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Newcastle Must Keep This Player This Season

11:03 am, Sunday, February 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 122 Comments

There were quite a few of Newcastle’s players put in what could be called Man of the Match displays yesterday against West Brom and it’s a long time since so many of Newcastle’s  players played near their best form.

One of those players was a shock starter yesterday – Cheick Tiote – and you wonder what Henri Saivet had done wrong after being one of our best players in the debacle at Everton in midweek.

But the Ivory Coast international soon showed that McClaren had made the right call as Cheick quickly got a grip on midfield and looked like the player he was in his prime.

And he scored another great goal – but it was controversially disallowed by the referee, much like the goal he scored against Manchester City a couple of years ago.


Cheick Tiote – in action yesterday

But maybe there’s still a lot left to come from Cheick, who has been playing for us this year – it seems McClaren can get the best out of a player he first managed at FC Twente in 2008.

This is what McClaren said about Cheick after the game:

“We didn’t want him to leave. I think his performances just before he left were excellent against Arsenal and Watford, to be fair, and Manchester United.”

“He just shows what he brings. We threw him in because that’s what we need.” “He fights on the field, he genuinely wants the ball, he never gives up, and he epitomizes what we want from this team.”

“We said if we win, we’ll get out of the bottom three, which is important.” “But you have to gather the points. We have got a tough one at Chelsea, we knew that, so this was a big game to win.”

“We know that from Chelsea onwards, we have got 18 days and we will have injuries coming back from that.”

It would be ludicrous if Newcastle allow Cheick to leave the club for China this month – the transfer window there doesn’t close until the end of the month.

Cheick has a contract at Newcastle until June of next year and we are in danger of being relegated this season.

He’s a Newcastle player and the club simply have to tell Cheick that he must honor his contract – at least until the summer.

It’s as easy as that but Newcastle seem to think they have to let players leave when they want to.

That’s nonsense.

And in any case if Cheick stars for Newcastle through the end of the season he will get some big offers coming  in this summer.

It could be a win-win situation – good for Cheick and good for Newcastle, because we could get a bigger fee for him.

Tiote could be one of one of our saviors this season and the way he brilliantly teamed up with Jonjo Shelvey to completely dominate the midfield yesterday was great to watch.

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122 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Valid point // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    Regarding Shelvey;
    No doubt he can play some matchwinning passes, making him a very important player.
    But I think he could do a lot better to be honest! He looks a bit unfit, and I think he could work harder off the ball to reach the open spaces making it easier for the other players to pass him the ball! In stead of moving he’s pointing for them to pass somewhere else…

    Good, but can improve!

  • 2 will die for the toon army // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Tiotez problem is not the ability but the injuries and yellow cards.

    He is a good player and will make Shelvey a better player. Tiote is our Kante.

  • 3 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Merson yesterday and Wenger today are really dismissive of Bournemouth .
    I really hope The Cherries beat the Gunners

  • 4 hibbitt // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    don’t loose sight of the fact WBA were very very poor yesterday and we should have won by a much bigger margin opportunities like that don’t come along every week

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Ed fickle? I’ve been highlighting that before today. Now he comes out with that classic. Incredible! Funny how one good performance turns the world the right way up. You couldn’t make it up. He’s not the only fickle one on here mind.

  • 6 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:19 AM


    Agree Shelvey does look a bit static at times.

    We’ll get top performances from Tiote for the rest of this season cos he is in the shop window. He’ll want a nice little earner before he hangs up his boots so the Far East looks a good bet.

  • 7 NoahJ // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM


    Merson is not dismissive of bournemouth , he is just very pro-arsenal

    is prem predictions each weak are comical

    I personally think bournemouth will be safe, and huge credit to them, because they look like they’re up for it all the time.
    It’s two from: us, sunderland, norwich, swansea and I now think West brom

  • 8 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Townsend had a decent game. I think people might be critical because they remember the latter stages when he was so knackered his legs were going and things weren’t coming off.

    I was calling for Makro to take him off about 10 or 15 mins before he did. There seems to be a problem with Makro managing a game. It doesn’t help that he never gets off his arse.

  • 9 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Tiote played well yesterday and one reason was Shelvey. Tiote kept it simple passed to Shelvey who had acres of space all day to control the game and show passing game of to the full.

    Townsend playing on the left or right.

    Yesterday he seemed to have a free role and swapped wings quite often.

    If all fit would any one go with the team that started yesterday???

