McClaren Praises Striker – Next Seven Days Vital To Newcastle


Newcastle lost their 12th game of the season on Saturday at Watford and we again gave up two goals at a vital point in the game early in the second half  to go 2-0 behind,  after we had looked a decent side in the first half.

But those first ten minutes of the second half gave us a mountain to climb and we again couldn´t come back and lost again – our 5th defeat in the last seven games.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic in action on Saturday

We had the chances to score in the first half when the first goal is often so important,  but again couldn´t put the ball in the net.

One simple way to talk about relegation is that if we cannot bring in a striker in the next week who can put the ball in the net for us we will be relegated and it may not even be close.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was signed from Anderlecht for around £13M last summer and h is struggling to convert the chances he gets and add to the four goals he has so far this season.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about the 21 year-old Serbian International:

“Mitrovic is really improving – he’s a real fighter for us, a focal point and a target – and someone that we need in the team because he brings other players into play and then we’ve got runners going through.”

“I thought outside the box he was excellent,”   “It’s not one man’s responsibility to put the ball in the back of the net – it’s other people’s as well,”

“He’s young, he’s growing, he’s getting better – a lot better than he was at the start of the season – and again, strikers, their confidence comes from sticking the ball in the net.”

We´re sure Mitro didn´t expect Newcastle to be fighting against relegation again this season and it´s asking a lot of the youngster in his very first season at Newcastle.

The next seven days could be vital to the (short-term) future of Newcastle United.

We desperately need to sign another striker brought in and if the Board don´t get one in before next Monday night then we will probably take the drop.

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246 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    from last post.

    hmm ok guys reality check here !

    thauvin has played 579 mins which works out at just under 6 and 1/2 full games and in that time he’s scored 1 and assisted 3 all be it in 1 cup game granted.

    are we honestly making him out to public enemy no1 and throwing him on the scrap heap ?

    does he deserve the abuse we are throwing at him ?

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  • Reyantoon

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Yes striker is a must.And if Mitrovic continue to squander chances,he should be benched.
    However, who will start ahead of him? Reviere?
    That donkey? Give me a break will ya!

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  • toontaff2

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    If SM really wants Andros the 14 million will be paid.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    croftus5678

    Also when you have a player like Thauvin coming on for five or ten minutes at the end of a game it’s hardly time to get to grips with that particular never mind getting to grips with the premier league.

    Players need to be given a fair chance in a game before you can really judge them and being a bit part player hardly gives the lad a chance to warm up.

    I would like to see him given a chance now we have Shelvey to feed him out wide.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Enjoy our last 15 games in the premier league, it could be a long time before we’re back from the championship.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6

    *Particular Game!

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  • carl

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Mitrovic is excellent …….outside the box!
    You couldn’t make it up. Wyn, Super Mac, Wor Al eat your heart out!
    Hail Wor Ashley was right it’s the here and now not potential. We need a goalscorer. Did KK accept Rob Lee’s line of My missus does not want to live in the north. No he told him Newcastle was nearer than boro. We need negotiators.

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  • hibbitt

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #8

    toonkk
    if we enjoy them we could just stay up…. the next 7 days are key to our future …………over to you mr charnley

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  • chewbaccy

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    The man will buy no-one of any note .Watch for the ship jumpers now.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #10

    croftus…that’s sadly how it is with this club! If a player doesn’t hit the ground running for what ever reason he’s a poor player…especially if he’s a foreigner!

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  • Reyantoon

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11

    Better enjoying Kets posts..

    Ketsbaia9// Jan 24, 2016 at 8:01 PMWe should’ve played Xisco and Ferreyra more. Xisco is banging the goals in abroad.

    Ketsbaia9// Jan 24, 2016 at 8:29 PMHe did well at under 21 level and is a decent player. He also has a footballing brain.If we went down, I’d definitely re-sign him.

    Ketsbaia9// Jan 24, 2016 at 8:17 PM Gouffran is a centre forward and not a defensive midfielder. It’s stupid him playing there. We’ll probably stick Tim Krul up front for the last game.

    Keep posting mate 🙂

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  • optimistic prime

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Croftus

    Through poor planning poor scouting and poor training methods Thauvin wasn’t the first and won’t be the last who gets the wrong end of the stick with this club.

    How many young prospects have come to NUFC in the last 8 years and come to nothing, it’s quite ridiculous.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Why is everyone so morose I reckon with the quality in the squad we will come straight back up from the championship

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  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Essex

    They will all be sold

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #15

    1st ever post on my phone

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  • manxpie

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Jesper all we’ve bought are foreigners and buying more to save our season now is properly stupid townsend would be a great signing at this point gives us a lot more options him and janmaat down the right could be great

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Everybody?

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  • NZGeordieviaAfrica

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Toon kk how do we enjoy the last 15 games if we have to put up with such tripe? To get rid of Mike Ashley I’d go down for 3 years just to get rid of him!

