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Wijnaldum Jets In – Siem De Jong Praises New Signing

9:20 am, Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 115 Comments

Georginio Wijnaldum has handled the personal things he had to take care of after his whirlwind signing for Newcastle over the weekend,  and he has finally joined up with the Newcastle  squad.

They are now in Sacramento, the capital of California,  ready for the game tomorrow against Sacramento Republic at Bonney Field with an 8:00 pm local kick off time – 4:00 am Sunday morning English time.

georginio wijnaldum and Steve McClaren

Georginio Wijnaldum with Steve McClaren last weekend

The temperatures are going to be in the 90s (Fahrenheit) while Newcastle are in  Sacramento – and of course it’s the hottest time of the year in the US when clubs come on the tours.

Siem de Jong knows all about Wijnaldum after playing against him in the Eredivisie for a number of seasons and also in the Dutch National team.

This is what Siem has said today about how McClaren wants Newcastle to play,  and also some words on his new team-mate:

“We want to play more from the back and keep the ball a little bit more,” “Of course it’s a little bit new for some players, so we need to train and play like that in the games as well.”

“Sometimes, when we make a mistake in the games, we make it harder for ourselves, but we need to keep doing it.”

“Wijnaldum’s a good player,” “He likes to be on the ball and is good offensively, but he’s also strong and can help defensively.”

“He’s quite a versatile player, who can play in a couple of positions, so he can be a good contributor for the team.”

Siem is a great player himself and you could see some of his skill on Tuesday night,  and we are just hopping his injury problems are over and he cans have a great season at Newcastle.

If he can do that it will help us do a lot better than we fared last season.

We are looking forward to how Steve used both Siem and Georginio in the starting line-up.

We could see Wijnaldum come on late in the game on Saturday night, but more likely on Tuesday night against Portland Timbers at Providence Park.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Friendlies · Georginio Wijnaldum · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Premier League · Siem de Jong




115 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 mickalfas // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Ashley OUT !

  • 3 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Ashley out!

  • 4 Average_Contents // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Ashley out

    Hwtf

  • 5 optimistic prime // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Ashley out

  • 6 Average_Contents // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Average contents out!!!!

  • 7 Average_Contents // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Op out!!!!

  • 8 switch365 // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    To play from the back surely has to mean ball playing centre backs and not willow lumpalot, flapalot, losealot.

    The likes of van Dijk would most certainly come under this category and whilst I don’t rate him as being a great cb, he’s certainly far better than anyone else we currently have on the books.

    If we don’t have at least 1 cb in by next Friday, we’re asking for trouble and the premiership will give us it in spades.

  • 9 geordie157 // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Williamson out!

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    On previous about Carvers appointment. Absolute madness and selfish incompetence. They might have thought they’d save a few quid in wages but the damage his moronic outbursts caused are immeasurable. They could have given some high profile retired manager £1M and bought a quality CB, we would have finished higher in the league which would have paid for said manager. The fans might have seen some pretty football, not witnessed eight defeats in a row and five to the mackems. It was nothing at all to do with what was best for the club but Mike Ashley showing us he does it his way. Spiteful barsteward.

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Jail,

    Aye, that’s it like. They can’t. I’v got to admit though frustration is starting to get the better of me in this window. Not enough noises coming out of the club to keep me going and being optimistic. We still need a canny few in yet and 1 in 6 weeks dosn’t sit well.

    Fingers crossed we hear something in the coming days.

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Good, hopefully this means Krul is under strict instructions that he is not aloud to kick anything next season!

    Hopefully if SDJ and Gini are fighting fit by the start of the season it increases the chances of Colo being stripped of the captaincy, which can only be a good thing as long as it doesn’t go straight to Colback!

  • 13 mickalfas // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Is MASH holdings the new name of SPECTRE
    World domination
    Ha ha ha

  • 14 Slank // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    toonarmydownsouth @ 12

    ‘.. Krul is under strict instructions that he is not aloud to kick anything next season!…’

    Against the Mexicans he still kicked to that player standing between the touch line and the crowd. I think he needs his eyes tested first before kicking lessons begin or for McClaren to insist that all the subs, coaching and medical staff must sit down and be absolutely still and not wave their hands about when he is about to kick the ball !

