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Without Signing Top Striker Newcastle Could Still Be Doomed

12:54 pm, Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 131 Comments

There’s a report in the Guardian today that the main reason Newcastle didn’t go after Charlie Austin this month was that some on the Board thought he has a dodgy knee and so that’s the reason we didn’t make a move for him even though his asking price was only £4M, when the Saints snapped him up.

loic remy at newcastle

We are praying  Newcastle can sign Loic Remy on loan

Charlie also gave Southampton an immediate return on their investment when after only 8 minutes into his debut at Old Trafford last weekend late in the second half – he powered the ball into the net with a great header  for the only goal of the game that secured a valuable 3 points for Southampton.

Can you imagine if he had done that for Newcastle in his first game in black and white stripes?

That supposed knee problem meant a much bigger potential problem when Austin  was up for sale for £15M than when he was priced at only £4M.

It looks like another very poor decision by those running Newcastle to lose out on who could have been the perfect solution for us this season.

And the news that Steve McClaren wanted Charlie shows again the manager at Newcastle doesn’t control the transfers.

And everybody and their mother knew that we needed a top striker brought in this this month if we were to survive relegation.

That should have been the first signing this month – the club should have been working before January to arrange a deal for one of their top striker targets.

As it turns out with only four days to go in this window there’s now a real possibility we could fail to get a top striker into the club.

As we pointed out earlier today if we get Bafe Gomis in this month – that’s very much the booby prize and he’s not the goal-scoring striker Newcastle need this month if we are to avoid relegation.

We have to hope that Saido Berahino or Loic Remy come in over the next four days, but if it’s Gomis or some little known striker from the continent with no Premier League experience – we could still be doomed.

That’s even though we have brought in three (very) good players this month, because we will not have solved  our number one problem – having somebody who can put the ball in the back of the net.

Comments welcome.

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

131 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon_Tom // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Lets move on from Austin

  • 2 toon kk // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    I don’t think the club actually see our striker and defensive situation as a problem.

  • 3 carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    15carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Martinez is a disgrace. It’s high time something was done about his media comments about match officials. Mourinho would be heavily fined. It seems that Everton are content to roll over and use any questionable decision they suffer as an excuse for bottling games. Martinez is perfectly entitled to go into the dressing room, ignore the fact that City wiped the floor with his team, and tell his players it was all the referee’s fault.

    However, why are the watching public persistently belaboured with his ramblings. It was funny at first, but he’s arguably a bigger professional victim than Moyes ever was. He’s got the best group of
    young players only matched by Tottenham. He can’t organise the defence and simply can’t handle Stones who should push for a move.
    He’s a rare talent but is being badly handled. Because he is a smooth operator he gets away with murder and must be on borrowed time

    Martinez should be fitted with an electric collar that delivers a shock to him whenever he blames this sort of bottle-jobbery on officials – hell, give him a shock whenever he does his rubbish pointy finger celebration, too. Moyes is available and the word is he’s being lined up
    as a replacement. We will never have a better chance to beat them. McClaren how good a coach are you.

  • 4 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:01 PM


    We have had many chances created that was great team play but not finished off, and it’s not just the West Ham game.

    Watford seem to have some hoodoo over us, because the only thing that separates them on the day was finishing, and Watford have beat some of the best teams in the league, mainly down to 2 players.

    The cup wage was given to them by Gini,

  • 5 chewbaccy // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Where are the decent defenders and the brains to score goals we are in the shit if we cant win games.You win them by solid defending and the ability to attack.

  • 6 toon kk // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Yep just on SSN we either want Remy only on a loan deal or Gomis from Swansea.

  • 7 toonking // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM


    If that european league revamp were to go ahead I’d call it the domestic equivalent to all the global football chaos going on right now. They’re taking advantage of the current chaos UEFA are having now thate platini himself is getting banned over his bribes with blatter.

    Football is in enough trouble with the corruption from fifa and I can only fear it’ll be like a war zone if this were to happen.

  • 8 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:08 PM


    Why is everything a negative to you?

  • 9 manxpie // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:11 PM
    interesting take on townsend

  • 10 MadisonToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    I saw this earlier and thought I’d take a stab at how I thought we would fare throughout the rest of the season given our current crop of players.

    L – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    D – Chelsea Away
    W – Man City Home
    L – Stoke Away
    D – Bournemouth Home
    D – Leicester Away
    W – Sunderland Home
    W – Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    L – Liverpool Away
    L – Crystal Palace Home
    W – Aston Villa Away
    L – Tottenham Home

    That gives us:
    6 wins = 18 points
    3 draws = 3 points
    6 losses = 0 points
    Additional 21 points for a total of 42. Would have put us in 14th place last season and should put us around there this season, likely above WB, Norwich, Bournemouth, Swansea, Sunderland and Villa. Clearly a rosy set of glasses to look through, but we tend to show up well against the bigger teams and do poorly against the mid-table or worse sides. As long as we figure out how to start winning a few we should be alright. It better not go down to the last game as Tottenham will be coming in all guns blazing after we beat them earlier in the season and they are likely to still be in the hunt (or at least, a hunt).

