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Newcastle Eyeing Several Strikers For January

4:26 pm, Sunday, November 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 163 Comments

Newcastle are lining up various striker targets that we could sign in January and that’s one of the weaknesses of the side at the moment – we are just not ruthless enough in front of goal.

We just watched the Everton 6-2 dismantling of Sunderland and the Toffees took their chances – and if we had been as clinical as that yesterday in our game against Stoke we would have won easily – maybe 3-0 or more – but we didn’t and we missed far too many chances.

It was another 2 points lost.

Benik Afobe Wolverhampton+Wanderers+v+Newport+Lp5btaOGxHnl

Benik Afobe – talented Wolves striker

So it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle want to bring in a striker in January but it should be another youngster who can improve in the future.

We already have Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez starting up front and if we are to bring in another striker it should be somebody experienced.

And also it wouldn’t have hurt yesterday if McClaren had thrown on Papiss Cisse with say 15 minutes to go – Papiss has a knack in those close encounters with the score even of getting the winning goal – just a thought.

We were linked last week with 22 year-old French striker Anthony Koura who plays in France’s second division for Olympique Nimes – but if he signs he will be one who can improve in the future at Newcastle, but we need an experienced man coming in during the January transfer window.

There’s also news in Sweden today that we may be interested in 25 year-old striker Matthew Rusike who has played once for Zimbabwe and moved to Halmstads BK last summer on a one and a half year deal from Kaizer Chiefs based in Johannesburg in South Africa and they play in the Premier Soccer League.

That contract allowed the player to leave the club should Halmstads be relegated and guess – what – they were relegated yesterday in the final games of the Allsvenskan – the Swedish League.

Even though they beat Hammarby 2-1 at home they finished up second bottom of the league with just 21 points from 30 games.

Matthew Rusike spoke to Kvallsposten yesterday after his club were relegated and he was asked if Newcastle were interested – and he said “no comment.”

But this is not the player who can score goals for us in the second half of the season and he would be another big risk – but  he wouldn’t cost much.

The player we should go out and sign is QPR striker Charlie Austin and maybe offer QPR say £6M to take him in January – and he will be a free agent next summer and QPR get nothing for him.

We don’t need another player untested in the Premier League in January – we need a known quantity and that’s what Charlie Austin is.

All Newcastle have to do is part with their money and yes – we know the club finds that extremely difficult at times – and would rather pay out peanuts for young players who may make it big a couple of years in the future.

Another player who could fit the bill and has experience already playing in England – but is still a risk – is 22 year-old Wolves striker Benik Afobe, but he has a £14M value placed on him by his club.

Maybe Newcastle will surprise us and be willing to pay out that amount or at least a decent fee for a very good young player who used to be at Arsenal and since joining Wolves in January has scored 20 goals and 5 assists in 36 total appearances for Wolves.

He has 6 goals in 13 appearances for Wolves this season.

He’s still a risk and more so than Charlie Austin but much less risky than bringing in Anthony Koura or Matthew Rusike.

It’s just  too risky to bring in a young untested striker in January and if we are to bring in a center-back and a striker then it’s important these players are the real deal.

Not another cheap deal – which by definition is of very high risk.

Comments welcome.



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




163 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Ashley Out! Jeff 🙂

  • 2 firebug666 // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    South 1 Bourn 0

  • 3 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    sick and tired of buying shite

  • 4 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    John, I believe you just succinctly and accurately summarised Eds Article.

  • 5 WWSBRD // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Need a CB and a CM before looking at a striker in my book though 50 mill to spend isnt there?

    Shawcross is fit again

  • 6 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Hello Ed,was that a cheeky little Charlie Austin mention there?

  • 7 WWSBRD // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Jib
    I saw ur reply btw if u honestly didn’t mean anything by ur comment then let’s forget about it but might be a thought in future to think about ur comments before u post them

  • 8 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Mind the Chelsea and Citeh players in my FPL team have been a bit of a let down. Especially Bony. 🙁

  • 9 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    We are also (reportedly) after Lass Bangoura of Real Valllecano , you get the impression that because we are known as a buying club at the moment , that our name gets thrown into every transfer story.

  • 10 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Sitc Charlie Austin spotting is Eds ” Where’s Wally?”

  • 11 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    “Where’s Waldo?” for all you colonial unfortunates ha ha 🙂

  • 12 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    When did we officially become this ” buying club”?

  • 13 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Jib
    Is that you having another go at a Lass? Shame on ya

  • 14 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    WWSBRD
    Si senor , buen consejo , gracias .

  • 15 Moonraker15 // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Ed
    We need a midfield holding player and a defender. We scored 6 last week so we have no need for a striker unless he’s proven like Austin. Why would we wanna buy some second rater from Wolves?

  • 16 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    sing
    Ha ha ha

  • 17 cyprus // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    So, today we saw two teams that will definitely (ok I hope) finish below us. Or, put another way, two teams that are worse than us. Bournemouth and Sunderland.

    Have to feel for our neighbours, they pulled a 2-0 deficit back, then proceeded to be spanked. Will give them something to hope for. They got em a young Bellamy: Watmore.

  • 18 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Tsunki
    NUFC third biggest spenders in the EPL (the wealthiest league in the world) in the Summer .
    Keep up son.

  • 19 g.s.tooner // Nov 1, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    WWSBRD

    I don’t think another CM is what we need what with having Colback, Sissoko, Anita, Wijnaldum, De jong, Tiote available.

