Newcastle Could Be In For Tough Start To The Season

Steve McClaren has talked about not worrying too much about the number of points Newcastle have until after 10 games have been played, but today he mentions waiting until after 12 games before we make any firm conclusions on how the season may go.

Certainly Newcastle have a couple of tough games ahead at Manchester United and at home to Arsenal,  after we have managed to get only one point from our first two tough games at home to Southampton and at Swansea.


Steve McClaren at Swansea

The home game against the Saints was encouraging, but the 2-0 loss in south Wales showed too many of Newcastle’s failing last season for comfort, and it still looks like the defense needs strengthening.

Steve said Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford for the early kick-off game will be a test of character:

“Every game is tough. Like I said at the beginning of the season, I don’t think you can judge us until we are 12 games in.”

“Last week was very encouraging, this week I thought the first 40 minutes we recovered well after a bright start. After that, nothing so we move on.”

“Next we have a big test of character at Old Trafford.”

It could be difficult to get anything out of the next two games which would mean we have just one point after four games, and then we are at West Ham then home to Watford – so we have to hope we can get a win at least against the newly promoted side.

Here are the first twelve league games of the season.

Sun 09	13:30	H	Southampton	2-2	
Sat 15	15:00	A	Swansea City	0-2	
Sat 22	12:45	A	Man Utd				
Sat 29	12:45	H	Arsenal			
Mon 14	20:00	A	West Ham Utd			
Sat 19	15:00	H	Watford				
Sat 26	17:30	H	Chelsea		
Sat 03	15:00	A	Manchester City		
Sun 18	16:00	H	Norwich City				
Sun 25	12:00	A	Sunderland				
Sat 31	15:00	H	Stoke City				
Sat 07	12:45	A	Bournemouth

How many points do you think we can have after those games?

The best chance of getting wins are against Watford, Norwich and Stoke – and maybe at Sunderland?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #1

    will die for ….which part of africa are you from which african players would you recommend not ones playing in europe now rb /lb /cb

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Will Die,
    If Macca doesn’t see Perez as a number 9 and sees him as a wide forward, winger or attacking midfielder then he sees him exactly the way I see him.

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Africa aint that good at making defenders and strikers. It is good at midfielders and wingers because of our strength and pace.
    By the way am from East Africa, Uganda.

    Spot on. Perez shld start games coz he has dribbling and goals in him.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #4


    He’s got previous on this, as for being captain, I’ve been consistent with saying no because he’s not a leader. If anything the Swansea game proved that, when he plays well he gets lauded and rightly so, do I think he’s a good player…..yes. I’ve also said consistently that he’s not a good defender but not many modern day full backs are.

    His decision not only cost his team mates and fans but ensured we played for 50 mins with 10 men. 2 mins prior to seeing the red mist can you explain why he tried to foul Montero who ghosted past him on the wing? Why would a player that’s already been booked make a challanges like that knowing fine well he’ll be sent off? Montero stayed on his feet and I think Colback cleared the cross. Then up at the other end he pulls him back, both yellows picked up in there half.

    If you have a yellow you are more cautious not more eager to continue to make daft challanges knowing what the consequences are!! Good player but if I went to war I’d hate to have him in the trenches with me!!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #5


    Perez as No10 behind team striker with Wijnaldum dtopping back and replacing either Anita or Colback in the box to box midfielder role. I’d like to see that

  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    17 points from those games

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7

    I see Perez as Winger coz he uses pace for his dribbling technic.
    That is my dream attack.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Our Toon,
    I’d prefer Perez wide of Mitro in a 433 with probably Thauvin on the other side now. Aarons getting being rotated in for them as and when necessary.

    As for centre midfield, Wijnaldum dropping slightly deeper, pretty much of a muchness after that. I’d probably pick Anita as he is more competent covering our attacking full backs then the others but for the third one it is pretty much drawing lots. De Jong is probably ahead of the others if he is fully fit and up to pace, but that has been a big if so far. Tiote as well, but he will only get fully fit by playing, and when he isn’t fully fit he is a liability.

    We are lacking a presence, a character in there who can lift the team when heads are down. It doesn’t exist in the squad as it stands.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    Will die for toon

    Looks good, I’d bring in a proper DM to replace Colback, would have gone for Alex Song but he’s gone to WH. Song is classed as HG because he came through at Arsenal

  • geordie1892

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #10

    Defense needs major strengthening. Yes weve made some good signings so far but without a commanding, take no prisoners center back, we will still be a soft touch defensively.

    Abdennour would be a cracking signing imo – the only worry is having two African center backs that bugger off to the ACON everytime that’s on.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #11

    In today’s Chronic poll 28% say we’ll get 10-13 points after the first twelve matches.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Looking forward to see how Thauvin gets on. Hope he does really well. Hope we get the Monaco lad if he’s supposed to be a beast, and a left back.

  • SanD

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    We will be on 14 points after the Bournemouth game.

  • SanD

    Aug 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Isn’t the lad from Monaco a CB?

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #15


    I think SDJ can be that presence or the one who can pick the players up if heads drop. As you say though fitness is the key issue with him, proper leader though both on and off the pitch. I wish we’d moved for Song though to replace Anita, Anita with the ball isn’t a concern but without it he’s not someone who convinces me.

  • SanD

    Aug 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #16

    We need specialist in defence not utility men

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 20, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Will Die,
    Sissoko doesn’t have the technical ability to play in the number 10 role, nor the mentality to play centre mid in the Prem. He has to be on the right or nothing. He should be no more than a squad player.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 20, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #18

    AFCON is between 3 to 6 weeks a premiership season is over 38 weeks. If players are good enough it shouldn’t matter where they come from.


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