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These Were Easily Newcastle’s Best Two Players Yesterday

8:46 am, Sunday, January 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

One of the positive we can take out of the match yesterday at Watford – our third defeat against the Hornets this season is the form of young center-back Jamaal Lascelles who had a good game for us and he scored a good headed goal from a corner.

This lad could have a good future on Tyneside and one thing is clear he is a center-back who is dangerous in the box and we remember the bullet header he put in late in the game against Stoke City that was brilliantly turned over the bar by Jack Butland – otherwise we could have won that game.

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Jamaal Lascelles challenges Troy Deeney yesterday

Jamaal looked impressive in Newcastle’s central defense and he made some good interceptions and he also showed he has speed and he could yet have a good career at Newcastle.

At 6ft 3ins he also adds some height at the back and he is well-built and a strong classy central defender.

But Jamaal needs games if he is to improve and maybe he gives Steve McClaren another option at the back, in that he could partner Coloccini in the center and Chancel Mbemba could play at left back?


It’s at least a possible option for Steve McClaren but Jamaal has very little experience in the Premier League, but the lad did himself no harm yesterday with an impressive performance at the back for the Magpies.

Jamaal got 32% of the vote and second in the voting was goalkeeper Rob Elliot with 24% and Rob continues to play extremely well for Newcastle in the absence of Tim Krul.

Rob kept us in the game yesterday with a terrific double save in the first half from Deeney and Capoue in quick succession.

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Odion Ighalo beats Rob Elliot for first goal yesterday

The Irish International is making a name for himself in the Premier League and if he cannot get a first team place next season, watch for some Premier League club to try to get him away from Newcastle.

We’d like to see both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot stay at Newcastle and fight it out  is out for the number one jersey – then we’d know we had two very good experienced goalkeepers at the club.

Strength is depth is something we have never had under Mike Ashley and this would be an opportunity to do that in the goalkeeper position.

Jamaal and Rob are the two players yesterday who were way above everybody else in the voting with new-boy Jonjo Shelby having a good game in third place at 7% – at the time of writing this.

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Tags: Jamaal Lascelles · Man of the Match · Newcastle News · Poll · Premier League · Rob Elliot

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Why does Carr, a failed league two manager and a scout have to answer for Mclarens appointment.

  • 2 Ron Knee // Jan 24, 2016 at 8:50 AM


    Well said.

  • 3 catchy in norway // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Other than his goal he was our third best CB, Jonjo is 3rd on the list, hmm and he did not have a good game,

  • 4 geordie157 // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Remy in on a permanent deal, maybe Enrique back on loan to help give us left back cover.

  • 5 jayphoto // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    If Saido Berahino is worth 30m what would Ighalo cost? He’s looked a class act! Liked him in interviews too and even has a great song!

  • 6 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    It’s plain as day to see…

    Management is dabbling in the usual penny pinching of olayers like Townsend, West Brom’s striker, Remy gamble and so on.

    Keagan had the right idea. Get proper players in, wanted Beckham at the time and so on. Thats the way you run a club you either get proper players here or dont f bother.

    Fans have been saying it for a while and I agree with them, relegation only way to possibly save club from this cancer. Deals are not signed we have few days left. We need s top top top top top CB for 15 years now, they still haven’t covered a rumour about that position.

    Yesterdays performance shows a neutral man that Newcastle has a bit of potential, has an idiot of an owner, a poor manager, a scout thats lucky to have a job, and the best fans in the world.

    I am fed up with this double faced, liar owner who deserves nothing more than running a girls schools hokey team.

  • 7 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Would you take Debuchy back – looking to get out of Arsenal

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Jail…I never said he did something worth while, but at least he did something as oppose to now!

  • 9 Harley // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    We should get Remy on loan and put in £15m for bony. We desperately need firepower to stay up and that would almost guarantee it.

    Remys loan will finish in the summer and we can sell Cisse then too so we aren’t overloaded with high paid strikers.

    We have to start winning games!!!!!!! The club must see this!!

  • 10 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    ” If Saido Berahino is worth 30m what ”

    Mate players are worth whatever the price is put on them. If our idiotic owner has a problem he should not be in this business.

    Just like he outpriced our heap of junk that we will never get rid of. Same applies to others who are unwilling to sell their top players.

  • 11 jayphoto // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Heard Chaz Austin is on 100k p/w at Southampton, hasn’t had to move house and his horses are based down there. Newcastle do business secretly but theres a huge chance that either 1) he was demanding that all along? A newcastle would know this through agent Or 2) he already knew for a while Southampton would be coming in for him? There were a lot of reports from people that knew him that he wanted to stay in the south

    Sometimes i find toon fans seem to think we have a divine right to sign players like this, Payet too etc but sometimes its not the clubs fault if players actually just dont want to come.
    In reality we pay similar wages to West Ham, Southampton, Everton, all of us have great stadiums (west ham will fly when theyre in the OS), st marys is smaller but a lot more modern. Occasionally due to location alone we are going to lose players to these clubs

  • 12 El Sleeve // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Ed, I absolutely love this blog and read it everyday. I appreciate all of your time and effort you put into it. But after reading your post about mismanagement, i feel i need to say something about your articles last year, because you were so very critical of fans not getting 100% behind the team, the organised protests and Pardews abysmal record as manager. We all recognized the incompetent mismanagement last season and tried to organize against it, yet ur articles were sometimes scathing of fan conduct, would you support fan dissent this year now your tone has changed?

