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Anderlecht Manager – Mitrovic Can Become Top Striker At Newcastle

12:13 pm, Monday, July 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 92 Comments

Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will be announced as a Newcastle player today, and his manager in Belgium, Besnik Hasi, has talked about him,  and said he has matured in his two years at the club, and can now become a top striker in  England.

Hasi says Aleksandar looks crazy because he has tattoos and a funny haircut – but how many footballers don’t have those these days?

It’s all crazy today.

🙂 🙂 🙂

aleksandar mitrovich

Aleksandar Mitrovic – a Newcastle player today?

However, the Anderlecht manager thinks Mitrovic will be a success at Newcastle, as he had this to say today in the Mirror:

“With tattoos and funny haircut he might look crazy but he’s not. He’s a hard worker, someone who gives everything in every single duel. And his level is constantly increasing.¨

“His main quality is to score. Give him a ball in the box and it’s in.¨ “Last two years his level increased a lot.¨

¨He took a step forward last year on the football and mental scale. He’s also physically stronger.¨ “He knows that England is not Belgium.¨

¨People are stronger and the ball goes faster. But he showed in Champions League that he can be good in tough matches and that he can stay calm and focused.¨

“Sometimes you don’t see him for 80 minutes and he gets a ball and scores.¨

“Newcastle is a big step forward. I hope he’ll play everything. He can score goals and become a top striker, but he first has to settle as a good scorer.¨

“He’s more mature than before.”

The 20-year-old is undergoing a medical at Newcastle, and will be announced as the second Newcastle signing later today – all being well.

He will cost €18M (about £12.7M) and that will take Newcastle’s spending on their first two players signed this summer to around £27M – and there’s more players on the way.

The Serbian International joins top Dutch midfielder and former PSV captain Gini Wijnaldum, who cost £14,5M, and led PSV to the Dutch Championship last season, and was named the Dutch Player of the Season.

Newcastle seem determined this summer to sign class payers, and that’s very good to see.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Aleksandar Mitrovic · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

92 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonfan8 // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    if we could have this squad I would be over the moon:
    Midfielders:Wijnaldum,Anita,Colback,Tiote,Sissoko,De Jong,Aarons,Cabella,Marveaux

    I think there is enough time to bring Abdennour and Berahino, if Mitrovic and Mbemba are deals done…and we will look strong to compete for top positions…

  • 2 Toonfan8 // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    I always rate this 34M for Wijnaldum,Mitrovic and Mbemba as cash, which should have been spent in last season…and now they should bring players for this season ???? Abdennour and Berahino, here we come…

  • 3 Our Toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:26 PM

    I’d keep willo, he’s the worst CB out of Saylor and Colo but he’s also worth 1m at the very most. He’ll be on very little in terms of wage compared to both willo and Saylor. Get Saylor and colo off the books as wages are high. Only if we bring in 2 CB’s

    I still think we need a winger to deliver good quality crosses after CBs are signed

  • 4 Noel Worst // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    I’d prefer a none African CB to partner Mbemba, if we are to sign another. Can’t be handicapping ourselves by having our 2 starting CBs leaving for 2 months every time the ACON is held.

  • 5 Terry // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Can’t remember the last time we had a couple of center backs who were prepared to get a bit of blood on their faces but that’s precisely what we need

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    More than happy to see both STaylor and Collo go, solid defences are built on a regular back four and they spend far too much time missing. Somebody said injuries to affect subs so much ???

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Noel Worst,

  • 8 Malackay // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    It’s not surprising seeing financially conscious clubs such as ourselves look to the continent even more this window. It’s worth noting the Greece impact on the Euro and the implications the subsequent £/€ rate will have on GB import/exports.

    For example, if Ashley were to spend £50m last summer he’d have been able to get c.€63m worth of players form Europe. Now that £50m is worth an extra €9m @ €72m. It might not seem much but I guarantee it will impact MA thinking.

    I hope Mitrovic lives up to his billing he is getting on this forum.

    On a side note, I was very impressed with both De Jong and Aarons against Sacramento. Aarons (assuming he is fit) would make my starting 11 every time, especially with a striker such as Mitrovic leading the line.

  • 9 southafricantoon // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    How long does a medical take??

  • 10 Jamseyd24 // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Guys, is there no sign of movement at the training ground, They like to keep us waiting. I am hoping the wait is to try and announce 2 signings at once.

