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Drop These Stars And Bring Back Two Players For Swansea

4:50 pm, Monday, April 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 110 Comments

Rafa Benitez must change the side for the game against Swansea on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park – and although Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko may be two of our best technical players, they should be dropped for Saturday, because they didn’t turn up for the game last Saturday.

Anybody who doesn’t give 100% in any one game this season should automatically be left out of the next game and those two were nowhere to be seen on Saturday – not for the first time in away games this season either.

Fab Coloccini and Paul Dummett both trained all last week, so they should be fit enough to start on Saturday and we need some proper defenders brought into the side asap and hopefully they can both start playing well.

paul dummett scores

Paul Dummett – could return on Saturday

Jonjo Shelvey has not done much in the last few games, but he will likely retain his place and hopefully Jonjo will start t0 show some good form in central midfield.

Giving Henri Saivet a start in central midfield wouldn’t be a bad idea either and the 25 year-old Ivorian hasn’t been given a chance since Rafa came in.

So there are at the very least four changes Rafa could make and he may have other ideas of course – but we have waited too long to drop our two “stars ” in Gini and Moussa – two players who will be first out of the door at the end of the season when we are relegated.

It’s not yet quite a lost cause for Newcastle with both Sunderland and Norwich also managing to lose over the weekend, so we didn’t lose anything on those other two sides fighting relegation.

However, we are the club who have the points to make up if we are going to survive, and because of the way we played we probably should have lost points on therm  but we didn’t – so we’ll take that as a positive.

Wijnaldum and Sissoko could come back and play for the side in the next games and who knows, being dropped hopefully will get a positive reaction out of them.

Nobody in the Newcastle side should be undroppable, especially given the dire situation Newcastle are in at the moment, where our survival is down to a very slim chance at best.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Georginio Wijnaldum · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett

110 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Drum Bangers Out!

  • 2 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    No comment at this time.

  • 3 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Got to love Welshie, first order of the day is to complain about the “moaners” driving people away from the blog. Next up, tearing a huge new one for Rafa. Top Notch Harlech Wisdom.


  • 4 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Well Gina is a floating waste of space most of the time. A first class passenger hanging into his suite in a sinking ship. Doggedly, you could say 😉

    Well I’ve been banging the Sissoko drum for a while now, he just doesn’t fit, and he also confuses things. BOOM BOOM BOOM! BOOM BOOM BOOM!

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Review of season to date:
    1. Owner falls all over self saying how things are going to get better and he’s staying until we win something.
    2. Owner withdraws from board and hires team of “experts” to run things.
    3. Team of experts hires Steve McLaren as Head Coach and put him on the board.
    4. Other board members to include Lee Football Genius Charnley and Graham Show me another French midfielder please Carr.
    5.. Team gets off to a cracking start failing to win any of first 8.
    6. Club spends 10’s of millions on poor players in January in positions we don’t need help with.
    7. Club sinks to 19th while defending McLaren and saying everything will be fine.
    8. Charnley waits until last possible minute, then sacks McLaren in a panic.
    9. Club finally do something positive but far too late. Players have tuned it all out including Rafa.
    10. Ashley threatens “full review” in summer.
    11. To be continued…..

  • 6 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    I don’t know about nobody being in drop panel, Ed. it’s not like we are spoiled for choice. Trying to find a replacement in the academy or under 21 would be like emptying the vacuum cleaner to find a decent smartie.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Apr 11, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    So Benitez has come up with the we understand the fans feelings.

    What a load of bollocks, if you did sunshine you would have the balls to drop gini and sissoko, people keep saying you can’t drop those two who’s to replace them, well we are going down because we can’t rely on the spineless cowards we have got, so we may as well put youngsters in with no experience but plenty of energy and balls to put a fight, players we have now for them it’s a win win, stay up then great, go down and they will say sod it we are leaving because we are cowards.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    How am i making the bloggers leave, blogs all about opinions.

  • 9 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Somewhere in there G2 is Carr searching the nufc corridors in the small hours for his imaginary cat, and Lee repeatedly banging his head under his desk while searching for the safety pin that keeps his underpants fastened securely to his vest.

