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Newcastle Defender – I Will Not Go And Weep In A Corner

9:58 am, Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 109 Comments

Daryl Janmaat  was our Player of the Season, and he got 53% of the vote followed by Ayoze Perez with 18% and Jack Colback with 16%.

Daryl has been speaking to the Dutch press today, and for the second time in a year he has been left out of the Dutch squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

daryl janmaat scored third goal

Daryl Janmaat scoring on Tuesday night against Northampton

Danny Blind is the new coach and he left Janmaat out of his preliminary squad, and maybe he had watched the Newcastle game at Swansea, when Daryl didn’t exactly have his best game against Jefferson Montero and was sent off.

That’s probably the main reason he has been left out of the 31-man preliminary roster for the tough games against Iceland and Turkey, but Vurnon Anita returned to the squad, having never been selected since he joined Newcastle over three years ago from Ajax.

Daryl Janmaat has been interviewed in De Telegraaf:

“It is clear that I am not included and such pre-selection is not there for nothing.” “Of course I am disappointed about that, that speaks for itself.”

“There is a new coach with a new vision and he has his own preferences. Apparently I’m not one of them.”

“It’s not up to me about leaving me out.” “The new guy (Kenny Tate of Ajax) will have earned it.” “It would be disrespectful to him to say otherwise.”

“I will again have to fight back. I can sit and weep in a corner, but I will now focus completely on Newcastle United.”

“Last year I had a good season and I was “Player of the Year”. “The only thing I can do is to hold that same level.” “Whether that is enough, I do not know. I cannot see into the head of the coach.”

Kenny Tete is the man who has replaced Daryl and over the last two seasons the 19 year-old has played only 11 times for Ajax.

As we said the new coach probably saw highlights of the game at Swansea,  when Daryl didn’t look good, but hey –  these things happen.

It’s now up to Daryl – as he says – to fight his way back – but he may be on the bench on Saturday against Arsenal at home.

We have an inkling that Steve may keep an unchanged defense against Arsenal,  after they did so well to keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford.

Here’s the top five in our Player of the Season poll.

Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Season?

  • Janmaat (53%, 2,685 Votes)
  • Perez (18%, 926 Votes)
  • Colback (16%, 799 Votes)
  • Gutierrez (6%, 294 Votes)
  • Sissoko (3%, 164 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,072

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Tags: Daryl Janmaat · Euro 2016 · International News · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League

109 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM


    I feel sorry for De Jong as circumstances have dealt him a bum hand.

    In his prolonged absence Perez has deservedly put himself in the first team frame.

    Possibly because of doubts about De Jong’s future fitness it possibly contributed to the determination by the club to buy Gini who deservedly now anchors central midfield.

    It’s a difficult situation for De Jong and a headache for McClaren but for us fans it is reassuring to know we have two very gifted players to occupy almost the same spot, but alas not together !

  • 2 2_goal_tino // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Agree Slank.

    I would just say that whilst having very similar roles – I think they could be squeezed into the same team with a change in formation as they have similar but distinct positions. Gini is a (attacking) midfielder – always has been and always will be – whereas Siem has always played slightly further forward more like a false striker. Whilst in a current formation this means they are both after the number 10 role, if we shifted to a 4-4-1-1 it is not beyond the realms to fit them both in with Gini playing alongside a defensive midfielder and Siem playing closer to the striker.

  • 3 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Dropped for a kid with 11 games under his belt? That’s an interesting decision

  • 4 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    If we get Raphael Guerriero and Van Dijk, I think we’ll have a good season. We’d just need a right back and centre forward in january

  • 5 Toonfan8 // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    now we have good options going forward—-
    AM—Wijnaldum,De Jong,Perez can play there
    WG—Thauvin,Sissoko,Aarons,Perez can play there,plus Obertan whom i would sell 😀
    ST—Mitrovic,Cisse,Perez also 😀
    Perez can play everywhere…for Arsenal I would put this
    and then put there Sissoko and he will destroy them when they will have tired legs…

  • 6 jayphoto // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Can’t see Janmaat being left out on saturday. Hes our only right back… Hes had a handful of bad games in 40 odd appearances and was player of the year last year… Him and thauvin looked like the clicked on wed…
    Looking forward to the Arsenal game! I didn’t look forward to any games last year so credit to the club im optimistic again!

