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Sissoko Responds To McClaren On Newcastle Future

9:13 am, Thursday, August 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 83 Comments

One of the many challenges that faced Steve McClaren when he came on board in June was to keep his best players on Tyneside, and they included Moussa Sissoko.

The 25 year-old was  like a lot of the Newcastle players and had a very poor second half of the season, when a number of them seemed to get frustrated at their poor form and terrible results under interim coach John Carver.

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Moussa Sissoko in action at Portland

Moussa has often talked to the French media about wanting to join a club that plays Champions League football, and it was thought that some top clubs like Liverpool or Manchester City could come in for him this summer.

There have been no bids received for him so far, and Steve McClaren made it very clear about his views on Moussa when he had this to say to BBC Radio Newcastle on Tuesday night:

“We can’t lose Moussa, I know there’s a lot of interest but he’s under contract,” “On my first day he walked into my office, I thought what a specimen of a man.” “He’s a player I admired a lot last season.”

“He’s big and strong and has an absolute presence.”  “He’s got a great manner about him and very professional and low maintenance.”

“He loves it here and just wants to play. I’ve said to Lee Charnley ‘we’ve got to keep this guy’. I know there’s a lot of interest, as with all good players, but he’s under contract.”

“I want him to be the main focus of our team.”

The 28 times capped France international was signed from Toulouse in January of 2013, for a low £2M with him having only six months of his contract left at the French club.

Moussa is hoping for better things under new head coach Steve McClaren, and he had this to say in the Shields Gazette today:

“I know the club want me to stay, and this year they will bring in some players.”

“We have a good team so we can do something good – better than last year, because the last six months of last year was very poor.

“I hope we can have a better season.”

The Newcastle fans hope we have a better season too, because earlier this year was simply unacceptable and an absolute nightmare for the club.

It would be a surprise if Sissoko was not with us come September, but we keep reading news that Liverpool and Manchester City both want to sign him.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but there’s no doubt Moussa is a very important player at Newcastle at the moment.

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83 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jamseyd24 // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM


    I must say I love your optimism. Do you think people would still what him gone, if we made a cup final this yr and won the Europa Cup next yr? follow by Champions league?? he would be a legend

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:17 AM


    You are correct we were the better team for most of the home match last season against Southampton they scored 2 goals from long balls which Pelle won and no one tracked the runner! Apart from that we were all over them and that was with bloody Carver in charge!!

    That seemed to be the tale of our season last year though we would have a period where we were in control and then give away a cheap goal which would knock the stuffing out of the team

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    I find the biggest difference between the dealings we have done and the dealings Sunderland has done are they have sorted out their defense…we haven’t!

    We have done the bar minimum!

  • 4 Jamseyd24 // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:22 AM


    Good observation, however would you want any of the defenders they have bought at SJP???

  • 5 will die for the toon army // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM


    That is my hope too. I know NUFC cant make top 4 but we can fight it out in Europa League and may b though Fair play.

  • 6 DaraghL // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Lens and Kaboul I would take; however they would not be my first choice.

    Coates and Matthews are not Premier League standard. Should come in handy for them next year 😉

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Jamseyd24…I wouldn’t say any of them are bad defenders. They have PL experience and Coates has the potential to be good.

    Kaboul is a great signing for Sunderland I think…personally I would have gone for different players for us, but the problem is we have only signed Mbembe and that is not going to do much difference on its own.

  • 8 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    I just have a nagging feeling we will be found out that early on in the season and the frustration will boil up again.

    I think this summer needed to be more of an overhaul of the playing squad than it has been. It’s possible as well that we wanted to shift a couple more to make some room but realistically who on earth is going to come in for Obertan, Gouffran, Marveaux, Willianson with the extortionate prices we demand.