  • 15 switch365 // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    @ mickalfas
    would that be SPECTRE@MASH.com? 😀

    For those who stayed up the other night and watched the silent but very good quality broadcast on youtube, it would appear that the vast majority of the team are buying into McClaren’s new philosophy.
    It’s a stark contrast in comparison to the default long ball to a 5’10” striker flanked by 6’4″ defenders of the former, I loosely term “manager.”

    From kick off there was pace; movement, off the ball running and all that other lovely stuff. But as always, as soon as any pressure was applied to willo it was long ball default and flapfest, yes he did manage to hit in the general direction of his own team on a couple of occasions, but I’d take that as luck rather than design.

    It was further damning evidence that not only is he out of his depth, he should be in the shallow end with water-wings and one of those blow up rings that goes around a child’s waist.

    Willo Out!
    Collo out!
    Saylor out!

    Ball playing; hard as nails, fast as a whippet, built like an outhouse centre backs in!!!

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Also said CB would have been nicely bedded in with 10/15 PL games under his belt.

  • 17 lesh // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Here’s me doing an impression of Jib:

    HWTF???????

  • 18 lesh // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Bollocks! The blog doesn’t support Mandarin characters!

    Ashley oot!

  • 19 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Slank
    Oh joy!
    Have to admit Darlows distribution sounded canny from what i heard about the Gateshead fixture, genuine competition for the no:1 spot?

  • 20 lesh // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    ????! ???? ??????!

  • 21 lesh // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Or Serbian!

    Jib, I take my hat off to your superior talent for language!

    😀

  • 22 Jib // Jul 16, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    http://www.insidermedia.com/insider/north-east/143598-sports-direct-buoyed-major-profit-rise/

  • 23 croftus5678 // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    mitrovic IN

  • 24 nut meg // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    switch
    you mean like this man ….Kamil Glik Torino fc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xmGbAc9ytk

  • 25 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Washing out!

  • 26 beermonkey // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    washing in
    it looks like rain

  • 27 Ian Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Just passing through but wanted to say it’s good to have tads back on the circuit- are we still playing that game? We briefly chatted at the Brighton cup game a few years ago where we made yet another quick exit from the FA cup. His Dad is a toon fanatic like mine and they both speak of the great cup sides of the 1950’s.
    Pre season is a time for optimism and maybe a cup run or two. A few more signings and bring it on.

  • 28 thegaffer // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Porto sell J. Martinez to Atl. Madrid..

    http://www.insidefutbol.com/2015/07/16/official-atletico-madrid-sign-jackson-martinez-on-four-year-deal/222590/?

    Mitrovic story about to take a turn..

  • 29 bills-son // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Austin has let it be known he wants to come here and that is why we are playing the long game with QPR. I can’t see Austin going to the likes of Leicester and seeing as none of the top 6 seem genuinely interested in him his – and QPR’s – options are limited if they keep asking £15M for him.

    My guess is QPR will back down and he’ll come for £12M + add ons.

    You can’t blame Mitrovic or wanting CL but if a club doesn’t come for him soon doubling his wages and playing in front of 50,000 in the Prem might not seem such a step down. Still a good chance of him coming IMO.

  • 30 hibbit // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    it wont matter if we have 9 cf ,,,,,,,if we dont sort this back out we could in big trouble again

  • 31 hibbit // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    back four

  • 32 martoon // Jul 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    bills-son @29 – Good to see you on the blog again – I’m not sure we want Mitrovic & Austin. I think Mitovic is first choice with Austin as a fall back if we can’t get Mitrovic!

  • 33 nut meg // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    hibbit
    It seems like we’ve been shouting from the rooftops about CBs for 2/3 seasons now & still no urgency from those at the helm.It’s just making me shake my head in disbelief !!

  • 34 israeli_fan // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Billson its great to have you back

    How many of you really saw mitrovic?

