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New Signing – I Like Everything About Being In Newcastle Team

10:06 am, Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 89 Comments

Chancel Mbemba has had an excellent start to his Newcastle career and in the first seven games he’s been consistent and has turned in some excellent performances for the side.

And the 21 year-old says he likes playing alongside Fabricio Coloccini and the partnership will only  get better.

He also seems to be very happy on Tyneside and has said he likes everything about playing in the Newcastle team.

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Chancel Mbemba – in action against Arsenal

Chancel has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and he had this to say:

“I am here for Newcastle United. I need to work hard for Newcastle. This is my opportunity to work hard for the club and fans.”

“Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League, everybody knows them. Manchester City is next and it’s a hard game but we are working hard towards it.”

“I went back to my house and watched the video of the game over again. I like to see what I need to do for future games and what the coach has told me.”

“I look at everything again.” “I have only been here only two months. I like playing alongside Fabricio Coloccini.”

“We’ve had seven games together so we are working hard together.” “I like everything about being in this team, we’re all going forward together.”

It will be interesting to see just how good this lad is at the end of the season as he continues to improve in the Premier League.

But given the money paid for our players this summer – he seems to be the bargain buy at around £8M.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Chancel Mbemba · Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

89 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:14 AM


    he could who knows, he needs games though not a prob if he plays like he did the otherday he can keep hadira on the bench
    with taylor out and I cant see willo playing unless he really has to maybe we can slot him in a few games at centre back as well
    as taylor and dummett get fit we could then look to loan him out in jan if we are covered

  • 2 toon-to-win // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    mbemba has been great so far. Janmaat also. Colo still needs to be replaced in my eyes and albeit he has no left foot i was well impressed with mbabu. But is anyone else underwhelmed by haidara so far this season?

  • 3 Jib // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Rotonda — players like Kevin M’babu and Chancel M’Bemba who can play anywhere in the back four without complaint , and do it well , are worth their weight in gold.
    If Colback is still injured I would be quite happy to see Willo brought in and M’Bemba pushed forward to DM.

  • 4 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    I fear Ayoze is not even a one goal per 4 games man. And yet he looks more likely to score than Mitro. This partnership may help others to score. It has to work until Christmas at least.

  • 5 barkel // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    I think Haidara has been ok, he does have a bit up pace getting up and down the left wing, his crossing seems to be pretty woeful though!

    On Mbabu, I wouldn’t mind seeing him play a few games at RB and push Janmaat at RW, would be better than having Obertan on the pitch, maybe that might be more an experiment on fifa though

  • 6 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    The way Mbemba plays, and the way Mitrovic played against Man Utd and Chelsea makes me really hopeful that we follow up interest in Denis Praet. Apparantly we tried in the summer for him but they already let 2 huge players go, a 3 rd was out of the equation.
    Rare that players come to England from Belgium and are flops, seems to be the right amount of champions league exposure, physicality and skill to be a good preparation for Premier league football.
    Praet and Tielemans would be nice. Mbodj if he takes to champions league football with Anderlecht looks a player too

  • 7 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    I think Mitrovic will really trouble some teams. So far the only full games hes had are man utd and chelsea, im pretty excited to see him in the derby! Reckon he’ll be in his element. Cahill and Zouma didn’t really know what to do with him. Really enjoyed how close him and Perez played to each other too. Seemed like the beginning of a fruitful partnership.
    Agree I can’t see Ayoze passing the 10 goal mark, but I can see Gini being around that mark too. Can also see De Jong etching in with goals when he plays, his movement in the box and positioning is very kevin Nolan esque in that respect.
    Reckon Mitrovic will net 12 – 14 goals.
    Also, he’s had a bad start but I think Thauvin when he finds his feet will contribute more goals and assists than Sissoko out wide right. Sissokos stats in terms of goals and assists is shocking for a player that played all of last season off the striker as a #10.

  • 8 Santon03 // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    hibbit regarding mbabu

    I know he is cb and sometimes rb never played lb before.
    someone labelled as cb doesn’t mean can’t play anywhere else but cb.
    DeRossi for example he is a dm but played as sweeper in national team.

  • 9 Rotonda heights // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:43 AM


    it’s amazing the current crop belgium are turning out.