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Did they listen to me when I insisted they fong everybody at the club last November? Nooooooo. I could have sorted this lot oot given time and a good set of fongbats.

  • 11 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Welsh at 7 & 8, read 3

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Then they run into Bobby Moncur and he suggests they line up a couple of French midfielders for next season. They go off happily together singing La Marseillase. It’s definitely the right way to go Tsunki mate.

  • 13 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    SD fongbats G2? Really?

  • 14 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Also we have to remember that Lee was distracted for months due to the puzzle created by his mam making the string that connects his mittens through his Thomas and Friends winter coat too short. A lot of decision making time wasted there.

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Definitely not Tsunki. I prefer my hand made, vintage Canadian Maple fongbats. I have both left and right hand grips on them. Just walk into the dressing room and let the wood fly. Also essential come the summer clearout of the executive areas.

  • 16 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Bobby was compromised for a long time on his ability to input due to not realising that the crucial middle piece of his Ten-piece Mr Men jigsaw was actually stuck to the back of his neck with Nutella.

  • 17 Geordiedoonsooth // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    My team v Swansea Darlow,Mbabu,Lascelles,Mbemba,Dummett,Townsend,Shelvy,Colback,Perez,DeJong,Mitrovic. Subs, Woodman,Wijnaldum,Sissoko,Aarons,Collo,Saviet,Cisse

  • 18 croftus5678 // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:14 PM


    bugger the lb and rb an utilise sissoko and townsend speed and energy on those wings instead.

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    My team for Swansea:
    Woodman (we’ve tried everybody else)
    Anita (I’m very small but keen) Saylor (don’t give up on me yet) Mbemba (how did I end up here again?) Dummett (I can’t run fast but then I can’t defend well either)
    Sissy (please let this be over soon) Wini (I knew I wouldn’t like Britain) Shelvey (I’m going to connect on 1 of these 50 yard passes sooner or later) Obertan (I should be on the other wing)
    Doumbia (I’m fit now, no really I am!) Mitro (can somebody please give me a lift up the pitch?)

  • 20 scout // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Swansea 6/1 to win by 2 or more, after watching that crap on Saturday it should be an odds on shot

  • 21 scout // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    I wouldnt play Shelvey if he was the last man on earth 12 million pfft i know better non league players.

  • 22 bettyswallocks // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Welshie…….. Next time you’re asked to explain yourself tell them you’re too fcuking busy or vice versa.

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    Exciting times ahead in the Championship with the top, top executive team Ashley has in mind……

  • 24 hibbitt // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:34 PM


    dodge derek is looking good for a recall !!

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Advertisement for Director of Football for Newcastle United from Mike Ashley, President and Commander in Chief:
    Position: Director of Football
    Wanted: top, top man. Must be aware of the fact that football is played with a round ball. Must have ability to smile after each loss but at the same time look thoughtful and nod head wisely. Must have an intimate knowledge of young French midfielders to make proper suggestions to head scout. Must know when to disappear if things get dicey. When in doubt, must be able to blame Kevin Keegan for everything that has happened. Commitment is essential as this is an 8 year position.

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Ahhhhh! Not Dodgy Derek! Please, not that hibbit!

  • 27 Ron Knee // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Looking forward to that, hibbitt!

  • 28 bettyswallocks // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Lee Charnley has a new doctor that happens to be female. On his last visit she said,”Mr. Charnley, you’re going to have to stop masturbating.” He said , “Why’s that like?” She replied, “Because I’m trying to examine you”.

  • 29 Ron Knee // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Do we know why Janmaat punched a wall?

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Of course we are planning on winning something. I don’t know why everybody keeps moaning. Mike says so.

  • 31 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Ok why did Janmaat punch a wall Ron mate?

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    What are we planning on winning, just for interests sake? Is it something related to football like? Some kind of trophy? Or does he mean some SD coupons and a weekend in Wales? Runner up gets 2 weekends in Wales.