    The belgian leauge is really poor, elyaniv barda was one of the stars there for a few years and he is a very average israeli striker.

    I think javier hernandez with cisse will be far my better strike force

  • 35 Mr Magpie // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Ideally we need to be bringing in a couple of quality first team centre backs like Rudiger, Sule, Van Dijk, Matip, Mbemba etc.

    However even if they go for Vlaar on a free & Douglas Teixeira who i would have thought would be cheap with only a year left on his contract it would be a big improvement on what we currently have.

  • 36 Mr Funk // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Now Porto has sold Martinez, I would say that Mitrovic is going to go to Porto.
    I guess it is on to Plan B or C or D

    Also with all the defenders we are being linked with at the moment, maybe we are going for one or two of them instead

  • 37 Blofal // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    On the upside watching the game yesterday I was very impressed with Cisse, Aarons and Armstrong.

    Aarons and Armstrong appeared to combine really well and Arma was a real handful for their defence. We got a couple of good ones there.

    Time to get Aarons signed up to a long contract though. He is going to be out the door in a flash if we don’t do that soon.

    Agree that Willo looked slow and poor. Lacselles could be good but is not there yet. Sissoko was out on the right where he should be. Perez subbed on as an attacking midfielder as he should be.

    At least McClaren appears to be playing players in the correct positions. Pardew would probably play Wijnaldum as a wingback!

  • 38 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Will Anderlecht let Mitrovic go to Porto if they can’t match our offer? I mean, don’t they really have it in their hands?

  • 39 Mr Funk // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    @ frenchman,

    Considering Porto has just got 35 million euros for Martinez, i am sure they would be able to match our fee.

  • 40 jayphoto // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    There was a Talksport Portuguese correspondent on the radio the other night saying Porto and Benfica need to sell (Martinez for porto, Gaitan for benfica) as they’ve been sailing close to the wind on FFP for a while.
    He also said Porto are more likely to sign a south American striker than Mitrovic.
    They spent a shedload on wages for Casillas and Pereira as well as huge wages and transfer fee for Imbula, its possible Martinez sale has been spent before they had it!

  • 41 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    I think Porto wont buy Mitrovic, anyway we should bring him, he is really great suited to premier league, tall, strong, technique, he has everything that great striker need and he is only 20…We need him as he will give us something we are missing a long time, power, heading ability, threat from set pieces and our forwards would have to deliver more than they did, because he would be real threat for them. He has better numbers than Lukaku had in jupiler league and is better technicaly…

  • 42 Ian Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Reading the London Evening Standard they are suggesting that QPR are playing hardball over the sale of a few of their players. Austin we are following but WBA are said to be interested in Matt Phillips and Caulker.
    Steven Caulker would be a good signing – youngish English CB; used to PL. Also Notts Forest winger and player of the year Michail Antonio – well known to Mac – WBA said to be haggling over a fee. But apparently could be acquired for around £5 million a Forest fan was talking about him a lot last season.

  • 43 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    I think with him and Gini Wijnaldum we would be more threatening than we were last season, also De Jong, Aarons fit, that is big improvement going forward. But we have to buy at least 1CB and better 2 and quality one, strong, tall and good with ball…we need that presence in the CB position, we have been missing it…Willo never was and never will be EPL quality, Collo once was, but not now, maybee he will have great next season and I hope he will, but he need competition as well, S. Taylor is injured all the time, Lascelles unproven in highest level, Good always injured and untested, Dummet ok, but not as 1st or 2nd choice, 4th at best in CD…so we desperately need 1 of top Abdennour/Rudiger/Glik and 1 another one like Douglas/Vlaar….and sell Willo and send Good on loan

  • 44 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    I don’t think anyone questions his ability Toonfan8, it’s more an issue of “does he really want to be here”. It appears to me that the club has made a concerted effort with this transfer, but ultimately, to use an old expression – “you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”

  • 45 RUNAWAY777 // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    hope no one is running out for season tickets after one signing, most teams take 24/48 hours and they have there player,i smell a rat and its called the board.

