ability to pick a pass as well as score. If we let them come on to us we could get pulled apart.

    We need to keep their full backs pressed deep, and make Schneiderlin defend more than he can attack.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Exactly, that is why, having likely made significant profits the last 2 years, we are an attractive proposition to prospective buyers. With the profit generated able to be ploughed back in, plus up to £30million in losses we can easily have a team that can compete for cups, and push for Champions league.

    After the initial outlay then we can start to build further from there. But we will need that initial cash injection to make us competitive.

  • Kris

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Agree with the team!

  • BuckLuck

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #9


    I partially agree with you. As long as Pardew is here results doesn’t matter to me. I know we’re going to play crap. That is what Pardew is all about. Crap.

    Want Ashley out as well but that is going to take some time, if he finds a buyer.

  • Average_Contents

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #10

    I find it quite amusing that the ones saying we need more money from advertising and merchandise then say fatty is doing great, he’s the one giving it up for free to his other interests and holding us back in the process by not allowing us to maximise OUR income because he wants it all!

  • Pottz

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #11

    77% voted for a defeat away at Southampton.

    Incredible to think how sh&te we really are!

    Southampton were apparently in a crisis situation only a few weeks ago having sold all their key players.

  • south coast toon

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #12

    attack attack attack as we need so many chances for riveria
    i hope he starts arons and maybe brings perez on at half time if riveria looks anything like he has in front of goal or armstrong,defo dont invite southampton on to us…….12 mil for long ……still makes me pinch myself lol .. if they score its bound to be long lol


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