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Three Players Newcastle Need In January

9:16 am, Saturday, September 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 133 Comments

If Newcastle can bring in a striker, center back and left back in January that will go a long way to improving the Newcastle team, but it´s also something we probably should have done in the summer.

Most fans wanted to see another top center back brought in and at least over the first eight games of this season, we still look too weak in defense with central defense a concern.

raphael Guerreiro

Raphael Guerreiro – Lorient left-back

There are also question marks about whether Massadio Haidara or Paul Dummett when he´s fit again, are good enough at left back.

Charlie Austin is the obvious striker that we should sign, and he can produce goals almost immediately for us, having already shown for a struggling QPR side last season he can score goals in the Premier League.

Charlie is already top of the Championship goalscoring charts with 7 goals so far this season.

Newcastle have recently been linked with a move for two center backs in the Bundesliga – Joel Matip of Schalke who will become a free agent in the summer and Robin Knoche of Wolfsburg.

Both are at a good at age at 23 – and of the two maybe Joel Matip would be the better buy because he will have only six months left on his contract at Schalke in January.

Newcastle were linked with 21-year old Portuguese left-back Raphael Guerreiro over the summer, and he is currently plying his trade at French side Lorient.

There are also some young English left backs that Newcastle could also try to acquire in January.

And we dare say we will be linked by the national press with Ashley Cole of Roma again in January, but there´s no way Newcastle will bring in the former England left-back, who will be 35 come January.

In his email to Newcastle fans about the disastrous start Newcastle have made this season, Managing Director Lee Charnley has said there have been various meetings at the club and that collective action will be taken to correct the situation.

This will presumably include some sizable investment again from owner Mike Ashley so we can strengthen the side in January.

If we could get Charlie Austin, Joel Matip,  and Raphael Guerreiro in then that would certainly help strengthen some of the weaknesses we have in the side at the moment.

And two of them will become free agents next summer so we could get good deals on them in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

133 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Ffs buy some PL experienced players, we might not be in this mess if we’d bought Austin, Lescott and a aPL LB.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Collocini should have been sent back to deepest darkest Peru making way for a fresh start in that wretched defence !

  • 4 Fostino // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Janmaat lascalles colo colback

    Perez sissoko mbemba wini Rolando


    Let’s get colback as lb..mbemba as dm. Mitro up front. Sissoko in the middle. .toure style.

  • 5 Jib // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    They should have taken the dosh from Besiktas in July for Cissé and signed Charlie Austin .

    If we do pay QPR the dosh in the Winter break
    Mitrovic will learn so much from Charlie who has worked his way up from the North Berkshire football league

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Colback as LB might not be a bad shout and would make a place for some creativity in MF, is SMc going to stick with the same principal that had corners booted to Willo 398 times without success in the hope that it would pay eventually.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    If results keep going this way Charlie Austin will not want to come within thirty miles of Newcastle in January.

  • 8 banjax // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Please Ed don’t quote names of more Frenchman coming to Newcastle because with the odd exception, they have been a waste of money. We need to buy from the premier leagues of Spain, Germany and Italy etc.

  • 9 NezzaNUFC // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    If we play a 4231 again as usual we will get smashed by Chelsea, we need a 2 striker formation with Perez up top with Mitrovic or Cisse beside him.

    This is the only way we will get goals.

    For me bring back the 442.

  • 10 blew // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    A 5’7″ left back, he will solve the heading problems
    in defence.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    We need to have a balance of PL experienced players and untested.

  • 12 NezzaNUFC // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Janmaat, Chancel, Collo, Colback
    Winaldum, Sissoko, Anita, Aarons
    Perez, Mitrovic

  • 13 Ian Toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Jail- it’s principle. Principal for the head of a college. You don’t have an eye for detail but feel you can correct my material- you can go to evening classes for comprehension. I used mum because I was not singing rhyming toon songs about off to Italy.
    Don’t bother to respond because I have erected the wall again.

  • 14 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    From previous:
    Please please don’t say I’d start with Obertan. It’s like we are playing with 10 players. It’s just unfair to NUFC. We need 11 to at least compete.
    He and a few others must be released, today, forget selling, take the loss.
    We’ve done it with way better players before.

  • 15 NezzaNUFC // Sep 26, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Employees of mine say that McClaren won’t get the sack but will most probably walk out around December if not February.

