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9:04 am, Friday, August 28th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

26 year-old Daryl Janmaat may find himself on the bench tomorrow for the tough game at home to Arsenal.

And with Newcastle getting an excellent point at Old Trafford last weekend, the lads have a chance of maybe going one better against the Gunners tomorrow.

daryl janmaat scored third goal

Daryl Janmaat scoring Newcastle’s 3rd goal last Tuesday night

That’s especially with Arsenal likely to be missing key defenders in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

If we can get the win, it would be the first time since we have beaten Arsenal since 6th November at the Emirates, when Andy Carroll scored just before half time and we won 1-0.

And unbelievably, manager Chris Hughton was fired 26 days later on 6th December.


A win tomorrow would mean we had taken four points from these last two fixtures and would be a great return for us.

This is what Janmaat has told the Shields Gazette today:

“I was pleased to be back in the side and it felt good to be back playing,” “It was good to get the first win of the new regime too but we had to win this game.”

“You don’t get credit for these type of wins, you just have to do your job and we did that.”

“We have to try and take that kind of form into the Arsenal game now. It is going to be a hard game but the point at Old Trafford lifted us too and we have to build on it.”

“All the signings are very good, I have been very impressed with them all.”

“A cup run is important, we want to go further.”

Newcastle need to do well in the league this year with our target being the top eight, after we finished in 15th place last season and even flirted with relegation under interim coach John Carver.

But the target this season is also to do well in the toe cup competitions – the League Cup and the FA Cup.

If we don’t sell too many players before next Wednesday, then our squad will be fairly strong in depth, which is necessary to achieve those goals.

We need another good result against Arsenal tomorrow.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Capital One Cup · Coaching · Daryl Janmaat · League Cup · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours

38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    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.

  • 2 martoon // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Ian – are these your thoughts or something from one of their books?

  • 3 hibbit // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    when people on here go on about paying the kids its obvious they have not seen them play we don’t have one player ready to step up our youth system is a shambles the kids are poorly coached we fail to make use off the loan system with lower leagues were the would gain experience and confidence with a set plan to bring them up to prem standard not all would make it but at least it would give them a chance

  • 4 the broons // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:25 AM


    That all sounds very good, but is there any chance Mcclaren will stop buggering off upstairs for the games then having to rush down near the touchline because he can see we have started slow in each of our last 2 league games.

  • 5 the broons // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:27 AM


    I know we signed Aarons as a youngin, however he is miles better than sammy who seems to be doing areet at Cardiff. Great young player to have on the bench.

  • 6 beermonkey // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM


    I think were going in the right direction
    with woodman Armstrong Sammy

    but we need to get Roberts and others out there

  • 7 Tsunki // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Nice Blue Sky thinking Ian. They look like an extract from a book.

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    There is plenty of potential in the youth ranks, there has been many a time, but development always has in the past faltered between the ages of 17 to 20, when players stagnate at this club.

    Clearly some of this is due to the players themselves, their attitudes, physical developments different timescales of natural progression. However the club used to, far less so now, refuse to let youngsters go on loan because they preferred keeping them in and around the club. Alnwick struggled because the club never allowed him to go on loan, other than short spells to the Heed. 21 before he made a debut at any level in the football league, and we expect him to slot straight in to the Prem?

    Things are looking more promising with Woodman and Arma heading out. But Sterry, Kemen, Satka, Roberts, Heardman et al should all be looking for moves.

    I’d argue that if Obertan is to stay ahead of Aarons in the pecking order, and Sissoko continues out wide then we should possibly look to sending Aarons out on loan to get some game time under his belt. We may even be able to get him in at the likes of Bournemouth, Norwich etc and get him some additional Prem experience.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    the brooms,
    We signed Aarons after Bristol City released him due to injury issues amongst other things.

  • 10 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    the broons even, apologies.

  • 11 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Cisse missing on Sat due to illness !
    A likely story
    Expect him to go in a last minute flurry of wiindow activity

  • 12 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    He was spending too much time in St Pauls doing a passable impression of Nile Ranger

  • 13 Novocastrian66 // Aug 28, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Jib: Cisse out, you know who in?

  • 14 beermonkey // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:04 AM


    McLaren spoke about Aarons and says he has a plan for him getting in the first team he used a player he had onloan at derby as a comparison
    he needs to learn his job and from what he said if all goes well it will be about xmas and we should see him regularly starting

  • 15 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Yeah, character was the other flaw, but he hasn’t shown any of that here, so I didn’t want to bring that up if he has changed his ways.

    It might have been good for him to get an idea close up of how badly Ranger has destroyed his career. A wake up call.

  • 16 AncientC // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Mbemba ahead of Janmaat? Hardly the brightest idea.

    Mbemba was pulled to shreds by Depay – luckily Depay was greedy and ineffective with his finishing.

    I believe that Mbemba has shown a lot of promise, but let’s be honest here, he has already been beaten for a few goals and was thoroughly embarrassed by Depay against Man Utd.