    Thank you once again for this one-stop-shop, much appreciated

  • 13 jayphoto // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    In a way im quite happy with how yesterday went. Misfiring strikers. Gouffran coming on and being the worst on the pitch. Losing.
    Probably just guarenteed us at least 1 big money signing!
    If riviere had come on and scored that would have been up in smoke…

  • 14 Grantosuk // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    @Jail – from last post

    Its getting us there now, we are spending good money on players and not selling the best ones finally. I believe next season will be a huge turn around. The squad is massively changing for the better.

  • 15 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:20 AM


    For that reason alone you don’t f around with signings. You pay extra wage whatever it takes to get the player in, if not you move along. There are plenty great potential players.

    We are getting relegated we got Shelvey, and Saivet. Way to go Ashley.
    Place we are in now is only him to blame. We needed a team ovehaul from last year and it didnt happen.

    Go figure.

  • 16 jayphoto // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Reckon berahino and Townsend will both happen too. Both have just 18 months to run i think? No way chairman like peace and levy will let them go in the summer for significantly less.
    Townsend price dropping by the day. Berahino got abuse from west brom fans yesterday too and looked a mile off the pace.

  • 17 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    ” In a way im quite happy with how yesterday went. Misfiring strikers. Gouffran coming on and being the worst on the pitch. Losing.
    Probably just guarenteed us at least 1 big money signing!
    If riviere had come on and scored that would have been up in smoke…”

    I completely agree with you. Strikers are pretty poor. Touches are woeful. Riviere’s header and Perez miscued headers are sad to watch looked like amateurs.

    In truth we need TWO proven goal machines to even have hope.

  • 18 Wayayman // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Why on earth does Maclarenplay 3 at the back against one of the few PL teams that play 2 (very good strikers) up front, then plays 4 at the back against teams with a single striker in the line-up?

    Aarons, while I think the lad has great potential, should never have been in the starting line up especially not in that position in a team that is struggling on that side of the pitch.
    Some odd decisions all season from Macca, possibly the worst of all was this stupid line up yesterday not two weeks since we tried and failed with the same set up against the same team on the same soddin pitch.

    Then Gouffran comes on.

  • 19 Douglas // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Only one question now. How can we turn relegation to the long term benefit of the club?

  • 20 Ron Knee // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:34 AM


    In the short term, I don’t see much, if any, benefit. The management team that brought us relegation will probably still be in place in the Championship.

    In the longer term, if we fail to return to the PL we might see the back of Ashley.

  • 21 giimps // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    We need a LB Striker to play off Mitrovic, Rivière may be the answer if it was a different question, but it’s not, we need a quick, agile In your face scorer of goals.
    If we got a LB we would have the shape and balance to the team and whoever allowed Santon and Yanga to leave at the beginning of the season/last season without replacing them with quality should have there ears cut off and eyes gauged out and a new set painted on, cos they obviously can’t see and don’t listen so won’t need them.
    We have been crying out for a decent LB for years, we got Haidara but he’s inexperienced and still learning, but at least he was cheap and might be good enough to earn us a resale value, we have Dummet who’s the same, although he’s a CB, but that won’t matter, who cares about positions, he’s a footballer, surely they can all play in each other’s positions, they only kick a ball for gods sake, it’s not like it’s rocket science is it?, not like having to get every bodies tea right.
    Therein lies the problem, our club (occasionally) buys football players, other clubs buy specific players for each position, horses for courses, we buy donkeys to pull a cart!!!

  • 22 Douglas // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    I think Charnley will have to go and Ashley will be forced to re-examine his policy of buying young and selling at a so called profit. NUFC need a review of how other clubs (Watford?) are set up.

    In the immediate aftermath of relegation I think most of the foreigners will demand to go. Might be good in the long run. McClaren will be forced to go. A few years in the Championship may result in a reorganisation. Of course it may result in a Leeds/Portsmouth

  • 23 Moonraker15 // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    I don’t see the point in having a best player poll when they’re all shite!
    You know how bad you are when you’re beaten 3 times in a season by Watford ! Ffs give me strength this guy is taking us down and still saying we were terrific !

  • 24 Moonraker15 // Jan 24, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Why in gods name did he drop Ayoze ?

  • 25 nightfa11 // Jan 24, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    I dont think the problem are the players..its the fact that we always appoint people who are scared to take chances as managers..

    Shearer got scared..he was playing butt, smith, 50 year old viduka etc..he was playing it safe by picking experienced players, same with carver, same with pardew, same with mclaren,.. Managers with no new ideas, who get scared when theyre under pressure, who pick the “safest” the media cant blame them..

  • 26 Moonraker15 // Jan 24, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    What really sticks in the throat about yesterday’s games was Austin scoring a great header at Old Trafford and Deli Alli’s goal at Palace ! 2 more we woefully missed ! Freakin hell 4 million for Austin! And I don’t believe for a minute he’s on 100 grand a week! No way !

  • 27 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 24, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    I’d just like to congratulate Henri Saivet for his first “Overrated Frenchman” award after yesterday’s performance. Despite competition from Moussa Sissoko for a frustratingly listless display, and substitutes Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere who both enhanced their reputations for staggering mediocrity, Henri got the nod, running around aimlesslessy and continually passing the ball to nobody until he was dragged. In Carr we trust.

  • 28 stretchintoon // Jan 24, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    played watford 3 times, lost 3 times…there you have it we are sh**e.we deserve to go down (breaks my heart to say so) but thats how it is.

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