  • 7 beermonkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    didn’t know anita had been called up
    that’s good for him

  • 8 beermonkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:26 AM


    I only caught motd highlights of the man u game
    but given it was our first clean sheet of the season away to man u it seems a bit harsh to drop any1

  • 9 martoon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    You could say Janmaat hasn’t had the best of starts to the season but dropping him out of the squad completely for a 19 year old with 11 first team games seems a bit drastic – you would have thought there was room for both? At least he can’t get injured 🙂
    I was surprised but pleased for Anita about his inclusion in the squad.

  • 10 jayphoto // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    @beermonkey – it was a great defensive display but we played deep and conceded alot of possession. A great away performance but at home to an out of form Arsenal missing their 2 cb’s i think we need to attack.
    Would see thauvin and possibly sissoko come back in too no doubt

  • 11 martoon // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    I’m quite surprised about this
    I still think he was the best captain we’ve had in recent years – I wonder where he’s off to?

  • 12 beefman13 // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    WE are getting together a decent squad, so if certain players get left out they have to know it is always because they are playing Pony, that is why i cant understand the fascination with this Colback and Anita Cemented in the middle every fricken game, our win record with this combo is a shocka.

  • 13 beermonkey // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM


    the back line I would keep the same thauvin with a goal and 2 assists was it tues night has staked a claim to be included
    arsenal didn’t concede with there defence against Liverpool
    if we keep it tight and draw next up we have west ham Watford shef wed before we face Chelsea we can be a bit more adventurous with matches before Chelsea

  • 14 switch365 // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    What a dignified comment by Janmaat, shows the maturity and professionalism of the lad, and his comment with regards to his replacement speak volumes about his character.
    Hasn’t as yet found his form this season, hopefully being left out of the Netherlands squad will give him an extra kick-on this Saturday, just to prove a point.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:56 AM


    MBemba Saylor Colo Haidara

    Sissoko Anita

    Wijni Perez Thauvin


    Subs: Darlow, Janmatt, De Jong, Cisse, Colback, Aarons, Lascelles.

  • 16 Rotonda heights // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    basically from manu game sissoko for Colback and thauvin for obertan.

  • 17 will die for the toon army // Aug 27, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    I dont think we r signing any one any more.

  • 18 hibbit // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    any one know if sissoko is fit ……lascelles is way of the first team willo a much better fit at this moment

  • 19 will die for the toon army // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Willo is good backup. He can come and do the Job.

  • 20 lesh // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    But Wlijndum (?) and Krul are in the Dutch squad along with errr.. Luke de Jong and Van Dijk. No Anita though.

  • 21 lesh // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    And it looks as though Jason Denayer’s available as a young CB. Probably too young for us though – it’s experience we need there.

  • 22 will die for the toon army // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    If we perform well at Arsenal then I will know Swansea was a bleep. We were more to that.

    Hope for the match. Keep it tight at the back and attack them at the front.

    My team:
    Darlow, Jamaatt, Sissoko, Tiote, De Jong, Aarons, Cisse.

  • 23 OneAlanShearer // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    For saturday:


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Haidara

    Tiote Colback

    Sissoko Wijnaldum thauvin


    Subs: Darlow perez aarons sdj anita cisse saylor

  • 24 martoon // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    hibbit @18 – According to BBC Newcastle he is starting to train on the grass – but it will be touch and go for Saturday. I think he’ll probably be on the bench so he doesn’t have to play the whole game but we can use him as a good impact sub.

