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It’s The Dutch Revolution At Newcastle Under McClaren

11:09 pm, Monday, August 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 80 Comments

Gini Wijnaldum was the first player signed by Newcastle in the summer, and but our Man of the Match polling he was our best player yesterday against Southampton when we drew 2-2 with the club who finished 7th in the Premier League last season.

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Vurnon Anita – the challenge where he was injured

Newcastle now have a number of Dutchman at the club and we had five playing yesterday in our first game of the season – Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita, Gini Wijnaldum and Siem de Jong came on as a substitute.

With head coach Steve McClaren having experience in managing in Holland at FC Twente, that could mean that even more Dutchmen will be joining Newcastle in the future.

This is what Vurnon has said about our latest Dutch arrival at the club – Gini Wijnaldum:

“He will be a great addition,” “He’s a very technical player and can be effective inside and outside the box.”

“You saw in the first half how he got into a great position to score and he was so happy that he scored with his second chance, so that the first one could be forgotten.”

“There are a lot of Dutch players here now, and we’ll certainly be doing our best for the club.”

“There’s always been a bit of a connection between Dutch people and Newcastle – partly because of the players that have been here in the past, and partly because it’s close to Holland.”

“I think there’s probably even more interest now because there are more of us.” “We’re happy with most of the things we did.”

“We started fairly sharply and dominated for large periods.” “But we didn’t win and that’s obviously a disappointment.”

“We were 2-1 up, and when you’re in that position, you have to see the game out.”

It wasn’t so long ago that we had eleven French players in the Newcastle squad although that didn’t work out too well but Frenchmen Moussa Sissoko and Massadio Haidara started the game on Sunday.

Four Dutchmen started the game and once Siem de Jong is fully match fit he could make it five.

It looks like when Newcastle’s games are on there will be a quite  a large TV audience in Holland watching the games.

It also will make it that much easier to attract top Dutchmen to Newcastle, but it looks like we missed out on Memphis Depay.


Vurnon was taken off in the second half yesterday after seemingly injuring his hip, but Steve McClaren after the game thought it was not serious,  and it even looks like he will be fit for the tough game at Swansea on Saturday.

Hope so.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Daryl Janmaat · Georginio Wijnaldum · Newcastle News · Siem de Jong · Tim Krul · Vurnon Anita

80 responses so far ↓

  • 1 swemag // Aug 10, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Donuts anybody?

  • 2 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 10, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Wijnaldum was my MOTM. Outstanding PL debut.

    Sissoko was immense. Mbemba also had a highly creditable PL debut.

    Colback was his usual self. I don’t know why he gets so much bad press from some on here.

  • 3 ITUNDERASHELL // Aug 10, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Get Willems in and a top notch CB in and watch this team play real footy.

  • 4 Bambams // Aug 10, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Van Dijk would settle very well in this team. No doubt the powers that be will be aware of this also……

  • 5 blew // Aug 10, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Willems is 5’7″ don’t you think a lack of
    height is a problem at the back ?

  • 6 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 10, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Obertan played for “tactical” reasons

  • 7 switch365 // Aug 10, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Jetro Willems is a lb not cb, and a shit hot lb at that.

    There’s talk of 3 players still wanted before the window shuts, should we manage to get Willems, Abdennour and Shakiri, it would make up for all the crap Ashley has put us fans through.
    It would also potentially give us a better team than Keegan’s Entertainers imo

  • 8 Munster Mag // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Blackley i’m not so certain re mbemba debut from the sky stuff i saw. Why so pleased?

  • 9 jimmysmith // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Is Obertan good enough to be a regular starter for Newcastle? No, but potentially certainly yes. Pace, power and the ability to cross like that, and score dynamic goals, intelligent, incredibly fit and a willing runner. If he was consistent, he’d still be at United. It’s no real surprise the club won’t or can’t give up on him, and of course we aren’t of a stature to easily attract better, and he’s under contract and on decent money, so hard to shift.

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Mbemba looks quick, solid and looks like he can mix it when he needs to. I don’t see other top defenders stopping Pelle for that first one. Janmaat wasn’t strong enough for the second. It’s early days but it was a very good start for him.

  • 11 switch365 // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Mbemba is also capable of taking the ball out of defence going up field and has a cracking shot on him.

    I think McC’s hand was forced a little, having to replace Anita, who himself had a very solid game.
    In hindsight I wonder if he thinks he’d have been better bringing on Aarons rather than de Jong and switching Sissoko to a central role.

    Still early days but exciting times ahead.

  • 12 toonicle // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Now get Willems in!