    I most likely would

  • 10 SUTTY1978 // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Shelvey’s is static because that’s the role he’s playing within the formation we are playing. Think of Xabi Alonso in his Liverpool days (not saying Shelvey’s is as good!) but he sat at the base of midfield and dictated play.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    18Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Jail for once is right

    You play the victim and then pipe up with comments like that?

  • 12 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    One good performance and everyone goes mad! Tiote showed what we’ve been missing and should be in the team every week… Same goes for Taylor when fit, would like to see him and mbemba together…

    Still worried about the squad though, drastically dropped in quality since that season we finished fifth, still got tiote, Taylor, Colo and cisse but a few years on, and as for the rest of the squad the only one who get in the team that finished 5th would be janmaat in for simpson…. wijnaldum and mbemba are of similar quality to what we had and Perez will be, but all 3 have developing to do… Lots of time passed and money spend but no real improvement, and anyone that thinks were top 6 material needs there head checked, we are where we are for a reason. Still got a long hard run in were not safe yet…

  • 13 sparky55 // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I’m with the keep him til we’re safe brigade…the chinese will still take him at the end of the year and he’ll get his pension topped up no end over there, but this club needs to realise the wages he’ll cost us til the end of the season and even the 3 million is nothing in comparison to staying up.

  • 14 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Hopefully Ill never be proved right or wrong that we’d be relegated if we sold Tiote.

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Where has everyone gone mad?

  • 16 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Blackley you got that right most are, the next poll results will probably have 90% down for a win because of west brom making us look good, not convinced we’d have walked a better team like that…

    And Charlie if macca doesn’t stick with that team the man’s a fool, that’s one thing that used to grind my gears with Pardew, stick with a losing team/tactics until we got lucky, but changed things when we won.. If your team performs you stick with it, as a reward if anything… Must be gutting for a player to perform well and then get dropped, whilst seeing others perform badly at other times and keep their place! the m’biwa Willo partnership springs to mind 3 clean sheets then boom instantly dropped when Colo was back…

  • 17 toon kk // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    I never saw the game just a few highlights on Monday but what I saw and reading between the lines we seemed to play well.
    Was that down to West Brom being poor or us totally oot playing them? Maybe a bit of both?
    It was the other way around when we played Everton such is the inconsistent play we’ve produced for a long time.

  • 18 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Dummet for RTaylor, Townsend for Obertan!

  • 19 toon kk // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Match of the day, not Monday.

  • 20 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    As far as I’m concerned we have got to keep him till the end of the season. No one at the club does his job of sitting in front of the defence and breaking up opposition attacks as good as Tiote.

    Also he was pretty good in the air yesterday won a lot of aerial duels

  • 21 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    That was terrible management with Mbwia but most of the time when a player has played badly there are undroppable because of squad size hence more 3+ hidings than any other team.

  • 22 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    SM doesn’t spend all the game on his arse.

    Like Mourinho with Rui Faria and Klopp with Zeljko Buvac he prefers to leave the arm waving and screaming to Paul Simpson.

    I guess it lends more impact to his intercessions when they occur .

  • 23 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    Jail – all over the internet for a start, saying how well we played how brilliant townsend was and shelvey was etc when most were saying how terrible we were before the game, just seems as though one game changes the minds of everybody! Like don’t get me wrong it’s the best performance I’ve seen from us in a long time but no reason to get carried away… The last couple of games are some of the worst I’ve seen…

    Just think west brom made us look better than we were yesterday, you wouldn’t say Watford or everton were particularly exceptional against us would you? To me it was a very similar game to those to just in reverse for a change!

  • 24 Klatoon // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Mitros hold up play is getting better, everything thrown at him stuck and got laid off to those around him

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:42 AM

    Jesper who doesn’t watch games claims that Saviet was one of our better players against Everton, he may well have been but we lost horribly, we also played shite agai st Watford with him starting and dropped the pace when he came on against W Ham, it is purely opinion whether this is a coincidence or not.