    He can’t handle extreme pressure when it comes to fans and with Newcastle fans being the worse when it comes to adding extra pressure to managers he will walk.

  • 16 lochinvar // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    All this talk of “systems”, “plans” , ” long term projects ” is all business management guff. This is a football club not a Business School.
    It might be to placate Ashely with a Baldrick style ” cunning plan ” but does nothing to inspire players.
    The players are becoming shackled and someone needs to release their footballing instincts.
    The Chronicle needs to start a campaign to “free the Newcastle eleven”
    and then we might have a chance. McLaren and Charnly are already in the last chance saloon and Colo’s their sidekick.
    Please prove me wrong tonight

  • 17 sing in the corner // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    I am on a break from predicting NUFC results, so its time to turn my Medusa gaze on other matters.
    Colo to get mullered all evening, acquire a return of a non specific injury, necessitating an emergency dash to Buenos Aires for a period of R&R.

  • 18 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Ian it’s erecting stuff that got you into trouble in The first place 🙂 erecting the statue to McLaren’s brave new era, the revolutionary thinking that would drive this club onwards and upwards. Stop erecting.

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Why wouldn’t you want me to respond, is it because I’ve never used the word principle or principal

  • 20 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    I see the irony of my ‘ bring back HBA ‘ post ruffled rather than amused. I was only pointing out that what we used to whinge about was far better than our current whingees. If we had an ‘unmanageable’ Hatem now he’d certainly be the only one inclined to head towards that oblong hole thing with a mesh attached to it…..Wiki…

  • 21 The overrated Frenchman // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    For me, it’s reached the point where I don’t really care about team selection or tactics. I just don’t think we can put a competitive PL side on the pitch. Ashley, Charnley, Carr, McClaren – all to blame to some degree, but the bottom line is this squad, club, culture is flawed. That’s the reality. I can’t believe we won’t be relegated, and it will be well deserved. I’m actually hoping we get towelled 3, 4, 5 nil by Chelsea. If we are going down, I want to see the culprits squirming and suffering abuse and vitriol all the way. Funny way to support a team, I suppose, but that’s the creature I have become.

  • 22 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Krustys Komic Kapers tonight or a long awaited leaders performance? I’m not holding my breath but hey ho stranger things… I’m a bit miffed at Colo for handing his ass to toonbotherer – fancy selling us out to your fellow clown like that. 🙁

  • 23 Ian Toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Tsunki- the brave new world. It was an ironical response to those that saw the departure of carver and Pardew as the answer to all our problems. I have no quarrel with you.

  • 24 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    morning all
    ,hope everyone has recovered from wednesday…if not today could finish u off!! lets hope the players have grew a back bone in 2 or 3 days… for matip,austin or any other so called decent player no chance!….they will give us a very wide birth if we are in the bottom 3 so thinkin they’ll want to sign is daft….the players,macca and coaching staff are the only ones who can get this club to a position that makes us look a good option to players……gini played for psv right of a midfield 3 and them performances are why we signed him so my side for today would be…

    got to admit tho…..i believe it will be 4-2-3-1 not 4-3-3 he wont change

  • 25 Ian Toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Enough talk about erecting.

  • 26 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Overrated – know what you mean. it’s a strange way to approach your career to make a move to a PL club and just ride it for the money when the opportunity to make a name for yourself in all Europe and consequently earn even more money and get a few awards along the way, beckons. Whoever advises these lads should be chucked in a hole.

  • 27 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Love the way we are already looking to signing players in January.

    If Carr had got it right in the summer we could possibly be in a far better position than we are now and I personally don’t trust him to get the right players in come January as he proven time and time again he signs the wrong players

  • 28 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    could easily swap colo for mbemba since mbemba has played that position before but i kept him in the for his pace

  • 29 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:24 AM


    Your choice but: You want us get pummelled to see those people squirm?!

    How about the rest of us? I’m watching this game with a Chelsea fan, Spurs and Arsenal fans. Would just be great to get slaughtered. Make my weekend!

    Come on man. Get serious. Ignore those people, who cares if they squirm or gloat.

  • 30 Ian Toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Jail – No. It’s because your not the sort of person who can be trusted not to get up to dirty tricks and then attempt to implement me. Ed- has
    in the past suggested I don’t engage with you which is fine by me.

