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There’ll Be More Transfers To Come For Newcastle

10:05 pm, Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 68 Comments

It could well be that we have seen the last player come through the door this summer, but Newcastle still have a couple of players they are said to be looking at, and it could be that they arrive before next Tuesday night at 6:00pm.

But if no other players come in, we are still very pleased that Newcastle have brought in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Florian Thauvin and young Ivan Toney – and they cost just over £50M.

Mike Ashley Sky Sports West Ham Match May 2015

Mike Ashley – kept his word

So one thing that’s clear is that Mike Ashley has kept his word and paid out some big money very for good players.

This is what Steve McCalren said about the transfer status in the program notes for the Northampton game:

“We are undertaking a rebuilding job here and it’s going to be a slow process, but it was never about rushing out to get in eight, nine or ten players at a time.”

“We had to make sure we got quality and we have certainly achieved that in our transfers so far this summer.”

When Steve first came in he said the next three transfer windows would be important for Newcastle,  so we would think by next year at this time we will have(a lot) more players in, and we should have a much better squad.

The squad looks very good as witnessed by such a good performance on Tuesday night, by what was really the second team – and the key will be to keep the players fit.

John Carver had to go through an injury crisis early this year, but he also seemed to struggle to get the best out of players because of his inept man-management skills, so when players came back they didn’t play very well.

Would you like to play for somebody who talked about himself all the time, and in front of the TV cameras said the players weren’t  good enough, and would be sold in the summer?

To our disbelief John didn’t seem to know the first tenets about what it means to manage people – in this case footballers –  and get the best out of them.

A good coach can bring out the best in players – that’s essentially their job – and Steve McClaren seems to have done that fairly quickly – and will continue to do that, so we should be OK even if we get a few injuries.

But Steve and particularly Alessandro Schoenmaker, who is the new fitness coach, are key to keeping our players fit.

It looks like players take ice baths after games and after practices,  something that’s been done in the US for many years.

It works because it stops any swelling due to  small knocks and any other bruising.

So things are beginning to look up at Newcastle, and we should see players signed in January and then next summer.

Hopefully we have enough talent through the door this summer, and enough talent already on board to give us a strong enough squad to finish in the top eight in the league.

And maybe even win a cup.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

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

68 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chancel be a fine thing // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:09 PM


  • 2 Lindisfarne // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    And he drove the fastest milk cart in the north-east!

  • 3 Offkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I don’t really see how anyone can say MA kept his word…….please tell me what promise he made, I remember something about a horse being bolted on and something about how he will not leave until we win something…….but that’s about it.

    On recruitment, I do agree it has been decent this summer, 1 or 2 more would have made it brilliant, but I am pleasently surprised in any case and with our current owner I will take that……….take that, bet some of you are still crying over the split 🙂

  • 4 optimistic prime // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Ashley dragged out by his balls!

    Fat twat had no choice, squad was in shit state.

    Still not impressed!

  • 5 ITUNDERASHELL // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    It looks like the club have a genuine chance of breaking into the top eight, probably next season if the current setup is allowed to work without interference from Jabber The Hut.
    Breaking into the top four is another matter but at least you will be able to watch a really good team play real footy and fingers crossed win a cup.
    I did not expect to be saying this two months ago, so hats off to the troika .

  • 6 croftus5678 // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    its the quality more than anything we are esp pleased with not the number of signings !

    we seem to finally understand if we pay that 4-5 mil less we will not get the quality players that are any better than what we currently have and thats fine if you want a full squad of avg to poor prem quality players but it will take that 4-5mil extra to push us up the table.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    with the exeption of tooney all 4 of our new signings are a huge leap in quality for us and add the likes of our other quality players in krul / sissoko / janmaat / siem / rolando and we are closing the gap very nicely.

  • 8 Offkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Coftus- not the number of signings but the quality? Are you sure mate, would you have been happy with only messi or Ronaldo as our sole summer signing……….I wouldn’t.

  • 9 Offkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Of corse it’s a balance but 6+ quality signings were needed.

