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This Could be Newcastle´s Plan B If Berahino Bid Fails

9:40 am, Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 203 Comments

26 year-old Corinthians and former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato will be arriving at Chelsea this week and that will see Loic Remy fall even further down the totem pole at the south London club.

Loic Remy is very keen to play first team football thorough the rest of the season, so he has some hope of making the French squad for the Euro 2016 finals to be played in France in June – and he will not get that at Chelsea.

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Loic Remy – when on loan at Newcastle

With Pato´s arrival it´s almost certain that Loic Remy will be made available by new manager Guus Hiddink  Remy but Newcastle at the moment are trying to sign West Brom striker Loic Remy.

Newcastle do have a plan B if they cannot get Berahino in the next couple of days and we have to believe that could be to go all-out to get Loic in on loan, because he´s a proven Premier League goalscorer and would settle very quickly at Newcastle.

While on loan during the 2013-2014 season for us he scored 14 league goals in 26 Premier League appearances for the side – a good record.

However, his history with Newcastle is not all that great and he turned us down for bottom-placed QPR three years ago when we were again in relegation trouble.

Loic also turned Newcastle down at the end of his loan spell on Tyneside because he wanted to sign for a bigger club playing in the Champions League.

He failed a medical in Boston so didn´t join Liverpool,  but he then signed on at Chelsea very late in the 2014 summer transfer window – but has not played much for the Blues and has never been a regular first team starter.

He could do a good job for us this season and he´s a better option than signing 30 year-old Bafe Gomis for £7M from Swansea.

Why not keep the £7M for the new striker who will be coming in permanently over the summer and go all out to get Loic in for a relatively small loan fee.

What do  you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

203 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Marseille have made a loan offer with an option to buy for AS Roma striker Seydou Doumbia.

    Now we talking guys. Think he may be around 29 but a cracking forward. Definitely on a par with remy !!

  • 2 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Doumbia stats
    Team Apps† (Gls)†

    Kashiwa Reysol 24 (3)

    Tokushima Vortis 16 (7)

    Young Boys 64 (50)

    CSKA Moscow 96 (81)

    Roma 13 (2)

    ? CSKA Moscow (loan) 13 (5

  • 3 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:49 AM


    Them stats are not bad at all worth a punt I would say

  • 4 hibbitt // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    SEYDOU DOUMBIA Cote d’Ivoire Serie A Ivory Coast AS Roma CSKA Moscow
    Seydou Doumbia
    Date of birth:
    Dec 31, 1987 in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire
    Age: 28
    Nationality: Cote d’Ivoire Cote d’Ivoire
    Height: 1,79 m
    Contract until: 30.06.2019
    In the team since: Jan 31, 2015
    Current club: AS Roma ( Italy 1. league)
    Position: Centre Forward
    Player’s agent: Universal Management SA
    Current National player: Cote d’Ivoire Ivory Coast
    Market value:

  • 5 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:49 AM


    I agree mate as good as any and would be available way cheaper than Bera

  • 6 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:50 AM


    Would be available for the short term as well even if just a loan as would Remy

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Shelvey seems very entrenched in the idea that all Newcastle fans fans are from crime riddled council estates where there is a fine line of being a succes by getting a job in a factory or going to jail for drugs ?

  • 8 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    F@ckin hell Jazzy you read my mind !!

  • 9 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Roma mustn’t of thought he was that good

  • 10 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Am I seeing things?

    I’m sure I’ve just seen Kevin Nolan is player manager of Orient, sure it just popped up on SSN

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Beharinho hasn’t got a very good goals to games ratio, surely there’s better out there for that kind of money. Will be a sickner if Austin grabs 1 in two for Soton.

  • 12 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:54 AM


    Chelsea cannot think Remy is that good as he hardly plays, But we are willing to take him back pal on a loan ?

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    He was out of contract wasn’t he, he must have plain turned down fat Sams offer to play for that lot.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Has our policy really changed though to buy a 29 year old with no sell on value

  • 15 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Demba Ba linked with a return to West ham…….Guarantees goals.

  • 16 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Is Jazzy talking to himself here???

    A short term plan B is god, Remy to the left of the front 3 would be a good option to have and give us back up for Mitro as and when required.

  • 17 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM


    Haha, good I couldn’t bare the chicken dance against us in the next derby.

    Doumbia is a machine, unfortunately wrong age wrong agent and probably out of our wage range.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Plan B’s aren’t god, but they are good…..

  • 19 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:01 AM


    Who knows bud. I personally thought we were entrenched in the French market or constantly looking in the bargain basement.

    If we were to land Bera for 18-20 mill after Shelvey at 12. Would you say that is a definite shift in transfer policies we have adopted for so many seasons ?

  • 20 mad-serb // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Some entertainment for an entertaining day ahead. Found the Townshend negotiations 🙂

  • 21 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:02 AM


    No mate that’s just my other half isn’t it Jazz ?

  • 22 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:03 AM


    I was dreaming a little yesterday and thinking about if we got Remy and Berihinio.

    A front 3 Remy Mitro Berihinio, liked the thought of that but struggled to put 3 behind them who’d cope.

    It’d be nice to have that headache though

  • 23 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Soccer Sauce
    ?@soccer_sauce If Berahino deal fails to transpire-I would suggest that Pato’s arrival at Chelsea would open up opportunity for #NUFC and Loic Remy

  • 24 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    You want to be careful with that! People love a multiple scandal on here!

    Ha, I’m not sure where the service would come from with them as a trio! Would be a nice problem to have.

  • 25 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Roma aren’t Chelsea though mate

  • 26 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Doumbia and Remy either side of Mitro. Gini .. Sissoko and Shelvey behind.

    be damn exciting to watch going forward, Defensively not so good lol !

  • 27 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Jail, either Austin didnt fancy the north east, or we were badly wrong footed. Given that we have been limked with him for ages, and neither party cooled the link, i think we were wrong footed. I dont think our MD is the problem at Newcastle as such, but I think he was wrong footed here. Its a steal for Southampton and if he stays fit he will score a hatful. The guys on here who scoffed at his suitability will look a bit daft then. Anyoine who scored 18 goals for QPR has to be looked at seriously. I dont care if he isnt tall enough or doesnt suit the daft FIFA typoe teams that guys dream about on here – if he bags 18 goals he is good. But then , many of our fans would refuse Mickey Quinn now because he wasnt athletic enough for goodness sake.

