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Two Forwards Newcastle Could Sign Next Month For £14M

2:45 pm, Friday, December 25th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 112 Comments

Newcastle like to do good deals in the transfer market and two players whose prices have come down since the summer and who also have valuable Premier League experience are QPR striker Charlie Austin and Spurs England International winger Andros Townsend.

The Chronicle yesterday said their information was that the priorities at Newcastle for next month are forwards, so these two would fit into that philosophy.

But if we don’t strengthen the defense next month that could be another huge mistake Lee Charnley and company are making in this upcoming January transfer window.


Andros Townsend – £7M from Tottenham?

There’s been a soap opera with Charlie Austin since the summer but he’s now available at probably less than half the £15M QPR were asking for him in the summer – so at say £7M –  that’s a good deal in anybody’s book.

His 18 goals in 35 appearances in the Premier league for QPR last season is proof of that.

There’s news in the Express today that Andros Townsend is almost certain to leave Spurs next month – so he can get regular football in an attempt to make the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships next June in France.

Andros hasn’t played for Spurs in nearly two months now and Newcastle were one of the clubs interested in the Englishman in the summer when Spurs wanted around £12M for him.

The news in London is that he will be available for a lot less than that next month – so maybe we could get him in for around £7M?

So for around £14M Newcastle could get two English forwards in next month who have Premier League experience and could immediately contribute to the side.

That sounds like a good deal to us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

112 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Considering West Ham want £17 million for Andy Carroll sounds OK

  • 2 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    I think the two most likely we will get this break are Effall and Tosh.

  • 3 chicousa // Dec 25, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Should save the money to sign a LB, a CB and a creative midfielder. As for a winger we should extend contract for Rolando Aarons and find some way to keep him healthy. BTW Merry Christmas all!!!

  • 4 chicousa // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    How does it go again: Ashley . . . ?

  • 5 nearly // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    really, why would they want to extend aarons contract what has he done except keep the physio,s busy,not a good sign for a young lad

  • 6 nut meg // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Townsend Austin again…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • 7 chicousa // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Only because the boy has got incredible speed and talent. Agree that his affinity for the physio room is worrisome. Perhaps a contract extension heavily laced with bonuses for games actually played! 😉

  • 8 nightfa11 // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    1. mitro is as good as austin and has potential to be way better than him.
    2. sissoko, thauvin & aarons are as good if not better than townsend.
    3. 14 mio on those 2 would not improve our squad = waste of money.

  • 9 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Steve thinks that over the last couple of weeks that Thauvin is starting to “get” what the PL is all about .

    Don’t be surprised if he starts against the Toffees.

  • 10 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    You know very well how it goes, Chico you scamp 🙂

  • 11 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    I really do want Thauvin to come on and do a proper show against Everton. Maybe wishful thinking like.

  • 12 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    The article hinges on Townsend being good value because Andy Carroll cost loads more. I love specious logic.

  • 13 nightfa11 // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    we should spend mone on a definite a LB and DMC..not on players who are as good as the ones we have..

    whats the point in that?

  • 14 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    I’m getting impatient for my Xmas Austin article. Bring me a Charlie Austin, bring me a Charlie Austin, bring me a Charlie Austin and bring him right here! Andy Carrolls we sing, and talk of the King, we wish you an Andy Townsend, and even Matip! C’mon kids! SING!

  • 15 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Just realised when I contracted Andros to Andy for poetic purposes, I turned him into Andy Townshend. What a damming indictment.

  • 16 lesh // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    lesh // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Now we’ve pulled the crackers and laughed at the riddles –

    How to monkeys make toast? Under the gorilla!!!!

    Where does a pony go when it’s ill? The Horsepital!!

    And the big one:

    Given Ashley’s policy of buy cheap to sell high, can anyone show that it’s worked financially?

    By that I mean take the cost of players, their wages, their sell-on fee and the prize money gained or lost during such players’ presence at the Club?

    In other words, did selling players at a substantial profit cover the cost of their presence at the Club and did they enhance its profile impact on prize money and TV money?

    Specific examples would help – if the poser makes sense.

  • 17 chicousa // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Aaahhh yes….Ashley OUT. Jonjo Shelvy IN. But I am sure Tsunki is right and we will sign Tosh! (heard he scored at will when he used to play for the Wailers). 🙂

  • 18 will die for the toon army // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    I wld b ok with Townsend and Austin. You guys shld realise Thauvin Perez Aarons and Mitro are very young and future of NUFC. we shld not rush them into being the star players they cant handle the pressure. You see even Sissoko and Wijnaldum cant handle it some times.