    How do others think we’ll fare through the end of the season?

  • 11 manxpie // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Shit that didn’t work
    try this one

  • 12 carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    Let’s also not forget his whitewash comments over the Haidara injury.

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:16 PM


    you really need to move on from austin, You’re gettinng as obsessional as toonbrother with colo!
    we didn’t buy him…end of.

  • 14 Whumpie // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Hang on Ed – two things :
    1,We’ve all been on the club’s back for “signing crocks” in the past and would have been again the moment Austin’s knee went -which isn’t exactly an unusual occurrence when players come to the Toon.
    2. The priority of signings and their order of arrival are unrelated. There is only so much you can do within FA rules before the window opens (that’s kind of the point) and deals take as long as they take. Strikers are notoriously difficult to get “over the line” so throwing toys about because we’ve signed less important players first is just daft.

  • 15 LockieToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    If we don’t get Remy then i think we are wasting our time with Gomis. he’s not scored in ages and not better than Mitrovic also couldn’t we have had him for free in the summer but didn’t want to pay his signing on fee? Surely Ayew would be better if he has a get out clause, but I have no faith in Carr & Co, £4mil for Saviet or £4mil for Austin it’s a no brainer!!!

  • 16 James RS // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Do the almighty in charge of proceedings inc transfers know anything about football at this club!

  • 17 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:20 PM


    rose tinted glasses there my friend. Everton have had some absolutely shocking decisions this season. If they were given against us we’d be screaming blue murder. oh wait. . . . .

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    James rs

    Rhetorical question – right?

  • 19 toon kk // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    I would say it’s been a great window especially if we get Remy, I would take Gomis tbh anyone who gets us goals would be a bonus. I’ve never said one negative thing about Townsend coming, not like alot on here.
    I will always give credit when it’s due, but the last couple of seasons is not acceptable in my opinion. The dross on show on to many occasions has been a disgrace to the football club. I you know it as well as I do.

  • 20 JamRec // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Madison Toon

    I reckon similar points to you but a few changes:

    D – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    D – Chelsea Away
    D – Man City Home
    L – Stoke Away
    W – Bournemouth Home
    L – Leicester Away
    W – Sunderland Home
    W – Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    D – Liverpool Away
    L – Crystal Palace Home
    D – Aston Villa Away
    L – Tottenham Home

    5 wins = 15 points
    5 draws = 5 points
    5 Losses = 0 points

    20 points which would mean us finishing on 41 points! That would of put us 14th last season… exactly where Leicester finished last season 😉

  • 21 jayphoto // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Pretty sure Austin made it clear he wanted to stay in the south? He’s settled and owns horses based down there.
    Southampton are also reportedly paying him 101,000 per week.
    If Newcastle didn’t go in for him theres over a 100,000 reasons why….

  • 22 Whumpie // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Remy would be the perfect stop-gap and give us better long-term recruitment options in the summer.
    Gomis I’m not at all convinced by; he’s not exactly set the pl alight has he? Berahino would be nice but Remy is the safe bet. I’m hoping the club is pushing hard for him, knowing Chelsea will take it to the wire.

  • 23 Jib // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Ive just found a pic of Ed</a during his National Service before he went to the States

  • 24 MadisonToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:29 PM


    Quite close in the predictions there. We definitely need points from our next four games, but I think we will be able to grab some to get the ball rolling again. As Townsend starts to fit in the team and Shelvey continues to bed in, we should have enough midfield firepower that even a mis-firing Mitro won’t stop us from winning the games against the clubs that we need to beat.

  • 25 manxpie // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Rotunda there’s ways of defending a player and acknowledging he’s done wrong tho, not all out dismissing any wrong doing and praising the lad

  • 26 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    I think we will be safe, and I think we will finish above palace.

    No points is no points, but I think we have been a little unlucky of late, where as palace have got nothing because they didn’t try to win games, I think it kind of proves that palace are more about bolasie than team work,

  • 27 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    L – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    L – Chelsea Away
    D – Man City Home
    D – Stoke Away
    W – Bournemouth Home
    L – Leicester Away
    W – Sunderland Home
    W – Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    L – Liverpool Away
    W – Crystal Palace Home
    D – Aston Villa Away
    L – Tottenham Home


    Remy needs to be got! No other name thrown around can come in and guarantee goals.

  • 28 sparky55 // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    I think we’ve got enough goals in the team to keep us up…but only if the defence stop shipping goals…so IMO we’re more likely to be doomed without a change to the defensive line-up which of course means a new signing which of course means we’re not getting one which of course means we’re going down.

    We’ve got idiots at the helm and thats the problem

  • 29 MadisonToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:42 PM


    Always, hopefully 🙂 A couple of key injuries and those draws turn into losses and those wins evaporate. However, the squad is beginning to solidify with real options off the bench so we should be doing somewhat better in the depth category.