  • 10 Santon03 // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    after his 1st game, i expect good things from mbabu.
    high expectation is unfair? should i expect 1 good performance and bad performances?
    high expectation is always there if he wants to play at highest level and he knows this.
    if we shouldn’t have high expectation then don’t expect this team to win any game and don’t complain if we don’t win.

  • 11 Santon03 // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    santon was rw and now lb, another example.

  • 12 AncientC // Sep 29, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    There is that “working hard” mantra again.

    It would be interesting to read a real interview with a player.

  • 13 martoon // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Haidara had a dreadful game against Watford but in some other games he’s been OK. Mbabu had a great game against Chelsea but playing right footed players at left back restricts him going forward especially for crossing. So when Haidara is fit a tricky decision for McClaren?

  • 14 AncientC // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    How about the truth. A lot of the players don’t speak English, which makes little difference because the players are being gagged from speaking their minds.

    Now, over to thoughts from:

    Colback “Yeah, we need to keep working hard.”

    Colocinni “We are putting the hard work in and know it will come right.”

    Mbema’s translator “This is a tough league and we know we need to keep working hard.”

    Perez “Lots of hard work going on in training and we want to translate that into 90 minutes”

    Thauvin “I am working very hard”

    Wijnaldum “This is a tough league but we know hard work will pay off.”

    I cannot wait for the next player interview.

  • 15 JP...from The Rock // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Great player. He’s been brilliant for us so far. We need 2 more commanding CBs to take over from Colo, as Willo and Saylor are both out of contract in summer and not good enough for Newcastle.

  • 16 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Mbabu actually came here with a big reputation. At 16 he was talking with Man Utd, Liverpool and some big clubs in Germany.
    To me he looks very raw, with lots of potential that needs good coaching. Pretty sure that mantra is what they based getting mcclaren and cathro in on?
    Didn’t realise he was a CB, thought he was a rightback. Its slightly comforting knowing we have someone that can play right back if Janmaat picks up an injury though. Fair play to the kid too, debut against the champions of England infront of 50,000 and he didn’t shirk it. Wanted the ball, but the tackles in, hustled. Loved that he showed the reputations of Oscar, Hazard etc no respect and wasn’t phased!

  • 17 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Also, not sure if anyones mentioned this, but fair play Steve McClaren! Having faith and Playing a guy who even rangers in the scotts first division only put on the bench in their u21 team!
    If we’d have had Pardew on Saturday we’d have had Mbemba left back, Willo in the centre and Hazard, Willian etc would have had a field day.
    Along with Ivan Toney coming on, Makes me think that with the right application and ability, the young players can see a route to the first team and maybe we won’t stall and ruin the careers of players like Armstrong in the same way we did with the likes of Campbell and Inman who at 18 both had the ability to be coached into premier league footballers

  • 18 Ian Toon // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Mr Tuff – I don’t have a problem with your irreverent tone. Just keep it relevant.
    A wise man knows himself a fool. A fool thinks himself wise.

  • 19 will die for the toon army // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Working hard. Is what we r supposed to do?

    Donr know wen Mcca will see the bad in Sissoko?

  • 20 Jib // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:22 AM


    You don’t know too much about pro footballers do you ?

    Most of them can’t string 2 sentences together , which doesn’t matter because that is not what they are paid to do .

    To extrapolate what players mumble into a microphone into some sort of club plot to gag them is an extraordinary quantum leap of hyperbole even for one of the usual neggers.

    Clutching at straws springs to mind

  • 21 The next Mike Williamson // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Three out of 4 of Carr’s summer recruits are looking like good buys and I think we haven’t even seen the best of them yet, especially Wijnaldum who is being played all over the place. It was strange to see people blaming Carr & the new signings a few weeks ago. Thauvin probably just needs a bit time to adapt as he’s a bit lightweight and hopefully De Jong can get back to the player he was.

    I think we need to find a ball playing defensive midfielder, a monster to play alongside him, and a tall defender to replace Colo, preferably one who can pass the ball a bit.

  • 22 martoon // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    AncientC @14 – I don’t think there is any big conspiracy. The players are together for long periods, attend the same meetings and briefings etc. They are bound to pick up and use similar work related expressions – the same thing happens in my work office!

  • 23 croftus5678 // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:41 AM


    from last post

    mbemba and mbabu could well be a great cb pairing for many many years to come and he’s certainly brave enough given his age ! but saying that look at mbemba’s age ! if they are good enough they are old enough eh?

    one performance so no pressure on the lad as even obertan has one or 2 good performances a season 😉

  • 24 Ian Toon // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    martoon- it’s the same in all walks of working life. This sounds just like football speak. As a kid it took me a while to work out what the onion bag was.