    A CB yes but the other areas we need to fill are

    1. A decent LB
    2. A winger who can consistently whip in a decent cross or cut inside and threaten the opponents goal.
    3. A striker to support Mitro and Perez / replace Cisse and bang some goals in…

    ….in that order but preferably all of them.

  • 20 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    We could call him Wor Lass and everything. I can see hear the commentator now…’and Coloccini surges forward. Slips it to Wor Lass..’ Etc

  • 21 catchy in norway // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    strikers? unproven in the prem ?

    we have young arma banging them in in league 1, top scorer in the division .. he is ours.. and his goals are amazing, he is full of confidence

  • 22 Wayayman // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Why would we want to buy any unproven strikers? We’d be better off using Arma from January. God knows what more he kid can do in his loan spell to impress McClaren. His finishing is superb, he looks like he’s a natural at every level he’s played for England too. Got to be a better bet that some mediocre Wolves player.

    Aaaaanyway, we all know we need at least two CD’s and a creative midfielder. We’ll need another box to box player in the summer as I can’t see wijnaldum sticking around playing for us longer that this season.
    We should start all of this by sacking charnley and getting a proper MD in who’s 1st job would be to reshape this ridiculous ‘football board’ that has the soddin manager on it. Only at NUFC.

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Jeffrey,
    We’re in the top twenty richest teams in the world yet have spent more time battling relegation in the top flight since Ashleys arrival than not. What does that say about the way we are being run ?

  • 24 WWSBRD // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    g.s
    Nar mate our CM options are garbage Anita’s not PL quality, Tiote is disillusioned and the club want shot, Colback shouldn’t be a starter, Gini isn’t playing there for us, Sissoko is garbage there and de Jong is a nothing player, we have numbers but no quality

    We need a CM desperately for me, an actual CDM and a real play maker. Half the reason we lose is because we have no control in the centre.

  • 25 catchy in norway // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    why does the guy on the side lines still check studs on boots? seems a very pointless thing todo

  • 26 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Jeff – but son, how does that answer the question. Is it not penetrative by search engine? And another thing about your rumour – “Alhassane “Lass” Bangoura (born 30 March 1992) is a Guinean footballer who plays for Spanish club Rayo Vallecano” which, if wiki (and not me btw) is correct, means you don’t really know the difference between a ‘Rayo’ and ‘Real’, despite your Google Translate aspirations, and you are far too liberal with your “L’s”. Boom!

    Oo-er missus, Oops, Ohhh…Matron! Etc. Cue ‘ cool’ smiley….

    Yeah, that is exactly how it feels, enervating isn’t it?

  • 27 Wayayman // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Anita isn’t premier league standard? What? I must have been watching a different player his season as he’s been (mostly) fantastic at linking the defence and more creative players. Gets let down by others around him losing possession too easily leaving him having two jobs and two men to mark most of the time.

  • 28 Ashley Hole // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    ——————————-Freddie——————————–
    —————Sailor———Chance———Dummet—————–Vurnon———–Colo—–Colback———-Obertan——
    ———-Sissoko———–Miteovic———-Perez————–

  • 29 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Sitc @. 20 I think it’s that kind of ‘play’ that got our bubble-locked lothario into bother before.

  • 30 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Sing

    Can just see Shteve being interviewed

    ” Any plans for more West African players Mr McClaren”

    SM
    ” Nah we don’t want a side full of Cisses and Lasses”

  • 31 Ashley Hole // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Colo with Colback in midfield in frobt of Sailor, Chancel and Dummet

  • 32 catchy in norway // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Wayayman

    i dont know whaat people want in a footballer, Anita for me has been a good player for us every time he has played, LET DOWN big time by P45, this season he has been our best DMC,

    what we need IMO is a good KEEPER, a LB, CB , and maybe a proper a right winger, but i think (hope) young florian will come good

  • 33 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    WWSBRD

    I think you found your niche before as blog policeman.

    You should leave the footy stuff to those who know what they are talking about.

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Catchy,
    P45 has gone now mate, he’s doing a canny job in London with that French guy who left us because of Pardew ?

  • 35 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Wayayman/Catchy…it goes to show when a player like Colback gets all the praise for all his negative running and stupid yellow cards!

  • 36 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Tsunki
    Exactly! Allegedly!

    Jib
    ..not to mention a famous German international from the 90’s

  • 37 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Jeff unless you’re still trying to outrun that boulder coming down the stairs come on back son, you just got owned so bad by your own faithful Googleotron! The betrayal! The treachery! Surely you’ve got something? Surely?

    🙂

    In the meantime I trust blogdom in general can discern how jeffs ‘ input’ is virtually worthless at best without Jeeves at his beck and call.

  • 38 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Jib @. 33 – know anybody?

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Jib,
    “You should leave the footy stuff to those who know what they are talking about.”
    Obviously not you though, your piece on Pardew and Andy Carroll and the eight year contract for nurturing him the the Championship shows that without Google you know SFA, real fans don’t use Central Station ??? Real fans know that Chris Hughton is a bit of a legend !

  • 40 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Sitc allegedly, of course… ahem…

  • 41 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Crikey, Dan Gosling has done well to still be clinging on to a PL starting place. What a sad fall from grace this lad has had since his bad knee injury as a promising kid at Everton.. Shame really. He must’ve been from the same crop of Everton young uns that Rooney emerged from?