  • 26 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Jail fair point of those two but obertan actually had a half decent season that year, and id put dummett and raylor about even at this point in time, both dummett and townsend have got time to improve though…

    And they wernt first choice either mind, take santon and Benny over dummett and townsend any day of the week.. Would of made a much stronger bench though, if only the powers that be had the initiative to build on the squad and spend 80m then…

  • 27 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Saviet in my eyes/opinion of what I have seen – games he played in were tougher than yesterday – but he has not got the physical attributes of Tiote to play the role of defensive midfielder

  • 28 c-dog // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Saivet was poison against Everton and has all the attributes of another Carr flop. Tiote is an excellent DM and look how Shelveys performance improved beside him. I hope he’s still at the club for another couple of seasons. Mbembas absence certainly helped. He has good potential but he’s young and gets himself in poor positions which easily allows the opposition to find holes in our rear guard. I wouldn’t get too carried away however as WBA were atrocious. Pulis should be sacked for starting four centre halves. We possibly have three defeats coming our way next. So maybe give Saivet, Perez, Mbemba, Aarons, Doumbia etc a run out in these as to not destroy core moral.

    Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett
    Tiote, Shelvey
    Sissoko, Townsend
    Mitrovic (maybe Doumbia although he looks overweight)

    I hope to see this team from here on in.

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    I’m still angry and bemused about that decision to take us backward.
    We’ll have to agree to disagree on Obertan, I thought he was pants and only in the team because Pardew signed him.

  • 30 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    On the tiote thing said that plenty of times, when it comes to putting your foot and regaining possession he’s the best at the club, and for some reason or another we’ve collected a vast number of box to box type midfielder that arent good enough defensively to play the holding role, or good enough at getting forward to play the attacking role… Abit like having alot of wingers that can’t dribble or cross a ball…

  • 31 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Jail what makes you angry? I think going backwards is pretty much the only thing we have done since then.

    And no I’m trying to argue that obertan is good in anyway I think the lads utter garbage and the worst part of that squad, just that one half a season he played he wasn’t that bad, and when the first 11 was available he wasn’t first choice like townsend is. Ba, cisse and Benny up top or townsend sissoko and mitro? Easy choice for me…

  • 32 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Williamson is Bramble in disguise
    It is just the ridiculous pendulum swing of opinion of the inexperienced footy fan .
    Many of whom post on the internet and some even on this blog.
    I don’t think we were nearly as bad at Everton as the drama queens would have us believe (we were still in it to win a point up to the 88th minute) and we were flattered a bit yesterday by a terrible WBA performance.

  • 33 Belfast // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    I find it’s usually best to ignore Jesper. I didn’t really see the point of signing Saviet to be honest, signing a centre half and a left back would’ve been a much better idea.

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    I couldn’t believe the amount of posters who were happy to see him sold before even seeing this Saviet play. If they sell him now it shows that there really are lunatics running the asylum.

  • 35 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    You’re right. Makro has that superstitious thing where he thinks it favours us if stays in the dressing when the game’s going on. I’m not one for superstition but he might be onto something with that one.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    The decision to take us backward, did I not say that?

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Jesper is a blog equivalent of chicken pox!

  • 38 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Jib I have to disagree I watched the everton game and thought we were terrible, on the same note I though west brom were terrible yesterday, I actually thought the games were extremely similar just from a different viewpoint… I didn’t think we were in the game atall at everton and it could of easily been 5 or 6, but I didn’t think everton were particularly great we were just that poor, and at the same time we could have won by 5 or 6 yesterday… Doesn’t mean we were all that good, west brom just didn’t seem up for it, not saying we didn’t play well, just not getting carried away until we do that against a team that turns up!

  • 39 Valid point // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    I would say signing Saivet some time before we actually need him is forward thinking for once…

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Valid point,
    It would have been if they’d decided to keep Tiote till the end of the season, we’ll never ever know whether we’d have taken points against Everton and Watford if he’d played.

  • 41 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Jail – you mean the club not investing & building on that season? Sorry I thought you were on about me giving you a blast and bringing up the old team, was going to say depresses me as much as the next fan but didn’t know what made you angry, just clicked bit slow today!

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:11 PM

    Perfect for me to go down although I’d miss the derbies : WBA (Pulis) CP (AP) and Sunderland (SA.) All 3 managers should be done for crimes against football and the beautiful game.

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Aye, but the worst bit was that there was money available in January, it was the worst decision they’ve ever done imo.

  • 44 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Valid point – more of a stroke of luck, very highly doubt there was any thought in that process just that tiotes move got called off…. Never know though might produce a lightbulb moment, can just imagine maccy running into the board meeting all excited like a kid going to first game! Oi Lee, Lee, guess what I’ve had this amazing idea…

  • 45 Valid point // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Agree, but I think SM masterplan was to play Colback/Anita together with Shelvey, allowing Saivet time to bed in.

