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This English Whiz Kid Could Be The Defender Newcastle Want

9:43 am, Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 149 Comments

Newcastle have been linked with Leeds United right-back Sam Byram for over two years now, and we are linked again with this player today, and it does seem we need another right back to push Daryl Janmaat and Sam can also play as a right winger.

In fact Sam is a versatile player and can play anywhere on the right-hand side from defense to attack, and he has been with Leeds United since back in 2005.

sam byram leeds

21 year-old Sam Byram of Leeds

He came through the Youth Academy at the Yorkshire club and made his debut back in 2012 at Elland Road in a 4–0 victory over Shrewsbury Town in early August in the League Cup..

Since then he has played 120 times for Leeds with 7 goals and 11 assists and even though he is only 21 he is currently Leeds’ longest serving player and one of the best players in the Championship.

We were first linked with the English whiz-kid back in early 2013 and he would be a good signing for Newcastle.

This pre-season he has been playing as a forward manager Uwe Rosler’s new 4-3-3 formation.

Rosler has said already he does not want to sell Byram but money talks and if Newcastle make Leeds United a decent offer he could be another signing for Newcastle.

This summer Sam’s in big demand and Sunderland, Manchester City, Liverpool, Southampton and West Ham are all said to be chasing the talented Elland Road player and the fee mentioned has been £8M.

When you look at who we have in defense, we are short of a right-sided defender to back up Daryl Janmaat, and with the versatility of the 21 year-old he could force his way into the Newcastle team in other positions too.

This particular report about Newcastle wanting Byram is in Football League World, but it’s this type of younger player who Newcastle could want to sign to shore up the defense.

It says Newcastle have had scouts at Elland Road checking on the youngster in the 1-1 draw against Burnley last Saturday, when Sam played the whole game.

And head coach Steve McClaren will know all about Sam from his last two seasons spent in the Championship managing Derby County.

We’re pretty sure we have all the center-backs in that we are going to sign – and it will probably be Coloccini, Mbemba, Taylor and Lascelles as our four central defenders this season.

When Newcastle are after a player they have scouted for a while, they don’t give up on them – so it would seem feasible that Sam Byram could be a real target for Newcastle this month.

Sam stands 6ft tall and would be a good signing for us, but he is also in big demand from other PL clubs.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

149 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    who else Ed

    please let us know

    there has to be at least another 12 you know about along with the other 300 you have us linked with

  • 2 JP...from The Rock // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Oh yesss please be true!! This is one very good player and would be perfect just the one i wanted as RB cover. He would make Janmaat sweat about his starting place. Very attack minded and quality full back.

    Sign him Sign him Sign him!!!

  • 3 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    they want willo why can’t we do a deal ???

  • 4 JDdubai // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Considering Ed frequently puts out threads over nothing, how come no thread about our supposed interest in hijacking the Shaqiri deal???

  • 5 Wayayman // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Blackleyfrom previous; I couldn’t disagree more that Obertan was as good as colback and Anita! Like I said I was at the game and was watching Obertan and Hiadara TRYING to link up but time and time again Balloon Heed would come inside when Hiadara was in possession which I’m sure they worked on in training so they could pass and move. Sadly Obertan doesn’t have the skill when the ball is at his feet and really should have been running the channels more to receive the ball the way Janmaat was playing Sissoko in on the right hand side in the first half.
    Coaching will take you so far, but the lack of football intelligence will be shown up during a game. If Obertan just played to his strengths he’d get more opportunities to run with the ball.
    If anyone remembers the way Guti and Enrique linked up, that’s exactly what Hiadara and Obertan were trying to do, but balloon isn’t half the player Guti was back then

  • 6 TheToonKing // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Why would we want him and why would he come ?

    He’s expensive, 8 mil , playing consistently at Leeds, good enough to start in the Premier League, which he will not do ahead of Janmaat.

  • 7 ShirebrookToon // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    i would love for us to sign Shaqiri but i honestly cant see it happening.

  • 8 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    toon king if he is good enough to start in the prem then 8m is no expensive…….. a big plus for us is they want willo

  • 9 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    shaqiri must have baggage only stoke in for him why

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Obertan brings strong running and a constant threat that keeps oppo defenders on their guard. He may not be an intelligent player but moves rarely break down with him. He is a little suspect defensively at times.

  • 11 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    I can watch one player’s dedicated game highlights but I can’t tell from that whether he’s had a good game. That’s why I go to games.

  • 12 TheToonKing // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    @hibbit yeah, but he’s not better , or even close to Janmaat. He’s like Haidara, on the cusp of being good enough to start in the EPL, but too good for the bench…

    Why would he come to us ? And why would we pay 8 mil for a bench player, this is not midfield or attack where we rotate, Janmaat would always be ahead of him. Why not spend that money elswehere where we need it, CB, LB, Winger etc.

