Some Good News For Newcastle – Striker Back Next Week

Steve McClaren held his news conference today and he was completely and utterly tight-lipped on the transfer market and wouldn’t even say which positions need to be strengthened this month.

There’s nothing wrong with being secretive on the transfer front and there’s certainly no way that Steve should mention the players we should be after – but he may be overdoing it just a little bit.


Papiss Cisse – could be back in training next week

There was some good news on Papiss Cisse – and the last we heard he was supposed to be out for about two months with his groin strain.

But this is what Steve McClaren said about Papiss and some of our other injured players today:

“I was going to say that Papiss has been out running on the field and as long as he keeps progressing like he is – he could be back in training by next week.”

“Gabby Obertan is still back in the gym and Mike Williamson the same.” “But it’s good to see Riviere back on the training field along with Rolando, Mbabu and Jamaal Lascelles.”

“(Steven) Taylor will be back mid-week training again with the team, so in that respect we are bringing some back.” “Vurnon Anita is still away-  it will be quite a few weeks.”

It also seems as though Jack Colback has picked up a slight knee injury (a niggle) so it may be that Jack misses out tomorrow but if so he will be back on Tuesday night for the home game against Manchester United.

There’s some good news on the injury front with Papiss almost back and finally Steven Taylor finally coming back after being out with a hamstring injury since late August.

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106 comments so far

  • hibbitt

    Jan 8, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #1

    there’s 2 trains of thought with ashley regarding SD…1…he could buy the 45% of the shares in SD he does not own and take the company private thus keeping control….2….he could sell the 55% of the shares he owns in SD and leave the company if he did that would the SD ads disappear from st james if he had no interest in SD

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 8, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Is this really good news?? I see it as an opportunity for the club to say we have enough strikers with cisse back now rather than going out and buying a striker. Even a loan for remy would be great in my eyes.

  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #3

    On being asked specifically about Loic Remy
    McClaren said

    “We can’t discuss that it’s private
    Some of these discussions are very delicate and done behind closed doors.
    We are not in the business of sustaining a media feeding frenzy which happens as soon as a name is thrown out.”

    When they persisted he said
    “I haven’t got a clue.”

    Quite right too !

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Ya having a laugh….please tell me ya having a laugh. The guy was booed off at half time against Watford, hence being subbed. And has not gave a rats ass since.
    Should have sold him when he was worth something. Rivière or Cisse, yippee f@ckin do watch us fly up the table

  • croftus5678

    Jan 8, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #5

    @2 ronaldo

    a loan is the way to go in my eyes unless we get cisse’s true replacement !

    lets not forget we have cisse/mitrovic/perez/siem/river/arma all classed as strikers atm when most teams are lucky to have 4 strikers.

    begs to differ if our strikers are upto scratch as strikers and can we carry the players who are not upto scratch in hope they develop into decent strikers.

  • beermonkey

    Jan 8, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #6


    I have never put much stock in old bits of paper that claim u cant build on bits of land or it to be used for certain things
    there is always some1 who can make it happen with the right incentive,

    we all know attendances are falling where once there was a waiting list to get a season ticket there is a queue to claim a free ticket
    it was just a thought when I saw that the freehold maybe available to him with smaller attendances he could get away with building a smaller stadium more in keeping with being in the lower leagues

    there is nothing about the club that says it wants to compete and stay in the prem
    like I say that’s was just a thought

    one man and his dog can see our transfer policy is flawed but they don’t look as if there going to change it,
    we let abied and kemen leave in the summer here we are we play sat and then tues after a busy xmas and McLaren cant change to much cos he has no options and its the same in defence, were asking for injuries
    this is what they call making our own luck

  • cyprus

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #7

    First game in a while when I don’t really care what happens. If we were mid table,yeah, go for it bring on a good run but now there are more important things to consider.

    It would be good to win in order to get a winning mentality ‘going’. Steve et al, try the people you’ve been ignoring. Play Thauvin SDJ 90′. For the price they should handle it.

