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Newcastle Again Linked With The Next Thierry Henry

7:26 pm, Monday, August 8th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 96 Comments

According to the Chronicle, Newcastle may be after 23 year-old Dutch striker Luc Castaignos, who Newcastle have been linked with since the summer of 2012, when he was just 19 years old and at Inter-Milan; it was  just before his move to FC Twente.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is looking to bring in a striker before the end of the month who can get some goals for us,  since we seem to be short on goalscorers once again.

It’s much like the situation was last year at this time, when Luc’s name was in the headlines as somebody Newcastle were after.

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23 year-old Dutch striker Luc Castaignos

Luc stayed at FC Twente from 2012 for three years and he scored 42 goals and 11 assists in 114 games for the Dutch side, before he moved last summer to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.

The 23 year-old 6ft 2ins striker who turns 24 next month was linked with Swansea last summer, but he didn’t make the move to the Premier League and he is again open for a move from Germany.

He didn’t have a particularly good season last term and in 21 games for Eintracht Frankfurt he scored 5 goals and had 3 assists.

Luc has played 15 times with 6 goals for the Dutch U-21 side and he made a total of 50 appearances for Dutch youth sides with 27 goals, which is a decent record.

He started his career at Feyenoord at the age of 14 when he joined the Feyenoord Youth Academy in the summer of 2007.

Four years later at age 18 he was transferred to Inter Milan where he stayed for one year before coming back to Holland four years ago and signing for FC Twente.

He moved to Germany last summer.

Luc is the all-time top scorer of the Holland U-17 national team with 13 goals in 17 appearances, and in the 2009 UEFA European U-17 Football Championship he was the top scorer in that tournament.

When he was younger, Luc’s style of play drew comparisons with the great French striker Thierry Henry, but over the last few years he doesn’t seem to have grown into the top striker that many expected him to become and he has still not been capped by the full Dutch side.

It’s not too surprising that his name is in the news again, but we wonder if he would be a good buy for Newcastle and certainly he would seem to be a risky signing for the Magpies this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




96 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Floaters Out!

  • 2 ZIPPIE57 // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    would sooner have Danny Ings

  • 3 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    So exact WHEN is he planning on being the next Thierry Henry? And is it in a lookalike compo?

  • 4 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Would sooner have tonsillitis

  • 5 Ron Knee // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    The Chronic (yesterday was it?) said Newcastle were looking for an experienced striker. This Luc Castaignos seems an unlikely choice.

  • 6 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    midgets at the TOON
    I think the TOON will struggle against a lot of teams because of their size/physicality

    just had a look on the TOON website for stats.
    players under 6ft = 182.9 cm and 13 stone = 82 kg

    Colback 177cm 75 kg
    Anita 166cm 66kg
    Perez 178 cm 68kg
    Aarons 175 cm 67kg
    Tiote 180cm 85kg

    Mbabu,
    Ritchie,
    Armstrong,
    Gayle no stats on TOON website but I think they are all under 6ft and 13 stone

    add Sterry and DiJong who are around 6ft and 3 stone

    we have a lot of lightweight short ars**s in our squad

  • 7 OneAlanShearer // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Didn’t they say Riviere was the next henry?! I’d prefer Danny ings as well but doubt we’ll get him. I think we need to find an experienced target man quick though.

  • 8 Sazzer // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Like for like Obertan’s replacement this one.

  • 9 mactoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    No!

    Two words..

    Prolific goalscorer

    Get one!

  • 10 Belfast // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    He looks really like him if you close one eye and blink really fast with the open eye.

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:45 PM

    sorry 6ft and 13 stone

  • 12 bettyswallocks // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Tsunki…… How tall are you actually if you don’t mind me asking.

  • 13 Toonmania // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    I hate players being labelled as the next, Messi, Ronaldo, etc… Everyone always feels let down when they only turn out to be as good a player and not the world class exception to the rule we have all been lead to believe he is.

    Yes I would rather have Ing’s he’s proven in the Championship

  • 14 Belfast // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Should really be looking at a striker who has already done the business in the division. Forresteri would be my pick, but it would be really difficult convincing Sheffield Wednesday to sell.

  • 15 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    He looks really like him if you close one eye and blink really fast with the open eye

  • 16 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Should really be looking at a striker who has already done the business in the division. Forresteri would be my pick, but it would be really difficult convincing Sheffield Wednesday to sell.