    I’d get it if he was like 2.5 -3 mil. but 8 is too much.

  • 13 TheToonKing // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    @hibbit good question. Something must be up, on paper he’s too good for only Stoke to be after him.

    And he already blew them off a couple of times, specifically in July, but now looks like he’s resorting to signing with them since nobody else wants him….. don’t know why.

    His injury record, although he was out most of last season, isn’t too bad before that.
    Maybe because he’s really inconsistent and selfish ?

  • 14 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    The first half I had the pleasure of watching Obershocker close up. Every time he got the ball he was facing away from the opposite goal and just laid it straight back, very much in the mould of Gutti. When he did have a run they produced nothing.
    The 2nd half he actually had a go at the defence and was woefully wide with his shots. the only good thing he did was the cross which was sublime.
    McLaren says he was picked for tactical reasons of which I saw none as he offered nothing

  • 15 123 Dummet Time // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    I am very optimistic that we won’t hijack shaqiri move to stoke

  • 16 expatmag // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:47 AM


    Then it would appear your knowledge of the noble game could be written on the back of a postage stamp because you spout so much unadulterated crap on this blog.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Yo…according to whoscored Cisse has the best stats so you tell me mate 😉

  • 18 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    I agree Obertan has power and has pace and obviously shows attributes that attracted him to Manure and Nufc.
    So why has he never constantly shown it ??
    before he suffered his injury last season he looked to be showing some real form, And by his own admission came back early for pre season training. But out of the 2 wingers we played Sissoko destroyed him on performance.

  • 19 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    i hope we don’t go after him just another player with problems we don’t have the money to take the risk

  • 20 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    I actually find it funny that SM hadn’t signed anyone from Derby (even players on loan)

    …is it because they just aren’t that good or that they are over priced?

  • 21 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    i ask you why did man u unload him so cheaply not good enough……… never has been never will be

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Jazzy…I’ll drive Obertan to your house then you can keep him 😉

  • 23 sparky55 // Aug 11, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I’ve watched this lad grow up whilst watching my great-nephew since he was signed up by leeds 8 years ago and he is very good. He always played up a couple of years against older players and he’s got everything. Newcastle had a look at him three years ago and should have bought him then because he wasn’t quite the finished article then but he’ll go to a better club than newcastle now because he’s come on loads in the last couple of years and is Leeds best player in most matches.

    He’s very composed, he’s strong, he got a great touch for a defender and he’s quick…I’ve seen him give players a couple of yards head start and soon catch them.

    A missed opportunity for sure

  • 24 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Can’t imagine why no one is in for Shaqiri? Really like him as a player, pretty much every team in Germany has passed up the option to take him despite it being his preferred choice???
    To be honest I doubt signing him would be good for Newcastle. Publically he’s a pretty outspoken muslim Kosovan. Its not just his place of origin, its somewhere he has got a lot of opinions about. Pretty sure he’s riled up Serbians with controversial comments he’s made in the past.
    We have a Serbian nut job up front. Can’t see them getting along.
    Not saying that serbs and Albanians/kosovans can’t get along, that would be generalising. But Shaqiri is more than just Kosovan, he’s similar to how James McClean is towards Ireland with his views on things

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    sparky55…he wouldn’t have been developed if he had come here!

    He would be a great buy now if the price is no more than £8M.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Jay…I think one should wonder why no one wants Shaqiri and why any team tries to get rid of him!

    …we have been there before and maybe just maybe we should stay clear…regardless of his talent?

  • 27 WWSBRD // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Tbf Cisse didnt do much wrong, worked hard, scored a goal and set Obertan away to getting an assist

  • 28 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    @Jazzy P – pretty sure everyone ever has only signed Obertan based on the 2009 Toulan tournament he played in when he was like 19 where he was amazing. He’s sure as hell not warranted the appearances at man utd or Newcastle since then. Has the attributes to be a star! Think the mental side of his game is all wrong though. He’ll probably move to a French team one day that play in front of 10,000 and be amazing! Hes a very Bastia style of player

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

    Blackley- A very fair appraisal. Much talk of playing the Dutch way. It’s control and pass, control and pass – constantly. At the back you’re looking for someone who can control the ball instantly and give a forward pass. It provides them more space and time. If you delay, the opposition have all run back behind the ball. It’s a very simplified affair but that’s precisely what function Obertan fulfilled with his marauding pace. It was extremely economical with nobody running into no man’s land( eg crowded penalty boxes etc) Macca was thrilled with the execution. As an attacking threat it was flexible and breathtaking.
    A possession based passing game has its merits but allied to sheer pace when used productively provides also a whole new dimension to your play. A good illustration is highlighted in the Arsenal v WHU game where the hammers have injected more pace and movement into the side with a couple of new players. Their style of play is in marked contrast to that of Fat Sam’s last season.

