Transfer Target In Praise Of The Way Newcastle Play

Note: Whoops – disaster – I put this article out some minutes ago but it seems to have been destroyed somehow –  so I’ve recreated the article.


Newcastle have not been in the best of form over the last four games since Jonjo Shelvey has been out of the side suspended, but we hope that when Jonjo returns we’ll get back to playing well again and have that single-minded approach to being promoted next May.

It doesn’t even bear thinking about if we are not promoted this season so we wont even mention it.


Ben Osborn – target praises Newcastle

We have been linked with winger Ben Osborn over the weekend and he was involved in the FA Cup 3rd round tie on Saturday afternoon, when Forest were beaten 2-0 at Wigan and it was a rather drab display from the Forest side.

After the defeat on Saturday Ben was interviewed by the Nottingham Post by video and he was rather scathing of his team’s display.

This is some of what he said:

“It felt a little bit embarrassing with all the traveling support that came out.”

“You see the best teams do it – Newcastle do it. They go away to places like Burton or Rotherham ow whatever.”

“They are not afraid to sit behind the ball and try to hit the opposition on the counter-attack.”

“There’s not enough – maybe experience – to get the players together and know what we have to do.”

It just seems strange that Ben mentions Newcastle in the same weekend he has been linked with the club – so that obviously means we are close to signing him.


We had an article out earlier today which reported on the fact we could be close to bidding for him.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 9, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    We have also been linked with Stewart Downing, would anyone like him to sign, I wouldn’t mind, plenty of experience.

  • jayphoto

    Jan 9, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Osborn is virtually a matt Ritchie clone! He’s a decent player to be fair, just for me lacks the pace to be a premier league winger and really we should be signing premier league quality players.
    He’s a very English style blood and guts player. For me, a wide player needs either pace(like sterling), absolute skill (similar to ginola) or unbelievable delivery (beckham like) and Osborne doesn’t have any of these 3 attributes

  • Tsunki

    Jan 9, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Stuart Downing. I was going to say I wouldn’t have him at his peak but he didn’t have one. Sponsored by our old friend Stevie McClank as an England player which ranks among the lower end of notable caps for this country.


    Jan 9, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #4

    a left footed winger that actually likes playing on the left would be nice….wouldnt have downing….and a number ten like cairney would make a hell of a difference to our side.

  • Sazzer

    Jan 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Finally linked with Cairney!

    Regarding Downing and Osborn: They are not so bad that they wouldn’t offer us anything but definitely closer to the bottom than the top of the players we have been linked with so far.

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 9, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Just looked at some YouTube footage of Cairney. I’ve never really seen him play , he looks very good. Strong in possession , quick skillful and scores for fun. Get him signed up.

  • AncientC

    Jan 9, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Quite an old article this one, 6th of January, but information I missed at the time.

    “Documents filed at Companies House in December show a company Mr Ashley owns made the sizeable loan facility available. The £33m loan has been made available through St James Holdings Ltd, a company Mr Ashley owns to invest in NUFC.

    The club was widely expected to take a big financial hit after relegation from the Premier League, which came just as the most lucrative TV deal in the league’s history came into effect.

    Though the loan was agreed shortly before the opening of the January transfer window, it is not thought to have been about providing a transfer kitty for manager Rafael Benitez , but rather to bolster the club’s finances after relegation.”

    I wonder if Jib still believes there will be £100 million in the kitty for transfers.

  • lesh

    Jan 9, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #8

    So, Rafa’s gonna have a conversation with,Charnley to see if we can bring a player in soon? That translates, I think, into him telling Charnley to open his money box, pronto!

    And, the Grauniad has it that whilst Koeman’s keen to add to Everton’s squad, it looks as though he and his DoF, Steve Walsh, have different views. Could there be a bit of a power struggle going on there? So, any move out for McCarthy and Cleverly may be in limbo.

    And wasn’t that Chelsea kid, Cheek, supposed to be destined for Brighton?

    Could it be that if anybody does come in this week, it won’t be the experienced creative midfielder we need to stand in for Jonjo.

    This window’s a disruptive nuisance and the sooner it’s scrapped the better. A summer window should provide enough time for squad building, surely.

  • U.S Magpie

    Jan 9, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Personally the quicker Rafa get’s in another creative midfielder/ plus a striker and possibly another winger or center back the better. I am hoping that we are looking at players that can play in the prem next season and not at player we can develop. We need to get back into the prem and then start building the development squad.

  • posada

    Jan 9, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Ah ha I don’t believe it.
    You have just made one of the best footballing comments I have seen on here for weeks.
    About wingers.
    To be a winger you must be able to cross a ball.
    But you have also got to be able to get into that position.
    1) Beckham did not beat his defender he bent it round them. As did John Robertson years earlier.
    2) Trickery. Like Waddler.
    3) Pace. Sometimes over just a few yards like Steve Coppel.
    Atsu, left footed but likes to play on the right so he can cut in. Not a real winger.
    Ritchie, ditto needs to have players to link up with as has no pace. Again you could say not a real winger.

    Only thing is have real wingers lost their place in the game.
    Nice to see a real football comment though instead of the name calling and child like nonsense.


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