    Austin and Townsend will ease the pressure on them. Bring them on. We have to ease them thru the team.

  • 19 lesh // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Must say that when the Chron said that inside info said that our so-called Board feel we’ve ample cover in defence and don’t see the need to buy and strengthen that department, what do they mean by having enough cover?

    If they mean numerically, they’re probably right but is there enough quality among those numbers?

    They do not have a clue and McClaren must be pulling his hair out in frustration – with Carr and Moncur particularly for not supporting him, they being the supposed football experienced.

  • 20 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Lesh I guess you can’t take those things in isolation. Revenue comes in and goes back out in many convoluted ways. The big picture would be the year end accounts report. Even then, the creative bean counters who manipulate the figures of all SD’s affiliate brands will have done their best to cloud the realities.

    I don’t think that players are actually bought as future growing assets per se, more that they are purchased and maintained as controllable losses. Just like any capital expenditure really. I think there’s a certain depreciation related to players going through the club, something the taxman can be apprised of.

  • 21 will die for the toon army // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Always on the sick bed. Haidara and Aarons have a future at the club.

    They shld sort it out or shld be sold. They r not useful at the sick bay.

  • 22 will die for the toon army // Dec 25, 2015 at 4:06 PM


    I think all the signings we made in the past where good signing who jst lacked good coaching with Mcca on board i believe the move will work.

    What has worried me with most of the signings we made are injury prone.

    Pardew wld have given up on Thauvin already but Mcca is trying to make him better.

  • 23 Toon fm Exeter // Dec 25, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    seasons greetings to you Ed and all the blog readers, let’s hope we can get a result tomorrow though I have my doubts prima donnas out

  • 24 Bambams // Dec 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    I still think we have two good strikers and a no 10 in waiting (Mitro Perez and SDJ) our problem I think is two fold. ….No height in CB and lack of cretivity in the middle.
    SDJ needs games, you don’t lose all what he had . He will come good I genuinely believe that.
    Mitro once he realises he doesn’t have to chin everyone to prove himself will score goals. As will Perez….I just feel we don’t create that many chances.
    Wing play is hit and miss but from through the middle we have never had (imho) a decent pairing for years.
    Shelvey is alright but I would look abroad for someone with pure skill. …
    Once we are more offensive it will take pressure off the overworked defence.
    Football is so much clearer after a few Baileys on ice !

  • 25 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Whereas I think SM might be on borrowed time according to his own timetable, I think the training and fitness staff will need time to show their worth. The injury problems some of our players have had are long standing, and won’t be rectified if at all for some time.

  • 26 lesh // Dec 25, 2015 at 4:20 PM


    Never thought about players being bought with a view to being a cost to the Club.

    But surely Ashley’s aim was to base the Club’s operations on the Arsenal model – buy low, sell high and in the meantime gain additional value in terms of improved performance and success in the Prem and Europe?

    If that’s the case he’s failed in his stratgy.

    Will die

    As above and where he’s failed is not having good coaching staff to develop and showcase those talented players who didn’t build on and capitalise on their potential at SJP.

    This is where penny-pinching bites Ashley’s backside!

  • 27 nufc786 // Dec 25, 2015 at 4:25 PM


    Yeah, a new centre back should be a huge priority colo is 5ft 11 and Mbemba is 6ft we need a tough tall commanding centre back…

    we were linked with Jannik Vestergaard before but its all gone quiet…

  • 28 will die for the toon army // Dec 25, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Colo will take us thru the season. And we will access Lasceles.

  • 29 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    it could be a very damp pitch if the rain is going to continue more or less non-stop until the match.

  • 30 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Maybe the weather will work to our advantage the way it did for villa then. Swings and roundabouts etc.

  • 31 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    looking like a welly boot waddle

    3/4 ” rain (in old money) between now and kickoff is a real soaking.

  • 32 Mag52 // Dec 25, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Will Die.

    Lazy dig at Pardew there, suggesting he would already have given up on Thauvin.
    Look at the time he spent on Obertan, with the occasional result. The same with Gouffy. Game after game without a lot to show for it apart from mileage covered.
    Even HBA. At one time in the early days following his bad injury, almost the first name on the team sheet. Then it all went bad following the Frenchman’s unprofessionalism and lack of effort.

