The Boys Are Sharp And Raring To Go


Rafa Benitez has still to announce who his Newcastle captain will be for this coming season, but 22 year-old Jamaal Lascelles has had those duties in pre-season and while he is very young he could get the captaincy this season and not too many Newcastle fans would complain about that.

Jamaal showed last season what it means to play for the famous Newcastle club and he let players a lot more experienced than himself  know that – and in no uncertain terms too.

Good for him.

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Jamaal Lascelles in new strip – raring to go

And Jamaal, who has looked very good in pre-season at center-back has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site:

“Pre-season isn’t just for fitness – you’ve also got to make sure you are doing the right things, and our results would suggest that we have been,. 

“It’s a nice feeling to have been unbeaten going into the season, and I feel like we’re ready.” 

“The boys are sharp, we are all raring to go and if we continue like we have been in front of goal then it could be a very exciting season.”

“We started off really well.”  “Vitesse were a different type of opponent to what we have faced so far in pre-season – playing much more in front of us and very much to feet.”

“But I thought we dealt with it well and took our goals fantastically.” “I was really pleased with the first half,  but I was quite disappointed with the goals we conceded in the second half.”

“As a center-half it’s not nice to concede any goal but especially from a set-piece. We’re going to analyse it, go over what we need to do and correct it ready for Fulham on Friday.”

“We know what we’ve got to do and we’ve got to get things right. We’ve got high standards and want to be as good a team as we can, so it is important that we get things right.”

We did quite well in pre-season and won four of the five friendly games, but that doesn’t really mean too much.

ClubLocationDate and KickoffResult
BohemianDalymount ParkSaturday, 16th July
2:00pm
Won 6-0
Doncaster RoversKeepmoat StadiumWednesday, 20th July
7:45pm
Drew 2-2
KSC LokerenDaknamstadionSaturday, 23rd July
4:30pm
Won 4-0
Southend UnitedRoots Hall
Tuesday, 26th July
7:45pm
Won 2-0
SBV Vitesse St. James ParkSaturday, 30th July
3:00 pm
Won 3-2

The real stuff starts on Friday at Fulham and it would be great to get a win in our first game in the Championship for over six years.

That’s what we’re hoping for.

Comments welcome.


63 comments so far

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Some inspiring signings please….

    Look to South America or Asia or something thats a bit unexpected.

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  • martoon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #2

    I was sitting level with the 18 yard box where all the goals were scored (good choice 🙂 ). What was good to see was after we conceded each goal Lascelles was going mad with the other defenders – good to see he cared in what was only a friendly – definitely Captain material. I also noticed Hanley was pretty vocal as well which good to see or should that be hear!

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    gorgonzola, I said that on the last thread, but Ed quickly moved it on, as he always does when I post.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    martoon
    On ur game will u allow changes to the predictions depending on signings coming in?

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  • expatmag

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #5

    MUNSTER

    From a couple of threads back re: left wingers

    I wasnt even considering Thauvin as it seems pretty evident he is going but both Aarons and Ritchie play on the left whilst we seem to be short on the right.

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  • Fatman_joe

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Final League Position – 2nd
    Final no. of points – 93
    League Cup round – Q-F
    FA Cup round – 4th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Perez
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Perez
    No. of goals for TGS – 15

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  • tomellifred360

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Creating a Fantasy Football League if anyone is interested.

    76984-188980

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  • expatmag

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #8

    TOF

    Thats because you live in the Yarra Valley mate……lol

    Ed doesnt like wineries

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Wwsbrd I think we all now we need a winger anyway taking into account we only have Richie and Aarons.

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  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Expat

    Where’s the vineyards in Jarra?

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Diame must have gone downhill dramatically since I last seen him at West Ham if he is getting compared to Gerimi as he was immense the last time I seen him.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Newcastle United have met the release clause for Mohamed Diame.

    News broke earlier today that Newcastle were interested in the midfielder and now George Caulkin of The Times, has revealed that the player is currently en route to Tyneside for his medical.

    – See more at: http://www.themag.co.uk/2016/08/newcastle-meet-release-clause-diame-en-route-tyneside-medical-newcastle-united/?#sthash.iseG55Di.dpuf

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  • martoon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    WWSBRD @4 – I was going to freeze it after Thursday but you have a point about signings so yeah – I’ll allow changes to Player of the season and TGS to a new signing if you want – never let it be said I’m not amenable 😀

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  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 101
    League Cup round – 4th Round
    FA Cup round – Winners!
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Hayden
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Mitro
    No. of goals for TGS – 34

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  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Funny how welshies predictions are more ball park figures rather than a stated total .
    Talk about covering all bases ?