  • 10 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:34 PM


    What’s money got to do with Co efficient rating mate? Uefa don’t look at how much money the prem makes, that system is based on performances in Europe.

  • 11 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Our Toon
    It’s the money the PL teams bring in mate not how much they have

  • 12 Sebbella // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Repost: Newcastle New Pre-Match Video

    The original ‘What is a club in any case video’ was done by my daughter 2 years ago (search @nufcsince1892 on youtube) which is no longer viewable on-line yet the other video that she made with similar clips is still available. Steven Taylor saw the original video, contacted her on twitter to make a video for him to show the team (called United which is still viewable online) and received no thanks for the hours of time and effort putting the clips together.

    It’s interesting that NUFC then made a similar video that they show every week in the ground before kick off and have now made the ‘What is a Club in any case’ video using a lot of the same footage (though better quality as that is available to them), the idea idea for these videos obviously came from somewhere and wouldn’t it have been nice if they mentioned the inspiration for them to the life long fan.

  • 13 ncastle2009 // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    We might be buying new players and better quality, what you don’t understand though is that every team in the premier league also has money to spend, and most of them already have quality, and the ones that don’t are also doing the same as us, so it might not make any difference to where we finish in the league, we could still end up having a very bad season.

  • 14 Offkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Sebella – hope it was you that complained…….staylor is just a large STI. Yes, that’s what I meant 🙂

  • 15 croftus5678 // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    @8 offkey

    aye suppose we could have signed 6-8 goofy’s

    and yes tbh i would have been happy with 1 messi or 1 ronaldo ! the right quality players attract other quality players and how many times did we see ronaldo carry manure almost single handed or bale carry spurs or even cisse carry us !

    i’m over the moon we got 4 players of the class we did but the players you mention are world beaters and of a lot higher class than any of our players.

  • 16 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:55 PM


    It’s run by Uefa not by the FA. If the CL had no English clubs it would still make alot of money if not the same. If the CL was all about money then Platini would ensure more teams from the top leagues went through to the groups etc. Instead he’s gone the other way and has said he wants teams from lesser leagues to close the gap. This year we have team from Kazakhstan in the CL under previous rules they wouldn’t have qualified.

    The money PL clubs can generate for CL has nothing to do with Co Efficient rating. Have a look through Uefa statements etc, they took a place off Italian clubs they’ll do the same to the prem if other nations close the gap!!

  • 17 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Ratings indicate how many from each nation play in Europe, at the minute we have 7, Italy are nearest rivals with 6 spots. Click on current season and you’ll see the change.

  • 18 Sebbella // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:59 PM


    She tweeted them this afternoon when she discovered this video, she has not had a response but I notice it has been pulled.


  • 19 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Our Toon
    We will see mate but unless they are doing it for charity money is what they care about on the bottom line and u take out a BPL team ur figures drop

    Italian teams aren’t the draw they once were after the scandals and degeneration in quality

    As I say though time will tell

  • 20 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:14 PM


    It’s got nothing to do with money mate. For some reason you keep going back to money. It’s out in the public domain Co efficient ratings are based on performances and performances alone. Italian teams used to have 4 qualifiers but as they’ve under performed over the years they’ve lost a place.

  • 21 arpeco19 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    1 Van Djik
    2 Willems
    3 A young Right back
    4 Clement Grenier

    That’ll do. Then I’d be happy.

  • 22 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    I’m sure fatsos fairweather allies will be drooling all over this and waxing lyrical about our big boned benefactor and all he’s accomplished according to the grand plan, but for me sense and circumspection hold sway, and the Fat Trader has yet to sing.

    I’ll be talking about promises being held when:-

    1/ I hear one
    2/ I see one carried out.

    it’s all very nice so far, but let’s see how we are after some gruelling cup rounds, a heavy winter schedule and a growing injury list, shall we?

  • 23 OneAlanShearer // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Aprico –

    1 Van Djik – no thanks unconvinced big time
    2 Willems – gobsmacked if he signs
    3 A young Right back – agreed needed
    4 Clement Grenier – the last report I read on him he hadn’t done particularly well recently but not watched him myself.