  • 46 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    TOF
    you are true mate, but we dont know if fee is accepted or not, we dont know what is behind the scene. Club has to bring that sort of quality, it surely will pay off. We need him and 2CB till july…and then we can play a waiting game with other targets like Lemina/Banega/Thauvin/Rolán and see if they can reach agreement with them clubs…

  • 47 check the toastie // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    From Shooper Shteve, love Shteve me… the latest email…

    Dear Stuart,

    We have now made the journey from Milwaukee to Sacramento having completed the first leg of our US tour and the travel has given me an ideal opportunity to let you know how things are going.

    We’ve really enjoyed being in the United States so far. Talking to supporters, they are delighted to see the players here and to get the opportunity to watch them train and play.

    We had a lot of supporters down to see us training in Milwaukee on Monday and even more inside Miller Park for our first game against Club Atlas on Tuesday. There were a lot of black and white shirts around – and a lot of people with American accents wearing them, which is great to see – and they created a fantastic atmosphere.

    Tuesday night’s game against a strong, physical Club Atlas team was a very good workout for us. It was just what we needed at this stage of pre-season and we got through 70 minutes at a good tempo.

    It took us a little while to adjust. Atlas are a good side. They were quick and direct and you could see they were ahead of us in their pre-season preparations. Once we adjusted, we dominated the second half especially and created good chances.

    We were good with the ball. We had the courage to play; the players wanted the ball.

    That said, I didn’t think in the first half that we were good without the ball. Atlas were very aggressive, they won more duels and tackles and broke up play more than us. At half time, I said to the players that they have to look after themselves but they must make sure they compete. They certainly did that in the second half. We were aggressive back and there was only one team in it after that.

    The performance at this point is obviously important, but so was the spirit. We were 2-0 down after a short time and the players’ heads could’ve dropped. But we stayed in the game. We got a deserved goal back just before half time and we looked like scoring again.

    Ultimately, we’ve come through unscathed with no injuries and I’m very pleased about that. Our aim is to give the players as many minutes as possible as we head deeper into pre-season.

    I thought the end of the game was great in terms of being able to see fans again and for those in the stadium to get closer to the team. The players went around the stadium and signed autographs, took photos and really took their time doing so.

    That’s important. As well as preparing, we are also here to see people who haven’t seen the team for some time or who are watching the club for the first time. The people of Milwaukee and the supporters who have travelled to see us so far have been fantastic.

    We are now in California ahead of Saturday’s game and we have two days to prepare for it. We have watched Sacramento Republic and it will be a different game but equally as challenging, particularly in such warm temperatures. We had a test against Atlas and we’ll get one on Saturday. We have also welcomed Gini Wijnaldum to the group today and I’m sure you’re all very excited to see him get started.

    There’s a long way to go for us all. We need to continue building fitness levels over what is a relatively short pre-season.

    We have to build a winning culture and a good environment, build the team and get them on board with what we’re trying to accomplish. We want the players to have attitude and to fight for every minute.

    The signs I’ve seen from the team are that the players are taking on board what we’re telling them, what we’re coaching them. If the players keep up the attitude and spirit they’ve shown me, it will take us a long way.

    I look forward to updating you again soon.

    Best wishes,

    Steve McClaren
    Head Coach

  • 48 check the toastie // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    No mention of new signings, boohooooo

  • 49 check the toastie // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Actually quite like the emails, its almost like we are buddies. 🙂

  • 50 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    The alleged 48hrs was up sometime this morning. Mitrovic should be left alone,now. He doesn’t want to sign. Concentrate on CBs for the time being. No one wants Austin at 15M, so if we fail at a few other strikers, we can always get him near the end of the window. I’d still take him at a bargain price. Gives us time to hunt out a hidden gem (he said hopefully) 😀

  • 51 Graeme // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Hey, I got one of them as well -http://communicatoremail.com/gJdWSTexMJ0JioaAGrOAIzgMucufaYxHrR4qa87phu8/WebView.aspx

  • 52 Ian Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    The aforementioned Forest fan has just mentioned that his team are under a transfer embargo for breaking FFP rules and would not be able to spend any of the sale proceeds. That is presumably unless they receive a daft offer.
    FFP really seems to favour the big spenders the likes of the Manchester clubs.

