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9:48 am, Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

We didn’t expect him to be fit but it’s now being reported that Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will definitely miss the game tomorrow against Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium.

On Kompany is down as having a calf/shin injury and that he will not return to training until 17th October.

The good news for Newcastle is that City are a stronger side with the Belgium International in the starting line-up.

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Vincent Kompany will miss out tomorrow

The report is in the Manchester Evening News and since the captain has been out of the side for a couple of weeks,  City have suffered two successive league defeats.

It’s not that the rich Manchester club are short of center backs and new signing £32M Nicolas Otamendi and veteran Martin Demichelis will probably start the game in central defense for them tomorrow – and both are Argentine Internationals.

We’ll have to wait and see what trouble Aleksandar Mitrovic gives those two tomorrow, and he will be a handful if he plays like he did against Chelsea last Saturday.

With missing out tomorrow, it’s almost certain Kompany will also miss out on the two internationals Belgium play over the next two weeks against Andorra and Israel in the Euro 2016 qualifying games.

Winger Kevin De Bruyne, the club record signing of £55M is expected to start tomorrow as will Raheem Sterling – but he came reasonably cheap at only £49M.

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  • 1 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Thaivin is a better No. 10 his isn’t a winger. Crosses not his thing. Thauvin can head the ball so well and has a powerful shot in him.

    With passes short or lomg he ia very poor. Very poor. He can dribble but he is niether Hatem nor Cabella. He can get passed one player but not more than one. Deadball very good from penalties to corners to freekicks..He is very good.

    Is he the winger we need I dont think so only and only if Mcca and Cathro can make him one. He cant benefit Mitro with crosses.

    Thauvin is a Hazard Pedro Mata kind of Winger who cuts in thats it. Not the traditional Winger. He isnt Valencia or Young.

  • 2 Jib // Oct 2, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    I like your posts and attitude normally.
    However you ar speaking about Tow Van as if you are some kind of expert when clearly you are not.

    Be careful you don’t become toonbrother mark 2 – if he posts more than 2 sentences it becomes clear he’s a f@ckwit

  • 3 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Will die for…..thats pants. The player himself says he is a winger and prefers left wing as he crosses better off left foot. You have been in fifa soccer too much!

  • 4 jayphoto // Oct 2, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    I like Thauvin. He has some very positive attributes but he needs to work hard.
    People need to remember that he’s a non English speaking kid, that’s never lived outside of france before trying to make an impact in a struggling team in a new league. I remember Henry being absolutely horrific at Juventus and during his first 6 months at Arsenal. Thauvin needs at least 10 games before you can start to write him off I think, I’m pretty sure he’s only played 2-3 PL games so far? Too many people just demand instant results at Newcastle. We were the worst team in England in the second half of last season, takes time to change that, fully expect Mitro, gini, thauvin to become very good players when they get used to everything.

  • 5 AncientC // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Yaya Toure has been rubbish recently, and the City CB pairing is a comedy show. I would like to believe we can get a draw out of this game.

    Hopefully Janmaat forgets about the attacking side of his game for 1 match; Sterling will need close attention.

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    I would maybe put Sissoko back in the middle rather than play Tiote

    Sort of like a last chance saloon for Sissoko stake his claim in the middle seeing as he is sulking like a little cow on the wing then I would put Wijnaldum and Thauvin or Obertan on the other wing

    Wijnaldum looked so much better on the wing and I feel city are going to overload our flanks to try and test Mbabu and Janmaat

    Would not surprise me if they started with Aguero and Bony up front against us

  • 7 jayphoto // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    City game will be interesting! To be honest it’s Sterling I can see doing the damage. Janmaat hates playing up against pace and Sterling is due a goal/good game etc
    I think Mitrovic will enjoy a war with demichellis. Both enjoy the physical, be shocked if one doesn’t pick up a card as both can seemingly be wound up like a clockwork mouse…
    Tiote playing wouldn’t be the worst thing if he’s interested? City have Silva and de bruyne who both like to drop into no mans land, be handy to have someone picking them up!

  • 8 jasper // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    What Newcastle have lacked for several seasons is players who want the ball, who move towards the ball carrier and support him. Who give and go, who drop into the space between the opposition defence and midfield. All too often this does not happen and the ball ends up going backwards and eventually gets punted at random by Krul.