  • 33 AncientC // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    “Even HBA. At one time in the early days following his bad injury, almost the first name on the team sheet. Then it all went bad following the Frenchman’s unprofessionalism and lack of effort.”

    Mag52, can you expand on this ‘unprofessionalism’ from HBA. I would also like to know if you believe the other squad members were all pulling their weight as a contrasting backdrop to HBA’s ‘lack of effort.’

    Lastly, were you aware of the apparent contract negotiations that broke down on HBA’s side, which coincidentally led to HBA’s being ostracized and omitted from first team training.

  • 34 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    More like a lazy bit of opportunism to bring up another Pardew tribute. Pffft.

  • 35 davis_toons // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Facts On Pardew

    Colo in Pardew setup will NEVER EVER SCORE.
    Why? Remember Willo and his Willy Header?

    The only time few matches that Colo was put upfront for Corners/FreeKicks he got the Ball down and Create for Forward Players.

    That few numbers of chances Colo created when put upfront surpassed Willo Full Season.

    That is the Fact.

  • 36 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Obertan. Whose idea was he to sign? Gouffran, didn’t he actually start out decent and get played to death out of position until his heart went? And HBA? I think the record shows Pardew was unable to fit him into his ‘style’ and ‘ethic’. The crap one where everything was crap all the time.

  • 37 davis_toons // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    “Game after game without a lot to show for it apart from mileage covered.”

    …That’s Pardew For You…

  • 38 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Willy header. Classic. 😀

  • 39 jimiley // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Thauvin at 12 million is an absolute bargain. Where does Carr find them?………… Answer France. And nowhere else.

  • 40 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    He also did the same to Jonas as he did to Gouffran. Nice golden handshake at the end of that one too.

  • 41 davis_toons // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Chris Hughton will be the one to use HBA to his strength..even player like Wayne Routledge was played to strength.

    Ask Yannick Bolasie soon he will want out…or rather force out? due to “unprofessionalism and lack of effort”

  • 42 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Pardew would have given up on Thauvin because he is exactly the type of player he wouldn’t have wanted or been able to accommodate in the first place. Especially after trying his hand and getting it burned with hba. So it’s not a dig, it’s more of a racing cert.

  • 43 AncientC // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Anybody remember why Pulis left Crystal Palace?

    Anybody really think they would change the system for Pardew, when they could have kept Pulis, who was a sure bet at the time.

    *Suckered into another Pardew argument*

    *Tells self to just let it go*

  • 44 Mister Tuff // Dec 25, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Just been checking the TV Guide and I see that Chas n’ Dave are on Channel 5 at 7 pm -with their Christmas Knees Up.
    I expect that Moanster and Mug52 will be settling down for the show – with some nice slices of eel pie.

    MMmmmmmmmm. Tasty.

  • 45 welshgeordie9 // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    In pardew we trust.

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Merry Christmas Geordies everywhere!!!

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Let’s get Stuart Townsend in while we’re at it!!!

  • 48 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    how long after Pardew started did fans start to dislike him or was it before he started i.e. prejudice?

    he seemed to do a reasonable job in the circumstances and is at Palace so I don’t quite understand such feelings.

  • 49 Mag52 // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    I never mentioned Colo or Willo.

    Unprofessional – returning for the start of the season way out of condition.
    Lack of effort – I’m afraid it stood out in a side which, for the most part, was putting it in.

    Why should those who can’t stand the man always get a free shot ?
    The premiership is littered with players who don’t fit in to a particular manager’s system of play. This will particularly apply when the manager didn’t buy them.
    Good players who prosper when they move on.

  • 50 davis_toons // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:25 PM


    Thats the Story..Why Pulis left…CP.

    “Ex-Stoke boss Pulis identified Swansea forward Michu, Cardif centre-back Steven Caulker and Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson as players he wanted to bring to Selhurst Park.

    He was insistent that unless Palace spent big this summer, the club would not go forwards; that it would be another battle for survival and they should invest a big slice of their Premier League TV cash.

    But when Pulis quit on Thursday night, they had spent just £2.4m on Fraizer Campbell of Cardiff and Liverpool defender Martin Kelly. Former Fulham captain Brede Hangeland was a free transfer.

    The two men also fell out over bringing former Palace star Wilfried Zaha back to Palace on loan from Manchester United. Parish was keen, Pulis less so.