  • 42 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Jeffs stretched his neck a bit too far again today and it’s feeling that familiar cold blade of failure. Embarrassing failure. He’s just made an ass of himself trying to trip others up and gone up his own hole again. Again! How many times must we suffer this ignoramus who clearly gleans everything off the internet?

  • 43 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    404 error jeff? I mean you’ve got to have something by now?

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Sitc,
    I still can’t get my head round why he was getting game time in his last season when they had no intention of offering him a new deal and his contract was up.

  • 45 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Sitc if he’s still in the PL he’s done better than many other promising youngsters.

  • 46 Smileytoon // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    We probably could have secured Charlie Austin last transfer window, instead we bought Mitrovic. Why? Perez worked so hard yesterday, covered so much ground and provided many opportunities. Mitrovic is very much like Cisse. Neither one hustles, covers ground or works for opportunities. But they can sometimes get the ball in the net if it’s handed to them on a silver platter and the stars are aligned. We don’t have the luxury of using a Cisse,Mitrovic type player. We need more players with the Perez/Wijnaldum,Mbemba and Colback (speedy recovery to Jack) heart and hustle. Be nice to see Adam Armstrong given a shot. Recall him, please! And IMHO, McClaren was beyond lucky we didn’t end up playing with 10 men. Anytime Mitrovich, Tiote or Janmaat get a yellow, SERIOUS thought needs to be given to subbing them out. Great game for Perez, Wijnaldum, Mbemba,Elliott and good one for Sissoko.

  • 47 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Well jeff you’re probably enquiring of Reyantoon if you’re still ‘on form today’ ha ha oh dear. I’ll save you the trouble. You aren’t. See you. 😉

  • 48 croftus5678 // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    let go of siem/cisse/colo/williamson/good/ober/tiote/river/saylor/anita/fergusson/goofy

    bring dummett into cb and use mbabu for when things really get bad along with lescalles as 3rd/4th choice cb’s.

    bring back vukic/arma for the squad and add bigi for cm cover.

    and sign a cb/lb/rb cover and another big striker like mitro.

  • 49 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    OK calling off the dog for now. Back later. Stuff to do.

    Real Valllllllecano.

    He he he he.

  • 50 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Sorry jeff but before I go, how about I don’t call you jeff but ‘Ray’? He he. Sounds like it could work. You a lot, that is. 😉

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Bobbybee reckons jeff gets a terrible amount of abuse, boobybee has obviously never been on the end of what jeff dishes out !

  • 52 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Ray- o!
    Ra-ay-ay-ay-o!
    Googles’ down and me in me mams home….

  • 53 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    😀

  • 54 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    Jeff just got Real- y owned. Geddit? Real? Y? OK definitely stuff to do.

  • 55 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Next time you want to go head to head in the insult game, RAY, try not being a rank amateur.

  • 56 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Not enjoying this game to be honest. Bournemouth are not a pushover by any means and we have to go down there now. They’ve bossed Saints for the last 20mins with nee luck. which is a damn sight better than we have done at St Marys

  • 57 lesh // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    We haven’t a cat in hells chance of signing Austin.

    He’s stated he wants to see the season our with QPR and what’s more, they’re sitting mid-table and could be in with a shout for a play-off place or even automatic promotion.

    Charnley had the chance to get him for £15m but with QPR looking at the zillions that’s attached to the Prem, it would take a massive bid to get Austin in January.

    Furthermore, we’re hardly an attractive proposition sitting in the relegation zone.

    Again, watching the pennies may cost us dear.

  • 58 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    By gum Tsunki I really hit a nerve with you.
    I’ve had a look back and I think it was the big girly who can dish out but not take it , that got under your skin , and your implosion since kind of backs that up , what a soft tart you must be !!!!

  • 59 Big Pappa Cissé // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Nice to see our performances improve however it means nothing unless we turn it into points on the board.

    I still think our team needs tweaking as having Wijnaldum on the left is a waste IMO as every attack cones down the right with Sissoko (who has been brilliant recently for a change) and it is very predictable .

    We have seen how good Mitrovic is in the air so I would like to see Aarons or Thuavin (how much did we pay for him again ?) getting crosses into the box .

    —-Sissoko——–Wijnaldum——Tiote——Aarons—-

    ———————-Mitrovic——–Perez——————-

  • 60 lesh // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Sunday afternoon and the bickering continues!

    😐

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    It must be ‘orrible being you Jib !

  • 62 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Lesh
    Jane reckons you are Hibbit 😎

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Jib,
    You reckoned hibbit was lesh, what a bizarre coincidence! Jeff from benwell also played for Tynedale allegedly as did you, was it compulsory to be a tosser to play or just a big help.

  • 64 lesh // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Jib/ Jane/ Jeff

    Sorry to disappoint you but I ain’t Hibbit.

    Don’t know about Hibbit, but I have only one ID for this site.

  • 65 lesh // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Jail

    Jeff/ Jane/ Jib needs all the help he/she/it can get.

  • 66 Rotonda heights // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Jail

    No me gusta pardew tampoco.

    Crystal Palace sólo han marcado un gol en el ” juego abierto ” en 7 partidos. Esto sonido familiar?

  • 67 Toon Tang // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    I like to work my week on a Sunday to Sunday rotation, I always have. That’s why Scumderland getting utterly spit-roasted has kick started my week a treat. Cheers lads, I will raise a glass later on.

  • 68 mindshaft // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Watched Wolves yesterday and Afobi was terrible, I mean really poor – he would be a disaster in the prem

  • 69 Mag52 // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Jail.

