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Newcastle Reported Ready To Make Fourth Signing

4:13 pm, Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 123 Comments

ESPN are reporting today that Newcastle United are again interested in Manchester United’s England U21 International Jesse Lingard, who we were linked with earlier in the summer.

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is said to be a huge admirer of the 22 year-old having had him at Derby County for the second half of last season.

jesse lingard steve earlier this year

Jesse Lingard and Steve McClaren at Derby County earlier this year

Lingard came through the Manchester United Youth Academy, and was part of the side that won the 2010–2011 FA Youth Cup, when they beat Sheffield United 6-2 in the two-legged final.

Jesse has been on loan to Leicester City, Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion over the last three years, as well as being on loan this year at Derby County with McCalren.

He has played for the Manchester United first team only once, in the first game of last season against Swansea, and last season at Derby he played 15 times and scored two goals.

Lingard has played for the England U17 team and 11 times for the England U21 side with two goals, and was in the England squad for the European Championships in the Czech Republic earlier in the summer.

Bristol City are reported to be prepared to break their transfer record in a bid to land Manchester United starlet Jesse Lingard,  with the fee being £2.5M.

jesse lingard derby country

Jesse Ljngard in action this year for Derby County

It seems that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is prepared to let Lingard leave Old Trafford and Bristol City were the first club to be interested.

But it could be that Steve McClaren and Newcastle will now move in for the player with the fee being so low, and it wasn’t known whether he would be allowed to leave the Red Devils until now.

From what we’ve seen of Lingard that’s a low price for somebody who shows considerable promise,  and there’s not much risk in Newcastle paying out that sum for a 22 year-old.

He’s played 51 first team games so far in his career at various clubs with 12 goals.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




123 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Our Toon // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    I hope not but if he does sign I hope Gouffran or obertan make way.

  • 2 Bambams // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Not sure how much mileage is in this.
    I would much rather we put a package together to get a commanding CB rather than another one for the future.
    We cannot start at home against saints with either Willo collo or saylo. …..
    Imo

  • 3 toon kk // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Has he much pace or another back and sideways? 2.5 mil might be reasonable but is he Really what we need?

  • 4 DaraghL // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Gonna put this down as a non-runner. We have enough players in this position. LVG will be looking to put him somewhere he will play 80+ games if he is going to loan him…unless it’s permanent.

    Again not a priority. Has shown flashes of talent though so if he’s a cheap development player get him in.

  • 5 Belfast // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Martoon

    Final position in league 12th
    Number of points in league 46
    League Cup round 4th
    FA Cup round 4th
    Number of 1st team signings this season 4
    Number of 1st team leaving this season 4
    Top goal scorer Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer 11

  • 6 Jack // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Do people honestly think we will get into the top ten? We can all hope, but realistically, it’s not going to happen…

  • 7 SuperShearer // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    @Jack – the great thing about pre-season is people can have hope. Will we crack the top ten? I honestly don’t know. Part of me suspects that our players were not playing at 100% for any of our friendlies and that we may see more energy and commitment come the Saints game.

  • 8 crammymag1 // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Why are we talking wingers when we are DESPERATE for a centre back…is the club blind in terms of this ?? Speechless to be honest

  • 9 andrewsneill // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Nice to have but really don’t need him. On teh fairly safe assumption that we don’t have unlimited funds this summer i’d save the £2.5m to put towards a winger, right back, centre back and striker (in that order of priority unless we sell)

  • 10 Fatman_joe // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    It feels good to be back on the site after a near two year absence. Been very busy but been reading every day still. Some familiar names, some new ones. So, is everyone feeling optimistic about the new season or still feeling a bit down after the last one?

  • 11 Jack // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    SS

    Well, we have only added three players, yes… They are quality players, but they still need to adapt to this league. Other teams in this league have also gotten stronger so have we really made any progress? This summers transfer business should have happened years ago, that’s why we have started to slip down this league. Judging our team at the moment I would say it is probably the 12th best team in the league, it would be higher but our defence brings it down. I really think we will get taught a footballing lesson vs Southampton. Which is a shame…

  • 12 hibbit // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    top 10 with this back 4…… 3 seasons in a row shipped 60 goals get real people

  • 13 Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Bam bams we can and robably will start with taylor and willo. They fo make mistakes and its really not ideal though.theyll really need protection from midfield. So if they start I can really see a pair of anita tiote or colback if front of them

  • 14 Yellow Belly // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    We do need him because he is home grown and will allow Williamson and Elliott to leave at the end of season then we can buy another CB next year with less risk of 2 x CB settling to the premiership.