  • 25 Jib // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Nolan and Allardyce have the same agent
    Kevin has followed Fat Sam around the prem for most of his career . He’s a bit screwed now that Sam has moved into punditry .
    If hippoheid gets another managing gig expect Nolan to be with him in short order.
    Andy Carroll has the same agent

  • 26 scout // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    No chance tiote starts ahead of anita. Not fit enough. Aside from that a quality side mate.

  • 27 scout // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Nolan should go to Brighton with Hughton. Exactly what they need.

  • 28 Reyantoon // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    I’m still not convinced by Janmaat’s performance to be honest.The lad is in poor form and is not convincing in defending .He cost us massive points against southampton and Swansea.You have to wonder why he left out of the Dutch squad too.McLaren should still play the same back four that played against man utd.
    Because they all played well and rarely made a mistake or panicked.I have great doubts as to how some rate him as world class RB??

  • 29 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Thauvin and Janmaat played well together and looked a good partnership so where does that leave Sissoko? Try him in the middle again where he has largely under performed for us…certainly isn’t going to be getting in the CAM spot and won’t be happy on the bench, nor will the press

  • 30 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Our proper first team when everyone is firing






    Play the detested 4231 formation but take out the limited defensive midfielders who can only pass sideways and replace with box to box machines who offer more.

    Defensive midfielders only became fashionable when Chelsea started the ball rolling, they had one and he was there so that they could release their fullbacks. It worked but now it seems to have increased to two for some reason, that works if one is a deep laying playmaker (which we dont have), it doesnt work if they are both weak in the tackle and have a limited passing range (like ours).
    I remember Pardew trying to take this one stage further by playing three def midfielders, the result was a 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

    Lets get rid of defensive midfielders all together. Lets face it, its basically just a name given to midfielders who arent very good!

  • 31 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Defensive midfielders are just poor midfielders?

  • 32 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Signing 4 players just isn’t enough. 6 players would be decent. We’d still need another 3 in January.

  • 33 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Mature words from Janmaat. I would like him back in at RB simply because he’s our specialist RB and we desperately need to cease putting square pegs in round holes ala Pardew.

    Mbemba is a CB and we don’t want him ruined before he hits his stride by being used as a utility player. He needs to be playing there, if Colocinni and Taylor cement the partnership then fair enough he must wait for his chance.

    Although ideally I’d like to see Mbemba start ahead of Colocinni. One good game doesn’t make up for 2 years of little commitment and shoddy captaincy.

  • 34 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    Ww, yes. They’re allowed to get away with being very limited footballers because they “break up play”. Colback is a prime example.

  • 35 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    We are crying out for s deep lying playmaker. We need that quality to unlock organised and tight defences and currently we don’t have it. Anita or Colback alongside one, can’t play both if we want a complete side.

  • 36 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    We need to sell Colback. We’ve sold Abeid who’s much better than him.

  • 37 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    A great example of someone who plays in that position but is not a defensive midfielder is Xabi Alonso. His job isnt to break up play, it’s to move the team up the pitch, switch play, start attacks, similar with Pirlo. As soon as someone is officially classified as DM, it’s a stamp that says, i cant pass or shoot, but i might be able to get a foot to the ball when the opposition have it.
    Just trying to stimulate some debate!

  • 38 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    No one would be interested in buying Colback, thats why we had no competition when he was on a free

  • 39 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    West Ham were interested.

  • 40 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Completely disagree. And on Colback how didn’t we have competition for him? Pretty sure there was a lot of links for him at the time

  • 41 Jib // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Freddy Woodman and Adam Armstrong called up for England under 19’s to play Germany and Croatia
    Well done lads

  • 42 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    As kets has said West Ham were allegedly interested but that was about it, maybe someone like Wigan would buy him, same as they did with Perchinio

  • 43 Toonfan8 // Aug 27, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    defensive midfielders are poor midfielders? So Schneiderlin, Carrick, Matic, Wanyama and others in that position are poor?