    Was that by any chance the same French guy who couldn’t wait to join up with the ex manager of NUFC who couldn’t wait to leave our club on account of twerps like you ?

  • 70 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Rotunda i only read one paper but apparently palace were by far the better team. The game stats suggest same. Pardew,is quite simply a better manager than the loon brigade will admit. He was going to relegate them last season if i recall correctly? Oh wait…

  • 71 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Thats right mag52 pardew was so bad that he rejoined him.

  • 72 reilly // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    didnt cabaye go on strike to force a move.
    plus wasnt palace the only club to come in for him and offer big wages,im sure if a big club came in for him he wouldnt of went to palace.

  • 73 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Jail gets owned again
    Ha ha ha

  • 74 catchy in norway // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    jail

    the only reason Cabaye is at palace is because he needs first team football for the national team and they were stupid enough to pay crazy wages for him. as for him having a good season, he has 3 goals in the prem all 3 have been pens,.
    palace have 1 goal from open play this season, they have only scored 12 goals,

    Palace are a poor team, heading towards the bottom half and we will finish above them

  • 75 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    I’ll tell you what though, regardless of your stance on the virtues or otherwise, I’d take a point from them if offered right now, from the game at Palace at the end of the month

  • 76 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Mag52,
    Was there any need for that, are you really that upset he’s gone you have to hurl insults at the sackpardew rabble/shower/mob/crew/gang

  • 77 catchy in norway // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    reilly

    some of these guys wont admit to that, its a fact i keep telling them

  • 78 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    ..virtues or otherwise of Pardew.. I meant

  • 79 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    So it’s back to booby is it fail? I apologise for what many thought WASN’T me being nasty, but i did it anyway because i thought i went a bit ott. Maybe jib hasn’t abused me because I stick to football, not personal attacks every post? You try to be nice and get it thrown in your face – albeit only by you. Says more about you than anybody else.

  • 80 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Alright Bobby lad? I didn’t get to see much of the game yesterday and was pleased to read the reports of some that Tiote had a solid game. I’m interested to know what was your take on his performance in the middle of the park?

  • 81 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Thing is Bobby

    These footy ignorant bullies have had years of ruling the roost on this blog with their gang tactics.

    Now there are a few guys on here who won’t take it lying down and fight back , and they cannot handle it !

  • 82 sparky55 // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    We don’t need another striker…we need a good CDM to sit and protect Colo (let’s face it…Maclaren won’t ever drop him ) whilst letting Sissoko and Winji do their thing, and a good winger who will feed the beast from out wide.

    We have Arma, Cisse and a forgotten frenchman who may surprise some of us upon his return.

  • 83 check the toastie // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    catchy I agree my pardew outing friend. The football we are now trying to play is night and day to Percys brand of drivel.
    there is progress and hope now at least.

  • 84 croftus5678 // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    sigh pards is gone and nothing to do with us anymore ! the same for cabaye !

    sheesh it’ll be andy carroll next.

  • 85 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Sing, to be honest he had a good game. He was more like the old Tiote – win the ball, lay if off simply. Not so many of his little circle dances. He made a good few solid but legal tackles as well. If he can carry on in that vein, where he just wins the ball and passes it to better players, he could be a massive boost for us again. He did tire towards the end, but overall, taking into account his lack of match fitness, I was pretty happy with his game. As long as he keeps it simple, we might not miss Colback too much after all.

  • 86 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Croftus
    Yeah You’re right but the thing is he’s here to stay for now, as there is the small matter of a trip down memory lane to Selhurst for us in less than a month, so expect an ever increasing Pardew fest til after that!

  • 87 croftus5678 // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    @82 sparky

    arma may be one of the problem players when he comes back !

    he’s rightfully deserved a crack at our first team as he’s proven himself on loan but will he get the chance if we keep perez/mitrovic/ maybe river and cisse nvm a new striker ?

    then theres siem also !

    tbh if he was not our player and we signed him from coventry i think we would sign him to sit on the bench as backup at his age.

    imo ship out river/siem/cisse and use arma as 4th choice behind perez/mitro and another new strong striker.

  • 88 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Bobby
    Champion. More than happy for him to prove me wrong if that’s how it turns out. We shall see. Handy though, in any case,with Colback out of the picture.

  • 89 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Bobby,
    My apologies that was a genuine typo as you can see from the correct spelling in the first instance.

  • 90 croftus5678 // Nov 1, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    @86 sing

    aye true.

    it’s pointless comparing though as palace fans are completely different from ours ! we think ourselves a big club and pressure our players/managers/owners ect a lot where as palace think themselves smaller and are happier with what they currently have.

    they also gave different responsability’s to pards than ashley did and add to the fact pards did very well with us at first as he has done with others untill things started to go wrong.

    look at liverpool atm ! if brendon rodgers was our manager atm he may do well at first its when the novalty wears off that shows who’s a good manager or a bad one not the ones who do well for 1 or 2 seasons then flop.

  • 91 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Jib, the point is, after my doc rang me to warn me how my current mixture of pills might make me have violent mood swings and maybe be downright bad tempered, I apologised to the entire blog for my behaviour the other night in case I upset people. I stand by my arguments, but maybe could have used slightly better language to express it. The majority accepted that apology with good grace and many said I wasn’t even out of order, considering the provocation. I thought that was the end of it, but apparently not. It gets dragged up again for no reason at all. You’re not wrong when you say some people come on to abuse one another, but basicalky that isn’t like me, hence the heartfelt apology. Waste of time really. I have no idea where the row with you and others commenced, but certain people give me the impression that it ain’t all down to you. It takes a man to opologise, but iypt also takes one to accept it with genuine grace. Need I say any more?