  • 30 Fatman_joe // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    This lad would be a great addition. If we’re serious about cup competitions then jamnaat needs some back up. We’re over subscribed with cbs so could afford to lose one (Colo would have been my choice but I guess it’ll be Williamson now) and having only one rb is stupid. We should never have midfielders covering defensive roles.

  • 31 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:11 AM


    I can see him more as your servant at your beach house hahaha. In all seriousness I think we have better talent out wide than this lad which is why I cannot understand why he has lasted so long at the toon

  • 32 Whumpie // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Not a particularly exciting player to be linked with at the moment. He’s a good player, I’m sure – but what we lack in defence is experience, height and power.

    Everything else can wait IMHO until we have a big brute of a centre-back in place. Sadly, I don’t think that’ll happen this window.

  • 33 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    I have the feeling Blackie will get the best out of Obertan this season

  • 34 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    @Jesper – I agree. There must be something. Schalke had first option on him and had no interest which surprised me. He’s supremely talented, I mean c’mon, clubs even sign Joey Barton! In this day and market 12m for him is about half of what his talent is worth. He’s performed internationally and in the champions league too!
    There was some stories about his family having links to terrorist organisations not long ago but I’m pretty sure that was just tabloid sensationalism. I’m pretty sure he’s enemy #1 in Serbia though for his views and comments.
    If we’re after a winger I’d quite like a move for your own countryman Victor Fischer. Back from injury now, really talented lad, reckon he could make a similar splash to Eriksen

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Yo…but if you compare Cisse’s vote from whoscored to that of the blog like you did with Anita?

  • 36 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    @Chancel – Obertan is an enigma that verges on being a quantum physics problem.
    His pace terrifies defenders. But nothing comes of it most of the time.
    The team has a much higher win ratio when he plays. But he’s usually the worst player.
    Hes effectively Schroedingers cat in the sense that before a game, if he’s in the line up the team is both dead and alive in theory

  • 37 Fatman_joe // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Whumpie. I agree but I think with lascelles and mbemba joining and Colo signing I think big Mc will see that as cb covered. And having an experienced rb that can operate in more than one role and young and British, 8m is a steal.

  • 38 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:18 AM


    I can understand why we actually signed him. The pre season we signed him he was on tour with Manure in the states and looked a cracking player. I was watching most matches with my Man u mates and he was scoring freely and going and attacking the fullbacks at will.
    The we were in for him and was quite excited as looked a cracking prospect.
    Unfortunately he has not made the grade.I always look at our players to see if they would make another top ten team to assess our current crop of players. And I just don’t see him in any of them teams to be frank.
    I agree mate he belongs at a club like Nice where he may be star but not with us

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Jay…if Fischer can stay clear of injuries he would be an immense talent!

    Definitely one of the players we have high hopes for. Him and Højbjerg!

  • 40 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    jazzy – he’s only 26 and strikes me as the sort of individual who needs to believe in himself. Don’t you think he realises this is probably his last chance to perform at this level- the pressure is immense.
    He has all the physical attributes to be a regular PL player. He contributed a lot more than many and I gave him I think a 7 rating behind only 3/4 other players. Just judge him on a game by game basis rather than write him off. Because based on Sunday’s game he was one of our more influential players.

  • 41 Fatman_joe // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Kind of reminds me of milner too in the sense that he is extremely level headed, hard working with tons of experience at a young age. Many on here at the time didn’t want milner coz he was boring and unnecessary yet he left here and is seen as integral to top sides now.

  • 42 WWSBRD // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Have people been slagging Cisse off like? I thought it was just Haidara and Obertan who were the targets

  • 43 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Jazzy…can he walk with a tray in one hand you think? 😀 lol

    …no one wants him Jazzy mate!

  • 44 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 12 mins12 minutes ago
    We have it on good authority that #NUFC officials are working hard to convince Shaqiri to sign,despite player completing Stoke medical #SCFC

    Good old sauce !!

  • 45 firebug666 // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Obertan is not the great player some seem to think he is, the only good thing he did was the one cross for wijnaldun.

    As usual Cisse over hit the ball forward, but Obertan’s pace alloowed him to get ahead of the defender, with a hit and hope he whipped the ball into the box, and by his own admission Wijnaldum was in the right place.

    We need that sort of luck in football, but when Obertan has to take on defenders he is total rubbish, and can NEVER get a cross past the first man.

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Yo…from what I have read he seems to get the same warm welcome as those two…maybe that was just a few peoples opinion?