  • 33 Toon Tang // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music was born in Sunderland but attended school in Newcastle and is a fan of Newcastle United.

    Knowledge is power people…

  • 34 Ron Knee // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:49 PM


    I read it in that august organ, The Chronic. It was a serious question!

  • 35 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Was there a picture of Mike on the wall with the caption “from now on we make our own luck”?

  • 36 bettyswallocks // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Ron….. Janmaat punched the wall out of frustration. He pulled his groin for about twenty minutes.

  • 37 GeordieinOhio // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    my suggested team for saturday………

    use the

    U21 team

  • 38 Ron Knee // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM


    Thank you. So his move to Italy hadn’t been turned down, then?

  • 39 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Looking at who we have available I would go for the follow team against swansea. Colo might be fit, I’ll presume he is.

    ——————- Darlow ——————–
    Mbemba – Lascelles – Colo – Dummet
    ———–Colback — Shelvey ———–
    Townsend —— De Jong ——– Aarons
    ——————Mitrovic ——————-

    I can’t see that team starting but it should in my opinion.

    Sissoko and Wijnaldum have no place in this side, they have totally given up now. De Jong is a clever player and links pretty well. Aarons needs to start, he is unproven but he has so much more potential than those currently in the side.

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Does it take that long for Janmaat to pull his groin bettys mate? Possibly he should speak with Lee Charnley…..

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 5:59 PM

    Janmaat is moving to Italy Ron mate? Is that to play football then? Or does he just fancy a change of climate?

  • 42 bettyswallocks // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Ron….. I think his move to Italy will be very much encouraged. He can pull his groin to his heart’s content over there.

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    Not sure about Aarons at this point Transfer mate @39 but the rest is about as good as we have. Well chosen.

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Is that what they call it in Italy then bettys mate? Just sitting on the bench pulling the old groin?

  • 45 Ron Knee // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM


    Didn’t Rembrandt go to Italy for the light?

  • 46 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:03 PM


    I have no idea what’s happened to Aarons to be honest.

    Surely he can’t put in less effort than sissoko.

  • 47 Ron Knee // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:06 PM


    But he can’t pass a ball like Sissoko!

  • 48 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    Sissy runs about very busily Transfer mate. But he can’t cross a ball to save his life. And he’s forgotten how to shoot if he ever knew. He’s hopeless in the final third. It’s very difficult to even pick a decent starting 11 at this point.

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Yes Ron he did @45. He needed a nice bedroom light to paint his self portraits. I think possibly Janmaat should switch to painting after he finishes pulling his groin.

  • 50 Tsunki // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    I once went to a pub in Reading for the Light. Courage beer is flat and warm though. Not a pretty sight.

  • 51 JamesToon // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Pretty much agree with that whole team mate, I’d defo keep Lascelles in he seems to be our best defender atm and actually gives a sh**

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Ron Knee

    Thankfully not, not seen Sissoko do anything useful this season at all.


    It’s pretty pointless really whatever 11 we put out, this bunch will do well to win a single game never mind the 3/4 we need to stay up.

  • 53 hibbitt // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:09 PM


    i take it you haven’t been following the under 21’s lately ever bit as bad as the first team

  • 54 bettyswallocks // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    G2………… In his case there are plenty of words to describe what he is.
    His mind is definitely elsewhere. His missus is a sex object. When he asks for sex she objects.

  • 55 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    What’s happened with Doumbia and Saivet by the way? Does anybody know?

  • 56 Ron Knee // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Mel Brookes:
    ‘Hitler… there was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in ONE afternoon! TWO coats!’

  • 57 bettyswallocks // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Janmaat’s not an expert in masturbation but he holds his own.

    His Missus said,”If he already knows what pleases him and he can please himself, then why am I in the picture?”

  • 58 GeordieinOhio // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:17 PM


    No, I have not followed them in a fair bit…its hard enough watching the SO CALLED first team run around

  • 59 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    I think most people know Rafa was coaching his daughter’s school football team for a while. Apparently they beat us in a closed door friendly recently.