  • 24 OneAlanShearer // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    In fact he is put injured again –

  • 25 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Unless Italian clubs do significantly better than English clubs this year I can’t see them taking a cl place off us just yet. They have to do better than they did last year to get close to accomplishing that.

  • 26 La Fée Verte // Aug 28, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Team for Arsenal. Instructions to attack:

    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Haidara
    Sissoko de Jong Wijnaldum Thauvin

  • 27 Novocastrian66 // Aug 28, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    I couldn’t give a toss how many “English” clubs are in the Champions League as we are nowhere near it.
    English in inverted commas, as the four clubs representing the Premier League all have foreign owners.

  • 28 Derek // Aug 28, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    When Ashley was asked if he would invest enough to stay in the EPL Ashley’s words were that “IF I was able to guarantee such a thing then I would like to say I could guarantee that”

    Nice bit of trickery there, sounds like he is actually promising something but no.

    All he is saying there is that he’d LIKE to say his investments will be enough to stay in the EPL.

    In other words:
    – Ashley will continue pay the bare minimum required to hang in the Premier League.

    Has he lived up to his words? Impossible to tell so early in the season, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this spending spree is just a one off to give Ashley a few more years in the mid-lower end of the table without the strong thread of being relegated.

    The “winning something” could mean in 5 years, 10 years or 20 years. Again, impossible to tell.

    In my opinion, Ashley’s main motives behind this window are 1) To reduce the threat of relegation and 2) Keep bums on seats and stop the protests and negative press attention directed at him and Sports Direct.

  • 29 La Fée Verte // Aug 28, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    I’m pretty sure the comment Mike Ashley made about a guarantee was if we were relegated he like to think he could guarantee promotion back to the Premier League.

  • 30 lesh // Aug 28, 2015 at 1:35 AM

    McClaren used words to the effect of doing well in our transfer dealings so far this summer.

    Those words, ‘so far this summer’ suggests that this summer’s targets aren’t yet in and there may be more to come this window…… I think!

  • 31 expatmag // Aug 28, 2015 at 1:45 AM


    Agreed. My question to my fellow bloggers us who believes the likes of Wijnaldum Mitrovic Mbembe and Thauvin will still be here by the start of 2017?

    My guess is the FC will instruct his board to sell each and everyone of them once they show enough and attract interest.

  • 32 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 2:24 AM


    Very shortsighted viewpoint of “I don’t give a toss how many English teams we have in Champions league as we are nowhere near it”

    Those teams raise the profile of the premier league, players come play for us to eother get in CL or eventually move to these clubs they see in CL as it’s a step up. The less successful our teams are in Europe the less attractive our league becomes as the quality of players stay away…..its a domino affect. So your stance of “I don’t care” is naive and shortsighted amongst other things.

    These clubs might be owned by foreigners it doesn’t mean they aren’t English anymore, so not sure what point you were trying to make with the English aspect of your comment and foreign owners. We currently have 1 Englishman or British player in our starting XI does that make us a non English team? Are you saying Chelsea are Russian? Don’t get the point you were trying to make

  • 33 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 2:28 AM


    No they won’t be here mate, the successful ones will have been moved on, and we won’t take a stance like Everton or WBA even though they’ll sell soon, they’ll sell on there own terms

  • 34 La Fée Verte // Aug 28, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    We sold Carroll on our own terms. As stated, they will sell as the money is too good to turn down. As long as you don’t sell everyone at once you can retain a quality team. You just have to have enough quality to start with. I think we’re buying quality players now whereas before it was more bargain gambles. Time, as always, will tell though….

  • 35 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 3:25 AM

    Yes we sold Carrol on our terms and then didn’t replace him, sold cabaye and only just replaced him this season, Ba sold not replaced etc etc. That’s the difference between us and others, other will replace instantly or already have players in mind. We will sell and not replace even if it takes 3 windows or more!!

