Newcastle January Transfers Are Already Starting


Remy Cabella played his 11th game for Marseille yesterday as the south of France club won 2-1 at Lille and Cabella had a good game and one more appearance will see his transfer to the French club become permanent in January.

The win put Marseilles up to 14th place with 12 points from 11 games and it’s been a difficult start for Marseille after losing many of their best players last summer.

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Remy Cabella at Marseille

Remy started the game and put in a good performance as he begins to settle in at Marseille and it is now certain he will sign for them on a permanent basis.

Remy was sent out on loan initially in part exchange for Florina Thauvin and it looks like we will get £6M for Remy so that’s about half of the £12M fee we paid Marseille for Thauvin.

Unfortunately so far this season Thauvin is having the exact same problems that Cabella had last on and is finding it difficult to settle in on Tyneside and produce his best form.

We’re still not sure why we brought in Florian who seems a very similar player to Cabella who had just failed to make the grade in England.

Steve McClaren said it was because of his crossing ability.

We just have to hope that Florian comes through this season – and there’s still time.

In January we must bring in some defenders since we have already conceded 22 goals in our first 10 league games and if that average continues it would be 84 goals conceded over the full 38 game season.

If we do concede 84 goals it will be a certainty we will also be relegated to the Championship.

In the last three seasons we have conceded a total of 190 goals for an average of about 63 goals per season.

It’s not rocket science to work out that our defense is the big weakness.

Comments welcome.



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86 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Oct 26, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Our defence has been the weak link for 8 years…..
    Still its a five year plan..

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 26, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #2

    http://youtu.be/AD04YMzite0

    True Geordie on the match

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  • toon kk

    Oct 26, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #3

    We didn’t deserve to lose but I’m not sure if we could have won with eleven men it just wasn’t our day.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 26, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Toon KK

    I think we did deserve to lose the game. Too much is made of possession stats and shots.

    We had about as many clear cut chances as they did but they converted theirs and we didn’t convert ours, just ourselves to blame really.

    Also the red card was debatable but can fully see why a ref would give it, it was poor from coloccini to give the ref the opportunity to make the decision.

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  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Transfer Sage

    That’s embarrassing!

    Not much thought gone into your comment.

    They didn’t have one scoring opportunity until we were down to 10 men !!!!

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  • Roosta

    Oct 26, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Cattermolee was their one man wrecking ball yesterday, dun Colback, haddy serious pops at a few others as well, got away big style with it, a pure nasty piece of work, that said apart from Tiote we have no bugga that puts the frighteners on anyone.

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  • toon kk

    Oct 26, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Transfer
    I agree with we had as many if not more chances to win the game, but a lot of our shots on target were half hearted an should have been in the back of the net.
    We certainly bossed the first half but we often do.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 26, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib

    That’s irrelevant…..we gave a silly foul which resulted in a pen and a red card. It was a mistake by Colo, I thought it was a foul and can see why the ref sent him off, although I don’t think he should as I think Elliot might be getting there, enough doubt to say not clear goal scoring opportunity.

    We wasted all of our chances, there were no out of this world saves to stop us. We also wasted possession in good areas often.

    I see what your saying, but ultimately if we never made mistakes we wouldn’t have given them the opportunity.

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  • AndyMac

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #9

    “It’s not rocket science to work out that our defense is the big weakness”

    So maybe now you’ll start to question the Fatman and his intentions for this club ? We’ve staggered through seasons knowing we’re shlte at the back yet nothing is done ?

    Only when there was a real chance we’d go down at the end of last season did Fatman bother his R’s to pretend he was concerned.

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  • the broons

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #10

    if our only recruitments in the january window are defenders i will be happy as larry.

    People shouldnt be concerned with our inability to convert chances yesterday. Need to realise the gods were against us, against norwich we had 6 on target and 6 goals.

    DEFFO a new centre back, and a left back and potentially a new keeper <(maybe nor, depending on krul situation)

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #11

    toon kk

    I agree.

    As I say though, no opposition will stick the ball in the net for you. If we didn’t take our chances and be clinical it’s our own fault entirely.

    They had chances as Colo was sloppy for the first one, the marking was dire for the second to allow a lad to volley in the box from a corner and the third was due to us pushing high up and being caught…..a common part of football.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Wonder what is happening about the Fans Forum minutes. They are usually published in 2 -3 days after the meeting.
    Might be having trouble getting them agreed.
    I wonder exactly what the process is – clearly they are prepared by the club – but what happens then to get them agreed. .Are they sent out to all the FF members for checking, or someone designated from the group,

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  • the broons

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Andymac

    I can’t help but feel that the reason we only sign midfielders and forwards is because they have more resale value. If mitro got 15 goals this season all of a sudden he becomes a 20 million+ striker.

    If Mbemba keeps 15 clean sheets this season <(much harder to do) doubt he will then be worth 20 million.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Andy

    No idea why we didn’t go for more quality at the back.

    For me get rid of haidara and buy a replacement, unless dummett really kicks on.

    We need to get shot of collo, willo and saylor as either not good enough or not fit, then buy 2 quality players in that position, very difficult task, look at the money the top clubs spend on CBs and often get rubbish.

    We need a quality holding midfielder too if tiote can’t get back to his best.

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Tuff

    I’ve been awaiting news on the training ground and am assuming it will have been mentioned at the FF.