  • 92 Mag52 // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Jail.

    Come on Jail. Don’t play the injured party. Didn’t you say, and I quote ‘…that French guy who left us because of Pardew ?’
    Nothing could be farther from the truth.
    It was big Mike, up to his usual tricks of maximizing profit from Newcastle players which brought about the departure of one of the most talented players we have had on our books for an awful long time.

  • 93 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Ray @ 58 yes you are correct it was the ‘ can dish it out but can’t take it’ comment that made me decide not to leave you be. Because it’s precisely that hypocritical school ground naysaying that irritates any rational person. You obviously have bobbybee rallying to your supposed cause as a much maligned poster and proffer yourself as a football sage, when my illustration above points out you obviously have none save for search engine prowess. You’ve had a bad day, Ray, time to lick your wounds and retire for the moment. It must hurt so bad I’ve just juiced you at exactly your own game. Try just sticking to fooling everyone you have salient football observations and we can all let the insulting and nitpicking lie, ok? I’ll call off my dog if you stop offering it your sausage .

  • 94 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Bobbybee @91, for the record, can’ t deny kudos for that.

  • 95 sparky55 // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    croftus @ 87

    I agree with what you’re saying there but on that basis do we actually need another striker? He could come back from loan in January and Cisse could have been sold by then and he would be first reserve striker with Perez and Mitrovic already on the pitch.

    IMO he could make an impact in the premiership off the bench now. He’s already proven he’s at a much better level than League One and with subs appearances between January and the end of the season he could be ready next year….so why bother buying anyone else now?

  • 96 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Sing

    Tiote had his best game for a long time did nowt stupid no silly tackles nor did he loose possession. Think it helped with Anita next to him as Anita is always available for a pass.
    I did not give a MOM as I thought Tiote, Anita and Dummett were my stand out players followed by Sissoko.
    Perez had a good game but had to many hissy fits and moans to the ref when knocked off the ball got to get up and get on with it.
    Same can be said the same of Mitrovich stop moaning and get on with it. Also his reaction to what is going on around him is slow
    Janmaat looked of the pace yesterday again giving far to much space for the attacker.
    my merit marks:
    Elliot 7 – did what he had to
    Janmaat – 5 looked tired give winger to much space
    Colocinni – 7 Steady
    Mbemba – 8 Lad is class
    Dummett – 8.5 got forward at every opportunity likes to tackle.
    Tiote – 8 would be 9 but tired at end did what he does best tackle and kept passes simple
    Sissoko – 7 great going forward defending needs to improve
    Anita – 8 class just keeps it simple always available for a pass rarely gives a bad pass and for a little lad can tackle.
    Wijnaldum -7 thought he had one of his quieter games
    Perez – 8 good game linked defence with attack but has to cut out the hissy fits
    Mitrovic – 7 handful for there defenders but has not to react when he gets wind up.
    subs
    Ding Dong – 4 struggled
    Lascalles – 5 looks good in the air – not so when ball is on deck

    Crowd – 4 quite out sung by Stoke for long periods of the game

    That was my view from the Gallowgate

  • 97 croftus5678 // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    @05 sparky

    i agree.

  • 98 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Jail, ffs man, was there any need to drag me into it in the first place? I apologised for what I said, why drag me into your row with jib, when i have no row with jib? He does get abuse and gives it back and who can blame him? Regardless of whoever started the row with you anf jib it had NOTHING to do with me. Please, don’t involve me in your petty squabbles, as you might not like my take on it. I’ve never had a crossed word with Jib and I intend it to remain so. The only exchanges I have with jib are purely football related and as I have no idea where or when your row began, i have no wish to be involved. Can we now leave that as it stands?

  • 99 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Anyway, Ray notwithstanding, back to topic….

    I don’ t think Eds regurgitation of every lower league prospect rumour does the collective blog ulcer much good. I know it’s the essence of the blog, but we can’t take it to heart, there must be a stat that shows how very few of these rumours have substance. By and large all they do is stir up the ire of those unimpressed by the incumbents transfer policy, whatever that is. And there’s a few of them to stir, given the results we’ve had under that policy. Maybe as a suggestion Ed might want to trawl some of the more positive and upbeat news snippets, if there are any rather than the endless Joe Soap from Barnsley or T C Mits from Crewe who are the up and coming England under 18 hopefuls, maybe more along the lines of academy standouts, encouraging news from the physio room, improvements in the balti pie recipe (now with even more kangaroo offal) etc. I dunno, something to lift the mood. And not about Charlie bleeding Austin in January.

  • 100 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Mag52,
    Well you’ve completely misread my post, I was pointing out to catchy, who claimed that Cabaye had left down to Pardew rather than the complete lack of ambition shown by the owner, the same French guy is now with Pardew, I also pointed out that he isn’t doing to bad down there as well, so I don’t know why you’ve got your knickers in a twist.

  • 101 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Rotonda,
    Estoy la misma, Yo no me gusta Pardew tampoco, no mucho giente en el noreste te gustan Alan Pardew.

  • 102 Mag52 // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Jail.

    Sorry jail for my misread. I apologise for my behaviour.

