Sky Pundit Thinks This Player Too Much For Newcastle Today


When hopes are really high on Tyneside that we can finally get the season going again with a win and with our two new players – Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet – likely to be in the starting the game – Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson thinks the Hammers will still win the game 2-1.

With 60% of our fans thinking we can win this game and that’s a rare high percentage these days – if we do lose it will not be good for anybody associated with Newcastle.

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Dimitri Payet – too much for Newcastle?

This is what Paul has said about today’s game and we are up against a team that is 5th top of the Premier League:

“At the moment Newcastle are just not getting the rub of the green. To score three goals and not win at home is disappointing but they are still right in the fight to stay up.”

“I know Sunderland have gone above them but with Swansea getting beat, Newcastle have an excellent chance of staying up.”

“However, I really like what Slaven Bilic is doing at West Ham. Newcastle have to stop Dimitri Payet. If they can find a way to stop him then they will get a result, but if they don’t then he will rip them to absolute shreds.”

“Newcastle are playing well but the problem for them is that I can’t see them stopping Payet. He’s up there with Mesut Ozil in my opinion and he’s 100% the signing of the summer.”

“For West Ham to get him was brilliant. There has got to be a lot of big clubs turning around to their scouting system and asking how he’s not playing for us.“ “I’m going for West Ham to keep their run going with a 2-1 away win and Enner Valencia scoring the first goal.”

Let’s hope Paul is wrong there because if we do lose today it will be four defeats and two draws in the last six league games and in there was another 1-0 defeat at newly promoted Watford in the FA Cup.

That would be two draws and five defeats in our last seven games.

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68 comments so far

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    i think it’s foregone that jonjo will start tonight. I really hope to see Saivet start in place of Colback too as he hasn’t been so bad as he has been invisible basically this whole season

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #2

    pretty accurate take on Payet too. We had Anita man-marking him last time and he still did us in. would like to see today (not including back 5 as it’s set in stone)

    ……..Shelvey…..Saivet………
    sissoko…gini………thauvin
    …………mitro…………….

    give thauvin this last chance to do something. i like many weren’t convinced when we signed him but surely he deserves a chance? Gini and perez aren’t producing on the left by any means

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #3

    I voted lose simply because we always play shit against the lesser teams like ourself but again though IF we keep the performance up we should have no problem

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Stuart Broad 5 wickets for 14 runs !!!!!!

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  • Grafton83

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #5

    No more Charlie Austin articles, £4m to southampton, I almost feel like Les Ferdinand should apologise to QPR fans for his gross mis handling in his departure, putting a stupid price on his head in the summer only to claw back £4m at xmas shows how badly he tried to over play his hand. Am slightly annoyed we couldn’t get him ourselves, I think he’s a fantastic goal scorer, shame but good luck to him.

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Medical and personal terms agreed. Call him all ya want but 4 mill is a snip for Austin

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #7

    mattyNUFC
    I hope Shelvey doesn’t start tonight !
    The game finishes before 1800 hrs

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib

    twat

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  • voodoo85

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Personally not a big fan of Austin and dont think he would really suit our team but 4mil he would have been worth it to give us another option.

    Shows how poorly Big Les handled it though during the summer. Could have got more than double that just 4/5 months ago.

    Could do well at Soton if Pelle leaves and they have Austin up front with Mane/Long

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  • CookyToon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #10

    2-1 to the toon

    Mitro and shelvey for us

    Valencia for them

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #11

    All together now

    “C’mon you Spurs”

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  • Ayozeserious

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #12

    I see Austin signed with Southampton for 4 million absolute steal.

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  • Bambams

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Austin has far too many connections in the South. He has all his family there, his wife is from there and he runs a football team down south so I doubt we ever really had a chance.
    Geographically we are always a bit hindered up here, most managers have experienced this – it doesn’t help either we are in the bottom 3 !
    Move on to next ….

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    don’t think sir less has covered himself in glory there as QPR’s MD or whatever role he’s in. That’s a Charnley type gaffe.