  • 25 Malackay // Sep 29, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    First of….. my usual “Haidara is poor” comment.

    Second, I thought Carra had some very valid points on MNF last night. It’s no coincidence we are playing better against the top sides we are happy to concede possession to and brak on given the opportunity. The test comes when we have to break sides down which we have been unable to do so far.

    I think as fans we’d like to see a balanced philosophy – i.e. not purely possession based team that has no teeth but equally not a team which just lumps the ball forward and any chance we get. Swansea and Everton are both good examples of balance – granted it only seems to be something Martinez has learned this season.

  • 26 Rotonda heights // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:07 PM


    everton came 5th season before last. martinez is a superb manager

  • 27 Jib // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Sunshine Brigade — IN
    Ashley ————— IN
    McClaren ———– IN
    Neggers ————- OOT
    Childs brain in an old
    mans body (Mr Tuff) OOT

  • 28 Malackay // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM


    You seem to read whatever you wish from my comments and miss the point entirely. Where do I criticize him as a manager at all? I’m saying he has improved from a possession based manager (at Wigan and Swansea) to a manager who seems to have more balance.

  • 29 Whumpie // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    We’ve got early signs that some of our signings will come good, plus a single, positive performance from a youngun. But that’s a long way from what’s needed.

    We didn’t SPEND £52M, we GAMBLED £52M, and the dice won’t stop rolling for months yet.

    Meanwhile the newbies and rookies are trying to play with almost no real experience around them. We can boast only one regular, English, premier league experienced player – Colback. And he’s pretty wet behind the ears still.

    So while this utterly naive, greedy and simplistic regime insist on taking their recruitment policy straight from the buying department at Sports Direwrecked, we will continue to see inconsistency, panic and general failure with the odd up-turn like we saw on Saturday.

    In January we need either English or naturalised English players bought from other PL teams. A CB and a striker as a minimum. No more gambles or “ones for the future” – actual money spent. Like proper clubs do.

  • 30 Jib // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Rotonda heights

    “everton came 5th season before last. martinez is a superb manager”

    Does that mean you think Pardew is superb ?

    Ha ha ha —– a classic foot in mouth moment

  • 31 Whumpie // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    On the manager thing – do we learn NOTHING?

    Over the last 8 years we’ve changed everything EXCEPT the owner, and seen the same thing almost every season.

    No manager can help us until that policy changes. Our only hope is that in the board room, Maclaren can convince Charnley and co to provide a consistent message back to Ashley that it has to change. If he fails in that, he’ll be off to a club that actually listens to the only football man in the room. Sadly, I expect that outcome rather than a change of heart from the owner.

  • 32 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Well said Whumpie, it’s always going to be a struggle for the squad and coaches whilst the policies and gambles remain in place.

    Hopefully January will see us bring in some ready made Premier League players and add some much needed balance.

  • 33 AncientC // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:31 PM


    “To extrapolate what players mumble into a microphone into some sort of club plot to gag them is an extraordinary quantum leap of hyperbole even for one of the usual neggers.”

    So why are the players all coming out with variations of the same quotes, and why were players like Barton, Nolan, and, Ben Arfa shipped out after speaking freely.

    Yes, I am certain the club is happy for players to speak to the press freely – I am also sure that players are welcome to use social media platforms to air any views that they have; positive or negative.

    What is Keith Bishop’s role within the club again?

    Jib,”you don’t know too much about” PR, do you?

  • 34 Whumpie // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Ok, boys – handbags down. Step away from the mascara and talk football, would you? 🙂

  • 35 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Question is – Are there many premier league players that would move to Newcastle that would be good enough anyway? That already narrows the pool down dramatically. Then add in, are they grossly overpriced, I can’t actually name that many to be honest… Maybe Redmond although his price will head north of 10m when he gets an England call up…
    I thought Jonny Evans was good business but then many on here said they wouldn’t want him…
    The fact that Chelsea couldn’t buy Jon Stones for £40m and yet we signed Mbemba for 8m says a lot about the state of buying English players.
    Shawcross from Stoke would cost north of £15m…
    Luke Shaw cost 30m after half a season of appearances
    Mitrovic cost less than Blackburn were asking for Rhodes and what Wolves wanted for Afobe…
    We paid for Wijnaldum the same price Spurs wanted for Andros Townsend who for me is a woeful, greedy player

    Best policy is to develop your own. In Toney, Armstrong, buying young Lascelles and Darlow it looks like the club are trying to do that

  • 36 Malackay // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM


    Evans was a no brainer for me. Incredible we weren’t remotely interested. We need that experience and quality at CB.

