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Newcastle Can Improve 40% On Southampton Display

8:37 am, Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Tim Krul has looked more like his old self in pre-season, and he had a decent game for us on Sunday against a good Southampton side, and made a couple of good saves in the first half against the south coast side.

It looks as though new boy Karl Darlow will be the number two goalkeeper this season, so we could see Rob Elliot moving out on loan, or even leaving permanently before September 1st.

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Tim Krul in action on Sunday

If Rob does go out on loan we need to have a clause in the loan contract that he can be recalled in case both Tim and Karl are injured.

It was an encouraging display by Newcastle on Sunday, although we did tire at the end of the game, and that was true and not altogether unexpected of Coloccini and Mbemba at the back.

They played their first full game together and played extremely well under the circumstances – and we have to remember it was the Argentine’s first appearance since last May.

Colo has always been able to read the game well,  but we also saw that from Chancel Mbemba too, and he looks to be a great buy for the club.

Steve McClaren had said he would have Newcastle play good attacking football and he was true to his word on Sunday, but there’s more to come.

Tim Krul has said things needed to be changed from the disaster of the second half of last season, and he has been interviewed today:

“I think it needed a fresh wind, and the gaffer has definitely come in and changed a few things.” “We showed a few patches of it against Southampton.

“The manager walked in the changing room and said to us that he thinks we can add another 40% to what we showed.”

“I gave Chancel a few words before the game,” “I said if I say, ‘Keeper – get out of the way’, you are going to get a punch on the head!”

“He’s a top player. You can see that. He’s confident on the ball and I think he’ll be a real asset for us. Him and Colo read the game really well and he had a great debut.”

Chancel Mbemba doesn’t speak much English so Tim and the rest of the defense in particular will have to work things out until the DR Congo International learns a bit more English – like ¨kick it out” for instance.


The performance on Sunday was promising, and if we can add 40% to that,  especially being able to play at high intensity for the full game – that would be very good.

But we face another tough test at Swansea on Saturday, after the south Wales side gave Champions Chelsea all they could handle in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Chancel Mbemba · Coaching · Newcastle News · Rob Elliot · Tim Krul

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bambams // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Can’t remember Krul coming and punching anything….

    He needs to get back to where he was a couple of seasons back. Mind you the lad must have been fed up with how we defended last couple of seasons.

    New wind eh….Need new players

  • 2 jayphoto // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    Working in Amsterdam this week! The dutch are LOVING Newcastle! They respect McClaren too and theres alot of love for Gini and big vurn!
    Nice change from when I last worked in paris, the french think newcastle are pirates

  • 3 jazzyp // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Ooooh rrrrrrrrrrr captain !!

  • 4 toonbrother // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    I am willing to bet a £100 we dont win a single while colocinni is in the starting line up
    any takers

  • 5 jazzyp // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:58 AM


    I spoke about Krull’s distribution the other day. I was watching him pre warm up and his kicking was pin point virtually every time to darlow on the half way line. Yet match scenario he goes to pot, Must be nerves of some sort.

    Still cannot believe that Stoke got Shakalaka. Strange one that

  • 6 croftus5678 // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    byram is a very good call imo very solid now def prem quality and still very young to improve plus coming from leeds wouldnt mind playing second fiddle to janmaat.

    and that 6’6″ defender doesnt look half bad either ! not the best but adds hight and heading ability for our woefull set piece defending.

  • 7 jazzyp // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:59 AM


  • 8 beermonkey // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM


    if only the club would build on it

  • 9 DaraghL // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    toonbrother // Aug 12, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    I am willing to bet a £100 we dont win a single while colocinni is in the starting line up
    any takers

    I’ll happily take that bet

  • 10 jazzyp // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Would sooner bring in Raphael for 8 mill and have a starting left back than bring in young Byram for the same figure. Byram looks a good prospect and will add depth to the squad, But after Sunday’s performance the left position definitely needs addressing

  • 11 one fine day // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Toonbrother ,
    Do your kids have uncanny large perms ?
    Give it up man you will make yourself ill.
    He hasn’t been at his best for a couple of years we get it.

  • 12 one fine day // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    If darragh l takes a hundred notes of you you will hate colo even more if that’s possible

  • 13 one fine day // Aug 12, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Jay photo @ 2
    Like the idea of the Dutch influence as long as we keep some perspective .
    I recall everyone going crazy for all things French and even that “French day ” for gods sake …. Seem to remember shortly after that things went pear shaped with pardiola and we went on another shocking run…
    If I see the club or sports direct selling nufc clogs be afraid be very afraid. … They wouldn’t …would they?

  • 14 Sav // Aug 12, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Break the bank to get the best tall, tough CB who isn’t afraid of the ball we can get. Mbemba would make a great defensive midfielder or play Colo as a sweeper. All good sides build from the back. Obertan was okay but he can’t cross from the left. Aarons has to play to complete our sytem.

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