  • 44 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    They’re all poor players. Tiote and Colback are also poor. Abeid and Anita stand out compared to all those mentioned.

  • 45 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    I think, like many said this time last year, Colback is a good squad player but I think we could do better in terms of a starting CM. he’d push them all the way and provide professional and reliable back up and could seamlessly slot In and keep his place if a starting CM was out of form/injured etc. but in terms of quality, I think we should be looking for that deep lying playmaker.

    Unfortunately there don’t appear to many about right now that are available.

  • 46 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    If we put Colback up for sale there would be plenty takers

  • 47 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    We have Anita. I’d recommend us signing Fer though.

  • 48 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    the odds for saturdays game are so good as to be hard to understand . up to 5/1 for a win and 10/3 for a draw. arsenal were beaten by west ham and were lucky at palace they should never be 1/2

  • 49 TheToonKing // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    this is foookin’ epic.

    I love the clubs approach to social media and fans this season. keep it up.

  • 50 Toonfan8 // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    I agree that Colback is good squad player, he can play in various positions LB,DM,CM,ML, but we should bring one proper CM midfielder like Ferri, deep playmaker who isnt afraid to stuck in…we need to sort that out…everybody was talking that we have enough CM, but they werent as good as they should be, Abeid is sold and he wasnt probably good enough for EPL, Tiote is poor for two-three seasons now and I cant see him being any better in future, Colback is ok but nothing special, Anita in this system is good, but limited with his height, Wijnaldum is good, Sissoko isnt CM anymore…so we now have 4 players and Tiote isnt good enough, we need that Cabaye type there….

  • 51 Reyantoon // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    I felt optimistic going to the Arsenal game based on our performance last week .I won’t bother if we lose too because we showed signs that we’ll get better.If your first eleven produce a clean sheet,you can’t change it usually in the next game,unless u are a coward like Carver.So i hope McLaren is brave enough to decide things that are beneficial to the team!!
    In the meantime,never saw Kemen playing but if it is true that the likes of Monaco and Milan are interested in him,there must be something about him.But if McLaren and co decided he is not good enough,we should hand them and bring one of thier players in!

  • 52 Jib // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Leroy Fer failed a medical at Sunlan why would we be interested ?

  • 53 Sliema // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:32 PM


    I can’t believe the odds. John McCririck phoned in on talk sport the other night and was saying he was in shock too.

    I got 5.5 with bet365 on a win for us whilst win/draw was 2.4, very good price all things considered.

  • 54 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Schneiderlin & Carrick are both CM. Matic is the standout DM at the moment, there will always be a few, as i said Chelsea cristened the idea really so they should know how to use one. They dont play with two though unless they are down to 10 men. Fabregas certainly isnt a DM, hes box to box, thats what i was suggesting, at the moment we have two pretty poor DM’s, i was suggesting we just swap them out of the team for two CM’s

  • 55 clinath@ed // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Play the first half the same way Liverpool did Monday eve. Get at their back four, who want to ply it out, but aren’t good enough, they are a mistake waiting to happen. If we we can get an early goal, then it’s game on….

  • 56 Malackay // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Repost – RE: Haidara/Tadic

    Nut meg, our two comments aren’t mutually exclusive. He can use both feet, correct, but he is undoubtedly left footed and his left is far more dangerous.

    Are you implying showing Tadic inside is the correct move as a full back? If you are, you’re mad, if you’re not saying that, I don’t understand what your point is?

  • 57 Toonfan8 // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    what we need is cabaye type of player there, that lad Ferri looks really good and I was happy when I first read that rumour about him. Hope its true…Carrick for me is definetely DM and Schneiderlin too….they play similar system to ours…

  • 58 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    My Team V Arsenal


    Subs: Darlow. Coloccini, Colback, De Jong, Aarons, Obertan, Cisse

  • 59 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    On Janmaat, I think this is the Dutch managers boot up the chuff for Daryl to get his head together and into the swing of things. Putting the young lad ahead of him shows him there are other options coming through; happily our Daz has taken it the right way. Should start seeing some of those performances that got him good reviews last season. Starting with the Gunners.

