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5 Pictures And 10 Facts On New Signing Henri Saivet

8:50 pm, Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 148 Comments

Here are some photos that have been published in the Chronicle today and some facts that have been issued on the Newcastle web-site about our new signing Henri Saivet – formerly of Bordeaux.

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Henri Saivet – Newcastle’s new signing

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Newcastle have also issued this information on Henri Saivet’s career so far – on their web-site:

  1. Saivet was born in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, on 26th October, 1990.
  2. He joined the Academy at Bordeaux at the age of 11 and quickly rose through the ranks at the French club.
  3. Saivet became the youngest professional in Bordeaux’s history when he signed his first professional deal in 2007.
  4. On the final day of the 2007/08 campaign he made his first team debut, stepping off the substitutes’ bench for the final 12 minutes of Bordeaux’s 2-2 draw at Lens.
  5. Saivet had to be patient for game time in the seasons that followed, making a handful of appearances, but enjoyed a successful loan spell at Ligue 2 side Angers in the second half of the 2010/11 season.
  6. Returning to Bordeaux, he began to make an impact on the first team squad and was a key part of their Coupe de France triumph in 2013.
  7. Saivet went on to become a key player for Bordeaux and made a total of 178 appearances in all competitions, scoring 23 goals.
  8. Originally a forward or winger, Saivet was converted into a holding central midfielder in recent years and flourished, taking on the captain’s armband at Bordeaux.
  9. Saivet represented France at under-16, under-17, under-18 and under-21 level, but switched allegiances to his homeland in 2013, and has won nine senior caps for Senegal to date.
  10. Saivet made a great start to his Newcastle career by scoring a brace in each of his first three games for his new club – all wins

Comments welcome.

Oh yes – sorry – almost forgot – I made up that last fact – it’s currently fiction – but you never know.


Tags: Henri Saivet · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

148 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:53 PM


    Newcastle United host Manchester United on Tuesday January 12 for the game at St James’ Park and the match carries a 7.45pm kick off.

    Referee: Mike Dean
    Linesmen: S Bennett and E Smart
    Fourth Official: R Madley

  • 2 Viduka // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    ffs ed lol..repost
    What’s your “would love to see the back of” list?gabby,gouff,marv,cisse if replaced? Iron Mike if replaced?

  • 3 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:54 PM


    I think Ed put that picture of Saivet standing up the steps in there on purpose. 🙂

  • 4 dok - the horrid colonial // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM


    ok, were well fcuked now…

  • 5 SPRINGY // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    oh great…..mike dean, the lover of the big teams!!

  • 6 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:56 PM


    Ashley, Charnley, Carr, Moncur, McClaren, in addition you your list.

  • 7 Belfast // Jan 11, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    He conned you average he’s a dwarf 🙂

  • 8 geordieboy83 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    So then of the names realistically linked I can see this being a strong team and my personal choice would be

    Perez, mitro, de Jong, thauvin on bench very nice. Bring in byram in summer along with Ben yedder, tieleman, veltman I’ll be a happy boy and could maybe dare to dream we will finish above 15th next yeat

  • 9 Average_Contents // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM


    lol. I know, ed you cnut 😉


    He still looks bulky though 🙂

  • 10 jazzyp // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM


    Swansea interim boss Alan Curtis has said the club are willing to listen to offers for Jonjo Shelvey.

    The midfielder, 23, has been linked with a move away in January, with Newcastle reportedly interested.

    “I don’t think there have been any firm offers yet. If a firm offer comes in then it’s probably something the club would have to consider,” Curtis said.

    Looks like there selling Shelvey boys

  • 11 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Whats the betting Dean gives Manure a pen tomorrow. Maybe we should get Sissoko to knock him out and get Madley on.

  • 12 SPRINGY // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    im half expecting him to have a mare for us tbh…give them everything and us nowt

  • 13 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Madley is just as bad he was the Ref when we played Scumderland. He’s a terrible ref

  • 14 Toonces // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    I’m not so certain that the opportunity was ever really there to try to bring Cabaye back to Tyneside. I really enjoyed him in the Black and White but he likely wanted to leave NUFC for all the suspected reasons: no ambition by the club, chance to play champs league, incompetence in the club hierarchy (JFK really?), rumoured wage cap due to colo somehow being designated as always the highest paid player and so on. Nothing in the time since he left would have changed this opinion about our club. So maybe he was available from PSG for 10M or 13M whatever. It was always suggested that Pardew was a manager that the players liked to play for, tactics and such aside, and it would seem Cabaye rated him and knew Pardew would support him no matter what. And maybe Palace is giving him 100K per week. BUT what would make you think he would want to return to Newcastle under this regime?

