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Big Questions Still Hang Over Newcastle Players

8:47 am, Thursday, December 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

It’s a game Newcastle fans long for – and the fantastic 2-0 win on Sunday against a very good Liverpool side showed Newcastle at its best as the game was televised live around the world – and we looked a good side and our players ran themselves into the ground for a famous win.

What more could you ask for?

And after that first goal after 69 minutes the crowd were roaring on the lads and even when the referee gave five minutes of stoppage time to help Liverpool out when there wasn’t one stop for any injury in the second half – we used that to put in another goal to make it look at 2-0 – like it was an easy win for anybody who didn’t see the game.

As we said – who could ask for more?

Steve McClaren gini wijnaldum liverpool 2-0

Steve McClaren congratulates Gini Wijnaldum after the game

So now we go to White Hart Lane on Sunday against another good side in form – Tottenham.

And we have no idea what side will turn up for that game.

There are still huge question marks that exist for our players – but we are hoping for another all-out committed and passionate display at White Hart Lane – and we’ll need that if we are going to get anything out of the game.

Steve McClaren was asked if he thought Newcastle had turned the corner:

“That’s the big question we will ask this week ahead of Tottenham.” “It’s a tough away game.” “But this is what we are capable of doing.”

“We have had two or three false starts where you think we have turned the corner and think: ‘We’re up and running now’.”

“I’ve said before we will take steps back, which we have done – big ones.” “Liverpool was a big one forward, let’s keep going now.”

Newcastle have a good opportunity to put in another solid display before we face a huge 6 pointer at home to bottom-placed Aston Villa – a game we simply cannot lose.

We are nowhere near out of the woods yet and a couple of defeats in the next two games and we’ll be back to where we were before the Liverpool game.

That mustn’t happen.

6%  thought we could beat Liverpool last Sunday and only 16% think we can win at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

So a Newcastle win would be another shock 3 points for us – go for it!

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    We are better when we play narrow because we have no wide players. Sign a wide player and we would look better because we would get service to Mitro and Cisse who will subsequently score more goals.

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Ashley Out! I voted draw

  • 3 Toonfan8 // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    ok, I will post you some of their opinions from their blog 🙂
    Honda turns like a truck…
    Let go of Honda, Nocerino, and Poli.
    Honda is absolutely useless. Worse then Suso, who is worse then Cerci.
    Honda is awful, his time at Milan should come to an end in January.
    Honda needs to be sold the most useless player in the squad and Poli a close second sell them and bring back Cristante and buy Yarmolenko…
    I am sorry, but this is not type I want at Newcastle, there are a lot of better players for lower price and lower salary than he has. He is 29 and if cant get to speed in Serie A i am not convinced, that he will get to speed in Premier league

  • 4 jayphoto // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Don’t mind Honda as a player but he’s on the way to 30?
    Not sure he’s as good as a player as he is as a commercial marketing tool? Honestly don’t watch much serie A though so not seen a vast amount.
    To be honest, Kagawa aside (and even he didn’t pull up trees in England despite playing for aside that dominated possession) the Japanese football team doesn’t have much of interest
    In Asia the UAE have a couple! Abdulrahman and Ahmed Khalil look like they have the ability to move to Europe and South Korea seem to produce players that adapt well to Germany and England. Kim Shin-wook always looks a right handful when I’ve seen Korea play.
    It’s hard to scout and buy from Asia as a lot of the good players that play in the middle east and china are on huge moneyand actually move for big transfer fees but because the leagues aren’t a huge standard it must be hard to judge their actual ability.

  • 5 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Contracts expiring June 2016


    All of these except maybe Mbabu and Gilliead will be allowed to find new clubs in the summer.

    Where applicable they will have been amortised through the books so no transfer fee will be required for them.

    Some have been good servants to the club and a free transfer is their reward,

    The others in the words of the song “sad sweet dreamer” by sweet sensation 1974.

    “It’s just one of those things you put down to experience”

  • 6 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Toonfan 8
    Dinnae fash yersel youngun
    There is no way this club will modify the player template to permit the purchase of a 29 year old Serie A donkey

  • 7 Jib // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Useless piece of knowledge#41954

    (I know Tsunki loves these)

    Honda means sling in Spanish
    Hence Honduras – The early Conquistadores were attacked by slingshot wielding native Indians there.

  • 8 Santon03 // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:10 AM


    Milan blog real Milan blog is in Italian language.

  • 9 Santon03 // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Nocerino has been on loan for last 3 years, what year is this Milan blog anyway?
    Cristante was playing like 2-3 games as sub. I have no idea where the guy is right now.
    I agree Suso is useless.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Without Google your ”footy knowledge” could be written down on the back of a South African Bantam stamp!

  • 11 jayphoto // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Interested to see what they do with Mbabu. He’s looked good in the 2-3 games he’s played but will they deem that enough to give him a deal?
    Finding the goalkeeping situation interesting. Lot of talk that Valdes on loan is a done deal, Elliot looked great against Bournemouth but he’s averaging 2 conceded a game this season and actually averages over 2 conceded throughout his whole Newcastle career. I know the defense is bad but krul played behind the same defense (and isn’t a great keeper) but still has a far better average. Not sure hes been to blame for many goals but then with a keeper its hard to judge their positioning, organisation etc

  • 12 Toonfan8 // Dec 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    It doesnt matter in which laguage it is. It is their opinions, and they all watch Milan games…I certainly dont want Honda here, where you want to play him? He is best as number 10 and we have enough players in that role, better players and younger ones…Rather buy one decent winger Redmond, one CM Xhaka,Tielemans (I think first one is unrealistic) one good strong CB Shawcross (Unrealistic), Matip,Vestergaard (more realistic) and LB J.Willems (I dont know how he is with his injury) and maybee one of Batshuayi or Berahino (if MA want to spend 😀 )

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