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Newcastle Must Not Make This Mistake This Summer

5:17 pm, Friday, July 31st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

Newcastle have done quite well so far this summer in getting Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba through the door for around £35M – but as we’ve said before, we still need another three players at least if this summer transfer window is to be successful.

But with the new arrivals – however good they are – it will take some time for them to adjust to the rigors of the Premier League.

Fabricio Coloccini final whislte Chelsea 2-1

Fabricio Coloccini – Newcastle should keep him this season

So one of the things we cannot do is once we get all the players through the door, start to sell the ones who may not start for Newcastle next season.

Those players include Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steve Taylor and Cheick Tiote, who are all experienced Premier League players, and if we allow these players to leave –  the squad will be weakened.

That’s especially true in defense, including defensive midfield (Cheick Tiote), with the defense having been our big weakness by far for three seasons now.

It’s almost like an insurance policy that we should keep these players at the club,  even though is will cost us more on the wage bill, and it will mean we have a solid squad for the upcoming season.

We will pick up injuries this season, and we are second top of the Premier League injury table even now – with five injuries.

So it doesn’t look like a huge improvement will be made with our injury situation this season – although we are still hoping for an improvement.

Coloccini is one of those players we need to keep,  and Steve McClaren has said he would like to see Colo play before he makes any decision on the 33 year-old Argentine International.

This is what Steve had said about his current captain today:

“I’ve heard speculation about a move to Palace, but I’ve come in and said to Lee Charnley, the Managing Director and the Board that we want to see him training and playing.” 

“I haven’t done that so I can’t make a decision on the future at the present moment.”

McClaren has already said Colo has looked good in training,  and that he is obviously one of Newcastle’s best players, although he played poorly and showed poor leadership in the second half of the disaster of last season.

As Steve McClaren points out,  there have been rumors over the summer that Alan Pardew wants to sign Coloccini for Palace,  and maybe give him a two year deal, but the challenge for Palace would be to meet his £60K/week wages he gets on Tyneside.

We are very pleased with what Newcastle have done so far this summer, but if we let some of our good players leave over the last two weeks of the transfer window,  that could turn out to be a big mistake.

The other player we mustn’t sell this summer is Moussa Sissoko, and there are reports that Liverpool are ready to pay out £18M for him – but we must keep Sissoko on Tyneside.

Moussa’s best chance of getting into the French squad for the Euro 2016 Championships next summer in France, would be to stay on Tyneside, where he will get plenty of games.

That would not necessarily be true if he moved to Liverpool or some other top six club.

Players we could let go this summer include Vuckic, Ferguson, Marveaux, Obertan and maybe Abeid to reduce the wage bill.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Fabricio Coloccini · Financials · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Does anybody actually know where Marveaux is ? Injured or what?

  • 2 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Marvs was always one of Ketsys golden boys, Belfast.

  • 4 croftus5678 // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    where will marv get a game this season ?

    i can only see him getting a game on the wing and i really dont think thats his position.

  • 5 Jib // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    According to the Yorks evening post NUFC and Everton are in competition for Leeds Utd’s Sam Byram

  • 6 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    He’ll probably be lowering a sandwich and a glass of milk tonight, through the hole into his cellar to him, so maybe he could get Marv to write a note.

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    He’s injured Belfast mate. He has Gilmores Groin. Plus I gave him a severe fonging just the other day as well.

  • 8 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    On the previous article

    Elmo the ex-mackem – out!

  • 9 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    I think he spent his sabbatical paddling up the Ganges in a septic tank cut in half. Bad craic that. Bound to catch something nasty.

  • 10 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    That’s Marvs, not Elmo.

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    As for Marveaux’s exact location he’s hiding in a cellar somewhere in Wallsend Belfast. He lives in constant fear of another fonging and possibly some honey badger foreplay.

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    I think Marv was supposed to go to Guingamp on loan or was that last season? Just not consistent enough while with us. Looked hopeless at times. If only I’d reached out to him with my fong bat earlier….very sad.

  • 13 Noel Worst // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Seriously, Schteve. Trust fan opinion on this one. Colo is only with us in body, his mind and spirit left NUFC a long time ago. His mute aloofness on the pitch says it all and he has openly expressed a preference to leave on more than one occasion, his frustration at not being allowed to do so has also reared it’s ugly head on the pitch in the form of rash tackles and ugly elbows, leading to red cards. Better he left for all parties concerned. A delight on his day, but they’ve become less frequent to the point of non-existent the last few years. With this being the first time since been here that he hasn’t had a compatriot with him, I can only see him becoming more detached, as he doesn’t seem like the gregarious sort that’s gotten very close to anybody else at the club.