    We need to sort out or defence and it’s really got to be done this window. I agree that it’s unlikely to happen, but that’s so clearly what we need. Hopefully it’s because they have plans in place and pre-contract arrangements for the summer. It’ll be a long few months until then, but if it gets fixed in the next window (window 3 of McClaren’s 3 window plan) then I’ll breathe a bit easier.

  • 30 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:45 PM


    How can you defend P45 and say that it has been dross? He is the figure head , the man putting coaching in place, the man nutting players, the man seearing at managers.

    2 seasons ago when p45 had a full season , we had the least% goals scored in the 18y box and the highest % of goals scored outside the box. A feat he carried out in pretty much all the seasons , or at least bottom 3 in these categories. This season with a whole different team he has them in exactly the same position as he had us. Shoot from distance, wonder goals are us,

  • 31 LGFUAD21 // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Im getting tired of all the Mcclaren bashing personally.

    Some wont agree with me but lets look at this season.
    We’ve seen probably the best manager in the world fail – Mourinho
    Another desperately struggling to keep his job – LVG (cannot question his ability)

    While at the same time people that were written off (eg Ranieri) blossoming.

    Statistics generally show that managers tend to make little difference to a teams results (aside from having mainstays like Fergie and Wenger). Signings have a far greater impact on results – I urge you all to read Soccernomics.

    I think Steve knows what he is doing. Bar the striker we have been addressing our issues this January (particularly Shelvey and Townsend)

    If we can survive I’d bet good money that we’ll push on and do well next season under Steve provided we keep investing in the squad (and by proxy Steve). We finished in such a mess one cant expect us to suddenly kick into gear.

    1 thing im certain of is that despite what the results say, this team is far better than the one we saw under Carver finish last season.

    We’re not collapsing so much, we’re more comfortable in possession. Off the ball work is much better and we’re creating more chances.

    It’s a shame that Mitrovic hasnt been able to convert them, but had he hit the ground with his shooting boots we’d probably be 9 points better off.

    We need to bring in Remy for the rest of the season but I still think Long Term, Mitro should be the plan. I can feel the lad will start banging them in when he picks up some confidence from stringing a few goals together.

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Ed…that and doing something about the defense!

    Neglecting both could be catastrophic!

  • 33 geordie157 // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    I predict whatever happens we will finish above palace

  • 34 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    Imperative we stay up. Can see a brighter future if we do. Schteve is undoing a mess brought about by the previous managers and their recruits, both tactically and off the field. Seems to have successfully made the case for a different tack in the transfer market and I firmly believe Shelvey and Townsend are only here because of him.

    He needs to become braver away from home and stop tinkering when things are working, like last time out. Should have been a simple change of Mbemba at LB and Lascelles coming in to CB.

  • 35 LGFUAD21 // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:49 PM

    catchy in norway

    Interestingly his gd at Palace is still weak as ours were.

    I think Pardew is an interesting one. I think he’s a solid manager provided he can have the players that suit the one style of play he wants to implement, which is what he has at Palace.

    We hated the style, Palace seem to love it. But Palace also do it far better than we did because the players they have suited it better. I think they’d be doing even better if they had a decent striker.

    He’ll do a good job at Palace. But the minute he leaves/is fired and goes elsewhere theres a good chance he’ll fail again.

  • 36 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 1:53 PM


    The difference in our style of play is night and day from the previous few years. Think everybody can see that. There’s hardly ever complaints of hoofball these days and we sit back much less than we used to.

    Things are turning around, it’s just whether it’s going to be quick enough and if we can find a ST to finish the chances made.

  • 37 Munster Mag // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Poor old Catchy and Rounda, still cant get over their Pardew hatred. Maybe ye wrote the website? And I guess Marveaus and the others we need ti dump have been useless because of pardew ? Hilarious. Oardew is mid table, at best, but if Carr had got him the type of players he liked, we would have been far safer. Palace , in general terms, have had a good season, but the guys who despise Pardew so much cudnt even give him credit when they were doing well, or when we got 5th. As such, your opinions arent worth much, because they have no balance. He should have been sacked by NUFC, but he is well respcted in the english game, which must still grate with you! I prefer SMC , but he certainly doesnt seem to be any better in real terms, in terms of the table and relagation fears. In his favour, he playes better football than pardew, and this years league is far harder than when Pardew was with NUFC.

  • 38 Munster Mag // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees through Martinez. This is another guy, much vaunted by Catchy , who CANNOT teach his team to defend, and moans ceaselessly. Do u remember how classless he was when mcmenamin cut our fullback in two, v Wigan? Overrated, overhyped, because his teams play pretty football. . But then, Catchy u wanted us to hire Solsjaer for goodness sake. Fine job he did at Cardiff lol.

  • 39 sparky55 // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Do we want to play unattractive football like the scum and stay up or play nicer / better / possession football and go down bravely.