  • 31 stan anderson // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    3 needed in need about 5 now including a man/woman who knows something about running a football club like NUFC.
    Ashley OOT

  • 32 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Ian toon telling Jail he can’t be trusted – blog gold right there people lol

  • 33 Ian Toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    You didn’t even pick up on wrong use of implement!!

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    The club is a shambles top to bottom. They thought spending 50mil on a few players was the answer when the core of the team is primarily the same.

    In previous years we have had goal scorers, Ba and Remy, Cisse when he was played up top as a 2 or 3 but now we don’t have any and we lack goals from midfield.

    Long season ahead and I can’t see it improving. Regardless of what McClaren says about taking time I don’t see why we can’t get more bodies forward right now. How does he expect to win games when only a couple of players get within 20 yards of the goal.

  • 35 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Talking of transfers, would it not be great to see Mourinho’s face if we signed Eva… this morning?

  • 36 south coast toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    i think the signings speack volumes
    thauwin looked over by west ham as they brought a player who has hit the ground running and scores goals from the same team…..whoops we get lightweight and all hype
    mitrovic yes promicing youngster bad tempered not proven
    austin well does exactley what it says on the tin and was exactley what we needed………didnt want to pay extra few mil but he would of scored goals and that is wat we needed
    left back has needed sorting sinse jose went
    cb we needed 3 we got 1
    windjium lightwieght and not up to premier league

    again we havent brought the players we needed we brought cheaper options that might fit in
    now who ever is bringing these players in isnt getting good enough quality we dont even look like a football team that knows how to do basics

  • 37 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Ian – implement or implicate? I fear your autocorrect is betraying you. 🙂

    Yes talk of erecting is indeed subsiding as the once- priapic contingent of Ashley Horse -Bolters have withered of late. Those limp arguments don’t stand up well these days do they, actions on the pitch have served as a cold shower to their prior excitement by the looks.

  • 38 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM


    I’m sick of seeing Mourinhos now regardless of what look is on it. He’s past his sell by date. Terrific manager still but his outbursts are no longer interesting….he comes across as a petulant child and the league would be better off without him and his boring brand of football.

  • 39 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM


    Our problems lay far deeper than spending money now, the entire system is broken and as long as the three top men at the club remain it will be a constant battle to survive.

  • 40 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    South Coast

    Ten players we sign come putely from Ashley. Not the names but the type.

    Young, promising and with potential sell on value. We would never spend 15mil on a 27 year old in their prime who can guarantee performances as they’d never be able to sell on for profit.

    It’s a pathetic approach to running a club, I appreciate you need to live within your means but every now and again they need to spend a bit of money, knowing they won’t get it back but they will get results on the patch and entertain fans.

  • 41 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    not sure I agree. 50 mil should take you a long way. That is a very serious outlay, worldwide.

    Somebody said, on here, most teams have two three super players, with the rest backing them up. I agree. Most of our team are decent players. No worse than I’ve seen in most teams in the PL. But, with 50 mil we should ‘ve been able to sign 3 amazing players.

    If we haven’t (and to be fair the jury is out – one of these players we haven’t seen yet), then Carr must be fired.

  • 42 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Agree re Mourinho. He’s definitely ‘high maintenance’ for them. I guess success erases much of that.

  • 43 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:39 AM


    It’s one man for me. Ashley. People can defend him saying he’s stepped back but he’s the one who left these muppets in control of our club. The sooner he goes the better.

    I’d rather watch is playing in league 2 with some passion and pride than this week in week out.

  • 44 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:40 AM


    Liverpool have spent £300 million and gone backwards

  • 45 toon kk // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Had we’d raided pards and brought Zaha and Puncheon in with Austin from qpr they would have made an instant impact. Thats what you would have called money well spent, on proven quality.

  • 46 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:41 AM


    very true 50 mil can buy a lot, arsenal paid 35mil for Sanchez, liverpool 25 for suarez….the problem is we pay debt fees but small wages, no chance of getting a higher caliber of player in. It’s why we always end with unproven lads.

  • 47 Ian Toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Tsunki- Ha ha- So we’re now onto erectile dysfunction. We have to stand tall against the blues. I watched the corresponding game again and last season we gave it a right go with fan support terrific.
    Hoping for a toon and England win double.

