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This Is Good News For Newcastle Striker

6:50 pm, Sunday, August 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 97 Comments

We reported recently there were several clubs interested in signing 26 year-old Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere, who we bought from Monaco two years ago for £6M.

The French striker has not played at all for Newcastle this pre-season although it looks like he has still been injured, but in any case he is not in Rafa’s plans at Newcastle and will be allowed to leave the club if we get a decent offer for him before September.

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Emmanuel Riviere – in action for Newcastle

Newcastle will be looking to recoup the £6M we paid out to bring him to Newcastle, but Manu’s  been a disappointing acquisition by Chief Scout Graham Carr.

France Football are reporting that Bundesliga club Hamburg are interested in signing the 6ft tall striker, who has scored 3 goals in 28 appearances for the Magpies.

Hamburg have some older strikers on their books and they are looking to bring in the 26 year-old to add some youth and physical prowess up front.

The fee is said to be €7.5M – which converts to £6.38 – so that sounds about right.

Riviere will be happy enough that clubs are interested in him this summer and two top clubs said to be keen to sign him include Greek side Olympiacos and his former club AS Monaco.

We’d be surprised if As Monaco are really interested in their former striker however, after he had had a poor two years on Tyneside and he’s been injured a lot of the time.

Newcastle want to transfer the 26 year-old permanently or send him on a loan – with an obligation to buy when he’s played a certain number of games.

The main thing is to get the striker off Newcastle’s wage bill for this season.

Other players still likely to leave Newcastle before the end of the transfer window are 30 year-old holding midfielder Cheick Tiote and 26 year-old French International midfielder Moussa Sissoko who is hoping his dream club – it’s now Real Madrid apparently – will sign him.

Transferring those two well-paid players will help to further decrease the Newcastle wage bill and keep it at least manageable for this season down in the Championship.

But the Mirror’s report today that Rafa Benitez wants to sell top striker Aleksandar Mitrovic before the end of this transfer window because he doesn’t trust him to keep his cool in games – appears to be totally inaccurate.

That’s good, because we need players who can put the ball in the back of the net and Aleksandar could have a stellar season for us this term.

The 26 times capped Serbian international scored 9 Premier League goals in 36 appearances for us last season.

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  • 1 kilcline // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    £6.38 is a bit steep for that waste of space.

  • 2 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    I wonder are they interested in any of other unwanted players ? 🙂

  • 3 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Yer right Kilcline. That’s why we should offer them the rest of the deed wood.

  • 4 Ian Toon // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Belfast. – Yeah right. How’s it going mate? Am I talking to the right Buster Belfast? What’s all that about? The price of being a blog legend!

    Have to say I was not overly surprised by our flat performance and had said it would take time to gel . It’s a hell of a long haul and we need the sort of balance Rafa mentioned in his broadcast to the Geordie nation. This is not the best place to have to face those who only ever see black or white and no shades of grey.

  • 5 WWSBRD // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    We will make money on Rivi? Wasn’t it 6mill euros we paid?

  • 6 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Yer right it’s me.

    Enquiries currently ongoing, but I think it’s probably Tsunki. Well he’s Prime suspect at the moment anyway. 🙂

  • 7 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    50 shades of black’nwhite
    Football pornography

  • 8 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    It was 50 shades of shite on Friday night!!

  • 9 Munster Mag // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Did someone say janmaat is going to be class? Doubt it. Not the quickest for a start. Good enough for Juve? Not even slughtly

  • 10 Ian Toon // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Tsunki is in need of a makeover back to his kitchen fitter sketch days !

    Eagerly awaiting a proven goalscorer to come in. Likely to be someone we’ve not thought off like the majority of signings. Ritchie looks a class act on his favoured right side. The tempo was not quite right wig so many newcomers but it takes time to blend..

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    6 consecutive matches that should us a lot about our club and how it will do this season lads. Beginning Aug. 27th Brighton, Derby, QPR, Wolves, Villa and Norwich. If we can gather 12 points or more from those 6 I’ll be satisfied.