    McClaren must know his potential

  • 15 Bobbybee // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    The mackems have attempted to make a loan signing from us!! They want to borrow the crowd today for their next cup game. 🙂

  • 16 Big Steve // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Get the kid in. Been tracking him for a while now and he is better than anything we have at the moment. Even Arrons. Confident kid too. Not a lot to pay for this kind of tallent.

  • 17 beefman13 // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Everyone has to remember that staying in the Prem is the first priority, so out and out attack most probably aint going to happen, Mclaren has said he has strengthened our spine and in a way hes right to a point but it needs reinforced twice as much, the vision of Hollywood, Colo, and Willo is exasperating cover or not, cannot bare to look at them anymore, had my fill to the brim of their inadequacies, of course they would be better with better cover in midfield but they still are the worst in the Prem in my opinion at defending crosses and corners, and teams know this and therefore will target that area again surely. i think like most i am not sure how this season will turn out, but first priority is defo to stay in the division, other teams have strengthened as much as us, but other teams know or weaknesses we dont know theirs,coins in the air.

  • 18 Bobbybee // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Hi joe, one of the new ones here. I’m pretty optimistic for the season ahead. I see us as going into the season with 5, not 3 new players, with De Jong and Aarons having not had any sort of run in the team due to injuries. I was at the game on Saturday and the football is completely different from last season. Macca and Cathco are a different level of coaches compared to Pardew and Carver and it’s clearly rubbing off. Obviously I’d like to see another CB and another forward/winger, but the window isn’t closed yet. Well happy with the quality of the new signings though.

  • 19 crammymag1 // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Totally agree hibbit…..Yellow belly…Williamson leave next year?? he needs to go now…i speak on behalf of a lot of fans when i say id rather play with 10 men than this plank

  • 20 nut meg // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Yellow Belly
    Williamson & Elliott’s contracts are up at the end of the coming season.

  • 21 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    martoon,

    put me down for 5 signings, and 4 leavings 🙂

  • 22 Menelauos // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Final position in league 10th
    Number of points in league 51
    League Cup round SF
    FA Cup round 4th Round
    Number of 1st team signings this season 4
    Number of 1st team leaving this season 3
    Top goal scorer Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer 15
    Top Assists Winjaldum
    Number of Assists 12

  • 23 Bobbybee // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Is this serious? When I first read it I thought it was 2.5m for a seasons loan, but having re-read it, it’s saying for a transfer. What a total no brainer. He was probably England’s best player in the U21’s earlier this year and is the sort of lad we could use. Hopefully Macca’s history with him can help to swing it our way. I’ll drive down and pick him up myself.

  • 24 Offkey // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Martoon –

    Final position in league 12th
    Number of points in league 45
    League Cup round – 4th
    FA Cup round – 5th
    Number of 1st team signings this season 5
    Number of 1st team leaving this season 4
    Top goal scorer Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer 12

  • 25 will die for the toon army // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    So its Colo and Mbemba as starters and Taylor and Willo as back up. No one knows where Dummet is going to play CB or LB.

    Its good Cabella and Rivere are back I hace never given up on them esp. Cabella.

    Mitrovic is going to b a gem looks more as Carroll though shorter and more mobile. De jong shld start.

    …………………..Krul
    Jannmaatt……Mbemba…….Colo………Haidara
    Sissoko……..Anita……………Wijnaldum…..Perez
    …………………………De Jong
    …………………………Mitrovic
    Subs:
    Darlow, Taylor, Colback, Aarons, Obertan, Cisse, Guafrann.

  • 26 Menelauos // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I like the look of this Lingaard, and a bargain at only £2.5mil. Could end up being a new Perez, cheap, but technically great.
    Centre back still needed, sell someone. For the love of God please.