  • 48 south coast toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    as a farmer once said you never buy a cow that isnt looking good at auction

  • 49 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:43 AM


    Correct. Money means nothing. There’s always players who are expensive through hype alone, or because a prem league team is bidding you double the price.

    Money means little in reality for these players, it’s more about quality and value. Something’s we, and a few in the premier league, aren’t able to get.

  • 50 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:44 AM


    Last season was a shock but I think it was the patch of the season where we showed a bit of form, 5 games won.

  • 51 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM


    It amazed me in the summer when Ashley said he was stepping back from the daily running of the club and people actually believed him!!!

    I mean, come on this guy has lied through his teeth from the very beginning and people still believe him!!!

    100% believe that the £50 million investment was to try and safeguard the £138 million we pick if we stay in the league, but as with everything Ashley does with this club, he fcuked it up by entrusting that spend to a man that more often than not gets it wrong.

    The twisted cycle will continue as long as he remains as our owner

  • 52 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    good point. To mention a player TS brings up, no matter what they’ve spent they haven’t found a Suarez who single-handedly almos bit the PL away from the recent usuals.

    Like I said before. Money buys footballing success. Problem is it doesn’t guarantee it.

  • 53 Munster Mag // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Jail, Colback wont work at left back. He’s not quick enough IMO.

  • 54 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:51 AM


    We need to remember that Carr blew over twelve million on a player Marseille didn’t even want on their books anymore as he was so poor and when there was no other interest in him Carr storms In and pays full price for him.

    We still have no pace and a defensive line being marshalled by Captain Fantasic, no right back cover, no true defensive midfielder and a toothless striker force and that’s after Carr spending eighty million in two seasons

  • 55 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    It’s either or. You say you don’t believe him that he stepped back, then you say he entrusted the 50 to that man…

    Me, I’d prefer if MA barges through the door and says, ‘right: you, you, you aaaand you. Out you go. I’m taking over.

    Not sure it would work, but it might. The Wises, JFKs, APs, JC’s, AS’s he hired have not been able to.

  • 56 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    We need a whole F**in’ team !!!

    Come to Newcastle United and where the shirt with pride
    and play for Newcastle United with pride
    and not a lot of bloody mercenaries who only come for the BLOODY MONEY and a lucrative transfer.

    Going to be another depressing day going to the match where you know your team is going to get a stuffing

  • 57 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Your second paragraph is spot on. Sadly.

  • 58 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    re the pride, good point. If you are here just in order to step up, it will show.

  • 59 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 10:57 AM


    It’s not either or as he entrusts the signings of player to Carr just as he always has, he’s never been an owner to sit in the office Monday to Friday making all the decisions but he dictates how the club is run today just as he always has.

    If he was serious, or even honest with what he said before the West Ham game we would not have a glorified secretary as chairman or a scout on the board, just as we would have gone out and replaced the hapless Carver with a quality manager and not a coach willing to work with tpwhatever he was given

  • 60 jimmysmith // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    We’ll do okay today. It’s the less glamorous fixtures where we tend to disgrace ourselves. Sissko will have a stormer, by way of example. I think we’ve badly missed Mitrovic, even though he’s hardly done anything yet, ha1, but I suspect the first half of the season will depend on how well he adjusts. Like it or not, he’s the main man.

  • 61 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    I get your point. He does have a knack of hiring the wrong person… who knows, this Steve may get it right yet. He said give him 10 games 🙂

    … which he seems to be changing to 3 years.

  • 62 geordie1892 // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    442 all the way get back to basics. The players look lost without the faintest hope of scoring. Little and large Mitro and Perez up top with Thuavan and Aarons out wide. Wiji and Sissoko in the middle, that right there is a team capable of scoring goals when all fit

  • 63 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    hope you are right. But why did you say that with a tremulous voice ?

    I’m guessing, like me (and Steve, to name 3), you just don’t know what NUFC will show up! 🙂

  • 64 jimmysmith // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    “Whilst you may be tired of hearing this, I believe, as we have said from the start, all of this rebuilding and reshaping isn’t something that can happen overnight; it will take time to see the benefit of the changes we made during the summer.”

    You might question the capacity to deliver, but to question the sincerity is highly cynical. They keep putting on the record, and to be fair to them they always have, without at times spelling it out, none the less, they don’t speak idly.

  • 65 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    We do have a good record at home to Chelsea and I’d love to turn them over to kick start our season and see the look and reaction of the Petulant One

  • 66 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    anyone seen that jose mourinho and arsene wenger love affair on you tube……..really funny!!

