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Newcastle Close To Signing Striker And It’s Not Austin

3:23 pm, Monday, August 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 214 Comments

Newcastle United put in a bid of £11M for Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan, according to former Chronicle football reporter Alan Oliver, who was reporting yesterday in the Sunday People – but that bid was turned down.

But there is news that Newcastle are getting close to agreeing a fee with Bordeaux for the Uruguayan striker/winger,  and this deal could even go through this week, with head coach Steve McClaren keen to get more players through the door before September 1st.

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Diego Rolan of Bordeaux at Montpellier

The bid was the first time Newcastle have contacted Bordeaux officially for the player,  and last month we reported that Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud had said this about Newcastle’s reported interest:

“There has been contact with Newcastle – but never directly with us, only through various intermediaries.” “With Newcastle I suppose you could say there is some truth in their interest.”

There was news yesterday in the Mirror that QPR had reduced their price for Charlie Austin from £15M to £13M – but that could have simply been a convenient story to put out yesterday,  since QPR are expected at some to lower their price, with only three weeks to go in the summer transfer window.

It may even have happened yesterday.

However,  if Newcastle are going to pay out around £12M for a striker – the Magpies may well feel that 22 year-old Rolan is better value than 26 year-old Charlie Austin, and Diego can also play out on the wing as well as through the center.

The other thing to bear in mind is that Newcastle will want to bring in another striker soon – if they are to do that this summer.

If another good striker comes in then Papiss Cisse will surely be expendable, and would be sold or even sent out on loan for the season.

That’s even though Papiss played well yesterday and scored our first goal, and the Senegal striker seems keen to stay on Tyneside with Steve McClaren as the new coach.

Quite honestly with Cisse, Mitrovic, Perez and Riviere as out-and-out strikers now in the squad,  and also goalscorers like Wijnaldum, Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons also in the squad – we are well set to being able to score goals this season.

Well at least much better than we were last season.

And from how Adam Armstrong started his loan spell at Coventry on Saturday at home to Wigan with two good goals, and he also hit the post late in the game, Adam may be back in January pushing for a first team place at his home town club.

And sooner or later Aleksandar Mitrovic has to start the games for Newcastle, as he needs to acclimatize  to the English Premier League.

Newcastle don’t necessarily have to sign another striker this summer, but it seems that if we do,  he will simply be a replacement for Papiss Cisse.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

214 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NezzaNUFC // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Obviously this is rubbish!

    We all know it’s CB we need not another striker.

  • 2 Sliema // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    If we are getting rid of Cisse then we should buy this guy. If not then you’re right Ed, we have about enough competition for that lone striker which we use.

    We neeeeeeeed a CB and a LB, Haidara was woeful yesterday and depite showing promise in the past I don’t think is ready to be a regular starter.

  • 3 TheToonKing // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    To be honest Rolan isn’t really an out and out striker. He’s more a Winger/Striker like Walcott, Dos Santons, Berahinho etc.

    He had a good season last year and he was playing on the wing.

    I think we have to sell Gouffran first as they are similar , except Rolan is much younger with potential.

  • 4 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    I could argue but I cant really be bothered, good luck to u but ur opinion is no more important than anyone else’s

  • 5 Noel Worst // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    If we could sign 1 more player this window, for me it would be Van Dijk all the way. A class above the SPL and you can see he’s cruising in that league. He’s a more mobile, quicker, powerful, taller version of Colo and probably a touch better on the ball, a snip at £10m. Which ever team gets him will be signing a CB that will become one of the best in the league. Can comfortably play DM too.

    Just hope we’re one of the clubs tracking him and waiting for him to fulfil his promise to stay with Celtic until their CL situation is sorted out either way, before making a move.

    Sell Willo, Abeid (rather keep him over Tiote but unlikely), Gouff and Marv and sign Van Dijk and I’ll be very happy!

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    I was pleased to see McClaren sitting in the stand with Cathro. It’s a far better to see the whole positioning aspect of the game.

    He’ll have taken a lot to work from for future games. As he’s coaching based, we’ll likely see improvements and developments. It can’t be judged too well from non-competitive games.

  • 7 lochinvar // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    If we score goals great but winning matches is also about not letting the opposition score…….so the defence needs strengthening and we certainly need that elusive ” strength in depth ” if we are to make impact in the Cup Competitions ( so our Cup teams are stronger that the likes of Manures so called second string teams ) – that’s the difference in progressing in the Cups.
    McLaren knows that he also needs to rotate players somewhat ( using the bench to good effect ) to avoid repetition of the injuries of last season

    Looks like Austin is history so hope that Rolan ( Cisse Mk2) and Van Dijk ( Defender Mk 2 ) are two of the next three signed in this window. The missing ingredient might be Shakiri or the wonderfully named A.N. Other who always used to get on the team sheet

  • 8 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Just hope Rolan doesn’t turn out to be another Riviere. Can hardly afford another forward of this calibre on our books

  • 9 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    By the same token your opinion is no more important than someone who went to play golf, read a bit of Twitter, spoke to his mate and caught one or two highlights on the news. Or simply listened to the radio round up. You wouldn’t want to say otherwise or you’d be arrogant, even if he was talking as if he hadn’t much clue. Yeah?

  • 10 Jib // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    The Bundesliga and France Ligue 1 start next Friday
    Serie A and La Liga the weekend after
    Expect a flurry of activity soon

  • 11 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM


    Last season Stoke had the third oldest average aged squad in the league behind Palace and City while we had the youngest.

    Not saying it’s a bad thing buy any means as long as you can continue to spend to replace the old men 🙂

  • 12 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Really can’t understand why we are going for strikers. Cisse is increasingly good given the right service and I feel he and mitrovic and ayoze should be more than enough firepower.

    We need cb and maybe a left back more desperatly. But we won’t because Colo is captain and new contract.