  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #8

    10 weeks after the Watford game Cissé scored after 10 minutes at Crystal Palace when we got chinned 5 – 1.
    Just saying like 😎

  • croftus5678

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #9

    mitrovic 1041 mins 3 goals 1 assist
    perez 1200 mins 4 goals 2 assists
    cisse 613 mins 2 goals
    siem 348 mins 1 assist
    arma n/a mins 16 goals (league 1)
    river (no data)

    these are our strikers are any of these good enough to be our strikers and if so which 2+ are you happy with that will score us the goals to keep us in the prem and push us up the table ?

  • BandB

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #10


    I do think we’ll bring in new faces and they would be right to keep moves under wraps. Not that they always have.
    If they don’tt, the only conclusions possible are that they are absolutely convinced the current set-up will keep us up or, that for some reason, staying up has a price tag on it that won’t be exceeded. They went right to the wire last season.
    I meant to say the plans for the training ground were mothballed, in so much as there has been no news since the start date for building elapsed without comment. Not the training ground itself.

  • lesh

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Charnley’ll be relieved that Cisse’s on the mend. No need to bother about getting a striker in now.

    Head back in the sand!

  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #12


    Ashley is 51

    He is rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

    How much longer does he need to take all the shit that comes his way.

    If it were me I’d take the money and run , and make NUFC my life’s work and all consuming hobby , and do the club so much good winning stuff , that they’d name a stand after me.
    In a hundred years time Geordie mums would make their bairns giggle and chuckle when they sing them the Big Mike lullaby.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #13

    One man who knows more about being a top class forward in the Pl and knows what it takes to at the top season after season.
    And not a 5 month wonder is Alan Shearer. I was unfortunate enough to go to the West Ham game and go and see what the fans and Mr shearer were saying abt that performance this season as well…. Just saying like !!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #14

    BandB…when you say on autopilot do you mean we’ll just drive through this window without stopping?

    …I’ll probably agree!

  • lesh

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #15

    ‘Oooohh’ cries Charnley.

    ‘All these players coming back and there’s no need to sign anyone now’

    ‘What? They’re not good enough? They play in the positions people say we need cover for so there’s no need to buy anybody – in fact we’ve got more than we need so we can sell some. I like selling, it makes Mikey boy happy’.

    And so it goes on….. Clueless, spineless pillocks

  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Thank god Jesper’s on
    I really value his opinion and insight 😎

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Jeff…I know you do! …and rightly so you should!

  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #18
  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Ha ha ha

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #20

    there is 0% chance this is true. Its bs PR so the club can say we dont need another striker. I can smell a setback in about a week.

  • Belfast

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #21

    That’s him in the shop window.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Beer ……… Wow that really is a conspiracy theory. You really think he is deliberately trying to reduce attendances with crap football and relegation to follow so he can then justify building us a smaller stadium and develop SJP for his own gain.

    All I can say is I would be the first in the line to join the lynch mob.

  • davis_toons

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Tiote 3.5m – 3 years ago projected 15-30m.

    Glad he is still here or we would have without any natural DM. Forget about top quality DM it just can’t happen for now somehow.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Interesting read in that link BandB, after the hassle we’ve had with that blaring trumpet of a buffoon bragging he knows Ashleys preferred underwear brand it puts all that nonsense about Ashley paying for advertising, and his grander motive, right into perspective. With the real prospect of him utilising the share drop as leverage to push for full ownership again, what’s the prospect then of NUFC being rewarded for its visibility? You just couldn’t make it up, it seems.

  • BandB

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #25


    My longer term thought is that sports leisure has been a huge market for a long time, but fashions come and go.
    SD is a huge company, as was Trilby.

  • BandB

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Am I being moderated?

  • check the toastie

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Long Time No Post from me but…

    We go out of the FA Cup again tomoro probably

    when will this end.