    Pulis was also left frustrated because he wanted more control over transfers but Parish wanted to remain involved.”

  • 51 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:31 PM


    The dislike of Pardew originated with the club’s shoddy treatment of Chris Hughton.

    A lot of folk suspected Llambias was surprised by Hughton’s successs in the PL and that he had first tapped up Pardew to take over much earlier in the season than December.

    So in some fans eyes Pardew was complicit in the bad treatment of Hughton.

    Don’t forget under Chris we beat the scum 5 -1 and Arsenal at Highbury yet as soon as he had a bad result 3-1 away to West Brom whoosh!!! he was out of the door.

  • 52 Mag52 // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:40 PM


    You make a good point.
    Hoots, a good manager and thoroughly decent bloke, was sacked out of the blue, and Pardew copped the flack from a number of fans right from the start, for something he was in no way responsible for.
    Many of them have never forgiven him.

  • 53 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    History rewritten in the fly right here folks.

    Hughton being sacked was an incredulous act in it’s own right, Pardew was merely seen as a lacklustre instalment that caused incredulity. Wrangling to 5 th place actually endeared him to the majority just check back on the posts, such as mine the other day, don’t just lie about it as if it can’t be verified. So all this stuff about ingrained hatred is your invention and there’s not enough stupid people here to believe your rank and completely crass hogwash.

    Pardew, Fife the benefit of history, tired our the fanbase with his crap tactics, shoddy ideas, embarrassing conduct, complicity in the tread water fiscal system and ridiculous swings of form that led us nowhere. That is the accurate and unalterable history. Stop peddling your utter crank rubbish.

  • 54 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Do people forget the dismal football, poor results, records broken for all the wrong reasons.

    It’s not that people disliked Pardew over Houhton’s betrayal by the club, it was people knowing what they were getting.

    Most on this blog agreed to give him a chance to show what he could do, and he didn’t disappoint, he did as badly as expected and more besides.

    He disgraced himself, the club and the region on more than one occasion, made the fans a laughing country wide, and was totally complicit in destroying a once great footballing institution.

    But hey lets blame the fans who got on his back, those that told us his ego was to big for the planet.

    Those of you who still have your heads buried in the sand need to dig yourselves out now and breath the air again, Don’t worry Pardew has gone….THANK GOD!

  • 55 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    I remember quite clearly the discussions at the time about player power and how Hughton perhaps was too soft with the likes of Nolan and Barton.
    Pardew was perceived by many to be a creature of the regime , the sale of Andy Carroll 8 weeks after his arrival didn’t help and it was all downhill after that.

  • 56 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Well we could do with some of that player power now. Sadly we are missing the tenacity of players like Nolan and Barton.

  • 57 welshgeordie9 // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    It’s good that everyone is talking about our ex hero.

  • 58 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:13 PM


    Don’t be presumptuous mate, you’re ex hero not ours.

  • 59 jimmysmith // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Hughton, Pardew, McC are all capable football men, and all probably of a similar calibre, with Pardew perhaps having taken the next step, just as Hughton joined them.

    But Newcastle, with its unique stresses and strains and temperament need something more special – the infectious energy of a young Keegan, the grace of a Bobby Robson, a Diego Simeone or a Jurgen Klopp, who are very hard to come by, and whose own stars wax and wane as unpredictably as a roll of a dice.

    Great managerial spells are rare as hen’s teeth, and we as much as any need one. And not forgetting that even under the only two great managers we’ve had in the modern era, we finished up empty handed. .

    Top eight and a Cup is hardly pulling up tree stumps, but even that might be an elusive target without inspired leadership and when you factor in the guarded nature of the owner, and his reluctance to give a manager his head, you’d have to say our chances of achieving something special as looking quite wholly unlikely.

  • 60 welshgeordie9 // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    He was our manager therefor he was everyone’s hero.

  • 61 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    can rely on you jimmy for a level headed response.

  • 62 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:20 PM


    It may have been better if you had stayed quiet mate and let everyone just assume you are an idiot, now you gone and confirmed it.

    Ahh well!

  • 63 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    I’d suggest that it was a strong suspicion of Pardew that arose very rapidly when he was appointed rather than a dislike – and that partly because a new manager with his level of CV wasn’t really what we had expected.
    Apart from that, the nuances of the AP regime’s successes (few) and failures (many) are up to individual interpretation. I think most of us strongly disliked the fact that Pardew appeared to be sheltering Ashley and insulating him from the criticisms of his patent failure in club governance – both structure and personalities. I don’t think the “In Carr we Trust” T – shirt will be selling many these days either.

