Head coach Steve McClaren had a long meeting before the game with owner Mike Ashley yesterday, and the owner was in his white shirt in the Directors box for the first game of the season, and thankfully Newcastle’s performance was a distinct improvement on the play earlier this year.
We have to think the meeting was about the transfer situation with the transfer window closing three weeks today.
Papiss Cisse scored just before half time yesterday
There were some good displays yesterday, but we still need three players brought in before September 1st – but whether that will happen we don’t know.
And there will need to be some players sold too, so there’s still work to do in this transfer window.
We would have thought Cheick Tiote would be his way, but he came on yesterday for the injured Vurnon Anita, and looked a little rusty with his first game since early January, but we think he will stay.
Mike Williamson didn’t even make the bench yesterday after playing in most of the pre-season games, and it looks like Mike will be sold – to a Premier League or Championship side.
And if we bring in another striker – which seems likely – it looks like Papiss Cisse will be sold, but he wants to stay and has said he has no team lined up to join.
This is what Papiss – who scored just before half time yesterday – had to say in the Chronicle:
“I have a contract at Newcastle United. I need to be professional every time I play. I don’t have a team to leave to.”
“I am a Newcastle player. I try to work hard in every game I get.” “I try to forget about last season because it was very, very hard for me,”
“Sometimes I take something back. I stay strong. I always do my best. I enjoy this moment.” “I had injuries and I was in and out the team. I always keep my smile, though.”
“I stay happy because I knew one day I’d come back ready.”
By September 1st we could see Mike Williamson and Papiss Cisse move on, and other players who could leave the club permanently or on loan include Rob Elliot, Sylvain Marveaux, Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic and Yoan Gouffran.
Shane Ferguson has joined Milwall on a three-month loan deal, and he was a second half substitute in Milwall’s 2-1 win at Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Milwall were relegated from the Championship last season.