Praise For Two Of Newcastle’s Summer Signings


Newcastle lost the game last night at home to Manchester United,  and it means we have won only twice in the 10 games we have played this year with John Carver in charge of the team, and taken 9 points from our 9 league games.

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Daryl Janmaat – great acquisition

Jack Colback missed the game through suspension, but he should return at Everton in our next game a week on Sunday,  and the Toffees continued their poor form last night with another defeat at Stoke City by 2-0.

Daryl Janmaat is the only Newcastle player to start every league game this season, and he’s having a great first season for the club.

John Carver has talked about both new signings:

“He’s been outstanding along with Jack Colback,” “He’s been the most consistent.” “He’s a great lad and a great character. He’s quite lively.”

“What he is is a good defender, and he likes playing on the front foot.”  “We’re trying to get him out of this habit of coming inside and hitting one with his left foot from 40 yards – that happens once a season.”

“When he does go on the outside, you get a bit of quality. That’s what we saw when we signed him.” “I think he had more pressing issues to sort out. He would have had his priorities.”

“Let’s not forget, when he came in he was talking about playing with three center-backs. Even as a wing back, he would have fitted into the system nicely.”

“He’s a top, top player. We lost a top player in Matty Debuchy, but replaced him with an exceptional player. That’s good news.”

Daryl has one goal and six assists in 30 appearances so far this season, and Jack Colback has 3 goals and 5 assists in 28 appearances.

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Jack Colback – good season

So these two lads have been excellent signings for Newcastle United.

Newcastle must try to win at Goodison Park on Sunday, March 15th, because draws are not going to be enough to catch West Ham in 10th place, and they are four points better off than us with a better goal difference.

And we’ll have an advantage since Everton are playing in the Europa League on the previous Thursday – which is one reason they have struggled this season with the extra games.

Everton are at home on March 12th against Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their play-off game in the round of the last 16.

Newcastle have finished in the top eight only once in the last seven years under Mike Ashley, and since we are 7 points behind 8th placed Stoke City, it looks like we are not going to finish in the top eight this season.

That’s unless we go on a good winning streak over the final 10 games.

Maybe both Daryl and Jack can help us do that?

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93 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Mar 5, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    And
    It’s Abeid’s fault for the goal.He could have done two things.He’ d kick the ball to conceed corner or dive and fall so that he’d get a free kick bcoz he was under pressure from the back.Still show how poor some of our players are,Particularly Reviere and Abeid yesterday.what a painful defeat to watch!

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 5, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    got to say , I called it the other day,

    Sammy was poor down to him baby sitting , so our left wing was nullified , exactly what happened to jonas when Taylor played LB last time,

    obertan is a total waste anywhere on the pitch , poor Janmaat stands no chance with him in front of him.

    Rivi is a support striker, not a front man , he does the running for the better striker, like Heskey did,

    sissoko is to deep , trying to cover Williamson

    nice touch for jonas , gave the crowd a good lift at the right time ,

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  • Reyantoon

    Mar 5, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Ha ha ha…
    Your previous comment chuckled me Jeff
    nice one !
    couldn’t hold my breath,ha ha ha ha ha..

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    abeid, as is customary with our coaches is being played out of position. he has goals in him and is not a DM. Didn’t think he did too bad except for the unfortunate ending.

    With so little to play for now I would like to see willo and obertan relieved of their duties and some youngstes like Satka and Roberts given a chance.

    Never thought it would be so difficult for a multi billionaire to find and fund some proper coaches.

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  • Thump

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    @Reyantoon: Putting it out for the corner should have been the only thing on his mind. Instead he passed it to Krul who, handily “cleared” the ball to Young. It’s not a case of who was at fault, it’s a case of why were they both fscking up the basics?

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6

    I actually can’t see Carver getting a win in our next 5 games! Everton away, theyre in awful form but we’ll be cisse-less. Arsenal at home, they love playing us. Liverpool away – no chance! Sunderland away… Not sure on this, poyet seems to know how to beat us then spurs at home. Best i can imagine from this is 3 draws but the way its going with Carver we could easily take 1 or no points from all 5! That would give Carver a record of 2 wins in 15…. Hes after pardews records
    Im guessing theres no cisse to bail us out for 3 or 4 games

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #7

    This Colback interview shows whats wrong with this Newcastle. Colback is a versatile, lee clark/steve watson like player who should be coming off the bench to tighten things up or playing when someones injured or suspended. He doesn’t bring enough to the table to build a side around.
    We have too many players in our first 11 that shoukd only be cover/squad players

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  • nut meg

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Thump
    He should have been on automatic pilot in that position,as in …..when in doubt……put it out.That was easily his most costly of several mistakes.Tim Krul couldn’t have made a better pass even if he wanted to,both at fault IMO. Just to make matters worse Chris Waddle said it was a very very good finish by Young….p*ss poor co- commentator

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  • Reyantoon

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #9

    One word Thump..b/c they are lazy..
    couldn’t describe them better!!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #10

    A reasonable match last night that we could have just as easily won.

