One Midfielder Likely To Leave – One Returning To Fitness

At his press conference today Steve McClaren was again tight-lipped on the transfer business Newcastle are engaged in – even though has been lots of news int eh press that Newcastle are finding it difficult to arrange deals for Saido Berahino of West Brom and Andros Townsend of Tottenham.

The Chairman of both those clubs are trying to drive a hard deal and Newcastle may well decide to go after other targets before the transfer window slams shut a week on Monday.

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Steve McClaren – gave his press conference today

This is some of what Steve said today on the transfer front and the status of Cheick Tiote’s potential move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua:

“We’ve done our business quietly and it would be disrespectful to comment on any names we are linked with – we’re always busy though.”

“Negotiations are still on-going for Tiote. I can’t see any complications though’ – suggests it is going to happen.”

And – wait for it – there was some good news today on the Newcastle web-site with an update on Vurnon Anita, who is recovering from a hamstring injury.

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Here is a photo of Vurnon Anita doing his running this week
He looks happy enough

Here is the update Newcastle put out on their web-site earlier today:

Vurnon Anita is making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring problem.

The Holland international midfielder limped out of December’s 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion with what head coach Steve McClaren described as a “long-term” injury.

But, while the former Ajax man is yet to resume full training, he has stepped up his comeback in recent days.

He has been given the green light to start running outside, and has taken part in light ball work sessions with physio Michael Harding this week.

Anita had been a near ever-present for Newcastle before his injury, making 19 appearances in all competitions this term.

We really need a win at Watford tomorrow and a defeat would really be hard to take against a side who have lost their last four Premier league games and their last win was against Newcastle in the FA Cup.

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7 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Jan 22, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #1

    hope we keep the 4-2-3-1 system thats worked for us in the last 3 games, despite dummett/colback out. Perfect time to use mcclaren’s pre season experiment of playing aarons at left back, or we could with lascelles at CB and put mbemba at LB, however i think that could go both ways, lascelles has the height and power to deal with deeney, but he’s hardly played and could be exposed.

    My team v watford:



    Jan 22, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #2

    aarons could be as well desperately lacking game time and not very good defensively…..goofy will probs get the nod to start i think

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 22, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    It really sickens me the amount of injuries we have every season. We’re always miles ahead of everyone in the injury list table. I think it may have to do with our training, we might be pushing our players too much in training and expecting the same come match days. We should find the right balance as this is getting ridiculous and could cost us our prem status again.

    On a positive note I am glad Anita is back and running as he has played his best games for us recently.

    Hope we get a few signings in for the door as we need more strength in depth all over especially upfront and at the back.


    Jan 22, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #4

    i wonder if its more the grounds rather then the training coz no matter what manager coaches we have in the injuries are still there

  • hibbitt

    Jan 22, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #5

    jamie sterry could play there i have seen him play lb but is considered a rb by the club sometimes needs must far better then aarons defending

  • Mag52

    Jan 22, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #6

    These f’ing injuries, they just keep coming don’t they.
    What can it be with our training methods, pitches, intensity, which results in so many injuries during training ?
    Whoever now plays as a left sided fullback tomorrow, we’ll be vulnerable on that side.
    Such rough luck.

  • toonicle

    Jan 22, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Mag- wouldn’t mind seeing Sterry get a chance at it, at least he’s a natural fullback.


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