  • 27 Fatman_joe // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Hi Bobby – not the same Bobby who regularly contributes to Sky? Pleasure to see you on here as well! I’m quite optimistic myself, purely because I think we’ve had a massive upgrade on coaching. Everyone slated Mc when he was first appointed but his record is excellent and his win rate is better than his contemporaries (despite that awful spell at Wolfsburg). Pleased with the signings so far but definitely need to improve the defense further. I think Lascelles has been unfairly judged so far – Forest fans I know love him and didn’t want to see him go.

  • 28 hibbit // Aug 4, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    a lot of people got a lot of faith in mitrovic no pressure then…….. i will be happy if he gets 10 in his first season big step up…good luck to the lad

  • 29 Menelauos // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    @Will die for toon army
    I appreciate your optimism but lining up Mbemba and Collo in defence is unbelievably stupid. We come up against Benteke or Lukaku (God could you imagine Crouch) and its a guaranteed hat trick of headers for them. So please stop saying you think this is a good line up. Rest of the teams fine.

  • 30 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    We should get Lingard especially for 2.5 million thats a steal !

    Gives us a bit more depth because he can play a few positions and he can cross the ball properly which we need if Mitrovic or Cisse are to do well this season in fact even De Jong needs good crosses for his late runs into the box !!

    Its a no brainer a bit like signing Huth for 3 million and Weimann for 2 million …. oh wait we never went for them!!!

  • 31 Menelauos // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    4-2-3-1
    Krul
    Janmaat–Mbemba/–Lascelles/–Haidara
    Colback–Winjaldum
    Sissoko–De Jong–Aarons
    Mitrovic

    Subs: Darlow-Collo-Dummet-Tiote-Gouffran-Cisse
    I think that’s our best squad so far

  • 32 beefman13 // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Menelaous, i can see were you are coming from with tenth IF all our players stay fit to a larger extent than last season, but there is such a nagging doubt in my mind, 51 points does not even evaluate to a win loose draw type of season, and that will mean more “Pardew/Mclaren” type of excuses, we have all had our fill of the horseshit.

    I do think in Wijnaldum and Mitrovic, Aarons, Mbemba, krul, De Jong, Sissoko, Janmatt even Cisse who im not a great fan we have some very good options, maybe even Cabella can show up now and again for us, but its that centre half position that is still got the negativity for me, Janmatt and Mbemba are the only two of our back line that ive got confidence in, even though Dummett isnt to bad and Haidara may come on for his first season, but another couple of signings would be topper, we do have quite a bit of quality on paper, if they click and stay fit it could be very canny, but this being the toon!!! who the hell knows.

  • 33 Jack // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    This vs Southampton? Thoughts?

    ———————–Krul
    Janmaat-Lascelles-Mbemba-Haidara
    ———————-Anita
    ———–Wijnaldum—DeJong
    Sissoko——————————Aarons
    ———————Mitrovic

    Subs:
    Colback
    Cabella
    Perez
    Darlow
    Colo
    Cisse
    Lingard?? (Tiote)

    Formation: 4-3-3

  • 34 beefman13 // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Could also mention Colback as being technically canny as well as Anita but very lightweight.

  • 35 beefman13 // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Jack that looks ok to me, but Mclaren will defo include Saylor or Willo aaarrrggghhh.

  • 36 check the toastie // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    We finished fifth with Pardew Carver Williamson Simpson, it is not an impossibility to finish 6th this year, unlikely but very possible in my opinion.

    We should get a top class left back though, Haidara has a lot to prove.

  • 37 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    so, do we have a poll on the opener?

    I think we shock the prem and win a 3-2 nailbiter… cisse coming on for mitro and scoring the winner at the death…

    or im delusional.. 🙂

  • 38 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    @Jack

    I like that team although I worry the midfield would get outworked and outnumbered in midfield by Southampton so I would maybe replace De Jong with Colback

    For me De Jong needs to get eased in with sub appearances

    We need to press Southampton as they will do the same to us should be an interesting battle I still feel our centre defence will let us down though

  • 39 Yellow Belly // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    nut-meg thats what I meant, we might then be short of home grown players

  • 40 Jack // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Well in my team I probably should have mentioned that when defending it turns into a 4-5-1.