  • 60 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Clinath, theres probably an Arsenal on one of their blogs saying that word for word!

  • 61 Macas // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Sutty – Defensive midfielders have always been important, it’s got nothing to do with Chelsea!

  • 62 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Chancel, i’d go with that.

  • 63 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Why oh why are we not in for Van Dyjk. Are we going to let Southampton beat us to him with all our Dutch connections?
    WE still need a quality CB & FB

  • 64 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Macas, most teams used to play 442, there were no defensive midfielders, both CM’s had to be able to do everything.

  • 65 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    West lancs – if Mr Charnsworth tells SM we have enough perfectly serviceable defenders, what can he do?

  • 66 Macas // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Sutty – One of those central midfielders was always the defensive midfielder

  • 67 martoon // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Jib @ 25 – I never knew that they shared the same agent – explains a lot. Maybe Nolan will follow Sam into the media and be his makeup artist 🙂

  • 68 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    West Lancs Geordie
    Because we have numbers in CB and unless that changes we won’t be after anymore

  • 69 Bambams // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM





    I have always been a sucker for 442

    Second half SDJ for Sissoko and watch him thread the passes through for Perez who is on for Cisse….

  • 70 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Tsunki I hear what you are saying but everyone knows that by Xmas injuries and suspensions will have hit us again.Saylor will have his sicknote in for the season again. Willo won’t have been moved on & Lascelles isn’t ready yet. Factor Kemen into a deal with Monaco for Adenour or broker deal for Lewis Dunk with Brighton with Willo the Weak going the other way.
    Real fears that the defence isn’t strong enough & will leak goals. We need to clear out the likes of Marvaux, Willo. Bigiriama, Gouffran, Vukic & Riviere just to name a few to take the wage bill down. They are not even squadron now

  • 71 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    WWSBRD Numbers maybe – quality no. May be OK against Northampton Town but we’ll see against Arsenal.

  • 72 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    I’m with you west lancs but as for that scenario, which is all too real and should I also say, familiar – Mr Charnsworth will simply say that’s what the January Transfer Window is for. You know how it works, disastrous slide down the table followed by knee jerk buying.

  • 73 Malackay // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:08 PM


    That looks a quality side on FM15, but in reality we would get murdered of a much more technical Arsenal if we played that formation. Anita is a must in this game and I’d have Colback next to him. All a matter of opinion of course…..


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Dum (if fit)

    Anita Colback

    Sissoko Gini Thauvin


    Harsh leaving Perez out but him and Aarons could definitely have roles to play off the bench.

  • 74 WWSBRD // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Don’t necessarily disagree but that’s how the club look at it

  • 75 Ian Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    SUTTY – Your misleading By talking so much garbage about the defensive midfielder or holding midfielder. Chelsea play with an orthodox defence but have In Matic the best of the above type in Europe. Makelele was uncomplicated but the role has developed over time.
    I suggest you read Inverting the Pyramid – The History of Football tactics which won the National Sporting clubs awards ” Best football book of the year. Sou(r)ness and Neville use a lot of the material from it on Sky.

  • 76 West Lancs Geordie // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Yeah Tsunki priorities wrong yet again. Build from the back and make St James Park stronghold should be the plan. The days of 4-3 defeats no matter how exciting should be despatched to the history books. Sell Tiote and /or Sissoko to raise money for strengthening the defence if needs be but come Xmas if will be the same old story if nothing is done.

  • 77 optimistic prime // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Attacking midfield or defensive midfield are both non existent positions made up to cover players for lack of ability.

    If you’re a midfielder you should have decent ability going foward and defensively, if you don’t you ain’t a midfielder.

    DM = extra defender
    Am = deep number ten.

    Play with two proper midfielders instead of two half a jobs!