    I am a forgiving type of guy so will give the club this transfer window to spend another bunch of cash.

    If it doesn’t the coaching staff should resign.

    I like McLaren he is a class act compared to Parsnip, I hope it comes good.

    Dimmitt is awful, Anita has now proved he’s out of his depth,

    Fuchs from Leicester
    Oxlade Chamberlain
    Ayala from Boro
    some quick striker Remy/ben yedder

    no reason if a horse is going to be attached its not these thoroughbreds.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #28


    I don’t know, are you.

  • AncientC

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #29

    Good evening, Jib. How are SD shares looking at the moment? Any 30 minute surges that are noteworthy to Newcastle fans?

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Hang on a sec, let me look in to my crystal ball.

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Have people, fans really had enough of being taken for granted. Nothing has changed as far as away toon fans are concerned the support has never been louder and higher in numbers this season. The atmosphere at Spurs was the very best experienced in living memory. Getting tickets this season for the away end at London games has been difficult, often I am not sure I can make the game. I’ve been told many times that the owner can do anything he likes with the club but not with our support. It’s his, and we don’t have a say. Well try telling that to the toon army. Nothing we do can have an effect on the club but nothing is for ever. Anyway talk of boycotts, cancelling ST’s is of no real consequence simply because Ashley is not reliant on gate receipts but on the money coming in from TV rights. Next season at record levels which is why I anticipate a few players through the door. Well, the so called disconnect between club and some fans might well be down to Ashley; but it does not mean I no longer feel responsible for supporting my team. Old habits die hard.

    The Sky millions will not roar the team home nor suck a goal into the opposition net. Shades of Spurs anyone there will know what I mean. The fans are there to support the toon and not to let the players sink or swim. I don’t look to Mike Ashley for inspiration.

  • check the toastie

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #32

    The problem is Ashley and Charnley are businessmen, every decision made is to generate revenue and profit, the club is no more than an ongoing concern.

    now and again that concern will see us break into the top10, experience should now tell us all that will be a rarity.

    Why did we let Santon go with no backup and no worries in respect to quality cover. bizarre to make a team weaker for no reason.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #33

    I’ve a feeling fatty will survive the ups and downs of the sportswear fashion market. it’s all very well having experts predicting doom or glory but it’s what actually transpires that counts. I used to tech support Apple computers (or maybe I was just Steve Jobs Little Helper?) just as what seemed like a doomed computer company, with Microsoft holding a knife to it’s throat, used style as it’s countermeasure with the imac.

    Looking at Mike from one perspective he looks beleaguered by falling market share and impatient shareholders. But maybe time will look back on a clever man who used the weak share price to buy full ownership at a cut price before bouncing back into the market again. We don’t know until it all comes out of the other end.

  • Jib

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Jose Enrique at Centre half tonight for Liverpool v Exeter !

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Unrelated to Newcastle but yaya toure is a proper b1tch!! Check out his reaction about PEA getting African player of the year rather than him and it bringing ‘shame to Africa’…. If I was his size I would gladly knock him out 😉

  • toon22

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #36

    Ian toon

    I dissagree

    Lasts seasons protests and boycots really rattled fatso,it must mean something to him having a crowd in the staduim.

    Imho the prem dont want him in their league so we suffer with fixture lists and bad refs to the point of no return.Unless he goes id think we most likley get religated.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Check, just a heads up, there’s a guy with earplugs in and his head firmly up his own jacksy who will write pages of utter tripe that will argue Blackley is Whitely until the sun stops rising. Be warned.

  • toon22

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #38

    Just a thought but does Blackey post here day and night,as last night he said he was going then came back on but sounded like another person. must work shifts atm.


  • Tsunki

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #39

    If you think you can be rich beyond the dreams of avarice, you don’t understand avarice.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #40

    I feel an upset coming tonight, Exeter to win 2-1 and welcome klopp to the fa cup.


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