  • 60 LGFUAD21 // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Just like Tsunki.

    I actually called Sissoko at the beginning of the season.

    He has no place because he’s a Jack of all trades master of none.

    He’s not an out and out winger as he doesnt work hard enough or have the crossing ability or the ability to cut in.

    Many have said play him down the middle. But hes not consistent or enough of a goal threat to play number ten and in a deeper role he sells his partner down the river. he’s not enough of a team player to be a Box to Box.

    He makes our team disjointed and he hasnt produced anything at all. Last season he pulled the odd performance.

    The problem is he’s viewed as an asset so we’ve never bought a specialist in his place. Should’ve cashed in last summer IMO.

    Imagine if we had another player matching Townsend’s productivity on the other wing?

  • 61 welshgeordie9 // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:25 PM


    Not just me that’s been saying it.

  • 62 GeordieTwo // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    What actually is our transfer policy. Does Carr ask a club things like “that Doumbia character, he could play football at one time. Is he fit? No? Excellent we’ll take him.”

  • 63 Munster Mag // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Rotunda, re rafa, i think i am right about him in terms of motivation. this has been commented on by a few journos. Tactics, not motivation, is his forte. Liverpool may have come back from 3-0 but they had stevie g, and wasnt there the story that Liverpool players saw the milan “we are champions” vests? Either way, whilst appreciating that he is dealing with deadheads, we are flat in the first half of every game including sunderland. I like rafa and he could do great things but some of his decisions are odd and the players are flat a lot

  • 64 bettyswallocks // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Janmaat isn’t doing it with his wife, he’s doing it to our football club.

  • 65 scout // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Maybe Carver wasnt that bad after all a winner like Rafa can’t get these clowns going. I was at Southampton and let me just say no one went in hard on anyone and id love to know how far Shelvey ran.
    I’m convinced I covered more ground walking to the ground from the town centre. Lazy get.

  • 66 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 11, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Carver tried all the tricks, and without £80m of additions, he managed to get enough points to get us over the line.

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    What’s that noise? It must be Munster on his Rafa snare drum rather than his big steel band drum he’s using to bang on about Carr for two years.

  • 68 Jail for Ashley // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Considering 40 points is considered the benchmark and he had a half a season while we were about tenth I’d hardly say Carver got us across the line. It is a very different statement to say he kept us up rather than didn’t get us relegated.

  • 69 Munster Mag // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Jail its not my fault u were 2 years behind others re carr, and blamed all his bad buys on ashley! More to the point, is rafa above ALL criticism? Or can people make comments that are based on fair observation and opinion? And if rafa had zen status with you, can we praise ashley for getting him?

  • 70 Munster Mag // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Lgfaud as usual you make footballing sense. Sissoko is a good 400 metre runner id say but cant tackle or pass or cross,pretty much.

  • 71 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    I reckon that Carver and McClaren are both feeling a touch of schadenfruede at the moment.

    Perhaps Carver less so as he is a genuine fan.

    Talking about speed I wonder what Vardy could do 60 metres in.

  • 72 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Benitez probably looked at our team on paper and thought to himself he could revive the likes of Tiote , Sissoko etc

    It also looks like they are players who have been trying for him in training to make the cut but then when it was match day have let him down badly !

    I would like to think that Benitez has now realised this and will ring the changes ! It hasn’t helped that he has not had a left back to pick yet either mind you !

  • 73 scout // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Ring the changes? Who’s he gonna bring in?

  • 74 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Obertan is statistically better than Sissoko comparing their times here. He hasn’t had anything like the opportunity to gain some consistency and max out fitness that comes with a full season of games, whether through injury or selection. Also his attitude and work ethic has definitely improved over the years, visibly matured, unlike Sissoko’s who has gone the other way. Shame he gets injured all too often when he starts to win some people over.

  • 75 cyprus // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Obertan for Sissoko? Solved.

    Nah, I’m afraid he ain’t good enough for our championship challenge. If Sissoko, Gini stay, we’ll bounce back up.