  • 14 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    U ship him out wen injured. Guy has no future with us.

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    That’s it!!! I’ve had it!!! Take away Colo’s multipass immediately!!! Harrumph….

  • 16 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Add to that our tumble-haired supremo hasn’t really improved on his English. Jonas was his main channel of communication, his English was a lot better.

  • 17 Belfast // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Hmmmmm thanks for clearing that up folks. 🙂

    He’ll be like a new…. Nah never mind.

  • 18 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Multipass. MULTIPASS!!!!

  • 19 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Really Colo should have got into the swing of things by now, he should have been advertising Head & Shoulders or at least endorsing a local health food store. No commitment.

  • 20 Belfast // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    You could probably count his good performances on one hand from he was desperate to leave.

    I would get rid myself.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Having experienced honey badger foreplay myself I can tell you lot it’s no picnic!! You all probably should take my “Manly Man Honey Badger Handling Techniques” course. Only 7 euros a week.

  • 22 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    So it looks like Mcclaren has a big say on who ti leave coz I guess Colo wld have left already. I think Mcclaren believes in Colo Taylor so New CB is going to be hard. U know defence is abt organisation. He thinks he can organise the defence with Colo in it. He wants to spend money else where. Goals and assists are so hard to come. While the poor defence has got some clean sheets with some good teams Chelsea and Liverpool.

  • 23 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Marvs never looked like he could finish a game in the prem. Combination of knowing he wasn’t in the plan, couldn’t be bothered to do the work this league requires, and being sewn together out of two players and some cooker parts.

  • 24 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Honey badger foreplay is definitely not like Muskrat Love…

  • 25 GS // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    I don’t understand the logic of Ed saying we are bad in defense and defensive midfield and then advocating keeping all of the players who have played there – Williamson, Coloccini, Tiote for the past 3 years. Does that make any sense, considering we conceded 63 goals last year?

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Well if you lot really insist:
    “And they whirled and they twirled and they tangoed
    Singin’ and jingin’ the jango
    Floatin’ like the heavens above
    It looks like muskrat love”

  • 27 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    A dysentery ward is more likely to keep clean sheets than our back four. BMG game might give us the best idea yet on how SM has revitalised the defence. Or not

  • 28 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    GS well if you hit upon how it makes sense, I suggest you email SM.

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    No. No it doesn’t GS mate @25. But when has sense had anything to do with wor club? We should have had the Three Amigos (Willo, Colo, and Saylor) oot long before this. They are a complete disaster.

  • 30 croftus5678 // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    marv has always been a great passer of the ball but sadly thats not enough.

    if he was faster then he could have become a good winger !
    if he was more energetic and motivated he would have been a great acm.

    sadly vukic is a far better payer now and i cant see him getting a game either.

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    We don’t jing the jango on here enough mates. Just remember that when you get sad watching wor defense in action.

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    It’s exciting to have so many players in the squad who will never get a game because they are so poor isn’t it lads? Just think of all the names that spring to mind, sitting there collecting big wages and not getting games….It’s really wonderful how good we are at that as a club. It’s almost like we’re operating a charity for knacker footballers…..Beautiful….brings a tear to me eye.

  • 33 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    I also believe its our defensive midfield that is so poor our defenders are so exposed. You see how Anita and Colback protected us against west ham. All we need in a strong midfield to fight for every ball. Anita of Westham was awesome.

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    It can’t all be about wearing your thongs of gloom when discussing wor defense on here however. On the bright side we have Mbemba now. For a 35 year old he looks very sprightly! Huzzah!!!

  • 35 croftus5678 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    @25 gs

    i understand where you are coming from but if we dont sign another cb and you let go of williamson/colo even saylor to a degree then who are we left with and would you be comfortable with them ?

    imo only the untested mbemba is hopefully quality and the rest are under par inc dummett and lescalles who we have to keep for them to hopefully get better !

    colo is our best tried and tested cb and williamson/saylor should be dumped imo.

    satka and good are also not going to make it imo as they look like they have our current cb’s bad habbits allready.

    imo i’d keep colo to play with mbemba with dummett/lescalles as backup (not that i’m confortable with it but its the best we have imo)

  • 36 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Right then lads, off with those thongs of gloom… careful there are no honey badgers around however….And croftus mate you make some very good points there! All your points are very pointy in fact. Colo can be decent with the right partner but at 33 he is getting past it. This is ridiculous, not bringing in another solid CB. Harrumph…..

  • 37 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Durmett has never had a bad game

  • 38 croftus5678 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    @36 g2

    i agree.

    next season we lose 3 of what used to be our main cb’s as their contracts end anyways !

    we should be getting their replacements now imo.