  • 15 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:05 PM


    I don’t think Dean is bias, he just doesn’t like us very much, we never get anything off him regardless of our opponents.

  • 16 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    we are on telly tomoz so we’ll probably play well. Come on Toon give me an early Birthday Present

  • 17 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM


    So were are doubly Fcuked then. 🙁

  • 18 SPRINGY // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    right so the refs are shite….so right lads no tackling within ten yards of box… no sliding tackles at all…..please try not shoulder charge the fairy soft man utd players or they might cry to mr dean!!lol

  • 19 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    hmmm dunno cos manure are there for the taking imho

  • 20 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:08 PM



    Oh yeah were in trouble, talk about starting with an handicap.

  • 21 SPRINGY // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    yeah ya probs right..its just hatred!!lol

  • 22 Viduka // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Hahahhaha ? might stick with a list of players for now… Unless you’ve got a few hundred mill stashed under your bed ?

  • 23 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:12 PM


    If I had I would be typing on a posher keyboard lol.

  • 24 JackButler // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Seeings as Man Utd are struggling to score and manage shots on target, Mike Dean is exactly what they need in order to get pens a plenty

  • 25 JamesToon // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:14 PM

    Well I think the Saivet signing and Shelvey looking good has lifted the mood, I think tomorrow night will be a good atmosphere

  • 26 SUTTY1978 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Just a little repost from a few months ago

    SUTTY1978 // Oct 29, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    If were going to sign anyone in January it will be from The Mondial agency. This is a list of there players

    You will see some familiar names on there…

    Sure Carr must be getting a good backhander from these lads

  • 27 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:16 PM


    Your not wrong mate, our players will have to be aware of Manure’s tricks in and around the box, because Dean doesn’t need many excuses to point at the spot.

  • 28 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:22 PM


    Speaks volumes mate.

  • 29 JackButler // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:24 PM


    Are you suggesting that there is an ulterior motive behind who we sign?


  • 30 Average_Contents // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    I’m just waiting for the chronicle article.

    5 things you need to know about….

  • 31 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    i personally think thauvin deserves a shot, but does that mean costa is the winger we are bringing in?????!!?!??!?!

  • 32 SPRINGY // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    been and gone mate!lol

  • 33 Belfast // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    That’s very interesting Sutty. Would probably be very easy to be on the take if Charnley was your boss lol

  • 34 Harley // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    I’m really pleased with signing of Saivet. I’ve never heard of him but everything I’ve read on him makes me think he’s ideal for our midfield. He seems really suited to this league.
    Now for shelvey and a striker.

  • 35 Average_Contents // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    Looks like my wait is over then lol

    I could barely contain myself tbh

    Back in half hour whilst I digest all the chronicle has to offer.

    On second thoughts….

  • 36 Belfast // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Five things, five key things, five questions, five burning questions, five reasons and so on and so on.

    What a pain in the arse

  • 37 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:34 PM


    If it’s any consolation mate:-


  • 38 dok - the horrid colonial // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    “so Mr Dean, why did you call for a penalty 8 yards outside the box? isn’t that a bit far?”

    “well, I saw Wayne on the wing, and it looked like whoever number 7 is for those bastards shoulder him, and rooney, the upstanding lad that he is, almost dropped his prawn sandwich, which a supporter all the way from Manchester thoughtfully brought him, so I called it.. its a good call, maybe a great call even, I stand by it…”

  • 39 Belfast // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    When they where banned I ended up blocking them on news now lol Ryder was churning those articles out constantly

  • 40 Viduka // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Anyone know what the situation is with Matip?

  • 41 Jib // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    If you scroll down he says a few words in English
    The Bordeaux fans are very generous with their good wishes .

