Newcastle Must Not Make This Mistake This Summer


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.



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61 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #1

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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley Out!

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Marvs was always one of Ketsys golden boys, Belfast.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #4

    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.

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  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #5

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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #8

    On the previous article

    Elmo the ex-mackem – out!

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #10

    That’s Marvs, not Elmo.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #11

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

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  • Noel Worst

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #14

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #15

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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Hmmmmm thanks for clearing that up folks. 🙂

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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Multipass. MULTIPASS!!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #19

    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.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #20

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

    I would get rid myself.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #21

    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.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #22

    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.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #23

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #24

    Honey badger foreplay is definitely not like Muskrat Love…..no.

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  • GS

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #25

    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?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #26

    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”

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    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

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #29

    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.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #30

    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 31, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #33

    GS
    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.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #34

    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!!!

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 31, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #35

    @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)

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Right then lads, off with those thongs of gloom…..be 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…..

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 31, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Durmett has never had a bad game

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 31, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #38

    @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.

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  • firebug666

    Jul 31, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #39

    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!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 31, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #40

    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.

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