The Welcome I’ve Had Is Magnificent

New signing Jonjo Shelvey hadn´t played a full game for a long time, so it was natural that he seemed to tire a bit in the second half in his debut for Newcastle on Saturday against West Ham.

Jonjo was like dynamite in those first 20 minutes of his Newcastle career as he set up the two goals for Ayoze Perez and Gini Wijnaldum – and it´s not too often we have been two goals up in the last year.

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Success for Jonjo Shelvey in his debut on Saturday

In fact that was only our fifth win of the season and our sixth win in the league since last April – so wins have been few and far between and we must get more of them on the board if we are to survive this season in the Premier League.

Jonjo was training in the gym on Sunday in an effort to increase his fitness ready for the tough next game at Watford on Saturday.

This is some of what Jonjo said after the game on Saturday:

“It’s always hard when you move clubs and you’re trying to settle in straight away. It usually takes you a few weeks to get to know people’s runs and their passes — but it was quite easy.”

“But it’s an easy place to play, the fans are right behind you.”  “The welcome I’ve had is magnificent.”

“I’ve been doing extra sessions here and I’ll only get fitter and stronger.”  “I can’t wait to get back out there against Watford.”

With another week´s training together and with our other new signing Henri Saivet likely to start in defensive midfield on Saturday because of Paul Dummett´s hamstring injury – we could get a second win on the trot.

It´s likely that Jack Colback will slot in at left back after a good second half display there after Paul left the field injured.

Did I say we needed a second win on the trot on Saturday?


Howay The Lads!!

49 comments so far

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Jan 17, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #1
  • JamesToon

    Jan 18, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Jay photo

    You reckon it would be worth paying £18-25mil for lacazette?

    There were reports earlier that he was impressed with our style against West Ham. Could be a pulling factor especially with Jonjo and Gini behind him


    Jan 18, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #3

    just watching feyenoord v psv sky sports 3… and gini’s in the crowd with lens(mackems)….wonder if he’s having a word with willems to join!lol…..he’s not playing like….dont no if he’s on the bench


    Jan 18, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #4

    if they are after valdez then it looks like macca must have nee confidence in darlow

  • Dingo†®

    Jan 18, 2016 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #5

    lacazette – out
    townsend – in

    then watch Aleksandar net a few

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 18, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #6

    James/jayphoto i think any striker wud see possibilities in our set up assuming jonjo is fit. I think saivet will be a superb player for us and if we get a proper left winger, mitro will do well too. Mind u if jonjo gets injured, we have little to fill the gap. re left back i hope mbabu gets a chance soon


    Jan 18, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #7

    think the lacazette thing was just a last big attempt to try and persuade him….or utter bull

  • nightfa11

    Jan 18, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #8

    I hope we’re not after valdes.. Hes below average.. And short.. And even tho he played many many matches, hes the Least experienced keeper on the planet.. Opponents shot like what..3 shots on his 10 years with barca..


    Jan 18, 2016 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #9

    just a few facts about lacazette for his fans . 1 he is 5ft 9. 2 he does not like the cold. 3 of his 27 league goals last season 6 were penaltys of which 5had nothing to do with winning. 4 is the only player i have ever seen trip himself over the ball.5 he does not want to come here. opinion he is overrated and would not get the time and space he does in france another sure g carr french flop. grenier has only started 9 games since mar 2014. lacazette can hardly be missing his service with his record of 9 starts 7 losses 1 draw 1 win. this season 5 starts 4losses 1 win. we ought to avoid more french players although i think saivet must have achance


    Jan 18, 2016 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #10

    hope we are not after ben yedder also .5 ft 6 and needs a lot of chances to score .would much rather we stuck with perez and mitro and if short bring arma back.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 18, 2016 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Townsend + Mitrovich = No Goals.
    Decent winger + Mitrovich = plenty goals.

  • Dingo†®

    Jan 18, 2016 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Sissoko + Mitrovic = no goals
    Townsend + Mitrovic = more goals

  • nightfa11

    Jan 18, 2016 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Not really fond of townsend.. Not that hes a bad player, But atm hes worth Maybe 5 mio.. 12 mio for someone who is attacker, But managed a couple of assists and a goal or 2 in few years, and hasnt played in a while..thats crazy..