    Gutti showed how to play with experience but will not be good enough to play LB, where we are increasingly vulnerable. I would keep the same midfield three and use Colback as a fullback.

    I can’t decide if Obertan does not know how to get in the game or other players don’t make use of him; Perez should start on the right wing.

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Bad pass by abeid m. He had a very bad game to be honest. Kruls kicking is attrocious tho! Kicked it straight out of play a few times!
    I also noticed and counted over 10 attempts of clipping a long ball to Obertan.., willo and krul guilty of this. Is this something they worked on in training?? Is he secretly big dunc? 8 times he didn’t even jump to challenge…. If theyre gonna do that surely play to the 6’6 winger on the otherside ?

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Lindisfarne – at the moment i would say guitierrez has a decent call on playing left or right mid! His run towards the end showed more skill and desire than Sammy or Obertan showed in the last 3 games….
    Doubt he’ll play much tho, can only play 6 games now before his contract extends

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  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #13

    We could lose all 5 of those games, true. We need to find 5 points somewhere. We still aren’t safe. All of the bottom clubs are capable of beating us.

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  • jayphoto

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Also noticed Gutierrez actually talking on the pitch! His experience and leadership is a big positive

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #15

    So folk who used to critcise and mock Pardew mercilessly for using the Europa League excuse think it’s alright for Martinez the mighty to do the same thing.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Jay, disagree there. He’s our Scholes, only a better tackler. He can assist, score, has a tremendous engine. Excellent acquisition, big loss for Sunderland. With Siss (arguably our best player) they are the best duo we’ve had for ages! In fact, two verses two they’d beat even our several periodic ‘entertainers’ duos.

    They’re very young, will improve. The problem is with the person right in back of them. The ‘holding’ position. Abeid had a nightmare. Anita would’ve done better, Tiote even more so.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #17

    versus

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  • nut meg

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #18

    jayphoto @ 11
    Collo is one of the better passers of the ball out from defence & yet he continually gives it to Williamson to do it when Willo is the worst,I’v yet to witness him finding a black & white shirt.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #19

    jayphoto

    Gutti is definitely a good sub to bring on.

    Obertan only heads the ball when it hits him on the back of the head by mistake.

    Just realising there is an enormous clamor to see the dualling spittoons banned and I doubt Chucky is anywhere near being a replacement.

    I am joking, but this may be the perfect opportunity for Obertan as getting the ball to bounce of him into a goal maybe his best bet.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Those two with Ginola on the left, Gillespie, Shearer or Beardo up front, would do just fine. HBA on the right would’ve been good as well. But ask AP about that mauling.

    Even though Cisse scores, he doesn’t dominate. On the right Cabella is still too lightweight and on the left Sammy is still unrealised potential.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Jeff where is your reference from Martinez about Europe being a burden on the squad?……IMO there isn’t one.

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  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #22

    If Carver had replaced Obertan (he ‘played’ 90′! How crazy is that) instead of Ameobi (who defended well last night), we’d be talking of a draw.

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Mar 5, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #23

    My biggest worry is that whilst we are able to drag teams down to our level of playing at times, and come up against sides playing very poorly as well, we aren’t beating them often enough.

    When we come up against sides playing as badly as we usually do we have to find ways to win, it’s the only way for us now.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #24

    It is not every ones cup of tea but I thought the team defended well last night and could have easily come away with a victory, so am more pleased than down heartened. Their goal was down to a mistkae by Abeid but he did a brilliant job man marking Fellaini out of the game and was not the only one to make a mistake last night.