  • 11 Wayayman // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Re; Mbemba’s age riddle- I’m in north London and my boy played an U12’s cup final in April against a team who had this kid who was an african refugee but had lived here for 5 years. My son is a big lad, and I’m 6’4″ and I had walked past this lad when helping put the nets up with another dad. I commented on the oppo’s coach smashing the ball at their goalkeeper during the warm up. The ‘coach’ later took his tracksuit off and lined up against my boys team and we all looked at each other in shock. I’m not kidding, this lad was massive, but also played with the maturity of someone much, much older that 12. It happened in one local school in particular too, with a few refugees not fully knowing their ages when they arrived here. Cant blame them though, I’m not sure my birth certificate would be my priority when I’m fleeing my home in fear of my life.

  • 12 martoon // Jul 20, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    southafricantoon @9
    This should give you an idea

  • 13 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Not sure how late i an to the party here but Mitro is having his med now at the club, buzzin! Allover SSN!

    Any news on the CB?

    What is the chances of Cisse being off? Riviere should be on his bike!

  • 14 Noel Worst // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    Robert Huth would’ve been decent for a couple of seasons at least, given his playing style. Exactly the type of sturdy, imposing, nasty git that was part of Stoke’s defence for years and a major factor in their solidification as a PL outfit and played no small part in Leicester’s revival last season. An out and out defender.

    Doesn’t need to be a spectacular name for me to partner this Mbemeba, just somebody dependable, dominant and positionally aware.

    So many of the teams now have powerful STs,:

    Everton – Lukaku
    Liverpool – Benteke
    Arsenal – Giroud
    Chelsea – Costa
    Southampton – Pelle
    Stoke – Diouf
    West Ham – Sakho
    Swansea – Gomis
    Austin – wherever he ends up

    So need at least 1 CB who won’t take any of their shite and can cope physically, as we’ve too often being bullied in recent years.


    Absolutely, that thought has crossed my mind too and Mash penny pinches at the best of times, so to have to sit tight and do nothing but wait for the markets to come to you, cant discount it as a factor in our transfer plans. The Euro has probably bottomed out now and will recover slightly in the coming months and stabilise at least for a few years, so now’s the time to strike if you do take that sort of thing in to account. There’s always the possibility that’s affording him too much credit and it’s just coincidence, although I imagine it’s advisers rather than him anyway, that make these sorts of projections and recommendations, if at all.

  • 15 hibbit // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    tp………. riviere who would have him

  • 16 Our Toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:11 PM


    Apparently Riviere managed to get injured along with Cabella. 2 players who I feel we should look to offload

  • 17 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:13 PM


    Same thing happened to my younger brother at that age.

    “Kid” they were playing against was bigger than most of the dads. Goes without saying he was top scorer in the league. Saw him a couple of years later on Soccer AM on the skill school bit, playing for Middlesbrough academy.

    Bruno Pilatos you called him.

  • 18 richyg01 // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    SSN saying he may not be announced until tomorrow

  • 19 Noel Worst // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Just 20 days until our first PL match lads! 😀

  • 20 El Sleeve // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    can whoever keeps moving the proverbial line, please for the love of everyones mental health, please put it back and leave it alone.

    unless its only being moved so we can announce a double signing!

  • 21 carl // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Can we please enjoy the here and now. I am with Munster- talk by Jail “if we had invested when we finished 5th. ” “nothing is going to change “. Never happier than when he’s in misery mode. Instead of talking about signings he’s endlessly spouting on about negative issues – in Jail’s parallel universe there is no time to enjoy the moment. Just a miserable nutter who’s clearly as Jail for Ashley is redundant.
    For the rest eagerly awaiting our Sunday kick off match and the start of a much improved season.

  • 22 will die for the toon army // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    I think Berahino is out of our league.

  • 23 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:33 PM


    So nouts changed on the injury front!

    The pair of them ain’t good enough, totally agree they should be shown the door.. Loved to be proved wrong like.

    Im thinking Cisse is off, we can’t unload Riviere yet.

    Waiting to see which CB leaves also.

    Got a feeling it’s going to be a mad August.

  • 24 carl // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    By the way don’t be fooled by his Sack Llambias posting that was a hedge against Mike Ashley seeing the error of his ways and becoming less loathed by fans. Either way the tide is turning.