  • 37 Whumpie // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    Jayphoto – I get what you’re saying, and yes the prices are daft. But the inescapable problem is that without a core of English-speaking, experienced PL players, your “investment” players and rookies are likely to fail. That’s why they cost a lot, and that’s why we are in the relegation zone. We should have left Thauvin and possibly even Gini alone and spent the money on a player or two from the PL – probably with less talent, and definitely worse value and a worse investment in themselves. But essential as the people the ‘investment’ players can look to in matches, especially when things are going badly.

  • 38 Whumpie // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    What would Evans and Austin have cost? £23m?

    We have too many midfielders; what were we doing blowing most of our budget on two more, unproven foreign players to use up space next to Marv, Obertain and co?

    It seemed stupid to me at the time, and it looks stupid to me now. Much though I like Gini – and think Thauvin could be very good – they were luxuries; the kind of move only a fan of the roulette table would go for.

  • 39 Whumpie // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Meanwhile every team this side of the Channel knows to sit back and pick us off on the break, running hard at a rookie with limited English, stood next to a 34-year-old with no pace. And limited English.

    Dammit, it’s so frustrating. This is EXACTLY what so many of us said would happen if they didn’t replace Colo and get better options for LB.

  • 40 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    They don’t even have to be Brittish, just experienced in this league.

    As ever though wages will be the stumbling block and age will be a huge factor. I do think this is what is lacking though and I would love to see it sorted out.

  • 41 Lindisfarne // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Just read the article in the Chronic about what Neville and Caragher have been saying about NUFC, the style of play and the fans; and I am slightly perplexed. It probably has something to do with the article being a secondary source, but they seem to be suggesting that even if the team could replicate the performance that fans would not be as easily impressed and generous with their support if it were not a ‘top’ team.

    The confusion arises when they say that fans will have to adapt to a more pragmatically defensive team that scores from counter attacking. They give examples of other teams that are successfully executing this style of play to win games and allude to NUFC fans always wanting to see the team play on the front foot.

    Perhaps because it is out of context but I would suggest that whilst the games that we have played against other than last seasons top teams, have been a complete mess tactically. This is likely to be because the possession of the ball was transferred more often and NUFC struggle to create against teams that sit back and defend in numbers. So how is accepting more defensive displays going to improve the situation?

  • 42 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    @Malackay – Actually remember his name being spoken on this blog and I think more people were against signing him than for it, personally think hes a top centrehalf.

    @Whumpie – Just not sure the English players are out there with the ability to progress us without paying 20m a player. The English premier league players are far too over priced if not on a free and numerous clubs have tried signing English players from the lower leagues and they often struggle. (Burnley last year, my guess is Bournemouth this year.)
    Think it’s better to buy 17/18 year olds, provide proper coaching and look to have them in the first team at 21, 22. Its something Everton look to be getting results from this season.
    Personally think a lot of fans would have been up in arms had we spent 14m on say Mark Noble (whos a good player) rather than Wijnaldum.
    Difference is with Thauvin, Wijnaldum etc is the ability and potential there is unlimited. It is a gamble but the club is betting that its new coaching staff can do what its supposed to. Players like noble, Tompkins, Phillips, id throw colback, Cattermole in there are never going to be world beaters whereas Mitrovic, Gini and Thauvin just might be.
    Sunderland have a whole team of premier league experience down the road

  • 43 martoon // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    I see Mbabu has made it into Garth Crooks’s team of the week.

    No pressure there then 😀

  • 44 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    @whumpie – think you hit the nail on the head there. Coloccini needed replacing and wasn’t! One of the biggest problems for me.
    Ironically 3 players I’ve been less than impressed with the most are Krul, Colo , colback and Sissoko. All have lots of premier league experience. Whereas Mbemba and Gini, and in the 2 games hes played through Mitrovic look like our best players

  • 45 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    I’d like to see a Vlaar or a Lescott, Lennon or a Townsend, Barton or Nolan. Defoe or an Austin. A few veterans who have that vast experience in this league. Players that have been around a bit or can add that experience.