  • 42 SPRINGY // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    funny mate

  • 43 lochinvar // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Mike Dean is an enigma – check out Wikypedia.
    His loyalties are deemed to lie with Liverpool as he’s from the Wirral.
    But then again….
    There was debate over a decision Dean made in a Premier League fixture between Newcastle United and Chelsea in December 2011. In the fourth minute of the match, he adjudged Chelsea centre-back David Luiz to have fouled Newcastle’s Demba Ba when the striker was through on goal. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew later said he “expected” Luiz to be sent off for committing a professional foul, but “couldn’t fathom” why Dean opted to show Luiz only a yellow card.[Pardew said that Dean had subsequently admitted to him that the failure to send-off Luiz was “a mistake”. Chelsea went on to win the game 3-0.
    Tomorrow night could be interesting.

  • 44 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Newcastle United have signed Crystal Palace midfielder Will Hoare on trial.

    The 18-year-old pulled on a Newcastle shirt and made his debut for Peter Beardsley’s reserves at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium tonight after replacing Sean Longstaff in the 62nd minute against Aston Villa.

    Palace handed Hoare a professional contract earlier this year, but Newcastle have opted to take a look at the teenager in their Under-21 side.

    Hoare was born in Croydon but has represented Scotland at Under-16 level.

    He is right-footed and renowned for being a hard working midfield player. Hoare played his part for the young Magpies during a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.

    After working his way up at Palace since the age of eight Hoare was handed a new contract last year. He said: “Over those 10 years you work up to getting your first professional contract.For all the boys that got one it was a great feeling.

    “Getting it was a good moment but it isn’t about the first one it’s the second, third or fourth.”

    Newcastle are looking to strengthen their Under-21 ranks over the next two or three windows as they look to provide Steve McClaren with more back-up.

  • 45 SPRINGY // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    as long as its interesting coz we win by scoring 3-4 goals and not some dodgy decision!lol

  • 46 SUTTY1978 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    So which other Mondial players do you think we might be after?
    Also another strange one was that we were interested in signing Berahino last summer right up until he changed agents, why on earth would who is agent is matter, you either want the player or you dont, that is unless you’re getting a nice little payback out of the deal

  • 47 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 9:57 PM


    Maybe we should check out the agents offices for SD mugs.

  • 48 SUTTY1978 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Loch, i was at that game sat behind the goal with another toon fan and a chelsea fan, all three of us thought he was off, it was the only decision that could be made. The decision was madness. That was the game that ended our unbeaten run that season.

  • 49 SPRINGY // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    i asked a question ages ago does carr get a “percentage bonus”of price for every player we sign on his recommendation?….just wondering??lol

  • 50 SUTTY1978 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:03 PM


    Talking of SD logo’s the Saviet pictures are clearly framed to get in as much of the SD logo’s as possible. Even the one with the stand in the background basically only shows “Sports Direct”

  • 51 SUTTY1978 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Spingy, the fella is nearly retired he does need to get a little nest egg together, good old uncle Mikey doesn’t mind as he’s taking a little cut of his own.
    Did you notice how our payments to agents were unusually high the last couple of years, I wonder why?!

  • 52 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Yep, I noticed. It is a worrying thought about only using one agent for most of our signings though as that would limit our options immensely.

    You would have to suspect that this is more than mere coincidence, maybe they are another of the preferred partners.

  • 53 SPRINGY // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    haha… sir seem to be implying something!!!haha

  • 54 OneAlanShearer // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Sutty…how many players did we buy via willy mckay when Ashley first took over. I imagine they get in the door with one player and then suggest others.

    Douglas Costa. …not a chance but there’s a couple of others on their books who might be possibles.

  • 55 Thump // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    @firebug: If we were signing Costa, Fernandinho, and Cavani (all on Mondial’s books), I think there’d be less controversy 😉

  • 56 JAMSHA // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    Saivet made a great start to his Newcastle career by scoring a brace in each of his first three games for his new club – all wins????

  • 57 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:23 PM


    I think your right mate, but were not and until we do the controversy shall remain. 😀

  • 58 SUTTY1978 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Our old mate Grenier is on there, think he’ll be here in the summer. Also Guerriro (LB). He might come as well (if we are in the PL)
    Does make you wonder if the 3 window restructure has been sorted in advance with Mondial)
    In other news, crop circles are due to UFO’s

  • 59 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:25 PM


    In other news, crop circles are due to UFO’s


    Everyone know that…Duh!

  • 60 SUTTY1978 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:26 PM


    Yep good old Willy McKay, he had his feet well and truly under the table!

  • 61 SUTTY1978 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Firebug, just thought i’d chuck another conspiracy theory in there for good measure!