  • 28 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:12 AM


    We’d have to keep Willo for his long passing up the pitch 🙂

  • 29 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Jazzy, I think Gini wants to play further up the pitch. Suits him no end.

  • 30 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:14 AM


    Love a scandal !!


    Ya damn right mate….Roma are fighting for the league and Chelsea are fighting relegation

  • 31 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:16 AM


    I agree mate keep where he is, He’s looking an awesome talent. reminds me a lot of Lampard’s goal scoring exploits from midfield…But faster

  • 32 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Jail, I winced when I read his words too! ” I’m a tough bastard who understands drugs joblessness and violence and getting pissed up. I should fit right in here ” 🙂 A few Makems must be smiling this morning !

  • 33 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Chelsea are reigning champions and consistently fight for the title let’s not underestimate one of the best teams in the league

    My point was more Chelsea are a very unique club. Also Remy has proven he can do it in the prem whereas Roma mustn’t of though Doumbia could make it in theirs

  • 34 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:19 AM


    You remember Mitchu?

    Why wasn’t there a massive fight for his signature, there’s plenty of other teams who need a foward as much or more than us.

    The only people shouting for Austin to go to a Pl club where pundits and papers, we all know they know SFA.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Yes and no, it would definitely suggest a change as Shelvey was the first British player with PL experience we have paid a fee for over five years, personally I think the Beranhio thing is another smokescreen fiasco. It would definitely show that there hasn’t been a change if Remy or Ba were available for reaso anle fees and wages and we did buy Berahino simply because he fits our profile. Our buy with sell on has largely been a failure up to now and is too rigid.

  • 36 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    The only reason people complained about Austin going to the pl was the fee QPR wanted

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Austin wasn’t really what we needed anyway.

    And imagine QPR wanted £15M and got £4M. How wrong we were to oppose an offer fit him in the summer…not!!

  • 38 hibbitt // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    and most people were wrong with the fee 10/15m….saints looks like they paid 4m ……i don’t think we were in for him

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Only time will tell, there’ll be a lot of told you so-ing however he does

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    QPR must have written off the idea of being promoted to risk letting him go

  • 41 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:35 AM


    I think Austin went for the fair market price. People where shouting he’s worth this and that, Qpr doubled his valuation.

    He was probs worth 7/8m in summer tops.I don’t think he’ll get more than a dozen in a pl season again, no team are going to work for him like Qpr did.

    I’d have paid 4 as a back up striker just don’t think he’s good enough to be the main man at a pl club. He’ll not start for Southampton regularly IMO.

    I doubt in a year or two I’ll be complaining we missed out on him.

  • 42 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    I dunno mate daft if we werent and a shame if we were that we lost out

    Oh no doubt people do love that stuff
    Personally not bothered hope Austin does well shame it’ll not be with us

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    I like to see all English players do well, except mackems, as you say I wish it was with us.

  • 44 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Who cares what people pay for him man means absolutely nothing

    I don’t think Mitrovic is up to being a starting PL striker right now

  • 45 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Nit fussed in the least about missing out on Austin, I doubt we were even interested to be honest. £4million is a decent price, but not a steal, seemed like he was already out of Hasselbaink’s plans for QPR moving forwards anyway.

    The guy probably wouldn’t have been keen on a move north regardless, he has his academy down on the south coast, and was down that way at Poole before he got his big break, think his Mrs is from round that way as well.

    If he does well, good for him, if he doesn’t who cares! Either way, it would still have little bearing on how he would have done here.

  • 46 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    I see The Second Coming was cancelled yesterday….again.

    So, the 17th richest football club has FINALLY decided to spend some money from the CLUB budget on footballers. When faced with relegation….again.

    Hurray. Bet the others wish THEY’D thought of that. Once again, we lead the field in innovation.

    It’s good. It’s about bloody time. Let’s hope it works.

    It’s not “I told you so” material. (One can almost hear the itching.)

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Austin wouldn’t be able to play the target man role as well as Mitro, Zamora had to do that for him at QPR. Without the hold up play of our target man we can’t/won’t move up the pitch as effectively as we would not hold on to the ball as well. So, whilst Mitro isn’t scoring, we would have far less opportunities for all players if we had Austin up front.

  • 48 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Yeah me too mate the anti England stigma hasn’t gotten me yet

    And k do like Jordan Henderson haha but am an odd case as I would happily see Sunderland consistently 2nd in the league as long as we were first

  • 49 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    I’d laugh me head off if Mitro scored a hattrick on Saturday and we told WBA to get lost.

  • 50 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    So we can just have 1 strategy in our play? Target man that’s it?

  • 51 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:48 AM


    I agree mate on Chelsea.But whoever thinks Seydou is not a talent knows nothing about football. the only problem is his age now and the reason Roma might no have been impressed is the fact he has had quite a few niggling injuries, Hence not much game time.
    His record speaks for itself and I think when we were linked with him 2 or 3 seasons ago the blog went in to overdrive.
    If Marseille can bring him in then there is no reason for us to not try given our circumstances up front.
    Whether a loan deal or permanent I would be more than happy with any.

  • 52 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:48 AM


    I think Mitro was outstanding in his hold up play and bringing others into the game against wham, has been in others to.
    He’s a big reason the team have played so well in recent weeks by holding the ball and stopping it going straight back.

    He’s probably made more chances for others than he’s had himself in recent weeks but doesn’t get the credit for that.

    He brings way more than Perez who’s idolised, IMO he’s the one who shouldn’t be starting.

    Mitro needs one off the arse and he’ll start banging them in, I’ve got a tenna on for him to score a hat trick at Watford.

  • 53 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    And I’m sure West Brom would be equally amused if later that week Mitro picked up and injury in training ruling him out for 6 weeks and we went back toWest Brom and they told us to F Off.

    A reaction like you suggest would demonstrate levels of idiocy at board level in the club that even there most ardent detractors wouldn’t accuse them of.

