Newcastle Will Now Change Transfer Priorities


We had thought there could be a shock result last night – mainly because Fulham have undergone a transformation this summer under new boss Slavisa Jokanovic and he had done a fantastic job at Watford the season before last in getting them an automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Slavisa was only in charge about six months yet led Watford to promotion but didn’t stay because he couldn’t agree terms with Watford.

Fulham could well be a side challenging for promotion this season.

Slavisa Jokanovic

Slavisa Jokanovic – can bring success to Fulham

But last night wasn’t just a terrible result it was also a poor performance from the team – and that’s what surprised us the most – it was unexpected we should play so poorly.

What we lacked was physical power and thrust up front, so when Rafa is trying to bring in a striker and a winger maybe he will look for some powerful tall players in those two positions.

Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle both looked lightweight last night although Dwight has proved before he can score goals in the Championship with Peterborough United.

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Rafa Benitez – after the game last night

But for Ayoze it was more inconsistency which is a deficiency in his game he needs to improve.

Maybe when Mitrovic is back one of them can play of the big Serbian striker.

Whoever Newcastle were looking at in the transfer market before last night’s game will now likely change if they were not for big powerful players.

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72 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Munster, I do think players on the post is a must for corners, unless you have a full team of players 6ft 5″, but even then, they’d fill the post space more as well.

    Where there are strengths, there can also be weaknesses.

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  • NewcastleMole

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    I saw the same problems from when pardew was here.

    I said it last season every other club has a better centre midfield duo and aslong as we persist with Colback it’ll be the same.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Colback was worful last night. As was Hayden and most of the team. Anita is not a winger and Dummett is a poor LB as he offers nothing going forward and can’t cross. We were seriously outplayed and that was worse than the result. I really hope Rafa buys quality. Especially a proper winger and powerful striker.

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  • Bobbybee

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Er, Ed, how many Hanley’s have we got in the squad? 😉 You’ve put him down twice with different scores! I presume one of them is Hayden? Which is which please?

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Melt down relaxed yet?

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  • beefman13

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Ginger pubes has to go, how does the kid start every game, Diame has to stake his claim big style, he and Hayden could be very good, give Arma and Aarons a proper run in the team, Perez overall has done well for us but he is so inconsistent you wouldn’t believe, and why is he taking all the free kicks? only a game gone and everyone goes to bed deflated and flat as a fart, yes one game at a time, so last night was only very average, oh n that Shelvey what was he thinking when he came on, to poor for words.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    First time I’ve seen Hayden. Started the game well. Was breaking down their moves and setting us away with a simple ball. He steadily faded. Overall, I was disappointed given what I’d read. For me he needs more to his game than that.

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  • Carl819

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Last time when we were relegated we, apart from the tw4ts that left, had the same squad who knew how to play with each other, this is a new team and it will take a few games to gel; we were the better team last night, one defensive error and bad refereeing cost us dearly. In Rafa we trust.

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  • FollowFollow

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Colback was absent last night. I was a supporter. He’s disappointing me so much.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    We need to bring in:

    Santon
    Knockaert
    Januzaj
    Shane Long

    That should be enough until January.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    There was definitely a problem with the marking for the goal. It looked half zonal and half man marking. When Lascelles went to attack the ball Dummett accidentally blocked him giving the big lad a free header. The big lad up front barely got a kick all night apart from the goal.

    You can lose a few games in this division and then win a few on the bounce and you’re right back in the mix. I wouldn’t be to concerned about last night to be honest.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Disappointing performances for me were Sels, Dummett, Lascelles, Colback and Perez

    Ritchie was very good though and him with Janmatt can tear the league to bits given the chance

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    I found it absolutely inflammatory and totally insensitive that sky invited SM on the show. The guy has no shame whatsoever, ie claiming Shelvey (his signing) would give us creativity when all he did was kick people when he came on.

    We are where we are because of Mclaren and a wasted 80M. Colback and shelvey aren’t exactly the brightest with all the daft free kicks conceded and have to say dummet and colback are very mediocre, even at this level.

    I was upset about the pens not given but far more upset their full back didn’t get a red early doors for the push on perez when not much if any cover was on. That said we looked very impotent in attack and far too many wasted long balls were played with no back spin. Don’t really get the hype about armstrong.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    i wish people would stop saying we are going to tear and rip up this league and we’ll get 100+ points with gayle et al scoring bucket loads.