  • 62 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    From The Shields Gazette

    “There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes and a lot of discussions,” said head coach McClaren, who is on the club’s board.

    “None of those are frustrated, angry. It’s kind of a process that we have got to go through, and we are going through.

    “Let’s see over the next two or three weeks what happens.”

    McClaren, focused on ending his team’s four-game league and cup losing streak, must now wait and see if managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr can deliver the signings he needs.

    “It’s January and everybody knows it’s a difficult month,” said the 54-year-old.

    “Every club, whether you are top or bottom, is looking all the time and if there’s an opportunity, it will be done. I suppose we are like everybody else.”

    McClaren has been unwilling to discuss the areas that he feels need strengthening, though his broader comments have pointed to the need for a striker.

    Asked if a goalscorer was at the top of his wishlist, McClaren said: “There are quite a few things.

    “But as I say, we are talking about it, keeping our counsel, trying to do things quietly because you just feel that you see it with a lot of theatre going on, a lot of talk and a lot of clubs issuing what they are doing.

    “From my past experience, that (talking publicly) can actually upset something, so we are quietly doing our business behind (closed doors).”

    McClaren added: “There’s not much we can say and discuss about it.

    “But you know and I know, and it’s not rocket science to know that we assess the first half (of the season) and what do we need in the second half.”

  • 63 Bambams // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie
    The stiff little fingers incident I am aware of.
    I know Troy well, one of the best wind up merchants I have ever known.
    He gives it, but gets as much back.
    Steve Bruce was accosted by a few of us in Jesmond. He was true to his word though re a charity event we were helping, really decent bloke surrounded by a few Geordies on the lash !
    Troy never shy for a photo. ….
    Cheers for the craic fella

  • 64 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    I think reading between the lines McClaren is expecting more to come in……….

    Will he get them?

    Might get Shelvey in.

  • 65 optimistic prime // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    Can’t say i know much about Henri the 8th French man, but he can’t be worse than our current cm choices.

    How much did Swansea pay for Shelvey?
    Anyone know? If we’re buying him also I see Tiote or someone else being moved along.
    Any whispers on a striker?

  • 66 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:40 PM


    Berahino keeps getting mentioned, and of cause the CA topic never leaves.

    I think (imo) that this Saivet is miles ahead of what we have at the moment, only time will tell if he is suited to the prem.

  • 67 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    Newcastle could offload Cheick Tiote after £8m bid from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua

  • 68 lesh // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:45 PM


  • 69 lesh // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:45 PM


  • 70 goommy // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Finally, we got some real quality winger to our team.

  • 71 lesh // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Jazzy, I’ll try again.

    Strikes me that if Swansea’s prepared to listen to offers for Shelvey, we either haven’t bid or if we have, it’ll have been one of not-so-clever Charnley’s crap opening offers.

    Why doesn’t the fat useless waste of space stop fannying on a get the lad signed!

  • 72 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    He’s another one who may spend more time on the treatment table than the pitch.

  • 73 optimistic prime // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:51 PM


    Ye wait and see on Henri, as usual.

    Not sure on Berihinio. I don’t think there’s a foward we’re linked to that doesn’t have some big issue, Remy Austin Carol and this lad. Plenty of mental and Phyisical issues for our crack medical team to sort.

    If only Big Dunc was available

  • 74 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:55 PM


    I suppose we could always go for Nabil Fekir 22 year old Lyon striker, after all he is on Mondial’s books.

  • 75 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:55 PM


  • 76 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    firebug…I’ll drive him to the airport mate 😉

  • 77 lesh // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    Saivet eh? With that name he should be a keeper.

  • 78 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    firebug…any chance you could find a new club for Cisse, Saylor, Willo, Gouf, Marv and especially Obertan while you are at it?

  • 79 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:58 PM



  • 80 firebug666 // Jan 11, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    I think Manure could do with a few of them Jesper, if only.

  • 81 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    firebug…they owe us big time on Obertan 😉

  • 82 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Well Saviet will need to hit the ground running. Obviously replacement for Tiote & £3M net in Cashley’s skyrocket plus £6M profit on Tiote purchase. Typical Toon business! Perhaps S Mc plan is to flood the midfield with players but at £12M Shelvey is just too expensive. I really hope MA is going to put up enough money to bring in a free scoring striker, proven CB & a left back who can defend and cross a ball. Really hope it’s just not going to be loan players unless they Prem material. If looking at loan full back cover then Debuchy or Henreque could be OK but not ideal

  • 83 Belfast // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Ground control to major Jesper….