  • 41 Bearsize // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Hi guys seldom post here, just putting my order in. Good luck this season guys, i look forward to reading all of your optimism 😉 think we’ll score plenty but leak a few too. Go Shteve!!

    Final position in league 8th
    Number of points in league 56
    League Cup 3rd round
    FA Cup 3rd round
    Number of 1st team signings this season 6
    Number of 1st team leaving this season 3
    Top goal scorer Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer 21
    Top Assists de jong
    Number of Assists 10

  • 42 Menelauos // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Beefman
    I predict 10th cause I feel optmistic, but I’m not stupid. 3 signings wont make the team, and I completely agree with needing a centre half, which is why I said on my prediction that we need more signings.
    Also as for McClaren coming out with the same horseshit as Pardumb, he seems a lot more honest and direct, but maybe that’s just me being overly optimistic.

  • 43 lochinvar // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    dok – the horrid colonial // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:16 PM @37
    so, do we have a poll on the opener?
    I think we shock the prem and win a 3-2 nailbiter… cisse coming on for mitro and scoring the winner at the death…
    or am I delusional.. ?

    Nope – you’re not delusional, just suffering from PCT ( Post Carver Tension ) or SAD the aptly named Seasonal Affective Disorder ! Usually starts about the start of each football season
    Keep taking the tablets

  • 44 PapissGottaBrandNewBag // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Other than mbemba we basically have the same defence we got relegated with

  • 45 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    loch,

    thanks, im sure my sprits will come down soon enough…

  • 46 beefman13 // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Let us be optimistic, nowt wrong in that, its hard at the toon though, but surely we are due some good times, Mclaren started at Derby like a house on fire, it would lift the whole of the toon if we could start of on the front foot, the feeling for too long has been bloody awful at the toon, lets see how far the cart can be pulled before the wheels come off, or as MA says we make our own luck and keep it going.

  • 47 toon kk // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    I think we’ll win the league, with Williamson being our top scorer, from his heading ability from those corners coming in.!!!!!!!

  • 48 hibbit // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    can we have a goals against guess / estimate should be interesting reading

  • 49 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    passes toonkk my tablets so generously donated by loch lol

  • 50 toon kk // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Big question how many goals we we get from corners this season?

  • 51 Lindisfarne // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    BRILLIANT!!!

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/picture/2015/aug/04/david-squires-on-the-new-football-season

  • 52 Our Toon // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Alot of faith in Laschelles, think you’ll be disappointed in what he does with us.

    Someone mentioned about height with Colo and Mbemba as cb pairing, mbemba has an excellent leap, he’s very good in the air.

  • 53 Our Toon // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    West ham are my surprise contenders for relegation

  • 54 the broons // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    This kid isn’t getting a chance cos he’s unfortunate enough to be at man u currently. However everytime i have saw him he’s impressed me.

    And thats including for the under 21’s, 2.5 million is nothing for a young english player that i feel is definitley worth more. Only problem is yet another midfielder and not a defender that were linked with.

  • 55 Lindisfarne // Aug 4, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    The horse is hitched and the song is already to go:

    “You could hear the hoof beats pound as they raced across the ground,
    And the clatter of the wheels as they spun ’round and ’round.
    And he galloped into market street, his badge upon his chest,
    His name was Ashley, (Ashleeeeeeeeeee)
    And he drove the fastest milk cart in the northeast.”

    https://youtu.be/8e1xvyTdBZI

  • 56 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    We need these players in before the end of the month in order to finish in the top 17:

    Van Dijk/Rudiger
    Kongolo/Kolorov
    Thauvin/Shaqiri
    Berahino/Remy

  • 57 Brian Pinas // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Alright Lads. If any of you are having a bet this weekend check my blog out. I’ll be updating it weekly. I work in the industry so I know a bit. I’m sure if my predictions stand up you’ll follow, if not I’ll have to take it on the chin.

    http://thesweetfa.com/

    For the record I fancy a score draw against Southampton, but the two I’ve written about are nailed on 😉

  • 58 Mag52 // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    If we get nobody else in during this window, I’m going for 15th. as a finishing spot, with Mitrovic as top scorer with 12 goals.
    Should we sign another two/three players I think we could end up a couple of places higher.

