Young Gun Still Keen To Impress At Newcastle

Steve McClaren over the last couple of game has taken both of our young strikers – Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic out of the firing line and replaced them with the more experienced players in Papiss Cisse and Siem de Jong.

On Sunday against Liverpool Siem got his first Premier League start this season and played in the withdrawn number 10 striker role behind Cisse and had a good game and his experience helped the side.

That game will have done Siem a lot of good and he will start at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

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Ayoze Perez – in action against Liverpool

It was very unlucky on Perez that he was dropped for Sunday’s game and he’s still one of the brightest lights at Newcastle and he did replace the Dutch International in the second half.

Perez is looking forward to the game on Sunday at a venue where he scored his first Premier League goal for Newcastle last season in the 2-1 win.

This is what Ayoze has said in the Chronicle today:

“It’s a special place for me.” “It is a nice stadium and it made me feel proud to score there. We now go there to try to get three points and keep climbing the table.”

“It would be really good to score there again.” “We are looking up now. We moved up a place after beating Liverpool and hope to move further soon.”

“Against Tottenham we have the chance to do that.”  “We know the table is tight. Whether we can get one or three points it could help us a lot going into Christmas.”

“Every week you can see how crazy this league is. You have to be ready for every single game.” “The good thing is we have fight.”

“We can try to win the games. Sometimes you can’t play the perfect game but you have to take points.” “The team was very good on Sunday and we put in a good performance.”

“We pressed and fought for everything. It’s a good thing for us to get confidence after some tough times.”

“Now we are ready for the next game against Tottenham. We’re really happy to get the win against Liverpool, it was very important for us and we are now feeling more confident.”

“I came on and played a part. After a few minutes we scored, then we defended the lead we had.”  “It’s hard because Liverpool are a great team but we got the result.”

It’s going to be really tough to get something out of the game on Sunday – make no mistake about that.

But if our lads can fight and show the passion, determination and guts they showed against Liverpool then anything is possible.

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27 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    @jib – you heard any mention of how Riviere is progressing?
    They need to play him in his strongest position which is either wide left of a front 3 or off a main striker as he was at Monaco, Toulouse and St Ettiene.
    Oddly I thought Mitrovic and Cisse would be able to form a partnership, they both have qualities that in theory should compliment one an other.
    A 5-3-2/3-5-2 for me would be the best for what we have available till jan?
    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Dummett Mbabu
    Sissoko Colback Gini
    Cisse Mitro

  • Mag52

    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘We have fight’ says Perez.
    They’re going to need it big time at White Hart lane at the weekend.

  • TikiTakaAcca

    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3


    From your comment about Debuchy being twice the player Janmaat is.

    I think you need to se him play nowadays. Yes, he was okay at his time at us, but he’s woeful now.
    Ask any Arsenal fan and they’ll tell you how bad he actually is.

    I have a friend who’s an Arsenal fan who writes in depth analysis of certain players, tactics & he cannot stress enough how bad he really is.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    @tikitaka – really? I’ll be honest I was going off his ability at Newcastle and for France! Such a decline is surprising! Really liked him as a Newcastle player!

  • TikiTakaAcca

    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5



    He was recently trending on Twitter for how bad his performance was during a game.

    He is getting on a bit now though!

  • banjax

    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Since the victory against Liverpool on Sunday, the media and various pundits were writing as if Newcastle had turned the corner and that relegation was going away and the players were now fully focused on a top eight finish. Wow !
    As we have all noticed the Swansea Manager is the latest to lose his job with a win ratio of 35% which is not to bad and our Team have a win rate of around 22%. So what’s wrong with this picture – a great deal is wrong. It will only take a defeat against Spurs to put us back where we were and with it all the talk of a complete change of management at Newcastle from top to bottom before the Liverpool win. Consistency of effort is a must for these players to have a hope of winning games and on Sunday this will be put to the test. If the team revert to their lazy ways (and I think they will) then we will all know for sure that radical changes are needed and these changes must be made.