  • 78 martoon // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    West Lancs Geordie @71 – A little harsh to judge us against Arsenal. A fairer test would be when we play clubs in and around our level such as Everton or West Ham.

  • 79 Yellow Belly // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    • My Team V Arsenal
    Janmaat—– Coloccini—–Mbemba—-Haidara
    ————————Colback ———————
    —Sissoko ———Wijnaldum———————
    ———————De Jong—————Thauvin

    Exploit the missing 2 centre backs with crosses tactic!

    Sissoko on the right but a bit deeper to allow Janmaat to bomb on and cross.

    Thauvin on the left and being left footed and from youtube clips I have seen delivers a better cross from the left.

    Mitro and De Jong will thrive with the crosses.

    Colbeck give 100% to break up play.

    Gino – Box to box with class.

    If it does not work sub Aarons for De Jong switch Thauvin to the right where he will cut in and Sissiko central. To Attack through the middle. Totally change the game with 1 sub!

  • 80 nightfa11 // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    I know defence is our weakest area.. But the more I think about the more I think we should sign a young rb and a quality DMC..

    I think Mbemba, colo, Taylor and dummet can do a job there for the season.. But with quality dmc we could play

    Janmaat Mbemba colo haidara
    Dmc winaljdum (box to box)

    Thauvin de jong perez

    Anita, Colback, tiote, sissoko are all ok..But..

  • 81 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    WE NEED A LB, dummet (too slow) & Haidara(poor going backward) are not the answer. They are worthy subs at best. We need a stay at home LB.

  • 82 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    RAPHAEL GUERRIERO would be a fantastic signing. He can also operate as a winger, so that’d save us purchasing a winger.

  • 83 John Tudor // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    merge the two and get dumbdara

  • 84 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    It was a mistake getting rid of Mbiwa, Santon, Abeid and Cabella. Players like Obertan, Bigirimana, Ferguson, Colback, Williamson, Saylor should all be leaving before them.

    Cabella could’ve challenged Siem De Jong for a spot this season. De Jong will get injured soon and then we’ll be short again.

    Mbiwa should have played centre back more. Santon was a good player and we haven’t replaced him yet. Guerriero would be an ideal replacement.

    Signing Fer would allow Anita to fill in at right/left back if needed (don’t forget, he started his career in that position).

    Trimming the squad and signing Van Dijk and Guerriero would be sufficient until January.

  • 85 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    guerriero looks good but i dont think hes what we need. if he can play winger, that means hes going to be attacking. i think the team is better off if at least one FB stays back. We have lost the midfield too many times when both janmat and haidara have pinched forward at the same time. ideally it would be best if they could communicate but i think we have enough attacking strength and we should play it safe w/ one FB.

  • 86 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Fer and Rolan would do in January.

  • 87 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    We need a DM, Colback needs to be benched.

  • 88 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Ian, the problem i have with it is the fact that we are playing two defensive midfielders that add nothing above the role of breaking up play and they’re certainly not the best at even doing that. I said a few days ago about Abeid, he put in 7 tackles in the first half of one game and was hooked at half time. I haver never seen either Anita or Colback put in that many tackles over 90 minutes.
    It’s all well and good talking about books covering tactical analysis of the position but do you ever see that put into practice by either of the players we have there?
    Really they add very little to the team going forward or defending, hence my suggestion of replacing with Wijnaldum and Sissoko who can add much more. Wheres the problem?

  • 89 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Guerrieri is similar to Bernard and Domi. He’d be a great asset to us. Charlie Austin is similar to Cisse and Mitrovic. We don’t need another target man.

  • 90 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    LEFT BACK is the need this window. Even Shearer has stated that.

  • 91 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Anita must start every game in DM. Tiote and Colback should be sold. Selling them both for £16m and signing Fer for £8m is a no brainer.

  • 92 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:57 PM


    we be lucky to get 8M for them both. what was the deal with Fer failing the medical?