  • 67 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    would like to see 4-3-3 but expect he ‘ll stick with 4-2-3-1
    if so this would be the side i’d like to see

    but think it will be

  • 68 Munster Mag // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Jimmy I do think SMC is sincere and the change in communication from the club had to applauded, although it wont be, on here anyway. But I dont like SMC talking about 3 years, not unless we see progress soon. As I have been saying long before the media or most people here, Carr has too much power and his judgement is flawed. He may not always get to choose the player he wants because of financial constraints, but other clubs dont have bottomless pits of cash with no constraints either. He has a strong obsession with french players, and he seems to like delicate players with flawed attitudes. He is quite full of his own importance, and must think he is going to uncover another Cantona soon. Instead we got Thauvin.

  • 69 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:35 AM


    I understand having to wait buy McClaren hasbt really said what to expect at the end of the 3 years. Is it better football (very vague), a trophy, top 8, champs league, etc.

    I’ve seen many sides where a new manager with 4/5 new players can change a team overnight (well a month or two pre season). We shouldby have to wait 3 months, never mind 3 years to see at least basic improvement in playing style.

  • 70 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    At the moment I don’t see any of the team I saw last Saturday and Wednesday having any pride in putting on the famous black n’ white shirt and playing for NEWCASTLE UNITED.

  • 71 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:38 AM


    Exactly, ashley was never heavily involved in day to day running anyway, just club policy with types of player bought really.

    Remember he lauded himself (through pardew and llambias) when he stepped in personally to solve the crisis in January a few years back signing 5 players. So by his own admission other than that he didn’t do much anyway.

    But the fact remains, he runs the slow and has put together a totally useless board, it’s his fault these men are inadequate which doesn’t surprise 99% of fans.

  • 72 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:39 AM


    Money can’t motivate people long term, it simply doesn’t work when we are talking about that much money, not like they are scraping around for money to eat.

    I don’t think you need players who love newcastle but you need people who have pride in their own performance and want to develop themselves. We seem to lack that

  • 73 Munster Mag // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    I agree Transfer. SMC was lauded by many top players for his coaching experience but I havent seen much to back it up. I know preseason was messy, but all we have seen is more possession. Big deal.

  • 74 Mister Tuff // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    On a day when we might get a good thrashing and the blog up in arms about the club – at least there is always the prospect of a good laugh on here.
    I refer to Ian Toon accusing others of dirty tricks -when in fact he is king of the dirty tricks brigade as witnessed by thousands on the blog. He is more venomous than Nag the Cobra and slippier than a bag of eels and will plunge the dagger into your back as soon as you look away. A thoroughly unsavoury fellow who makes Fred West and the Yorkshire Ripper look like social workers.

    And to boot he comes out with some shyte viz:- “Maccas’ bwave new world” – what load of crap.

  • 75 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:44 AM


    It’s scary to see people like Charnley and Carr given so much say in the day to day running of the club, neither man has a proven track record and going by the decisions they’ve made to this point both men should be sacked but we all know they won’t be.

    But at what point does Ashley realise that his investment and future profits are under serious threat because of the decisions these men are making?

    Even if Carr spends another £50 million in January and a gain in the the summer I don’t believe he will address the real issues with this squad

  • 76 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    So let’s just say Carr is the focal point of the problem. Do we simply replace him with a better scout? Answers please.

  • 77 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    I have sympathy with SM as the squad is a mishmash of rejects and misfits. We have zero pace, zero creativity, no guts and no pride in the squad.

    Koop, Jose, even Sir Alex would fail to do anything with this bunch of chancers

  • 78 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Transfer – maybe not love for the TOON but as you say some pride in their performance and have PRIDE in playing for NEWCASTLE UNITED and show the 50 thousand supporters that have paid good money to see you play that you care

  • 79 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    The players we have are good enough. It’s the attitude and mentality, that can only come from within each of them and all this talk of it takes time for change to come etc is self-defeating. Would help if we had a leader besides our RB. Colo’s presence, along with Sissoko does more harm than good to the team as a whole. That being said, the only other option is the catastrophic footballer called Willo and kid named Lascelles who I’m sure wouldn’t be here under normal circumstances and we hadn’t bought him a year before he arrived under a new manager, plus with Costa out Colo is less likely to be bullied, so today:


    Squad still feels wafer thin with a few players out. If Aarons is fit, put him in for Sissoko and switch wings with Obertan.