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  • Jammydodger

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #19

    14m for Townsend is ridiculous! I would be more annoyed if we got him at that price, tell spurs where to shove it. Much better options for a lot less money, Everton paid 4.5 for Deufoleu nufc employ scouts to perform this job, a twelve year old with FM could search winger+English and find townsend. Sissoko is on his way out come summer so screw him play Saivet rw, Bench Sissoko and tell him either gives his all or hes on the bench(bare in mind he wants to play at euros so wants playing time) too many matches he disappears which essentially removes 33% of the service to the box . Wini is bloody marvelous, Shelvey showed potential, I personally like Colback not once has he dissapeared and runs till he drops. Dummet is underrated by far, the image of slow and cumbersome was proven wrong when he kept pace with martial vs manure. Colo needs the door come summer, mbemba needs to be asked who he wants to have in defense as his partner for years to come,

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  • manxpie

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Ba “bought” from premier league brilliant
    remy loaned from premier league brilliant
    colback “bought” from premier league sound signing
    shelvey bought from premier league looks to be brilliant

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    I think mitrovic has improved a lot in recent weeks apart from goals his all round game has gotten better

    heskey was useless at time and I have seen him miss some easier sitters than mitro but owen never would have scored all he did at fool without him

    while I agree he needs to start hitting the back of the net he is more use in the team than cisse when he was leading the line on his own

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  • JAMSHA

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #22

    we are cryn to pay 2 mill more for townsed yet we overpaid for thuvin, cabella,mibwa

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Manx…it’s a great thing you guys can agree on who’s good for this club and who isn’t…

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  • manxpie

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24

    I couldn’t give a fusk how much he costs tbh if he comes in and gets some goals and assists it would be worth it if we stay up
    he’s hungry to play and impress for the euros so will play his heart out for the remainder of the season

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  • manxpie

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Well go on then jesper tell us all who’s great in your opinion?

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  • Jammydodger

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Also Mitro has been playing brilliantly he just hasnt scored, Lukaku on the other hand hasnt been playing well and hasnt scored, If we had Lukaku upfront it would be “give him time” and hes mid twenties, mitro is young and once he hits a few in and get his confidence hell be on a roll

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #27

    Manx…statistically Cabella was one of our best players last season and this season so far alot of the the foreign imports are at the top of the list!

    It’s not about nationality, PL experience, but about finding the right player that fits into out concept (or lack there of).

    Besides being bought for free there’s not much great to say about Colback. Being a Geordie doesn’t count you know 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #28

    *out = our

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  • toon kk

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #29

    I hope I’m wrong but it looks like the board have just decided to try with the players we’ve got.

    What I can’t understand is why Mash has not taken professional advice on how to run a football club. He’s skimped and saved every penny he could, has clueless Charnless, a geriatric in Carr scouting, a championship manager, and suddenly decides to spend 70 mill and wastes half of it.
    You wouldn’t believe it.

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  • chewbaccy

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Stay up
    look at the stats

    look who we have player wise and who coaches them
    Stay up

    there having a laugh

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31

    toon kk…I think if we were getting a new FW and a CB they would have been here all ready!

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  • manxpie

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #32

    Ya right there jesper apart from him statistically being one of our better players cabella didn’t suit theppremier league neither does thauvin in fact he didn’t even suit the french league by all accounts
    colback does his job for 90 mins plus far outplayed cabella last season in goals and assists strange when he’s a defensive player
    that list is the only signings we’ve made from the prem oh and obertan but the he’s always been a bit of a donkey but I bet even he has better stats than cabella
    the point is they’ve all come in and done a good job at least and from the get go

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #33

    Manx…there’s a huge difference between not suiting the PL and not suiting the conundrum that is Newcastle. Please don’t confuse those two.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #34

    Jesp,

    The Toon are screaming for a goal scorer who can hit the ground running. There is a much better chance with this if he is proven in the League he will be plying his trade in.

    Austin should of been brought in, no doubt the wages has put NUFC off. If they really showed Austin we wanted him he would be here. Nevermind horses or his lass, she would be made to move. Plenty players move countries for godsake this is just a few hrs up the road. Ashley would want two players brought in for 100k a week though. It’s wages and the age of the lad.

    On Colback, he grabbed 5 goals and 5 assists last season from midfield. This season he is sitting and has been given a distribution role to let our other attacking players thrive. He is a quality signing.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #35

    Mitrovic is pretty good apart from the being in the box to receive a low driven ball thing and the header on target thing. And the striking the ball past the keeper rather than at him thing. Oh and the running past defenders and beating the last man thing. And of course I nearly forgot the getting closed down so do what you are actually good at and hold the ball until you can lay it off to somebody in a better position thing.

    Apart from that, a great prospect. I don’t want to get on the poor lads case but, why are we using vital PL games as an academy, again? What happened to the buying a proven striker thing with all the goals being scored thing?

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  • manxpie

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #36

    Pace and power suits the prem
    a million step overs and falling over from a fart doesn’t

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #37

    I must say that apart from watching Jesper almost melt down, I forgot how much fun it was to have Ketsy on the blog. Xisco 🙂 Ferreyra 😀

    Oh Ketsy, you are so funny.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #38

    Manx…Colback, Dummett and Cisse has been three of the worse players at the club this season who gets games regularly (Cisse being injured for the most parts though)

    Forget about nationality and focus on the player. I agree getting Thauvin and sending Cabella the other way made no sense.

    A player like Townsend will be just what the club needs…sadly! But that’s how it is these days.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #39

    Manx…pace and power! That’s how one dimensional you think the PL is?

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  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #40

    Jesper
    You deride Colback because he’s free and a Geordie.

    Your wisdom leads you to say “He can’t be good cos he was free , he’s obviously over-rated cos he’s a Geordie”

    However anyone with a knowledge of footy can see that Shelvey was so liberated at SJP v Wet Spam because wee Jack was getting down grinding out the tough shit that needs doing.

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