  • 103 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Mag52,
    No worries

  • 104 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Didn’t Cabaye leave for no other reason than he wanted to better himself? Hasn’t that been the case with many of our good players throughout our history? Didn’t Ashley do well to get him in the first place and make a large profit on him?

  • 105 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    I’ve said this before, but for those who missed it, i will reiterate it. I watched Arma grow as a player via the academy and U21’s. I don’t waste money, but at 16 I bet he would beat Charlton’s England record. I expect to collect it. He is, quite simply, the most exciting prospect we’ve had since Gazza and most natural goalscorer since Shearer. Nobody currently at Newcastle is a better finisher, but you need to play to his strengths. He’s a small lad, so long high passes are wasted – not rocket science. 🙂 His strengths are his first ten yards of electrifying pace through the channels and his god given ability to find the net. Should he return in January, he would walk into our side and score goals for fun. He might not be the player to beat six people then score, but I doubt there’s six people who could catch him once he goes. His ability to turn an entire defence was demonstrated yesterday and he’s done it before. Yes, he’s in the first division, but check out his goals – they’d grace any league in the world. We now have players who can pick his runs, because like him, they think like a footballer. His cameos under Carver and Pardew were embarrassing, long high balls – DER!!! Nobody need fear his ability to score in the PL. If you seen how the mackems were undone today, he would’ve had a double hat trick. Balls through the channels for him to chase are bread and butter to this lad. I said he’d score 20 before january for Coventry and people who’d never even seen him play, laughed. He’s halfway there already. Trust the kid, he truly is a legend in the making and he’s ours. Why waste money on what would be an inferior striker?

  • 106 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    I see Jib is once again writing off the blog as football ignorants and boasting about his own perspicacity on every topic known to Wiki. Does he ever take a day off from sending himself up?

  • 107 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    B&B, you’re right there marra, but before trying to better himself he went on strike and caused turmoil in the dressing room, with players taking sides. Troublemaker big style. If another big club want him now, he’ll do the same again and with no malice towards Pardew, it would damn well serve him right.

  • 108 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Blackas,
    Cabaye left because that was the plan discussed from the start, I don’t know how Demba Ba had a release clause but Cabaye and Tiote didn’t though ?

  • 109 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    we wont hang onto to Arma

  • 110 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Blackley

    “I see Jib is once again writing off the blog as football ignorants”

    No I’m not at all .

    There are some on here really know their stuff , who are a delight to talk footy with .
    Alex from Gosforth (Lilongwe) really knows his stuff , as do many others , probably the majority of posters……………………………………………………………………………………………….unfortunately you are not one of them 🙂

  • 111 sing in the corner // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Charlie
    Cheers for that, very comprehensive. Perez hissy fits? Don’t like the sound of that. Hope it is just frustration..always liked his attitude up to now.

  • 112 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Bobbybee
    The last time I saw Arma play was the youth cup game against Chelsea. He didn’t look too clever and also missed a sitter. He certainly didn’t stand out at that level on that particular evening. There’s no doubt that he’s doing well down the divisions but I’d seriously doubt he can make it in the EPL I’ve just seen Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore for a few minutes and he looks like he could be top player. I’d certainly like to see Arma given another chance though. As you say, you’ve got to give him the right type of service. He’s got to demand it if he’s not getting it.

  • 113 angelswithdirtyfaces // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Bobbybee

    I read the whole blog stushie the other night, things surely got a bit heated, and I hope your tablets have settled you down. I know what side effects are and they can be horrendous. I only have arthritis and your opain level must be much higher than that.

    I didn’t agree with the true fan stuff though. Some of us can’t get to the Toon or afford regular matehes as we have moved out of the NE postcode. I really do admire your determination to break through the pain barrier to get to the games though, so go for it.

    However, what I wanted to say is that it takes a big man to make a mistake and apologise, so good for you. Time to move on for everyone.

    Now I really do feel we can get a win against Bournemouth and it is a six pointer. Yesterday’s draw would be a price worth paying for 3 pts next week. Great for the lads’ confidence and we all would feel a corner had been turned.

  • 114 Toon Tang // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    BRING BACK BEATTIE

  • 115 Toon Tang // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    That will add some spice to the recipe hahahahaha

  • 116 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Jib
    November 1, 2015
    Thing is Bobby

    These footy ignorant bullies have had years of ruling the roost on this blog with their gang tactics.

    Now there are a few guys on here who won’t take it lying down and fight back , and they cannot handle it !

    That is so true Jib.

  • 117 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Bobby,
    We made a show about signing players with the right characters, yet HBA went on strike to get a move, Demba Ba jumped ship from W Ham on a clause and players that run their contracts down rather than let their clubs benefit aren’t exactly known for their loyalty yet these are exactly the type of players we had been signing !

  • 118 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Jib
    You try to portray yourself as a football aficionado. When asked, you repeatedly failed to declare your sporting credentials other than you’ve played rugby for Tynedale. Of course, you’re entitled to your opinion and to write off the majority of the blog as ignorant. You’re entitled to claim that most people share your view that we’ve seen “profound and fundamental changes” under Makro and you’re entitled to tell us our defence is fine. I’m entitled to laugh at you and I do.

  • 119 will die for the toon army // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Sissoko has improved really. His assists r good.

  • 120 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    ho ho ho it it aint even xmas

  • 121 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Jail
    I’ve heard it said that that was the plan discussed from the start with Cabaye, but if that was the case, you’d surely expect to see some release clause, yeah? I don’t think it is the point anyway. If that was the plan from the start, it’s still good work by Ashley (and by Graham Carr, who was well rewarded).