    Mbemba has plenty of time to develop, perhaps the best idea would be to drop him against Arsenal. (Assuming he cannot play left back better than Haidara that is)

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    I must have missed that from McClaren. It will be interesting to see how he works him in. Was that before or after we got Thauvin in? I can understand McClaren having a plan for him to step in for Obertan, but Sissoko or Thauvin? Then Perez is knocking on the door as well.

    He is at an age though where regular first team football will be of huge benefit to his game, and that is going to have to be managed very carefully.

    He will be 20 in November, and ideally by that age a player has had a good spell on loan in a first team by then. He effectively missed a year, so has very little first team football under his belt.

  • 18 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Ancient C
    You must have been watching a different game
    By the end of it Mbemba had Memphis dePay in his pocket

  • 19 beermonkey // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:22 AM


    it was before thauvin came in
    think it was in the hour long radio phone in he did

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Okay, well, I wonder whether the arrival of Thauvin may change that at all.

  • 21 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    martoon- Neither I was not involved. Its from a journalistic source but not yet in a book as far as I am aware.
    Ferguson was interviewed some months ago along with a number of other highly successful people in their chosen fields. This was to analyse whether there are any “simple rules to follow in a complex world” the material was to subsequently form the basis of a book along similar lines. Apparently he was happy to talk at length,
    complete a number of questionnaires on management issues much of which covered his support of fellow managers. The rest is investigative journalism ( not me) in trading knowledge for further information. A bit like telling a child the facts of life – you find out how much they know already before telling them anything further!
    Most of the “rules” in a football sense are plain common sense. I found it interesting and I remembered SAF mentioning publicly that he had helped Pardew previously when he was unemployed.

  • 22 beermonkey // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:40 AM


    not sure
    my hopes are it is the nail in obertans coffin

    is thauvin right or left footed I am not sure

  • 23 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    He is left footed.

    don’t see anyone buying Obertan, so I doubt it is the last we see of him….

  • 24 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    The London press are saying that Arsenal could be without both CB’s. Wenger has said that Mertesacker is not on antibiotics because Germans are sceptical of taking them. Koschelney was thought less likely to play because of an on going back problem but Wenger rates Mertesacker even less likely now.
    Might be gamesmanship but it’s not Wenger style.
    I thought against Pool Gabriel did OK but Chambers was very poor.

  • 25 the broons // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Lilongwe geordie

    yeah I remember now, I just remember the similarities between Aarons and Sterling being striking and that they both started out at lower league clubs before moving on to higher things.

    To be honest with you, I still think theres a lot of young talent amongst the less prestigous leagues and we should have a mininum of 1 scout looking around a bit to see what potential bargians we could pick up.
    Instead it just seems like were always looking somewhere in France and Holland.

  • 26 beermonkey // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:47 AM


    think his deal runs out the end of the season so he is gone then

    Aarons as thauvins back up is ok as long as there is a plan for Aarons when we sell thauvin he should just step into his shoes

    I hope there is a similar plan for keman but I think with monoco and inter is it sniffing round we might lose him

  • 27 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Magpies 24/7 episode 7 is out for those with NUFCtv
    Swansea to Man Utd with a lot on the arrival of Tow Van.

  • 28 Slank // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    If Cisse is still ‘ill’ then I expect Mitrovic to start with Perez on the bench as his cover as we have no one else.

    If Sissoko is still crocked then I expect Obertan to start with Aarons on the bench as his cover.

  • 29 the broons // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:56 AM


    You know where I can possibly watch it?

  • 30 Ian Toon // Aug 28, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Aaron’s contract expires in June 2017. Obertan’s next summer.

  • 31 the broons // Aug 28, 2015 at 11:01 AM


    If it was Mitrovic ill I would still start him ahead of Cisse, would show more guts and determination then he ever would.

  • 32 Slank // Aug 28, 2015 at 11:01 AM


    What happened to Magpies 24/7 episode 6 ?

  • 33 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    I’m pretty sure Ed posted a link to it

  • 34 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    The Broons
    It usually comes out on Youtube after a few days – then Ed posts a link

  • 35 Slank // Aug 28, 2015 at 11:07 AM


    It isn’t on You Tube which you would expect if episode 7 has been released.

  • 36 Jib // Aug 28, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    I’ve just had a look at no.6
    You got me thinking there Slank
    Draw with Soton the players all turning up smart with mbemba in a dj.
    Mckenzie Heaney talking about U17 call up
    ring any bells ?

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Aug 28, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    it’s funny we are second in net spend yet man city have just paid more on just one player than we have on 5!! FFP my a–e!!

    If only ash hadn’t been so greedy when the mansours wanted us. Ah well…at least it’s quite exciting and clever too, getting young promising players like Thauvin, mitro, mbemba, wijnaldum on board and trying to build something from the ground up.


    cheer up, you keep trying to bring everyone down.

  • 38 CalgaryMagpie // Aug 28, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    How can Janmaat be on the bench isn’t he serving a ban after being a complete dick against Swansea???

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