  • 25 Noel Worst // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Have to laugh at the stalking antics of Skysports. Momentary glance of Mitrovic arriving for his medical is welcome I suppose. Puts the neurotics at ease.

  • 26 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    I don’t know about the tide turning but the blog optimism is soaring. We’ve only signed one big money player and we might get another soon. It’s nice to see cause for optimism but it’s way too early to get carried away.

  • 27 Offkey // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Blackley puts it very well at 26

  • 28 BandB // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:52 PM


    Optimism always soars during the close season, when the team can be every bit as good as one imagines and no-one can dispute one’s opinions with hard evidence to the contrary.
    We’ll have a better notion when other beastly teams start trying to kick it in our goal.

  • 29 lochinvar // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    By the way, James Taviener off to Rangers from Wigan.

    Mirtovic – how long does a medical take ?

  • 30 lochinvar // Jul 20, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Mitrovic that is

  • 31 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    You have to enjoy the signings as they happen. Even at this club where there is always that possibility we could take a couple of steps back also.

    2 big money signings.

    But, will we be stronger and be able to battle all year round come 1st September? If not, as usual the manager will take most of the heat.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    ”By the way don’t be fooled by his Sack Llambias posting that was a hedge against Mike Ashley seeing the error of his ways and becoming less loathed by fans. Either way the tide is turning.”
    Could you explain that comment, a lot of people will be wondering what you’re talking about.

  • 33 BandB // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Martoon posted an article above explaining the process and timescale.
    If he went at 10am this morning the tests should be about done.
    But that doesn’t mean they’ll get the results and the analysis done today.
    They will want to see what came with his medical records too, especially after the Siem scenario. This lad is a big investment for us and we need to make sure he isn’t broke in some way.

  • 34 sing in the corner // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    I see Benteke is busy having a medical at Liverpool. Am i alone in thinking £32.5M is a huge amount of cash for his attributes? I don’t think he’ll be as big a cock up as the Carroll signing, but not too far off… It’ll be interesting to compare him to other signings of strikers…eg. Mitrovic at about a third of the cost…

  • 35 Our Toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:35 PM


    Let’s have some realism buddy, these signings of completed have been long over due, with McClaren saying it’ll take 3 windows to get to where we want he’s basically saying we have messed up prior to all of this.

    This very much has a feel of the preseason when we finished 5th although we won’t finish as high this season, it’s what happened in the next window and windows to follow which wrecked us. 1 long overdue window doesn’t mean the tide has changed, it’s a gradual change and hopefully its carried on because we are still well short of what we need.

  • 36 Thump // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    @sing in the corner: Nah, I completely agree. Benteke is a fantastic forward, don’t get me wrong, but he can be easily taken out of the game if the defenders have a good level of concentration (as Villa learned in 13/14)

  • 37 Our Toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Sing in the corner

    I think Benteke will get 20 league goals this season!! I know alot say he’s costing alot but under an attacking manager like Sherwood he scored 11 goals in 13 games. Imagine how many he’ll get with Firmino, Coutinho etc playing behind him.

  • 38 Our Toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Lambert played a massive part in his inability to score with the way he set teams up. At Liverpool there will be more than just 1 player Benetke to concentrate on….unlike @ villa

  • 39 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Also, van gaal’s United look scary. They must have one of the strongest squad in a long time. Extremely powerful squad who must be favorites for the title ahead of anyone.

  • 40 sing in the corner // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Ah good afternoon Our Toon

    Yes a great return at the end of the season as you say. I just think that he’s a bit one trick pony for that price. Similar to Carroll in many ways. And Rogers seems to want to change tack now. He didn’t fancy Carroll at all. I’ve been reading a few Liverpool fans worrying that if they sign him they will revert to lumping it up like they did with Crouch and carroll when they played.

  • 41 nightfa11 // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    If Mbemba is 23 or younger its a good deal..But if hes 26 I think we should drop the persuit and go for Abdennour.. Least he played in a better league.. Getting both? 2 african players who will leave for acof for 2 months?..I dont know..its a gamble..

    As for van dijk.. I see many fans want he really that good? Havent see much of him so I cant judge..But hes not a kid and only played in scotland..? To me that doesnt sound impressive..and for 10 mio? If we plan to go for a non african defender, I think we should look into german market.. They have the most disciplined players in the world..

  • 42 firebug666 // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    PMSL as Simon Brodkin gatecrashes FIFA press conference and throws a hugh wad of cash at Sepp Blatter.