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Austin to Soton would seem to back up the rumours about Sadio Mané.
    Expect him gone by February.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/southampton-powerless-keep-sadio-mane-7143553

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #16

    bambams

    a proper manager like SBR or KK didn’t have a problem attracting people here

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    mane would be amazing for us with his searing pace

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #18

    OMG
    The mackems start Jordan Pickford in goal .
    PL debutant
    Big Sam to park the bus methinks

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  • AncientC

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #19

    QPR are only selling because they are not in contention for promotion. They were correct to put a high price on Austin at the time… surely a worthwhile gamble to keep him, or have their arm twisted to sell him.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Unfortunately I think West Ham will give us a footballing lesson today, we’ll never cope with Payet.
    But hears hoping for a positive result.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #21

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Austin flop at Southampton, they are a team who have been punching above the weight and can see them sliding back to the championship in the not too distant future. Not that I care either way about them.

    And funny or not I reckon Pelle would be a good buy. He wouldn’t I admit be my first choice as a striker, in the short term Remy would be my preferred option.

    And it might well be that we don’t need a new striker if our lot can work out where the goal is especially with the opportunities that should now be on offer from Shelvey and co. A real value two for one offer!!

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  • Bambams

    Jan 16, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #22

    Retina heights
    I recall KK having to tell a few porkies to a certain Rob Lee when he was signed.
    I do get at what you mean though fella

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  • Grafton83

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Les was asking for £15m for a player with 12 months left, if it was a deliberate ploy to keep him for his contribution in the championship then that didn’t work either. He should have taken £12m in the summer which was officially offered by both Leicester and Palace. Bad business if you ask me, he failed to see the reality of the situation he was in and now it’s cost them £8m. Oh well, not as bad as us making the same msitake twice with Cabella and Thuavin.

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Rotonda
    Pardew and Carr managed to attract the captain of Lille OSC the summer after their first ever double and first Ligue1 title since 1954 plus automatic qualification to the group stages of the CL!
    This year we managed to attract the captain of PSV Eindhoven after he was Dutch player of the year !

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed you must be gutted as I am that we didn’t even make a move for your dream signing Charlie flippin Austin!! He has just signed for Southampton for a measly 4m!!!

    We could have done with him in our ranks!! Ed you must be fuming or crying in a corner somewhere.

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  • magscar

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Bambam

    on the Rob Lee transfer I recall KK telling Rob that Newcastle was closer to London than Boro ( no!) but qualified it later saying he was meaning not distance but travel time i.e Train or plane was quicker (true). It worked whatever and we got one of or best ever players

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  • Jib

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Big Sam may just have got his tactics right.
    2 defensive lines.
    Relying on Defoe’s speed to nick a goal.
    Remember that Monday night away to Palace when they “stole” the game.

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  • lesh

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Matty

    I think that Thauvin’s in the squad to make a point to him and Marseille that he’s still our player until terms are agreed for his loan – Ashley’s playing hard ball

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  • belgrade fan

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #29

    soccer souce – will be interesting too see if Berahino in WBA squad 2night # NUFC

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  • lesh

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Austin at £4m? A steal we should we should have had.

    Unless there’s a realistic chance of getting a better striker in this window. In saying that, we should have brought one in two weeks ago!

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #31

    BBC say we’re talking to Spurs about Townsend
    – must be true
    – Still no mention of Austin -sorry ED

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  • davetoon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Gutted about deJongs time here. Injuries and underwhelming play. I really thought he would go on to be a great player for us

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  • davetoon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Is Townsend a better player than Sissoko? No chance

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  • chewbaccy

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #34

    Spuds do look absolute pants.

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  • davetoon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Youre kidding. Mackems leading. Spuds playing sheet

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  • archaeomag

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Scum 1 up!!

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  • JamesToon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #37

    Austin is quite a steal at £4m, 6ft2 proven goal scorer.

    Byram at £3m as well, thought we should have been in for him

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  • toon kk

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Sunderland take the lead

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  • toon kk

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #39

    1-1

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  • davetoon

    Jan 16, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #40

    1-1 hilarious

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