  • 93 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM


    I agree with you mate, they both offer very little defensively or in way of attacking threat. Colback used to take set pieces he’s even lost that now as well. The only issue with dropping Colback and it’s a big issue….will be the press, dropping colback means nufc will have ZERO British players in the starting XI. McClaren won’t do this as he was once the England manager

  • 94 Our Toon // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:01 PM


    Fer failed his medical and if I’m not mistaken he’s been part of 2 teams that got relegated in his 2 years in England. Was about to join a 3rd team in Sunderland.

    I think he’s a good player but not what we need nor does he offer protection to the back 4

  • 95 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Basically if you want to play like pardew – defend, defend, defend and try and hit on the counter, the two defensive midfielders isnt a bad bet as you’re only likely to have 30% possession.
    If you want a team that plays possession based football then drop the defensive midfielders for proper players who can use the ball, get past players, pass, shoot and generally play the game.
    As i said earlier, just trying to stimulate debate, so don’t get wound up!

  • 96 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Kara Mbodji could be an option then.

  • 97 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Our toon, happy with Taylor alongside Mbemba. Gives us a bit of physical presence. No need for a ball playing CB if you have three ball playing midfielders. Let the defenders defend and MF and FW attack

  • 98 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Jesus, he signed for Anderlect for £3.2m, 2 weeks ago.

  • 99 nut meg // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    I was pointing out that Tadic can use both feet and is more than capable of going to the outside as well as cutting inside and doing exactly what he done that lead to the goal,seen it quite a bit and no,I’m not mad thank you very much.

  • 100 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Ketsbaia really? Wow. Oh…. you mean Mbodji!!

  • 101 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Kets, apparently we paid for his flight (well Mbemba’s transfer fee did)!

  • 102 Bambams // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:24 PM


    Cheers for that fella…. I would be a throw back to the Keegan era and Arsenal probably would exploit my team….IF THEY get the ball.

    I love Perez and know he will be great, fresh legs with 20 to go !

    By the way what’s FM15 ..hehe

    Cheers for craic fella

  • 103 VanBasten // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:31 PM


    I said it a couple of days ago. If we are looking for a striker then I hope Carr also took notice of Michy Batshuayi of Marseille when he was scouting Thauvin. I believe his skills would Mitrovic’s very well. He is tall (around 6′ 0″), strong, quick and has good technical skills. He is only 21 and from Belgium which should sit well with the Belgian league influence we have now with both Mitrovic and Mbemba.

    He will be future star, I believe…

  • 104 VanBasten // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Check his 2 goals from last weekend:

  • 105 will die for the toon army // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Sorry for being Pessimistic but I dont we r signing any one. We r done for the summer may b outings. We have made improvements.

    GK: Krul, Darlow, Elliott
    FB: Janmatt, Dummett, Haidara
    CB: Colo, Mbemba, Taylor, Willo, Lasceles, Good.
    CM: Colback, Anita, Goufrann, Tiote
    CAM: Wijnaldum, De Jong
    WF: Sissoko, Thauvin, Perez, Aarons, Obertan, Marvueax
    CF: Mitrovic, Cisse, Rivere.

  • 106 Jib // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Tiote isn’t 30 until next Summer.

    If he can make a good recovery from his injury and under the tutelage of McClaren it could be
    —— cue dramatic music ————
    “THE RETURN OF THE BEAST” ——— more dramatic music !!!!!!

  • 107 will die for the toon army // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    CM is not convincing.

  • 108 will die for the toon army // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM


    I think Tiote, Aarons and De Jong are going thru the same phase as have been injured for the last 2 seasons. They need games and software will return to their best.

  • 109 Malackay // Aug 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Bambam…… Keegan era…. can’t be a bad thing 🙂

    Nut meg….. so you are saying he was right to show Tadic inside onto his left foot? I’m aware he can do both, but IMO he is less of a threat on the touchline on his weaker foot and with a chance of blocking the cross, rather than showing him to the edge of the 18 yard box where he can punish you (which he did) with that wand of a left foot?

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