  • 43 cyprus // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Is this guy really 20 or did they check his bones 🙂

    Anyway, he seems a goal machine. I’d like to see a partnership up front, one of the two slipping slightly back. We need more goal scorers from all over.

  • 44 firebug666 // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:49 PM


    Mitrovic, Wijauldum and Mbemba can all score goals mate, so it’s a good start.

    With Mbemba coming up for corners and free kicks we will have a presence in the box for a change.

  • 45 sing in the corner // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:49 PM


    Yeah just saw that, funny!! They should keep having a go at this bent fool. Blimey he clings onto FIFA power like a limpet. Amazing survival skills. In a post apocolyptic world only Blatter and cockroaches would survive.

  • 46 sing in the corner // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Ah I’m gonna miss watching the deadly willo trotting hopelessly to the back post for set pieces…

  • 47 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:53 PM


    It’s now going to be Feb. for the new vote. The only thing that takes longer to arrange than a Fifa vote, is a NUFC transfer!!

  • 48 firebug666 // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    sing in the corner

    Now if that had been our Mikey boy Ashley he would still be there picking up every note, and searching every one near the stage to ensure none went missing.

  • 49 firebug666 // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:55 PM


    Well not quite as long, remember our scouting and enquiries take years to complete.

  • 50 cyprus // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    IF SDJ is as good as he is supposed to be then he will be like a new player. I swear I have no idea about his quality and it seems few other NUFC fans have really seen him.

    Cabs should fit right in as well, being a technical player and having had a hard year under his belt.

    Perez must be a regular presence as he may the most talented of the lot.

    I don’t know much about Aarons, have just seen those 3 runs you’ve all seen. But he looks good, hope he stays fit.

    In defense: would rather have Colo with this Mbemba guy, if he’s any good. That’s a tough position and even the best get horribly exposed with bad coaching. Terry and Cahill come to mind, under AVB and his high line.

    Dummett and Taylor should really both be subs if we’re to push a step up.

  • 51 cyprus // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    So more than one option in set plays? Shocking.

  • 52 King Colback // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Palace want Colo pmsl

  • 53 carl // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    I am fed up with sour pusses like old Jail trying to carry on with his misery routine. You’d never think he was a fan hate to think how he’d behave if he was a mackem.
    The season hasn’t started yet. It is a time for optimism even you can’t make a fan out of old Jail. As talented as you are. He just likes wallowing in misery. Poor old soul.

  • 54 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 20, 2015 at 2:58 PM


    Sdj has looked really poor in pre season. But I think that’s more to do with his lack of pace and overall fitness.

    I hope mcclaren has a plan to make a side revolving around his intelligence on the ball. If not, I think it’s best he plays as a back up to wijnaldum.

  • 55 firebug666 // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM


    Well Mbemba is strong and brave, he doesn’t shirk from a tackle and has very good agility to win headers, at the other end he has a great turn of pace, and will get goals, We have been crying out for a defender to go forward and score, this lad has that ability,

    Looking forward to watching him play.

  • 56 sing in the corner // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Yeah that would be a great late gift from Pardew…taking Colo. Can’t see it mind. And ? he’s injured now anyway. What are the sources of this rumour though, anyone know?

  • 57 Our Toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Sing in the corner

    Benteke is very different to Carroll who Rodgers didn’t like, Benteke has an all round game, he’s good on the floor, good movement, very strong in the air, excellent with his back to goal, strong on and off the ball. He’s got a very underrated ground game, you’ll see a very different benteke

  • 58 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Again, can you explain your comment @24.

  • 59 BandB // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:04 PM


    I have been accused of being up my own **se.
    Recently Jail was accused of being up Rotonda’s **se.
    I admit I would crawl up my own or anyone’s **se right now if it blocked out the sound of people bellyaching incessantly about others who are really only suggesting sensible caveats around the idea that a huge corner has been turned already.

  • 60 cyprus // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    I admit I haven’t been impressed but that would be totally totally unfair. I’ve hardly watched him and apparently he was pivotal for an exciting Ajax. He played a great ball to Janm a couple days ago, I’ve seen good touches. Hope he can handle the health thing.