    Answers on a postcard.

    Ask yourselves another simple question.

    There are at least three managers in the premiership who over the years have specialised in keeping teams in the premiership… all of them have been accused of playing long / hoof ball football and all of them specialise in tactics to keep clean sheets and build from that solid foundation of a well organised defence.

    Who are they and how good have they been in keeping clubs up?

    and to finish off…

    How many teams have gone down playing ‘nice’ football and scored goals but couldn’t defend and got relegated.

    ring any bells?

  • 40 Munster Mag // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    post for now, v concerned that we think Remy will be the answer. He doesnt look like the player he was. I think it will be Mitro Perez and Wini who will save us. BTW the makems result was embarrassing, very .

  • 41 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:10 PM


    W – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    D – Chelsea Away
    L – Man City Home
    W – Stoke Away
    W – Bournemouth Home
    L – Leicester Away
    W – Sunderland Home
    W – Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    D – Liverpool Away
    W – Crystal Palace Home
    W – Aston Villa Away
    D – Tottenham Home

    8 wins = 24 points
    3 draws = 3 points
    3 Losses = 0 points

    27 points leaving us on 48 points

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    sparky55…none of the above!

    One doesn’t exclude the other.

  • 43 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    9 wins = 27 points
    3 draws = 3 points
    3 losses = 0 points

    30 points leaving us on 51

  • 44 toonking // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    catchy, RH muster and the rest still going on about pardew.

    It might be time to put all these arguements about bad managers to one side for a season because in a season’s time you might find yourselves having to consist with pardew, pulis macca and big fat sam as manager every season because the big european clubs are battling to make european football only consist of the big clubs leaving clubs like ourselves worthless as far as a top manager is concerned.

  • 45 SUFCsunderland // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Yoo going down. Shame it can’t be 8 in a row

  • 46 MadisonToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Chancel –

    That’s what it should be. We shold be beating the weaker teams and trying to grab points off of those higher up the table. I just don’t see our history matching up with that. I hope you’re right and that our wins come against the sides that will be within +/-2 of us at the end of the year so that those are worth 6 instead of 3. We’ll have to see, either way we need 15+ points and however we get them, I’ll be happy.

  • 47 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    A lot of optimism with these predictions! Thought I was being optimistic with 21pts, realistically I’m expecting about 18pts and us just remaining in the PL.

    Take a Chancel

    Really think we can pick-up 14pts solely away from home before the end of the season?

  • 48 toonking // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    the same will think will apply to the football players, we’ll have to accept squads of willo’s and obatan’s whilst the suaez wini and messi all get bought by the super powers of europe as some might call them.

  • 49 Jib // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Chancel I think you are calling some of our home games wins when they will be against sides who will park the bus.

  • 50 MadisonToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    I am seeing some optimism here too, but isn’t it amazing what a couple of signings (and that West Ham first 20 minutes) will do for the feeling around a club? I think the away wins will be tough to get, but if we get some confidence in the team they can clearly take 3 points on any given day. They can also take 0 on any given day – part of why you just have to love the sport.

    I was not optimistic at the end of December, anticipating a wasted window. Now I have much more faith in and excitement for the team as they go into the back stretch.

  • 51 MadisonToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Obviously there’s more work to do, but it’s good to see us taking steps forward (2 England internationals and a promising, Saivet) instead of backwards (no first XI sold…so far).

  • 52 Clarke_M // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    L – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    L – Chelsea Away
    L – Man City Home
    D – Stoke Away
    W – Bournemouth Home
    L – Leicester Away
    D – Sunderland Home
    D – Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    L – Liverpool Away
    W – Crystal Palace Home
    D – Aston Villa Away
    W – Tottenham Home

    5 Wins – 15 Points
    4 Draws – 4 Points
    Total 19 Points

    We will just stay up! but we need a striker, at least an impact striker to come in and get us approx. 5 goals this half of the season..

  • 53 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:39 PM

    Hail, Madison, Jib

    If we play to our strengths and work hard those should be the results we get

  • 54 MadisonToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Lots of predictions to beat Pardew at home. I want that to happen, but I see him getting points off of us because that’s just something that he would do. However, we will be desperate for points at that time so we should go into it with enough fire to make it exciting. Hope the team prove me wrong and get that win.