  • 36 expatmag // Aug 28, 2015 at 4:22 AM

    Unfortunately with the ridiculous sums of money being spent in the PL nowadays especially where the likes of Leicester Palace and WBA are considered as an attractive career move (see the likes of Cabaye Rondon and Inler), the gap between the top and bottom clubs has diminished significantly.

    As we know, anyone is capable of beating anyone on their day but it is presumed the spending power of the current top 4 will keep them in those spots for years to come.

    The Europa league is a noose around clubs necks therefore departing the competition early like Southampton and West Ham is seen as a godsend.

    The only real competitive issue in the PL is the battle to avoid the bottom 3 places and this, in itself, is a sad indictment of the game in England today.

    To be honest, the sooner a european super league comes into existence, the better it will be for clubs like us because this fantasy FIFA and EUFA had of financial fair play is the biggest load of codswallop to hit the fame since the invention of the offside system..

  • 37 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:06 AM


    I disagree on the Europa League buddy, only in the UK is it a diminished competition, Sevilla took it seriously last season and they are now in the group stages of the champions league, winners of the Europa League getting into the premium competition carries as much weight as finishing 4th in our league!!

  • 38 Our Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:09 AM

    Southampton went all out for the competition, Koeman was keen to do well or try to win it so they could get into the CL. Last 5 games they’ve lost to the Danish side and drawn to them at home, lost to Everton at home and drawn with Watford and us. Our draw on the opening day against them is looking even worse as the weeks go by!!

  • 39 will die for the toon army // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    All those players were replaced?

    Caroll – Cisse.
    Ba – Remy
    Enrique – Santon
    Cabaye – De Jong
    Nolan – Sissoko
    Barton – Anita

    Plus others:
    Like Marvueax, Goufrann, Haidara, Colback, Came into the equation jst didnt work our.

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:55 AM

    I think we have gone through Ashley’s statement before and concluded that regardless of anything that he would have to invest!

    We can then judge him on whether he invest accordingly. So far he hasn’t. The defense is still a big question mark and if Mitro gets injured then we are back to square one!

    Most of what Ashley said that day was statics (but if seems he had McClaren at hello 😉 )

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:57 AM


  • 42 Santon03 // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Ashley has done well, kept his promise, I’m happy.
    Looking forward to Arsenal game.
    I hope to see youngsters given chances this season.

  • 43 jazzyp // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Optimistic prime… Aka Negatron.

    Still not impressed eh mate, Now there is a surprise

  • 44 cyprus // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    Ashley bashing, Colback bashing, who next?

    TBH, I’ll be on Steve’s back myself if he plays Obertan AND tries to defend, 20% possession, at ManU style. Almost all PL teams, bar us, today take the game to any team, home and away.

    Due to the TV and other money, any PL team can purchase a bunch of 6-10 mil. players. A good scouting team can help set up an outfit that, on the day, can compete with almost anyone, as, for instance Chelsea has found out vs. the likes of minions like Swansea and Watford.

    What am I saying? This NUFC team, with proper coaching and tactics, should be able to at least compete with the big boys. I’m giving Steve lots of time, but the ManU game is not what would satisfy me.

    We made them look like… Man United, FFS 🙂

  • 45 Sydney Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    I actually believe we have done enough in the window. Keep the players we have and let go of Marveaux at the very least. For cup games, lets keep Willo and Gouffran and could be used as backup players. When they get upset, it should be January by then and we can offload them quickly.
    I do actually also think we are done for this window, perhaps one more player for the Development Squad. In January, where we have traditionally done some decent business, we could look at where there are some holes to plug. As MaClaren said, the next 3 windows will be important.
    So we can expect some players will be given time to improve, such as Haidara, Taylor, Obertan with an improved coaching staff and then they will see what is required next.

  • 46 cyprus // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    So, if we start like we started our last two games, ie. defend like we are a League 2 team hoping to hold on for 89 minutes and score on the break, Arsenal will have 4 past us within the first half hour.

    Who cares, I hear you say. We can always put 4 in ourselves, right?

  • 47 Novocastrian66 // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    Cyprus; you’re right. We need to be quick out of the blocks. A slow start cost us against Swansea and almost cost us against Man Utd. We need to be sharper from the kick off.