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    should read should tell us of course.

  • 13 Bobbybee // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Jib, nice post on Sissoko, without the dodgy editing. It’s like an interview with a different person. Very interesting, shows that the British press has some sort of agenda against the idea of Newcastle not being in turmoil. There was no disrespect towards the club or the fans in that interview. Then again, when have the press ever let the truth spoil a good story?
    Looking forward to being back inside SJP on Saturday, when 50k geordies will be 100% behind the team and manager. Nothing wrong with criticising tactics or players’ performanes, but some of it has been hysterical. One game a season does not make. Rafa was seething in his interview, but kept it under control. Clearly that was not how he instructed the team to play, as it was nothing like the tactics displayed in pre season, but he doesn’t normally slate his players in public, so why start after one game? He’ll sort it out, no need to panic. If we’re still pointless by Wednesday night, it might mean something, but not yet. Apart from Norwich, none of the really fancied teams got off to the flier they expected.

  • 14 jazzyp // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    I would be happy to cut our loses on this guy.
    A bad bad buy from the offset by another Carr failure.
    Hopefully a new CF will be brought in to help with goals we lack at present

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Aug 7, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    We’ve had so many player acquisition disasters over the Ashley tenure. It’s a repeating nightmare. Just to name a few Rivi, both De Jongs, Obertongs, Thaujam, Cabella, Marveaux, Xisco (remember him?), Cacapa (remember him?), Ben Tozer, Nacho Gonzalez (thank you Dennis Wise), Fitz Hall, Fabrice Pancreas. It just goes on and on like a nightmare.

  • 16 toon22 // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    We need 2 new strikers,Rivi and Goffy are needing selling.
    Both need to be good in the air.

    Goofy is listed as a striker? on the NUFC roster.


  • 17 Yo-yo // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    All the dead legs brought in by Carr are beginning to create a log jam, as getting them off the books is essential before Rafa get his full squad.
    Don’t have a problem with Tiote moving off to get a payday as he is on the downward curve of his career and will want a decent contract.

  • 18 Bobbybee // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Got to say how distraught I felt when McCormack left the field holding his hamstring. 😉 Unfortunately he walked off so it might be just a twinge. Like to hear the Villa’s chairman quotes now, after having a dig at us for losing at Fulham. He didn’t look too happy on the box like. Karma.

  • 19 Ron Knee // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:09 PM

    Just to be clear: Hamburg pays us 7.5 million euros, and not the other way around?

  • 20 Bobbybee // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Ron, does sound too good to be true like. 😉

  • 21 jazzyp // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Toon 22

    We need a lot more than 2 new strikers my friend !!

  • 22 jazzyp // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:14 PM


    Hopefully that 7.5 mill will go towards buying us a left back we have been after for abt 3 year

  • 23 Ron Knee // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:14 PM


    Like when Palace paid good money for Pardew!

  • 24 Bobbybee // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Ron, funny old world we live in!

  • 25 Ron Knee // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:16 PM


    There’s talk of Brendan Galloway.

  • 26 jazzyp // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:21 PM


    Loan mate is it for the youngster ??
    Would have preferred a permanent to come in if he is.
    We were linked with the Rico kid for weeks but that has past by. I like Mbabu myself but unfortunately he cannot stay injury free

  • 27 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    GeordieTwo //We’ve had so many player acquisition disasters over the Ashley tenure. It’s a repeating nightmare.

    What a strange post

    A bit like a nagging wife

    “She wouldn’t let it lie” (in a Vic Reeves voice)

    Cacapa was signed in August 2007 2 months after Ashley bought his first shares in the Toon and was first mentioned as an Allardyce target in the Spring when Fat Frddy was praying for a miracle.

  • 28 Pat On The Heed // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Ron Knee, Palace who went on to finish in their highest ever league position that season and continue to ply their trade in the premier league?

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Aug 7, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Ron Knee,
    Is that the same Palace that after finishing in their highest league spot went last season not securing their safety until two games to go??