  • 55 jayphoto // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    no way of predicting our results. We lose when we should win, we win when we expect a hiding. We’re capable of playing a good side like west ham or liverpool off the pitch one week and then losing at home to Bournemouth the next.
    Player wise, we have sissoko who is at times one of the best midfielders in the league and equally at times the most pointless bystander I’ve ever seen
    We have captain coloccini who constantly takes risks and guesses meaning he can be worldclass when they come off and a clown when they don’t.
    I have us getting about 18 points which would put us around the 39 point mark give or take a couple points.
    Reckon Aston Villa, Norwich and Bournemouth will drop. Promoted sides always drop like a stone in the second half of the season after sides learn their strengths and weaknesses aswell as they don’t tend to have the depth once injuries and fatigue of the season set in, I suspect Bournemouth and Norwich haven’t quite got far enough away from the bottom 3 whilst they were an unknown quantity to survive

  • 56 JamRec // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Here’s a controversial point… what if Cisse came back from injury (apparently he may be back as early as the West Brom game) and started banging in those sitters than Mitro keeps missing! After all Cisse may be lazy but he can finish his dinner when it matters unlike the inexperienced Mitro! Takes the pressure off Mitro and then hopefully he will still score a few. Maybe we don’t need a striker as badly as we think… Cisse, Perez, Mitro and Gini have enough goals between them to save us!

  • 57 JamRec // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    Before everyone bites my head off… We do need a striker (we also need a LB and another CB). Personally I would love for us to get someone like Remy or Lacasette in but I’m just saying lets not start saying we are down and get all negative if we don’t get one in!

  • 58 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:45 PM

    The day I listen to anything you say and take it seriously will be the day the Tyne freezes over,

    Regardless what you think, Most Everton fans are happy with him, one poor refs decision away from a final? Not bad in my book

    As for OGS, I bet they Molde are up near the top of the league in Norway against Rosenberg, and that’s because he is a good manager, he took the wrong job, and he took it for money , and that’s the only thing he did wrong.

  • 59 SPRINGY // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:46 PM

    afternoon all
    my view of the games to come….
    L – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    D – Chelsea Away
    L – Man City Home
    D – Stoke Away
    W – Bournemouth Home
    L – Leicester Away
    D – Sunderland Home
    D – Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    L – Liverpool Away
    W – Crystal Palace Home
    W – Aston Villa Away
    W – Tottenham Home

  • 60 carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Munster Mag
    The same people praising Martinez a while ago were also heavily critical of Pochettino. Denials all round of course but I remember them saying Martinez was a far better coach than Pardew and Pochettino.
    Martinez threw a Final place away. Everton have underperformed at home . John Stones has been badly unsettled by Martinez moving him around. The locals are baying for his head. A number calling for David Moyes. He was left a very promising group of young players and experience.
    There ‘ll never be a better time to play Everton. Martinez when at Wigan behaved shockingly in the way he dismissed what was a bad tackle and injury on Haidara. .
    McClaren should be able to devise an counter attacking game to beat them . They leak goals at home and are easily stretched. Strongly fancy us for 3 points.

  • 61 jayphoto // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    I think we need something from Stoke away, Norwich away and Villa away.
    I’ve got us beating Bournemouth, Sunderland, Swansea, Norwich and Spurs and drawing with Villa, Stoke and West Brom.
    For me its a foregone conclusion Pardews counter attacking palace will get a pummelling all game and sneak a stolen 1-0.
    Can’t see us winning at Chelsea, Liverpool or Southampton and I reckon we’ll play really well against Man City but end up losing and having to listen to that we w’ere tremendous interview once again.
    Everton away on a cold Wednesday night? Just can’t see us getting anything there.

  • 62 MadisonToon // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:50 PM


    Definitely tough to predict, but always a fun exercise. Everything with the Toon is so variable that it’s mostly a crap-shoot.


    I don’t rate Cisse much, but he is a quality finisher which is something that we’re lacking right now. I certainly welcome his return as it gives us an extra option. However, every time he touches the ball it’s either in the back of the net or he loses possession, there’s no hold up play to bring others into it, there’s no creative passing, there’s just goal or turnover. He’s a high risk high reward type and that’s not the way to create a cohesive game plan.

  • 63 jayphoto // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    – Everton Away – Lose – 3-1
    – West Brom Home -Draw – 1-1
    – Chelsea Away- Lose – 2-0
    – Man City Home Lose 2-1
    – Stoke Away Draw – 1-1
    – Bournemouth Home -Win – 3-1
    – Leicester Away – Lose 3-0
    – Sunderland Home -Win – 2-0
    – Norwich Away – Win -2-1
    – Southampton Away – Lose 4-0
    – Swansea Home – win – 1-0
    – Liverpool Away – Lose – 3-2
    – Crystal Palace Home – Lose -1-0
    – Aston Villa Away draw 1-1
    – Tottenham Home win 2-0

  • 64 h0sta // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Somebody witb me for this one?
    Mbemba colo lascelless
    Janmaat colback shelvey townsend
    Mitro. Perez

    Perez. Fox in the box, battering ram mitro. Gini, siem for regular 30 mins if the key is needed

  • 65 JamRec // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:54 PM


    I totally agree with your summary of Cisse… but like you say he is a quality finisher and that’s exactly what we need at the moment! He can’t hold the ball up but Mitro can do that very well, he can’t pass creatively but Gini and Jonjo can. What I’m saying is a team is made up of individual players and Cisse could be the missing link if we don’t manage to get a striker in before Monday. I think he would do better than Gomis.