    …the votes was not in his favor though!

  • 47 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    We all have our own bogeyman. Mine’s Colo.

  • 48 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    ian he is not good enough 1 good game in 10 is no good its just a waste of a shirt how much time do we give him if we judge him game by game that means he is on the pitch keeping other players out he has had his chance move him on

  • 49 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Have people been slating Haidara? I didn’t rate him when he played in France, didn’t understand why we signed him but then I thought he had some good games last season!
    Really liked him on that Magpies 24/7. He’s a young guy and hes bound to make mistakes. Not entirely sure he’s not suited to being a bit further forward.
    Personally thought Janmaat looked a bit below par, for me he was at fault for the 2nd goal. First game of the season though. Southampton were weeks ahead in terms of competitive fitness, they also have a far more settled side that were great last season and Rodriguez being back is big for them.
    I love the toon, but after last season, I don’t think we should be expecting to tear apart Southampton in the first game of the season. McClarens changing the whole style, it all takes time. Saw enough to be happy and positive.

  • 50 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM


    Sorry buddy I disagree. I saw nothing at the game sunday for him to warrant a starting berth.
    He has been with us for 4 year now and has done nothing for me to acknowledge him as a first team starter.
    We got rid of Benny who by far was and still is the better player.Cabella…..Perez would be my choice over Obertan.
    I have not just judged Gabriel on one game but 4 seasons worth mate.As for the ratings Saturday I think there was only Haidara and Colo below him vted by the fans poll so I don’t see how yet again he has done his self any favours on that performance alone

  • 51 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    think there is more to the Shaqiri story, he’s passed his medical etc but still not signed for Stoke, hmmm wonder whats afoot?

  • 52 firebug666 // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Blackley and Brownlie

    I don’t rate him either; anymore, Last season he spent a lot of time ball watching, turned his back on defenders got out jumped by everyone including the ball boys, and was missing for much of the games.

    The crux for me was when he actually stood and watched a player on our 18 yard line bring the ball down on his chest, let it bounce then volleys it into the net, Coloccini never move a single step to block him.

  • 53 WWSBRD // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Cant say I have seen that mate but am sure ur right, if Cisse had a decent first touch he would be a lot better but in the same vein if he did he would be playing for a better team than us. I still think hes a cracking player but we expect him to do more than he is able

  • 54 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder · 4 mins4 minutes ago
    #nufc not in for Jetro Willems despite reports. #PSV

    now that is a pity.Would definitely make a difference to the defence

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

    hibbitt- You can’t be highly critical of the likes of Pardew and Carver and then not recognise that he’s operating under a new coach. If your prepared to acknowledge that it will take some time for the team to operate under a new coach this equally applies to Obertan. If fit he deserves a run of games.
    If talk of playing the Macca/ Dutch way applies I can see a few changes. A ball playing Fabriccio at CB as @29.

  • 56 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Jetro Willems posted this here tweet – a foto of himself on a plane from Holland to Newcastle on Friday – what did he mean with his comment “fly to the future”

  • 57 Thump // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    @Jib: I reckon he just set his watch wrong.

  • 58 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:41 AM


    Would sooner pay 10 mill for Willems and sort the left back position out rather than the 8 mill for Byram .
    both goals came from the left side which yet again highlights the glaring problem at left back

  • 59 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    No chance we’ll sign Jetro Willems in this window.
    PSV have lost Wijnaldum and Depay! The 2 best players in Holland in 1 window. Can imagine us signing Willems in future years but highly doubt PSV will lost another star this window.

  • 60 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Pardews face! Its just like a red rag to the bull!
    Loving Koemans hair

  • 61 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:45 AM


    I think he is down to his last year in his contract and has so far refused a new deal. Has admitted wanting to play in the prem so maybe there is a chance.
    I didn’t think we had a chance with Wini or Mitro but we pulled it off

  • 62 brklyngeordie // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:46 AM


    where did you just pull that crap out from on Shaqiri? Utter nonsense the whole ethnicity crap how many footballers play with others who maybe from other political rival countries and just get on with it, you know why they are PROFESSIONAL so please save it…

    As to why Inter may want to move him has it ever occurred to anyone maybe as simple as falling out with Mancini? Inter are not a great side atm and he definitely is one of best players on team and frustrated I’m assuming he is not picked for starting XI…Either way he will be someone’s gain and doubt once he gets back in form will it take long for a Champions League club to acquire his services

  • 63 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    I’m only judging Obertan on his performance on Sunday. I’ve seen him put in some poor performances, but Sunday wasn’t one of them. I’ve said we need to sell lots of players and get better in. Obertan would be one of them.