  • 54 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Nope, but Austin doesn’t offer us more than a box player which doesn’t suit the rest of our squad, hence why many are arguing we need a more mobile pacy forward to give us alternative options.

  • 55 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    We have a box player in Cisse.

  • 56 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Mitro hat trick 100/1

  • 57 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Lil, that doesnt make sense. Any player who never comes to Newcastle can therefore not be evaluated as a miss by us, because it would have little bearing on how he would have done for NUFC ? That could apply to any player in the world ! I thunk we have lost out because he seems to be a goal scorer and cost buttons. If he scores regularly for Southampton, yes I think we can say we lost out. We could also say we didnt lose out on Mahrez ( for example ) as we would never have known how he would have done here. My guess is that he would have done fine!

  • 58 SuperShearer // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Marseille have lodged a loan bid for Doumbia, couldn’t he do a job for us?

  • 59 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Have I missed soccer sauces possibly very interesting day in which nothing really will happen but there’ll be a lot of discussion about things moving on transfers which we are not sure about but will almost definitely happen but maybe not right now, or not?

  • 60 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Jesper, we were deffo right not to go for him in the summer. By sticking out for so much money, Ferdinand made a bit of a fool of himself. Instead of maybe getting 8-9 mill, they got half a season out of him , and 4 mill.

  • 61 Tsunki // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Anyone spotted Pato Banton ordering twice with scraps in Gateshead High Street?

  • 62 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Not saying he’s a bad player mate am no expert on him by any means but I like what I’ve seen

    My point was just he seemed to fail at a big team again I wouldn’t be against him but I am curious of why Roma didn’t like him if it was injuries surely we aren’t the club for him?

    Our striker should be putting the ball in the back of the net mate and Mitro (as much as I like him) clearly struggles to do that

    He can make all the chances he wants but we aren’t winning because we aren’t scoring, we didn’t go all out to buy a striker to not score

  • 63 hibbitt // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    you just have to look at our injury record to see why we need more cover in most positions to say we don’t need another forward is madness

  • 64 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Cisse isn’t fit and hasn’t been for years now plus NUFC by all accounts has been trying to get him to leave at every opportunity

  • 65 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Surely Cisse and Mitrovich should be able to play together, a big target man and a poacher but him and Ba never seemed to work mind.

  • 66 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    And a box player would score goals

  • 67 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Evaluate away mate, but just cause a player does okay somewhere it doesn’t mean he would do anywhere else. Austin wouldn’t suit our squad or the way we play, he may suit a squad like Southampton’s better, I honestly haven’t watched them that much to see how they have been playing.

    So by your logic every player that never comes to us is missed by Newcastle as well? I really don’t understand your argument on that. I never actually said you couldn’t say we missed out anyway, I said I’m not fussed about missing out.

    Not sure what Mahrez has to do with anything.

  • 68 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:01 AM


    Don’t forget we have a reformed Manu about to burst on the scene.

    Wye ee’s like a new signin’ man !!!

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Which head is that, obnoxious head, stupid head or down right nasty head ?

  • 70 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Not if we don’t create chances in the box. We are only doing that now because of Mitro’s all round game. If Austin replaced him we lose that and don’t create as many chances, as evidenced the last 18 months.

    Yeah, Cisse hasn’t been fit and we have been trying to get rid of him because he doesn’t suit our style of play anymore.

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Shane Long is a useful player to have in a squad.

  • 72 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Welsh sheep’s rectum – I did chuckle at that one mind 😀

  • 73 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    We should offer him to West Brom in part ex for Berahino, although we would probably have to up the cash to £35million.

  • 74 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Considering it’s the same “hacker” as last time, you would do Jib !

  • 75 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:05 AM


    Strikers are obvs to score goals but other areas of their game are just as important.

    All 3 goals against Man U came from Mitro putting himself about, Austin Perez and even Vardy wouldn’t have even been challenging for any of those balls.

    I can accept a striker not scoring if he’s contributing to us winning the game.
    If I had the choice of a striker who’d get you 15 goals a season or one who got 5 but made 25, I’d take the latter.

  • 76 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Yeah, Shane Long would be a good signing, too long in the tooth probably for our board, and a paper was reporting Saints turned down a scouter bid of £8million the day after Austin signed.

    Again though, he wouldn’t score lots of goals, but I don’t think that is what Macca is working towards. I think he wants 4 or 5 who can chip in with around 10 plus a few from others to make up the difference. I reckon we are only missing 10 goal players on the right of our front 4 at the moment.

  • 77 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    I think you need a finer balance than that, although Emile Heskey made a canny living out of it.

  • 78 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:07 AM


    My point buddy is if we are prepared to go and pay 20-25 mill for Bera, Who cannot get in the West brom team for whatever reason. And has had one good season in his career.
    Then me personally would sooner go out and buy Doumbia who would be available for around the 10 mill mark, As what is currently being quoted from Marseille with the option to buy. And also bring in Jetro willems and somebody like Ben yedder.
    Doumbia……Willems and Ben yedder or Berahino ??
    No brainer really. Then that free’s up the money we wouldn’t have to spend on Townsend for a CB in this transfer window

  • 79 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    At St. Etienne and Monaco , Riviere was a 1 in 4 striker , if he scores 5 against Watford he’s back on track 😀

  • 80 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    I disagree we have a style of play I’d also find in very depressing if we were unable to work out how to get the best out of players seems very Pulis Stoke esque

    Mitrovic is doing neither he’s not scoring, we aren’t scoring and thus we aren’t winning

    We are in the bottom 3 mate

  • 81 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Kevin Nolan Player manager at Orient.
    We’ve got Marriner at Watford.

  • 82 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Ur talking to the wrong bloke if ur going to bring in the money argument as I don’t care the slightest about what we pay

  • 83 Spoof // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Should we really be concerned about value for money, personally I feel we got Wijnaldum for half the price of what we should have paid but will the club then go and use that saving elsewhere, its the same when selling, if we sell Tiote for £8m rather than £5m would that extra £3m go back into the transfer kitty, history has said it won’t, so seeing as we need a striker and Berahino appears to be top of the list lets just spend the money and get, yes Austin may well have been about £16m cheaper but would getting him have allowed us to get another £16m player, I very much doubt it, so for me value for money at our club does not exist.