  • 122 Jib // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    You think you’ve got footy problems?

  • 123 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    JT. Why won’t we keep Arma?

  • 124 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    if he is as good as gazza he will be off

  • 125 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Jib
    Music might be more your game. There’s some great talent on xfactor this year, don’t you think?

  • 126 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    and its a case of cant keep him

  • 127 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    It’s a good job you are not a football manager with that negative attitude.

  • 128 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    managers up here dont get a say makem

  • 129 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    go lick your wounds after the arsenal gubbing

  • 130 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    looks like sunderland will win this hahahah

  • 131 Rotonda heights // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    munster at 70

    people probably thought AP would relegate CP as he had done charlton and brought west ham and ourselves so mightly close to it. Not really much of a leap is it.

  • 132 hibbitt // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    there’s 2t’s in hibbitt

  • 133 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Where are swans in the league, i will say what i like, don’t like it kiss my a….

  • 134 welshgeordie9 // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    In fact go an support the mackems.

  • 135 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    JT. He will go eventually, but at 18 he’s got years left with us. Ashley will want max money for him and he’ll get that when he’s older.
    B&B, the chelsea game was not the best example granted, but i’ve lost count of the times I ‘ve seen him play and i am totally convinced he’s going to be a legend. You can’t teach goalscoring as you already know, it’s a knack you either have or haven’t, which is why players can go from being a full back to a striker. They play up front once and score goals, then just continue to do so. The knack. I’m dying to see him return with a manager who will appreciate his ability and build his team around him. Thus far at CC, he’s had 24 shots on target and scored ten goals. What wouldxwe give for that now?

  • 136 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    you do

  • 137 John Tudor // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    we dont have to give we can take a simple end of loan and play him till he burns out or is sold

  • 138 angelswithdirtyfaces // Nov 1, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Reyantoon – earlier thread

    FYI I’ve been on here regularly for 5 years plus and periodically we get some f-wit who thinks he knows everything, the rest of us are ignorant and tells us all endlessly. It all gets very tiresome.
    Rarely we get a WUM who picks fights with virtually everyone for no obvious reason other than massaging his own inadequate ego.

    Do you remember the Angry fan ? A man of strong opinions.

    Then sometimes we get an argumentative but funny guy who has strong opinions and a good knowledge to back them up. Beattie was fun, if a wee bit up his own a*se on odd occasions, but he had an imaginative sense of humour and rarely if ever did a two footed sliding tackle on a man without the ball – so a we could have the banter without spite and vitriol.

    Jeff has no such redeeming virtues..

  • 139 angelswithdirtyfaces // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Rotonda

    I suspect Pardew’s extended honeymoon at CP has ended is they’ve only scored once from open play in 7 games, as reported.
    He’ll have a mix of two or three wins and four or five losses from now on with a few major scalps and the odd crash. I can still see CP finishing in the top 12’ish

    I don’t think P45 was as bad as Catchy made out – he goes into the very mediocre group of EPL managers in my book, and I agree with your line that modern continental managers are the guys who are going to bring us the best watchable football – though I think the way the EPL works is that disciplined hoofers can always get less talented teams into mid table – I’d include Pulis in that category

  • 140 Sack Llambias // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Jail I disagree mate with your current line on Ashley. The fans are not not staying away . Theres no talk of boycott Just support in the media and outside of your little bubble. Ive always backed you but you seem to be short on ideas and just saying nothing to get support for what I thought was your plan you seem to be running on empty. Hope you get what I am getting at if you get my drift you must change your line or risk becoming a failure. In the past you have not been seen by me like a whippet my mates agree that all we want is to be entertained and feel like our regime has ambition. I am now out of common thinking. Stevie has opened people’s eyes to the fact that we are not just throwing our toys, and that there are serious issues in club and with Mike Ashley.
    A lot of fans who go week in week out and have probably been to all of the games and before that too. Stoke shows we have truly loyal fans has raised awareness and gathered support, so it hasn’t been as successful as you said and hoped, but it’s a failure for you and me I am out.

  • 141 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I’m getting a bit narky, so knowing what i now know I’ll go before i say things i might regret – or might not, depending. 😉 Before i do though, there have been big changes at the club and we bought wisely and sold nobody. What a massive change on its own. If we do sell Sissoko to a CL club, remember we agreed those terms with him, so it ain’t a backward step. I hated Ashley, but i’m always willing to give anybody a second chance if they change. His actions so far show a change, but i’m cautious still. The jury is out. Best we all wait see how it goes before cheering him on or writing him off. Time will certainly tell and i imagine pretty quickly. I’ll hedge my bets for now to see if this change strengthens or he reverts to type. He’s a strange one for sure. G’night all.

  • 142 Average_Contents // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Is anyone else as bewildered as me as to what SL is getting at. Bizarre ramblings indeed.

    Hwtf

    Hwtl

    Ashley out

    Penfold out

  • 143 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Sack Llambias,
    Firstly I can’t recall you ever backing me so I don’t know what all that’s about and I don’t know what you think my plan is all about that it’s running on empty. I don’t like Mike Ashleys running of my football club and say so on this blog, I don’t see how liking Mike Ashley and his diabolical ownership would make me more successful!

  • 144 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Bobby,
    For someone who hates him you’ve gone to great lengths to defend him
    A_C
    Haven’t got a Danny La Rue what he’s going on about.

  • 145 Blackley and Brownlie // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    AC
    Bamboozled.