  • 64 brklyngeordie // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Not from Newcastle but really don’t like Ryder what is general consensus on him from locals just wondering? Seems to downplay every rumor with NUFC as if paid by club to do so or is it just me?

  • 65 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    I’m resigned to hoping that Makro and Costco can transform some of these players. Some that I’d like rid of aren’t too bad. They’re just not going to take us to the promised land. Many players can spend too long at a particular club and need a fresh challenge.

  • 66 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    I wasn’t saying players couldn’t play together! I was saying in the past Shaqiri has made some very ill advised comments regarding Kosovo and has kept some bad company. Hes very passionate about Kosovo and has made anti Serbian comments in the past. I was merely highlighting the fact that his personal views, the company he keeps and the causes he is passionate about could be a reason why teams are passing him over for such a steal of a price.
    Mitrovic comes from a Serbian military background. I doubt either would be smiling if the subject came up of Kosovo and its one of shaqiris favourite topics

  • 67 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    I used to rate Colo, but he’s lost it.

  • 68 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Blackley – That makes sense as well. It just depends whether the players concerned buy into Macca’s brave new world. If they don’t perform then it’s pastures new.

  • 69 DaraghL // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Whatever happened to the Swiss being neutral….

  • 70 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    We believe you Xherdan

  • 71 spaghetti bandit // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Byram played right midfield and was signalled out for praise with a new signing of theirs as there best 2 players at the weekend and tht his days of being a right back are pretty much over so we might be after him for the right midfield slot

  • 72 Mag52 // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Yes there’s a lot of slagging off going on here as usual. Players copping it after the first game of the season no less, when it could be argued that a team, especially one under a completely new coaching regime, including a few players new to the premiership, is settling in following a pretty weird pre season jaunt to the States and back.
    Still, without the slagging off it wouldn’t quite be the same would it ?
    Thought we had a fair, and slightly fortunate, result on Sunday. Will be disappointed if we get rid of Cisse. He’ll miss 5, but still be there to put in the sixth chance. I feel, now he looks fit again, with the pressure from Mitrovic for his place, he could have a big season for us.

  • 73 Jack // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    We won’t be signing anymore players until January.

  • 74 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Not 1 game but 4 seasons worth

  • 75 Yorkshire Magpie // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    not very important, but I signed byram on football manager to be backup to janmat and he was all ways unhappy about not playing every game, so I don’t think we should sign him, he has a bad attitude

  • 76 lesh // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:10 PM


    Errr, Willem’s on a plane to Newcastle?

    How’d do work that out?

  • 77 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Lesh he was on the plane to Newcastle

  • 78 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    he was coming to see his pal Gigi’s debut against Soton

  • 79 Jack // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:12 PM


    He looked inside his a**e and found the information in there.

  • 80 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    GABRIEL OBERTAN hopes a “fresh start” at Newcastle will prevent him being sold this summer.

  • 81 Jack // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    GABRIEL OBERTAN hopes that defenders will let him past more easily so that he can sign a FIVE year contract with Newcastle Utd.

  • 82 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    I would have thought clubs would have been cueing up for Alex song as Barca want to offload him.
    Had a cracking season on loan with West ham and think he could do a job for us

  • 83 WWSBRD // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    MYM on his way back to France already mustnt of been all that good in Italy then? Back in France is probably best place for him

  • 84 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa moving to Lyon for the same fee Roma paid us for….
    Santon surpless at Inter..
    HBA – Looked absolutely pointless and unfit against Monaco

  • 85 WWSBRD // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:20 PM

    Hes crocked isnt he?

  • 86 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Get Santon back

  • 87 jazzyp // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:25 PM


    Not sure buddy. Had a good season for the hammers last term. Maybe that is why they have turned to Barton then

  • 88 WWSBRD // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Last I saw on Song he did his knee (I think) in and was going to be out for quite awhile so West Ham were holding off signing him

    Id have him here no problem when he is fit but I think his wages and our geography would stop that ever happening

  • 89 ShirebrookToon // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 1h1 hour ago
    We have it on good authority that #NUFC officials are working hard to convince Shaqiri to sign,despite player completing Stoke medical #SCFC

  • 90 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Who is Raphael Guerriero?

  • 91 Ibizatoon // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Good afternoon all,

    How’s life on the NUFCBLOG?

    Didn’t even fulfil my armchair fan responsibilities at the weekend. Damn work getting in the way again.

    Result seems fair(ish) enough. Was there any noticeable improvements in our approach to the game?

  • 92 JDdubai // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Dont get why we make this last ditch effort for Shaqiri, its been weeks since Stoke had their bid accepted, why wait til now?? Were we putting our efforts into Thauvin instead?