    What I have seen of Thauvin suggests that he is willing to make himself available. And when he gets the ball he tries to get his head up (unlike Sissoko) and find an outlet. Similarly Anita tries to move it forward but Colback can’t get his head up either.

    It will take a while for the players to get to understand one another. For instance Mito did not anticipate that Perez would turn his marker when 35 yards out against Chelsea and play the ball into the channel.. So Mito was caught on his heels. Next time he will be on the move in anticipation.

    I think the top 10 finish I voted for may be out of our reach but I think we will get a lot better.

  • 9 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    @Will Die,

    You contradict yourself in your own post my friend. Thauvin is a winger

  • 10 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    @Lee Charnley,

    Tiote should not be anywhere near the starting 11 right now. He is not fit and hasn’t been playing. Sissoko should be a fantastic player in that position, but he just never is. I think there is nothing between the lads ears to be honest

  • 11 wynsleap // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    jayphoto @ 4 – Totally agree.
    Thauvin is a talent and just can’t be written off.
    I think Mitrovich, Wijnaldum, Mbemba and him will all go on to become crucial members of the Toon’s first team.
    I also have a feeling that Mbabu is here to stay too.
    Add Krul, Perez, Aarons and Janmaat and we aren’t short of being a.force to be reckoned with. They all need a bit of time allied with a modicum of patience from the fans.

  • 12 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Really interesting article on Youth Football posted on my blog today written by professional coach Mark Senior. It’s quite a long read but very interesting.
    Don’t want to spam Ed’s page so just click my name if interested. If you have a child playing football you are going to want to read it that’s for sure

  • 13 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Perhaps I’m being harsh on Thauvin, but I was harsh on Obertan very fast and have been accurate. I also felt players like Santon and Mbiwa were overrated by fans here because of what they had learned of them on FIFA, U tube or watching european football. Neither were a success. Maybe the Sheff Weds game was just a really bad one for Thauvin, but he didnt raise a leg for that…I think one journo said it was the worst display he had ever seen from a premier league player – ever !! It doesnt look like he has pace – assuming he was fit V West Ham, because he cudnt beat his man in a straight line. And he looks like a sulker. So given Carrs obsession with overrated overscouted ( thanks for the expenses Mike ) French wingers, forgive my scepticism re Thauvin. I will be the first to put my hand up if i am ( hopefully ) wrong .

  • 14 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Tinma i like your assessments. Sissoko does not look like a smart footballer, and cant tackle as I / we have been saying for a couple of years. In France they have better midfielders so this is why he does well there maybe? He only seems like a runner to me and his attitude has smelled for ages.

  • 15 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:42 AM


    Think Mbiwa could have came good eventually. Never played him on Fifa ;).
    Santon was always so hit and miss, he was a great dribbler but never actually created anything.
    Thauvin has just came, give him a chance.

  • 16 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Sissoko is a coward. He should be bullying teams, he is a big lad. Has all the tools but no application. There was an interesting article on The Mag about him the other day but I can’t find it.

    Think Thauvin can come good but again his attitude seems questionable. That is based on his past too. Maybe it is just the French in them…

  • 17 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Timan, I said Sissoko was a fraid on this site about 3 years ago. Thing is, his boxers physique even impresses managers and they see his speed and like him. SMC was all the talk aboiut his body too. But NUFC isnt a gym ffs Steve! No top clubs come in for him because he isnt technically good enough and tackles like shit. Can you imagine if he could tackle like Toure or other different smaller dynamic tough midfielders ( sorry cant think of one but u know what i mean ) and then add in his running game from centrel midfield ? What a player we would have – 30 mill easily. I thought he was the new Viera when we got him, but he doesnt have Viera’s competitiveness either, or his passing skills.

  • 18 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Thauvin will get good all these playere have been spot on. Mitro Mbemba Wijanaldum looks so part from wat we have but so raw. Thauvin will play tomorrow.

    I dont think Mcca sees Sissoko as an immediate CM. Wijanaldum and De Jong will play CM ahead of Sissoko
    but all will depend on how good other wingers will fair. With no RW in place no way Sissoko will sit.