    Tiote seems to be the best alternative, but if he wants away we need alternatives. Still think they should keep him for the remainder of the season whatever he wants for himself.

  • 46 Belfast // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Stop spamming this site Jesper.

  • 47 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Rotonda – agree that would be nice to see, never know either villa and completely gone on points, they could pull off the great escape, very strange to have a season without any castaways by this point…. Saying that it’s a strange season top and bottom.

    Jail – tell me about it that would of been the perfect opportunity to strengthen the bench and get some top youngsters in and really push on, that’s Ashley forya! 30/40m then and we probably wouldn’t have had any of the relegation troubles to follow… Just find it strange that he finally has this epiphany and wants to spend all this money and he lets Schtevey Mac loose with the credit card…

  • 48 Belfast // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:22 PM


  • 49 hibbitt // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    as a point of interest when does the chinese window close ……….wish all the windows opened and closed on the same dates then there would be none of this will he wont he rubbish

  • 50 sparky55 // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Today’s not a day for owt neggy…plenty time for that after we play chelsea!

  • 51 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Valid point – aye some bloody masterplan that would of been! Be like playing 2 colos at cb… I’m all for ticy taccy football but this ain’t the Dutch league you still need someone whose going to get there boot in and hold people off… One of the biggest parts of the English game is having that boss in midfield and I’m not sure macca gets that…

  • 52 Bambams // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Watching SSN on 401
    Darren Jackson guest….
    Gone a bit grey since his Toon debut, saying that so have I

  • 53 sparky55 // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    hibbit…I’m pretty sure it’s month after ours but I’m very sure our very own google meister will confirm shortly!

  • 54 Williamson is Bramble in disguise // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Getting flashbacks of his England days with persisting with different ways to try and fit Lampard and Gerrard in the middle together when everyone could see it just didn’t work…

  • 55 carl // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    I agree with Jail-
    Does anyone else think Jasper is an up-grade on Jesper? I understood the point of Jasper yesterday. He is a football fan and contributes something to the blog. Whilst Jesper always has an opinion whilst giving me the impression that he’s clueless and would be better off devoting his time to basket weaving or flower arranging.
    Just my opinion but I have wasted a lot of time as have others it would seem only to realise that Jesper is playing a daft game or that Jesper is clueless on football related discussion.
    Heavens sake he will argue from a historic perspective over a game he hasn’t seen .

  • 56 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    The Chinese transfer window closes midnight 26th February 2016

  • 57 posada // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    We play 4/2/3/1. Just a slight variation on 442 as all these set ups tend to be.
    Key is the two in CM. Loose that control and you are in trouble.
    Shelvey, Toite and Colback can play there.
    The others can’t.

  • 58 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    This is a Danish basket weaver

    Could it be Jesper ?

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Sack Llamnias reckons Hail Wor Ashley is an upgrade on me. Coincidence? Must be!

  • 60 posada // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Can Saivet play CM.
    Not from what I saw in the Everton game.
    Does not read danger or track runners.Consequently he is a liability.
    Can he be coached to play there. At 26 I doubt it.
    If he was bought to replace Toite then they need to think again.
    But, it would not be a transfer window without a Carr Calamity.

  • 61 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    I think this is Jesper
    Danish flower arranger

  • 62 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:15 PM


  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Well zgoogled Jibberish!

  • 64 SUTTY1978 // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Harold Serviette

  • 65 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Charlie….everything Jail says is just opinion and yes, Jesper who does watch games did say that, but doesn’t share much of what Jail spins around!

  • 66 SUTTY1978 // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Not for to sit on Tiotes lap

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Jeff…we don’t care what you think! Why do you even linger?

  • 68 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:28 PM

    Good afternoon people, plenty of footy talk for a change.. Been a good read.

  • 69 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    It really is the gathering of freaks today…thanks for joining Ian…I mean Carl ir what’s your name!

    Going to the gym soon? or maybe for a coffee! Don’t hurry back 😉

  • 70 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Belfast get your own personality 😉 you copycat!

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    I love the way Jibberish knocks others ‘footy knowledge’. The same guy who claimed Pardew got us Promoted, Wanyama plays for Bournemouth and Brazil United dazzle us with their skills!

  • 72 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Why do you say “we”

    I know

    You are really Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

  • 73 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    My post @25 is not opinion but FACT.