  • 64 Mag52 // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Methinks the Firebug doth protest too much.
    It could be that him, along with the rest of the anti Pardew crew out there are right about AP’s ability, while most of the rest of the footballing world are wrong.
    It could be – but I doubt it.

  • 65 Tsunki // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Mag52 completely different point there but sorry not purchasing the deflection. For all who wish not to be duped by this tripe simply search the blog posts for our 5th season. Pardew not ‘ universally hated ‘ at all. End. Fin.

  • 66 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:49 PM


    Tell me then what exactly has he done that is so fantastic then?

    Maybe it’s his fowl verbal onslaught at an elderly gentleman that has you all week at the knees for him, or was it the pushing of the linesman that has you all gooey eyed for him.

    Could it be the time he tried to head but one of the opposition players that has you bowing your head in adoration.

    Maybe you enjoyed the pathetic football, and dismal results, the hammering’s of 3 – 0 or more, the swagger of his massive ego and the lies that he and the club spewed out.

    You can have your love in with Pardew mate, and I will keep my dislike of the man.

    Incidentally reading back through what Iv’e put here I think I just described a Makem.

  • 67 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    did Mag52 say Pardew was fantastic? just stealing your thunder Mag52 🙂

  • 68 welshgeordie9 // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    People forget about finishing 5th and beating top teams every season.

  • 69 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Maybe it’s his fowl verbal onslaught

    Did he insult a turkey like 😀

  • 70 welshgeordie9 // Dec 25, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Regarding insulting the old man, I’m sure there’s been worse things have happened than that, pushing the linesman, wow big deal, so he’s only person to do that then is he.

  • 71 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:04 PM


    The point is regardless of what Pardew is doing now, when he was here he was totally inept, and you can all scream and shout about him not being backed by the board and having players sold etc etc, the fact is he knew what he was signing up for, he knew better than the rest of us because he was there.

    He was totally and utterly complicit with what the club were doing, and the did back him for that, when he disgraced himself, the club, the supporters etc the club stood by him, The man should have been sacked many times over but wasn’t.

  • 72 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:06 PM


    It’s Xmas after all.

    If I was to correct your grammer at times mate I would be here all week.

  • 73 welshgeordie9 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Finishing 5th, manager of the month, manager of the season, beating top teams, yeah should have got the sack years ago.

  • 74 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    was he totally inept? he seemed to over-perform often.

  • 75 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:08 PM


    As usual you come crawling out when there is several on to one.

    His behaviour was disgraceful and should not happen, THAT’S WHY HE GOT PUNISHED! But if you condone it, it must be OK to do it then eh!

  • 76 Our Toon // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Pardew again ahahaha oh dear….what a joke, why don’t those who support pardew go on palace blogs or set up a blog for pardew lovers. I mean for godsake leave it be, he’s gone….its done, move on.

    I’ve never known any set of fans bang on about a manager who has won nothing of any note in top flight management in his entire career….except manager of the season under us!! Woo Hoo!!

    Well done to palace for flying high much like NUFC were the first full season pardew had in charge, it’s what happens after this season when you’ll see the knives sharpened and the idiot get the sack because he starts believing his own hype!!

    Are we here to discuss nufc? The likes of mag etc on there knees ready to suck pards off through to completion…..sad fvcks!!

  • 77 Ian Toon // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Ashley is not a good owner and the majority of Newcastle fans would like to see him sell the club. Ashley has made a number of mistakes. One of his biggest was sacking Hughton, bringing in Kinnear twice and making Wise a director of football.
    I in know way want this to be viewed as an implied criticism of Pardew who is a far better manager than the likes of Pulis and Allardyce- he is a good man manager. The current Palace side embodies the power and pace type of counter attacking football I think Pardew would like to have produced at the toon but for imposed financial constraints. Pardew at Palace has a final say on players coming and going and the difference in thinking between the two clubs can be seen by the backing for Pardew to bring in Cabaye and pay him £85,000 a week. Cabaye with his vast range of passing has transformed the team. I was fortunate to see Cabaye in a toon shirt at West Ham just prior to his departure. He ran the game and his creativity has been sadly missing from the team. He or his type of player remains the difference between a slow build up with over passing and the sort of defence splitting pass which Ba/ Cisse thrived on. We also would be revert to a 4-3-3 formation which the likes of Wiji and Sissoko would thrive on. Colback would also be helped out in winning the ball as Cabaye puts his foot in more than Anita and is far better fit.
    In conclusion it is a lack of vision at the top that prevents us through shrewd speculation to accumulate a quality squad. Why not offer new contracts and pay higher wages on a selective basis for the right player! We need to make exceptions for self sufficiency to function and Macca needs to work towards this goal.