    I think it would compliment what we have with the potential already in the squad.

  • 46 Toonces // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Malackay @ 36…. In regards to Evans he might have been a proven EPL experienced addition but if you recall he had a little spat with Cisse last season. So long as we still had Cisse at the club, could you see bringing in Evans?

  • 47 WWSBRD // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    But what of the resale value! Your a mad man! And what of the player power?!

  • 48 croftus5678 // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    fans will always want more ! its in our nature.

    we signed mitrovic/wijnaldum/thauvin/mebemba/tooney which improved us a hell of a lot when lets be honest even though we stamped our feet about it did anyone realisticly think we would spend that much on that quality ?

    yet we (me included) wanted more in another cb and another striker ect ect.

    and if we had got them we would have been saying ye but if a lb gets injured ect ect we need a lb now and the chain goes on and on.

    imo we need to balance things by getting rid of useless players and not push ourselves into too much wage debt as that will keep ashley on the good side of things and hopefully keep quality replacing avg players which should happen once contracts run out.

    next signings in jan are a cb and a striker please and maybe we should consider letting siem/cisse/tiote/marv/saylor/good/ober/williamson/goofy move on to better suited teams.

  • 49 Tsunki // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Be gone you spoilers and neggers! Banished to the extremities of the earth be all Doom & Gloomers! Our massive Single point wrenched from the mighty hand of Mourinho signals the dawn of the brave new era of footballing magnificence! There shall be no backward step, no regress from our conquest of the great teams of this league. It proves all along that scepticism is the fools playground. Come all ye formerly faint of heart and help join the Horse to the Cart of progress and do not let yourselves call for the Outage of the Benefactor Ashley! 🙂

  • 50 WWSBRD // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:07 PM


  • 51 Tsunki // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 52 Jib // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    I’d like to see veterans who have that vast experience in this league. Players that have been around a bit or can add that experience.

    Erm – Like Fabricio Coloccini for example 😎

  • 53 ToonBano // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Anyone watch MNF shocking comments on us last night? Disgraceful tbh

  • 54 Lindisfarne // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    IMO we have a lot of players with International experience that should be able to convert that knowledge into playing in the PL and be of assistance to the younger lads. If the rebuild the squad at a slow to middling rate then also the experience of different conditions will gained. However the older established players currently in the squad are mostly familiar with losing, which has an unconscious knock on effect.

    There is always more than one way to skin a cat and buying expensive PL players with high wages does not necessarily mean the team will be lifted. Competition for places, good technical ability and a commitment to the team mentality does.

  • 55 Lindisfarne // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:19 PM


    Can you email that to Schteve?

  • 56 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Wouldn’t like to see them go overboard, Just dot a few experienced heads around the squad, im dreaming though because I very much doubt they would pay the wages.


    Surely we wouldn’t ever bring a ready made experienced player in? We normally have to give them at least a year don’t we? You know, to get used to the weather, local fish shops and bars and stuff?


    It’s a shame Taylor can’t stay fit, he would measure up perfectly I think. We all know Colo has been going downhill for a while.

  • 57 WWSBRD // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    International football is quite different to PL football

  • 58 Lindisfarne // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:20 PM


    See @41

  • 59 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    @Lindisfarne – would say competition for players, the right players for the system theyre trying to play and players with the right mentality are the criteria needed.
    I’m always a fan of USA players mentality. Its a give it all and leave everything on the field mentality. Important not to generalise obviously but French players have a history of not having the best of attitudes

  • 60 WWSBRD // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Exactly we need to “build” our players from potential, no need to buy ones who are at their peak

    Tbh I’d be over the moon if we bought Shawcross…I wouldn’t of grumbled too much about Cole coming in for a year. Big fat Sol was terrible on the pitch but our overall defence improved a lot while he was in the squad

  • 61 Lindisfarne // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:28 PM


    Admittedly the team do look lost at times, with very little idea about what to change or team unity. But also very often the large fees and wages payed to PL players over inflates their egos and generates an arrogance that is equally disruptive to the squad.

  • 62 Jib // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    There is nothing like this blog for perpetuating false myths.

    A blog know-nowt sagely comes out with some pearl of (false) wisdom and the rest all fall in line like a herd of sheep.