    Whilst we made it very difficult for them, which was good to see, the power play in the last ten minutes showed we had a lot more to offer and it is a shame there was not more of an injection of pace and power at other stages in the match. Having said that the forwards did have a few good opportunities and either fluffed the chance or were not on the same wave length for a pass. I would like to see Riviere making more use of the left flank and in general the forwards creating space, causing the defenders more problems and depleting their energy. So that when a substitute does come on they have even more of an advantage.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #25

    Siily boy if he did -but did Cisse actually spit anything – loads of close ups but cannot see owt come out of his gob

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #26

    It’s down to bad coaching . Simple as that . 2 weeks ago we done exactly the same against City when willo played that Ball to a anita .? Yesterday was.no different . 2 big mistakes in 2 weeks . Whats happening ? Why havnt they learnt . ?? COACHING .

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  • Malta Mag

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #27

    At the match last night and thought the team were well Organised and deserved a draw. Man U were all possession and crab like passing. Our chances should have been taken and of course the penalty claim was “stone wall”. The naivety of Abeid spoilt the day but this lad is going to be the bedrock of our midfield. When everyone’s fit Colback and him should be our two central midfielders and give Sissoko Licence to roam as he cant control the game like he should however is a threat wherever he plays. Of course be disappointed by the result and the circumstances but you can’t fault the effort?
    Credit to those 2-3 hundred in the Gallowgate corner who never stopped singing throughout and helped nullify the pain of losing. Good to see that no matter what the result, the passion lives on

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #28

    Well still a pretty poor team who were dominated by a equally fairly poor team

    Standard Newcastle of recent years

    cyprus
    Colback and Sissoko best pair we’ve had in ages? Really?

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  • jimiley

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #29

    If we had another nine more Jonas and Raylors on the pitch we would be a Champions League team. Riviere has to be our worst striker ever? Who signed him? No goals in how many games?

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  • jimiley

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #30

    That Man U team is the worst in living memory but they still bossed us around at SJP. Did their keeper make a save?

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #31

    last night reminded me of a training game ,

    obertan is a 6ft1 wimp , bottles it all the time , he only has pace running without the ball, I’m betting in a race with the ball at their feet raylor is the quicker of the 2

    so many of our team out of position , doing a job for the team, that’s right out of p45s play book

    luckily we are safe this season , roll on another drab season next year

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #32

    lindisdarne . “. You are more pleased than down hearted “. Now get real .. 32% possession to Man Utd s 68 . 2 shots on target to Man Utd s 5 and we got beat and we’veost our CF for 3 games and you are pleased ?? Very odd .

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #33

    Lindisfarne

    You must really get into the habit of reading Dr Harrison’s articles
    Look above under Colbacks fot

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  • AncientC

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Abeid is only his 2nd start back from injury, plus his breakthrough came from playing with Colback ahead of him… the odd wayward pass can be easily corrected, more than likely nerves getting the better of him in such a big game just back from injury.

    He had only just started to breakthrough prior to his injury, so I was not expecting Abeid to be putting in world class performances every week. The signs are there, Abeid just needs game time.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #35

    jeff

    martinez embraces europe, pardew turned it into a negative experience, ie ”thank god we haven’t got europe”.

    When martinez got 5th place it was the record number of goals everton had ever scored in a season.

    Martinez is only in his 2nd year, 1 brilliant season, 1 average and plus he didn’t bore us to death for 4 years like pardew with 1 good and 3 mediocre / bang average seasons.

    Spurs and liverpool are chasing top 4 and until recently were in europe, oh and martinez’s everton still are.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #36

    jimiley

    That Man U team is the worst in living memory but they still bossed us around at SJP. Did their keeper make a save?
    You clearly didn’t see the game !

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Rotonda heights

    oh and martinez’s everton still are.
    (that was , the point – doh)

    and in 14th place 7 points behind us.

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  • Reyantoon

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #38

    Malta Mag
    Good point there.But I see u defended JC well lately,can u tell me why u want him to be our permanent manager?

    Also disagree on Abeid:
    He has one good game so far for us and that is against Liverpool.He at times make good tackles and battles well physically,apart from that he is poor passer,not consistent and makes costly decisions usually.I prefer Anita than Abeid although don’t rate either of them personally.
    I wouldn’t see Abeid to be our regular MF in the future, except good backup.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #39

    Jeff, they had 68% possession at our ground!!! If thats not bossing the game I do not know what is. We had three excellent chances but we played on the break at home. They are a crap Man U team.

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  • mindshaft

    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #40

    Obertan was the worst player on the pitch by a country mile – Abeid was second worst and was easily brushed off the ball and misplacing passes everywhere – how Carver brought Sammi off ( who was doing a decent job covering Taylor in defence and leave Obertan on is beyond me

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