    Seems like how we used to do business, then Pards would come out and say we trued but couldnt get him across the line..

  • 93 lochinvar // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    From the Stoke Sentinel:
    STOKE City were holding their breath and hoping today would be the day to pull off the headline signing of Xherdan Shaqiri.
    But the club’s hierarchy was taking nothing for granted – despite agreeing personal terms and seeing the Inter Milan winger pass a medical.

    Stoke had been concerned that 11th-hour interest from home and abroad could yet see Inter turning elsewhere for a sale.
    There were also believed to be complications left by the agreement struck by Inter Milan and Bayern Munich when Shaqiri left Germany for Italy in January.

    Both Newcastle and Everton were reportedly interested in the 23-year-old Switzerland international, while German outfit Schalke 04 had also been mentioned.

    All of which had left Stoke decidedly nervous approaching the business end of the deal.
    They have certainly pulled out all the stops to attract Shaqiri himself and believe he now genuinely fancies a move to the Britannia.
    Shaqiri was given the red-carpet treatment before and after his viewing of Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League home defeat by Liverpool at the Britannia.

    He is thought to have been impressed by the hospitality and the matchday atmosphere generated by home fans.
    Manager Mark Hughes, has also enjoyed quality time with Shaqiri in a bid to persuade him that moving to Stoke would help re-ignite a career stalling a little over the past 12 months.

    Shaqiri has also been impressed by Stoke’s desire to sign him after registering an interest back in January when he left Bayern for Inter.

    Successfully persuading a player to add Stoke to those two illustrious names on his CV – within the space of seven months – will rank as one of the club’s biggest-ever transfer coups.

    Stoke were saying nothing publicly overnight as the deal teeteredtowards completion,

    “He will only be a boost to the squad and strengthen us. If he comes in it will be an excellent addition.

    “If it doesn’t come off, it wouldn’t be the end of the world because we’ve got a good squad already, but if he comes in it will be another boost.

    Read more:
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  • 94 Thump // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    @Jack and Lesh:

    Here to watch Gini. No chance of him moving to us, like. PSV won’t let him, Gini and Depay move in the same window.

  • 95 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Raphael Guerriero
    Is a Portuguese left back who plays for Lorient

  • 96 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:52 PM

  • 97 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Raphael actually plays for Portugal but has a French mother and was brought up in France and hardly speaks a word of Portuguese which must be difficult for him on International duty

  • 98 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Newcastle’s 1995-1997 Shirt voted best premier league kit of all time

  • 99 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:04 PM

  • 100 Mister Tuff // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    “Macca’s brave new world”

    What in hell does that mean -what a load of poncey crap.

    Whilst assessments can be matters of opinion (which is the fuel that drives football punditry) introducing the Obertan debate in my opinion sorts out the men from the boys or those who know about football and those who don’t.

    Currently this debate (on here now) might be influenced by certain posters aligning themselves up to fight old battles against those they’ve argued with in the past – so the ruck is more important than the honesty of their opinions.
    Anyway, Obertans cross was world class -magnificent. I would argue he could never replicate that in a month of Sundays. Because of that cross it should not be argued he’s a good footballer he’s not.
    If folk cannot assess him in terms of pure ability (or lack of it in his case) I despair.

    Give him a ball over the top into free space and he’ll get there ahead of the fulback every time -but then it goes to rat s**t.
    His defending is poor as well.
    He may well get a few starts but eventually won’t.

  • 101 jayphoto // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    @Jib – its fine! Half the irish squad don’t speak a word of irish when they meet up 😉

  • 102 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    This feels really weird man.

    I find myself agreeing with Mr Tuff 100% !!!

    Gabriel Obertan has just not got a football brain , he’s a fine physical specimen , and his interview on NUFCtv shows him to be quite bright , however there is only so much can be coached.
    Blackley next time you are at SJP and G.O. is playing try watching him when the opposition has the ball , he hasn’t got a clue.

  • 103 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Because I’m at the game unlije most on here including you i suspect I watch the players off the ball.

    @100 ” …introducing the Obertan debate in my opinion sorts out the men from the boys or those who know about football and those who don’t.”

    Some people just come on for a ruck. They’ve got no football background and so spend they’re time slagging off other posters because they can’t do anything else. Give it a rest.

  • 104 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    I honestly think with Steve Black, Ian Cathro and Steve McClaren we will see the best out of Gabriel Obertan

  • 105 Mister Tuff // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    jib – look listen and learn.

  • 106 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    You are probably too young to remember a player Keegan bought from Wimbledon called Warren Barton .
    He had big mental problems (as does Obertan allegedly) playing in front of a large crowd ,he was cured by Steve Black , you never know.

  • 107 LGFUAD21 // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    If he’s singing as rb there’s no chance.