  • 59 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    McLaren on BBC Newcastle Total Sport answering supporters questions

  • 60 LGFUAD21 // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Our Toon

    Colo also has an underrated leap.

    He wins more balls at corners than Willo. I never really understand why he isnt the target. Cant do any worse.

  • 61 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Could anyone ask him then if he cares to be judge on the dealings so far?

  • 62 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Schteve on radio saying Colo continues as captain…..

  • 63 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Not that we thought anything would really change…

  • 64 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Lgfuad – because it’s less suicidal to have Willo stranded upfield?

  • 65 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Personally I would use Willo as the target man any day of the week. Preferably this Sunday as I’m clearing the shed out and will be able to get to my crossbow.

  • 66 GeordieinOhio // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Chronicle claiming Sissoko in a 17mil battle between liverpool and man City!

  • 67 lochinvar // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Just have an inkling that if Lingard is our fourth signing then the fifth is closer and taller than you think

  • 68 SUTTY1978 // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    We always seem to sign players who have previously good scoring records but we never sign players who have a good record of providing assists, this is a fundamental flaw in our transfer policy and we end up no one scoring Because there is no one to tee them up. The last player we bought with a half reasonable assist record was Cabaye, that was 4 years ago. Who do we expect to set up the goals in this team?
    de Jong – has always had more goals than assists
    Wijnaldum- same
    Cabella – same
    Sissoko- didn’t have much of either until we got him
    Colback – same

    I’ll be stunned if we get more than 50 goals this year

  • 69 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Uhm…. this interview isn’t filling me with confidence.

    “We’ve done our business….”. Quickly followed by a backtrack of “we’re always looking.”

    Also said Saylor “played excellently on Sunday.”.

    Hmmmm.

  • 70 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    *Saturday

  • 71 Belfast // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Few skeletons in that shed no doubt.

  • 72 lochinvar // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    McLaren is putting out a smoke screen, believe me1

  • 73 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Pointless because we don’t even have a clue what team we will have in February but….

    Final position in league – 5th
    Number of points in league – 69
    League Cup. – WINNERS!
    FA Cup – Semi Finalists
    Number of 1st team signings this season – 7
    Number of 1st team leaving this season – 6
    Top goal scorer. – Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer – 17
    Top Assists. – Wijnaldum
    Number of Assists – 6
    Ashley – OUT!

    😀

  • 74 toonincheek // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    If Colo stays, it makes sense to make him captain.
    Anything else would be such a snub.

    De Jong should be vice captain – as he was last year.
    I would be tempted to make Wine Gum vice captain as well.

  • 75 Belfast // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Agree about West Ham our Toon. I have them to finish 16th though probably relegated if Norwich and Watford have a decent season.

  • 76 hibbit // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    lochinvar…. what do you know??????

  • 77 toonincheek // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    lochinvar –

    I hope you are right and that you are thinking the same as me.

    The answer may be clear in a couple of days.
    Say no more. Nudge nudge.

  • 78 Belfast // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Wink wink

  • 79 Our Toon // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Is he putting out the same smokescreen of signing someone we haven’t been linked to previously? This pre season has been utter shite. Took to long to get players in, we aren’t prepared for 1st game, pointless trip to the states. Good job Southampton play on Thursday gives us a slight advantage in that regard.

  • 80 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    “Build a team around Sissoko.”.

  • 81 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Oh man, a dumb yank saying we need to bulk up all the smaller lads.

  • 82 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Who’s done his business? That’s awful, just awful. There were kids there today and everything!

  • 83 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Like everybody else, Steve still doesn’t know what Sissoko’s best position is.

  • 84 hibbit // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    on the bench at man city

  • 85 lesh // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    If Lingard showed the same promise as Obertan and develops to the same level, McClaren’d be better off not wasting the £2.5m and buy the drinks for everybody in there for the Sothampton match!

  • 86 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Dear Lord! Skunki is high as a kite!

    …always thought that was Belfast job

  • 87 Belfast // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Yep Jesper he’s been sniffing damp start in his shed again.

  • 88 lesh // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    * buy the drinks for everybody in the Strawberry for the Southampton match.

    Form an orderly queue – doors open at noon.