  • 66 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Before Cisse got injured his build-up play was actually pretty good, he was a lot more energetic than recent times and his finishing was poor, as poor as Mitrovic. Pretty much a reversal of the Cisse we once knew.

  • 67 Jib // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    Norwegian Premier League

    1 Rosenborg
    2 Stromsgodset
    3 Stabæk
    4 Odd
    5 Viking
    6 Molde

  • 68 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    We have the 8th best home attack in the league, and 19th away, so we have a chance on home form only.

    Clearly the players like playing st home, and makes a huge difference, they feel loved and there is less pressure on the players to perform which gives them a freedom to try

    Bottom 2 + Norwich

    Palace for the record are 17th for there home record and 13th away from home.

    And that’s because the tide is turning, we are becoming stronger

  • 69 JamRec // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    His finishing was poor before the injuries but then the service was very poor! He was good when we had people like Cabaye in the team… we have that kind of person again! So be interesting to see how he plays with these new players.

  • 70 toonking // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Based on the current form of us it’s very difficult to predict results, we’ve not yet got much idea of who’ll be the striker either and then comes the question will wini remain fit and consistent?

    on paper

    D – Everton Away
    D – West Brom Home
    L – Chelsea Away
    L – Man City Home
    L – Stoke Away
    W – Bournemouth Home
    L – Leicester Away
    W – Sunderland Home
    W– Norwich Away
    L – Southampton Away
    D – Swansea Home
    L – Liverpool Away
    W – Crystal Palace Home
    W – Aston Villa Away
    D – Tottenham Home

    5 wins
    4 draws
    6 losses
    19 points

    40 points overall and just above relegation spot

  • 71 optimistic prime // Jan 28, 2016 at 2:58 PM

    Anyone watching SSN?

    Who’s the Aussie who’s been banned for “simulating a lude act on a dog”

    Haha jeez

  • 72 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Perez is our best finisher. Gets very few chances due to being played out wide, but when he does drift centrally and get a chance, especially in the box, he more often than not takes them and understands the importance of getting shots away early. Hope he gets more time n the CF position with Townsend now here.

  • 73 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:01 PM


    He took over half way through the season, let’s see this full season

  • 74 carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    my view of the games to come….
    W – Everton Away
    W – West Brom Home
    L- Chelsea Away
    D- Man City Home
    L- Stoke Away
    W – Bournemouth Home
    L- Leicester Away
    W– Sunderland Home
    D – Norwich Away
    D– Southampton Away
    W – Swansea Home
    L – Liverpool Away
    W – Crystal Palace Home
    W – Aston Villa Away
    D- Tottenham Home

  • 75 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:02 PM


    I’d like to see Perez up front

  • 76 carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    I don’t know much about dog racing.!!

  • 77 Jib // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Mitchell Pearce
    Sydney Roosters Rugby League team half back

  • 78 jayphoto // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    we don’t really have any natural finishers at the club aside from wijnaldum from what I’ve seen? Perhaps Armstrong? but he’s out on loan.
    De jong was a hell of a finisher in Holland but plays deep. When he’s fit he wouldn’t be the worst player to play in a false 9 position of a 4-3-3 though!

  • 79 Jib // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    I must say I find myself admiring van Gaal (who I normally hate) giving it back to the press corps at his presser

  • 80 carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Cisse was an instinctive finisher. Everything he touched finished in the net. Do you remember the phenomenal goal at Chelsea. We won 2 zilch.

  • 81 toon kk // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Get a grip mate, I don’t recall mentioning Pardew? Our style of play has changed for the better but we’re still in the bottom three.
    Like I say I always give credit when credit is due. I say it as it is.

  • 82 JackButler // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    So certain board members didn’t want Austin because of a mysterious knee problem?

    I seem to remember a certain Demba Ba was also reported to Have a very serious issue with his knee that could blow up at any moment, but we bought him and he turned out to be the best signing in recent years. The player would be insured against serious injury so this whole story, if true, smacks of a power struggle to control transfers

  • 83 Bambams // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    A scribe from the Chronicle has spoken to a someone I know, he has stated early this morning that Berahino won’t be coming due to an agreement with Spurs and the Townsend deal. …..
    He has just spoken to me again and seemingly the same scribe has now said ‘It is possibly back on’…
    I was not told who the scribe is however I have just done a bit of a look around on Twitter and it’s not rocket science to see who this scribe is.
    By the way this friend is not the one I spoke to yesterday. This one earlier today has been silent since we were told Pardew was signing ( they did tell us four days before he actually signed). Today’s source reckons it is totally changed and even the fringe coaches hear nothing.
    Anyway I have shared, yes it’s all over twitter but the reason I wanted to share is there was no way this morning BUT something must be happening for him to do a complete turn around and sguest it might.
    Time will tell
    Don’t shoot the messenger

  • 84 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Would be a very Graham Carr move, how he becomes fixated on a player, to now pay £7m for Gomis at 30 and on the decline, from not a very great height to begin with.