    5 million for Shelvey to Swansea op

  • 84 lesh // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM


    Towld yi last week thit the lads’s ganna win themorra – just foya borthdi.

  • 85 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Jesper78 Put em in a big sack and cast them into the Tyne that would trim the wage bill

  • 86 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Anyhow Firebug what happened to that minibus you were organising to take the high paid Frenchies to Nantes, Marseilles & Monaco ? Did it fall thro?

  • 87 jane // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    how is Saivet pronownced?

  • 88 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Goomy 70 By rights we should have three now if the lad Thauvin can shows just what we paid £11M for & we can get Aarons fully fit

  • 89 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Angels 72 Get positive man! Give the lad a chance he hasn’t even kicked a ball yet

  • 90 Graeme // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Sutty @ 58 – what a brilliant comment mate lmao

  • 91 angelswithdirtyfaces // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:25 PM


    Aye and let’s hope he doesn’t kick it too hard 🙂

  • 92 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    And now we’ve signed a trials called Hoare & how do you pronounce his name Jane?

  • 93 OneAlanShearer // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    Optimistic – that’s exactly why I think we need 2 as we can’t risk one getting injured and being back to square 1. So buy 1 each of these options is my thoughts:

    1. Austin/carroll/bas dost
    2. Beharino/Ben yedder

    Experienced versus young and nippy options.

    I truly hope Ashley has deep pockets. ..This is a massive opportunity to turn the club around.

    Spending now makes huge sense. Available players with concerns others may not be brave enough to gamble on. Plus prices and wages and interest will all go up.

    Settle all our gaps and squad needs now. Even the cover issues. Then those that font and haven’t work we try to off load in the summer. It’s risk wage wise but the risk of going down and waiting to build in the summer are bigger.

  • 94 jimmysmith // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    If we do have Shelvey, who I think is Wijnaldum and Sissoko quality, then we just need a left back to have what looks a very decent group. We’ll need two or three more in the off season. A striker, winger and CB, and a number moved on. But there would be enough there then to be able to push this side safely into mid table, where he really should already have us, and if McC can’t manage it, which is looking a distinct possibility, then we’ll need a new head coach too.

  • 95 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    I think that new trialist we’ve just signed from Palace must be a friend of Ashley’s with a name like Hoare.
    OAS 93-like your optimism mate one from one & one from two would be fine & If we have to settle for loan stop gap for 6 months Remy or even the evergreen Peter Crouch may fit the bill

  • 96 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Jimmy smith WE definitely need a left back as we have only young Mbabu as cover for both full backs with Haidara out long term injured Only other option is Colback but not really his role. We definitely need a CF with goals in him & replacement for Colo

  • 97 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 11, 2016 at 11:55 PM

    Let’s hope MA does gamble & splashes the cash as then the doubters will just have to find someone else to blame & I’m not a Cashley fan

  • 98 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Where is the striker?

    If we do manage to get Shelvey through the door that would be two CM’s brought in while we are more than flush in this department at the moment.

    There is much much bigger priorities at present.


  • 99 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Apparently Mbemba has called our season a failure. Did no one tell him our season always ends in January these days!

  • 100 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    Yes bit Tiote is off to China. Time yet to brink in a striker but probably on loan unless he can offload Cisse & Riviere for £10M a piece

  • 101 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:04 AM

    Passed my bedtime now. Good night whoever is left

  • 102 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    I’m a bit of a doubter.
    But I don’t hope he pleases the cash.
    I’m EXPECTING him to.

  • 103 BandB // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    I’m a bit of a doubter.
    But I don’t hope he splashes the cash.
    I’m EXPECTING him to.


  • 104 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    What next!!!!!!!

    Bendtner to Newcastle from Wolfsburg

    According to Bild in Germany

  • 105 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    But only on the right players, Band

  • 106 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    In my opinion, we should sort out our defence next, assuming Shelvey is signing.

    Koulibaly in defence with Mbemba with Janmaat and Willems either side would be epic. Lascelles, Dummett and Taylor adequate reserves. Sell Willo and Colo. Haidara, Dummett and Mbau adequate cover at full back.