  • 78 Our Toon // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    What’s NUFC fans take on the game tomorrow? Think it’ll be a tough one, Everton can be got at but they look very dangerous as a team going forward.

    Not sure if I’d be happy with a point!!

  • 79 welshgeordie9 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    You say woo hoo to he’s only won it once, but that’s more than other managers have done put together.

  • 80 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    firebug666 – If I was to correct your grammer at times mate I would be here all week.

    It’s “grammar” and it was your spelling I corrected.

    Ha ha ha

  • 81 welshgeordie9 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Not happy with a point, we are going to win 2-0, be positive for once.

  • 82 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:16 PM


    You may gloat now pal, but in the morning I will be sober and my spelling much improved, you however will always be a complete and utter dick!

  • 83 Our Toon // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:19 PM


    Excellent statement, quick question on pardew the man the was apparently constrained whilst being here. You claim the current palace side embodies the pace and counter attacking style of pards and that he has final say on transfers etc.

    Why is it then out of the 15 odd signings he’s made only cabaye is a regular starter for him? The team in all honesty was already there, he’s bought in Whickham who doesn’t score, and Cabaye who was a player bought for him under the constraints he had at nufc. The rest are Pulis players!! Alot hinges on Bolasie for Palace, I hope for Percy sake he keeps him in Jan otherwise you’ll see the drop

  • 84 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    From Martinez’ pre match comments I think he believes they can beat us . Everton have a good away record this season they won’t park the bus that’s for sure. It should be a cracking , open , flowing game , weather permitting.

  • 85 Our Toon // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:22 PM


    Yes I say woo hoo to the fact he’s won it once in almost 20 odd years as a manager. At nufc his hands were tied apparently hence the sympathy from a handful but what happened at West Ham, when he finished runner up in the FA Cup, next season they bought Mascherano and Tevez amongst other players….certainly not hamstrung by thay owner was he?

    And remind us all how well your messiah did thay season after being backed to the hilt?

  • 86 Average_Contents // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:22 PM


    Neither are worth the time you’re extolling on them mate. WOS.

  • 87 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Our Toon

    The weather may have a lot to do with the result tomorrow, It affected our players against Villa, and stopped the fluidity of the game, On our day we could get a good result at home to Everton, tomorrow may be a long ball day, so I hope Mitrovic is on to hold the ball up.

    It’s likely to be very wet out there so legs are going to tire quickly, let’s just hope it affects them more than us.

    1 – 0 Toon.

  • 88 Average_Contents // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Same goes for you aswell ourtoon. They ain’t worth it mate. Little saddo’s is all they are

  • 89 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:24 PM


    Yeah I know mate, I had a few drinks and was board. 😀

  • 90 Ian Toon // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    In his Xmas message Macca mentioned about turning SJP into a fortress. If we are to get out of trouble and climb the league we need to win our home games. I can see another high scoring game with us narrowly winning. Somewhat like last season when Jack scored in a 3-2 win.
    Is it still raining because earlier in the day I heard there was a strong possibility that the game might be in doubt.

  • 91 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:26 PM


    Hope you and the family had a good day too.

  • 92 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Average Contents.

    The blogs answer to Mrs Malaprop.

    It’s the time he EXPENDS on us not EXTOLLS you illiterate berk.

  • 93 Our Toon // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    AC firebug

    I came on to wish toon fans merry Christmas, have to say though this shite about pards really does my head in though, same shite different day, Welshy saying be positive then chats drivel about pardew. Ahahaha

    This blog has unfortunately crashed and burned, anyway all the best chaps. I’ll be watching tomorrow hoping for a good result but ultimately the battle will be won in on the wings, if our full backs defend well and prevent crosses we will win…..can’t see it happening though.

  • 94 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Ian Toon

    It’s not going to be easy, they are fast on the wings and Lukaku will be a handful. Our defence will have to work hard if we are going to win this one. Still think we will nick it like.