  • 84 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Hear hear !

  • 85 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:16 AM


    I’d agree with that, I was exaggerating the point.
    I’ve said I’d drop Perez, it’s because I wouldn’t drop Mitro and Perez doesn’t compliment him.

    We’ve changed again now and Gini is in the 10, Mitro needs a settled side for a bit and a smidge of luck then it’ll all click IMO.

    Now we have Shelvey we should start playing further up the pitch and there should be more space and opportunities.
    He’s pretty much been by himself with no one else pulling runners away etc.
    He’s been trying to hard IMO and it’s getting to him.

    I think he’s done really well in last few weeks with the right attitude, the pressure on him should ease a little now and hopefully his confidence is there.

    I have a lot of faith in him and only time will tell, if he gets 3 against Watford I’ll raise a couple dozen to him.

  • 86 hibbitt // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    i was always taught the table doesn’t lie if we don’t score we can’t win no doubt in my mind we need a goal scourer

  • 87 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    I think the move of Gini into the centre was the correct one from Macca, and one that was fairly obvious to most watching. Whenever he played left our attacks broke down because he cut inside and narrowed the play significantly. His movement in and around Mitro is far better than Perez, who often failed to get close enough.

    Now, with Perez out wide, we still narrow the pitch, but not as much and Gini ‘s movement creates greater opportunities. It isn’t really a surprise that we have looked more threatening because of it, and finally started creating sufficient chances. Mitro created all our best chances against Man U, and without him up top we would most likely have lost.

    He has 4 goals so far, I think he will end in double figures for the season provided we continue to play as we did against West Ham, a decent return for a Prem centre forward, especially at this stage of his career. Add better crossers of the ball on either wing and he would get more.

  • 88 JAMSHA // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    would take remy over bera any day

  • 89 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    We probably need a pan scorer as well

  • 90 hibbitt // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    we can always depend on you being an arholes

  • 91 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    I think the reason we weren’t scoring goals was because we didn’t bring in a midfielder of Shelvey’s ilk in the summer to help us transition play forward in a more controlled manner, and also because we played Gini out wide on the left who kept coming inside narrowing the pitch and reducing our options. Is it 5 goals in 2 league matches since Gini moved central? 3 of them against what had been one of the tightest defences in the league.

  • 92 hibbitt // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    i give up with this bloody phone

  • 93 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:24 AM


    You got that right WE aren’t scoring.
    You can’t blame Mitro for us not winning us games. How many glaring misses has Gini SDJ Sissoko and Perez missed.

    Seems to me everyone sees Mitros misses but forget it’s a team sport and how many glaring opportunities his team mates have missed.

    Sissoko has twice blasted over with Mitro unmarked in 6yd box when a simple pass would have been a tap in. There’s plenty of other cases of that, when the shoes on the other foot Mitro lays it off.
    Maybe he should be more Gready.

    IMO his misses are no worse and aren’t more often than his team mates, he’s a young lad in a new league and new team.
    I’m not giving up on him yet.

  • 94 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Perez shouldn’t be on the left and Gini shouldn’t of been on the left…we should of had a player to play on the left brought in and actually played

    Personally I think Austin would fit in our team more than Perez does right now

    On a side note we go as we are right now for the rest of the season, u confident in Mitro keeping us up?

  • 95 toontaff2 // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Shola is a free agent!

  • 96 hibbitt // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    we are missing to many chances the works been done but we miss the chance WH game we should have been out of sight

  • 97 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Good luck to Nolan.

    Can’t wait to see him in the dug out

  • 98 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Wrote a bloodly long post only to lose signal. Pesky trains. I’ll narrow it down. Where’s the links to a CB

  • 99 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Maybe am old fashioned but it’s a strikers job to score. Also if no one behind him can score what’s the point in having a striker predominantly creating chances?

    And who is giving up on him?

  • 100 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Where would Austin fit? I agree, Perez is the most in danger of wing dropped if we bring someone in. He shouldn’t be on the left side, but Gini is several levels above in his preferred role at the moment. But Austin couldn’t replace Perez on the left. Berahino (and Remy) can play wide and through the centre. It gives us greater options if we are struggling for a breakthrough. That is my main argument against bringing Austin in, Austin offers no variation and unless we bring in wingers who will continually whip good crosses in he would be a huge disappointment in our side.

    I was confident with the squad we had before the window opened provided Macca made the adjustments of bringing Gini more central and getting him closer to Mitro. I would have given Thauvin a chance on the left ahead of Perez mind, and think if we don’t bring anyone else in Aarons could well get a chance that side. But yes, I’m confident we will not get relegated and the team has more than enough to get the goals to keep us up.

  • 101 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Haha long post that boils down to ‘where’s the CB links?’ cracking

  • 102 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    morning all
    sky reporting there has been no bid by any team for berahino and theres 4 sides interested in signing him

  • 103 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    As a striker mate

    And if u were really confident prior to the window that we would stay up I don’t think we will ever agree on this squad haha

  • 104 toon kk // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Getting or not getting a quality striker who can get us goals will determine which league we’re in next season.
    We maybe playing better of late, but without goals we’ll still go down.

  • 105 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:35 AM


    I never asked for a money argument. I simply asked you who would you sooner have…. Berahino or Doumbia-Jetro and a winger or CB.

    Simple question really mate

  • 106 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    That is the first league match where you could really say we have created a lot of chances. Play like that moving forwards and the goals will come. Like I say, Perez, Mitro will get 10+ this season (provided they stay in selection) Gini could get 15+. That gives us 35 plus what others have scored/will score and you are looking at a tally close to 50 which last season would have you around 8th highest scorers.

    The right hand side of our attack is the one that worries me most in terms of the number of goals scored. Sissoko had a couple of great chances against the hammers (one set up superbly by a 15yard chest pass from Mitro) but didn’t. If you take away the Norwich game he has just 1 assist this season and no goals. That isn’t good enough, although his all round game has improved lately.