    We are better than last time around. Massive clearout needed before those two, Obertan included.

  • 76 cyprus // Apr 11, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Is Saivet that bad? And Doumbia? If they are, what were they thinking? We needed a boost, to stay up, to kick on.

    And that Shelvey? Talk of a terrible, slow,overrated player. Did they not see it? Did they just watch his once in a blue moon Bollywood passes? I mean, I saw it, and I don’t watch football scientifically, FFS.

    Townsend has been alright, but how many cheaper players were picked by others? Wasn’t Long available a few times? etc?

    Carr, you failed big man.

  • 77 lochinvar // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Bryan Ferry was a Durham lad and went to Washington Grammar. My missus was there as well and was told in no uncertain terms by her teacher that Ferry was wasted as a musician – how wrong can you be. ! She thought he should have pursued a career as an artist – he was and still is an accomplished artist.

  • 78 Our Toon // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Wow so Ed you’ve decided that the 2 players to single out are Gini and Sissoko, 2 players being played out of position. Gini has never been a holding midfielder and sissoko has been pants this season but I’d rather have him at full back than some of the lads who are classed as natural for the position….like Janmaat. Last time I checked neither of these lads were part of the defence which falls apart week after week.

    How’s everyone’s latest darling getting on? Yes that’s shelvey I’m referring to, creates more problems than chances with his lack of pace, lack of reading the game and constant hand gesticulating to team mates…..let’s not forget that Hollywood pass which comes off once in a blue moon. I can see why Swansea fans wanted rid of him, since getting rid of him siguardson has been scoring for fun, might have something to do with building from the back and allowing siguardson creative freedom. Quite a few wanted British and in all honesty we’ve probably gone backwards rather than forwards.

    Sissoko and gini haven’t been good especially sissoko but in all honesty who the heck has been good?

  • 79 lochinvar // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Can anyone list those players that Carr didn’t recruit off the Mondial list ?

  • 80 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    I said ages ago that Obertan could yet be our saviour, can’t do any worse that some of out overrated non- saviours.

  • 81 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    I reckon Shelvey is trying too hard (seriously) and is failing to do the simple do-able stuff because of that.

  • 82 jimmysmith // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Sissoko has done well for us both playing wide and through the middle. The problem has been consistency. It’s hard to know if that’s a character failing in the player, the set up, or both, but Sissoko does have the physical and technical ability to be an influential player in this league.

    We’ve seen him do it many times. It’s something else that’s awry I think. Perhaps he simply doesn’t entirely respect the club, or hasn’t been surrounded with sufficient quality to consistently bring out the best in him.

  • 83 martoon // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Hi guys for all of you asking about your prediction here is a full list so you can you check yourself (sorry I couldn’t work out how to align the columns).