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  • toon22

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    We need a big striker

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    JP etc.@3 -I like that word “worful”. It’s a neat combination of woeful and awful isn’t it. Do you mind if I use it too? “Wor lads were worful” has a great symmetry to it.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda, I couldn’t believe my eyes that he was there commentating.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Aye we could do with another Ritchie on the other side. He looks the business. I think if we really want Knockart we could get him. We’ll probably have to over pay for him mind.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Blackley @7. Agree with that. I noticed that as soon as they sold Hayden, Arsenal signed another young defensive midfielder. I know we’re nut Arsenal, but still..

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #20

    The overrated frenchman- hahaha yeahh funny how that came out. Caught in two minds I guess. I have the copyright, but you’re a good lad so I welcome you to use it mate 😉

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Belfast@11 – Exactly right. Dummett was taking the space Lascelles needed to get onto the big plank. Lascelles took the blame apparently, but I’m not so sure it was his fault really.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #22

    How many worful games does “Wor Jackie” Colback have to play before he’s given the flick? Seriously, he is bloody useless.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    ed

    It doesn’t necessarily need big target men, there was no service to feet or people making runs to get in behind and the odd occasion they did, they weren’t spotted.

    colback and hadyn offer no creativity. forestieri and kockaert would be ideal.

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #24

    ToF
    Could say the same about Perez, Dummett and Anita

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  • Belfast

    Aug 6, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Aye Lascelles came out after the game and took full responsibility for it like. It was unfortunate and more to do with the way we where marking imo but apart from that I thought they dealt with the big guy pretty well. There’s no way Hanley is fit either barely got a kick in pre season.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #26

    Bring back Carroll! Carroll/Mitro as the out and out ST.

    Bring in Brady to feed them from the LW.

    Start bloody Shelvey.

    Consider selling Ayoze. If we dismissed significant bids out of hand then we should reconsider them. Anything around £15m should be seriously thought about because he’s not improving in that AM role and very few, unlike me, consider him to be best as a poacher and he certainly is no wideman.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    dummet basically —- up for the goal, taking his own man out of the game. dummet and colback shouldn’t be anywhere near this team.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Knockaert and Januzaj will be perfect but maybe out of our reach Kets. Both quality players that will provide natural width.

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #29

    Colback was good alongside Tiote. He seems to also play well with Shelvey. I think he’s capable, but I can see us struggling to succeed if he plays alongside Anita or Hayden. To be honest I think our best CM combination is likely to come from Tiote, Diame and Shelvey, and then Anita, Colback and Hayden.

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  • FollowFollow

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    In his Sky interview, Rafa said we were man marking. Effectively blamed Lascelles.

    Lascelles wasn’t close to his man from the beginning never mind after Dummett fell over.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #31

    hail,

    never thought i’d agree re – perez, but he’s been terribly disappointing.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    fair play lascelles did appear to be nowhere near close enough but dummet hardly helped

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #33

    HailworAshley- Ayoze is a talent. He just had a very bad game yesterday. We should not hesitate and sell him. He has barely played in the AM role and now with Rafa I bet he can get the best out of him. He is a but lightweight though and needs to improve his strength, but he is technically sound and can be a threat. We should keep faith and see how he improves over the course of the season. Let’s not judge after just one game under the new season.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #34

    We needed Diame up top last night. We were very lightweight and were out muscled

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #35

    Lascelles probably judged he needed the run on him to beat the 6ft6 man to the header. Had dealt with him well in that fashion in open play up until then, however at set-pieces you rarely get a clear run at somebody. As soon as that bunching up centrally tactic was being used by them he should have got tighter and done his best to compete, at the very least he’d have prevented the free header.

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  • FollowFollow

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #36

    Sell Perez. Anything over £8m. He’ll never make it.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #37

    Perez can get dispossessed quite a bit when the ball is played up to him with his back to goal I keep noticing, and as he tries to turn.

    He’s certainly got talent. Hopefully he will improve in the coming months. He doesn’t like the physical aspect at all, though.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #38

    RAFA needs to buy another forward – big and strong/target man.
    i.e. like Carroll the last time we were in the championship – might not of scored a lot of goals but he bossed,bullied the opposition defences.

    Also we had NO leaders on the pitch last night

    Their goalscorer bossed our defenders yesterday and scored a good goal, poor marking though

    Mito most likely would do the job – but how many games will he miss.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #39

    I’m sure Rafa has identified what’s needed

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  • Slank

    Aug 6, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #40

    Very often a manager learns more about his team, tactics and players from a defeat than a win.

    This defeat could be paradoxically a good thing as losing the first game only makes us 3 points away from our rivals with plenty of time to catch up and overtake them.

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