  • 19 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Timman, what NUFC need now is a Roy Keane, Tough, drags performances out of players and bullies blokes in the dressing room to do better. He once punched Paul Ince because Ince was claiming he was top dog in the Man U dressing room – nice one! I acually think the Serbian nutter will become a real leader for us, and very soon too. If he can score goals, the crowd will adore him. But i think he can shake us up too. I think Wini should be made captain and that SMC made a stupid error of judgement ( no dount guided by Carr and Charnley ) to make Colo captain and therefore a bedrock of the defence. Personally I’d love to see Colo play sweeper and have been banging on about it for ages but I do like 2 up front so hard to reconcile.

  • 20 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:58 AM


    The desire is not their with Sissoko. Tackling can be learnt. He is not interested! It’s a shame, 30m would be cheap if he could actually do it. Maybe Steve Black can get him going?

  • 21 Bobbybee // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    We need to bear in mind our record in the PL v City – it has to be the worst ever. Whatever the reason, we just don’t beat City and the media keep reminding everybody of the fact. That said, this run will eventually end – the law of averages demands it. It couldn’t end at a better time than Saturday. Just a point would be an improvement, but three would sicken all the miserable b@stards who are currently creaming themselves over our current dilema. Even last week the majority refused to give us real credit, by insisting Chelsea were poor, not that we made them look that way. If we lose, expect shed loads of criticism; if we draw or somehow win, expect no credit – it will all down to how City played, not us. I notice already Merson is leading the way – no surprise there then. Let’s hope they eat their words.

  • 22 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    The only way Thauvin will play is if there are injuries. Our big issue will be their strikers. Small and fast = big problems for us. Mind us, big and powerful = big problems for us all the time aswell !! 🙂

  • 23 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:03 PM


    The decision to make Collo captain was cowardly and the easy option!
    Tiote could have been that man but has fallen off the map since Cabaye left.
    Wijnaldum has been a captain previously, a successful one, Steve often pulls him aside for a word during matches so he does value him highly in that sense.
    I love Mitro. Love the passion and desire. Plus he is my favourite type of centre forward. I absolutely love to see a header fly in, so hope he can start providing!

  • 24 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Bobby, Merson has been ok about us during Sky games when he is on the panel, honest. I know you are often at the games so luckily dont have to listen to the tool but it isnt all negative. A lot of geordies play the “southern press hate us” ticket, but if we got out own governance in order, played better football , stopped treating the media like they were diseased and won some games they wudnt be hammering us so easily.

  • 25 Tinman // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Got to go anyway. Did you see Wenger’s press conference? Hilarious.

  • 26 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Sissoko is jst a running. If he cld tackle he wld b a good DM.

  • 27 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    London press jst keeps criticising us so I gave up on it. Northern Echo, Chronicle and Gazzatte. Thats wat I read and some blogs.
    Chelsea game was my last straw. Chelsea played bad that why we drew. F@k those guys.

    Mitro will get red carded against Mackems. The passion will b too much.

  • 28 Bobbybee // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Munster, he’s already said Chelsea were at fault and he was disappointed not to see them hammer us! He’s got City to batter us this week, as he had Chelsea to batter us last. It’s not just him though, they’re all loving us struggling. What about that mental article yesterday, where ian pearce claimed we can’t relate to our players like west ham fans can relate to theirs, because they’re not English!

  • 29 jayphoto // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    City be a good test to see if anythings changed from last year. We were absolutely clueless when Carver took us there and Silva destroyed us.
    At the moment under McClaren we seem to be better set up against the bigger clubs and Man City looked a bit lost with all their injuries against Spurs so its probably a decent as any time to play them!
    Be nice if both teams go 4-4-2 as both managers like to, be a throwback to 90’s attacking football

  • 30 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    I see why Mcca failed at England, Guy is a slow starter. It takes him 2 or more seasons to make a successful team he isn’t an instant Manager. He builds his teams on principles and are hard working every one attacking and defending as Unit. He is a perfectionist.

    I believe he will take us where we want to be but not in the next 2 or more seasons. He says he wants this to b his last job. Good luck to him.

  • 31 will die for the toon army // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Mcca has set us up so well u can really see the improvements but our players jst not good enough.
    1. Haidara
    2. Colo
    3. Janmatt – sometimes
    4. Sissoko – I have no comment
    5. Colback
    6. CISSE!!!!!!!
    7. Thauvin – Will give him time.
    8. De Jong – We thought it was a steal.