  • 30 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    We looked like a relegated side that had a modest net spend on squad changes. That of course is what we are.

    Most people seemed to be predicting us as league winners. Do you still reckon that? Or do we have to spend a whole lot more and you are reckoning we will?

  • 31 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    I hope to see some more signings this week

  • 32 Average_Contents // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:06 PM


    Is that the same palace who won twice in 5 months?

  • 33 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Is that the same palace that are going to be relegated this season

  • 34 toon kk // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:15 PM

    Another two or three games will show us what we’re all about this season.
    Whether we’re an astablidged championship club or promotion candidates remains to be seen. You can’t write us off after one game though.

  • 35 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    Friday’s game was not the way Rafa wanted us to play, you could tell from the way he looked in his interview afterwards. He looked well pissed off!

  • 36 jimmysmith // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Colback played like someone on the verge of losing his spot, although he’s a player you’d imagine would handle that correctly and respond by fighting for his spot.

    The side that started at Fulham did have a Championship look about it, but was competitive, probably good for a point, and most importantly we still have more substantial players to draft in as Rafa gets his message across to the new boys.

    Pogba reported to be taking his medical at Man U, so that’s the first domino down towards Sissoko’s departure. The quality of his replacement will be critical.

    If we can nab another Ritchie, keep Tiote, off load Rivierre, and bring in a genuine target man to compete with Mitro, we can then justifiably be very confident, but of course the transfer market is a most uncertain place.

  • 37 posada // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    I can’t believe this player is injured. Injured doing what.
    Would anyone really be daft enough to pay serious money for him.
    He’s one of a number just waiting for the move out.
    When you look at the players on our books that contribute nothing its crazy.

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    No, no no Shirebrook. Rafa set them up to play that way and miss hit almost every adventurous pass, you could see him screaming at Anita to hoof the ball twenty yards wide and over Gayle head.

  • 39 Pat On The Heed // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Lol those clubs that narrowly escape relegation or may be relegated in the future. Embarrassing or what. No, no actually being relegated is surely the way forward lads.

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    The beauty of a bigger squad is that Colback could and should be dropped for his performance. He has obviously got into a habit of knowing that even if his standards drop then he’ll play again anyway, hopefully his woeful display on Friday, substitution and bench on Saturday will make them all think twice about putting in a display like that.

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    Pat on the heed,
    Do you follow Newcastle?

  • 42 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:35 PM


    I Must have missed that part of the game when Rafa was screaming for Anita to hoof it to Gayle.

  • 43 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Nice to see that Saylor got a goal on his debut. In his own net kind but still……….

  • 44 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:38 PM


  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    No way 😮

  • 46 martoon // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Evening guys – for anybody interested I’ve done some analysis on the predictions – note that to prevent the averages being skewed I’ve removed a couple of the more ridiculous predictions i.e. 148 points??

    152 posters gave predictions (very good effort 🙂 )
    Average league position = 1
    Average number of points = 99
    Average League Cup round = 5 (last 16)
    Average FA Cup round = 5 (Quarter Finals)
    Top choice for POS = Richie with 38.8% of posters
    2nd top choice for POS = Lascelles with 19.7%
    Top choice for TGS = Gayle with 56.6% of posters
    2nd top choice for TGS = Mitrovic with 28.3% of posters.
    Average number of goals for TGS = 23

  • 47 Pat On The Heed // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    JFA. With a passion. I stop short of the radio phone ins though. You get all sorts on there.

  • 48 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    I was looking forward to Toonkk being positive this season 🙂

  • 49 jimmysmith // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    I didn’t think Anita played badly under the circumstances. He battled on in an unfamiliar position and then did better when played in a more familiar role.

    He isn’t likely to start if the squad is fully fit and available, but with his quality and versatility he will always make the match day squad you’d think, and that’d be a good sign for us.

    Hanley, Dummett, Sels, Hayden, Armstrong and Aarons are players who figured against Fulham but would struggle to make the bench should we have a full squad to select from, and that’s a good sign too of course.