  • 74 hibbitt // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    that has to be one of the all time greats on this blog Brazil United when everyone knows its Brazil Rovers !!!

  • 75 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Too much time on his hands so Jeff is having a quiet afternoon living up to his reputation as the blog resident WUM.

  • 76 Mister Tuff // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Carl what is your relationship to Ian Toon?

  • 77 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    You don’t get many bigger derbies in football when Brazil United and Rovers face one another.

  • 78 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Jesper at a match

  • 79 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Mr Tuff,
    They did claim to know each other once, Pushy Pardew was staying in a nearby Travel lodge when he was buying a new gym full of hot chicks.

  • 80 carl // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    I do not know Ian Toon at all and have not to my knowledge ever met him. I do see him as a good though infrequent contributor to the blog.
    What is your relationship with expatmag?

  • 81 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Howay the lads (with a Danish accent)

  • 82 hibbitt // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Mr Tuff,
    there’s nothing in it there just good friends ????

  • 83 Ron Knee // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    Arsenal leading.

  • 84 Ron Knee // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    That’s how to cement a lead!

  • 85 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    carl, Ian, sack, John Irving, HWA? and possibly many more, I distinctly remember you saying in the past that you knew each other but very rarely see him these days, unless you’re a different carl!

  • 86 Mister Tuff // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    easy -expats parents were best of friends of my parents. then they went to the colonies. he called in to my house a few months ago – known him for way over 40 years.

  • 87 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Mr Tuff ( PC Plod) and his his sidekick Jail for Ashley (a.k.a. as Wee Jimmy Krankie ) truly think this blog is their property

  • 88 doofa the loofa // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Am i hearing this right that KK has been spotted in Shirebrook over the weekend???

  • 89 welshgeordie9 // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Nice to see results are going our way, only four points behind Bournemouth.

  • 90 carl // Feb 7, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    It’s nothing personal. I just can’t let someone as pompous yet so devoid of football knowledge play the big I am on an NUFC blog.
    Jail was at SJP yesterday and gave a valid view post match.

  • 91 carl // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Lower case and I am a football fan.

  • 92 Ron Knee // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    “also known as as”. Eh?

  • 93 SUTTY1978 // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Jesper hasn’t watched a game since he was commentating on England vs Norway “Maggie Thatcher can you hear me, Maggie Thatcher- your boys took one hell of a beating”. He’s since changed his name from Bjorje to Jesper but he’s still the same old feisty tiger underneath.

  • 94 Mister Tuff // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    hibbit/jail i recall -them being just friends if my memory is not playing tricks on me.
    now a denial……….mmmmmm.

    checking out for a while as i’ve got the flu.

  • 95 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    If you have known Expat for over 40 years the majority of that time you must have been a Sunderland supporter !

  • 96 swemag // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    What happened to young Kevin Mbabu? Great game against Chelsea and then no more? Injured?

  • 97 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    From the Evening Chronicle
    15 Jan 2016 – Newcastle United have been dealt a fresh injury blow after learning they will be without Kevin Mbabu for the rest of their January programme.

  • 98 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Sorry – should have added that it is taking longer than first thought.

  • 99 123 Dummet Time // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    He got injured against watford in FA Cup ages ago with hamstring so should be back soon

  • 100 Malta Mag // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Here we go again, load of bollocks being written by the few and nothing to do with football or the topic in question. As for criticism on Saivet, well unbelievable because you can see he’s got a good touch and looked the only player on view at Goodison but hey this is the blog where we have to have a scapegoat and now Tiote and Mitro have done us proud and Thauvin and Williamson were hounded out let’s pick on “Johnny foreigner” instead. Pathetic!!

  • 101 beermonkey // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    good to see perez get a new deal but any news on deals for mbabu and Aarons

    the 3 kids on the bench yest Gibson Williams Barlaser
    any1 seen them play or know anything about them

  • 102 Mag52 // Feb 7, 2016 at 2:56 PM


    You make a good point about Macca sitting throughout the matches.
    The early match v Man.U he stormed up and down the touch line during the whole match.
    What’s changed I wonder ?

  • 103 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    If Tiote is away in the summer and Saivet is the long term replacement partnering Shelvey then he has plenty of time to settle into a partnership with him. Everton was a good showing in a poor game.
    Quite often the scapegoats on here are the ‘know nowt’ ‘cretin’ other bloggers…

  • 104 toon kk // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Watching the Bou vs Arlington game, Bournemouth aren’t playing to bad but are very much like us, no cutting edge in front of goal, costing them points.