    May its these players failing him

  • 32 Bobbybee // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    We’ll be put under pressure on Saturday and our best hope will be hitting them on the break. We can’t go out and play football against all that talent or they’ll likely cut us apart. Regardless of the Spurs result, they’re a very good side – but they can be beaten. It will be interesting to see what tactics Macca uses as well as what personel. Looking forward to it myself, because after this game we have a run of games we can win. Any sort of fighting display at City can set us up for a run of picking up points

  • 33 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Bobby, this is the geordie southern paranoia again . Merse is a knob, but he didnt say that . This is what he said: ” I thought Chelsea would have slaughtered Newcastle last weekend and that didnt happen” . Incidentally, many of the so called southern journalists are northern english, scottish ec.

  • 34 Lindisfarne // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    I hope Carragher and Neville read this:

  • 35 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    Similarly, Pardews comments re playing Man City with his new Palace team ( “better than nufc etc ” ) were taken out of contect in the Mag. A Plaace blog writer reacted and said what a load of rubbish the Mag has become, and that it doesnt servce decent nufc fans well. The Mag is a crappy piece of work full of doom and negativity and paranoia. Does writer Jim Robertson evey say anything happy in it ?

  • 36 Lindisfarne // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Chronic reporters have misgivings over Sissoko:

  • 37 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Bobby, he will have to revert to 4231 i think. I cant see him attacing City. I wudnt have an issue with that is we play like we did at Man U

  • 38 Lindisfarne // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    We are more than likely to lose tomorrow, as it would a surprise for ManC to be as poor as Chelsea last week, but who can tell? Still there is less pressure for the players to bare and an opportunity for the odd alternative starter, like Mbabu last week.

    Colback should be given a rest to ensure his thigh injury properly clears and de Jong should definitely start in order to incorporate him into the first team squad. Then he can be judged properly rather than in either cameos or second team run outs.

  • 39 Malackay // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    I rarely say this in these sort of games but I think we need to get at City tomorrow. If we try and sit and soak up their pressure then we will lose. They have to much quality in final 3rd and players who can find space where there isn’t any.

    I’d go with


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Mbabu



  • 40 Lindisfarne // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Starting with Tiote would be a regressive step, but a good substitute for injury to any of the midfielders, or potentially close down the game.

  • 41 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    Tiote would worry me coming on – when he is on the ball he tends to dwell on it turns and faces our back four and quite often gets caught in possession

    Like to see us get our first point against City since we were promoted back into the Premiership – fingers crossed

  • 42 Lindisfarne // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Formation against Man, a loose 442. Definitely looking for Soxs and Gini to hold a midfield line with Anita, to replace the full back when required and individually power beyond the AMs when they can.

    ——–Perez———-de Jong

  • 43 Lindisfarne // Oct 2, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    xxxxx xxxxx

    all my fingers and toes crossed!

  • 44 Munster Mag // Oct 2, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Lindisfarne, am not sure that de jong can survice the face of a game away from home at City. Jeez strange to even read that – what did he cost us? I reckon 4-4-1-1 as per malackeys team. I wudnt let Thauvin in either. I want to see Wini played more centrally ( as per malackey team ) because he is so good that i want him to have more influence.

  • 45 jimmysmith // Oct 2, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    We have significant problems going into this, obviously, but the biggest is quite possibly De Bruyne. He’s due, and he is a top player.

  • 46 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 2, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    I always feel it’s a bit of a shame if people are looking to other teams injuries to get us hoping for a win.

    I would rather see us going against the opposition and beating their best team.

    As a certain manager recently said we seem to raise our game against the top teams.

    I’m looking forward to us meeting Barcelona in the Champions league next year, we’ll spank them.

  • 47 cyprus // Oct 2, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Shearer was upset about that suit? Why? Thauvin you can wear a clown’s suit to the game mate. But once you pull on that shirt, rip the opposition apart.

    Tiote, Mbabu, anyone can play except… Obertan.

  • 48 Hail Wor Ashley // Oct 2, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Thauvin is shite, has always been and will remain so. Ashley should have Carr’s kidney’s for cufflinks for that horrific piece of business.

    Could name 50 better players we could’ve got instead, easily.

    I remember a lot of posters claiming we were too good for Robbie Brady. At £7m he looks a snip in comparison with Thauvin, A genuine top quality crosser of the ball, a good football brain, a good set-piece taker and a ‘good character’, which McClaren supposedly covets, play LB or LW and looking like one of the signings of the season so far.

    Suppose he isn’t called Robert Bradeur.

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