  • 85 Bambams // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Sguest= suggest

  • 86 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    If we actually give Swansea money for Gomis we’ll be seen as the charity club of the league. We obviously overpaid for Townsend but he could still turn out a good signing, Gomis however, his club seem pretty desperate to get rid of him because he’s clearly not good enough for this league- something which some of us on here have said since he was at St Etienne!

    With a normal club I’d say it’s all rubbish and paper talk but for us with a lack of actual logic in transfers – e.g. Cabella in, Cabella out, Thauvin in Thauvin never played- it cold well be true.

  • 87 JackButler // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:20 PM

    If Go-Miss comes here then both Charnley and Carr should be sacked for gross misconduct, he was poor in France and brought all that form to Swansea, where he is no longer wanted as he’s simply not good enough, he is not what we need by any stretch of the imagination as he nothing but a poor mans Kenwyne Jones.

  • 88 Toon_Tom // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:23 PM

    i’d rather get Shola back than pay 7M for Gomis – I honestly would!

  • 89 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Newcastle have lodged a £6.8 mill bid for Gomis according to twitter

  • 90 Jib // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Dan Kings interview with Townsend on NUFC touched on a possible reason .
    He mentioned in passing that with Townsend and Shelvey in the team Roy Hodgson will be taking in our games .
    Does Berahino have England ambitions ?

  • 91 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    BamBams so are you saying we might be in for Berahino

  • 92 toon kk // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Call it negative if anyone likes, I call it realistic.
    I predict 4 wins
    3 Draws
    7 losses. total 15 points.
    Down to the wire.

    Of course with a new striker could make a difference.

  • 93 hibbitt // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    this cannot be true even carr’s not that daft…..i dont think he worth £6.80 never mind millions

  • 94 WWSBRD // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Just seen some of Townsends quotes…very endearing

  • 95 Bambams // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    I contacted a person earlier, someone I used to see regularly and they were so bloody accurate in the days of KK and Bobby…Big Sam etc
    It all changed massively with Ash
    The person told me to get some coin on Pards four days before he came. I didn’t because I don’t gamble and wouldn’t have a clue….
    I rang the person today and was told Spuds sold Townsend only if we backed off Berahino – I shared
    Now the person contacted me stating the same source ( I believe Mark Douglas but that’s just because of Twitter ) has now said it could be back on….
    Maybe he sees us as a team in progression. ..maybe West Brom refuse to do deal with Spurs !
    I just think it’s odd for a complete turnaround.
    But like I say time will tell.
    Cheers for the craic

  • 96 JackButler // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Reports saying we’ve had a 24 million euro bid turned down by Lyon – the club don’t want to sell and the player doesn’t want to come

  • 97 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Please be a smokescreen!

    Then we could actually sign someone 10 years younger who doesn’t have a first touch more powerful than his shot.

  • 98 WWSBRD // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    Didnt Lyon accept our bid earlier on in the window?

  • 99 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Bambams I hope you are right that would be a brilliant signing

  • 100 Bambams // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Take a chancel on me
    They are on about Berahino yes fella.
    But this is from a source to a source to me.
    Sorry it’s vague

  • 101 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:39 PM


    I really hope you’re not including me in this Pohettino thing again. I am a massive fan of pochettino and always have been. No one in his right mind would claim pardew was better than pochettino.

    I think you must be confusing me with someone else who for whatever reason had a downer on Poch.

    Yes I couldn’t stick AP and have always liked Martinez in a kind of KK style, but for me Poch ticks all the boxes.

    Perhaps a couple of years back Poch hadn’t quite come to prominence just yet i think it’s fair to say but that quite clearly that is no longer the case.

    Poch gets Dier and Alli for under 10M. We get AT for 12M. Go figure.

  • 102 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Liverpool are believed to have joined the race to sign Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who is also wanted by Southampton.

  • 103 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Bambams not to worry mate might put a couple of quid on Berahino 🙂

  • 104 lesh // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Toon kk

    I think the problem is that Charnley, supported by Carr have simply counted the number of strikers and defenders we’ve got on the books and told McClaren that in their view, we’re well covered. Regardless of whether they’re not good enough or not I reckon we’ll not sign anyone else this window.

    They’re gambling the Club’s Prem status on a few quid and pig-headedness and McClaren’ll pay the price of not being able to coach the dead-wood up to Prem standard.

    A prime example of executive naivety and stupidity.

  • 105 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:47 PM


    you’re not going on about pardew again are you. ffs give it a rest man.

  • 106 hibbitt // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    those two clowns are not going admit to the huge errors in our scouting and buying are they

  • 107 JackButler // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:53 PM


    As far as I’m aware they’ve turned down every approach for the player, the player himself has said he has no interest in moving anywhere during this window and won’t be moving anywhere.

    Can you believe that we turned away from Austin because of a rumoured knee problem? Especially after paying a lot more for Ba who had a very real issue with his knee who was one of the best players for us in recent years?