  • 13 switch365 // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    The future’s bright, the future’s Oranje rofl

  • 14 jimmysmith // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    The other thing in Obertans favor is we also have Sissoko and Mitrovic, and if McClaren can get those three playing with the bit between their teeth its hard to imagine a more intimidating or remorseless prospect for an opposition back four. Would make the likes of Perez, Aarons, Cabella and Cisse look positively featherweight by comparison, despite their undoubted skills.

  • 15 Brian Pinas // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:04 AM


    watch southampton’s second goal again.

    now, is Obertan a willing runner?

  • 16 Mister Tuff // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    There are a few on here that must think that because Obertron has a fine physique and is fast – that he’ll will make a good footballer – he won’t. Because he has one or two memorable moments per season does not mean he needs to restore his confidence and then he’ll be Messi Mk2.
    He will never ever be a top flight footballer, not his fault it’s just the way it is. He might try his best -but it’s not good enough for to class football.
    I despair when some seem to suggest he’s going to turn into something he’s not.
    Come on lads -he’s a poor player – and if he was going to evolve into something he would have done it by now.

  • 17 Irishmag // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    So looks like obertan was used for tactical reasons which I think was a way of saying premier league experience, he wanted to have a go at the new signing and thought obertan would be experienced enough to listen and do what he is told…Really hope we unleash Aarons on Swansea tho!!

  • 18 Novocastrian66 // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:36 AM

    Mister Tuff; I hate to break the bad news but Obertan is a top flight footballer. Maybe not a very good one but a top flight footballer nonetheless.

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Novo – I mean he is not a top flight footballer – ie quality player at the highest level as opposed to a player who plays in the top flight but who is crap.

  • 20 Novocastrian66 // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    Mister Tuff; aye I know what you mean. I was pulling your leg a bit. I thought he had a canny game on Sunday, he is too inconsistent though. Perhaps McClaren can get the best out of him, it maybe a lack of confidence which leads to his inconsistent form.

  • 21 Mister Tuff // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:46 AM

    novo – I’ve done a few profiles on here for Obertron – from Bordeaux to the Toon. He’s only scored about 5 or 6 top flight goals in 9 years. Really he’s had his chance and needs replacing.
    As for confidence I’ve posted articles on here quoting him that he should be in the France squad and that facing an oponent he will back his skill every time – not the words I would suggest of someone who lacks confidence. And at that off to the pit.

  • 22 lukes26 // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:59 AM

    Oberton is what he is. If Fergie couldnt transform him, I doubt anyone else will.

    He does scare full backs with his speed though. can only last 60-70 minutes. Wasnt really defending for last 20 minutes of the game

  • 23 expatmag // Aug 11, 2015 at 3:06 AM


    you are verging on the “toonbrotherish” in your dislike for Obertan……lol

  • 24 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 11, 2015 at 3:09 AM

    obertan is still a decent squad player to have. sure, we can upgrade on him next season, but it’s not a priority yet. he’s doing his job. that cross for Gini goal was Solano-esque.

  • 25 brklyngeordie // Aug 11, 2015 at 3:38 AM

    Please let’s intercept the deal for Shaqiri and bring Willens in we are set

  • 26 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 4:18 AM

    If Willems comes to NUFC, Mcca cld b shifting Durmett to CB and we will have the back up CB who can put pressure on both Mbemba and Colo coz Durmett Is really competitive. Never let down till he won his position off Santon.
    Mcca after he shld go for Byram from Leeds. Give them Willo + 5m.
    RB: Janmatt, Bryam
    LB: Willems, Haidara
    CB: Colo, Mbemba, Durmett,Taylor, Lasceles.

  • 27 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 11, 2015 at 4:32 AM

    Have to say Anita’s deep play was integral to our play at Southampton. He was the main man in building up attack from deep with his simple passing.

    When he left we just disintegrated. Tiote is not in the same league with Anita.

  • 28 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 4:33 AM

    Impressed with Willems. Good signing might b better than wat we have.
    Shaqiri wld b good bt he is a Stoke player. Stoke increased its offer last afternoon.

  • 29 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 4:35 AM

    shocking but Anita won no single tackle.