  • TikiTakaAcca

    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7


    That’s one of the most annoying things, but the fans are just as bad.

    Cisse scored one goal & every fan thinks he’s a world beater again.
    (Although he has seemed a lot hungrier recently).

  • jayphoto

    Dec 10, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Spurs and subsequently Villa games are very interesting. Having just matched and beaten the inform team in the league McClaren can’t use confidence as an issue or excuse. Similarly he needs to tailor the tactics and selection for each individual game rather than repeat what happened after Norwich and Bournemouth wins and repeat same line up and tactics. Narrow and containment worked against Liverpool as Klopp actually has them playing fast pressing direct counter attack. Spurs play possession football. Deep containing tactics like vs Liverpool will probably see them notch up 65% possession and a 3-0 win.
    Against Villa we need to attack from the off! I’d play 2 strikers and push for an early goal as Villas confidence plummets when they fall behind.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Tika taka,
    Cisse has a 1 goal in 3 record in what has been a very poor team since that goal fest he had when he first arrived, playing him on the RW was like using an egg whisk to mix concrete.


    Dec 10, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #10

    afternoon all
    i missed out on all the charlie austin debate so heres my view….i dont think the club sign austin in january unless a striker leaves and then only if the deal is right for the club…they are not going to pay 15m or even half that for player whos contract is up in 6 months time(on basis no new contract has been signed)…and if he is to join in the summer i would’nt be surprised if theres already been behind scenes agreement to sign him for free with a big signing on fee for austin…..theres other areas of the team need strengthening right now that any money that could spent on austin can be used there….theres every chance cisse will be moved on in the summer he’ll only have a year left on his contract and hes 30 now,so i’d be surprised if he is here past the summer


    Dec 10, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #11

    there may well be some exits in jan as theres a few players contracts up in june if the club are willing to accept some cheeky small bids from clubs just to get some space in the squad

  • Tsunki

    Dec 10, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #12

    “Jail for Ashley // Jib
    Without Google your ”footy knowledge” could be written down on the back of a South African Bantam stamp!”

    Philately will get you nowhere

    Actually I quite liked that one.

  • corkypants

    Dec 10, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Three players i would break the bank for at the moment are Shelvey Shawcross and Townsend no matter how much it costs we need more backbone then go for Jetro Willems from psv aswell for left back

  • corkypants

    Dec 10, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    I know these players would cost a fortune but its what we need

  • Sazzer

    Dec 10, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Shelvey might be available if Rodgers becomes the new manager at Swansea. =)

    Otherwise I can’t see Swansea selling him considering his contract isn’t running out and they haven’t been relegated.

    And can’t see Stoke letting go of Shawcross.

    Townsend have the tendency to lose the ball most of the time he gets it. He has potential but have never really produced the goods.

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Jonjo Shelvey signed a contract renewal with The Swans (presumably for an increased salary ) in July 2015 which keeps him there until Summer 2019.

    Surprised to see he is only 23 it must be a combination of his bald nut and he seems to have been about for ages.

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    I see MP is resting Harry Kane from tonights Euro match to keep him fresh for Sunday.

    Cheers Mauricio 🙁

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 10, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #18

    What does the blog make of the Tyson Fury furore? I think the bloke is a dimwitted bigot, sorely lacking an education due to his insular upbringing, but ultimately harmless and honest to a fault, and perhaps with all the education in the world he’d still hold his religious views. I consider myself left of centre politically, but the rabid lefties trying to censor and tear him down anger me, I’d say anger me more than what he has said, but nothing he has said bothers me as I don’t go out of my way to take offence and understand the value of free speech and open debate – if you don’t agree, convince otherwise, if you cannot, be civil. Hardcore lefties are the same as their right counterparts when it comes to intolerance. I’d understand to an extent if he was preaching hate and actively rabble rousing. Personal responsibility seems to be a rare thing these days, he shouldn’t have to be a role model, but even if some misguided see him as that, he’s said nothing that would endanger anybody if they ‘acted on his words’ (again, personal responsibility) it’s their own doing. We’ve just become a majority secular country recently and it will only continue in that trend, reason and logic will win out in most cases, but there’ll always be pockets of people with other beliefs, some you consider odd and archaic, so be it, why can’t the section of loony lefties so prevalent on social media understand that?