    I don’t believe Colo will be captain from the bench. This to me is the most disappointing this season. Because we won’t be adding anymore centre back.

  • 13 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    I’d look at the forgotten Englishman Tom Ince. You don’t become a bad player overnight at his age. He’s quick, skilful & can score goals. He wouldn’t cost half the price of Austin but would add a different attacking option to supplement what we already have. Let’s get our buying complete.Van Dyk needs securing before the Mackems get him & by jove they need him

  • 14 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Would like to mention the Gallowgate faithful in the corner. sang there hearts out throughout the match.
    respect to you lads and keep it up !!

  • 15 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM


  • 16 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    He has signed for derby mate

  • 17 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    I remember when fans used to rubbish, Enrique and Debuchey but they went on to be firm favourites.

    Personally I thought Haidara had a decent game and should be given a chance to get ‘match fit’, then we’ll see the best of him.

    Incidentally I believe Jose is available, I’d be happy to seem him back.

  • 18 Malackay // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    To echo many others……. we need a CB and LB. The focus should be entirely on that department.

    I thought we looked excellent in attack yesterday. But like most other we struggled at certain points defensively.

    The lack of desire from Haidaira to stop crosses is very worrying. Whilst I think this is something Dummett excels at, he is too deficient in in other areas to be the solution to our LB problems.

    Colo looks like an ageing defender. By all means keep him at the club, but if we have him as a starting CB we will be lucky to break 10th. Rumoured Jonny Evans is off to Everton, would love to see us have an interest in him. Alternatively go after the likes of N’Koulou from OM.

    Thauvin fighting with his fans make our persuit of him all the more likely in coming weeks. Although I was reasonably impressed with Obertan yesterday and we have the likes of Aarons, Cabella and Perez competing for that position, the focus should be on defence and its clear for all to see!

  • 19 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    From what I’ve been told about Diego Rolan, he very much in the vein of Goofy and have to question is this the type of player we need?

    Think there are bigger holes in the squad that need filling

  • 20 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Why do you think Makro and Costco were up in the stands for such a long time? Why not sit in the box and watch the whole game on tv?

  • 21 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Would take Van Dijk every decent team in the league has a centre back over 6ft who can head the ball and defend , not counting Williamson as he can barely defend !

    But would also take Lewis Dunk as well in fact just sign a bloody defender !!!

    Could also do with another central midfielder to replace and upgrade Tiote and provide serious competition to Colback and Anita especially if Abeid is being sold it means we dont really have depth in those positions as totally lost our shape with Anita leaving which is worrying

    Does anyone worry though that we are not looking at buying players at all ? I hope we are because we need more quality players

  • 22 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    ILT8788 – Why wouldn’t we sign another CB? Williamson is not strong enough & Saylor is injury prone we just can’t rely on these too as first back up. They both need to be moved on.

  • 23 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM


    In that case then please god no no no. we don’t need another gouffy mk 2

  • 24 Wayayman // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    As others have said, LB is more of a priority then even CB after yesterday. Last season Sammy Ameobu got the job of babysitting the LB and had to put in a defensive-minded shift which impacted on his attacking game. Obertan just can’t do the job. Hiadara needs to stop ball watching and following the action infield as he left his man with 20 yards plus at times yesterday. He did that for both goals and several other times. The advantage of seeing a game in the flesh rather than watching on TV is that you spot these things a mile off. Hopefully Cathro saw it too cos Hiadara didn’t seem to learn from his mistakes during the game. Stopping the crosses is the no 1 job of a full back.

  • 25 Tsunki // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Well we should be pleased Ed at least put ‘ Austin’ in the title!

  • 26 JDdubai // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    I dont see us buying a top CB now, maybe a squad player if Willo is sold but thats all.

    The Cb we need is a 6ft4 beast who will start next to Mbemba but now Colo has his contract he will be first choice with Mbemba now so cant see that key player we need come in, only a squad player like Lasecelles and Saylor.

    Also if we were in for Shaqiri we would have him already after stoke’s accepted bid was made public, but we kept pursuing Tahuvin instead. Shame coz he can be a top player but something suggests his attitude is off, transferred twice in 6 months doesnt add up given everyone knows the talent he has.

  • 27 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Makro and Costco? Someone should do a quick vote on these nicknames

    Anyway can I direct u to my reply at 4, mainly the first bit

  • 28 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM


    Not seen the lad myself but that link doesn’t fill me with any sort of confidence tbh

    I think sorting out our back four will have a far bigger impact overall as the rest of the team will gain confidence from having a solid back line, right now we always seem to have one eye on where the next mistake is gonna come from and that hinders our attacking play.

    Build from the back is a well known saying for a damn good reason

  • 29 Noel Worst // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM


    I doubt we are in reality. As far as STs I think we’ll sit tight and take our chance that Austin won’t go elsewhere, QPR won’t be challenging for automatic promotion and go in for him on a pre-contract in January. Cisse to depart next summer. Seems like a feasible conclusion to this whole thing.


    Your sophistry isn’t great today, you’re unravelling before our eyes.

  • 30 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Agreed LCBP . Yes we want to be entertained but not at the expense of 4-3 defeats. If we get in front especially at home we need to have the quality to close a game out

  • 31 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Lewis Dunk looks like he could fit into the EPL no bother.

    Brighton also have a good young winger that might be worth a look at!!

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    The sad and pathetic sight of Enrique in that oversized goalie shirt will be forever etched in our minds.

  • 33 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Anyway Noel. I thought the game wasn’t shown live? Have you been watching on some crappy livestream?