  • 48 cyprus // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:02 AM

    Steve and co must have seen this, surely.
    With Southampton, we attacked from the start almost scoring twice within the first couple minutes. Apparently, we did the same vs. Northampton.
    We must get over the wee team complex, like Swansea has done. The big teams must be scared when playing them.

    Not when vs. us.

  • 49 Lindisfarne // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    1. The interview Ashley gave was like putting lipstick on a pig, the fact that investment has been made in the squad has previously been a shortcoming and now appears to be returning to equilibrium.

    2. Portugal have more teams in the Champions League than Italy due to Seville gaining their place through winning the Europa. Yet the impression is that players on the continent are still attracted to the money that PL clubs can offer, rather than the potential success and accolades of European competition.

    3. All the players in the squad are potentially for sale, for the right offer, the deadwood carries on lingering because the club is largely not willing to cut its losses and other clubs are not interested in our players.

  • 50 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    The slow starts seem to coincide with SM sitting in the stands , I hope he realizes this soon.
    When Pardew was consigned to the stands for his various misdemeanours it always seemed to affect the team.
    The team obviously aren’t worried about Paul Simpson cos at Old Trafford he was blue in the face for the 1st 20 minutes with screaming at them , then as soon as Supermac appeared on the touchline and he shuffled Anita and Colback around the performance went up by about 60%

  • 51 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    Lindy honey
    Sevilla is in Spain

  • 52 cyprus // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Why does Seville help Portugal?

  • 53 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Young Ivan Toney – I liked what I saw when he came on for the last 15 minutes – looked good – infact looked better than good
    Hopefully we have the right staff to progress his career

  • 54 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:30 AM

    Forecast – Group Winners, Qualifiers, (Europa)

    A: Real Madrid, PSG, (Shakhtar)
    B: Man Utd, CSKA Moscow, (Wolfsburg)
    C: Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, (Benfica)
    D: Man City, Juventus, (Sevilla)
    E: Barcelona, Roma, (Leverkusen)
    F: Bayern, Arsenal, (Zagreb)
    G: Chelsea, Porto, (Dynamo Kiev)
    H: Valencia, Lyon, (Zenit)

  • 55 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    The Ronny Gill has had a poll

  • 56 juan // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    Great to see all these signings coming in but I’d rather see some of the youth being given a chance. Kemen must be half decent made the bench at end of last season and few teams sniffing around him. Satka shouldn’t be far away now. Never seen Toney so can’t comment on him. Need a good clear out of all the crap we have. Likes of Williamson goufrann obertan and tiote should have cashed in on him 2 years ago

  • 57 toon kk // Aug 28, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    so in other words you wouldn’t be bothered if we hadn’t brought any new players in, just to give the young players a chance. Does that mean you’re not bothered if we were relegated?

  • 58 Santon03 // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    tbh I would like Willo to stay, under pardew he scored 1, under SM just 1 game he scored 1 and he didn’t make any mistake against Northampton. OK, he is not comfortable on the ball, he is not that sort of player but he will be good squad player, he doesn’t complain even if he is 5th CB.
    Btw, I like Thauvin set pieces, we scored 2 from his free kicks, that is more than previous 4-5 seasons achievement.

  • 59 Mag52 // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:04 AM


    Right. We need to start on Saturday like we started against Northampton. Hit them from the off before they get a chance to settle down into their tippy tippy possession football routine. Our best chance of getting a result.

  • 60 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    With arsenal missing their best cb pairing this is a game for mitro to get stuck into them and bully the defence, i think we can beat them tomorrow.

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    For all those drooling apologists who wait quietly on the parapet to say I told you so, sticking their heads up now and then, they will always have to concede that it was the likes of the Pardew and other various fan groups that brought about the renewed optimism. If it were not for them we would have the same statuts quo that said, when asked ”will we try for the cups if we are safe in the league” to be told in a robotic tone, the league is priority. ‘Yes but what if we are safe ?