  • 30 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 4:57 AM

    Competition of Places if Possible:
    Wijnaldum, Mbemba, Mitrovic, Byram, Willems, Shaqiri. £60m
    Marvuex, Santon, Pardew, Woodman, Mbiwa, Vuckic, Willo, Goufrann, Fergie, Bigi, Jonas, R. Taylor. £20m.
    Net Spent: 40m.
    GK: Krul, Darlow, Elliott
    RB: Janmmatt, Byram
    LB: Willems, Haidara
    CB: Colo, Mbemba, Dummett, Taylor, Lasceles
    CM: Anita, Colback, Tiote, Abeid
    CAM: Wijnaldum, De Jong
    RM: Sissoko, Perez, Obertan
    LM: Shaqiri, Cabella, Aarons
    CF: Mitrovic, Cisse, Rivere.

    That is a good and competive squad in all positions. CB might still b an issue but Dummett is good and competitive back up who can eventually become a starter.

    Sissoko…………….Wijnaldum. …………Shaqiri
    Darlow, Dummett, Tiote, De Jong, Perez, Cabella, Cisse.
    No Aarons coz he is 3rd in ranking for LM position if Shaqiri can be pulled off.

    That Squad can compete for Cups and Premier league. Top 8 and latest Quarter final.

    Good morning lads and have a nice day.

  • 31 JDdubai // Aug 11, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    So where is Shaqiri guys? If he passed the medical and agreed terms why havent stoke announced?? Dare we dream…

  • 32 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 5:47 AM


    Dare we dream but i heard last afternoon that they increased their offer to match 13.5m

  • 33 matt11_25 // Aug 11, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    Stoke raising their offer doesn’t make any sense.. Didn’t they already have any offer accepted? Shaq was at the stoke game.. Don’t see him coming, maybe stoke raised their salary offer

  • 34 Mister Tuff // Aug 11, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    expat – it’s not a question of whether I like or dislike Obertron – I do not know the bloke so how can I like or dislike him.
    Because I criticise him as a footballer does not mean I dislike him.

  • 35 JDdubai // Aug 11, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    The fee isnt the issue i think, they had a bid accepted months ago.

    Its what Shaqiri wants, and clearly he didnt want to go to stoke otherwise he would have been there 6 weeks ago, if everton or us have a bid accepted i think he would at least want to talk to the clubs. Stoke are a last resort.

    It does seem odd though how a player rated so highly and available for “only” 12m is moving to stoke. Why would no CL team want him? Why would inter sell after 6 months? It seems to add up that something is wrong with his personaility or something other than his ability.

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    JDdubai…i have mentioned this before clearly there is something suspect with his attitude…nobody seems to want him!

    Maybe we should just stay clear!

  • 37 Toonfan8 // Aug 11, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    I dont think we will get Shaqiri, Willems. Althought, they would be great additions to our squad…They have cracking left foot both and Willems is some player on LB…

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    I have to second Senor Tuffs assessment of Overtan!

    Another valid point is just because someone like the personality / professionalism of a players doesn’t it make him a good football player!

    There seems to be a confusion about that on here sometimes.

  • 39 Santon03 // Aug 11, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    Why do you want Shaqiri? have you seen him playing week in week out? He rarely made any crosses and not good ones, he likes to dribble and shoot from distance, and his dribbling isn’t as good as HBA. That’s why he rarely played for Inter, when he played mostly as a sub or getting subbed. So what do you like about Shaqiri?

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Whether we like it or not Collo is here for the next two years, he would not be given the captaincy only to be dropped for a better player. To replace Collocini with a better younger model will cost 8/10M pounds. It seems Mashers would rather run him into the ground before scrapping him in the hope that one of our existing youngsters come good.

  • 41 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    my wish list….. willems / van dijik / byram

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:13 AM

    I think it’s fair to say that we seriously missed Anita on Sunday after he went off, this would suggest that he will be important to Mclarens midfield, having him drop back to RB when something happens to Jaanmatt could have the same
    effect as him going off injured. Also the same applies to Mbemba who has played RB once, it will mean breaking up a CB pairing just getting to know one and other. Buy a young RB ffs.

  • 43 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    how long are people prepared to give oberton ……..i would never buy a player SAF if he got rid they were no good or finished or mega money

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Gouffran is better than Riverie, are we stuck with him for the next four years.

  • 45 cestriasteve // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    I am concerned about the left hand side of the team Haidra first touch isn’t good enough and Obertans sense of positioning and awareness just looks poor. When he hasn’t got the ball he doesn’t know what to do or where to move to and he is poor at supporting the Left back.

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Obertün was awful again yesterday apart from that cross, his ability to thwart an attack should have him playing as a defender.

  • 47 the broons // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    so i see willems followed us on twitter too, well if we some how managed to pull that off and also get a top notch centre back in then anyone who whinges about this window has clearly been on fifa too much.

    Fantastic business just make sure that we dont forget about the centre back.

