These Two Players Can Save Newcastle Before Christmas

While we haven’t got many points on the board Newcastle have played three or four decent games this season, when the team has looked resilient, but they have been few and far between.

Steve McClaren and the coaches must work on the defense and try to get the side playing better than we’ve performed  in the first eight games and conceded a massive 17 goals already this season.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic – a budding leader at the club

If we are to recover before the end of this year – which has been a disastrous time for Newcastle United – then we have to do two things – tighten up at the back and start scoring some goals.

The player who can help us recover at the back has to be captain Fabricio Coloccini, but he’s shown only the glimpses of the form he is capable of so far this season.

The Argentine has loads of experience and he can help steady the back four if he can get back to some decent form.

It didn’t help that Steven Taylor is again out with injury – this time a hamstring strain that will keep him out of the side until December.

Steven is one of five players who are out of the side at the moment with hamstring injuries.

Coloccini is our best bet in defense until January comes around when the club will try to bring in a top center-back – something we should have done in the summer.

Up front, the guy who can really become a talisman at the club is Aleksandar Mitrovic who has shown great spirit in the last couple of games.

His budding partnership with Ayoze Perez is looking good and the 21 year-old talked about that after the Manchester City hammering:

“He understands me, I understand him. We show on the training field we understand each other.”

“We train together, we work together and we speak all the time. We can help each other. I like him so much, he’s a funny guy and we work together well.”

Newcastle are short of leaders – and we knew that with the way the team was performing under John Carver – but nothing has been done to address that.

But the Serbian International can lift the Newcastle players at least in two ways.

One is by scoring the goals which he did at Manchester City with a great header.

The other is by his infectious energy and hard work on the pitch.

This lad works his socks off for Newcastle and if only the other Newcastle players would follow his example we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in right now.

Fabricio Coloccini and Aleksandar Mitrovic can get us out of this mess before the end of the year.

One is the oldest player in the side who has been at the club  for seven years and the other is the youngest player who has only just joined Newcastle.

If they can get us up that league table before the end of the year it will be a huge relief to Newcastle fans, because at the moment it looks like we may be headed for relegation this season.


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15 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    This international break is going to be a long slog.
    Ashley Out!

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail for Ashley out

    Any muppets who keeps saying those words out.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    This summer everyone on here give Ashley a chance after he kept his word for splashing the money, so why is it his fault we are bottom of the league, so easy to blame the owner and manager, the reason why we are bottom is simply because we have still got to many crap players they the ones to blame, at the end of the day Ashley kept his word, which is more than he’s ever done that’s why I’m giving him a chance this season unlike other seasons.

  • terencelim

    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    @3, it’s about his intention and decision making, not merely whether he spends or not. Nothing would change when he keep hiring the same level of managers with the wrong intention.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Just been reading that our transfer policy is going to change come January.

    Hope it starts with Ashley out!

  • beermonkey

    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6


    hows it gonna change

  • spitfire_

    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    They only must score more goals than our defence will concede. Piece of cake. Problem solved.

  • hibbit

    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    welsh……..the players must take a lot of the blame i agree but charnley and carr must take there share …….why do these 2 keep making the same mistakes and why does ashley let them ???

  • JackButler

    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9


    Where has it said our transfer policy is gonna change?

  • JackButler

    Oct 8, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #10


    The reason Ashley is at fault is simply because he has handed the power of the general day to day running of the club to Charnely and Carr, two people who are not qualified to run the club. He has basically outlawed the signing of players with a voice as last time we had them he was burnt badly when the “Players committee” told him where to go over a bonus scheme.

    Carr is at fault, Charnley is at fault, but ultimately they are both employed and backed by Ashley

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 8, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Welsh, I agree with that. Short term , Ashley isnt the problem or the solution. Medium and long term is a different issue, but he gave us plenty of money and we bought some decent talent in the summer. Added to that, players like Janmaat and Krul are decent overall. But the manager and players need to up their game a lot. Carr needs to push for a change in the transfer policy, as does SMC, and start demanding the right to buy players over 26/27. I am concerne dthat many of our players are coming from the same agents but sometime wonder if Carr is on a small percentage bonus if a Tioe ( for example ) is sold for big bucks after a few years – ie it suits Carr to keep looking for kids. I am possibly being unfair, but I have no doubt that Ashley will spend good bucks again. SMC must surely only have 4-5 games to prove himself. He is beginning to look like a man who :

    1. Cannot motivate or “get through” to his players
    2. Cant decide on a formation that suits.

  • lesh

    Oct 8, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12

    Could part of the problem with our players switching off in games be down to those that want away?

    Could it be that Sissoko for example is showing what they’re made of for part of a game and come half-time, thinking they’ve done enough then switching off to lose the game?

    Just a thought but if it is the case, then Sissoko, Colo and Cisse may be the bad eggs in the squad. If they’re not committed to Newcastle United, then they should be sold, as soon as possible.

  • bladeuser

    Oct 8, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Some of your headlines are pathetic
    what the hell r u on
    And one of them u choose is colo
    Stop writing crap for craps sake
    U repeat statements week In week out
    This blog is stale with your headlines and so boring now with the same old patter
    And before some smart arse reply,s it’s a democracy and I can critisise when I like

  • TroubledToon

    Oct 8, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree with u Bladeuser…. The headlines grabbed my attention… N then when I c its Colo who is being referred to, I actually muttered a four lettered expletive!!!!
    Cmon Ed… Give ur loyal readers something better!!!

  • Lynxie

    Oct 8, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Colo is one of the two players to save us? Jesus Ed, what are you smoking? This curly haired impostor will be unable to save us in January, because we (hopefully) will buy a REAL defender, and he will have an equal amount of influence from the stands, as he does right now. Trust me, this balloon needs to go. Too slow, too ineffective, too soft, too scared, too quiet. Christ I could be here hours.


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