    Colo is far from the crap defender he gets called on here.
    Jack Colback does not always pass sideways
    Pardew did not persistently play hoofball.
    Joey Barton is not a leader of men.
    Ashley does not plunder the club.
    One season folk slag Jonas off and want shot of him
    The next season the same idiots get all misty eyed about him and say he should be offered a new contract.
    etc. etc. etc.

  • 63 Malackay // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:30 PM


    I don’t think there was much post game animosity between the two – even if there were I imagine it wouldn’t have impacted a transfer decision. I may be wrong.

    I think experience and character are key for our next signings – don’t necessarily have to be British but can’t be new to prem league. Micah Richards is another one I think we should have pursued.

  • 64 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    just putting it out there, but the 2 most disruptive players to a Newcastle squad I’ve seen in the last few years were English….. Nile Ranger and Joey Barton.
    Barton redeemed himself later on, but his behaviour in the season we were relegated was positively shocking.
    Andy Carroll was also quite disruptive and got into physical fights with a couple players on the training ground at various times. Whereas one of the hardest working, best attitude players we’ve had was from Argentina.
    Doesn’t matter where in the world a player is from, unless they are from Newcastle the chances of them running through walls for the toon are the same whether they are from Manchester or Mozambique

  • 65 Thump // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    @Jib: I agree that Colo is not a crap defender, but he’s hardly been putting world class performances in of late, has he?

  • 66 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    I think there is too many potentially good players in the squad, we’re always playing the waiting game with a number of players at a time, youngins aswell. I really think we lack experience and a bit of class.

    Colo, Taylor, Williamson and Obertan make up our experienced group, it dosn’t make for good reading? Have I missed anyone?

  • 67 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Oh Colback..

  • 68 WWSBRD // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Money is the issue I agree but I don’t see the ego as an issue personally I don’t think we have any in the team and u need it it’s why I am very willing to give Mitrovic plenty rope

  • 69 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    worth pointing out that Williamson has 100 PL games and 6 Premier league seasons experience to his name
    In the past we’ve signed Geremi, sol Campbell, abdoulaye faye, alan smith, joey barton and mark viduka all on huge wages with loads of PL experience. Its no wonder the club are wary of the market…

  • 70 ToonBano // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Just saw that Lindisfarne. Basically Chron have quoted what they were waffling on about word for word.

    What they were going on about made no sense whatsoever. Never heard such contradicting nonsense in my life. To get straight to the point, it all stems from the fact they have no respect for NUFC. None.

    Seriously even a Sunderland fan couldnt come up with a negative analysis of our Chelsea performance like Carragher or come up with anything more patrinising then Neville. Amazing

  • 71 WWSBRD // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Barton is very much a leader something he learnt at NUFC

  • 72 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    And Krul!

    Something needs to change in there because this blueprint just isn’t paying off. It could see us relegated.

  • 73 Lindisfarne // Sep 29, 2015 at 1:57 PM


    Thanks for clearing that up!

  • 74 Mister Tuff // Sep 29, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Ian Toon – stop your blog mischief and telling porky pies – the blog is onto your tricks.
    You want football related posts – really – well you need to practice what you preach. You posted an extract from a poem last week which had nothing to do with football -what was that all about. Trying to be an arty clever dick I’ll wager -failed miserably by the way.
    I am reminded of a Stephen King quote :-
    “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool”.

  • 75 JackButler // Sep 29, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Mbemba has settled well and looks a good addition to the squad, but one defender in was not enough, but there’s always the next window to panic buy I suppose.


  • 76 Tsunki // Sep 29, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Jeff I agree with the Colo and Jonas things. The rest are your very own duff opinions.

  • 77 Tsunki // Sep 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    As far as the deprecating comments by Neville and Shrieker I say let them rant, it’ll give our lot some impetus to smash it back in their face hopefully.

  • 78 jimmysmith // Sep 29, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Joleon Lescott, Jermaine Defoe, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton. The players we’ve already brought in are so much better. Surely we just want more of the same. Top, young, talented players, with plenty of first team pedigree. The extra money lessens the risk considerably.

  • 79 JackButler // Sep 29, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    I haven’t read the comments from the bin dippers King or his side kick, but are people that surprised that we are receiving kicks when we are down?