  • 107 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    So Gini back on the left? Not for me, he has to play close to the front man, and Mitro through his all-round play is key to our game at the moment.

    I think the squad is more than capable of staying up, the line up needed tweaking slightly. The addition of Shelvey is great, and it should have been done in the summer (not necessarily Shelvey, but that type of player).

    Plenty of other clubs above us will drop points and I think we will climb up the table, not to an impressive position, but fairly comfortable.

  • 108 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    We pretty much need everyone to stay fit for the rest of the season.

  • 109 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    doumbia,long,remy are to old for our club to buy,loan for doumbia or remy maybe,long…i doubt southampton would loan him out as he’s been playing for them so will only leave if sold so they can replace him

  • 110 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    Honestly I’d rather have a goal scoring striker, quality LB, quality Winger or a quality CB…not entirely bothered by there names

  • 111 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Yeah, pretty much. That is why one or two more of the right players through the door would be good. Keeping Aarons and Saylor fit would go a long way to bolstering our squad, but 1 of the two is a long shot, both would be akin to a miracle.

    Most footballers like a gamble, I wonder if the rest of the squad run a sweepstake on which one of them gets injured first.

  • 112 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Or is everyone basing their predictions on the assumption Mitrovic, Wijnaldum, Shelvey, Colocinni, Elliott will play every game in top form?

  • 113 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Hahahaha the points the same whether they are the named players or not. Im only saying the money could be better spent on better players. And yeah I don’t give a toss about money either lol !!

  • 114 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    When did I say move Gini out left?

    U say tweaking but without Shevley we don’t beat West Ham

    And ur right teams above us will drop points but we have to gain them to stay up

  • 115 Spoof // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    With Shelvey bringing a new dimension to the team would it not be best to see how we do after a few games, Mitrovic is a good striker who does everything right but then fluffs his chances, a striker who fluffs his chances is actually a poor striker, but is Mitrovic a poor striker or a good one who is lacking confidence and needs a little bit of luck to sort himself out.

    Personally I have seen enough from him to believe that he will be a £30m+ striker in the not to distant future.

  • 116 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Ah sorry thought u were making the point that if we got Berahino we couldn’t get other players whereas if we got Doumbia we could get 2 more in

  • 117 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    De Jong is another one who could be useful if we can keep him fit. I’d much rather see him as back up to Mitro then anyone else in our squad. Wouldn’t be as strong aerially, but is a clever player and would serve the same function of bringing others into play and helping us build forwards without conceding possession.

  • 118 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:47 AM


    No mate I was agreeing with ya

  • 119 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:47 AM

    Because their replacements are likely to be Darlow, Dummet/Lascelles, Anita, De Jong and Cisse.

  • 120 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:48 AM


    I just get the feeling a lot think he won’t come good sooner rather than later.

    I’m from the school of there should be goals from all parts of your team. No matter how good your fowards are there’s going to be games when defences nullify them. So goals from midfield and defenders are just as important if not more.

    The 3 games we lost before Man U where due to some shocking misses from 3 or 4 players and we should have beat villa SDJ.

    Mitro is 21 and under enough pressure, I’m not sure if there’s another 21yr old leading the line. If he’d scored another 5/6 people would be raving about him, I’m trying to keep a balanced view and looking at what he gives the team.

    If he gets better service or more help upfront I’m really confident he’ll score.

    Mitro is going to smash the Makems, I’ve seen it in my dreams!

  • 121 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Ahh haha so few do that these days which is probably why I missed it

  • 122 bettyswallocks // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    Berahino would be great to play alongside Mitro, but I think Mitro has a lot more in the tank. He has shown great strength, positional awareness and some nice subtle touches in his link up play. I think he just needs to smash a few in by putting his laces through the ball and hitting it earlier ala Shearer. His confidence will grow and grow when he starts scoring regularly.

  • 123 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    You said you would drop Perez for Austin, and play Austin centrally. I just naturally assumed that we were still going to play with someone on the left, and out of the rest of the 11 Gini was the most logical option.

    I’d like a new striker in, I just don’t think Austin is the right type of player for us at the moment, so I’m not bothered we didn’t get him.

    We may well have beaten West Ham without Shelvey, impossible to say for certain. Fairly sure most wouldn’t hav said we would have scored 3 against one of the tightest defences this season, yet we did, and we did it all without Shelvey.

    Shelvey is good, but he isn’t the only player that can cause a threat. Gini moving centrally is far more important to us than the arrival of Shelvey when it comes to getting goals.

  • 124 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    gini needs to stay in the middle tahats his best position and is most effective there….wont be as good as striker or on the left….. keep him central…..sissoko is the right side player…maybe sign phillips to give sissoko a bit competition and give him a break now and again…..perez is a good player but needs work……to easily knocked off the ball and is caught on the ball alot(no awareness)….the lad came in last year and has been brilliant but i think it may be starting to take its toll on him…..he has quality and is an intelligent player no doubt,but just be looking a little jaded and fading out of games a few times this season,maybe a few games from the bench coming on for gini in the att mid position may do them both good… perez and not burn out gini…..just a thought

  • 125 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    Dummet gets way to hard a time on here.

    I’d pay for someone to teach Jaanmat how to defend and take him to spec savers so he could see players running past him before I bought a LB

  • 126 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Ps. I think Dummet will be a CB eventually, he gets to hard a time on here despite being no where near the weakest link in the defence.

  • 127 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    Goals for there are important very much so but no team banks on staying up from their goal scoring CB they are mostly bonus goals if u like. It’s the striker u look at for goals

    I get the feeling u think I don’t like Mitro, far from it I love the big mad Serbian get and I in no way blame him for not scoring or where we are that’s NUFCs fault completely they put the season on his shoulders which is hugely unfair on this 20 year old kid…he shouldn’t have to deal with that

    But my point is we need the finished article right now or at least someone who can challenge/bench Mitro if nothing else so he can have a rest…he’s not scoring now what’s he going to be like when the league gets him jaded? He will tire late on in the season…in fact it’ll probably start soon

    I think it’d be good for his development to bring someone to bench him for a bit

  • 128 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Not a huge fan of Dummet, but he has been much improved of late. Same goes for Colo. Janmaat has been our least reliable defender all season for me. I’m not sold on Willems for similar reasons, he is another full back that prefers to get forward than defending.