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  • toon kk

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #16

    To be fair, it was two poor sides playing each other, we are stronger going forward than Sunderland but our defence is diabolical, and we lack cutting edge in front of goal.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Transfer sage i agree with your match assessment.

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  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Andy Mac
    Nothing is done ?

    Mike Williamson Kevin M’Babu (u) Paul Dummett
    Daryl Janmaat Chancel Mbemba Fabricio Coloccini
    Steven Taylor Jamaal Lascelles Masadio Haidara

    Plus
    James Perch ,Jose Enrique, Davide Santon , MyM , Mathieu Debuchy, Ryan Taylor , Remy Streete , Curtis Goode , James Tavernier

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  • toon kk

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Who was the brains or should I say lack of behind the Thauvin deal? Money wasted.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #20

    I think once Siem gets up and running he can provide some some intelligent passes in the final third, and has good shot accuracy to get some goals from all ranges. Just has to stay fit for us first. He had a decent appearance rate at Ajax. I like him, although he’d need pace around him. Like Gini, he’s another former captain. I think he’d very much suit the style of play which is developing in the side.

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  • Bambams

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Remi Garde talking to Villa….

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  • optimistic prime

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Lr32

    I’d try and get him in the team at the weekend,

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #23

    munster

    It’s simple to me….if you don’t take your chances you can’t be annoyed that you don’t win, certainly can’t claim you deserve to win.

    We are always at the heart of our own downfall every time. We have quality but no consistency and we are full of individual errors.

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  • sparky55

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #24

    A quick question for all you stat merchants out there.

    We’ve had pretty much the worst defence in the premiership with regards to goals shipped since we got back into the premiership…so the question is….Whose been the main constant at the heart of our defence during that period and is there another premiership team that has survived in the premiership during that same period of time with a worse goals conceded record than us.

    …and one more question….what’s the average number of goals shipped per game where Captain Colo has played?

    just trying to get my head where the problem might be!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #25

    I see the pinacle of footballing knowledge Jib, the guy who thought Pardew got us promoted says we can’t accuse Collo of stupidity for that tackle, every journo and football pundit does but Jib says we can’t !

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  • mag_1892

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Not sure about colos red card being taken back since madley has been given a prem game to ref this week. Looks like there going to back him

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s difficult to be supportive of a manager who has a 10% winning percentage after a quarter of the season. This isn’t going to work with the defense he has at his disposal. He’s in deep now with nowhere to hide. Ashley has made it impossible to field a decent side with his insane transfer policy made up of 90% young, inexperienced players only 1 of whom is a CB. We need 3 good CB’s at least in the squad and we have one, Mbemba. There is no excuse for that happening at this stage of Ashley’s ownership.

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  • Jib

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Every football journo ?
    Louise Taylor the mackemess from the Guardian and that footballing expert , fatty Quinn.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #29

    There should be a lot of red faces at the club over the Thauvin deal and the Colo contract extension. Complete blunders. The defense is inexcusable. Ashley has had years to put it right and has completely ignored the problems, as have his lackeys.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Let’s also look at Lee Charnley. A complete failure in his role. The club is in 19th place for many reasons but he is clearly one of them.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Sparky,
    I’ve asked the same question before, I don’t think there is another defender in the PL with a worse GD than Collo, in fact I know there isn’t, any other defenders with similar records have been relegated or sold.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Jib

    See where I was coming from though?

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #33

    G2

    The challenge for McClaren is to now try and repeat the Norwich game.

    We need to really take the game to the opponents and outscore them, until January at least when we can strengthen at the back, we have to buy.

    Until then we need to get as many points as possible by making sure we can score 2/3 a game and hoping to keep the opposition under that.

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  • sparky55

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Transfer

    For me the challenge is to shore up the defence and the rest will come because there’s no doubt in my mind with 11 men on the pitch we’ve got regular goals in our team that will consistently come from a pool of 5 players…and that’s a good stat from any team in the premiership.

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  • TroubledToon

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #35

    From what I’ve seen so far, I’d say let’s re-exchange Cabella n Thauvin!!! Atleast he cud lose the first man on him 1 outta 10 times!!!
    Thauvin on the other hand… Probably the worst signing I’ve seen in the last 20 years!!!!!

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  • sparky55

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Jail

    So why can’t SM see it then??? WTF has happened that makes him so indispensable in the face of such a poor record…it’s mind-blowing

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  • Bambams

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #37

    I have only seen bit parts of the match. Recorded it but then deleted it when I got in….
    Seriously how did Lascelles play ?
    Lads at work thought he did really well

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  • TroubledToon

    Oct 26, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #38

    @bambams

    He was decent. Definitely still very raw n needs a Lotta improvement… But IMO, even if we hadda replace Colo with him, I wudnt say its a downgrade in personnel

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 26, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #39

    op – the club were lightening quick publishing the plans of their new futuristic training facilities. I presume they have planning permission.
    However there hasn’t even been an update from the club about the current position one way or another. They seem nor to be so quick in updating the fans now – probably Mr Tubbs is using the money for players.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 26, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Mixed feelings about Remi Garde going to Villa, would like to see him to well to show those ambitionless tw@ts that are ru(?)nning our club but on the other hand I’d love to see Villa out on their arses and if they start doing well that’s another nail in our coffin.

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