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McClaren Happy With This Part Of Newcastle Team

4:34 pm, Friday, August 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

In his press conference today Steve McClaren has said we are not interested in 22 year-old Wolves striker Benik Afobe, who Newcastle have been linked over the last few weeks.

We have also been linked with Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan, who is also 22, and since Charlie Austin wasn’t mentioned we assume Newcastle are no longer interested in the 26 year-old..

Steve has also said he doesn’t expect to lose any players he wants to keep – before the transfer window slams shut next Tuesday night at 6:00pm.

papiss cisse celebrates

Papiss Cisse – going nowhere before Tuesday night

Steve was asked if he wanted to strengthen the striker department, and this is what he said to that question:

“No, not really.” “I am happy with that.” “Papiss will always score goals.” “Mitrovic has to get used to the Premier League – he is doing that.”

“I thought he was excellent at Old Trafford, grew into the game; Ayoze played up front in midweek on his own.”

“We have got Riviere, who is coming back from injury, so we have enough in that position.”

Newcastle may allow players like Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana and Sylvain Marveaux leave in the next few days, but only if McClaren doesn’t want to keep them.

Sylvain and Haris haven’t featured at all this summer, although the Frenchman has a groin injury and has not been fit, and maybe he wants to take a look at Marveaux?

The other news filtering through is that Newcastle value Haris Vuckic at around £450K.

Here’s the business that Newcastle have done so far this summer in this transfer window.

Georginio Wijnaldum£14.5MEindhoven
Aleksandar Mitrovic£14.3MAnderlecht
Chancel Mbemba£11.8MAnderlecht
Florian Thauvin£14.5MMarseille
Ivan Toney£1.5MNorthampton
Transfer Fees Out£56.6M
Remy CabellaSeason loanMarseille
Davide Santon£2.0MInter-Milan
Mehdi Abeid£1.5MPanathinaikos
Olivier Kemen£0.5MLyon
Sammy AmeobiSeason LoanCardiff
Adam Armstrong6 month loanCoventry
Freddie Woodman6 month loanCrawley
Haris VuckicSeason LoanWigan
Shane Ferguson6 month loanMilwall
Jonas GutierrezReleasedDeportivo
Ryan TaylorReleasedHull City
Jak AlnwickReleasedPort Vale
Adam CampbellReleasedNotts County
Remie StreeteReleasedPort Vale
Transfer Fees In£4.0M
Net Spend£52.6M

Comments welcome.

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

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 estechco // Aug 28, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Controversial new suggested team…

    Jan, Taylor, Mbemba, Colo, Haidara
    Thauvin, Wij, Perez

    The idea being to give Mbemba scope to push up and support Colback in DM or drop back whilst our fullbacks bomb on?

    I know SM wouldn’t entertain it, but, discuss…

  • 2 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Iantoon, just going back to your little management notes from earlier, you didnt really explain which bits you thought were being implemented:

    Ferguson to McClaren to Ian Cathro. The core concepts that sold the job to Macca and now Cathro.
    Macca spoke of a root and branch approach.

    1) Start with the foundation. Bring in young players and build a youth system that will sustain the club for many years. Avoid signing veterans for short term gain success.
    2) Don’t be afraid to make unpopular decisions with team rebuilding in mind
    but make decisions based on what the team will look like in a few years time.
    3) Set high standards with rules and without exception hold everyone to them.
    4) Never ever cede control. Get rid of players if they are creating discord, even if they are seen as an outstanding ( by fans). Don’t worry about whether players or fans will like you or your proposed course of action.
    5) Match the message to the moment. When to criticise players and encourage players publicly and privately will depend on the context of a situation.
    6) Prepare to win. If you’re down 1-0 you might as well put on an extra attacking player and lose 2-0 rather than play conservatively and lose 1-0 anyway.
    7) Rely on the power of observation. Delegate managing practices to assistant coaches so you can simply watch and observe each player.
    8) Never stop adapting as you can control change by accepting it.