  • 62 toon kk // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    I don’t think Mitrovic will be bullying there defence he’ll be like the rest of our team pinned back in our own half defending, that will be our game plan and hopefully catch them on the break.

  • 63 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Cyprus- I agree with you on Colback – he’s one of the first on the team sheet for me.

    Movement in our play – Having watched us against ManU it was interesting to watch the Brugge v ManU game. Movement requires space; whereas Brugge gave them all the space they wanted we were not at all accommodating. Arsenal this season have not used the wings and width to good effect choosing to attack more centrally.
    Defensively against Arsenal a repeat showing by the toon is needed with us depriving them of space to play their elaborate passing game and I can see Macca opting for a 4-2-3-1formation.
    There was a lot of misleading comment on here yesterday as to the original reason for the 4-2-3-1 in football. This was simply to create 2 v 1 scenarios in the field of play. This was somewhat negated by the introduction of the defensive midfielder instead of a CB being dragged out of position. This has evolved over time.
    However for the 2 v1 scenario to occur , the 2nd striker( whether in hole or not) should be actively moving from one side of the pitch to the other. In our game against ManU Januzaj didn’t do this and he was far too static in his play but against Brugge, Herrera demonstrated this to great effect for Rooney’s 2nd goal. Likewise Depay turned inwards and instead of running in the reverse direction (like Januzaj had frequently done) he ran towards the space on the right. Then a first touch pass (Januzaj had chosen to cut inside) to Rooney and a goal.


  • 64 cyprus // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Key players to attack / eliminate: Ramsey, Czech.

    Most dangerous: Alexis

    Will score: Giroud

    Vulnerable: In back

    They’re all top players, better than ManU.

    Best tactic: pressure, no time on the ball and, yes, long balls over their dominant MF.

  • 65 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Satka is nowhere near ready. He should be out on loan, along with several other of the kids, probably including Kemen. We shouldn’t be keeping kids around because the first team squad isn’t strong enough, we have done that in the past and it halts the progress of the youngsters development. Ideally the club would be pushing for Kemen, Sterry, Satka and Roberts to go on loan this season, similar to Woodman, Woolston and Arma.

    As for the weekend, we should be pressuring them from the off. Start with two quick men out wide who can supply Mitrovic. Mitrovic has the presence to worry any of Arsenal’s back up centre halves, and could easily get a goal given good service.

    Pin their full backs in defence, and they lose all their width. If we can then keep it compact in the central midfield roles then we can frustrate them. Yes, they have quality who can pick through even the best of compact defensive units, but if a team does that you have to just hold your hands up. They will get chances, we just need to limit them and squeeze the space.

    I don’t think this is the game for De Jong, as we are going to need high energy to press quickly and close down. I think he will probably stick with Colback, Anita and Gini in the central roles, but I would prefer to see one of Anita or Colback drop out, and Perez in the more attacking central midfield role. He will work hard, press, harry, and has the skill to be able to open Arsenal up as well.

    If Sissoko is fit he and Thauvin should start wide, but we need them to immediately impress upon the full backs that if the full backs push on we will exploit them in behind with pace. If he isn’t I’d bring Aarons in.

  • 66 Moonraker15 // Aug 28, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    you have to be a seriously negative person not to appreciate the step change throughout the club, driven by Mike Ashley.

    What he has to ensure now, is that we continue to build otherwise it’s of no avail.

    Part of us, the supporters job is to give the great support at games. This has been missing in recent seasons because of some very mediocre players. If we have quality on the pitch we have something to support.

    But I think to constantly doubt the owners intentions is counter-productive and I speak as someone who is and has been Ashley’s greatest critic.

  • 67 nightfa11 // Aug 28, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    I agree..we.must attack them.. We must score first.. Problem with our defence is, is if they concede a goal, they lose interest..especially colo.. We will need luck on our side..

    Id play

    Mbemba Taylor colo haidara
    Anita Colback
    Sissoko Winaljdum perez

    Id drop Janmaat for this match..we need speedy fullbacks..Taylor and colo can handle giroud..

  • 68 nightfa11 // Aug 28, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Sorry..Thauvin for sissoko 😉

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