  • 17 Lindisfarne // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Das Bost at Wolfsberg scored 10 in 31 matches last season, when will we be linked with him…..again?!

  • 18 Rotonda heights // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    we are desperately short of creativity. forestieri would have been great. news of knockaert has petered out, so just who’ll pull the strings for us is a major worry.

  • 19 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Newcastle are close to completing the capture of Danish youngster Elias Fritjof Sorensen, according to bold.dk.

    The report claims that the youngster spent the early parts of the summer training with the Magpies and has sufficiently impressed enough to earn a permanent switch, citing these quotes from HB Køge sporting director Per Rud:

    “It is true that we are still talking to Newcastle, and we have had several great conversations with them, and it is likely to end up with a transfer.

  • 20 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    What about a cheeky bid for Benteke? He seems to have lost his place.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    And what about Danny Osvaldo as a senior striker? Out of contract.

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    How about Benteke for Sissoko plus some cash? Just to let them know we’re serious…..

  • 23 dazza // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Nice intel Charlie, those are some worrying statistics. Just looking at the team we had out last weekend had sirens going off in me head, Surely Rafa can see it. We need size, speed, and power in this league. One or two shorties fine, but not the entire attacking half of our team.

    Long balls over the top towards Gayle and Perez against a deep lying defense not working? No worries, bring on boy wonder Armstrong 😐

  • 24 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Charlie – we certainly looked small and lightweight against Fulham in midfield and upfront. Without Sissoko and Mitrovic to choose from admittedly, but the performance (and result) should be a wake-up call for Benitez. That team selection was flawed and should be consigned to the bin forever more.

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    I think some of our players will get better as we go on. Certainly Perez will improve. We can’t carry too many sad sacks though. I still like Aarons to get better as well. We have a good sized set of CB’s now if they’re mobile enough. We’ll need solid games from Shelvey and Diame.

  • 26 Wandering Geordie // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Luc Castaignos compilation . Looks very good

    https://youtu.be/XqCYClylXRk

  • 27 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Belfats certainly sounds like jib. Except possibly with a slightly larger water pistol……

  • 28 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    I’m not keen on going for another youngish forward like Castaignos who hasn’t played in England. We need somebody older and with experience.

  • 29 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    I don’t think we should be sniffing around anybody. We should be forking out and buying a proper striker like Benteke. Why this lack of motivation from the club to get a proper goal scorer in? It reminds me of the years and years we spent not bringing in a proper CB.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Unbelievable. Desperately need goals yet muck about not buying…. Fiddle on underbidding for decent players and letting all of them go elsewhere. Then we can’t score because Mitro is a hot head….. Harrumph!!!

  • 31 Sav // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    I thought last year was a ‘wake-up call’.
    I thought relegation was a ‘wake-up call’.
    Did our players hit the snooze button again last week?

  • 32 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Daze/overrated

    worries me to that we have to many small/underweight players.
    that’s 11 in my list who are going to be playing/on the bench
    out of the 30 listed on the back of the Vitesse programme
    33% that’s a large proportion of the squad

  • 33 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Who ordered the Swedish p*nis enlarger?

  • 34 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    Benteke would be great. Wishful thinking I suppose, but a perfect fit for our situation. If we get the cash windfall from Sissoko a bid for him would be worth a shot.

  • 35 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    Sav@31 – the players are what they are. I’m pointing the finger at Charnley, Carr (and even Benitez) and suggesting they are the ones who have been asleep at the wheel.

  • 36 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Forestieri and che Adams woukd be good

  • 37 Ron Knee // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    “Liverpool want £32.5m for Christian Benteke.”

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    That would be my thinking as well overrated mate. Or just get in there with a bid and the offer of SissyBoy to complete the deal.

  • 39 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Or Crouch

  • 40 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Charlie – maybe we could bring back those imposing physical specimens, Cabella and Thauvin back from loan if it’s not too late?

  • 41 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    It’s a match made in heaven then Ron mate. We get Benteke and they get SissyBoy.

  • 42 Thump // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:45 PM

    @Ron Knee: I heard they’re open to a part ex deal with Rivvy.

  • 43 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    I’ve still got the contact info for the Belgian midget strikers as well Charlie mate….