  • 34 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Dummett is better than Hiadara & Chancel can also play fullback. Is the thought now we are ok because both Janmaat & Dummett can also cover at CB. Get Van Dyk & then we can get rid of Saylor & Willo & still have Lascelles as cover

  • 35 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Right now Van Dijk would be the one and only focus of my attention if I were SM and Carr, we need to cut our loses with Saylor and Willo and move them out even if it means taking a hit in terms of transfer fees.

  • 36 goommy // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    This is bullshit!! we need another CB who can play like Mbemba and one dynamo DM who can do an aerial defence for us. Furthermore, we have Mitrovic and Ayoze already(and SDJ who never look fit since he’s coming..). No no not another striker pls..

  • 37 toon kk // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    We’ve lacked cutting edge in front of goal for years, so anyone who will can guarantee goals is welcome.

  • 38 LGFUAD21 // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Diego Rolan is a gamble but he can offer us something different that we need. A bit of pace. Can play wide.

    May be dreaming but I’d love to steal shaquiri. He’s exactly what we need to complete our attack.

    Strong enough to cope in the prem too. And if he scores 5 goals that’s an upgrade in our current wingers.

    Not saying we will but we could nab him from under them if we wanted.

  • 39 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    West Lancs

    Mbemba has only ever play full back once before he came here and we need to get away from moving players around to cover and buy dedicated players for their positions.

    Dummett is a decent defender but poor going forward which is what SM wants his full backs to do and Jannmaat needs someone to cover him so we should be looking at bringing in a young understudy

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    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.

  • 41 JAMSHA // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    plzzzz dnt sign this striker i beg u

  • 42 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    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.

  • 43 hibbit // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    jack what beats me is we have had offers on willo and turned them down he only has a year to go on his contract……. don’t understand it at all

  • 44 welshgeordie9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Let’s talk about Austin, and i don’t mean stone cold.

  • 45 JAMSHA // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    austin who?

  • 46 JAMSHA // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    we arnt even linkd with any cb this week ..i bet the club is happy with our cb

  • 47 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    I can imagine Cathro and Mclaren will have learned an awful lot although we have had a lot of the same defensive problems for a few seasons can this be improved from better coaching ? I believe some of it can be such as :

    Haidara positionally can be improved and also to close down the winger quicker same applies to Janmaat

    Krul needs to start coming for crosses as it relieves pressure with a better goalie coach he can be more dominant if not then Darlow might overtake him as the season goes on

    Although I think if we had been 100% fit could have pressed for the winner and would have got it with Perez and Aarons coming on instead

    Its better to be tired at the start of the season for too many seasons Pardew and Carver used to push the players heavy in pre season which meant we looked sharp at the beginning but by January we would have lots of injuries and players looking knackered

  • 48 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM


    The club drive hard bargains on all deals, but on times we do cut our noses off to spite our face.

    If it’s true that Leeds and Boro have made offers for Willo we should be working around the clock to get the deal done and move him on and also look to ship Saylor out and bring in someone like van Dijk so we would have him, Colo, Mbemba and a youngster to learn

  • 49 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Hi Jack B,
    You know I always respect your views & I wasn’t advocating using CM as a full back just trying to understand why the defence hasn’t been strengthened further. Indeed it was you in previous blogs who indicated we should be looking at this BEFORE strengthening up front. I am all for bringing in new players if they are better than what we have already & so far the signings have been spot on. I just hope we don’t see the likes of Sissoko sold on the last day of the window. Just to help balance the books. I’d rather see a clear out of Willo,Saylor,Marvaux, Vukic, Bigiriama, Riviera Etc Etc who just should not figure under the new regime & drastically cut the wage bill

  • 50 spaghetti bandit // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    I hope perez is going to continue getting some game time,, a dont want another striker coming in even Austin if it means perez is going to fall further down th pecking order,, hopefully Steve can accommodate him into starting league games

  • 51 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    The two goals conceeded on Sunday came from headers & Long isn’t that big. The warning signer there already for me. If the gaps can be plugged by playing three CBS & two Wing Backs (Janmaat as one) then so be it but we need Van Dyk or similar in the Centre of defence alongside Chancel & Colo.

  • 52 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    West Lancs

    Hi mate, wasn’t having a pop at you with that post, hope it didn’t come across that way.

    The players we’ve bought so far are all very good but the same problems are there from last season and the one before that and I totally agree that we should be selling all the dead wood to make room and free up money for the players we’ve been crying out for for years.

    I think we all know SM can’t fix every issue with the squad in one window, but we should be looking to fix the biggest issues

  • 53 Slank // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Is there any news about Anita’s injury ?

  • 54 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:15 PM


    SM said he was walking around okay after the game and that it would be assessed today I think, hope it’s nothing that’s gonna keep him out as he was outstanding yesterday

  • 55 hibbit // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    total agree jack any money coming in for willo would be a bonus

  • 56 Slank // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:18 PM


    Thanks for the update and totally agree that Anita was the key man yesterday.

    He has shown that he has the skills to play the type of possession football that McClare wants.

  • 57 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    On topic I would rather have Austin and a real winger rather than another half way job

  • 58 Mister Tuff // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Jib and Blackley going to the match.

  • 59 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Jetro willems the dutch left back watched his good mate Wini play yesterday. and after visiting St james park, left a cryptic clue about flying to the future.
    Would definitely solve the left back position

  • 60 Slank // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:26 PM


    What was the cryptic clue or do we have to guess !

  • 61 Bambams // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    I will be surprised if we bring in another CB during this window. I think Colo signing his contract put pay to that. Van Dijk in January…. £3-4 million, if that.
    Same could go with Austin. I am basing this off how ash likes ‘pound for pound everytime ‘

    The only signing I could see is a attacking winger, more in belief we need to guarantee service from the flanks.
    I know he had a decent game on Sunday but Obertan still frustrates me. He has so much pace but rarely uses it, just shows what he can do with that assist for Wini

  • 62 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Interesting Jetro Willems story

  • 63 Noel Worst // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Miles Starforth ?@milesstarforth 18m18 minutes ago
    Understand PSV and Holland defender Jetro Willems was at St James’s Park yesterday. More on this here: #nufc #psv

  • 64 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM


    Too many half way jobs here already imo mate.

