McClaren Now Likely To Stick With These Players

Amazingly Mike Williamson has been training only two days at Newcastle and he has picked up a hamstring injury  and with Jamaal Lascelles having picked up a hamstring injury last Saturday – which is why Mike was recalled.

That’s two center-backs not available for Sunday’s very tough game against Liverpool.

So that’s one reason we think Steve McClaren – whether he was going to replace Coloccini or not – will now likely stick with his captain.

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Moussa Sissoko – poor form this season

The Chronicle is reporting that Steve McClaren has also had a heart to heart talk with Newcastle’s massively underperforming midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Moussa has put in too many performances this season where he seems uninterested and is hardly in the game.

One good example of that was last week at Crystal Palace and after playing quite well int he first ten minutes he disappeared once Newcastle were 2-1 down after 17 minutes – like a lot of other Newcastle players.

In his press conference today, Steve McClaren never mentioned Moussa but he did mention one player had said to him the players were lacking confidence because we have only five wins in 33 league games this year – thought to be Sissoko.

We expected Moussa to be dropped after his display at Palace – but it looks like he will keep faith with him, but we will not know until an hour before the game on Sunday afternoon.

But if he has had a heart to heart talk with him that’s a probable precursor to giving him (yet) another chance,  although it’s still possible that a chance will be given to Siem de Jong.

Quite honestly Siem is such a talented player with good leadership qualities that he should have been given a chance long before now.

We are hoping Siem gets a chance on Sunday, but it wouldn’t surprise us if Steve McClaren again sticks with Coloccini and Sissoko.

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20 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Just how many chances is McLaren prepared to give some of there under performing underwhelming over paid players ? No wonder the likes of De Jong now recovered from injury are demoralised. It’s down to Mclaren and a softly softly safe approach that’s going nowhere, rather like the club.

  • andrew84

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #2

    If Coloccini plays against Liverpool we will get battered. Simple as that. Nothing else to say on the matter.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Did anyone mention Pardew before Munster cranked up again? No? Thought not.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #4

    I think it’s a bit harsh to single out colo, after all the whole back line is gash, he can’t be that crap all on his own without a lot of help.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Lochinvar – Jimmy smith is proposing the judging of SM be set back to May now. Why not May. 2017? After all, we may have finished top of the championship by then.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #6

    I think the form of sissoko is being misjudged. He’s always been this kind of player. He can make surging powerful diagonal runs from deep and…well.. That’s it. If the team is too lazy/unfit to stretch the opponent, he’s got literally nowhere to run

  • Tsunki

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #7

    The beautiful game, part two

    This is an awfully big pie, lots of fingers in there.

  • magfly

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Tunski I agree about Colo takes the blame when it is his colleagues on the pitch that let him down ,Colo is a top pro the next manager that comes in would make him captain.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Glad Williamson’s injured. He can’t clear his lines. We’re going to lose anyway. We need 8 new players in January and Sven Goran Eriksson.

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Not Jimmy smith

    jimiley // Dec 3, 2015 at 9:08 PM
    The managers attitude is spot on. There is no need to panic. A slow gradual recovery is needed. Judge the manager in May.

    mistyped ?
    podgy fingers and modern devices are a bugger.

    jimiley was being ironic but you are too dopey to pick up on it.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #11

    US attorney general Loretta Lynch said: “The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous. The scale of corruption alleged herein is unconscionable.

    Nope not unconscionable for all of us,watching those laughable rigmaroles surrounding the world cup awards. Every man and his dog knew the whole thing stank. Wherever there is big money there are greedy crooks swarming

  • Tsunki

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Ray, you’re correct it’s Jimmy smith who is deluded about Saturday. But I was also adding to jimileys irony, but of course you were too dopey to pick up on it.

  • Jib

    Dec 3, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Backtracking King of the blog
    Ha ha ha

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Sunday. We’re bring humiliated on live TV I recall.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Louise Taylor suggests the formation may be 352, she rarely has much in sight but it is interesting that she includes it within her article.

    She might be suggesting the following formation:
    Perez—(?)de Jong

    Still the same players in a slightly different set up, if confidence is very low is the formation meant to inspire by situating the players where they are the most comfortable. The inability to change the team from a repeatedly defeated selection, other than the strike partnership, will require successfully counter acting the lack of confidence the players have in each other.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Ray, swing and a miss, but never mind, it given you the jimmysmith/ jimiley bungle,thats free you can warm yourself on that one.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #17

    I couldn’t give a rats arse what he does I hope they get hammered it’s the only way to get SMAC OUT before its to late because I can tell you now with ten games to go u will here this wally saying the same things he is saying now about relegation and we have to fight he hasn’t got a f@@@@@ clue what to do
    SHEEP Out

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Well a busier midfield would be a way to stifle Liverpool relentless pace. The back four waiting to be hammered from all sides because the mid two are missing and the wings are drifting upfield don’t work, so why not? why not.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 4, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Ray it’s almost as if you are constantly monitoring every post trying to find a point to harp on about. Almost. But tbf, if I was hiding in my bedroom 8 hours a day to avoid doing my chores, I would probably do the same thing, spend all my time on the laptop being a nuisance. But I’d stop around the 15 year old mark,not continue on through my 40’s.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Dec 4, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #20

    I wonder… Are these injuries real, or is. It a case of I don’t want to be out there?
    Williamson plays umpteen games for Wolves then comes back and is mysteriously injured. Coincidence? I am beginning to doubt. Remember what Carver said about his sending off last season?


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