    Regardless of what Barca may do, a full back is still primarily a defensive position. That is the bread and butter of the role and if you fail in your defensive duties, then you aren’t a good full back. Janmaat gets caught upfield far too often, and has a torrid time against direct wingers.

  • 129 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 11:57 AM


    I to would like to see SDJ come good. It was only a few seasons prior to us signing the guy that he was scoring for fun in the CL.. Home and away might I add against Citeh.

    You don’t just become a bad player in space of a season or 2.

    My only worry is although he looks an intelligent guy on the pitch, he looks way off the pace at present.Maybe due to his lack of match fitness who knows.

    My worry is where does this leave SDJ with Gini playing in a more advanced role with Shelvey as well ??

  • 130 King Colback // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    JFA with a face like a perforated onion bhaji

  • 131 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM


    I like Dummet.
    He is doing an okay job at LB.
    I think he could be a CB too.
    But it’s leap to say we’d be confident he could fill-in consistently in that position if he had to.
    As things stand, he would seem the obvious stand-in if one of the CBs are injured.

  • 132 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Newcastle united ready to end there interest in Townsend
    Steve McClaren is keen to add a winger to his squad and had a £10m offer for Townsend rejected last week. But despite an attempt to take the 24-year-old on loan with a view to signing him permanently in the summer, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has insisted he will only consider selling him.

    That has led Newcastle to switch their attentions elsewhere, with Barcelona forward Sandro Ramírez understood to be on their wanted list. Having tried to sign the Spain Under-21 international in the summer, Ramírez, who can also play as a striker, is available on loan having rejected the chance to join Real Betis this week.

  • 133 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    I think the only space for SDJ now is as back up to Mitro. He can bring others into the game higher up the pitch. Mitro is far from the quickest, so SDJ’s lack of pace shouldn’t adversely affect us there. Perez has to be the understudy for Gini at the moment.

    The only other option I see is for SDJ to get fitter than he ever has been and potentially act as back up to Shelvey, but the fitness issue may be a stretch too far for him in that role these days.

  • 134 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    No mate I said he fits in the team better, Perez doesn’t fit in the squad imo

    Haha it’s impossible to say Austin would be a success with us mate so u saying that is similar to me saying we wouldn’t of beaten West Ham ?

    Anyhow lads my journey has ended, have actually enjoyed it on here this morning (first time in awhile I’ve been able to have actual interesting debate without name calling and silent treatment…been like the old days) actually talked football but I must be off, cheers lads and lasses

  • 135 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    i like SDJ intelligent player always talking and organising,lacks pace and looks like his sharpness is’nt there….he needs games….he should go out on loan for month/6 weeks and just play….whether his pride would allow him to is a different matter

  • 136 WWSBRD // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Also uve all killed my phones battery cheers for that

  • 137 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:04 PM

    Sandro? Seems more of a Berahino replacement signing to me. According to a few papers he has a €9million release clause (just assuming it is euros). Spurs have been linked with him a few times this window, maybe we are trying to force Levy’s hand one way or the other.

  • 138 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Yeah, in my first post I said it was impossible to say how well he would have done here! Just my opinion he wouldn’t work.

    Been good chatting, catch up another time, hopefully after Mitro puts Watford to the sword!

  • 139 Spoof // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    SDJ will struggle to get game time, he is a number 10 but with Gini he will never get an extended run, the only way SDJ would get an extended run is due to a long term injury to Gini or to play Gini on the left, playing Gini on the left has been discussed and I agree with most who say that he is wasted there and should stay in the middle.

    Its a shame for De Jong as he is a good player but I would suggest that Thauvin even now still has a better chance of proving himself here than Siem, the more we here from Spurs the less likely we seem to get Townsend, I just cannot see us paying the full £14m and equally I cannot see Daniel Levy dropping the price, so if Thauvin is to stay and Perez continues to struggle for form maybe Thauvin might just get a chance.

  • 140 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    wba have told sky sports that the 30m price tag that the papers have reported this morning is “wide of the mark” they are asking for him

  • 141 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Sandro is essentially a striker who can play wide, rather than the other way round. At 20, he could have a big future in the game and is highly rated, but if we were to go for him as our other striker because he is cheaper then it would be fair to say the club haven’t learnt any lessons about league experienced players being useful.

  • 142 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Still, long term, that price could be a snip, and that is exactly the sort of gamble the club like….. This one might have legs, more likely than Gomis.

  • 143 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Anybody seen The True Geordies rant on Mclaren bemoaning our bad luck, it’s one of his most recent ones. Foe example was it bad luck that we never bought a quality LB or a proven goal scorer.

  • 144 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    just watching sky sports news and they have just said that pochachino(excuse the spelling) has hinted that townsend has no future at the club may have played his last game for spurs

  • 145 neverwin // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    I think NUFC should tell Spurs and WBA to just sod off.

  • 146 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    its looking like spurs are chasing sandro,once again according to sky sports

  • 147 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Pete Graves? Verified account ?
    ?@PeteGravesSky Lots of #nufc fans asking about Townsend/Berahino deals. Chance both could still happen. Critical days ahead.

    Usually has a bit more knowledge than most Itk’s in the game

  • 148 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    I think anyone could get Berahinio for £22m.
    But no-one has offered anything like that since the summer, when £25m was apparently turned down.
    So WBA have proved a high valuation is serious. They may accept less now.
    But I don’t think we’ll be getting him for £18m, and if that’s going to be our top bid we may as well move on now.
    Shields Gazette (always closer than the Chron) reckons we may back off soon anyway.

  • 149 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:17 PM


    Definatley don’t see him there permanently, even if we signed Willems I think Dummet would play until end of season. He’s a good honest defender, doesn’t get foward much but rarely gets roasted like Jaanmat and is rarely not where he should be. Not his best position but better than our specialist RB.


    Mitros just another I think gets to much of a hard time especially given some of the performances out in by others.