    Jack of all trades, master of none, comes to mind 🙂

  • 65 nut meg // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    I asked earlier today if anyone who has seen Willems play can they give me their take on the defensive side to his game.He looks a really exciting attacking player by the clips i’ve seen but can he defend as well?

  • 66 Reyantoon // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    I mentioned it earlier but i’d like to echo it again b/c i saw couple of fans whose views coincided as mine.Krul is at fault,mainly for the first goal.He is tall lad.Should have been courageous and determined to punch out every high balls that did came in to our penalty box.
    Southampton knew we are poor in defending set pieces and thier plan worked perfectly and exposed our weak link.The lad (Krul) still has timing problem.Still hasn’t learned well when and where to pop out of his goal and make things safe.It’s harsh to criticize keeper like krul but this is not the first time i noticed the lad has weaknesses,mainly timing problem 🙁

  • 67 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM


    That Brighton winger is fast and he scored a great goal for them Saturday!

  • 68 Wayayman // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Agree that Anita was the difference yesterday. When he was on the pitch, any goal kicks where played to the CDs who had spread wide of the box and Anita dropped in to receive the ball. When tiote came on, krull resorted to big lumps up front where we lost possession and were immediately on the defensive again.

  • 69 optimistic prime // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Really enjoyed watching NUFC play football yesterday and our second was pure joy to watch, a cross and a player attacking the ball. I was dumbstruck for around 5 seconds.

    We really missed Anita when he went off and Tiote was terrible, that and us tiring gave Southampton a foot hold in the game.

    Some real positive signs.

    Ashley out.

  • 70 Wayayman // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Woah! Is here any evidence linking Willems to us because he would be a fantastic signing!

  • 71 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Jetro is a big friend of Wini and was there in support for his mate. but interestingly left a post on instagram abt flying to the future as in St James park.
    All read ups point to him being a cracking player and would solve the obvious flaw we have at left back

  • 72 Slank // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:33 PM


    Anita may become the glue that connects the defence to the attack especially as I see Gini bombing forward at every opportunity.

  • 73 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Exactly mate this lad sounds just like Goofy to me! I think we should be moving away from that transfer plan


    On the Willems thing is he a good defender? I know he’s God in attack but I mean defending

  • 74 toon kk // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    My biggest concern was once Anita came off and we tired our whole team structure fell apart and we started to turn into the headless chicken side we saw so much last season.
    Good gob the whistle went when it did or we would have lost.

  • 75 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Anyone think Haidara would be better deployed as a winger ?

  • 76 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Saw the game late. Just a few comments: 1. if you score 2 at home you should win. 2. Colo is very rusty and why would you start him when he had no preseason unless you didn’t have confidence in Willo or Saylor? 3. is De Jong going to be any use at all to us? 4. where was Aarons and why no playing time?

  • 77 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Good in attack not a god

  • 78 Slank // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:36 PM


    That comment may be in reference to Gini flying to the future and not him, but you never know !

  • 79 north_country_boy // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    I’m not gonna claim to be an ITK but I’ve a feeling Van Dijk has already sorted a move – just waiting until Celtic either go out of CL or get through to group stages, he’s now cup tied in Europe so would suggest he’s moving to someone not in Europe and also there’s been very little of newspaper or internet rumours about him this summer so think a lot of people are already aware of the move – maybe we’ve already got him snapped up???

  • 80 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    he cannot be any worse than what we have at the moment.
    He’s represented his country 13 times which speaks for itself

  • 81 beermonkey // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:37 PM


    fly to the future

    are we interested in this guy?? or was he just here support gini

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  • 83 Jib // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    2 minutes ago

  • 84 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:39 PM


    Sorry mate its a tongue in cheek comment, I’m referring to Kazenga Lua Lua. Another one that I thought would have a good future with us but ended up in the lower leagues.

  • 85 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    The DM dropping back between the 2 CB’s is very interesting and worked well while Anita was on the pitch. I hope he’s not badly hurt.

  • 86 Jib // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Great site

  • 87 toon kk // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    I can see Mit collecting a few red cards this season, if he doesn’t calm himself down. He came on like a bull yesterday.

  • 88 Malackay // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Ive said it before and ill say it again, I think SDJ gets a rough ride from some on here. Give the lad a chance, he is top class. IF he stays fit, I thnk he will become a vital part of our team this season. Has the ability to unlock a defence and has incredible composure in the final third. However, if McClaren see’s him as competition with Wijnaldum for that 10 shirt, he may be in for a rough season and Gini looks like the dogs to me!

  • 89 Thump // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    On Anita:

    He walked out of the stadium, so hopefully it’s just some bruising and he was being a soft shite. I really hope he was just being a soft shite because there isn’t much good news that can come from how he fell.

  • 90 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    a new left back would be nice, but a right back to cover Jannmaat is essential as if he picks up a knock we are screwed

  • 91 Essex Geordie Bill // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Lee Charnley

    Probably, I also wonder if Obertan would be better in mid-field. He kept going to the end on Saturday.

  • 92 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:42 PM


    Looks pretty tasty to me

  • 93 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Steve McLaren looks a bit like Donald Trump. Frightening that is.

  • 94 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Nice one Jib. There’s a cure out there for your drooling problem, I’m sure of it.

  • 95 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:43 PM


    That back four is almost pornographic 🙂

  • 96 hawkinsph // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Lets not forget we haven’t had the most challenging of pre-season preparations. Few players were clearly unfit. We really need a few weeks to get settled.

  • 97 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Haha u swine I even saw he scored!