  • 53 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Dear Diary, getting closer to the game at Southampton, good news is that we have a new signing joining us in America and we have a couple of players back from. Injury. Bad news is it’s not long until that first game and I haven’t a clue what to do with Williamson. I think if I have him nailed to an 8’x 4′ sheet of ply and stand him behind Tim it might work, failing Lee getting out of his office and buying a replacement.

  • 54 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Tsunki

    Did you mean “Wìllìåmsøn”?

  • 55 check the toastie // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    Aarons contract needs sorting out, that is the true disgrace of the last 12 months. Total ineptitude, the lad is dynamite, give a 5year contract you dick heads.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Check,
    You are going to be so sued for letting the non paying public read that mail.

  • 57 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Yês Mærk

  • 58 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Yes check you could get the blog shut down. Unless you’re a preferred NUFC blogger.

  • 59 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Jesper must be boiling by now ha ha poor lad

  • 60 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Stuart?

  • 61 Jib // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    The Jupiter League is poor.
    Lukaku scored 33 goals in 73 games for Anderlecht but that was from age 16 to 18.

    In the prem he has scored 42 goals in 112 games.

  • 62 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    We had a rabbit called Stu. 🙂

  • 63 mickalfas // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    If Mitrovic doesn’t come,spend all the money on a CB or 2,if we let in 20 goals a season less,it evens itself out imo
    With Willo in the team ,Suarez and Aguero
    woulnt help us

  • 64 Rotonda heights // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    wouldn’t want caulker, if we are trying to play it out from the back. No one is as poor as willo but caulker is not comfortable with the ball at his feet either. Plus 2 successive relegations with different clubs may not mean anything but then again..

  • 65 Ian Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Ttsunki in a show of cynicism – great for radio. Or you could call it
    “Not the Letter from the U S”. I am already working on the first script – my fees in the post.
    Any communication is better than none. Certainly it’s good to have an articulate individual albeit with his range of accents.

  • 66 Ian Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Have the kids forgiven you ?

  • 67 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Mitrovic has 36 in 69…at the age 18-20…so its simillar record, yes this league is poor but it grew up players like Kompany,Lukaku,Vertonghen and others…so it can bring good players and suited to EPL…

  • 68 Slank // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    mickalfas @ 63

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the club refuse to sell Cisse, especially if they don’t capture Mitrovic.

    Cisse looked really bright against Gateshead and the Mexicans and has been praised by McClaren. He is the only recognized goal scorer at the club and Mitrovic, should he deem to grace our shores, is an unknown quantity. We can’t afford to have another Luuk de Jong and Jon Dahl Tomasson.

    I agree with you that our priority must be centre backs.

  • 69 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Slank
    to compare Mitrovic to these players is just funny. Everybody talking about Cisse, yes he has some goals but look at him here when he came, he had great half of the season, but then two seasons very bad, last season he banged 11, but his stupid behaviour almost cost us badly…good finisher, but nothing special….

  • 70 Ian Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Rotunda – Eddie Howe at Bournemouth would disagree as he reportedly sees Caulker as just the top flight defender to make an impact. Given our defensive record that’s just what we need – only seen him on TV but he’d be a marked improvement on Williamson and more experienced than Lascelles. A deep lying DM would be the short ball out from the leaden footed CB. It has been suggested that Mac is not convinced about tactical systems but much has been made of the way he chose to play at Derby.

  • 71 Ian Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Sorry Rotonda

  • 72 hibbit // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    slank 2cb are a must but we need cover all along the back 4 we have this same problem for years and it has cost us for years

  • 73 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    He is already 30, but had only two seasons when he scored 20 or more goals and played in some poor division like french second and third…

  • 74 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    mitrovic and austin can wait. we will go without a single point until november if we dont sign a centre back, regardless of who we buy upfront.