  • 9 Mag52 // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:27 AM


    Agreed. One defender in, even though he’s a good one, is the bare minimum.
    Most successful teams build from a solid defence.
    Without another CD in this transfer window along with some fullback cover, we will not be going into this season with a solid defence.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Mag52…should any of our defenders break down (and we all know there’s a highly risk) we are in for a long season.

  • 11 hibbit // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    i am not sure what the score will be on sunday it depends on the team Mc puts out and which newcastle team team turns up

  • 12 TheToonKing // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM


    how is this even a comparison ?

    Sebastian Coates – he didn’t even make the team at National in Uruguay…he played like 30 games in the last 3 years.

    Younes Kaboul – same thing, when did he last play ? 25 or so games in the last 3 years and he’s like 30 now ?

    Adam Matthews – who ? at least this guy was playing…… at Celtic….

    Jeremain Lens – could be a decent striker, but he never played in any of the big leagues and 20 goals in 3 years ?

    I’d say Sunderland doesn’t even compare to the business we’ve done….not even close.

  • 13 lochinvar // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    The stench of unfair competition now hangs over West Ham – where else would this happen ? But it’s in London so thats ok

    West Ham United will have many of the running costs met by the taxpayer when they move to the £700m Olympic Stadium next year, the BBC has learnt.
    Critics say it means the Premier League club will get their new home virtually rent free.
    West Ham won the bid to occupy the stadium, which was built for the London 2012 Olympics, and are expected to move from their Upton Park ground in August 2016.
    The public authority that owns the stadium, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), has revealed some details of its rental agreement with the club in response to a Freedom of Information request.
    Much of the contract between LLDC and West Ham, which has been seen by the BBC, is redacted.
    But it does show that a large number of “facilities and services” will be paid for by the grantor – ie the taxpayer – and not the club.
    These include the cost of stadium utilities, security, maintaining the pitch, and even the goalposts and corner flags.
    The BBC understands other overheads that could also be paid by the LLDC include the cost of stewarding and policing on match days, which amounts to many hundreds of thousands of pounds for other Premier League clubs.
    Two separate football business experts told the BBC the value of the services amounts to between £1.4m and £2.5m a year.
    West Ham, who received more than £76m in prize money for finishing 12th in the Premier League last season, are understood to be paying approximately £2m to £2.5m a year in rent.

  • 14 jimmysmith // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Doesn’t make any difference who Sunderland sign. As soon as they pull on the jersey, they immediately turn to shit. Footballers graveyard. Cattermole aside, who I have a grudging but genuine respect for.

  • 15 Jamseyd24 // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    I like many other believe SM has pretty much guaranteed Colo his place and thats why he has now came out and said he is staying and also why SM has said he will remain capt. Therefore I cant see use signing another CB this window.

  • 16 DaraghL // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Billy Jones
    Patrick van Aanholt
    Wes Brown
    Adam Matthews
    Younès Kaboul
    John O’Shea (Captain)
    Sebastián Coates
    Valentin Roberge

    I refuse to see that as sorted…still worse than ours in my opinion. I believe Sunderland will go down.

  • 17 TheToonKing // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    DaraghL I completely agree. Van Aanholt is the only one in there I’d consider decent and would take from them, but not sure he’s that much or even at all better then Haidara.

  • 18 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    we will beat Soton 2-1 and Sunderland will be relegated their defence makes ours look like champions league, Coates and Kaboul are prone to mistakes, O’shea and brown are a shadow of the players they were at Man U

  • 19 lochinvar // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Well Mr. Ashley – what are you going t o do about this then ?
    Newcastle United and Sunderland Football Club sponsors named as Premier League’s ‘least effective’ in Aberfield Communications report.

    Wonga and Dafabet, the sponsors of the North East’s top tier football clubs, have been named as the least effective in the Premier League.