  • 44 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    G2 are you saying straight swap Socks for Benteke?-sounds like a good deal

  • 45 Ron Knee // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Thump

    That would take care of the 0.5 million!

  • 46 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Maybe forget Danny Osvaldo. He seems to have attitude problems as well. He hasn’t scored well since his Roma days either.

  • 47 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    That’s what I’m saying Belfats. I would even throw in Rivi and some vegemite…..

  • 48 Rotonda heights // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    over rated

    i think we all get it. you don’t rate rafa.

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Aug 8, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Patience is a virtue lads…… That and a loose hold on your fongbat in case needed for some player attitude corrections……

  • 50 JP...from The Rock // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    We need a fast and powerful striker ASAP. On top of that he has to be a good natural finisher. We will struggle to get one of those but I would have thought we would have been linked with a few good ones by now. Everything is moving so slowly. Hopefully Rafa is keeping his cards close to his chest and will surprise us all with a stellar signing pronto!

  • 51 Toon XI // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:12 PM

    It feels like a lifetime since we signed a true blue experienced goal scorer to lead the line. Not sure we should get our hopes up.

  • 52 Average_Contents // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Is anyone else wondering if we’ve ran out of money and will only buy after a departure or at least until an agreement is in place to sell to someone, we get the players in we want then authorise said sale.

    Seems strange that our signing players has stopped completely after buying 8 in record time.

    Just an opinion.

  • 53 Sazzer // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    The wake up call vs Fulham included:
    Players not as ready as one would have thought Ayoze, Aarons, Lascelles and Armstrong.

    And players not being good enough despite dropping a division Anita, Colback and Dummet.

  • 54 Ibizatoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    AC…You know what you can do with that opinion 🙂

    I’m inclined to agree. Could just be a coincidence and the deals we’re working on are just taking time to sort out. Waiting for incoming cash doesn’t seem far fetched though.

  • 55 Graeme // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    AC / Ibiza – but we haven’t spent anything chaps!!! We have made a profit of over £5 million on transfers so far!!!

  • 56 Ibizatoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Graeme…Ah yes, but we’re a Championship club now! 🙂

    Please, let’s not get into finances quite yet. I withdraw any previous comments relating to the availability of money.

  • 57 clinath@ed // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:33 PM

    Haven’t we pocketed £70M+ from the prem last season?

  • 58 north_country_boy // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    Would anyone be tempted to cash in on Perez if we could get Forestieri? Gayle, Perez, Armstrong and Forestieri would be too many light weight players in the same squad (as found out on Friday night) but if we could get Forestieri I’d be willing to replace Perez, think he’s got something about him but still have doubts about how far he can go, if we could get £15m for Perez and Forestieri for same or little more £ think it would be good business. Then still need a similar type of player to Mitrovic, maybe someone like Ulloa at Leicester. Forward line consisting of Mitrovic, Gayle, Forestieri and Ulloa/A N Other would be full of goals for me and covers all bases, add that to Ritchie, Diame, Aarons, De Jong, Shelvey and possibly Knockaert providing the service – set for the season! Might be Football Manager type thinking as we can’t just buy who we want but think we’d have a chance of signing the likes of Forestieri and Ulloa with the right money (hopefully from the sale of Sissoko) and Rafa’s persuasion!

  • 59 jimmysmith // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    It seems Rafa will not spend more than comes in, and is lowering the wage bill. That would seem a good sign. I doubt he’d have gotten far with Ashley had he wanted to throw money at it. The sustainability model is by and large a good one, even if its application had been sadly lacking in the past. With Rafa I’m hoping we’ll see greater achievement on the pitch, and so greater financial return, and that money reinvested more wisely with a view to a continuously stronger side and club.

  • 60 Ibizatoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    It’s gone too far, there’s no stopping it now.

    Who has links to the latest accounts?

    I’ll get my spreadsheet open….

    north country…I know he lacks consistency, but i’d be gutted to see Perez go. Surely we have other players to offload before even contemplating seeing him go?

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Surely Danny Ing’s is the answer if he’s prepared to drop a division.

  • 62 Ibizatoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    jimmy…I agree with that. I was always for self sufficiency. It’s become a sore subject mind.

    Done properly and not just used as a reason to not compete, then I’ll be a happy Magpie.