  • 50 ShirebrookToon // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:46 PM


  • 51 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Mourinho wins his first trophy and Manure haven’t played in the League yet !

  • 52 bettyswallocks // Aug 7, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Some of those pyramids in Egypt are in a desperate state of repair.

  • 53 Fostino // Aug 7, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Breaking news.

    Steven taylor debut. Scores an o.g. And are 3-0 down at half time where he is subbed off. They to on to win 4-3. Just typical of the player

  • 54 jimmysmith // Aug 7, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Janmaat defended well. I don’t accept at all that he’s a poor defender. He can get goal side and tight, and make a clean challenge. He’ll benefit from playing in a winning side and from Rafa’s coaching. He gets forward beautifully, seemingly constantly finding space and going one on one with the opposing fullback. He’s big and he covers ground quickly. Quality EPL fullback in the Championship.

  • 55 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Wow is there 152 people on this blog, and i bet out of all the bloggers I’m the best looking one.

  • 56 welshgeordie9 // Aug 7, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    Only joking guys.

    Ha ha ha

  • 57 bettyswallocks // Aug 7, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    Welsh…. I suppose you are quite a handsome beast

  • 58 Jib // Aug 7, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    Janmaat doesn’t get in the box enough – if Rafa can coach him doing that more he’ll be a world beater.He looks for the pass too much he should look for more contact with the opposition.

  • 59 bettyswallocks // Aug 7, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Jib……. Why would Janmaat get in the box, he’s a full/wing back. It’s not his job to be in the box just to supply balls in or defend.

  • 60 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Aug 7, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Mr Multiple has added a few new names to the roster I see – he’s as transparent as they come.

  • 61 jimmysmith // Aug 7, 2016 at 11:01 PM

    Any club interested in Rivierre will surely be considering him on the basis of his achievements in France, and his time at Newcastle from the context of the shambles behind the scenes. They’ll want him cheap, but I’m not surprised at the possibility. His wages of course may prove the biggest stumbling block, and like Gouffran he may be happy enough to simply see out his contract.

  • 62 Nufc-83 // Aug 7, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Jimmy I agree on your Jaanmatt post but not at all on your other one.
    – Anita was awful and was constantly giving away possession or making the wrong decision.
    – I think Sels has been brought into be no1 so to say he wouldn’t get on the bench is wrong.
    – Hayden looks to be one of our best players so far so can’t see him dropping from the side let alone not making the bench.
    – Aarons is one of only two wide players in the squad how you see him not making the bench even Is beyond me the lad should be starting.
    -Hanley has been brought into be starting or at least 3rd choice CB so he will always at least make the bench.

  • 63 Belfast // Aug 7, 2016 at 11:15 PM

    I thought Hayden played ok and would definitely be in ahead of Anita and Colback for me.

  • 64 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 7, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    We seriously need another big target man upfront. Last time we were in the championship, we had Carroll & Harewood. Although Harwood wasn’t that good, but still offered something in his physical presence.

    I would like to see mitrovic kept on at the club rather than sold, but even I know he’s going to have to many suspensions.

  • 65 bettyswallocks // Aug 7, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Belfast……. I like the look of Hayden too . He’s definitely got some quality.
    Maybe Rafa will coach him to cover for Janmaat down the right so Janmaat can get in the box.

  • 66 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 7, 2016 at 11:38 PM

    Martoon, good work with the stats.

  • 67 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Thanks for nothing Belfast for playing into Slimy Ians hands by suggesting I’m your stalker, straightaway I get a mention from the Pontificate in celebrated creepy fashion. Bleurgh.

  • 68 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Janmaat should get into the box more often? Ha ha ha I’ve heard it all. There should be a guy forward of him doing that and keeping janmaat pegged back as a defender. Why do you want your right back spending his time as a winger? Maybe Ritchie could cover his position eh? Dear oh dear. Stick to the search engines, snipes and the petty digs, you know, the day job.