  • defenders needed

    Dec 10, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Corkypants I couldn’t agree more, not so sure on Townsend but the other two definetly good British stock premier league proven and shelvey can’t half pick a pass out. For months I’ve been saying we should try and bring shelvey to the club. Ryan Shawcross cracking centre back as well would be great signings

  • hibbitt

    Dec 10, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #20

    defenders………..why would either of those 2 come to newcastle

  • Bambams

    Dec 10, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #21

    Hail Wor Ashley
    Fury is an embarrassment !
    I cringed during the pre fight interview when he was on about “Bare knuckle…Let’s get it on ”

    I hope young Joshua gets a chance to take him on

  • defenders needed

    Dec 10, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Hibbit I now they wouldn’t come to Newcastle especially when we are in a relegation fight and both players play for better teams than ours but I agreed with corkypants they are the players we should be trying to bring to the club not shite no one has ever heard of from the mls or ligue one

  • AncientC

    Dec 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Hail Wor Ashley – I don’t believe intolerance stems from a Left or Right view. Authoritarian and Libertarian are North and South on a Political Compass.

    Dillian Whyte is fighting Anthony Joshua on Saturday night –

    ^ Check out the mouthing off Dillian Whyte has been doing if you have the spare time. Pretty funny stuff.

    Apologies for going off-topic to the rest of the blog.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 10, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #24

    To early for Joshua to be taking those sort of strides at a world title shot. In a year’s time maybe but lets deal with a certain Mr Whyte Saturday night first, Who is no mug.

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #25

    Hail wor Ashley
    The opinion formers at the BBC ( unelected ) constantly try to tell the nation how and what to think , this Tyson Fury furore is the latest crap from Auntie who still hasn’t been satisfactorily brought to account for nurturing various paedophile vipers at her breast foremost among them Jimmy Savile who would have been nothing without the BBC and its protection.

  • lesh

    Dec 10, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #26


    You can bet your boots that Ashley and his flunky, Charnley won’t have misses that fact that Armstrong’s having a helluva time at Coventry.

    If he’s not brought back in January then he’ll be acclaimed as our new striker in the summer!

    Unless we lose a striker, then I think any incomer’ll be a cheapie or on-loan.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 10, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Bambams/Ancient C

    Yeah, he’s not the most sophisticated bloke and he lets his mouth run unedited, but I bet he’s done more for his community than many of the coffee shop revolutionaries intent on either making him shut up or be shut out. They’re all very liberal and understanding until they come across somebody with views that don’t align with their own ( I think most don’t even know what they’re outraged over half the time, they’re just followers of a certain identity and will do whatever preserves their social standing in that group) and look to stamp it out instead of engage and understand – they of course fail to see the irony in this. I don’t think he’s an embarrassment, just totally different to what we’re used to from PR savvy public figures and sporting winners, there’s nobody from his culture that’s made it to the top of sport I don’t think, not in my memory anyway. Neither do I rate him as a boxer, he got his tactics spot n against Klitchscko who was overly cautious and seemed to be surprisingly perturbed by Fury’s antics. From the little I’ve seen of Joshua I imagine he’ll knock ten bells out of Fury in the not too distant future.


    I used to think the BBC did a pretty good job of being impartial, however in recent years they seem to be getting a lot looser and allowing, from both sides of the spectrum, presenters, even newsreaders/journos who are supposed to be bastions of impartial info, to skew and sift topics to their pleasing. Can’t see it lasting the decade at any rate, not in it’s current structure. Whoever the director is these days doesn’t seem to have an iota of control and it’s just a free for all. The Saville sickener was probably the beginning of the end, they lost a lot of public face for that and yup, things have been hushed and moved on after their initial couple of months of self-flagellating.


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