    Almost a third of the £200m that will be spent by brands on Premier League shirt sponsorship over the coming season will go to waste because the brands are failing to engage with football fans, a new report claims.
    The Premier League reaches more than 200 global territories and is watched in around 650 million homes worldwide, in addition to the 360,000 who attend Premier League games every week.
    However, a new report from Aberfield Communications argues that brand awareness generated through shirt sponsorship is only effective if supported by a bespoke activation programme geared towards engaging with, and influencing, the club’s fans and the wider football-following public.

    Phil Reed, Aberfield’s managing director, explained: “Football is one of the world’s most brand-saturated markets, and relying on TV coverage to leverage the sponsorship is both passive and unproductive.

    “At an average of around £10m a year in the Premier League, shirt sponsorship is great business for the clubs, but it’s only good for brands if they’re prepared to put some marketing effort behind it, not just rely on TV coverage to reach potential consumers. Otherwise that £10m is largely wasted.

    “Brands need to be able to communicate their values, and consumers need to understand, and have an affinity with, those values. Fans need to know more than the brand’s name. They need to understand how and why the brand fits into their lives.”
    The research by Aberfield, whose sponsorship team has worked with brands in football, motor racing, golf, cricket and other sports, focused on the marketing activities of shirt sponsors in both the Premier League and Football League Championship over the past three seasons.

    The researchers found little or no evidence of audience engagement from almost a third (30%) of Premier League shirt sponsors and nearly half (46%) of Championship sponsors, including such well-known brands as Wonga, American Express, Waitrose and Suzuki.

    They are in contrast to the likes of Veho, Aviva and Marathonbet, who the report names as the most active and engaged sponsors across English football’s top two divisions.

    Chelsea and Liverpool’s shirt sponsors, Samsung and Standard Chartered, are also singled out as being active, and successful, in engaging with their clubs’ fans in the UK and internationally. Championship club Middlesbrough’s sponsor, pawnbroking chain Ramsdens, was also named in the report as a ‘model sponsor’.

    “Samsung’s approach to its sponsorship deal is in marked contrast to that of AIA, for example, which has used its Spurs links for its Far East marketing but has done very little to engage with the club’s fans,” Reed added.

    The report says the Premier League’s top five shirt sponsors since 2012 are:

    · Veho (Southampton)

    · Aviva (Norwich City)

    · Standard Chartered (Liverpool)

    · Chang Beer (Everton)

    · Samsung (Chelsea)

    The five least effective sponsors in the Premier League over the past three years are:

    · Wonga (Newcastle United)

    · Dafabet (Aston Villa – now Sunderland)

    · GWFX (Swansea City)

    · Energy Consulting (AFC Bournemouth)

    · Alpari (West Ham United)

  • 20 GEORDIE69 // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Thanks for the comedy of the majority of peoples predictions on where we will finish in the league. Reality check is needed people. We have a gery similar defence to the one that almost got ys rekegated and the same one that has been turned over by the massive clubs that we daced in preseason. This current squad should be fighting to stay in the division. Not bloody 5th ect haha

  • 21 northernracoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    From last post :

    I was a little encouraged by the game at the weekend agaisnt the german team ( names far too long for this time of morning ) they are a very good side and if it wasnt for the odd bit of bad luck and not getting the rub of the green i think we should of won or drawn that game at least…. the players will of had this weekend in the back of their mind and not going 100 %…. yes if taylor and williamson are our starting 2 cb…then we will leak goals… but… stranger things have happened than winning agaisnt a good footballing team :-)… i do think de jong will create a goal or score one coming on as a sub…he seems to ghost into great positions

    As for sissoko… i think with further coaching he will have a much better season…. 2 -2 sunday for me and i think we will finish the season 9- 12 th

  • 22 Alec // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Martoon, my prediction for you.

    Final League Position: 11th
    Number of Points in League: 54
    League Cup Round: QF
    FA Cup Round: 6th Round
    First Team Signings this season: 5
    First Team leavers this season: 2
    Top Goal Scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 18

    (Think Aarons will do well this season as well, contributing near to 10 goals and about the same in assists. Also think we might be done for signings in this window unless someone becomes available, but can see us getting a couple in January to replace outgoings.)