    We can’t keep him in the bench. If he’s signing as a rw then that’s a different story. Lad can cross and has a trick or two.

    Schteeve seems to rate moussa centrally based on interviews so he could be looking for more options on the right.

  • 108 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    chancel …….what makes you think that ??

  • 109 toonincheek // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Chancel –

    I’m sure you are right – our new coaching team will certainly get the best out of Obertan.

    Still won’t be good enough IMO.

    Time will tell – just hope we don’t wait all season
    hoping for another cross as good as the one
    on Sunday, ‘cos we’ll be disappointed.

  • 110 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Centre Partin- Me Mum still has a photo of Centre Partin , Rob Lee and yours truly taken on the quayside after a home game.. You could turn up at SJP and have a fun packed time on the way to collecting 3 points- more often than not!

  • 111 hibbit // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    dont you think man u tried to sort him out and failed…. then found a sucker like pardue to buy him

  • 112 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Everyone’s got a valid opinion. You can’t say your opinion is better than others. But when you come on just to call people “knackers” or call people liars based on nowt, it tells you all you need to know. They’re the only people whose opinions I find infantile when they venture into football.

    You can say an opinion is more informed than others. If you’ve watched on a crappy livestream following the ball around the pitch with it being difficult to make out one player from another, your opinion is valid but not the best informed. I don’t value my own opinions anywhere near as much if I’ve watched a livestream. If you watch Carragher and Neville they work with 22 counters on a board and cameras that give a wide expanse of the pitch. That’s for an obvious reason. It’s why Makro sits in the stands.

    As I’ve said, I’ve watched individual player highlights after watching the game from the sideline and I know that if I’d just seen those highlights, I would’ve formed a different view of his contribution and performance.

  • 113 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    A singing right back

  • 114 BandB // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    I like like the Brave New World.

    It’s unrecognisable. Ten times better. Nay, a million.

    Only a fool would compare it with the Brave Old World.

    Y’know, the one which exactly the same people argued was beyond criticism and always on the verge of delivering the Promised Land…. if we only gave them more time.

    I hope we sign Diego Rolan. He scores goals and can play wide and central.

  • 115 clinath@ed // Aug 11, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Never been a big fan of Obertan. His biggest failing being when he hasn’t got the ball. His positional sense is nonexistent, and his reading of the game worse. (IMO)
    Interesting to take a snippet from his interview, that he prefers the ball hit behind the defender for him to chase……that sums him up I’m afraid.

  • 116 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Oh no !!!!!!
    The return of the bingo player.
    You are all going to get sorted out now.
    She takes no prisoners

  • 117 clinath@ed // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Welcome back BandB, missed you.

  • 118 BandB // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Hello pet lamb 🙂
    Have you been playing nice?

  • 119 catchy in norway // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Obertan would be an average Sunday league footballer if he didn’t have world class pace, everything about his game tells you why he has no confidence , and it’s all about ability and that’s why his confidence goes to pieces in the real world of football he fears he will be found out.

    there is no doubt in my mind that the cross on Sunday was world class , but like it has been said on here by quite a few peoe now , give him 100 balls to do it again , and he couldn’t,

    he has been blessed with pace and many a manager has tried to convert a sprinter into a footballer with no success.

    keep him Williamson and goofy miles away from the first team and we will do ok

  • 120 BandB // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    I’ve been on me holidays with the bairn Clinath.
    The only thing I’ve ever seen Jib get right.
    Nice to see you popping up too.

  • 121 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    toonincheek/Chancel – It helps if you buy into the coaches vision of how he wants to play. If Macca also convinces Obertan that he sees him as an integral part of the squad and doesn’t drop him at the very first opportunity. After his performance on Sunday GO would expect to be picked for the Swansea game- subject to fitness. Should he play equally as well then he could well get a a run of games. To mix sports the ball is in GO’s court – I will work on a chant around GO.
    It could be a big chance for him- Macca was full of praise for his performance.

  • 122 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    “Because I’m at the game unlije most on here”

    what a crock of sh!te… nex,t blacklie will be spouting off, if you weren’t born in Newcastle, youre not a true supporter either…

    I’d call you a simpleton or an idiot, blacklie, but I don’t want to disrespect simpletons and idiots…

  • 123 dok - the horrid colonial // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    and BandB, always a pleasure to have you grace us 🙂

  • 124 BandB // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Were you born in Newcastle, Blacklie?

    I had the notion you were a Huddersfield glory fan.

  • 125 clinath@ed // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Thought you’d had enough of us (them) and done a runner! Only pop in now and then as you’ve noticed. There always seems to be someone saying what I want to say, putting it more eloquently too…
    The atmosphere on here is a lot less toxic lately, maybe coz the season’s started or maybe just because we’ve bought someone…time will tell.
    Hope you had a nice holiday.