  • 108 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    Everyone seems to feel the same way about Mitrovic: Like him but he needs to put easy chances away. He’s had several free headers which he’s put wide.

    I just hope he doesn’t turn into one of those non- scoring target men. Where his only job is to hold up the ball for others. He could easily slide to being a Jon Walters workhorse type when he has potential to be so much more.

  • 109 p // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Charlie Austin was on the Sports bar (talksport) last week after signing for Southampton.

    He said he had wanted to go to Soton – club on the ascendancy + did not have to relocate.

    He said that if he did not get to the move to the club he wanted at the price that club wanted to pay, he would have sat it out until summer and gone there for free.

    The way I interpreted what he said was that is he got what he wanted and no one was going to make him do what he did not want. I don’t think we had a chance, at least not in January.

  • 110 toon kk // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    I totally agree mate, I just don’t think Charnless and Co understands.

  • 111 nearly // Jan 28, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Players and staff all no what’s going on and what’s not regarding transfers in and out of clubs

  • 112 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Just seen King Percy on Sky News talking about the Adebayor signing and the love he is going to get from the Palace staff and supporters.
    Must be something about this man love and man crush mullarkey I’ve missed.
    moanster – what’s all this about – can you explain.

  • 113 WWSBRD // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Then we are in for a law suit for tapping up players because Lacazette said he turned us down which he couldnt of done unless Lyon accepted our bid mate

    Is that the given reason for us not going after Austin? Tbf its better than we were unable to convince he (which for me is a bigger joke)

  • 114 mattyNUFC // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:04 PM


    i hate to seem like i’m badgering you, but it’s hard to hold back. YOU– of all people– telling others they only see negatives. Are you kidding me???? look at this blog from december 2010-december of last year.

  • 115 JAMSHA // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    plzzzzzz no gomes dnt need that creepy monster

  • 116 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Goals are the name of the game. Surely Wally Blusterman knows that even with our new signings goals are not gaurenteed (accepting goals are not always gaurenteed but by the right purchases the risk of failure can be reduced).
    Having said that he has to have other irons in the fire -a proven goal scorer. If he does not we’ve had it and his career will be over (not the knackers on the board).
    So my money is on a stellar signing arriving.

  • 117 JackButler // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:12 PM


    The Lyon president is a total nut job mate, so it’s hard to know what has gone on but an article I read earlier on news now from a French paper said that our latest bid was turned down and that the player was not for sale, maybe the player turned us down after hearing of our interest in him, who knows, we can only go on the various reports being put out there

  • 118 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Everyone talking about Dier and Alli, did anyone notice that Trippier was playing for them the other day, a player we were heavily linked with for ages.

  • 119 carl // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    What you said was that Martinez was a better manager than Pardew and Pochettin. When Pochettino was at Southampton.

  • 120 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    So Spurs have spent a few quid on the players I mentioned above, they obviously have people in place who advise it is worth the risk of spending that kind of money on a youngster, we have Carr ruling the roost advising 12M is spend on Cabella and Thauvin. We can blame Carr all you want, why is Ashley giving him so much say when he is obviously turning up more duds than successes these days when given the restrictions he is under.

  • 121 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    yer right !

  • 122 lochinvar // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Mike Williamson is now a a Wolves player – good luck to him.
    Just hope we don’t bump into him again next season !

  • 123 hibbitt // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Mister Tuff
    i don’t think Mc has that much say if the 2 clowns say go with what we have that’s it……..massive gamble but that’s the way they work………Mc’s been in the game long enough to know what we need but charnley and carr are the judge and jury he can put his case but they will decide

  • 124 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    I hear you brother !

  • 125 toon kk // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    The big question, given a choice of Gomis or no striker at all which option would you choose?
    Personally if he gets a few goals and helps keep us up I’d take him as a last resort.

  • 126 Jail for Ashley // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    What does Moncur do, is he there just to make sure it’s always a 3-1 majority so Mashers doesn’t have to step in and give the decider.

  • 127 SPRINGY // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    toon kk
    was just thinking that….if we have no one sorted for strike on the final day,would people on here be happy with gomis…. or would they rather do without?….i would have him

  • 128 hibbitt // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    would rather have shola would put more into the game and have more pride in the shirt

  • 129 JackButler // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Toon kk

    I’d rather have Perez up from with Townsend on the left wing than have Gomis in the squad, he’s no better than Mitrovic and would add nothing new to the squad. We need a strong finisher to make up for Mitrovic and Gomiss is no where near that type of player

  • 130 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    I find the whole Cabella/ Thauvin thing just bizaare.

    Is Thauvin really that bad in training? It really is some of the weirdest transfer business I’ve ever seen. Do we have an agreement to offset money for French clubs now?

  • 131 hibbitt // Jan 28, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Jail for Ashley
    same job as the greeter at B&Q like you just there to make the numbers up…….. not the hero he used to be took ashleys 30 pieces of silver just a yes man now such a shame

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