  • 80 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:53 AM


    Carr is a big part of the problem as the type of players he goes after are simply not good enough or right for this league, he doesn’t sign anyone with pace and tends to go for slight of build players who then fail to deal with what is the most physical league on the planet.

    But even if Carr was sacked they would simp,y replace him with another like minded scout.

    It’s Ashley that has to go, it will be interesting to see how many fans don their Wonga branded shirts and turn up today as we are our worst enemy because we continue to accept what he does with the club

  • 81 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    That’s about the measure of it, every player in our squad probably looks around and wonders what is he doing here. For all the formations posted on here there never seems to be a cohesive team out of any one of them, mostly wishful thinking that it could work. Cue the irrational calls for Aarons or welcoming the return of the volatile Mitrovic. Both of whom have no proven form in the PL at all. Just like SM we seem to be clutching at straws.

  • 82 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Mitro and Perez paired could be a lifeline for this team, any other consideration seems really stupid to me. It has to be tried and no better time than 2 matches where there’s zero expectation. Mitrovic needs to keep his cool, aside from the hot-headedness he’s hardly done a thing when he has been on the pitch and his hold-up play has left a lot to be desired. Time to focus big lad.

  • 83 ashleysmate // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Some people are talking about signing Austin…who’s to say he would want to come here in January if we’re still struggling?

  • 84 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    I know people who say Carr has had to work under restrictions but the last 2 years he has spent over 80 million compare the players we have signed to players signed by teams around us such as Swansea , Southampton and Stoke who have not spent as much as us but seem to have better players more suited to the league

    We bought Cabella and Riviere but could have had Montero, Mahrez , Huth and Bojan for less !! Also Trippier was only 3 million for right back cover

    Same with De Jong we could have Sigurdsson for the same money before he went back to Swansea

    The sad fact is every other club is being run properly with the idea of progression and they all scout their players thoroughly to see if they can adapt to the league it just looks like Carr keeps tabs on players for years without thinking if they will cope with the premiership

  • 85 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    The MA saga continues.

    We’re all in the dark, practising guess work re how the club is run, who decides what, when the owner steps in, who’s axx kissing, etc.

    My feeling is (wait for it) we need MA. There just simply isn’t an alternative out there. I have seen NO other interest from anyone to buy us, apart from some half axxxed requests. Maybe the Nigerian mafia.

    This MA is a billionaire and getting richer (important, purse will loosen). Flawed, many mistakes made, but ‘human’ it seems, and passionate. He’ll get it right eventually.

    Without him we are a Leeds United in the making.

  • 86 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Would Austin solve our problem?

    As to me we don’t create enough for the striker we already have and concede far too many like we’ve always done

  • 87 VanBasten // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    To be fair, playing or managing in a club like Newcastle comes with a lot of added pressure, probably more than any other club of similar size and stature. Partly it has to do with the fact that the entire city and its media are so emotionally invested in what happens at the club. When the results are good, the entire city is on cloud nine, but when the results are bad, it feels like you have a whole city against you.

    I’m not saying this is an excuse of what has transpired in Newcastle over the last 10 years since obviously most of the blame falls on Mr. Ashley’s lap. But I still believe the fans have a big part in what happens with the club and need to back the players more so now than before. So they know they got their full backing no matter what.

    We have to remember that we still have 4 new players that never have played in this league before and the last thing they need in order to adjust is to face a hostile crowd that boo’s you. Can’t imagine how anyone can gain confidence or inspiration from that?

    So let’s give the new management and players more time and let’s see where we stand come Christmas time. It’s still too early to hit the panic button. Only impatient fans would do so, that would always turn against the club when the results are against them while others will support the club through the highs and lows.

  • 88 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Exactly mate, he’s spent a bloody fortune and we are no better for it. Poor strikers, no creative ability and a back four that’s laughable.

    Any club that offers Colo and new deal and allows him to retain the armband are rotten to the core

  • 89 cyprus // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Good words

  • 90 JamesToon // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Lineup (442 back to basics)

    Mitrovic-De Jong

  • 91 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Chelsea’s defence, like ours, is about as secure as hymen at a South London comprehensive, so channelling Dennis Twice: attack, Toon, attack attack!