  • 61 carl // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:05 PM


  • 62 sing in the corner // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    I was just reflecting on some of the posts a few days ago I had been catching up on after a few days off-blog. I find it strange people worrying too much about the height of prospective central defenders. An inch or two is neither here nor there (no double entendre intended) – different blokes have more spring / timing than others. Heading ability is dependent on several factors.. I use old turtle head Shola as an immediate example. Inept in the air, despite being tall. And captain Colo hasn’t got off the ground for at least 2 years, his height is irrelevant

  • 63 carl // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Is that really you? Your usually good value !

  • 64 Our Toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    On SDJ you have to remember he’s missed almost an entire season and probably more over the past 2 years, he’s hardly going to hit the ground running so it’s important to give him as much game time as possible in pre season. He’s an intelligent player that doesn’t need pace. Think poor man’s Bergkamp

  • 65 SuperShearer // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Whatever happened to Aarons contract issues? Everyone on here keeps raving about him but isn’t he out of contract any minute? If he really is as good as people think then surely the club need to tie him down to a long term deal rather than risk losing him to some big club for him to go and warm the bench for free. Or am I missing something with him being under 24? As in; even if he does leave we’ll get compensation?

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Can you expand on that !

  • 67 sing in the corner // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Band B

    🙂 … top quality post – that was a belly laugh right there!!

  • 68 firebug666 // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM


    I’m not 100% sure but I think I read somewhere a while ago that Aarons still has two years left on his contract.

  • 69 cyprus // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Poor man’s Bergkamp is good! Poor man’s Nolan not so much.

  • 70 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    I for one think I’ve been quite upbeat recently, I am not complaining about McLaren as he needs time to be judged and has after all been making the right noises. My assessment of him this morning was in response to catchy saying we were disappointed in his appointment because of the ‘wally with the brolly incident’

  • 71 King Colback // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:18 PM


  • 72 Our Toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:24 PM


    He’s far to good technically to even be compared to Nolan.

  • 73 Terry // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Has this medical happened yet,if not I’ve got a funny feeling he’s gone to my docs.That being the case it will be another three weeks

  • 74 Munster Mag // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Our Toon and Co, none of us know whats in Ashleys mind but I think there are genuine grounds for optimism. I would argue that things feel different now – significantly – to before.

    -Ashley said something – on TV! He said he would invest. It looks like he wasn’t lying
    – We got rid of Charva instead of holding him on and saving money
    -We got a whole new coaching ticket in.
    – The type of player we are buying is more expensive than before .
    – Via McClaren, the club is communicating more.

    Lets not dilute the significance of this.

  • 75 lesh // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:43 PM


    They’re obviously trawling around for somebody to do Mitro’s medical – they’ve tried my doc’s surgery but it was too expensive for them!

  • 76 sing in the corner // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:48 PM


    I agree. The signs right now are good. Looks like Mitro deal is done. And if by the time we get to kick off we have signed 1-2 defenders and managed to remove Willo and Colo I can’t see a whole lot else the club could have been realistically expected to do to rectify last years debacle. Of course its the start of a process but a decent one IMO

  • 77 firebug666 // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    I agree with Munster Mag but would also offer a note of caution.

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating, Our pudding is still in it’s mixture stage, and we still have a lot of things to get right before it will be ready for eating.

    Yes it looks like big changes are being made, and we are brining in some very good signings, and the hope is it will all come together before the season kicks off.

    I look forward to the positive signings for the future, and hope that the players we already have are able to step up this season.

    The cork however will remain firmly in the bottle until I see some results.

  • 78 NotAGhostToon // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    This is all looking promising stuff – does anyone else wonder to what degree Ashley had this in his plans all along?

    He has kept us pushing towards profit whilst (just about) staying in the league. All of a sudden we have a lot higher TV money (something that could’ve been predicted) high earners moving on (inevitable) and finally the manager moving on (luck? Predictable?). With all of this you wonder if Ashley was waiting to pounce at the appropriate time. Could be rubbish or guesswork but one to mull over.

    Also, a lad on here got a lot of ITK info correct (the one who got Mclaren, the board, champs league ambitions right so far and said we’d sell cisse and buy 2 strikers [looking likely]). Where did he go? I’d love an update!

  • 79 Crow59 // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Age can be deceiving, I remember as a kid my team were invited to play in an Amsterdam tourney and train at the Ajax academy. We made the final and they had a beast upfront with a full fledged beard and was massive in comparison to the other 14 yr olds. Came in handy at the awards ceremony afterwards as we used the yeti to get us drink all night. Story aside, he had to have been the same age to be registered, but could have sworn he was easily mid 20’s.