  • 69 Tsunki // Aug 7, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Going to bed – up early tomorrow plus I want to make sure I’m away before Ian unfurls his salivating tongue…

  • 70 Munster Mag // Aug 8, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Rafa got it wrong the other nite with anita on the right side. I think janmaat will feature there too but i cud live with that now and again. I like anita though, he never hides and deserves credit for that.

  • 71 jimmysmith // Aug 8, 2016 at 12:21 AM

    Nufc83, that post was written assuming Krul, Elliot and Tiote stay.

    In that scenario, I don’t know that Sels was brought in to do anything other than compete with Darlow while Krul and Elliot are out injured, and then compete with the three of them, unless one is sold.

    Hanley will have to compete with Lascelles the skipper, and Mbemba and Clark, both quite accomplished.

    Hayden relatively inexperienced will be up against Tiote, massively so, and Colback, Anita, Shelvey and Diame, all again very accomplished by comparison.

    I’m not at all convinced, Sels, Hanley and Hayden will be part of the match day squad should these players stay, and the full group be available for selection.

  • 72 jimmysmith // Aug 8, 2016 at 12:30 AM

    I think Aaron’s might struggle to make the bench with a full group to choose from because he’s young, and because Sissoko must surely be replaced by a ready to go first 11 winger.

    All these players will feature of course.

  • 73 jimmysmith // Aug 8, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    Also, if Perez isn’t picked he gets on the bench ahead of Aarons, as things stand, because of his greater experience and versatility.

  • 74 so-far-king-quick // Aug 8, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    Well least villa lost aswell

  • 75 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 2:12 AM

    Get in your box Welsh lad

  • 76 Santon03 // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:31 AM

    Hi all, it’s been awhile.

    From the 1st game, we definitely need a target man. We have Mitro but he is suspended and he is our only target man. We need someone to hold the ball and get to the end of crosses with better chance winning the ball than Gayle or Perez.
    Ritchie should take all the dead ball not Perez.
    I have no problem with Colback but I think Anita – Hayden combination is better.
    Ayoze should play as winger probably LW and Ritchie more effective on RW.
    It’s either Jonjo in the middle or play 2 strikers if we have a target man.
    Arma seems more effective than Gayle imo.

    On Rivi, he should take this move whatever wage he will get or his career will end.

    Our only choice available for target man right now is Tom Heardman.

  • 77 Santon03 // Aug 8, 2016 at 3:52 AM

    He is starting to get on my nerve. We spent 80 mil ffs and we couldn’t do sh1t. Rafa came in March with the same exact squad and did better.
    How the f@ck he envy Rafa? Rafa now has to rebuild and playing championship football thanks to him. If he was sacked sooner and Rafa had 15 games left, we wouldn’t be in championship.
    Damn MOFO!!

  • 78 Rotonda heights // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:14 AM



  • 79 Rotonda heights // Aug 8, 2016 at 6:21 AM


    moyes won the charity shield too.

  • 80 Ron Knee // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    “United are looking to bring in another two or three players before the end of the month – and are geared up for a busy three weeks as they apply the finishing touches to the squad that Benitez must mould into a more effective Championship force than we saw on Friday.”

    The sooner the better!

  • 81 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Just look at the number of times Daryl does really well to get up the field – the box is loaded with attackers and he opts to corner flag and put in an easily snuffed out high cross , when a cut into the box and pass to feet would be much more of a threat – á la the classic buccaneer that is Dani Alves.

    He’s kind of halfway to being a swashbuckler then falls at the final hurdle.

    It shouldn’t be really necessary to have to clarify this on a footy blog.
    However Tsunki’s dislike/jealousy of me sometimes causes him to reveal he doesn’t really know much about football.

    Tsunki would make a great captain of the England sneering team.

  • 82 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Not been on since Friday, not sure it is fair knocking Moussa for talking of Real Madrid as a ‘dream club’. They are. To almost every professional footballer. I doubt any of our players would speak differently on them. Hopefully with the Pogba deal almost complete, we will start to see this issue resolved one way or the other. It would make Juve the most likely suitors, although AC Milan are about to spend big on transfers according to papers.