  • 92 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    not sure if carr is the problem..not saying he is or not..not enough info to know….but the final decision should be macca’s….there’s to much finger pointing and blame being pushed around…its carr….its charnley…its ashley…its macca…its the players…..while this is goin on the ship is sinking(band on the titanic comes to mind)…..charnleys and carrs job is done now in regards to player recruitment….its down to the players the coaches and macca now….imo if charnley backs macca then he should let him decide on the players carr finds….if the players are’nt good quality carr should be sacked,if the players are good and dont play well macca should be sacked,if carr finds the good players but charnley fails to sign them he should sacked or find someone who can close the deal.

  • 93 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:29 PM


    Yeah we should have been looking at getting Lescott as the senior defender play him with Mbemba and that would be a rock solid backline

  • 94 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Even Soccer Saturday are now saying that the standard of signings are not good enough – could the penny finally be dropping with the wider media

  • 95 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Getting slaughtered on Gillette Soccer Saturday dreadful is a word getting used by Phil Thomson !

    Charlie Nicholas has it right on the money Perez should be starting every game

    We need to go 442 with Mitrovic up top and be a bit more direct with crosses and balls up to Mitro to hold it and then bring players into the game

  • 96 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    jack butler@86
    ya right he would be struggling to score in this side at the minute….also no good if he was scoring coz we’d be like qpr last season scoring goals but leaking goals badly……i’d go for lascelle and mbemba at cb….2 young big strong fairly quick players with ambition they will make mistakes yes….but the side is now anyway so worth looking at

  • 97 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Hahahaha play Jaanmat in midfield, great idea apart from the fact we on,y have the one right back at the club.

    Tony Coty “the club has lost its soul”

  • 98 toonking // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:39 PM


    You could say part of our transfer policy is to not bring in any players who have the pride and passion of playing for the club. ATM we see most of the transfers as arrivals who could show that performance and one day gain a move to a decent club and it’s just how a player himself will see his move, what makes these transfers all the more harder is these players consisting of pride are players with the skill like those of mid and bottom of table teams ie nolan and barton and this again is a bad thing for the policy buy now sell later.

  • 99 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    We need 3 championship players in Jan. We need to plan for it as soon as possible, since that is where we are going to be next season. In my opinion, there is not even any doubt about it.

  • 100 Jib // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    I think the team in The Guardian is pretty close

  • 101 toonking // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    *these pride like transfers all the more harder

  • 102 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    3 players?


    Sorry could not help it. We probably need about 8-10 new players to fix this. Players as rightfully people said need PL experience not kids with no idea where they are getting into.

  • 103 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    would like to see anything rather then 4-2-3-1 but he wont not brave enough….with the injuries we have now it would be a great opportuity(excuse the spelling if its wrong) to play 3-5-2
    in place of thauvin could have colback haidara or aarons ……depending on injuries

  • 104 Jib // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Good link for Spuds v Shitty

  • 105 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    is’nt haidara and colback injured?

  • 106 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    We are devoid of leaders in the squad and have been since Barton and Nolan where shipped out, there is no voice on the pitch, no one to make that difference as Colo is basically mute and only faces the media when forced to do so.

    The lip service off the club worn thin a very long time ago and this season could well be the time where they have no where left to hide

  • 107 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    always said colo should’nt be captain not vocal enough or strong enough and players take liberties….he’s there mate not there captain

  • 108 Jib // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Sutty – nope just knocks last week I believe

  • 109 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    does that answer me as well?lol

  • 110 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    I agree qe have no leaders, but why do you guys need to keep bringing up Nolan and especially Barton?

    …Barton should never have been signed in the first place (he’s no man to follow) and Nolan was looking for his last big pay check!

    The club gets back what it puts into its players…no leaders will rise from these ashes.

  • 111 Jib // Sep 26, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Sutty Sweep Springy I get confused 😎

  • 112 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    only players with leadership qualities are janmaat and mbemba but one lacks nowse and gets sent off when its obvious it can happen and the other is too young to dump the shite from this club on his shoulders…..could of said gini maybe or nitro but he’s a looney at the moment!lol

  • 113 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    *we = we

  • 114 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    thought so!!lol

  • 115 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:03 PM


    People look to Nolan and Barton as they were decent players and leaders in the pitch.