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 18, 2016 at 2:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Missed out on Austin, clanger there. 4 mil is shocking. I hope its because he didn’t want to come here rather than paying the wage he wanted. 4 mil is for nout with the amount clubs recieve these days.

    Who can hit the ground running now?

  • toonincheek

    Jan 18, 2016 at 3:23 AM

    Comment #15

    Been a few comments on the validity of quoting stats.
    The one I liked best was “I challenge you to prove the validity of stats without using stats to prove it”.
    The Assists credits have their limitations.
    But seriously, Shelvey played a part in the goals, glorious long diagonal ball for Janmaat to run onto, but Janmaat deserves the assist.
    Shelvey’s ball to Wijni was nothing special – what Wijni did with it was excellent and what Perez did, being ready for the ball and putting it away was exceptional.
    The Assists credits have their limitations.
    I remember Obertan getting to the byeline, pulling the ball back, missing EVERYONE, ball runs out of the box the other side, Sissoko picks it up and hammers home a screamer. And Obertan gets the assist. Crazy.
    Stats balance themselves out over time, so my main point is:
    You cannot dispute stats by quoting one instance.

    I’ve seen some stats on Townsend and if they are correct, then his record is no better than Obertan. Simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2016 at 4:06 AM

    Comment #16

    RIP Cliff Ahmed, a regular sight at matches and around Shields, died in Strwberry place

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2016 at 4:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Hopefully the club will sign the relevant players this window to stave off relegation worries.

    However, it looks like a busy summer ahead. A lot of players currently out on loan will probably leave along with out of contract players too.

    I would expect to see Tiote and Cabella gone this window.

    I would expect Williamson, Marveaux, Gouffran, Obertan, Vukic, Ferguson, Bigi, Ameobi and possibly De Jong out the door too.

    Perhaps Thauvin could also be sold.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 18, 2016 at 4:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Ain’t half hot here this summer innit expatmag

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 18, 2016 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Townsend & Berahino = Young homegrown players looking for a new home where they wanted and know NUFC is a big club.

    Lacazette – Am not really impressed with his attitudde looks like a mercenary.

    Townsend – 12m
    Berahino – 20m

    Am happy with that.

    Saw somewhere Austin is on 100k per week that aint a good deal.

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2016 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #20


    Helluva lot hotter than what it us in the deepest darkest England at present.

    Ooohhhhh sod it, might as well open another cold tinny while I chuck a few king prawns on the barbie

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 18, 2016 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #21

    Expat…I expected most if those players to be out last window. Don’t count too much on it 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 18, 2016 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Morning jesper

    Where do you stand on the Townsend question? I’m not impressed with what I’ve seen, but I expect he’ll be coming to Newcastle.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 18, 2016 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #23

    Morning Ron…I think Townsend is the right kind of player for McC 😉 isn’t that what we have said was the problem before? That we bought players that didn’t fit the manager!

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 18, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Too hot to light the barbie for me expat. I’m gan down to the river with Cascade Pale Ale tins and some cold chicken and all.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #25

    I see the Townsend debate is still raging. Where would people play him if we signed him? He prefers to play on the right, and that is where he has been predominantly used. Does that mean Sissoko is on his way out? Or are we dropping Sissoko / moving him to the left? Is he just squad competition?

    I think Mc is aiming to continue with a 4231, using Mitro’s ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play. In this case, it seems that a signing like Berahinho would be as cover for Mitro, but also to offer competition with Perez on the left of the 3. Again, where would this leave Townsend and Sissoko?

    We need squad competition, but I don’t see Townsend as a better fit for our team than Sissoko already is and Berahinho could be. In which case, at £10-£14 million, is Townsend really where the money would be best spent?

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 18, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #26


    So the future doesn’t look too good for Thauvin at NUFC!

  • mindshaft

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #27

    Lacazette is just paper talk, he’ll want very high wages if he’s coming at 25 million and toon has a ceiling on wages .. probably why we were scared off Austin who is allegedly getting 100k a week
    there’s a reason we’re after berahino/ Townsend as they fit within our wage structure
    can’t imagine Gini/Sissoko etc would be happy to sit on 50k a week whilst somebody not as good is on double
    they would be banging on Schreves door demanding parity or a move

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #28

    As for Gomis, I’d really hope that we aren’t back in for him. Didn’t want him when we first bid, didn’t when he was available on a free, and don’t now.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #29


    Sissoko has his limitations, but he’s been playing well lately. On current form I’d put him ahead of Townsend. Not difficult, mind!