    €7.5million for Rivi? Wow. That is probably an even worse deal than £35million for Sissoko…. Still, let’s hope it is true, and not just paper talk.

    Pleased the club have dismissed the notion of selling Mitro. We will need him. Occasional rash challenges, yeah, but only 4 yellow cards aside from his reds shows that he is able to control it. 9 goals for a kid in a new league at a team relegated is also a pretty impressive haul.

    Galloway would be an excellent addition, hopefully on a permanent basis. Then we need a further winger, a striker and dependant on the winger, we still probably need a bit more creativity.

  • 83 Ron Knee // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:46 AM


    Isn’t two red cards in one season a lot, though?

  • 84 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Jib@81. A decent comment, although I disagree with it, but worthy of a considered response, which makes a nice change. Janmaat obviously has a good engine. He keeps getting forward for 90 minutes and puts in a shift in that way pretty much every match. You can question the quality if his crosses overall maybe, but if you seriously thought our box was “loaded with attackers” against Fulham you should go back to rugby old son. I have no issue with criticism of his defensive capability, but his forward forays at least create opportunities which are few and far between otherwise with this squad. I’ll say that applies to life under Pardew, Carver, McClaren, and Rafa so far. (nb. please don’t insult our collective intelligence by citing the goalscoring feats pre-season)

  • 85 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    Jib must have learned his football from the great Pardew, he’d have us believe that our Right Back should be our winger and part time AM, Matz Sels should be bombing up for every corner and what about Anita covering for goal at the same time? No mention of how energy levels are going to be conserved for example. Or why our specialist attacking winger should be spending even more time covering for our RB while he “Gets into the box more”. 🙂

  • 86 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    “Loaded with attackers ” was a reference to some of the Youtube vids.
    My comments on Janmaat were a generality not Fulham specific.
    I think Sissoko will end up replacing Blaise Matuidi at PSG when BM goes to Juve.

  • 87 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Tsunki immediately does an audition for captain of the England sneering team.
    I think you’ll be a shoo in me old fruit. 🙂

  • 88 kilcline // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Sell Sissoko and show some ambition….

    Go all out to sign Gray from Burnley and Knockaert and both will be good enough for the prem. Galloway would be first choice left back here no problem.

  • 89 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Morning all.

    Did anyone else see that gumtree add for sissoko yesterday?

  • 90 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Scott Hogan from Brentford would be worth a punt – he had a nightmare couple of seasons with 2 ACL’s and hamstring trouble but the second half of last season was back to sensational form.

  • 91 martoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Morning guys for people who don’t scan through previous posts – for anybody interested I’ve done some analysis on the predictions – note that to prevent the averages being skewed I’ve removed a couple of the more ridiculous predictions i.e. 148 points??

    152 posters gave predictions (very good effort ? )
    Average league position = 1
    Average number of points = 99
    Average League Cup round = 5 (last 16)
    Average FA Cup round = 5 (Quarter Finals)
    Top choice for POS = Richie with 38.8% of posters
    2nd top choice for POS = Lascelles with 19.7%
    Top choice for TGS = Gayle with 56.6% of posters
    2nd top choice for TGS = Mitrovic with 28.3% of posters.
    Average number of goals for TGS = 23

  • 92 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Twisty faced footballer for sale

  • 93 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Gumtree pulled the link last night before I could post it

  • 94 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:40 AM


    Aye, thats the one. It’s been taken off now,so I cant post the link for anyone who hasn’t seen it. Anyone on Facebook can see it on “Newcastle United Times” page, though.

  • 95 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    For sale:
    Moussa Sissoko.
    Performs 4 or 5 times a year. Excels under spotlights and in front of TV cameras

  • 96 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:41 AM


    Good work, mate. Some of those prediction already look a little ropey, now :-O

  • 97 Jib // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    I still have a sneaky feeling we may get Abel Hernandez from Hull

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