  • 63 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Rotonda – I think Benitez has been a great acquisition, but he is a mere mortal nevertheless, and shouldn’t be above criticism. Maybe I play the devil’s advocate to a degree, but I think a bit of balance and some contrary opinions on the blog is not a bad thing. Which reminds me, we seem to have lost Bladeuser? I liked his psychotic, visceral contributions. They added something to the rich tapestry of the blog. It’s good to have a mixed bag. The supercilious tenor of BandB, the silly humour of GeordieTwo, the childlike provocations of Jib – it’s all entertaining.

  • 64 north_country_boy // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Ibiza – wouldn’t like to see Perez go but Forestieri is more the finished article and not sure we can wait too long to see how Perez comes on if we want to be out of this league this year, just thinking along the same lines as a few others on here tonight that we are a little weak up top ref size of our players and need to be a little more heavyweight and tougher in this division

  • 65 BandB // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    jimmy

    Is that really what you thought Rafa spent all that time having written as assurances into his contract?
    That he would be told he had to sell to buy?
    I’m reminded of his famous comment that he was offered a sofa and given a lamp.
    Here it seems he can buy a lamp after he’s sold the sofa.
    I suspect that if you had known this three months ago, without having had time to rationalise it and scrape around for “positives” to put an apologetic gloss on it, you’d have been a bit underwhelmed.

  • 66 Average_Contents // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Ibiza ya coksnot, you would say that.

    How the devil are ya?

    I don’t believe in coincidence.

    I’d think The surplus we thought we’d have is now being earmarked for operating costs as obviously we cannot maintain the general outlay of a premiership club whilst we reside in the fizzy pop.

    Player sales are funding the rebuild.

    Again my opinion and yeah, shove it up your rectum

    “rectum”

    “I nearly killed him”

  • 67 Jail for Ashley // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    ToF,
    Differing opinions are what makes this blog such a pleasant place but when people are deliberately slating the manager just for the sake of offering a different opinion then it becomes plain boring.

  • 68 BandB // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Jail

    I’m puzzled by that statement above. Coming from you.
    You took umbrage at people accusing you of monotonously slating Ashley when you were swimming against the tide. You always argued that it was your strongly held opinion, and you had a right to it.
    And you were right.
    The difference is that now you won’t have any honest critique of Rafa, because you have become just the kind of blinkered fanboy you once despised.

  • 69 clinath@ed // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:56 PM

    Toney gone to Shrewsbury till xmas

  • 70 Dingo†® // Aug 8, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-3729337/Former-Newcastle-defender-Steven-Taylor-suffers-nightmare-debut-Portland-Timbers.html

  • 71 jimmysmith // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Yeah, it works now because we can recoup so much for Townsend, Widjnaldum and Sissoko. But the reinvestment must be prudent. The acid test will come should we go up, when the players we sell won’t cover the cost of the calibre of signings Rafa wants, and Ashley takes a look at it to see if the money’s already been spent. Benitez’s success in the market now, will likely impact significantly on how we fare in the market this time next year, and you get the sense he might be acutely aware of it.

  • 72 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Jail – don’t think it’s quite fair to say that I will criticise Rafa just for the sake of it. I’d contend that there is always some basis and substance to my criticism, but perhaps I belabour it for literary effect.

    BandB. Didn’t think you’d be here. Now I feel a bit embarrassed.

  • 73 Lindisfarne // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Che Adams gone to Brum

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37016381

  • 74 BandB // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    TOF

    I’m sure you are used to it.

  • 75 jimmysmith // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    I think had he succeeded in holding onto the big names, he would have needed extra funds to do the further reshaping that was needed, and I suppose he would have had assurances in that regard. This money in kind of kicks that can down the road, and that might easily become a sticking point between the pair should we need to strengthen at great cost to re establish ourselves in the top flight. I’m not sure what assurances he has in place in that case, but he seems to be buying with an eye on this season and the next, and with a careful eye on the finances as goes about it.

  • 76 jimmysmith // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    “Apologetic gloss”? You’ll need to expand on that one for me.

  • 77 Our Toon // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    How has Danny ings recovered from his injury that kept him out for an entire season? He’s being championed on here but will he turn into Jay Rodriguez who keeps breaking down whenever he tries to return?