  • 95 welshgeordie9 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:37 PM


    It’s called having an opinion, like ed said not everyone is going to agree with a persons comment, so stop being a drama queen.

  • 96 firebug666 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Our Toon

    All the best to you and your too marra. You are right about the blog, Pardew is gone…good riddance to him, move on.

  • 97 Ian Toon // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    .I was at the Palace game and try telling their fans that their current side is not playing quality football. It’s a Pardew team he’s lifted the whole squad. Allardyce/ Pulis football is not good to watch – in my opinion. They embarrassed us.

    Crystal Palace Transfers
    Summer 2015
    Patrick Bamford Chelsea Loan
    Yohan Cabaye Paris St Germain £13.0m
    Alex McCarthy Queens Park Rangers £3.5m
    Connor Wickham Sunderland Undisclosed

    Barry Bannan Sheffield Wednesday Undisclosed
    Hiram Boateng Plymouth Argyle Loan
    Stephen Dobbie Bolton Wanderers Free
    Owen Garvan Unassigned Players Released
    Adlene Guedioura Watford Undisclosed
    Jack Hunt Sheffield Wednesday Loan
    Glenn Murray Bournemouth £4.0m
    Lewis Price Sheffield Wednesday Free
    Kyle De Silva Notts County Free Full Crystal Palace Done Deals

  • 98 Mag52 // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:39 PM


    AP is an able manager if allowed to manage.
    Under him we suffered plenty of poor results and some very good ones conveniently forgotten by some. This I’d say is pretty normal for a team averaging 10th. place during his time here.
    His dire record against Scumderland counted disproportionately against him and no doubt caused a number of fans to dislike him.
    For a manager whose input in transfers was minimal, and thus who had to fit the players he was given into his teams, he did as good a job as could be expected.
    Those who wanted him sacked, believing that Ashley would get a better replacement, are no doubt disappointed at the start we’ve had to the season, especially when they see what’s happening at the Palace.
    Just keep positive lads. Ignore the egg on your faces and look forward to a successful 2016 under Macca.

  • 99 Mister Tuff // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Firebug – chill – I posted yesterday that it was going to be a full moon today and that the loonies would be out in force – here we are a day later and they’ve appeared – Ian Toon, Jib/Jane/Mug52/Welsh Troll.

    A real list of undesirables is not putting too fine a point on it. To all man all dispensers of tripe and hogwash.

  • 100 Mister Tuff // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    error – to a man

  • 101 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    firebug the reinforcements have turned up. Mister Tuff please explain what I’ve said is tripe and hogwash.

  • 102 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 25, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Jib // Nov 9, 2015 at 6:50 PM
    English comprehension is a little fad of mine.

    “anomolous conclusions”
    “authorative goalie to shake the defense”

    Let him who is without sin cast the first stone…

  • 103 Mister Tuff // Dec 25, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Jib – I need not explain – your hogwash is plain to see.

  • 104 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    “error – to a man”

    oh good you weren’t including me 🙂

  • 105 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Mister Tuff pretending I am Jib isn’t satisfactory.

  • 106 Average_Contents // Dec 25, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Oh the irony. First it pulls up firebug for incorrect spelling and then me for a definition but then spells it wrong anyway.

    December 25, 2015
    Average Contents.

    The blogs answer to Mrs Malaprop.

    It’s the time he EXPENDS on us not EXTOLLS you illiterate berk.

    It’s “extols” you fcuking WOS. Now fcukoff back to the special brew you sad little cnut.


    Yeah, had a really good day mate. Hope you did too.

  • 107 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    rather than insulting try engaging in discussion.

  • 108 jane // Dec 25, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    I owned Mister Tuff and then the topic changed.

    let off Mister Tuff!

  • 109 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    I didn’t actually originally pull anyone up for their spelling , I made a (not very good) seasonal joke out of it.
    Very sensitive ladies.

  • 110 Jib // Dec 25, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Blooming heck it took Average/Contents 34 minutes to google “extol”

  • 111 CullysFinest // Dec 25, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Hi there wondered if anyone could help me?

    I’m looking for the nufcblog? I seem to be lost on the charlieaustinblog?

  • 112 toonincheek // Dec 26, 2015 at 1:55 AM

    It takes a little while to ‘get into’ the humour and repartee of the blog.

    So, it is more than a little suspicious when a new identity appears yet seems to be immediately in tune with the blog repartee.

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