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  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Diamé as well as Knockaert or instead of, what do you guys recon?

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  • manxpie

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Diame will be a good signing he’s got vast experience proper tank and he’s just been a big part of a hull team that’s got promoted, however we’ve got a hell of a lot of cm,s now I’m hoping a couple of wingers are next

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  • hibbitt

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #18

    if i had to pick it would be Knockaert but both would be nice
    a lot of games to be played this season and in the championship they come thick and fast

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    one fine day

    Nothing wrong with my predictions as Del Boy would say He who dares………………..

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #20

    martoon
    Ur a good un. Have a sneaky feeling we might bring in another ST who make guy turn my head haha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #21

    Cocks it right up.

    Ha ha ha

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  • welshgeordie9

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #22

    From what I’ve read about diame he can play centre midfield, left wing or right wing.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Anyone wondering why Diame left West Ham it was because he was getting fed up of getting “Shunted” around by Big Sam even being asked to play as a striker !!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2744705/Mohamed-Diame-signed-Hull-shunted-West-Ham.html

    Whenever I have watched him he looks like the midfielder I expect Sissoko to be!!

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #24

    If the preferred midfield mix is going to be Anita, Hayden, Colback and Diame, we are going to have approximately zero flair and creativity. I’m all for being pragmatic, this is the Championship I know, but that is a pretty pedestrian group, to be fair.

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  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Welsh
    Based on yours I will adjust my points total to between 80 and 120 🙂

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  • expatmag

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

    LESH

    Good one mate. The Yarra Valley on the eastern outskirts of Melbourne is famous for its wineries and TOF lives there

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    just reading about diame,needing a right winger and anitas preseason over the last few days…maybe diame is coming in to replace tiote,and rafa may prefer anita on the right as he may feel he’s not strong enough for central mid,so diame would come in to cm with hayden,colback,saivet,shelvey and maybe anita pushed wide to give a bit quality and work rate on the right….just a thought.

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  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #28

    Hope this diame one is right .
    Just the sort of player we will need in the champs and he was pretty decent at west ham from what I recall.

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  • nut meg

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Martoon
    Final league position——–2nd
    Final number of points——97
    League cup round————5th
    FA Cup round—————–5th
    Player of the season blog–Lascelles
    Top goal scorer—————-Gayle
    Number of goals—————23

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #30

    Overrated Frenchman

    Your forgetting Shelvey??? Hayden is tidy in midfield and not as backwards as Colback, Diame will run for days, and can pick a pass here and there, but he is more of a box to box midfielder. We have Got flair pace and creativity in the 3 in front of the 2 in Ritchie, Perez, Aarons, albeit we need more depth which Knockaert and Pritchard would strengthen. We have by no means zero creativity and flair in the MF though.

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  • nut meg

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Forgot to add ….many thanks Martoon.

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  • martoon

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #32

    one fine day – to be fair Welsh revised his predictions to exact numbers afterwards.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #33

    Final League Position – 4th
    Final No. of Points – 80
    League Cup Round – Fourth
    FA Cup Round – Third
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Sels
    Top Goal Scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 14

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 1, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #34

    ToF
    Which 3 teams are going to finish above us?

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  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Shame this Alex Pritchard link seems to have gone quiet though really think he could do a job for us .
    Expat
    Nice part of the world
    Was down there last weekend for an inlaws 70th birthday lunch at meleetos at the punt road vineyard.great food and wine but pleased it wasn’t my shout on this occasion.

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  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36

    Martoon @32
    Fair enough .

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  • Bearsize

    Aug 1, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #37

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 99
    League Cup round – 5th
    FA Cup round – 5th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – mbemba
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – mitro
    No. of goals for TGS – 18

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  • one fine day

    Aug 1, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #38

    Tof
    Seeing a keeper get player of the season doesn’t boad well for this coming season .
    Elliott was many peoples favourite here last year and look how that worked out .
    But who knows how these things work out

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  • lesh

    Aug 1, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #39

    Expat

    We live and learn…….hic!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 1, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Has something happened? Jib’s not on every thread. And where’s Tuff?

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