  • 107 jimmysmith // Jan 12, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Newcastle have got seven players who can play up front through the middle. We need one of real quality and a couple moved on. I’d suggest Cisse and Rivierre are surplus, and quite possibly Dejong the rate he’s going.

    I’d prefer we get the striker now, but he needs to be the real deal, so I’m prepared to wait, because it’s so important to get this position right, and if McC is half the coach he is cracked up to be, and any sort of manager, with Saivet and Shelvey introduced to the match day squad, he should definitely get the side scoring goals.

    All the strikers we have have scored goals wherever they’ve been, even Rivierre, who I like as a player, despite his risible conversion rate for us so far, admittedly though in injury ravaged sides, and having been injured himself. He’s still worth having a look at when fit, which by will accounts will be soon.

    At CB we also seem ok till the off season. I think Colo has been good apart from one or two poor showings, and he’s certainly not alone in that department, and then there’s Taylor, Lascelles and Dummett, even if Willo goes to Wolves, but left back is a problem. Dummett just doesn’t get forward with any sort of efficacy at all. Mbabu doesn’t either on that side, and Haidarra is good, but injured, and still not accomplished enough to be considered a first choice in the position.

  • 108 Blofal // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    Expat yeh I saw the rumours about Bendtner.

    I’m not sure what to think about that. It does seem like we are targeting Strikers and willing to spend up to $20 million for them though.

  • 109 Blofal // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:10 AM

    How many spots have we got in the squad for these players we are bringing in?

    We’ll have to sell first won’t we?

  • 110 Mister Tuff // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:23 AM

    Saivet pronunciation ———–Say-vay.

  • 111 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:25 AM


    Not sure about free spaces but if Williamson, Tiote and either Gouffran, Obertan or Narveaux leave, then several spots are freed up there.

    There will be many more in the summer.

  • 112 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    Evening TUFF

  • 113 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:34 AM


    I agree we should sell Cisse. He is not able to adapt to the tactics of McLaren.

    It would appear the coach does not rate De Jong therefore we should sell him for as much as we can get. However, I would keep Riviere and play him in his preferred role as a wide left attacker in a 433 system.

    The defence needs reinforcing now because judging by the number of goals we concede, we need strengthening especially s we need to achieve a minimum of 23 points from 19 games.

  • 114 Laurent Robert The Legend // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:51 AM

    WE NEED A TALL AND QUALITY CENTRAL DEFENDER, Is anybody listening??? Wake up!! Colo can’t head the ball clear out of out D.

  • 115 pspelectrical // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:52 AM

    Jan mb col dum
    Sko tioti shelv savi
    END OF,!!

  • 116 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 1:59 AM

    Laurent Robrrt

    Koulibaly is 6 ft 5 in

  • 117 Blofal // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:05 AM

    We’ve reportedly had our bid for Koulibaly rejected in the last week.

    He looks to be a good player though if we can get him over the line.

  • 118 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:15 AM

    if koulibaly is a no go,i would look at lamine kone for me….hopefully we have a good match the morra….we need one!

  • 119 SPRINGY // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:28 AM

    hope the talk about bendtner is juat paper pap…..he’s scored 11 goals in 55 games over 2 seasons…..hardly prolific….hardly mobile as well…keep well away!

  • 120 Mister Tuff // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:32 AM

    Expat – morning – hows things in Oz.

  • 121 Jail for Ashley // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:52 AM

    If this Saviet signing is to simply replace a running down contract and disinterested Tiote then it is senseless and purely money driven, despite what people say about Tiote he has bags of PL experience and due to circumstance a few relegation battles under his belt. If Tiote is sold we will be relegated. I will be quoted on this in May !

  • 122 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:54 AM


    Dry and hot. In the middle of El Nino at present so whilst you lot are getting flooded out, we are in drought mode. No significant rain for weeks and lots of bushfires around the countty

  • 123 lesh // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:55 AM

    Bendtner on the way…. or is it just paper talk.

  • 124 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:57 AM


    In my opinion, it doesnt matter whether he is sold or not, we are still going down.

    Ashley gambled by not spending enough last summer and it will come back to bite his fat behind next summer.