  • 75 Kc-Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    I think people label cisse as a goal poacher and nothing else, and think he has a complete inability to hold up play or link up in attacks. I still remember when we first signed him and he was the best player on the pitch, not just the goals but his first touch, holding up the ball and linking up, I feel he’s just had a season in which par few had isolated him on his own so much that he looked poor. Think he’s going to really shine again this year

  • 76 hibbit // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    cisse has to many of field problems he wants away ……… dippin his nib in to many pots

  • 77 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    hibbit
    Cisse is good CF, but he is nowhere near great link up play, his first touch was never great, for me Demba Ba was better also Remy was better…Cisse is good, but as a second option….but I agree with anybody who thinks we need to sort out defense first

  • 78 Our Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    I don’t understand why we can’t just go out and sign 2 CB’s whilst Mitrovic is making up his mind!! Why does everything else have to stop until he’s decided? Is it budget restrictions

    It seems as though the alternative to Mitrovic is Bas Dost and we will pursue him, from what I’ve seen of him he isn’t what we need nor is he anywhere near Mitrovic level. Austin seems to be one the fans crave, we asked about his availability 7 weeks ago, so why that one keeps doing the rounds is just daft. Plus he’s a sidestep from Cisse not an improvement

  • 79 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    sorry it should go to Kc-Toon

  • 80 Slank // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    hibbit

    I have said for awhile that our right back position is our weakness when Janmaat is not available. On the left back position we do have Dummitt if Haidara is not available.

    I have noticed that McClaren has recently played Bigi at right back and Ferguson at left back. I remain to be convinced that Ferguson, who granted has operated there before, and Bigi are best suited for those positions.

    Maybe McClaren has seen something that nobody else has ?

  • 81 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Dost is nowhere near quality of Mitrovic, good poacher, but nothing special, Cisse for me is better finisher than Dost…we need that sort of striker like Demba Ba was…

  • 82 Our Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Hibbit

    Where did you here about Cisse’s off field problems and him wanting away? First I’ve heard buddy.

  • 83 switch365 // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    @ Mr Funk,

    Actually it is common place throughout European club football. for transfer fees to generally be paid over a set period of time. Teams like the Toon who pay in full are the exception rather than the rule and generally do so to try and broker deals which normally are out of our reach, or to knock down the price a little.

    Manure have just spent an absolute fortune, but you can pretty much guarantee that £70m hasn’t been transferred out of their bank account in full!

  • 84 Slank // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Our Toon @ 78

    ‘..I don’t understand why we can’t just go out and sign 2 CB’s..’

    Or even one !

  • 85 Our Toon // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    With Wij and De Jong we have the creative forces in place, Cisse is a goalscorer, if you want someone to contribute to moves by holding the ball up etc you have Riviere!! Give me cisse any day of the week

    As for Austin who so many seem to want, he’s no different to Cisse,;if his hold up play etc was so good then why did Bobby Zamora play? Zamora did all thay side of the game whilst Austin tapped in from 6 yards or less

  • 86 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Our Toon
    I am not interested in his off field problems, but I heard about some of them, his girlfriends, two wifes, casino gambling. But I am not interested in this if he deliver on the pitch…

  • 87 Jail for Ashley // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Our Board is now consisted by members who would not make it on to the board of any other club, they are desperate for jobs and therefore compliant. One member left to manage an airport ffs. The Brittas Empire.

  • 88 Toonfan8 // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Our Toon
    I agree with you on Austin, but Mitrovic can score, hold up ball, is a beast at 20…you will love him if he come

  • 89 JDdubai // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    check @55

    How do you know the club havent offered Aarons a new contract?

    How do you know he isnt demanding a huge amount a la Sterling? Or that he hasnt already told them he wont sign as he wants a bigger club?

    How do you know anything?

    Surely the biggest clue that it is the player who is stalling on a new contract is that there is no way Ashley will allow him to just not be offered a contract and lose millions of pounds when he walks away, we know how money orientated he is.

  • 90 Slank // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Our Toon

    That’s a good analysis of Zamora and Austin. The equivalent at the club would be Riviere and Austin.

    Having said that I’m not sure there will be two strikers as McClaren favours one.