  • 89 colwell // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Why has no one asked McClaren about the defense?

  • 90 lesh // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    The bindippers and Citeh want Sissoko for £17m?

    If Ashley’s got any sense, he’ll dig in, refusing to sell unless they offer better than £25m. They’re both daft enough to pay it!

  • 91 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    When asked about De Jong and Wiji on the pitch at the same time:

    “I felt we opened it up a bit with Gini & De Jong on the pitch against Borussia. A bit like a plan B.”

  • 92 Average_Contents // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    I like this lad. English is a bit shite like but you get what he means lol.

    http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/A/786033581?-11058:809

  • 93 LewSpi v2.0 // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Martoon – unsure which categories actually count…

    Final position in league: 9th
    Number of points in league: 51
    League Cup: Semi Final
    FA Cup: 4th Round
    Number of 1st team signings this season: 5
    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 4
    Top goal scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 13
    Top Assists: Rolando Aarons
    Number of Assists: 11

  • 94 blacksmith // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Not sure if this is real or speculative but from what I’ve seen (in the highlight i literally just watched) I would take him on and perhaps sell Obertan.

    We got Obertan for a similar fee so maybe the valuation should make us wary (he has pretty good highlights too).

    Lingard seems a better player tho and McClaren knows him. The more skill and creativity we can get in the side the better. Particularly if Marveaux and Obertan leave.

  • 95 cyprus // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    We have to wonder: either everyone wanting Sissoko for crazy money is daft or…

  • 96 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    From what I’ve just heard fromSchteve, this’ll be our team on Sunday:

    _______________Krul_______________
    Janmaat___Saylor____Colo___Haidara
    _________Anita_____Colback
    __Sissoko_______Wiji________Perez__
    _______________Mitrovic

  • 97 bobby mango // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Sell Abeid, get in lingard on loan. Don’t bother with a proper winner or rb cover. Makes sense.
    I’ve given up the idea of another cb, despite the fact it’s still what we need.

  • 98 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    If he does pick that team I might have to revise my 2-1 victory prediction.

  • 99 Lindisfarne // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Steve McClaren Newcastle United – Andy Hunter

    He is not John Carver and Mike Ashley finally seems to be looking long-term with almost £35m spent on players this summer, but that is not to say the former England manager is without pressure at St James’ Park.

    His is the pressure of having to rebuild a community’s faith in its football club over again. The attacking midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, the striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and the defender Chancel Mbemba represent the new brigade at Newcastle but this remains a squad who were fortunate to remain in the Premier League and, in tandem with the club’s ownership, disillusioned an entire support base.

    For all the experience of England and of winning the Dutch league with FC Twente that McClaren can bring to his first Premier League manager’s job in nine years, his time at Derby County ended sourly as the Championship club tumbled out of both the promotion and play-off places.

    Newcastle need the stability McClaren can offer but also a belief that genuine intent is returning to St James’; that the days of just doing enough to survive in the league are over. In that respect, there is great responsibility on McClaren’s shoulders.

  • 100 Noel Worst // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Where the fluff is everybody?

  • 101 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Belfer and Jesfast – I also have a prediction list that is more useful in what we call ‘Reality’ , can’t put that one up or I’d have the Jam Tomorrow Brigade down on me like a ton of bricks.

  • 102 Lindisfarne // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    The front end of the Panto horse is sorted:

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/steve-mcclaren-confirms-fabricio-coloccini-9792285

    Now it just needs to drink!

  • 103 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 4, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    We’ll just have to hope that the coaching of Makro and Costco can bring some wholesale changes that’ll transform the playing style. Because the promised horse has turned out to be a pantomime horse with no back end. It really wasn’t Tino’s horse I was expecting to turn up at this juncture.

    I hope this new goalkeeping coach can make a decent keeper out of Krul, or Darlow can step up because Krul is over-rated.

  • 104 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Skunki…screw the Jam Tomorrow Brigade! 😉

  • 105 Sazzer // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Final position in league: 11th
    Number of points in league: 48
    League Cup: Oot
    FA Cup: Oot
    Number of 1st team signings this season: 6
    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 9
    Top goal scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 14
    Top Assists: Wijnaldum
    Number of Assists: 8

  • 106 doofa the loofa // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Onwards captain colo… word..

