Former Midfielder Praises Magpies’ Desire And This Powerful Player

Sir Bobby Robson signed 18 year-old Nottingham Forest midfielder Jermaine Jenas in February of 2002 for £5M, and the Englishman went on to play 21 times for England and was sold to Tottenham in 2005 for £7M.

Jermaine famously said it was like playing in a goldfish bowl playing in Newcastle, there’s so much attention players to the footballers on Tyneside.

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Jermaine Jenas – while at Newcastle United

Since being released by QPR last year Jenas moved into television, and became an analyst for ITV Sport’s coverage of the 2014-2015 Europa League season.

Last November he joined the BBC where he now regularly features on football shows such as Match Of The Day as an analyst.

It was on BBC Match of the Day on Sunday that Jermaine made this comment:

“I sensed more of an intensity, more of a desire. I think Steve McClaren and the players can be quite proud of their start to the season.”

“Sissoko sees the space and he attacks. Once he attacks it, he just keeps going. He has awareness and he was the driving force dragging Newcastle on.”

We must say Sissoko now seems very happy at Newcastle and will have a big role to play under Steve McClaren and the Frenchman again showed his class.

After only seven minutes he made a great run on the right, reached the bye-line and pulled the ball back to unmarked Gini Wijnaldum.

It looked like the Dutchman must scored but his shot was blocked by Steven Davis – but Gini really should have scored and put us ahead.

Jenas played 152 times for Newcastle with 12 goals over three seasons and he went on to play for Tottenham and QPR.

The now 32 year-old also had spells on loan at Aston Villa and back at his home town club – Nottingham Forest – where he started his career back in 1999.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far


    Aug 10, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #1

    suprised ED didnt Pick up Shaqiri News lol

  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Sissoko looked very good yesterday, he has pace and power and now looks to have found the desire to use both, let’s just hope that he finds some consistency as he can be a massive player for us


    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Unless u have some super power vision u dont see everything when ur at the match, u cant focus on 22 players and the dug out…plus McClaren and Cathro who were in the stands. U get a wider view of off the ball instances granted…a player like Colback will benefit from people in the stands because most of his work is done off the ball

    Fact is for me placing urself above another fan because u were at the match comes across as arrogant. As far as I am concerned ur opinion is no more valid than anyone who watched it on TV

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Affelay van ginkel shaqiri.

    Stoke are my underdogs I’m smashing inside and finishing in the top 8 this season .

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #5


  • jazzyp

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #6

    On that performance yesterday alone proved he has to stay at the club. is no doubt a first team starter.
    Looked a threat every time he received the ball. And more importantly looked focused again which was good to see

  • JackButler

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #7


    It’s an old squad though

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #8


    Don’t think the ‘experts’ see them as outsiders anymore. Hughes seems to be upgrading them from the solid hard to beat team that Pulis built to a team of thoroughbreds.

    I was astounded to see they got Affelay on a free. A lot of clubs missed a trick there.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Coming for crosses is bread and butter for a goalkeeper – or should be.

    BTW, you’re not allowed to criticise Colo anymore. It’s too negative. Criticising negative aspects is moaning.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Jamsha he’s got an Austin article to finish first.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Yo – elitist.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Forget Austin now. Keep Cisse & spend the money earmarked for Austin on Van Dyk. Should have had the ability to close out the game yesterday & couldn’t. Strengthen at the back & sell both Willo the Weak & Sicknote Saylor

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #13

    SE toon fan,
    Very harsh assessment of the team, I thought it was ok.


    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #14

    I cant help being better than everyone else!

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s not arrogance to say you have a better view of the game if you’re there. Anyone’s entitled to buy a ticket not just me. Would you want your manager to sit and watch on tv or at the ground? I’ve praised Makro for recognising the benefit of sitting in the stand because you get a better picture of the game. I’ve long advocated it. It’s silly to say it’s an arrogance thing on my part when it’s speaks for itself. It’s a completely different expansive view. Also, you can watch the highlights on tv later so you’re in an even better position to comment.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Sissoko & Gini were quality yesterday & we still have more to come from Aarons & Perez

  • NezzaNUFC

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #17

    And to think many on here were saying get rid of Sissoko and Anita and they are rubbish and wouldn’t be missed!

    I’ve always said we need to build around Sissoko and it seems McClaren sees this as well.

    And also I seen a lot of positive from yesterday game and the stats don’t lie, half time we had 59% possession against a team that is known for having high possession.

    And regardless of what Koeman and the others says about Southampton should of won is complete nonsense, Collo missed 2 chances, Winaldum missed a chance and Cisse missed about 2.

    We played a patient passing play whilst being quick on the wings and getting the ball into the box with players in and around the box.

    Anyone who states that we played like the Pardew way needs there heads looking at.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #18


    I don’t think they have a very old squad. They have a decent mix imo . they looked good against liverpool.

    Interesting to see how Hughes gets them playing.they no longer look like the side who just plays long balls and physical football.

    If we get a decent defence we might just compete with them this season .

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #19

    If we are to go for another attacking option why not look at Berahino (West Brom) or even Tom Ince (he has not just become a poor player overnight – just passed around too often). He’s English, he’s quick, can score goals & has premiership. He wouldn’t cost half of what is being asked for Austin. Also gives different attacking options

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #20

    I really like this squad, yesterday we didn’t use Aaron’s or Perez, plus we have Cabella and marveaux, and if those two do well we wouldn’t need any more wingers, I know Perez isn’t a winger but could still do a job there as one of the three midfielders.

  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 10, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #21

    if i was one of the coaches one player i would concentrate on the most would be obertan, once some of you lot finish laughing at that comment then i will begin.

    He has shown glimpses of what he can do, but he’s not consistent enough, he’s got the height strength skill and he’s certainly got pace, he just needs to keep practising crossing and shooting on goal then he would be a great asset.

    Look at swans on Saturday, Montero on the left wing and Ayew on the right, and we could do that with Aarons and obertan, perfect example was the goal he set up for gin, he outpaced their fullback for the perfect cross.


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