  • 98 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    I think Mitrovic will be come good quickly for us. The Wij goal was a thing of beauty. Best cross I’ve ever seen Obertan make.

  • 99 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    So on Willems he is good in attack poor in defence…least we have a type sounds a lot like Haidara though

  • 100 lochinvar // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    IF he’s gone he’s gone but has he made the right decision ?
    For that matter if we have supposedly offered £13.5m as opposed to the £12m of Stoke then either we actually didn’t make an offer ( because we have other options ) or we know something that Stoke don’t or Inter/Bayen have or haven’t sanctioned a bid some £1.5million less that they’ve been offered ?

    Mark Hughes had given up on the deal a months ago so either Chanley/Mclaren have decided he’s not the player they want or so some dodgy dealings in the background.

    Sky sources understand Xerdhan Shaqiri has passed a medical and a greed personal terms at Stoke, though the deal is not yet complete.

    We understand that Everton and Newcastle still harbour hopes of signing him, even though Shaqiri was at the Britannia Stadium yesterday to see Stoke’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.
    The deal, believed to be worth around £12m, is further complicated because Bayern Munich, who sold Shaqiri to Inter Milan in January, included a number of sell-on clauses in the Swiss international’s contract.

  • 101 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    SDJ has to stay fit and prove himself Malackay mate.

  • 102 OneAlanShearer // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Willems – now that would be an ideal left back signing.

  • 103 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:48 PM


    Obertan has to be one of the most frustrating players that we have ever signed he has all the ability in the world but it just does not seem to happen but his cross for the goal was unreal

    I would like Aarons to take his place but if they both can stay fit its a good situation to bring off the bench

    Guessing Gouffran and Williamson not being anywhere near the bench means that we are looking to get rid?

    Although shame if Abeid is on his way

  • 104 Malackay // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:48 PM


    This would suggest he is better offensively than defensively….

  • 105 toon kk // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Sdj has some good qualities we need, but his static pace is a concern. Obertan isn’t gifted with quality but his pace makes up for it.
    But for me players like Aarons is a great man to have in the team.

  • 106 DaraghL // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Just spoke to a PSV fan in work. Born and raised in Eindhoven.

    He laughed when I told him and said he is far too good for Newcastle. He believes he went to the match as PSV’s game was cancelled on the weekend due to Police being unavailable.

    He did state however that he is good friends with Gini and its just likely he’s gone to watch a friend.

    Rates him very highly, says him and Depay owned the league last season on the left. Noted he has been linked with the likes of City & Madrid and apparently is being offered a revised contract to stay one more year. The club doesn’t want to lose him, Depay and Gini in one window.

    He laughed when I asked is he as good as Janmaat. Really rates this lad.

    Looks like a forced story based on a misinterpreted tweet…..but here’s hoping.

  • 107 Slank // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Optimistic @ 69

    In many respects we were very lucky to come away with a draw as we had two central defenders who not only hadn’t played together before but hadn’t played any games in preseason. Added to that, Tiote came on who also hadn’t played much (and it showed) together with De Jong who looked very sluggish against a team who had already played a number of competitive games. And Mitrovic didn’t get a red card !

    Certainly the gods were kind to us but we deserved it as the lads never gave up even though they looked thoroughly knackered by the end.

  • 108 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:51 PM


    You and your porn haha. ya really need to go and see someone about that mate. It’s clearly an addiction !!

  • 109 Malackay // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Agree Geordie 2.

    The Anita/Colback/Wijnaldum dynamic seemd to work perfectly, so looks like he is going to have to prove himself from the bench which is never easy. I hope he does though. I also feel a little for Perez, every time he plays, he seems to be our best player.

  • 110 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    SDJ came here with a big reputation but has done zilch because of injuries and the arrival of Gini makes things even harder for the lad as he the new arrival has hit the ground running whereas SDJ hit the ground and called for a medic

  • 111 scottoon // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Watched the match yesterday, and I must say that I was certainly impressed with our intent….so sorely lacking last year. Perfect example was Gini’s gut busting run to the box when he scored. Last year that cross would have floated to no one at all.

    The game has highlighted, for all of those under a rock, that we need to shore up our defence. Whether the blame lies with Haidara for not cutting out crosses, or with Janmaat for not challenging Long, or Collo and Mbemba for not picking up Pelle is immaterial to me. I see the dilemma this way……

    Collo seems truly past it, as Mane running past him standing still showed. The crosses were more to do with Obertan not coming low and pressuring. If Haidara pushes out then the middle is exposed for a cut back. Obertan was guilty of ball watching, and while he did have a good game going forward, he needs to bring more pressure to bear down low.

    So for me we still need another winger, and a tall, mobile organizer of a CB.

  • 112 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Poor in tackling and holding on to the ball? Haha brilliant

  • 113 lochinvar // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    I wonder if Austin just bruised his coxis which can be very painful and would explain why his legs went from underneath him when he first tried to stand up. Got kicked there in rugby playing days – feels like you’ve been poleaxed. If its a bruise good physio should see him back quickly if its cracked might take a bit longer

  • 114 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    SDJ might be another one built for a different league. Remember what happened to his brother with us. Couldn’t kick a ball through a wet paper bag. I would just like to see SDJ stay fit and play several complete games before judging him at all.

  • 115 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Nice to see us go Dutch, much better than the French club we were becoming

  • 116 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    do you mean Anita?

  • 117 Our Toon // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Obertan’s cross was superb, hes getting alot of praise todat so i was wondering what else he did in the game, he had a very good chance to cross the ball in and rolled it straight to the keeper, had a wayward shot. Passed the ball back alot, didn’t try to take the fullback on at all on the left

  • 118 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    We had so many excellent counter attacks through Sissoko in that match. But our defense is still frightening to watch. So very poor on their 2 goals. And now we’ve give Colo a 2 year contract extension? Not a good idea unless they want him as a defensive coach and hair maintenance supervisor.