  • 23 Slank // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    I predict a win against Southampton.

    The lads will be up for it, being the first game of the new season, being the first game at home and being the first competitive game under new coaches who will have given them confidence that was lacking under Carver.

    If Gini and Mitrovic play (which they should do) that too will boost the teams confidence.

    Southampton have a game on Thursday and already have their new signing Jordie Clasie out with a hamstring and Shane Long is currently ill.

    A probable team could be:
    Janmaat – Williamson – Saylor – Haidara
    Anita – Colback
    Sissoko – Gini – Aarons

    The surprise could be that Colo starts instead of Williamson. Also Mitrovic starts instead of Cisse but I do expect Mitrovic to make an appearance at some point.

    The midfield may see the introduction of De Jong also at some point.

  • 24 beermonkey // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    can we beat Southampton yup will we not a clue
    to many variables
    new coaching, new style of play

    I am expecting mbemba to line up next to taylor
    think mitrovic will be a sub and we will start with cisse


    what a deal west ham

  • 25 Sir Braveheart // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    I love the people saying “We have the same defence as last season, we’re going to struggle again…”

    We have Mbemba and Lascelles. Thats two new players out of a defensive team of 8 players needed (working on the principle that you want double coverage in every position).

    3 out of 8.

    Over a third of the defensive unit required is new.

    If you had a cake, composed of layers of sponge, a cream filling and chocolate topping and I changed the chocolate topping for a strawberry cream cheese frosting would you say its the same cake? No! I’ve changed a third of the cake, making it a different cake.

    We’ve changed a third of the defence, therefore different defence. Now it might be that the new third is just the same as the old third but until we see them play how can you possibly know?

    Have some faith, have some patience. Be realistic in your aspirations but outrageous in your dreams.

    Even if we’re looking like having a good attack and a suspect defence, surely thats the Newcastle way??

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    TheToonKing…it was not so much about whether you or I rated the players, but to showcase that Sunderland pinpointed the problem and went out solving it!

    …we didn’t as always!

  • 27 banjax // Aug 6, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    We can only hope that their is more to come into the club before the transfer window closes because we still have players who are not cutting the mustard. It was only last week that we were told that those players not up to standard would be moved on, but we are still waiting. We have an awful lot of average players at the club and we need to get rid – quick or have another shit start to the season.

  • 28 Our Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    I said yesterday thay the defence gets all the blame whilst the midfielders seem completely absolved of blame. During preseason and most of last season it was midfielders that were punishing us because the likes of Anita but mainly colback were caught out chasing the ball rather than plugging the gaps. The defence can only do so much even Terry needs a Matic to put out fires for him leaving JT to deal the striker and crosses.

    Imagine Terry constantly having to pick up midfielders arriving late in the box as well as strikers…..he wouldn’t be able to do it.

  • 29 Our Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    On the game, Southampton are in Vitesse today playing a Europa League game, I think based on this they’ll be fitter than us but we should hopefully take advantage in last 25 mins of the game. Keep it tight break em down when they get tired

  • 30 estechco // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    martoon: Not wishing to feel left out…

    Final League Position: 10th
    Number of Points in League: 50
    League Cup Round: QF
    FA Cup Round: 5th Round
    First Team Signings this season: 4
    First Team leavers this season: 1
    Top Goal Scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 14

  • 31 Our Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    We’ve signed Toney

    The scum have signed Yann M’villa he’ll protect the back 4 for them alongside Cattermole.

  • 32 Slank // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Our Toon

    Very good point about Chelsea and the need for there to be good defensive cover from the midfield. It was certainly lacking under Carver.

    Therefore, I wonder whether McClaren will play Colback and Anita together. In recent games I have been very impressed with Anita. Since the West Ham game he has transformed himself and is showing a tenacious side that was previously lacking.