    I know what you mean by proven, I’m worried Berahinio would struggle ATM.
    I don’t think Austin would score for us ATM due to our play. You could argue someone may have scored the ones Mitro would have scored but it’s all ifs and buts. I’m not sure barring Remy any of the names we’ve been linked with would guarantee goals and that would be if he fancied it.

    It’s a tough one, I’d personally persist with Mitro. I have confidence he’ll come good very soon. Maybe wishfull thinking but the little changes recently have really improved our attacking play, especially the speed we move the ball foward which is ideal for a striker.

  • 150 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    that true geordie rant about the arsenal game i believe,although hes right that the squad was’nt strengthened… i believe in the arsenal game we were a bit unlucky tbh

  • 151 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:19 PM


    I think Lady Luck may have taken the huff since learning of Ashley’s plans to manufacture his own.
    Probably at a sweat shop in Asia.

  • 152 jazzyp // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:22 PM


    Yeah SDJ defo never looks match fit. But like I said earlier….Where does this leave him with players like Shelvey coming in And Gini be used in a similar type of role of Sdj.

  • 153 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    I wonder how much we get from Andre Marinade on Saturday?

  • 154 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    I hope we get these two players in today

  • 155 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:26 PM


    Three pens for Mitros hat trick will do me

  • 156 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    That Dummeg lad has nae pace lol

  • 157 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    Boro bid £6million for Matt Phillips

  • 158 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:28 PM

    im not sure where it leaves SDJ tbh….its like the number ten role changed the day we signed him…..and he’s been left behind…he may have to adjust his game if his injuries have taken there toll and he’s not as quick anymore and learn a more of midfield shelvey role?……just a thought like
    ……looks like phillips on his way to boro??

  • 159 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    to answer your question about marriner…….nowt… we never do!!

  • 160 Spoof // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:32 PM


    he could still come and yes Pochettino may have said that and meant it, but its Levy who is the problem, as always time will tell, personally I hope it does fall through as I feel need need a wide man on the left, Sissoko as an inside right with Janmaat and his runs are enough for the right I don’t see the need for him, I would rather call off Thauvin’s move to Marsielle and allow him, Perez and Aarons to fight for the left hand position.

  • 161 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Hijack Boro;s bid £6 mil is peanuts

  • 162 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    if he can work on his crossing he myt turn into a decent lb…..he’s not long back from a lengthy injury so his speed is impressive tbh

  • 163 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    When Marriner made the elite list 10 years ago he gave 3 yellows a game and a red every other game.
    Last season he was down to giving a red every 5 games , he still gave about three yellows per game however.

  • 164 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    It leaves Sdj packing up and moving on.

    Gini gets injured then Sissoko, Perez or Shelvey plays there.

    He probably new his time was up when we signed his Dutch mate in the summer to be honest.

  • 165 andrewsneill // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Good for you Charnley. Personally i wouldn’t have paid 10% of that fee for a man who seems either unable or unwilling to provide assists in lieu of cutting inside and blazing over the bar

  • 166 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    the thing is with the 3 u’ve mentioned is perez is not a left winger/sided player,just filling in and like i said earlier feel he’s looked jaded lately,thauvin although has’nt had a proper chance his confidence is desperately low and putting him in a struggling side wont help that….and aarons cant be relied on always injured, he needs slowly coaxed back or sent on loan to strengthen his game and get time on the pitch,not shooting you down to be a prick just stating what seems to be most peoples thoughts

  • 167 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Marriner got so much shit when he over-reacted to Francis Coquelin’s screams and theatrics that he will cut Mitro some slack this time I hope.

  • 168 Novocastrian66 // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    O.P. Must have been clocked when he had a hold of Martial’s shirt.

  • 169 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:44 PM


    I see him being a CB of the future.
    Impressive speed, he doesn’t look the quickest either. Had a feeling he must’ve had something as he’s been against some of the PL best right sided players and has never really been owned.

    He may get foward more with someone in front who offers more protection and gives him the option.

  • 170 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    my last comment implied i believe dummett is a poor lb, i dont i think he’s done canny good since his injury,but what i meant by”turn into good lb” was he could improve…i was’nt slagging him off…..just crap at putting my thoughts into words sometimes!!lol

  • 171 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    as cb his speed could be a big asset but he could do with a touch more strength….looks a little light weight at times

  • 172 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    I wasn’t aware he dealt with HbA

  • 173 optimistic prime // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:56 PM


    That’s not what I mean, I don’t think he’s a good LB just a very good defender.
    Def think he’ll be a CB, can’t see him ever bombing on he’s to cautious.

    Hes had plenty of space and opportunity to get foward, he just knows Perez and Gini aren’t going to cover him. If someone did cover he’d get foward but not much.

    If we had another player like Jaanmat at LB we’d be conceding for fun, I don’t think either are the greatest in there position.
    However I prefer the protection of Dummet to the rare good ball from Jaanmat.

    Ideally we need a good combination of both, it’s good to get foward but they MUST be able to defend.

  • 174 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    Lil, that still doesnt make sense….

    If he does well, good for him, if he doesn’t who cares! Either way, it would still have little bearing on how he would have done here.

    Just because he does well in one place, doesnt mean he would have some well elsewhere – perhaps true, but he has done well at an awful side and is dangerous both in the air and on the ground. Austin isnt a Michael Owen, and whilst he isnt a monster either, he could have played off Mitro in a 442, when that suits or a 433 whem Mitro not fit. Not perfect but 4 mill isnt bad. Gini wont always be fit to play close to Mitro , and at 4m I feel he was worth a gamble. Of couse his move to Saints woud have had luttle bearing on how he would have done here, but that can be applied to any player. Southampton play a pacy european style of football and I still think he will do fine there, for 4 mill. Anyway, nee worries.

  • 175 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    I think most people realise the £4 million is irrelevent . For whatever reason (wife , parents , business interests ) Austin was not going to move North.

  • 176 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    tbh both full backs could with crossing practice but janmaat could do with upping his defensive side but but he is what is….an attacking full back doubt he could learn without effecting his game.
    side note:
    has janmaat always played right back?… i thought when we signed him he was thought of as a wing back?