  • archaeomag

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #30

    @1 Take a Chancel on me

    Wow that Van Gaal is a complete barstard – deliberately wrecking Victor Valdes career – what a piece of low life scum

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #31


    Got a cool change here. Temperature has dropped 10 degrees. Bad bushfire not far away do keeping an eye on that.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #32

    As you are aware, I’ve been one of Sissoko’s bigger critics, and I agree he has performed better recently (although not great against West Ham). Even before his good spell though I’d prefer Sissoko over Townsend, and at the price is hardly worth it.

    There is a reason nobody has matched the asking price, and the only teams credited with an interest are Watford or down in the bottom half strugglers – Villa, Sunderland, West Brom and ourselves. If he is such a good player why aren’t more (higher) clubs interested, and why hasn’t someone snapped him up already?

  • firebug666

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #33

    I see Shelvey has found his way into the team of the week following his fantastic start for us.

    I just love his range of passing, and he is so calm on the ball looking at his options before releasing it.

    Townsend is not what this club needs, we are trying to clear out the deadwood, not bring in more. I agree with needing a winger, but we need a winger with an end product and enough vision to plant the ball where our attackers are given a chance to get on the end of it.

  • SUTTY1978

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Sissoko has 5 assists so far this season for a team that has only managed 24 goals. Townsend has struggled to get 5 in any season playing for a spurs team that regularly gets 70+ goals in a season. Theres no competition as to which should be playing.
    Townsend started as a LW but was moved to the right because he was so unproductive on the left. If you look at the few good things he has done they are mainly on the breakaway running down the middle.
    If you’re expecting him to be a LW who will bring balance to our team then you’re looking at rhe wrong player

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #35


    NUFC seem to be genuinely interested in Townsend. Is McClaren pushing for a deal?

  • Thump

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #36

    @archaomag: I highly doubt that LVG is “destroying” Valdes career. Y’know, the whole “won it all” thing….

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #37

    I don’t think we need a replacement for Mitro, I think Macca is more looking to have 4/5 players who will chip in with goals regularly.

    Mitro could still end up with 10 this season which is a decent return for his age in this league. Next season 10-15. Gini 10-15 a season, Perez 10+ a season. Berahinho (if signed) falls into the 10+ category as well, or another striker who can play as an inside forward or through the middle. Sissoko needs to up his goal output for it to work for Macca.

    Then you have the other players chipping in with goals to take you up to 50-60 goals a season which puts you around the 7th to 4th mark based on last seasons goals scored.

    What it does mean is that we aren’t overly reliant on just 1 player for the goals, so injuries and dips in form should have less of an impact (depending on us having depth to the squad)

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #38

    I think Townsend could be a long term replacement for Sissoko, particularly if Napoli are interested. We have been linked with 2 Napoli players this month haven’t we, what potential is there to get Gabbiadini or Koulibaly plus cash for Sissoko, spend £10+ on Townsend and still turn a profit from the Sissoko deal?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #39

    Shelvey is off to a good start for us – the team were outstanding on Saturday for the first half, and still good despite West Ham coming back in a bit in the second half.

    A lot of that is down to the arrival of a competent passer and a bit more personality, character in midfield. Shelvey had a go at a couple of our players for misplacing passes, or just poor decisions/touches during the match. I think quite a few said that it was a centre mid we needed in the summer plus one other to really have had a good window. A real shame the club didn’t see it that way and push the boat out back then, imagine where we could be if they had.

    Would still like to see them go for Xhaka in the summer – Ronny listed him as the main target for centre mid at the start of Jan, so hopefully we will go back for him this summer – our position probably dictated he wouldn’t move this month.

    He and Shelvey could be outstanding together.

  • firebug666

    Jan 18, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #40

    BBC Sport first broke the story on Saturday that Newcastle had approached Tottenham on Friday about the winger’s availability and now Sky Sports have provided updates on the potential deal.

    Sky report that talks are continuing and that an initial loan with a clause triggering a permanent deal could be the most likely outcome between the two clubs.

    Newcastle have used this route a number of times when selling players, with Davide Santon and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joining Inter as AS Roma in this way and then permanent deals becoming sealed when they had played a certain number of matches.


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