Rob Lee’s Negative Assessment Of Newcastle

Rob Lee is worried that Newcastle will sell Papiss Cisse if the right offer comes in, and then we’ll be even worse off than we were last year when only Papiss and youngster Ayoze Perez were able to score goals for us.

That’s after we failed to replace Loic Remy with a suitable striker,  and basically played last season with three strikers who included Manu Riviere with loan signing Facundo Ferreyra being a disaster for us – and the Argentine didn’t play one game for Newcastle.

Rob Lee

This time it’s Rob Lee who scored
But he demonstrates Alan Shearer’s wave perfectly 

Rob was a great midfielder for Newcastle and from 1992 through 2002 he played 379 games for Newcastle with  56 goals and was one of Alan Shearer’s best friends.

Rob has been talking to Kicca and he has expressed his concerns about our striker strength and about Newcastle in general:

“Cisse is the latest player linked to move away from the club and I am sure he will be sold off if the right offer comes in for him,” “Although it will not be a total disaster if he does go, he is still the one player at the club who can score goals.”

“The fans’ biggest fear is that Newcastle let Cisse go and then don’t replace him with anyone.”  “That way the club and the squad just keeps getting weaker.” “Newcastle United have gone from being one of the country’s big spending clubs to one that will sell anybody.” 

“When I was there, we signed star players – like Alan Shearer – now the club doesn’t seem to buy anybody. It’s transformed into one of the Premier League’s selling clubs.”

“The transfer window has been open for nearly three weeks and they haven’t signed one player.” “Let’s see what happens over the next sixty odd days.” “However, most Newcastle fans will not be expecting a lot.”

“They’ve become used to watching their best players being sold off and not being replaced.”

Cisse scored 11 goals in 22 matches for Newcastle last season, and we’d like him to stay on Tyneside.

Why sell him when he still has two years left on his contract,  and he was our top scorer last season – plus he wants to stay at the club.

Newcastle left us short of a striker and a center-back last season and we paid the price fully for that.

We didn’t even bother to strengthen the squad in January, and in the end we were a little lucky not to take the drop, but we woke up and played very well in the win against West Ham, with Jonas Gutierrez just unbelievable in his final game for the club.

What a way to end his career on Tyneside – wonder if they’ll make a film about it with his two year fight against cancer before that?

Maybe Jonas should write a book on that short period of his life when he showed tremendous courage, guts and humanity.

Back to Newcastle  – and maybe  Ashley, Charnley and the rest of the crew will have learned from leaving the squad so short in those vital positions, and we all know if you don’t learn from your mistakes then history repeats itself – that’s a fact of life.

The key for Newcastle is not to sell Cisse, Tiote, Williamson or anybody else until we have adequate replacements for them  this summer.

And keeping them at the club would also add to competition for places, and mean our squad would be bigger and stronger and has less chance of it being ravaged by injury.

But we don’t expect Newcastle to do that – the wage bill would be too high for them.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jun 26, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #1

    NUFC – the Marie Celeste of Premier League Football.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 26, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Sir Alex ferguson always said to have 4 top forwards at the club at all times. Even if we were to bring in Austin and Mitrovic, That still only leaves Cisse.
    There is no way we can rely on Riviere for goals, but I don’t see Cisse staying unless he’s guaranteed game time.
    Im not sure whats left on his contract but maybe Mashley is thinking to cash in now while he still has value

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 26, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Are we actually going to make any signings this summer

  • jazzyp

    Jun 26, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #4

    The Chronicle ?@ChronicleNUFC · 36 mins36 minutes ago
    Who is Ian Cathro and what will he bring to St James’ Park? #nufc

  • N1CK06

    Jun 26, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5

    You could call it a negative assessment, but Rob speaks the truth.

    We are a selling club, not matter how optimistic you want to be there is still no evidence to show that we are going to have a stronger squad come August.

    Buying/renewing season tickets now is not only counting chickens before they’ve hatched, but the big chicken (aka Mike Ashley) hasn’t even laid any eggs yet!

  • cyprus

    Jun 26, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Lee dude,
    get with the program. Supposedly, things are happening right left and centre. In fact, we already have a new coaching set up. Give them a couple days to assess what we have, and then a couple to sign a couple 😉 players.
    If they don’t, plenty of time to be miserable again.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 26, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Remember NUFC will be playing for the Cups this coming season, so they will need an adequate squad to rotate.

    We definitely need to replace (x5):
    Gouffran, Obertan, Willo, S.Taylor, Ferguson, Elliot

    Players that need to prove to McClaren that they can offer something for the season or be sold (x6):
    Collo, Riviere, Marveaux, Vukic, Bigirimani, Tiote

    Player with potentially transfer high value:
    Cisse, Sissoko, Krul, Janmaat and Perez

    Definite loans to Championship or abroad (x7):
    Woodman, Armstrong, Satko, Good, Kemen, Sterry, Roberts

    Others that could potentially leave for various reasons (x4):
    S.Ameobi, Abeid, Aarons, Cabella

    By my reckoning a round about 11 players could easily be moved on from the current 25 man squad, but I doubt many will until January or next summer. Because LC will not be able to handle the admin and it could potentially unsettle the squad trying to replace so many.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 26, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Cabaye neither. Apparently he’s off to Southampton to replace Sneiderlin to Manure.
    Wijnadum would be a cracking signing .if only the club could sell itself to the top players and show ambition

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 26, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    I should have said that the current squad could be divided into a number of categories that will determine the individual players futures. But anyway the priority for outgoings is:

    Definitely need to replaced (x6):
    Gouffran, Obertan, Willo, S.Taylor, Ferguson, Elliot

  • Graeme

    Jun 26, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Lindi – I would included Captain Slow in your list of definitely needs replacing. He proved, without doubt, last season, he is not up for the fight and he now accelerates and turns like an oil tanker.

  • jon.c

    Jun 26, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t worry about new players we will have the same motley players as last season S M gone by November and no replacement WHAT HAVE WE GOT TO LOOK FORWARD TOO

  • walton1984

    Jun 26, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    I think everyone agrees the club needs sorted top to bottom!!!!!!!
    regardless what people say Ashley aint goin now where

    1. We have a new Board 3 football men and 1 businessman
    2. New Manager
    3. Cleared the decks of evey coach we have… all gone
    So Next steps
    4. New Coaching Staff in place… which will happen anytime now…
    5. Starting addressing the football side of it Signin, Selling, assessing current Squad

    Last Season only finished 30 Days ago…. players all went on holiday, International all played 2 weeks then went on holidays…. Transfers are only starting too happen now for other team…..I will judge squad on in & out transfers on 1st Sept (Yes i would like them in ASAP)

    I am Currently Happy with everything this pre-season, No saying New Board, Manager, Coaches will be better but at least it has all been addressed and Changed (hopefully Fixed and improved)


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