  • 48 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:20 AM


  • 49 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    The broons.
    We will not be buying a new CB anytime soon.

  • 50 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Speculation as to precisely what Ashley and Macca discussed on Sunday has varied depending on whom you believe. Most reliable are that we are still looking for a striker, a winger and a centre back, but that we will need to sell Taylor or Williamson first .

  • 51 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    I think Obertron was a tactical switch and Mcca said he is building a squad not team. So he knows wen he will use certain players at Certain points. Of course there r first team players but in rotation of the players.

    Coz the way WBA played last night I can play Willo or Taylor for the high balls coz they are way better than Colo and Mbemba in the air. Coz if ut wasnt the first game I believe Mcca wld have done that for Southampton.

    There are games Perez or Aarons will play. I think with him being with Sir Alex he will know how to do it.

  • 52 Chris // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:26 AM

    I can’t see the club making a move for Willems in this transfer window – he picked up a serious injury (knee ligament damage) about a month ago and was expected to be out for 8-10 weeks

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Ian Toon,
    I am surprised you are not revealing exactly what was said at the meeting.

  • 54 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    New CB is going to b ahard thing. I know Mcca is not jst a head Coach but also a board member so I believe. Looking to spend 15m on a CB while they can get a LB and RB with money and push Dummett to CB. Looks Pound to Pound.

    I believe the new board will do the work we want to see. With Moncur, Mcclaren and Carr. I think Charnely can be overpowered.

    Have u realised we have jst spent 34m we had in the bank. Before adding the TV money.

  • 55 JDdubai // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:33 AM

    Lot of people writing off Haidara already, were these the same people who had Anita written off for the last 2 seasons and suddenly he is a key piece in our team.

    Haidara offers a lot going forward which most LBs lack, yes he needs to learn about his positioning and being tighter to stop crosses coming in but he has a lot of potential.

    And he has had Pardew and Carver “training” him since he has been here, give McClaren and Cathro a season and see where he is at.

  • 56 calvinzolamakongo // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Munster re:mbemba if the media didnt hate us and done a proper analaysis on chancel you would of seen how quality his is several occasikns he out strengthed won pelle and rodriguez and beat them in the air several times he went in hard to clear the ball he outpaced mane easily his first touch beat a couple players when pressured and he even plaued two pinpoint 30yrd passes to mitro proper quality but all they showed highlights wise was the one time he got beaten in the air and the one free kick he gave away

  • 57 Toonfan8 // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    I agree with you on Haidara, he is dynamic LB if he is coached properly, he can be like Bacary Sagna, but better going forward…they will surely be working on this young lads, give them time. Aarons, Perez, Haidara, Mbemba, Mitrovic, they are all only young lads, so they need time, but with current coaching staff I think, they will become great EPL players…Armstrong too, but he need playing time

  • 58 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Rating a defender and holding Midfielder is their ability to defend not attack coz we other guys to do it.
    That’s where Maldini was better than Carlos. Cahill was better than Luis.
    You do ur job first attacking is a by the way. I liked the way Anita played on Sunday but never won a tackle that makes me rethink. Can he be bettet than Tiote? Coz need him to win the ball not pass it forward.

  • 59 Toonfan8 // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Mbemba on his debut was very good, 20y.o. lad only and he played mature game…He will be beast in EPL…we will be much better this year

  • 60 Magpie Season // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    French players didn’t work out well?
    What the heck?

    Ben Arfa

    All French/french speaking quality internationals that gave us an amazing run in the 11/12 season & performances afterwards. Not to mention how cheap they were.

  • 61 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:47 AM


    I dont think any one likes NUFC except us the supporters. Fan zone didnt talk abt our game. I was so bitter. But it isnt the first time. However much we perform no one tends to give us the media coverage.

    When its a bad image the media will come. Thats why I didnt care wen they were banned. They always look for the bad from NUFC than the good.

  • 62 Magpie Season // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Ed, you should do a poll to see which people prefer: the French or Dutch connection.

    That would be interesting.
    French for me.

  • 63 Magpie Season // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    Will die for,

    It’s not that they don’t like us mate but they couldn’t care any less so we get very minimal media coverage. Even on motd with Shearer we rarely get a minute at best. And on websites too.
    We just don’t have the global appeal like we did back in the 90s to early 2000s.

  • 64 JDdubai // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Will die

    Pirlo plays the same role as Anita did, as long as the team is set up correctly then this role can be vital, especially playing from the back you need the Dm to be able to drop deep and collect the ball from Krul and turn and start the play.