    I’d rather sign a player who hasn’t missed then entirety of last season because he was good before his injury. We’ve done that with to many in the past and got burnt.

    Benteke is a pipe dream so move onto the next one. Rafa needs to bring in a couple of creative players, Sheffield Wednesday have a lot of money now so don’t need to sell but they look like a proper side!!

  • 78 Our Toon // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Don’t think anyone can deny Rafa made mistakes on Friday, he shouldn’t be absolved of any blame because that team was piss poor. All pre season he’s seen the players struggle with zonal marking yet keeps at it….I had a debate with rotonda about it and he told me rafa knows best, well it’s already cost us a point and will continue to do so until he changes his ways!!

  • 79 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Indeed I am BandB. More usually in the aftermath of drunken misdemeanours though, as it happens..

  • 80 Ibizatoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Hi BandB. Long time. Hope all’s well.

  • 81 martoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Evening guys for people who don’t scan through previous posts I’ll repeat this – 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 e.g. 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

  • 82 Belfast // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    You didn’t answer my question Martoon…

    Can I re do mine at Christmas?

  • 83 Belfast // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    I’ve got tip-ex

  • 84 Ibizatoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    north…Still, don’t we have other strikers we’d look to get rid of first? Rivierre? Isn’t Sammy still on the books?

    We were told we didn’t need to sell, so I don’t see why we’d be looking to sell one of our more exciting prospects. I fully agree, we need the finished article. I don’t think Perez needs or should be part of the equation.

    AC…Say what? Me? Are you sure?

    Knackered mate. So looking forward to October. How’s things in the AC household?

    Not sure I get the last quote there, but it has been a long day.

    As I said before (despite me not wanting it to be so), I do see where you’re coming from.

  • 85 Ibizatoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Bless him and his bottle of tip-ex. Actually, thinking about it, it’s probably a tip-ex pen…less messy, right Belfast?

  • 86 RonVanDam // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    Get him. He’s worth it and best to develop him in the championship for a year before introducing him to the PL (if we get promoted) Luc will score a lot of goals

  • 87 martoon // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:41 PM

    Belfast – sorry when I first saw that question I thought it was your alter ego Belfats. The idea is to predict before the season starts, by Christmas it would be a lot easier so in a word NO you can’t. However I am allowing changes to Player of the season and top goal scorer in lieu of transfers.

  • 88 welshgeordie9 // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    martoon

    Can i change my predictions on the last day of the season, i will have a better idea then what to pick.

  • 89 Belfast // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    Well it was worth a shot. 🙂

    Think my alter ego is trying to ruin my good reputation.

  • 90 welshgeordie9 // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:48 PM

    What we could do is pick the first manager to get sacked, pity mcclaren wasn’t in the championship, i would have picked him before the season started.

    Ha ha ha

  • 91 Belfast // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Pen and bottle Ibiza and a rubber for pencil. All bases covered here.

  • 92 welshgeordie9 // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Swap Sissoko for Benteke.

  • 93 BandB // Aug 8, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    You are absolutely right to stick to your guns Martoon.
    The close season is absolutely the right time to ask people to make predictions.
    I’m only puzzled you waited until the season started to remove the ‘we won’t drop a single point” predictions on the grounds that they skewed the result of your poll.
    Logic dictates you should continue to sieve out “rogue” predictions as the season progresses.
    I predict everyone will be out long before Christmas.

  • 94 Our Toon // Aug 8, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Benteke…..seriously? Forget the wages and the transfer fee, this lad will certainly want to drop down to the championship, absolutely deluded!!

  • 95 Belfats // Aug 8, 2016 at 11:46 PM

    Well it was worth a shot. 🙂

    Think my alter ego is trying to ruin my good reputation.

  • 96 Oleg G // Aug 9, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Results so far of the poll about Sissoko:

    1. Sell him, but only if the price is 30M or more 22%

    2. Keep him, give him a fine, put him to play with the reserves/academy. He disrespected the team and the club too much.
    22%

    3. Sell him, even if the price is lower than 30M but not less than 20M-25M
    20%

    4. I don’t care
    13%

    5. Sell him even if it is lower than 20M
    11%

    6. Keep him, but give him a fine for his disrespect for the fans and the club
    6%

    7. Keep him, we need him! He is one of our best players.
    6%

    You can also vote here:
    http://goo.gl/X7l4hZ




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