  • 33 Toontastico // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Your so full of BS Ed – those quotes were printed by the Gazette on 22nd July.

    Your clickwhoreishness is getting tiresome

  • 34 Slank // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Our Toon @ 29

    ‘..I think based on this they’ll be fitter than us..’

    Alternatively they could be more knackered than us, certainly in the last 15 minutes.

    I believe it all depends on who scores first. If we do and get our tails up and start to take possession they will tire quickly.

  • 35 voodoo85 // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Keith Downie ?@SkySports_Keith 1 min1 minute ago
    Newcastle have completed the signing of forward Ivan Toney from Northampton Town on a five-year contract.

  • 36 Ian Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    So the mackems have solved their problem of a slow and ageing defence with the acquisition of Kaboul from Spurs! All they need now is Richard Dunn who’s available on a free. Kaboul since a series of injuries over a lengthy period has lost a lot of pace and mobility.

  • 37 lesh // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    But what Sissoko didn’t say on 22 July is that he really wants to stay!

    Come on Moussa, pin your colours to the NUFC mast.

  • 38 Slank // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM


    Any idea what happened to the other trialist the one from Holland who scored three times in our under 21 matches ?

  • 39 Blofal // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    We signed Ivan Toney.

  • 40 Toonfan8 // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Ivan Toney has just been confirmed…Now senior player center back, winger and we are done this window…

  • 41 Our Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM


    Are you forced to read the blog? We’re you forced to read this posting?

    No you weren’t…..If I don’t like something or don’t want to read something I turnover. Not only have you slated the posting, you’ve also done the most idiotic of things and commented on it!! Says alot about you!!

    Keep em coming Ed

  • 42 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM

  • 43 Our Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:18 AM


    I go on to say we can take advantage in the last 25 mins buddy if we can keep it tight. They’ll be ahead in terms of fitness but at some point jetlag will hit them and lack of preparation for this game… least that’s what pardew told us all!!

  • 44 voodoo85 // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Not sure if this has been posted but some opening day stats for us vs Soton:

    – Met Man City in the first game of the last two seasons and lost both.

    – Lost on opening weekend in three of last eight PL seasons (W3 D2) – all defeats against Manchester clubs (also lost 3-0 v Man Utd, August 2010).

    – Started last three seasons with an away fixture and started away in last five PL campaigns.

    – PL record on opening day: P16 W2 D6 L8 – won 1-0 at West Brom in August 2013 and 1-0 at Coventry in August 1999. Both winners came in or after the 85th minute.

  • 45 geordieboy83 // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:19 AM


    Haha no harm in optimism buddy, I do believe we will only finish 8-10th in the league so cup competitions are a realistic and viable way of champions league qualification. Stranger things have happened

  • 46 nut meg // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Any news on Mbemba’s visa ??

  • 47 Our Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Ian Toon

    They’ve solved it by also bringing in a tough tackler in M’villa. He’ll sit and protect the back 4 for them alongside Cattermole. They’ll ensure there defence has less work to do

  • 48 northernracoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Martoon :-

    Final league position…. 9th
    Number of points…. 53
    League cup… QF
    FA cup…. QF
    Number of first team signings…4
    Number of first team outgoings …1
    Top scorer…. mitrovic
    Number of goals for top scorer…. 16

  • 49 voodoo85 // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Slank @38

    Hadn’t heard anything, he was called Dani Koks so just done some searching and nothing concrete, just talk we were set to offer him a deal

  • 50 Slank // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    voodoo85 @ 49


  • 51 nut meg // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Our Toon
    It doesn’t really matter who you play in MF,it still wouldn’t make Willo,Collo or Taylor move any quicker,be more aware,organise themselves better, tackle better ,jump higher or even head the ball any better.

  • 52 Magpie Season // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Shaun Marsh in for Mitchell. Voges keeps his place.

    Congratulations England.