  • 119 Our Toon // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    The best signing today is by WBA in getting Rondon, some player that lad and only 12m at 25.

  • 120 lochinvar // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Take a Chancel on Me
    Yep Anita of course !
    Austin – was that a Freudian slip imagining him playing for us ?

  • 121 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Obertan’s scrambly bits were also excellent Our Toon mate. And I just like staring in disbelief at his heed.

  • 122 lochinvar // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Colo ‘s new contract is to cover the Tea Lady who has signed for Starbucks

  • 123 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Joey Barton having a medical at West Ham. Joining back up with his old mates KN & AC! That’s moving forward isn’t it?

  • 124 Malackay // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Yea WWSBRD Jetro sounds like a rich mans Haidaira but I could be wrong.

    SDJ doesn’t have the pace, but pace is less important in that 10 role than a touch, intelligence, vision and shooting all of which I think SDJ has in spades (although granted he is yet to prove it in an NUFC shirt).

    I always liked idea of SDJ at 10 and Gini in CM beside a Colback, but Anita form and has put that one to bed and rightly so……. for now. Always a nice option to have though. Especially at home against sides that like to sit 10 men behind the ball.

  • 125 JackButler // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    With all these Dutch players coming in and being linked to us, the cynic would say that Ashley was pushing his brand in Holland just as happened when all the French lads turned up and SD popped up all over France 😉

  • 126 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    So you’re saying Colo is going to be wor Tea Lady and Hair Maintenance Supervisor lochinvar mate?

  • 127 JDdubai // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Even sSn saying Shaqiri has passed medical and agreed terms but it still isnt finalised due to everton and our interest…..might actually be something there..

  • 128 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    I hope he becomes our penalty taker !!

  • 129 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Yeah but he will be loved for about 2 months because he’s new, shiny and Dutch

    Problem with all this Dutch in comings is the same as when we had all the French in comings cliques form and when one goes (Cabaye) everyone drops off

  • 130 Malackay // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    JDdubai – I’ve heard there are issues with Shaqiri medical. He has managed to convince them his ankles and thigh issues are behind him…… but his hips don’t lie.

  • 131 Noel Worst // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Anita dropping back between the CBs is exactly the role he played for Ajax when at his best.

  • 132 ITUNDERASHELL // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    If Jetro comes in alongside a top class CB we are definitely in business.

  • 133 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Cancel! Cancel! Cancel Mybimbo! He’s going to be excellent for us.

  • 134 belgrade fan // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Are we in for Jetro or it is just u people talking here your wishes?

  • 135 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:12 PM


    just hope I think mate as was at St james park yesterday for the match

  • 136 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    The people are just talking their wishes belgrade mate. We’re not interested in Jetro, we’re interested in Jethro. As in Jethro Bodine from the Beverly Hillbillies. Much cheaper. 😯

  • 137 DaraghL // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Belgrade, we were linked based on a tweet…

    DaraghL // Aug 10, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Just spoke to a PSV fan in work. Born and raised in Eindhoven.

    He laughed when I told him and said he is far too good for Newcastle. He believes he went to the match as PSV’s game was cancelled on the weekend due to Police being unavailable.

    He did state however that he is good friends with Gini and its just likely he’s gone to watch a friend.

    Rates him very highly, says him and Depay owned the league last season on the left. Noted he has been linked with the likes of City & Madrid and apparently is being offered a revised contract to stay one more year. The club doesn’t want to lose him, Depay and Gini in one window.

    He laughed when I asked is he as good as Janmaat. Really rates this lad.

    Looks like a forced story based on a misinterpreted tweet…..but here’s hoping.

  • 138 ITUNDERASHELL // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    He only has a year left on his contract and his best mate is Gini so why not. Get him in even if it is in the winter break.

  • 139 hibbit // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    belgrade…… jetro was at the game yesterday so people are talking

  • 140 belgrade fan // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:15 PM


    already said LB is what we need even more than a cb bcs Haidara is just not good enough. And injury prone


    didn’t understand, must be some local joke

  • 141 toon kk // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Mit could be in for a few good bollockings off Stevie if he persists with leg breaking challenges.

  • 142 the broons // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    So people have heard the willems thing then. But yeah can’t see that being true because he is one of the highest saught after players in his position across europe at the minute.

    And despite what many think on here I would still much rather see a centre back come in rather than a full back.

  • 143 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Did anything come of the Abdennour to Barca link ??
    We would mean business signing this guy

  • 144 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    What we need is a very good CB to partner with Mbemba and straight away please. We’re still shocking at the back. Two very poor goals allowed already.

  • 145 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Yes, sorry Belgrade mate. I just meant we are not going to get Jetro in. No chance at all. And as others have already said, what we need is a good CB so Colo can focus on his degree at hairdressing school.

  • 146 Bambams // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Willems. ….

    ‘Fly to the future ‘

    I so want to put 2 add 2 and get 10

  • 147 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Colo is going to work for Johnny C. at his Spa as soon as he gets that Hairdresser Master Class, Advanced degree.

  • 148 jazzyp // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Had a quick flick around and Jetro has been linked with all the big teams in Europe, But so was Gini. And if he has only a year left on his contract maybe there could be a deal

  • 149 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Even I would look good with the Colo Frizz….

  • 150 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Everyone also said there was no way we would be getting Mitrovic , Gini or Mbemba actually everyone thought that about Sissoko and they still signed for us

    The premiership has amazing pulling power and the fact that we have lots of Dutch players and a well respected coach in Mclaren its not unrealistic to say that we cant sign him if we tried !!

  • 151 JDdubai // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:23 PM


    We wont be getting another top CB in, Colo’s new contract means he will be starting with Mbemba, regardless of what we think we need. Unless we go to 3 at the back.