  • 125 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 2:58 AM

    Lesh…..hopefully paper talk…..ex mackem too

  • 126 Blofal // Jan 12, 2016 at 3:35 AM

    Bendtner can’t score to save his life. Check out his stats…

  • 127 Jail for Ashley // Jan 12, 2016 at 3:38 AM

    At 52M we can’t really complain it wasn’t enough, previous neglect and buying with sell on rather than what they’d bring to the team was the biggest issue. If we keep everyone and buy that decent LB, CB and striker I think we might just scrape by.

  • 128 Santon03 // Jan 12, 2016 at 3:53 AM

    If we could win against manutd, I think it will the turning point. I hope SM can emulate Glenn Roeder, we were at the same position mid season and ended up 7th if I’m not mistaken.
    We usually play better against big teams, I think we could win against manutd.
    Total spending so far is 56.5mil if we signed Jonjo (12m) then it will be 68.5mil. It’s a lot of money for a club that’s not consistently in top 8, imo Ashley has kept his word.

  • 129 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 12, 2016 at 4:09 AM

    Im hoping this CF has been identified and they are busy sorting out personal terms. A proven one, with either being really outstanding in another league, or someone with alot of experience from this league who has proven himself.

    I know it’s always good to see players coming into the club, but the priorities look way off so far this window to me. I hope these puchases are not only with a view to how much they sell for.

    We do not need to strengthen the midfield right now, what we need is goals to stay in the league. If any position can wait it is CM it’s a bit bewildering as I see it.

    The team have not been playing badly, they just need a proper CF with experience and a hunger to do well to put the ball in the net. We are screaming out for one.

    Colback, Anita, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, De jong, Marveux, Tiote can all do a job in CM. More than enough cover.

    Watching them blow cash on more CM’s instead of putting it towards a proper CF or atleast a CB or LB is killing me. WTF? Surely they have seen the stats and the lack of goals, this should of been sorted out and been made a priority.

  • 130 Jail for Ashley // Jan 12, 2016 at 4:14 AM

    It’s like they sit and work out the most logical thing to do and then do the polar opposite, this must be seen as some kind of thinking outside of the box exercise ?

  • 131 Jail for Ashley // Jan 12, 2016 at 4:18 AM

    I am still bewidered by the decision to let MYM and HBA go on the last day of the window. Every journo , pundit and fan was saying we need a CB and a forward. It really is like it’s an up yours type mentality, we’ll do it our way thank you very much. That attitude has led to three relegation battles in the last four seasons.

  • 132 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 12, 2016 at 4:23 AM


    It’s like Deja Vu all over again, I really hope they have this forward sorted. If all is well and they do bring in the forward then fine, brilliant. But I expected this to be sorted by now given the situation and what is at stake. And also with the money involved next season.

    If any position can wait at the Toon until the summer it’s CM.

  • 133 Jail for Ashley // Jan 12, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    If they don’t get this window absolutely spot on we’re down as I don’t think Mclaren has it in him to turn it round. That season after we finished fifth we didn’t have the worst start but were completely deflated by the lack of ambition which the five signings provided a boost. We have had the worst start in any of our previous disastrous campaigns under Ashley and I just can’t see how he can turn it around without the exact blend of players being bought.

  • 134 davis_toons // Jan 12, 2016 at 5:18 AM

    The day before the Liverpool match, Swansea manager Garry Monk criticised Shelvey’s disciplinary record, telling him to “wise up” and put a stop to an accumulation of yellow cards earned through “laziness”

    That’s the problem with Shelvey. We can see that during his game. Doesn’t work enough for the team. Slightly like a Mario Balotelli in the Midfield at times…hopefully he can restart at a new club like Newcastle.

    We need his passing abilities but not his workrate.

    Now that he is available then we will have to get him if not give it a pass.

    Would rather us get in a DM or a CD.

  • 135 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Bringing in Saivet and Shelvey almost certainly means a centre mid is going. I know the drawbacks with Tiote, but he is far more effective then any other we have in his role – unless Saivet comes into that role. I’d prefer to allow Colback and/or Anita go then Tiote as they offer far less. We wouldn’t have been able to play Gini and Sissoko centrally against Watford without Tiote there.

    Saivet (provided he settles) and Shelvey are probably straight upgrades on Anita and Colback. Keep Tiote until the summer and then upgrade or replace him.

    We need a mobile centre forward in next, and probably a left back. That should tide us over and mean we survive comfortably.

  • 136 davis_toons // Jan 12, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    The other side of Shelvey…to me a lay back player.
    If he comes i hope he can turn in a good display or very soon he will be out of the door.