  • 107 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    The ringlet-maned one has subdued the incumbent coach! The King is Dead! Long live the Colo!

  • 108 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    I wonder how Mac feels after his Colo-nic?

  • 109 Average_Contents // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Martoon

    Final position in league: 13th

    Number of points in league: 45

    League Cup: 4th round

    FA Cup: 4th round

    Number of 1st team signings this season: 4

    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 2

    Top goal scorer: Cisse

    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 10

    Top Assists: Aarons

    Number of assists: 7

  • 110 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Sazzer – get a life you moaning Minnie how can you call yourself a real fan I bet your bloods a normal red not black and white like mine you sofa-botherer ha ha 🙂

  • 111 Tsunki // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Average that’s more like my reality version. I also sneakily thought Cisse would be top scorer but not many goals himself, as others would be scored around the team, same with assists no standouts.

  • 112 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    My team sunday

    —–saylo——colo—-wilo—–dummo

    ————anito————-Colbacko——–

    —-Goufo———————————-Oh Boy Oberto
    ————————-Marvo————————

    —————————Cisso—————————-

  • 113 Belfast // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    I forgot to add the assists bit earlier so…

    Martoon

    Final position in league: 12th

    Number of points in league: 46

    League Cup: 4th round

    FA Cup: 4th round

    Number of 1st team signings this season: 4

    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 4

    Top goal scorer: Mirtovic

    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 11

    Top Assists: Wini

    Number of assists: 7

  • 114 toon kk // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Blackly
    yep let’s hope the new coach whips krul into shape, he seems to of back over Tbh, unless that’s down to our shoddy defence giving him to much to do.

  • 115 magscar // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Seems to me that Colo is prepared to sit out his last year which at this stage of his career presumably will represent his best pay deal – reputedly £65K pw. Next year on a free he can do better than now when a transfer fee involved.

    McClaren needs to get him performing again if he is staying.

  • 116 doofa the loofa // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Tsunki
    You crazy bro ?

  • 117 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    @magscar

    GREAT POINT!!! hes gonna coast for now, aggravate the injury and need to see a specialist in Buenos Aires all the while collecting that fat paycheck. Why should he renegotiate with the CP when they factor in the transfer fee when he can pocket it next year and be with his lover, AP.

  • 118 Online Guy // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Shaqiri
    Abdennour
    Rose = top six

    don’t sign a centre back of note, then we are average and will ship goals

    Sell Sissoko and we have no hope.

    Keep him and add Shaqiri and we could win that cup Mike Ashley says we are going for .

    Do any of the negative things I mention above and we are pissing in the wind again, we will win nowt.

    Waste of time . (if)

    Shaquiri can win you that Cup .

    Do not sell Sissoko.

  • 119 Moonraker15 // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    We’ve got a better squad than was shown under Carver, so I’m still optimistic with the signings and hoping the new coaching team improve things on the field.

    I think there is a genuine will to move the club on post Pardew and I am really looking forward to Sunday.

    To all Neggars, please give it a chance; you’ve seen how great our support is already this season with 15k turning up for the open day. We need to get behind the players on Sunday.

    Howay the Lads

  • 120 martoon // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    I’ve got 21 sets of predictions now – I’m not collating the assists (because I didn’t ask) but it’s interesting how Aarons gets a lot of mentions.
    If you’re going to do it please put martoon in the post so I can find it easily!

  • 121 Graeme // Aug 4, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    At last – some answers from Schteve!!

    http://www.newcastle.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=407785

  • 122 toonarmy94 // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:42 AM

    Martoon
    Final position in league: 9th

    Number of points in league: 56

    League Cup: Final

    FA Cup: Quarters

    Number of 1st team signings this season: 5

    Number of 1st team leaving this season: 4

    Top goal scorer: Mirtovic

    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 14

    Top Assists: De Jong

    Number of assists: 8

  • 123 Big Archie // Aug 5, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Way too much “I would much rather” or “we should get instead”

    It seems to me that if we are bringing in quality players for any position we should be happy.

    Do people actually believe that McClaren is sitting there thinking “I need a centre back but WTF lets get a winger instead!” ?




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