  • 152 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    I think if Carver was still on the books we probably would have had a mass exodus and would defo have never been able to sign the players we have this summer !!

  • 153 optimistic prime // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:23 PM


    Thought the CBS did quite well considering. Once we lost Anita for Tiote we dropped to deep, SDJ was never going to get on the ball, Krull booting it up field didn’t help.

    Mitrovich was quite lucky, yet I couldn’t help but laugh as I’d said to my mates he reminded me of Big Dunc. Atleast he didn’t head butt him. Was good to see someone who could hold the ball up and bully defenders.

    In the end we could easily have lost, I thought we were the better team for around 75mins. I felt a little disappointed with the draw but it was probably fair.

  • 154 Bambams // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    I think we made a mistake in letting Fraser Forster leave.

    Harps mentioned at a talk-in Krul could get over mistakes during a game but the thoughts were Forster would dwell on it and affect his concentration.

    I think he would have been awesome

  • 155 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Are you trying to get me to pull my Thong of Gloom on JD mate? That’s the most depressing theory I’ve seen on here today… Harrumph!

  • 156 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:28 PM


    To be fair at the time we let Forster go Krul was streets ahead of him maybe its been the lack of coaching here that has seen Krul regress?

    Forster had a good manager in Lennon at Celtic and also good coaching at Southampton whereas Woodman and Pardew coached Krul ….

  • 157 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Is that the mistake you’re going to focus on Bambams mate? Not the 8 years under Ashley?

  • 158 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    God I hope Willems was here for more than supporting his friend .

    He would be an unreal signing, and he as well as Janmaat would be unstoppable .

  • 159 Belfast // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    We’re in talks with José Enrique about a loan move according to me.

  • 160 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    The CB’s were all right other than the 2 abysmal headed goals by the Saints optimate. It just reminded me how poor we are against aerial threats, just like previous seasons. Mbemba looks as if he’ll come good but Colo is done. When will the club finally realize that?

  • 161 GeordieTwo // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Jose! Jose! We still love Jose! Ole!!!!

  • 162 DaraghL // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Belfast –

    £1m deal with an option to buy for £2.5m in the summer my sources just made up.

  • 163 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Does anybody know anything about this Diego Rolan fella?

    Is he worth £11M or more?

  • 164 Belfast // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    I would be gutted if he went to West Brom on loan like haha

    We’re probably not interested but we should be. Haven’t had a left back from he left truth be told.

  • 165 Tsunki // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Belfast you need to get on twitfest pronto if you want to have that exclusive on Enrique.

  • 166 Belfast // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Oh no here comes Jesper to moan about the fee again hahaha

  • 167 Bambams // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    I don’t even know how I got onto Forster.
    Think yesterday it was mentioned whilst watching the game that Krul rarely comes out for crosses. I mentioned his height and then Fraser came into it. Had a few beers later and I have just more or less remembered the craic….

  • 168 hibbit // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    another one who thought the grass was greener … thank you

  • 169 Tsunki // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    I echo jails comment up top there about the pitiful sight of him in that outsize goalie shirt. It would take a lot of custard to down that humble pie 🙂

  • 170 Belfast // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    No doubt that one will be doing the rounds on twitter land later.

  • 171 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Afellay is a poor player. Abeid and Matt Derbyshire scored more goals in the greek league than he did.

    I would accept the following signings:

    Van Dijk

  • 172 Belfast // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Hibbit any player with any sort of ambition would not stick around at Newcastle with marvellous Mike in charge.

  • 173 colwell // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Lots of positives from yesterday, Mbemba was really good, Anita coming good too and even Oba with an awesome assist.

    Our major problem is we have the smallest defense in the prem, how the fcuk McClaren expects them to to win aerial duels against Benteke, Pelle, Gomis etc? Every team will know this is our weakness and expose us easily, from yesterdays stats Colo didn’t win one aerial duel. If this defense takes us through the season will will definitely be in a relegation fight.

  • 174 hibbit // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    belfast true but not many leave and move on to great things he was a big fish here and done nothing since like so many

  • 175 lochinvar // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Geordie Two @ 125
    Wor lass always gets a cup of tea when she has Perm done
    So do I !

  • 176 Tsunki // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    G2 if you’re still around – I remember you were an authority on budgies and all manner of feathered exotic flying things; would you be able to answer a question on Parrots for me?

  • 177 lochinvar // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Port Vale have signed former Newcastle United striker JJ Hooper on a two-year deal.

    Not JJ as well – we miss so many opportunities

  • 178 Jib // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    I could
    The Parrots all support Everton

  • 179 Belfast // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Yeah he’s done absolutely jack shit from he left like, but when you consider the circumstances, cup competitions being a distraction and not wanting to qualify for Europe because a survey says you might get relegated. I can’t really blame the bloke for leaving.

  • 180 Thump // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    @Belfast: You’re 6 days late, mate.

  • 181 nufc_eire // Aug 10, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    If we got van dijk and willems we’d have to call that an amazing transfer window.

    Buy byram with willo as a part exchange and that’d be the cherry on top!

  • 182 Belfast // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Ah shit some b***** had already made it up Thump lol

  • 183 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Van Dijk and Willems would sure up our defence. We’d just be short of wingers and a pacey striker which is acceptable. Give Riviere a chance until January.

  • 184 WeNeedAnotherHero // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Rolan has already joined WBA. There’s no story here…NEXT!!!

    Based on yesterday’s game, we need desperately need better LB & LW.

    Change formation to 433 or 442 too coz our ST is always isolated.

  • 185 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Riviere has the pace. He just needs more composure in front of goal.

  • 186 beefman13 // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Wow Colo on 60k a week for an extended year of his contract, has anybody heard this haha!