  • 137 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 12, 2016 at 5:55 AM


    lesh…lets hope that Bendtner rumor is just lazy journalism!

    If it isn’t then they are definitely not taking this situation seriously.

  • 138 Ron Knee // Jan 12, 2016 at 5:59 AM

    Morning jesper

    What situation? Everything is hunky dory, isn’t it?

  • 139 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 6:00 AM

    From yesterday, I wasn’t finger pointing at you. I was just stating how it worked for me, and it seemed similar to how it was for Blackley (although admittedly I caught less than half the story judging by comments on several day rants).

  • 140 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 12, 2016 at 6:07 AM

    That is from 2014. There aren’t going to be many combative midfielders that haven’t had one issue or another with discipline. Over the course of his career he collects a yellow every 6 games, and has received 2 reds, 1 straight, 1 for two yellows. Hardly on pitch disciplinary issues.

    I think Liverpool is a special case for him given his past clubs.

  • 141 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 12, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    Ron…you didn’t get the memo? Everything has been pi$$3d at by Charnley for the last year or so! 😉

  • 142 expatmag // Jan 12, 2016 at 6:28 AM


    I suppose I am just hard to please about the money spent this season considering how little was spent in previous years and how perilously close we came to relegation last year.

    The 4 players brought in were clearly not enough, especially when you consider the failure of Thauvin and Mitrovic.

    In fact, I was go as far as saying the surprise showing of Perez last season saved our bacon and possibly too much pressure has been put on the kid this year to repeat and better.

    Like a few others on here, our defence worries me judging by the number of goals we concede season after season. I would have thought that more consideration would have been given here with greater experienced players bought.

  • 143 firebug666 // Jan 12, 2016 at 6:56 AM


    I disagree with Thauvin and Mitrovic being classed as failures mate. It is the team that has failed.

    Thauvin has been given bit parts maybe the last 5 – 10 minutes of a match, hardly enough time to get up to speed in the game and make any significant impact.

    Mitrovic has been starved of any real service getting just one or two chances in a game, most of our deliveries into the box are over or under hit, this is bound to affect his confidence as him movement in the box is pretty good, just the final ball is lacking.

    I know people go on about him missing sitters, but he’s not the only one doing that. Other strikes get goals because they get plenty of chances and maybe score one in ten chances.

    With a run in the team Thauvin may come good, he just hasn’t had a chance yet, and with some proper service I think Mitrovic will start banging them in.

    These lads are new to this league and for me they haven’t been given a fair chance yet.

  • 144 davis_toons // Jan 12, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    i hope Shelvey is combative. He is young and hopefully can come good with us.

    This Guy got to come First. Sign him up with a 5 year deal man…this is combative.
    Newcastle United submit £18.8m for Napoli defender Koulibaly

  • 145 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 12, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    I actually think they do need to do something with the midfield. Anita and Colback are battlers but at the bottom end of the quality spectrum overall. Sissoko and Gini are class acts but both blow hot and cold and neither are “engine room” types. Tiote is unpredictable, Goufran and Marveaux shouldn’t be anywhere near a Premiership squad. I really don’t know much about Saivet, but he is not a blue-chip sort of player obviously. Shelvey is worth the gamble, but he definitely is a gamble. Far from making our own luck, we continue to chance it. At least we are seeing some activity, which acknowledges our plight, which is seriously desperate, make no mistake.

  • 146 firebug666 // Jan 12, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    The overrated Frenchman

    If we just go off our last few games, the overall play is not to bad, but we are lacking vision in the final third, we need some players who can create chances and deliver that final ball.

    A defender and FB would be nice to have too, but we need to create some goals and start winning.

  • 147 sing in the corner // Jan 12, 2016 at 7:16 AM

    ‘If Tiote is sold we will be relegated’
    Have you got lingering jet lag man? Sounds like indefensible tosh but maybe you can explain that sound bite?

  • 148 lochinvar // Jan 12, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Latest gossip is that Berahinio is stamping his foot like a
    petulant kid and only wants to join Spurs irrespective of other clubs offers. Sounds like an other Ranger in the making so we should steer well clear. Apparently we are linked with Bendtner the former Arsenal player from Wolfsberg.
    Shelvey will bring some steel and attitude ( will to win ) that we need so a few more like him would be good.

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