  • 91 hibbit // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    our toon various papers have been running stories about his women problems

  • 92 lesh // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Slsnk

    Be fair man. You can’t expect Charnley to complete two tasks in a month!

    Signing Wljandum’s quite enough for him this month and Charnley’s probably taken a well-earned break!

    Bless his little cotton socks

  • 93 geordie157 // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    So just how bad is Williamson, he should have been gone by now that’s for sure.

    Thinking of other centre backs who let us down a lot, Bramble always springs to mind. But who is worse him or Wilo??

    Ed, poll please with 5 or 6 cb’s listed for the winner of worst toon centre back in the premier league era.

    Cacapa and Marcelino are definate contenders.

  • 94 geordie157 // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    ……and Boumsong of course!

  • 95 jayphoto // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    @Geordie 157 – Rozenhal and Cacapa are 2 of the worst I remember seeing, Cacapa was the worst CB ive seen play for Newcastle in 30 years

  • 96 jayphoto // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    scratch that, Onyewu was pretty dreadful too

  • 97 jayphoto // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Marcelinho was actually really decent when he played. Just never ever wanted to be on the pitch! But he wasn’t the worst of defenders.
    Williamson frustrates me the most though for the constant 40 yard clips to nowhere. The others were worse defenders but better ball players but willo actually impacts on how the team play

  • 98 cyprus // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Siem,
    If you make a mistake you need to stop doing it, rather than keep doing it.

  • 99 Slank // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    In defence (no pun intended) of Williamson is part of the problem that our players keep passing to him.

    At times against the Mexican he looked as if he was the focal point of our attempts to build from the back.

  • 100 Tsunki // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Cacapa was probably one of the slowest I’ve seen in a while.

  • 101 hibbit // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    people on here keep saying this one should go that one should go but they will only go when there contract is up or some one comes in for them no one has ………boro asked about willo and were quoted 2m they never came back

  • 102 CypriotDelight // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Off topic but it is so hot out here and I am acclimatised – they must be roasting their socks off in America!
    Good luck to em

  • 103 check the toastie // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    JD- the whole point is that we are probably offering him a crap contract, the kid is dynamite pay him some decent money, have you not quite caught on yet that the people who run the club are useless penny pinchers…. if we gave him 30k then sure he would accept

  • 104 Jib // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Walter Sabatini the Roma director of football is in London today ostensibly to see if Arsenal’s reported offer of €30 million for Alessio Romagnoli is genuine.
    I don’t think it is.
    I think you could get him for about 27.5 million (about £20 million )
    I’d love to think we would have the balls to hijack the deal for the brilliant young centre half.

  • 105 jayphoto // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Think Aarons biggest heel in getting a bigger contract is that he’s relatively come out of nowhere! The season before last he’d shown nothing as being any better than the youngsters he was playing with. I think last season he knuckled down and came out of nowhere even surprising the coaches! (same coaches that were surprised that Sammy ameobi who’d been at the club since he was 8 could take a corner tho…)
    Aarons looks like he has a stellar attitude! Choosing to work when he could have gone on holiday etc
    I think they’ll need to top 20k p/w to keep him, its possibly a case of seeing what McClaren makes of him in training and securing transfers before sorting out his deal in September I hope!

  • 106 Rotonda heights // Jul 16, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Ian

    To be fair the kid who plays CB for my under 12’s has more awareness, speed of thought and foot and footalling ability than Willo!!

  • 107 jayphoto // Jul 16, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Thing that will screw the club, is that the way hodgson picks the England squad, if Aarons hits the ground running in the first 4/5 games which he could, he’ll get a call up and his wage demands will go up hugely! England aren’t really over stocked on the left wing not to mention a call up would stop him playing for Jamaica!
    Not saying he should be the England squad btw! Just saying in the present climate, and in his position all it would take is half a dozen top performances for him to be called up! England have virtually nothing when it comes to wide players

  • 108 Slank // Jul 16, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    CypriotDelight

    Where are you in Cyprus ?