    Yea i know everyone has heard this, of course, but i have just got my head around it, unbelievable beyond belief.

  • 187 DaraghL // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Thump –

    The related section on that site has the following links

    Newcastle United FC make move for Mario Balotelli
    July 2, 2015
    Newcastle United FC make move for Stefano Okaka
    July 17, 2015
    Newcastle United FC to make move for Jonny Evans
    June 14, 2015

    o.O Belfast you writing for this site?

    I might have a go

    Newcastle United FC to make move for Jetro Willems
    August 10, 2015

  • 188 Jib // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Belfast does everyone in Northern Ireland rewrite history.
    Jose Enrique’s brother ( who is also his agent)
    Said at the time of the transfer “My brother wants to be able to show his kids and grandkids his medals playing for Spain.”
    How many has he won at Liverpool ?
    He has 3 caps for Spain the last one in 2008.
    He’s a shiftless Valencian shitbag.
    That is all.

  • 189 Rotonda heights // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    We are scarily only 2/3 players away from a really good team / squad.

    Van Dijk, Willems, Shaqiri !!!!

  • 190 Rotonda heights // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Kets at 182

    Do you mean shore up the defence

  • 191 Jib // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Nearly 18.15 and Shaquiri still hasn’t put pen to paper at Stoke

  • 192 Belfast // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Hardly rewriting histor Jib. He left because the club had no ambition he was quite vocal about it on Twitter at the time.

    He would have had far more chance of winning medals at Liverpool than with us.

  • 193 Mister Tuff // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    José Enrique – when spelling his name it is important to get the accents right.
    Jib – are you related to him.

  • 194 Tsunki // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Aye poor José was Dalglished. 🙂

  • 195 Our Toon // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:15 PM


    How many would he have won if he stayed here then? The point is players leave us because we have zero aspirations and haven’t won anything meaningful since 69. Don’t belittle someone for wanting to win things, we all want to win things here, and we probably won’t win anything in our lifetime, Enrique and others have a limited time of playing amd know they aren’t going to win anything so want to move on

  • 196 Tsunki // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    …and now he’s being Rogered. Shame.

  • 197 Belfast // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    The club is allowing all the major players of the team to go,” Enrique said on Twitter. “Seriously, do you think it is the fault of the players? Andy [Carroll], Nobby [Kevin Nolan] etc etc.

    They give [offer] the money I have already. They lie all the time,” he added. “But is not for money, it is because they don’t want to spend on the club and bring quality players – that’s why everybody goes.”

    “I think you fans are the best and you deserve the best, not what they are doing with the club,” he said. “Thanks to everyone for supporting me.”

  • 198 Jib // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Tsúnkí í’m vérréé sorréé

  • 199 Jib // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Our Toon
    He left because he thought Liverpool was a bigger club than NUFC the year after he left we were 5th and Liverpool were 8th — Doh

  • 200 Noel Worst // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    ll this talk of Jose has reminded me of this clip I saw a few days ago 😆

    those ‘murricans eh?

  • 201 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Does anyone else think Cabella can adjust to the PL or is he a lost cause ? .

    I still think he is hugely talented (Look at Chelsea away last season) and if he toughens up a bit and stops trying a skill EVERYTIME he gets the ball he could be a big player for us . Don’t forget it took Collo & Enrique a year of English football before they came good .


    —Sissoko—————-De Jong————-Cabella—


    Could work .

  • 202 overtheline // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Rolan and Van Dijk would take us to five quality players. Rolan looks very versatile from goal poacher to blistering runs down either wing. He looks to have a good assist rate too. Much more flexible than Austin and will double in value – Austin won’t. Pity about Shaqiri but can’t winemall. Van Dijk is the obvious big guy to partner Mbemba too, and is another one who’ll double in value in the next few years as he is class with heads and feet and no hoofer.

    Can’t see the negatives about about SDJ – he’s the brains. Or do we still want more beefcake ?

  • 203 Jib // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Big Pappa Cissé
    Cabella is in the right hands now with SM and Cathro
    Pardew just kind of threw him to the lions.

  • 204 toon kk // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Big papa
    thake Sissoko out of your team where’s the pace?

  • 205 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Belfast…we all know your missus don’t let you anywhere near finances in your house!

    …and with good reason 😉

  • 206 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    @ kk

    I wouldn’t say Cabella was that slow like .

  • 207 Moonraker15 // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    I don’t think Cabella will make it in the PL as it’s too physical. Also he hasn’t got the pace to play on the wings nor passing ability to play number 10 like say, a David Silva.
    Afraid he’ll have to go and McClaren will know that?

  • 208 Moonraker15 // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    José Enrique left mainly for the money; probably doubling his wages. When he talks of ambition would he have gone to Liverpool for less money ?

  • 209 toon kk // Aug 10, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Big papa
    He’d be knocked over to easily and hardly has Aarons pace. Although I think he is a good player if a bit light weight.

  • 210 hibbit // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    what we need now with the players we have is get them up to speed 60/70mins so many heavy legs just show how bad our pre season was ………very poor itinerary poor opposition poor facilities generally poorly organised done on the cheap…………Mc will have us in holland next season

  • 211 WWSBRD // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    I think Cabella can still make it in the prem yeah

  • 212 geordie157 // Aug 10, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    First Streete then Alnwick and now JJ Hooper signs for port vale.

  • 213 musomag // Aug 10, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Desperately need another quality CB, if we need more up front then just get Armstrong back but please get rid of Colo…honestly cant believe he got a contract extension never mind retaining the captains armband. unreal

  • 214 MassiveG // Aug 10, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    After yesterday we defo need height in defense! Rudiger van dijk Abdennour in our wildest dreams if he hasn’t signed for Barca. And if Stoke sign Shakiri as well as Afellay, we are falling behind!

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