  • 105 toon kk // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Bournemouth vs Arsenal game.

  • 106 sing in the corner // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    VP and Angels
    (From earlier in the thread)
    Re: Shelvey / static
    In my view it depends on your role in the team / the blend.
    Tiote /Colback cover lots of ground and do more of the grafting for him, Shelvey looks more effective when he doesn’t need to do that.
    For examples, Glen Hoddle often looked pretty static, so did Trevor Brooking. But both of them made their teams tick with their vision quick reading. This type of player is always vulnerable to the lazy tag when things don’t go so well though.

  • 107 mindshaft // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Would like to see us playing 4-4-2 away from home and play as we do at home, we can’t defend anyway so we may as well just go for it every away game …

  • 108 check the toastie // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:32 PM

    Shelvey hasn’t been lazy yet for the toon, don’t know why people try to pick flaws before they actually appear.

    works hard enough for me, would be pointing the finger more at Sissoko and wini in the two latest away games…

  • 109 nightfa11 // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Was Just checking our stats and its scary.. Our midfield scored 0 goals.. Wini scored 9, but hes more of a forward.. Even our defenders scored 4.. But nothing from Sissoko, colback, etc..

  • 110 sing in the corner // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:35 PM

    I like to see him talking and pointing. Nice to see someone being assertive, trying to organise. Future captain? Maybe…

  • 111 angelswithdirtyfaces // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:36 PM


    It’s not a major issue and is probably down to fitness and stamina throughout the 95mins. If we are genuinely playing pass and move then he still needs to ‘adjust his position’ to receive the pass and maybe move forward into space before releasing. I like the understandings he is building up with Janmatt and Mitro and look forward to him doing the same with Townsend and, hopefully, Doumbia.

  • 112 Online Guy // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    We really have to get rid of those black stripes on our famous strip ..make it all white …black and white stripes are so fractious to look at . All White strip please I dont mind a touch of Blue.

    Get rid of the black stripes ……Your allowed to comment .. Ho…

  • 113 Online Guy // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:43 PM


    I read your Account of what sounds like a great place to visit .and vacation..Will have another listen to Chico tonight

    We just got to get rid of the black and white stripes on our shirts though ..or is it white stripes ?

  • 114 carl // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Not unexpected but unfair comment on Saivet. He came from a French Lique 1 winter break and is getting up to speed. Those who watch the Europa will remember him scoring against L’pool and being a stand out player. Good and versatile type who can retain and pass to get forward. Tiote, Colback, Shelvey and Saivet good for a 4-3-3 line up away from home. Chronny reported before he signed that he was seen by McC as a DM replacement for Tiote. He’s a good addition who could be a starter ahead of Anita as he’s stronger on the ball.

  • 115 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Malta Mag,
    Another one always moaning about others posts. What relevance has Johnny foreigner got. It is a blog and criticising the players, manager and owner is part and parcel of it. Is it unfair to point out that we have lost both games Saivet has started and that we went of the boil when he came on against W Ham. Personally I don’t think he should have been bought at the expense of Tiote.

  • 116 WWSBRD // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:46 PM

    I have an inkling that both us and Sunderland are gonna be PL teams come the summer looking at this relegation battle

    Palace down are all in it for me (I’d discount Chelsea like)

  • 117 WWSBRD // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    U prefer Tiote to Saivet?

  • 118 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    A lad at work was saying Bmouth have a horrendous run in. I’d normally be right behind them, feel terrible wanting them to get beat every week.

  • 119 WWSBRD // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    I think Norwich have a rough innings aswell

  • 120 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Feb 7, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    @Jail for Ashley

    I think Bmouth will be fine they are capable of battling for points if I was a West Brom and Norwich fan I would be worried though especially if you look at West Broms next 5 or 6 fixtures they could end up with 0 points if they play like that every week

  • 121 SUTTY1978 // Feb 7, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    It’s strange the effect of a player on a team whether they individually play well or nor. It’s fair to point out that every game Saivet has started we have lost. At the same time it’s fair to point out that we haven’t lost a game that DeJong has started ( 2 wins & a draw). Are both stats coincidental? Most people didn’t think that DeJong did much in the games he played, at the same time quite a lot of people rated Saviet as the best outfield player against Everton.

  • 122 BandB // Feb 8, 2016 at 9:17 PM


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