    Poster Final position in League Final no. of points:-
    martoon 10 48
    Take a Chancel on me 9 52
    jayphoto 8 51
    Jack 15 39
    PapissGottaBrandNewBag 11 49
    Corkypants 8 58
    Yorkshire Magpie 12 45
    dok – the horrid colonial 10 52
    Noel Worst 9 51
    Our Toon 10 51
    clinath@ed 9 55
    Menelauos 10 53
    english yeoman 7 60
    check the toastie 6 62
    Belfast 12 46
    Offkey 12 45
    LewSpi v2.0 9 51
    Average_Contents 13 45
    Tsunki 5 69
    Bearsize 8 56
    Sazzer 11 48
    Setchell 7 61
    geordie157 9 53
    Harley 7 60
    royal-county-geordie 6 63
    overtheline 9 52
    Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t 7 60
    Tinman 8 60
    jane 14 42
    lochinvar 7 70
    mickalfas 12 46
    jesperfuglsang 10 49
    Jail for Ashley 9 54
    tequilamag 8 58
    israeli_fan 7 61
    ShirebrookToon 6 62
    ronaldo aarons 10 57
    deeps 8 56
    Small World 10 56
    toon kk 14 44
    sparky55 8 59
    welshgeordie9 8 59
    GeordieoftheSouth 12 49
    nut meg 9 53
    Charlie in the Gallowgate 13 47
    Ron Knee 14 44
    firebug666 15 42
    hibbit 14 43
    jasper 8 58
    coatesy17 8 54
    Mag52 15 41
    Bambams 11 50
    Alec 11 54
    estechco 10 50
    northernracoon 9 53
    sweendog 7 54
    John Tudor 16 44
    Ian Toon 9 56
    the broons 10 52
    JamesToon 10 55
    Lilongwe Geordie 9 52
    Reyantoon 6 60
    Jib 5 62
    JP…from The Rock 11 53
    Madmaglass 9 56
    Graeme 11 49
    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp 13 47
    WWSBRD 13 45
    B1GSTEVE 7 63
    scottoon 9 53
    thevirus 9 53
    Thump 13 47
    SUTTY1978 12 44
    Sliema 12 49
    matt11_25 6 63
    NezzaNUFC 14 44
    Shot Bru 16 39
    philippealbert 10 49
    shearer4pm 9 52
    Unplugged toon 10 47
    Magpie Myles 8 48
    King Colback 7 65
    archaeomag 7 55
    IITianToon 8 56
    Oldgit1 13 46
    catchy in norway 6 60
    JackButler 10 49
    toonking 10 50
    Munster Mag 9 52
    mindshaft 11 53
    the white tino 10 53
    Bobbybee 7 58
    Essex Geordie Bill 8 60
    Spellcheck 9 50
    OneAlanShearer 4 60
    Clarke_M 7 58
    Fatman_joe 10 40
    bosamuelson 7 61

  • 84 jimmysmith // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Didn’t see the Southampton game but have seen the others and I agree that Shelvey is wound up too tight, but few, if any of them, seem to have their heads in the right place come kick off.

  • 85 VanToonMan // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    We HAVE to take it to swansea – a 6-2 type result like we had against Norwich early on in the year will really boost our confidence for the final 5 games following this saturday.

    Remember this is the same squad that beat Liverpool at home and went to white hart lane and won from being 1-0 down.

    Taking it to swansea means 4-4-2:

    – – – – – – – – – —————–Darlow———————–
    ——-Sissoko/Mbabu – – -Mbemba – – Lascelles/Colo – – – Dum/Colb



    Subs: Perez & De Jong on at 60mins

  • 86 SPRINGY // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    his touch is poor,decision making is poor,cant cross and is weak in the tackle,he has got worse since he came so not giving a shit could be a big part of it….i could’nt tell u his best position tbh as he’s pretty erratic in a few different places…great then poor….same as the team to be honest so cant just blame him.

  • 87 SPRINGY // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    saying that about sissoko but in fairness he’s probably got more assists then anyone else…..very strange player to pin down tbh.

  • 88 VanToonMan // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Just looked at physio room – going by that in terms of availability for saturday i would say:





  • 89 jimmysmith // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    Collocini needs to get out and play now even if not 100%. As Captain and most experienced player, and highest earner, he needs to contribute.

  • 90 SPRINGY // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    cant see rafa changing the system he prefers so it’ll be 4-2-3-1 probably…cant say i like it, but thats what he knows.

  • 91 jimmysmith // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    The poor teams lack quality and confidence. We have a bit of quality, but we never regained our confidence after last season. If we’d converted those decent overall performances earlier in the season into more points we’d be less fragile, but couldn’t take our chances. Ironically, Mitrovich has now settled, but the rest of the side has developed a severe identity crisis.

  • 92 SPRINGY // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    should go back to basics, two wide fast players naturally left and right footers on there respective wings and rain the crosses in to two strikers….nowt else is working… so why not.

  • 93 Jib // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate 13 47
    toon kk 14 44
    NezzaNUFC 14 44
    Ron Knee 14 44
    Jack 15 39
    firebug666 15 42
    John Tudor 16 44

    The blog pessimists haven’t let anyone down
    Although John Tudor is a Sunderland supporter

  • 94 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Apr 11, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Imagine it….

    Next season we could potentially be playing STaylor and Colo at CB…..