  • 53 Magpie Season // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Our Toon,

    M’vila is a solid signing. Should be a formidable partnership with Cattermole I reckon.

    He should have been a France regular had he not gotten suspended. Why were we not after him is the question.

  • 54 Ian Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    33Toontastico // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Not everyone makes it part of their daily routine to read the Shield Gazette. Ed, does an excellent job of collating news and views on all things NUFC.

  • 55 catchy in norway // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    toney has signed

    not a bad little player , good with his head,

    and this volley

  • 56 sweendog // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    martoon, bit pessimistic I know 🙂

    Final League Position: 7th
    Number of Points in League: 54
    League Cup Round: Winners
    FA Cup Round: QF
    First Team Signings this season: 4
    First Team leavers this season: 1
    Top Goal Scorer: Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 18

  • 57 catchy in norway // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    top 6

    all day long

  • 58 Rotonda heights // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    nutmeg at 51

    3 great signings made but can’t believe that wasn’t top priority replacing those 3.


    didn’t marsh play the last test? Don’t remember a mitchell playing.

  • 59 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    This West Ham getting Olympic Stadium and us the Tax Payers paying for the Police and maintenance – STINKS.
    Wonder if the owners are tory party donors??????

  • 60 Rotonda heights // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:43 AM


    very van bastenish

  • 61 lochinvar // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    On You Tube TheGamingLegend7 2 weeks ago about Toney
    He’s one of our own
    He’s one of our own
    That Ivan toney
    He’s one of our own

    No hard feelings but you need to put a Y in front of our
    Can we borrow the chant ?

  • 62 davetoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    At least we have had an overhaul of the coaching set up.
    SMc should have a good idea of who is not up to premier league quality by the Jan window.

  • 63 lochinvar // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate @59
    Yesterday the MET announced they didn’t have the resources, men or budgets to effectively handle Burglary call outs in London.

    Yet they will pay to police West Hams football crowds
    and imagine if they get Millwall in the Cups

    Stench of politics now that the Olympic Legacy has failed to materialise in the rest of the nation.


  • 64 Rotonda heights // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM


    hopefully he’s realised by now


  • 65 robmefirst // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Really hope we can hold on to Sissoko. Never a captain, but definitely has some world class ability.

    Hope Toney hits the ground running like Perez.

  • 66 croftus5678 // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    should hopefully be a lot more goals this season !

    mitrovic/cisse the 2 big name proper strikers

    perez/wijnaldum/rolando/siem will add a fair few hopefully.

    and sissoko/cabella/colback/mbemba/arma ect should add the odd one or 2 also.

  • 67 davetoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    I hope youre right but I am a little worried that Obertan will start ahead of Siem for the sake of balancing the MF.
    And we still dont know whether Collo and Mbema are fit enough to play 90 minutes

  • 68 Ian Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Makelele at the back of midfield did a job in bolstering the Chelsea central defence but as Mourinho said it wasn’t solving the problem. So second time around as manager he replaced the defensive prop with a far more complete midfielder – Matic. Sunderland are papering over the cracks substituting one limited player with another. Let’s hope we don’t make the same mistake when we bring in a CB. It’s all about opinions.
    Pardew was heavily criticised for sacrificing offensive play in order to bolster a weak defence rather than addressing the real problem-.the defence.

  • 69 davetoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Ian – players like Matic arent exactly easy to find and Makelele was

  • 70 davetoon // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Ian – players like Matic arent exactly easy to find and Makelele was one hell of a player and could still find a pass.

  • 71 Sazzer // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Magpie Season
    I don’t think missed out on Lens, M’vila and Kaboul. But I do think that they can improve Sunderland.

  • 72 Ian Toon // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    He found Mikel Jon Obi before him. The point is there is no point in solving a problem if you merely create another one. We need to go for quality if we are going to buy a CB.

  • 73 Sazzer // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    we missed out

  • 74 voodoo85 // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    From the Mirror:

    Newcastle show interest in Brighton defender

    Fulham will launch a new £4million bid to sign Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.