  • 80 BandB // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:53 PM


    There was huge optimism at this time last summer when we had spent about the same amount as and completed our transfer dealings, that we would challenge for top six.
    That didn’t last long once the football started.
    This summer I DO feel more optimistic. I hope we will spend a bit more.
    SO FAR we have spent no more than last year…when we also later signed the Forest kids and brought in a guy on loan who proved useless
    We don’t know Ashley’s mind as you say. and he might not spent another cent. .
    This is not SO FAR an unprecedented spending spree that warrants a load of people itching to say “I told you so.” to folks they don’t like.
    We sacked a coaching team that needed sacking on any metric.
    They would have been sacked earlier by anyone but Ashley.
    The club is sending out emails, self-shooting videos and the manager turned up at the Fans” Forum.
    I’m not surprised they are trying to engage with fans, especially ones who haven’t renewed their season tickets.

  • 81 Terry // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Don’t forget this kids got form for doing daft things so maybe it’s the full “hop on the bed and tell me about your childhood “type of medical

  • 82 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 20, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    September 1st folks!

    Cautiously optimistic.

  • 83 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Not a g t,
    If that really was his plan to avoid relegation by a game or two while exiting the cups as early as possible while breaking every conceivable unwanted record while serving up dross. Then the man is a maniac.

  • 84 JDdubai // Jul 20, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Carr said back in February that things were planning to change this summer and he thought Ashley wanted to make a run at the cups in particular from this coming season as well as finishing as high as poss.

    We’ve all heard that cack before but I was happy to wait and see and it seems like he was on the money.

  • 85 Our Toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 4:06 PM


    Don’t get me wrong mate its great we are improving the squad but we still need to have some level of realism as well, this squad was so bad last season that even Ashley knew another bad summer would almost certainly mean relegation. I’ve mentioned thongs like the bare minimum and we need to be looking to go beyond that.

    Think about it, we’ve needed at least 1 striker since Ba left….We have the same CB’s that got us relegated, these 2 areas are being improved now but we still need a proper winger if the CB’s are improved. We are still short in the fullback areas for both left and right and we are still short of a very good Defensive midfielder who will sit and protect the back 4.

    It’s great being optimistic but this kind of window was bound to be around the corner!!

  • 86 BandB // Jul 20, 2015 at 4:06 PM


    I can’t understand still why you can say that now but couldn’t at the time.
    Predictions made after the event aren’t prediction.And you can’t say I told you so about things you didn’t say.

  • 87 jimmysmith // Jul 20, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Mitrovic at 20 is unlikely to have a barnstorming initial season. Austin would be a fantastic addition to him, but it’s hard to see the pair coming in unless QPR now settle for our latest offer. But why he’d go to Villa instead, would be hard to fathom, considering the reverence we pay our number nines, and the squad and coaching set up taking shape, and of course the support and facility. Spurs, Chelsea, even West Ham, it’s London, but not Villa. I’d take Austin and the “young” Anderlecht centre back, in addition to Mitrovic and Wijnaldum and hold onto the rest, and then you’d have to say the owner has been true to his word, and we might well be entering a new dawn at a truly great british club.

  • 88 NotAGhostToon // Jul 20, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    I wouldn’t rule it out! Calculated gambles in a make or break move sounds very like Ashley anyway so why not trust he had one on eye on a longterm outcome. Remember being able to afford these players within their financial means will likely just lead to bigger profits in future (and for him). Definitely not saying is a given but either way something major is happening.

  • 89 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 20, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    I’d second that Jimmy..

    Austin and the CB. Brilliant for me.

  • 90 Malackay // Jul 20, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Wow, so I’m apparently the only one who think SDJ played very well against Sacramento?

    His composure and vision in the final third is miles above anyone else in our squad. That one touch pass to Cisse in the box in the second half was brilliant, not to mention him switching play several times to find fullbacks in acres of room. Talk of him not making our starting 11 is crazy talk IMO.

  • 91 loonie-toon // Jul 20, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Sayin we’re looking at Dutch take look this talent (Hakim Ziyech | FC Twente | 2014-2015 Goals and Assists | Player Review) on YouTube

  • 92 carl // Jul 20, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    You being genuine and authentic- Yer right!
    It would help if you could spell his name correctly.

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