    Barton sets a bad example but Nolan was a great club man and captain. Cracking player too, we could easy have had another good 3 years from him even if his final year of his supposed requested 4 year deal would be a bit part player.

    It could have given us a chance to settle

  • 116 beefman13 // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Thauvin (Aarons if fit)

    Colback and Anita need to drop down, fully expect Colback to play though, Dummett if fit, if not Haidara.
    To much emphasis imo on these holding type players, does us no good at all, get attacking at SJP.

    Thauvin playing but only cos ive had my fill of obertan, Mclaren may well start Obertan.

  • 117 WWSBRD // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Barton set a bad example? Not sure I agree with that

  • 118 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    just look at spurs go at man city and truly deserve their lead. closing them every city player and matching them in all battles.

    while mclaren will park the bus and praise the team when we lose marginally after being pepperbombed at goal.

    really diabolical and poor club.

  • 119 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Barton handled himself well here, it was the place he turned around in wasn’t it? Sure he’s a bit of scattergun guy but I remember how he almost single handedly dragged everyone up by their skivvies against Arsenal that day. I think he also would have had a couple of hood seasons with us.

  • 120 lesh // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:03 PM


    I’m confident that Colo would’ve been at Crystal Palace now had Charnley tried to jack the price up by giving him a two year contract.

    Pardew’s not daft enough to fall for that master-stroke as were QPR not willing to budge on their asking price for Austin.

    Charnley’s clearly still learning his trade and is out of his depth as MD.

  • 121 ilovetoon8788 // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    why can’t we end up with a player like Lamela but we get Thauvin and cabella instead?

  • 122 lesh // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:06 PM


    * correction

    Colo would’ve been at Palace now had Charnley NOT tried to raise the fee for Colo by offering a contract

  • 123 lesh // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    As attacking full-backs go forward, who covers the gaping hole they’ve left?

    How many have we conceded when they’re upfield and what’s to be done about us gifting scoring opportunities?

  • 124 Transfer Sage // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:24 PM


    I meant in terms of off field conduct, ie going to jail.

  • 125 SPRINGY // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    we might have in thauvin..coz lamela got off to crap start when first came to spurs same as thauvin….some players take alot longer to settle then others…..and lamela was 30m!!

  • 126 John Tudor // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    a few more than three is a necessity

  • 127 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    SPRINGY…I agree there are only a few with leadership qualities but I think what we are seeing is a reaction to what the club puts into it.


    TS…Barton descent? He was a waste of money. Nolan had 1 and a half good season and one of them was in the Champ.

    People are forgetting very quickly I think. Nolan had leadership I agree.

  • 128 go toon goooo // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Hope this time we are Obertanness than Obertanless.Very important for the game with pretty confused Chelsea at the moment.

  • 129 Tsunki // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Jesper – Barton a waste of money? Why?

  • 130 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Tsunki…why? We spend £6M for a jail bird and a troublemaker.

    There was only unrest where ever he was. A real inspiration for all young kids following NUFC!

    Just the player I would show my kids 😉

  • 131 Take a Chancel on me // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    We will probably be hammered tonight but the only glimmer of hope for me is that Jose Mourinho has never won at SJP and we tend to play well against Chelsea at home

  • 132 Hail Wor Ashley // Sep 26, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    When ascribing the adjective decent to Baton and Nolan, I first think of their character rather than footballing ability, good pros (took Barton a while to get there admittedly), their commitment and application was never in doubt, no matter the circumstances, for 90mins they were up for it for the duration, can’t say that about many of our current crop.

    6or7/10 in abilty by premiership standards, but you know their performances would never dip much below their talent due to their honest, decent characters and occasionally you’d get a blinder from either. Difference being they set examples for others on the pitch in their efforts even when they were having a common 6/10 day, more importantly they organised, spoke and cultivated a team spirit, which elevated other players around them.

    We really do have one leader in the team, and that’s Janmaat. I reckon most of the players don’t have an iota of respect for Colo and wonder why he’s captain, which isn’t a good starting point for wanting to build a team. Colback in the middle doesn’t have the edge,personality and wiles of Barton and you rarely see him shouting, organising or using the dark arts, too naive and usually walking around sheepishly, head down shoulders hunched after another clumsy tackle.

  • 133 nufc 11 // Sep 26, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Austin and Phillips frm qpr

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