    With the CBs split, eould you want Tiote collecting the ball from Krul with his back to play and playing out from there? Thats a seriously scary thought given his lack of awareness and getting caught on the ball.

    Also for Haidara, or any fullback, you need a vocal left Cb next to you to keep talking and keep you in the right position, does he really get that from Colo? Plus with Colo charging out from the back all the time it wont help as well.

    Getting the positioning correct takes time, coaching and experience, i dont think Haidara has played long enough without injury or been coached well during his time with us. If he can get through the season with our new coaches then i think he has potential to be good enough. Big if obvs given his injury record.

  • 65 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Magpie Season

    Lets wait for this seasn to end and we judge.

  • 66 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    magpie season why not a mix on ability not nationality just pick the best

  • 67 calvinzolamakongo // Aug 11, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Just strange we use to be everyones 2nd favourite now we are everyones worst everyone i speak says we will struggle this season but i just cant see it no team that can start a team full of internationally capped players,starters even will struggle with a injury free season i would like to say we will be safe by the end of march….also did austin start saturday if so he cant be that good as he didnt score didnt shola score a hatrick or a brace on his championship debut haha

  • 68 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Obertan is tosh who delivers the odd moment of brilliance and then flatters to deceive.

    He was in the team on Sunday to do a job…he ultimately didn’t do that job once he was tired and didn’t chase back for their second goal…too knackered although he did of course deliver a great cross for Winjy but those moments are far too seldom to be warrant a regular starting place.

    He was also in the team because he’s in the shop window to be moved on and rightly so…he never delivers on a consistent basis.

    Aarons will be the man once he’s fit enough and shows SM he understands his role in the team

  • 69 calvinzolamakongo // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Wasnt suppose to put even …*a team full of internationally capped players wont struggle

  • 70 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Jail -Remember that your being monitored.

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Does any football fan like Oyston, Tan or the Venkys, the answer would be no and Mike Ashley sits right at the top of that axis of evil. Coupled with his association with two of the most odious high street brands makes us not very attractive to the nuetral.

  • 72 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Expatmag- ROOOOOOOOT.

  • 73 will die for the toon army // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Magpie Season

    But they realyy care abt our down fall.

  • 74 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Anita will rightly be our midfield anchor and Tiote showed us why we should cash in on him as soon as we can.

    Tiote and Colback in the same team means Winjy can be released to go do his thing.

    Colback and Anita rarely give the ball away by passing short and simple but Tiote always turns into trouble for some reason and is nowhere near the player he was so time to move on…he needs a change of club to rediscover his form.

    Not too much to be disappointed about on Sunday…they did well and the football is light years ahead of Pardews.

    A great start in my book and a massive improvement on the last three years. Well done SM…just hope the somewhat difficult fixture list fixture list doesn’t see us fall into bad habits…we have to keep on playing football

  • 75 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    damn that stutter!

  • 76 JDdubai // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Other teams fans still have the pre-relegation image of us, that we think we should be CL team. I think we did cling onto this after Bobby left but since relegation i think reality set in.

    Sadly people keep this old impression of our “deluded” fans and think that we still expect to be Cl team, and that we chased Pardew out because we expected this. They dont see the details of the crap he brought and the reality, only the 5th place sticks in their heads.

    Basically its just their ignorance that makes us unlikeable now.

  • 77 Jail for Ashley // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Ian Toon,
    To remember I am being monitored I would have to know about it in the first place. Luckily for you I don’t feel the need to discuss your creepy behaviour with Ed or you might well be the one being monitored.

  • 78 the broons // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    You see I thought about the possibility of dummet and mbemba together centre backs and i thought it might work until i then remembered they are both barely over 6ft! We concede enough set pieces and what we saw from sunday headers already!

    By the way just got a chance to watch the west ham game highlights, that dimitri payet looks like the biggest miss of the season of our scouting team, kid was literally taking on the full arsenal team by himself. Fast, Strong, good feet, eye for a pass. And also his stats, created more chances then messi and everyone else in europe!
    Think we shouldve been looking at him rather than thauvin.

  • 79 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    With a new coach it’s far to soon to write off Obertan. Macca has made much of utilising space. Our second goal came from a corner that we cleared, Obertan used his pace to exploit the space the Saints had left behind them which they couldn’t defend against a player running at the box to head the ball into goal. The problems are in Obertan’s head and we need to give Macca time to change his mindset.
    He does need to do much more but let’s give him some time before we write him off.

  • 80 davis_toons // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Ed Harrison,

    Thank you for providing this platform.
    Hope you can stay in good health by writing post.

    -Promote Newcastle Always.

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