  • 39 firebug666 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Is Austin coming to Newcastle then?

    “It has come as somewhat of a surprise to see such interest in Charlie Austin’s future amid a lack of media reports surrounding his future,” SkyBet trader Chris Spicer said.
    “The size of the bets also imply that they came from sources that know something that we don’t, forcing us to cut the odds significantly and eventually pull the market.”

    Well it might still happen!

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    At LB Dummett has had many poor games will die mate. He’s not fast enough to be fullback. His only hope is to be a backup CB.

  • 41 firebug666 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Ivan Toney starts two-day trial at #nufc. More here:

  • 42 croftus5678 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    @41 fire

    aye heres hoping the lad makes it !

    fingers crossed our youth cb’s learn how to defend now with this new coaching set up.

  • 43 firebug666 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Woodman joins #cpfc and says: “It has been an honour to work for Newcastle United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my five years in the NE” #nufc

  • 44 Terry // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    That’s where people are getting it totally wrong,judging Anita on that one performance against w ham.Players should be judged over a season and overall he was garbage

  • 45 firebug666 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:18 PM


    Well he has 2 days to win a contract, I hope he makes it too.

  • 46 firebug666 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Woodman: “I am also very proud that my son Freddie remains part of the Club and I am sure he has a bright future playing for Newcastle.”

  • 47 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Marveaux won’t be going anywhere. We need him. He will good to come on from the bench. We must keep Abeid as well. We need to get rid of these players:


    I also think Andros Townsend would be a great coup. A £10-12m deal for him would be great. I still think we need a faster striker than Austin but I’d rather have Austin than nobody.

  • 48 croftus5678 // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    if we get 17mil for sissoko i’d gladly take austin for 14-15mil !

    would be a great deal imo

    we should go for enrique as part of the deal also 😉

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Obertan won’t leave as he’s still in contract with us Ketsy. And certainly Colback won’t be going anywhere either. In his second season and he was a free and he was decent last season in a number of statistical assessments. Dummett won’t be leaving either (no demand for him and he still has a contract) and it’s very likely Riviere won’t leave either (not after the horror show of last season and still on contract). Try again Ketsy.

  • 50 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    And Marveaux is hopeless Ketsy and always injured. Another sick note. Better have another think about this.

  • 51 Toon-Barmy // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Current NUFC Over-Age Players:

    S. Taylor
    De Jong

    We currently have 28 over-age players in our squad.

    Contracted U-21s:

    L. Smith

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Marveaux will go out on loan if fit enough. I would guess Bigi and Fergie will as well. That would get us down to 25 unless more players are brought in or sold obviously.

  • 53 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:38 PM


    I think Carver and Pardew failed to take in Anita Marveuax Santon and Mbiwa

  • 54 Goofy // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Why does Janmaat have the no 22 shirt? Surely that guy’s number should be penned in first, I hope there’s not some nasty underlying plot that’ll give the fat slob profit!
    We need at least 1 more CB. If Mclaren thinks our defence is good enough then we’ll all know why he’s been sacked from every job he’s had.
    Williamson and Goofy shouldn’t be anywhere near the 1st eleven, they suck balls!!
    I’m happy enough with the rest of the squad and new backroom staff, just sign a decent CB FFS!!

  • 55 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    I think Anita is a better RB.

  • 56 Toon-Barmy // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Interesting update on Ivan Toney transfer.

  • 57 will die for the toon army // Jul 31, 2015 at 6:42 PM


    Sell Marvuex Goufrann Wilo Obertan Vuckic and Sign a New CB and Austin. 25 players.

  • 58 Tsunki // Jul 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Terry – his performance in the west ham game was just shy of outstanding, so he evidently can be a good player if he can dispense with whatever it was that was limiting him up until then. It may have been his attitude, or he may have had an epiphany on the last day. But I recall that there was a comment that for the last game that certain players asked to play in their ‘normal’ roles as up to then nothing had worked. I believe Anita and Jonas were two of them, possibly Sissoko as well. Therefore my deduction is that when played properly ( in an un-pardewed and un-carvered setup) Anita is actually the player we thought we had bought.

  • 59 Terry // Jul 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    WDFTTA Well it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere so let’s see how he does under Mac and his coaches but he certainly didn’t do anything for me last season.Hope I’m wrong and your right

  • 60 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jul 31, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    what is with all the colback hate o nthis blog? aside from Perez and janmat he was the only guy that busted his ace all year for us, regardless of the score of the game.

  • 61 bobby mango // Aug 1, 2015 at 6:34 AM

    Disagree with this article.
    I think our defensive quota is at capacity now (although heavy on cb, light on fb) and would be happy with a one in one out policy from now.

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