  • 177 Lindisfarne // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    The only reason why making a deal for Berahin(?) would be difficult for Penfold is because it requires a decision being made. There is always a deal to be made that suits both parties, WBA know that they can demand a high price but also that having him remain at the club is not a good decision.

    One possible solution would be a £18-20 transfer and a 50% cut of a future sale.

  • 178 toonincheek // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    novo @168

    That is mint!

  • 179 hibbitt // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    you do meam 50% of any profit not 50% of any sale??

  • 180 Jib // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Victor Valdes on loan to Standard Liege

  • 181 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    It looks like the Thauvin deal had gone cold anyway, just coinciding with reports of our declining interest in Townsend.
    So far, no-one senior is off the wage bill this winter.
    If we’d earmarked £10m for Townsend, will some of that be transferred to the Beraninio fighting fund?

  • 182 Rotonda heights // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    if it is sandro instead of Townsend I’d be very happy. super skills, decent pace and goals record and could blend well with perez.

    I’d be tempted to walk away from Townsend and Bera

  • 183 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:13 PM


    It was mint!

  • 184 Belfast // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Didn’t seem to mind the North when he played for Burnley Jib or when he failed his medical at Hull ?

  • 185 hibbitt // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    could sandro be the big surprise prez talked about

  • 186 SPRINGY // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    pete graves at sky sports reckons the 2 clubs are close to agreeing a fee for townsend and it wont be 14m…..some of the players we have that are near the end of there contracts,maybe offering the a reduced pay off and release them from there contracts is worth a think about….we get them of the wage bill earlier and they can move on and play elsewhere……the club might not want do that now, but at the end of the window if no one has come in for these players it might be an option

  • 187 LGFUAD21 // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    Elliot on Dummet in the Chron – Well said I think. He even thinks he’ll be a CB

    “Paul Dummett has been the “rock” of Newcastle United’s starting line-up in recent weeks – according to in-form keeper Rob Elliot.

    The United star feels that Dummett’s displays against pacy Premier League stars such as Anthony Martial and Erik Lamela have not received the praise they deserve.

    And Elliot, one of the leaders in the Newcastle dressing room, feels Dummett is one of the main reasons United’s form has picked up in recent times.

    Elliot told the Chronicle: “Dummy is an under-rated player. You do not see many players get past him. Anthony Martial could not get past him recently and at Tottenham it was the same for Erik Lamela.

    “He is a rock for us. He does a great job for us and it goes un-noticed.”

    Dummett could make his 50th start for the Magpies in the Premier League this weekend against Watford. Elliot hopes he has a long-term future at the club.

    He said: “Paul will be a centre-half one day, but at the moment he’s doing a great job at left-back. He epitomises our hunger and desire.”

  • 188 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    There are reports that the Thauvin “try before you buy” deal with OM required them to pay the full £12m we paid for him at the end of the loan.
    If so, it seems we still expect to have it both ways….30 per cent over-priced when selling, 30 per cent discount when buying.
    We can’t really complain.
    Ashley, does every single deal have to be a screw with you?

  • 189 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    I wonder if how well we played in the first half has a bearing on our getting players over the line and having to rely on ones already in the building.

  • 190 BandB // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    “Right then Lee, ‘ere’s the deal this window….

    “We screw them for ‘im, then we screw them for ‘im, then we fackin’ NAIL them for ‘im.

    “Job’s a good ‘un. ‘Ow ‘ard can it be?”

  • 191 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    From a horses mouth. Dummet is Collos replacement and hopefully enough time bought to see if one of our own come good.

  • 192 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    And that folks is why we’re not being linked with CB’s or LB’s

  • 193 andrewsneill // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Surely if Dummett is seen as Colo’s replacement we need a left back even more as Haidara’s unlikely to be available for 40+ consecutive games?

  • 194 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    You mustn’t have read the purple policy. Colback is the stand in LB should Dummet have to play at CB. Gouffran can kick a ball so he can be a DM. Sound outrageous, it is, but that’s why we’ve been in three relegation battles in the last four years.

  • 195 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Dummetts a good defender and excellent cover. Plays it simple at centre half, marks tightly, happy to fight his height in the air. Fast once turned in right direction. Restricted ability going forward but a good honest defender. I like him defensively a lot

  • 196 nightfa11 // Jan 21, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Thauvin was tracked by barca a while back.. Swap him for Sandro?

  • 197 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Jail i think we’ll get a decent centre half in the summer. Smc is having an influence. We wud never have bought shelvey under pardew or charva. We may have underspent in recent years but ashleys outlay now probably compares favourably with other clubs. But others have got more bangs for their buck. Thauvin has looked a poor signing from day 1 in my opinion. I think carr is under more pressure now, hopefully anyway

  • 198 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jan 21, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Dont know if it was because of his goal against Man Utd or the buzz of playing with Shelvey but Dummett was flying up and down the wing against West Ham had to double check it was him playing ! Was probably why he tweaked his hamstring as hes never ran that much in a game before lol!

    Defensively he is excellent and I think he could become a really solid premiership centre half would also be good to have a local lad stay with the team and make a contribution !!

  • 199 Munster Mag // Jan 21, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Yes barca wud love thauvin. I do like his girlie though 🙂

  • 200 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    I like Dummet as well but I’d rather have a top quality LB and CB with Dummet as an option on the bench, if people rate him then he should be good enough to keep the first choice on their toes.

  • 201 jimmysmith // Jan 21, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    We have the game against Watford, which in theory is winnable, then there’s the FA cup which means we only have the one game before the window ends. I suppose the club will view that time as expendable, and so use it to get the best deal possible, but we do need at least one more meaningful signing, an injection of pace and goal threat, and if we don’t get it, the window must then be seen as a failure, considering our league position.

  • 202 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    It’s too simplistic to say we would have never bought Shelvey with Pardew here, you don’t know that, it’s maybe realising how fcuked up the policy is that allowed us to get him and nothing to do with a change of manager, that and him being unsettled with a supposed attitude problem. Ha, we only sign players with the right attitude. Unless they are going cheap.

  • 203 Lindisfarne // Jan 21, 2016 at 2:32 PM

    Hibbit – yes, my phone would not post my correction.

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