    1) no real headway on this one, lets hope they actually get the training facilities underway soon, would be good to add some new players into the dev squad
    2) the decision to keep Colo goes against this but the plan to build over 3 windows shows there may be an evolutionary plan in place
    3) TBC, can imagine Mc being decent on this front, still think Colo may have refused to play in preseason, so on the basis of the point he should have been booted, dont have any proof on that front so might not be relevant
    4) this sounds a bit like Pardews ego trips with players who questioned him. Can imagine McClaren being more willing to talk it through and come to an amicable agreement, dont think this point really fits in with what we are doing
    5) no incidents either way really, at least he didnt accuse Janmaat of getting sent off like someone else we know!
    6) took 1.5 games to disprove this point, Mc took Cisse off for Aarons against Swans leaving us with no strikers on the pitch!
    7) the one thing people said about Mc when he joined was how good he was on the training pitch, so this bit doesnt have much relevance to us. He does try to do it on match days, we always start off slow and he ends up coming down to the dugout
    8) TBC.

  • 3 Sazzer // Aug 28, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    My preferred line up to try against Arsenal is similar except it doesn’t include Colback.
    Janmaat S.Taylor Colo Haidara
    Wijnaldum Sissoko
    Thauvin Mitrovic Perez

  • 4 Novocastrian66 // Aug 28, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    estechco; I quite like the look of that formation, but not for tomorrow as we may get overrun in midfield. If we did play that I would have Anita instead of Colback and I would have Thauvin on the left.

  • 5 NUFC FOR SALE // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    The team I would love to see….but it’ll not happen:

    Janmat Memba Collo Haidara
    Wijnaldum Sissoko
    Thauvin Mitrovic Perez

    Not sure what Anita and Coldback bring to the team at the moment that Wini and Sissoko couldn’t do ten times better.

  • 6 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Quite like that line up sazzer

    My fave formation of recent times was under keegan a midfield and striker combo of

    Geremi Butt Barton
    Viduka. Martins

    No wingers, didn’t need them as it was all about interplay, also 2 of the 3 midfielders could ping a great diagonal or through ball. Could we play this withe players we have now? Dont think we actually have anyone in midfield who can ping a pass which is a real shame

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    For sale, i’ve posted that exact team a couple of times now, prepare to get slated as being plastic and being a Colback & Anita basher!

  • 8 Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    I really think we need a deep lying playmaker who can dictate tempo and put their stamp on s game. If we had that we would have near enough the complete squad. It could come back to bite us severely when we can’t control the midfield in many games.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Our toon

    Agree with most of what you say, however, anita is definitely not pants and seems to be growing with every match under SM.

    Note to Ed * Willo has not been a great buy for us. Hopeless when anyone runs at him on the deck and for a big lad should do an awful lot better aerally. Plus he has no technical ability as a footballer and doesn’t organise well. Other than that, yes he’s been a great buy.. . . !!

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:19 PM


    I think Lamina or Ferri could do that for us.

  • 11 the broons // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    NUFC for sale

    That is a mightily strong team on paper, only problem I have with it is the lack of defensive cover for the midfield.

  • 12 hibbit // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    is sissoko fit i see him in every ones team ??

  • 13 Sazzer // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    I wouldn’t mind your change. Until somebody else arrives getting that line up to work is probably the best way to go with players we got.

  • 14 SUTTY1978 // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Swansea managed to play their best football without a defensive midfielder. I remember the having 78% possession against us in one game. As long as the players work hard you don’t need a nominated tackler. Most players have some ability to win the ball back. It’s mainly about application and effort to get back into position. That was one of our worst traits last season, players trotting back rather than running full pelt to get back in shape.

  • 15 Sazzer // Aug 28, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    That 3-1-2 way of lining up is possible since the arrival of Mitrovic I would say.

  • 16 corkypants // Aug 28, 2015 at 6:04 PM


    But if socks is fit we have to drop janmaat for mbemba go to a four at the back and put socks next to anita just for that engine he has.

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