  • 146 Jail for Ashley // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Whippets, throwing toys out and and running on empty ???

  • 147 jimmysmith // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    We’ve had better sides than this in the past under Ashley. We have to match those, surpass them, and keep them together better, if we are to achieve the goals that have been publicly stated. So yes, the jury is well and truly out. it would be uncharted territory. But that window did see significant investment on a better calibre of young player, and McC and Cathro seem both capable and determined to get us playing an easy on the eye manner and to create abundant chances for goals. So there is good reason to be hopeful. But hope is one thing, and realisation quite another.

  • 148 Toonfan8 // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    By the way, we should not be too much afraid of putting young F. Woodman to the first team sheet. Mihajlovic put 16 years old Donarumma there and he has Diego Lopez and Abbiati on the bench…

  • 149 jane // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Jail you seem to be out of kilter with the sense of optimism, I think this is what they mean. your main objective is to get Ashley out. some people want to give him a chance to see if he means what he says. he will stand of fall by this. do you follow?

  • 150 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Bring back Beattie. And Belfast, if he’s gone that is. Then get rid of him again.

  • 151 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Reilly if pardew only played long ball it would not have made sense for cabaye to join him. Fact of the matter is that pardews football is better than the likes of fat sams. It aint wonderful but it could be worse. It was a big coup for pardew to sign a talent like cabaye twice but the loon brigade cant admit it. They cant give him any credit for anything, ever.

  • 152 jimmysmith // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    That most recent Arna strike was quite brilliant, he clearly is immensely talented, but Perez has done similar things for us, in our heavy shirt, and in the EPL. Arma has some way to go to reach even that level. Gazza level? Lets hope so, but really, its still a very long bow.

  • 153 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Realistically optimism should be cautious at best. We are after all not getting any wins coming up to the midpoint. Maybe neutral acceptance of the current state is more acceptable. There are signs, but as yet no product.

  • 154 Tsunki // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Armstrong is going the right route. He needs to get used to being a goalscorer and work his way up the levels. it’s almost certain baptising him in our team in Jan would drown him.

  • 155 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Reread it jail. I HATED him. I’m now giving him chance to prove he’s changed. Do you deliberately misread my posts or what? Or is it a dyslexia thing? If this change is genuine, are you still going to be boring us with Ashley out, and jail for Ashley? If he’s willing to change, why would i still hate him? You select pieces and STILL get them wrong. Does it not say the jury is still out? Wait and see before cheering him on or writing him off. People can change and in fairness, he’s done what he said he would do – sort the clubs finances and then push on. Strange everyone else but you can read my posts as they’re written. Get someone more intelligent than yourself to explain the difference between hate and hated. I hated him for what he did and not explaining it to us – as ST holders I thought we deserved that courtesy. Now i just accept he’s not a people person and pretty ignorant, but i can see his plan and if its genuine, I can stop hating him. If he finances us to our first trophy in decades, will you still hate him? Actually, you will, because it’s beyond your capacity to accept change. You so want him to mess up so you can shout ner ner, told you so, i was right all along. You truly are a sad individual.

  • 156 Munster Mag // Nov 1, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Rotunda i think pardew is a better mgr now that early in his career. Managers dont stay the same forever. He is no genius and is defensiveto yhe point of annoyance but he has worked out a philosophy that works for him. He saved palace and made fools of the sackpardew gang. And no i dont want him back!

  • 157 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Jimmy, check out youtube, so many of his strikes are as good. Let’s me and you just wait and see how he goes, because it’s pointless arguing over what the future holds. He might get injured and never reach that potential. God forbid! Perez does nice work, but he’s not a natural goalscorer, yet there’ll be places for both of them in the team. In fact, i can see perez gettting many assists working with Arma. As with Ashley, time will tell.

  • 158 jimmysmith // Nov 1, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Really, one more window like the last, on the right players, and we’d have some team, but yeah, we’ve been even closer in the past and baulked. Now of course, we appear to have made the commitment to compete at a higher level, and we know the money is now there. So we are realistically looking at better times.

    I think though the type of football that McC and Cathro want to play, requires a more expensive better quality squad than the type of football more pragmatically played by Pardew. It will require more and continuous investment to play well and achieve ongoing success doing it.

  • 159 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 1, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    …and we lost 3-0 to 6under2and!

    Christ almighty! Where are we going to get the point from we need 😉

  • 160 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    See, jane understands it. Not rocket science is it jane? If you refuse to give people a second chance, you’ll live a lonely miserable life, because everybody lets you down occasionally.

  • 161 jimmysmith // Nov 1, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Yeah, I’ve seen all his goals for Coventry on Youtube, and most of his others. He is an excellent finisher, and also has terrific ball control and movement. He looks a complete forward, But the defences are slower, and the pressure and expectation not even comparable, so yeah, I’ll watch and wait with interest.

  • 162 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Jimmy, you’re right again marra. We need better players to play macca’s football and in fairness, we’ve bought some already. Those who can’t adapt will be moved on and better players brou?ht in to replace them. That’s the plan Macca said he’d discussed with Ashley and it excited him. So far Macca hasn’t lied to us, so deserves the respect of belief in what he says. Although there are those loonies who believe like every other manager, Macca is in some dark conspiracy with Ashley, he isn’t. He’s too well off to be bought and has integrity.

  • 163 Bobbybee // Nov 1, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Jesper, be fair mate. We lost to them because we had ten men against 12. 😉




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