    The Cottagers had two offers refused, but are ready to test the Seagulls’ resolve with another bid.

    However, Dunk’s price may rise as Newcastle are also interested now.

    The centre-back, 23, scored seven times in 44 games last season.

  • 75 jayphoto // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Nice to see some Northampton lads doing well in Darlow and Toney! Doubt we’ll see Toney for 2 seasons but apparently his attitude is first class and 60 first team apps even at league 2 level by 19 is good experience! Puts him ahead of Arma in development I’d say!
    Mbemba, Lascelles, Haidara, Aarons, Toney, Armstrong, Perez all under 22! That’s 7 players that SHOULD be featuring in the Newcastle first team in the next 3 years. McClaren is renound for coaching and bringing on players, looks like he’ll have the potential in there to put his coaching to the test.
    Add to that Bigirimana who should have come on more, Woodman, Mbabu, Heaney, Longstaff and Brocolli, all of whom have a good chance of making it. Satka and Kemen are meant to have talent too. If 5 from these 15 players become first 11 constants in the next 3 seasons it’ll be a big boost!

  • 76 croftus5678 // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    colo is our best defender as he doesnt make anywhere near as many mistakes as saylor/williamson and reads the game very well but obv has a few weaknesses also.

    when he played with another of our cb’s its pretty obv he couldnt do it all by himself and prob failed himself more from trying to babysit his weaker partner also ! (i hope)

    colo/mbemba should be a good partnership imo but if there was injuries our next best is dummett imo.

    can see us going through a big bad patch at some point when mbemba or colo get injured and we start conceeding 3 or 4 goals.

  • 77 Bobbybee // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Aussies 15/3 kick ass!

  • 78 Bobbybee // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Make that for 4! Hilarious!

  • 79 John Tudor // Aug 6, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Martoon, my prediction for you.

    Final League Position: 16th
    Number of Points in League: 44
    League Cup Round: 4th round
    FA Cup Round: 3rd Round
    First Team Signings this season: 5
    First Team leavers this season: 4
    Top Goal Scorer: perez
    Number of goals for top goal scorer: 12
    top assist 5 squidward

  • 80 Malta Mag // Aug 6, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Can’t believe that at the time of writing 643 people thought we would lose on Sunday???? Unbelievable to think that there is that level of pessimism out there? They’ll be the same ones that sit on their arses throughout the match and never utter a bloody word no doubt?

  • 81 rwpoynter // Aug 6, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Rather encouraging that the toon army are predicting a win this weekend. It’s all about confidence, as with the stock market, so maybe this mood can filter through to the players, which certainly wasn’t happening at the end of last season. Things are looking up, a fare way to go yet but a vast improvement on the end of last season when, frankly, things looked pretty grim. Get behind Steve McLaren and I think things will improve a lot.

  • 82 ArtyH // Aug 6, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    I have to say I think Sissoko will leave this window. This may be why we got the players in that we did. Anyway I took the poll and think we will loose. Shock horror, but if you understand the English language, I think we will loose, not I want us to loose, there is a vast difference. Why, because of the games I have seen there is nothing there to convince me enough has changed since last year. I doubt there
    has been enough time to get the message across to the players and I doubt ones playing are good enough. The new signings are not epl experienced and are not going to be thrown in at the deep end like the previous shower would have done
    So thank heaven for that. Just MHO, I just hope we play well and with more passion than has been seen last season.

  • 83 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Aug 7, 2015 at 5:21 AM


    The word is: “Lose”! And i did,nt vote as i think its too difficult to call !

    It may even be a 0-0 or even 1-1 ??

    The Saints beat Vitesse 0-2 this evening and their were problems with the opposing fans in the Town centre of Arnhem before and after the game. I could of got a ticket to go and watch but had an idea there would be crowd trouble so did,nt bother.

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