    7 years on since the last time we did it!

  • 95 SPRINGY // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:09 PM

    both colo and taylor need releasing at the end of the season to force the club to buy cb’s…i can see the club taking the easy option and extending taylors contract to the same as colos,save them some money..unfortunately.

  • 96 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:10 PM


    Well we can do that now Townsend Left wing and Obertan right wing would work and then put De Jong and Mitrovic up front see how that goes

    Cant be any worse than what we are currently doing !

  • 97 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:12 PM


    Now that really is pessimism. (:

  • 98 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:12 PM


  • 99 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    Can’t get a frowny face. ;(

  • 100 SPRINGY // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    cant hurt….i doubt rafa will change the system though

  • 101 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:19 PM

    I’d be shocked if De Jong plays again for us.

    I know he’s been unlucky with injuries but he has been just awful.

    Never done any more than walk around the pitch occasionally mis-controlling the ball.

    And that’s from someone who thought he was going to be brilliant after watching him play for Ajax.

  • 102 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:22 PM


    Something will need to change this weekend I actually thought Obertan was doing well before his injury!If you could get him to that form with Townsend on the other side you can pin teams back allowing space for players in the middle !

    Wijnaldum and Mitrovic could also play as a strike partnership as both thrive on crosses into the box

  • 103 toon kk // Apr 11, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Tbh I was being very optimistic when I gave my predictions. Although I have to admit I didn’t think we’d be as bad as we are until a few games in, then the writing was on the wall, we’re a sh.t team full of over rated flops. I do think some of our players would do really well with the right team mates in a convenient team.

  • 104 SPRINGY // Apr 11, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    if they could produce a few decent crosses and create a few half chances it would lift the players, the supporters make the other team a bit weary of loosing the ball,make them over think or second guess certain passes….all these little bits would be encouragement….we’ve seen nothing of this for weeks,every team looks so much more confident that there is no threat even if they loose the ball….thats just part of it,stronger controlled tackling,work rate,crisper passing and if it does’nt come off dont go waving arms around…just win it back and start again….obviously its not as easy as im making out here,but need to do something to try and breath a bit passion,commitment,confidence and strength…a few chances could help with that.

  • 105 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 11, 2016 at 10:07 PM


    Yeah I dont even understand how if players are looking to get moves away why they are not getting stuck in either? Surely it cant look good for a player to go through the motions for 4 or 5 months ?

    It doesn’t take confidence to work hard on the pitch it might take confidence to try a shot or a certain pass but it shouldn’t cause players to shirk challenges and not run about ! So frustrating watching our lot because they are capable of so much more !

  • 106 SPRINGY // Apr 11, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    you have to question there mentality,they dont stay sharp for a full 90+ mins….or even start,for years i’ve shouted on about being sharp at the start of the second half,have a look at how goals are scored against us in the first 5-10mins of the second,its scary really and that is down to a half arsed attitude,not being game ready from the off and they went and conceeded in 3 and a half mins on sat after working all week to stay focused,be sharp,keep it tight….shocking mentality or lack of intelligence.

  • 107 SPRINGY // Apr 11, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    how many goals are scored against us#

  • 108 Thump // Apr 11, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    @martoon: Christ, 13th. And that was me being cynical at the time. Hah…

  • 109 bladeuser // Apr 11, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    PROPER defenders dummy and colo your having a laugh we are finished kaput down what is wrong with you six games won all season and two of those were lucky
    The players are not arsed why do you keep turning up in numbers it’s bloody embarrassing villa fans are showing you up they have found something else to do on a Saturday instead of paying through the nose to watch millionaires take the rise out of you
    And you sit there and take it what the F@@@ is wrong with you
    Sky sports will be flocking to sjp to get your close ups of tears steaming down your faces well before spurs come to town and people will not sympathise but laugh they’re faces off it truly is pitiful

  • 110 nufc 11 // Apr 11, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    People laughed when we’re linked with Mark noble during ap era we were to good a club for him by God could we be doing with him now and more like him.

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