  • 109 CypriotDelight // Jul 16, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Hey Slank
    I’m in episkopi mate and it is chuffing warm 🙂

  • 110 hatem786 // Jul 16, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Dear …..,

    We have now made the journey from Milwaukee to Sacramento having completed the first leg of our US tour and the travel has given me an ideal opportunity to let you know how things are going.

    We’ve really enjoyed being in the United States so far. Talking to supporters, they are delighted to see the players here and to get the opportunity to watch them train and play.

    We had a lot of supporters down to see us training in Milwaukee on Monday and even more inside Miller Park for our first game against Club Atlas on Tuesday. There were a lot of black and white shirts around – and a lot of people with American accents wearing them, which is great to see – and they created a fantastic atmosphere.

    Tuesday night’s game against a strong, physical Club Atlas team was a very good workout for us. It was just what we needed at this stage of pre-season and we got through 70 minutes at a good tempo.

    It took us a little while to adjust. Atlas are a good side. They were quick and direct and you could see they were ahead of us in their pre-season preparations. Once we adjusted, we dominated the second half especially and created good chances.

    steve mcclaren

    We were good with the ball. We had the courage to play; the players wanted the ball.

    That said, I didn’t think in the first half that we were good without the ball. Atlas were very aggressive, they won more duels and tackles and broke up play more than us. At half time, I said to the players that they have to look after themselves but they must make sure they compete. They certainly did that in the second half. We were aggressive back and there was only one team in it after that.

    The performance at this point is obviously important, but so was the spirit. We were 2-0 down after a short time and the players’ heads could’ve dropped. But we stayed in the game. We got a deserved goal back just before half time and we looked like scoring again.

    Ultimately, we’ve come through unscathed with no injuries and I’m very pleased about that. Our aim is to give the players as many minutes as possible as we head deeper into pre-season.

    I thought the end of the game was great in terms of being able to see fans again and for those in the stadium to get closer to the team. The players went around the stadium and signed autographs, took photos and really took their time doing so.

    That’s important. As well as preparing, we are also here to see people who haven’t seen the team for some time or who are watching the club for the first time. The people of Milwaukee and the supporters who have travelled to see us so far have been fantastic.

    We are now in California ahead of Saturday’s game and we have two days to prepare for it. We have watched Sacramento Republic and it will be a different game but equally as challenging, particularly in such warm temperatures. We had a test against Atlas and we’ll get one on Saturday. We have also welcomed Gini Wijnaldum to the group today and I’m sure you’re all very excited to see him get started.

    There’s a long way to go for us all. We need to continue building fitness levels over what is a relatively short pre-season.

    We have to build a winning culture and a good environment, build the team and get them on board with what we’re trying to accomplish. We want the players to have attitude and to fight for every minute.

    The signs I’ve seen from the team are that the players are taking on board what we’re telling them, what we’re coaching them. If the players keep up the attitude and spirit they’ve shown me, it will take us a long way.

    I look forward to updating you again soon.

    Best wishes,

    Steve McClaren

    Head Coach

  • 111 Slank // Jul 16, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    CypriotDelight

    I’m near Tala above Paphos and it’s about 33C outside down from 38C this morning. At night it’s quite pleasant as its only 22C.

    Last year it got to 42C with a heat index of 45C. Now that is hot !

  • 112 Graeme // Jul 16, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    McClaren – the new Messiah. Turns a total car-crash of a squad last season into top 8 contenders, in only 8 weeks. No wonder we have only bought ONE new player!!!

  • 113 CypriotDelight // Jul 16, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    I like the SM email and want to believe in it but the sceptical voice always throws the propaganda comment in.
    I think I will continue to hope for the best whilst expecting something less fulfilling

  • 114 CypriotDelight // Jul 16, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    I love Pathos Slank – I must have driven past your place going to Coral Bay and the Zoo etc.

    Was last year hotter? I can’t remember…The past couple of weeks I have started suffering ha ha
    Was walking home from work thinking the boys must be feeling it in USA!

  • 115 Munster Mag // Jul 16, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Can we give up on Mitrovic now? Surelt the guy needs to make up his OWN mind on this. He clearly doesn’t wnt us and is waiting on Roma etc. Shudnt we just move on ?




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