    We are, and have always been an easy target and to be fair we bring it on ourselves, the key is not giving a damn what others say, think or believe about us as the majority of them form opinions based on a quick overview

  • 80 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Seems a writer for The Mag has irked the Palace blog..

    He dosn’t hold back like..

  • 81 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    @jack butler – the clubs hostile attitude towards the press and this media partnership with Trinity have only increased the target on the club.
    By not inviting any of the media bar the mirror to Steve McClarens press conference when he was unveiled set the bar.
    The club, managers, players have to talk to sky due to the tv deal but carragher, Neville etc all have columns in papers that have been left out in the cold by the club. Was an odd decision because it’ll mean they’ll be gunning for mcClaren fast whereas when Pardew failed they blamed the fans as he knew how to play the journos much slicker

  • 82 JackButler // Sep 29, 2015 at 3:08 PM


    It’s become a personal agenda by parts of the press because, as you pointed out, the way we have treated the press. We all kniow what the press are like and that they don’t need any encouragement from the club to tear a few strips off us and to be fair we are a constant source of headlines by the amateurish way we have been run.

    But it does infuriate me when people on the outside form such impassioned views when they only glance in on what is really happening, when the fans who live with this every single day know the truth of what is going on.

    On Soccer Saturday last week the pundits talked about the poor quality of the signings that have been made and they poor way we have been run, so maybe, just maybe people I the media will start to see the real reason we are annoyed at the way we are being run.

  • 83 croftus5678 // Sep 29, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    @78 jimmy

    kevin nolan is one in a billion though mate ! great leader with a great all round game just like gary speed and rob lee was.

    imo we need a true leader now and janmaat is the only one i see fit to do it.

  • 84 jayphoto // Sep 29, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    @jackbutler – yeah it’s annoying to hear! Thauvin has been written off after 2 league and 1 cup appearances when hes in a new country, still living in a hotel and doesn’t speak the language yet.
    Mbemba has been our best player. Pretty sure Gini is our top scorer?
    Mitrovic looks a player based on performances against man utd and Chelsea! Might be a bit mad, but then they rave over Diego Costa’s aggression who is far worse than mitrovic.
    So far this season our worst players have been sissoko, colback and Haidara for me. Pretty sure sunderland have the same issue too with the press having no clue whats going on with them and jumping to assumptions

  • 85 JackButler // Sep 29, 2015 at 3:20 PM


    The club only want leaders who tow the party line, the likes of Nolan had his own voice and opinions and that’s why he was shipped out, Colo is a god send as he’s basically mute, avoids the press at every opertunity, just collects his cheque and goes through the motions without rocking the boat and its that lack of leadership that has cost us for too long

  • 86 JackButler // Sep 29, 2015 at 3:23 PM


    It was laughable last season when large parts of the media blamed the fans for what was happening with Pardew, not one of them looked deeper to see what was really going on but I think most already knew but the line they took created the more sensational headlines for them, pathetic really

  • 87 TroubledToon // Sep 29, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Vlaar : injured till Jan
    Lescott: on the decline. We’d never pay his wages and get in sum one who’s got no resale value
    Lennon: one trick pony… Or rather a one skip pony… Thats all he does
    Townsend: 15 mill? No freaking way… Much rather get in a certain Charlie Austin
    Barton: Absolute disgrace to the game of football. Disgusted to even call him an ex Magpie. He should be wearing black and white stripes all right… Not our belived shirt though… A prison uniform!!!!!
    Nolan: past his prime… Though he was brilliant
    Defoe: Not a bad buy… But again a certain Charlie Austin would b a much better buy Austin: Who’s this lad? 😉

  • 88 TroubledToon // Sep 29, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Jamie Carragher the defender: No nonsense kind of player.
    Jamie Carragher the pundit/expert: Absolute nonsense.
    Cut the crap Jamie. Go b!tch about ur mediocre Liverpool team who r still bragging about what happened before I was even born!!!! In sure they would highly benefit from ur “expert” comments

  • 89 Lynxie // Oct 1, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Whumpie @39:
    Just a quick one here, but having personally spoken at length with Colo a while bak, I can confirm that his English is NOT limited. It is excellent. I fear his lack of leadership on the field is nothing to do with a language barrier. Leaders are born, not elected. I would be tempted to opt for his demeanour (does he really want to be here?) and backbone (or lack of it in most cases. Mackems games anyone?) as the reasons he does not instill confidence across the back 4.
    Just saying………

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