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

    I didn’t know Makro had praised Obertan’s performance but I can see why. Did he praise Colo’s too? If so, I can’t see why.

  • 127 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Ian toon
    That is the first post you have written that I agree entirely with, I am usure how I feel lol.

    and I agree with Jib @106

    God I am going to get shot lol

    Ober is very much a confidence player if Steve Black and co can keep Ober’s confidence up he can get better and will have much better performances

  • 128 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Blackley – I do not agree with you on Obertan playing as well as Colback. Jack was my MOM and looked industrious throughout and the fittest of our team. The parochial types often don’t give Colback the credit he deserves because he played for the mackems.
    I thought our three best players were Colback, Sissoko and Georginio.
    The so called fall off in our form post Anita was down to a lack of overall fitness levels towards the end of the game.

  • 129 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    I’ve always lived in Gateshead or Northumberland. Could’ve moved away but wouldn’t want to miss the football. I’ve just started following Huddersfield’s fortunes recently after looking to buy an investment property in/nearer the Northern Powerhouse.

  • 130 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Blackley- he highlighted how little training and. Game time Colo had had. When you further consider just how long Tiote has not played we were carrying the walking wounded.

  • 131 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Sorry phone has a life of its own!

  • 132 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Blackley – You sound like George Osborne.

  • 133 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    BandB – I hope your having a good summer. Catch you I hope later.

  • 134 BandB // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:20 PM


    I don’t imagine I will be coming back full-time.
    The window has panned put pretty much as I said it would before Ashley ever opened his trap…
    I’m pleased we busted the £12m mark to get Wijnaldum. Like buying a house, an extra 20 per cent outlay buys a more than corresponding upgrade. I pray he stays fit.
    I am hopeful and open-minded…but I will still not be sold a load of old copper as if it was fresh from the mint.
    The blog deserves its time of optimism. I hope it is justified.

  • 135 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    I was giving credit to Colback last season for the same sort of contribution whilst others were criticising him.

    Makro was going mad with him on more than one occasion for not getting his head up and spreading the play. It was frustrating. I think people’s impression of his showing has been influenced by his commitment to block shots and to take one for the team. I just though he had his usual decent game. Nothing flash but does a job.

  • 136 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    I’m not convinced by George’s vision. If it comes off, it’s a bonus. West Yorkshire is a nice part of the world. Huddersfield’s handily placed for Leeds and Manchester.

  • 137 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    clinath @ed- Your very much of the non toxic variety of poster.
    Ed – Has done a good job of sorting out the other variety. Mind, it does help that we have started to resemble a half decent football team and a season where we can be optimistic.

  • 138 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Tonight Barcelona play Sevilla in the Euro Supercup
    Where ?
    Stadion Dinamo , Tblisi , Georgia !!!!!

  • 139 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    I don’t get north that often these days. The road system is clearly being developed.

  • 140 Ibizatoon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Cracking little news team on here.

    Jib with the latest sport, Ian on traffic, BandB, would you like the travel section?

  • 141 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Watching Spanish TV at the mo’
    Messi has scored 22 goals against Sevilla – oh dear

  • 142 clinath@ed // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Why thank you Ian Toon.

  • 143 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Ibiza no point you having Spanish TV you don’t spea……………. nah that’s bitchy

  • 144 Ian Toon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Ibizatoon- Good to have you back – the first!

  • 145 Jib // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Ha ha ha the Spanish call Tblisi by its old name Tiflis cos they cannot say Tblisi

  • 146 Ibizatoon // Aug 11, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Jib…Since when has that stopped you? 😉

    I do speak some, by the way, certainly not great and I feel no need to try and prove myself on this here blog.

    Still, no point watching Spanish TV, it’s mostly cr@p.

    Ian…I was never really away (creepy enough?), but thanks. I see you’ve been on a bit more lately, life calming down a bit for you?

    Can anyone tell me whether there has been much noticable improvement in our style of play and if so, whether the players are showing signs of taking to it?

  • 147 Ibizatoon // Aug 11, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Well, it seems no one wants to answer that question, so I’ll be off.

    Bye for now.

  • 148 BandB // Aug 11, 2015 at 3:12 PM


    I missed a sighting of the Lesser Spotted Ibizatoon.

    How are you doing? Long time no hear.

    Do you think if I told your “friends” that my hand is no longer anywhere near your feathery little green bottom they will stop cold-shouldering you?

  • 149 Dondatta13 // Aug 11, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Obertan was played for tactical reasons…

    Not tactical game reasons, tactical transfer reasons.

    Shop window anyone?

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