This Is More Good News For Newcastle


Newcastle have now won our last three games in all competitions including our last two Championship games to go top of the league in a short eight-day span.

However, if Brighton & Hove Albion beat Cardiff City at home tomorrow night in their make-up game, they will take over the top place again.

Newcastle are 9 points above 3rd placed Huddersfield and Jonjo Shelvey has returned in style from his five game FA suspension to propel Newcastle to the last two wins and 7 goals in the process.

Aleksandar Mitrovic in training over the weekend

Isaac Hayden is back playing again after suffering only a slight groin strain and it looks like Vurnon Anita is out for only six weeks with his ankle injury and not the two to three months that was first reported in the Times.

And over the weekend there was more good news with Aleksandar Mitrovic returning to training following the very bad gash he received a couple of weeks ago at Birmingham City.

Maybe Mitro can make it on the bench for our next game at Oxford United in the 4th round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Daryl Murphy scored again on Saturday for his third goal in as many games and he’s showing he can get the job done when in the side.

So things have improved a lot over the last couple of weeks and Aleksandar returning to training is the latest good news.

No more news on top goalscorer Dwight Gayle with his hamstring injury, but Rafa is saying they are taking it day by day, but we cannot rush the lad back from what is a chronic injury for him.

Without Gayle, Scottish International Matt Ritchie has stepped up to the plate with a brace in each of our last two games – good for him and good for Newcastle.

Things are now looking a lot better at Newcastle and what we need is another (very) long winning streak.

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16 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t get me started on missing the bus.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Bobby

    Pena1lties of old age.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

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    expat
    Tbh as was when he first signed people didn’t want him and he ended up rubbing that in peoples faces, if he signed again wouldn’t shock me if he does the same again

    Though Id add Rafa doesn’t seem to be questioning his commitment or of been annoyed by him leaving

    I am curious as to what our purposes are when we get promoted though that Townsend couldnt help with?

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Expat 🙂 I see Steven Taylor is training with Ipswich according to the Mail. Seems the installment story re Andros is true, which the next installment may cover the loan costs. Bit of a cheek, but a deal was obviously made for installments.
    In which case, my thoughts on the meeting and loan was probably right. That would cover the shortfall, giving Rafa the full amount when needed.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    WWS

    I cannot make myself any clearer mate. I question his commitment and I feel that we can sign a better winger than him. Atsu for one.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    BOBBY

    Only the powers to be at the club will know the ins and outs of tbe deal but one thing us certain. Ashley eill not be taken for a ride.

    Also seems strange to me that if reports are right about Allardyce having to sell before buying, where is he getting the money to pay 12 million quid for Van Arnolt

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  • Bobbybee

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Expat, I was thinking that Sam didn’t know Andros hadn’t been paid for at first, but now he knows his attitude has softened. You’re right, Ashley won’t pay cash to a club in debt to him – damned if I would either. Sounds like hippo heed was trying to put the squeeze on us, then someone told him the situation! In which case, I can see a deal being done.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #8

    expat
    Atsu who has started 6 Championship games for us (while competing with Gouffran…Yoan Gouffran), made no appearances for Bournemouth and 5 appearances for Everton is a better winger than Townsend?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #9

    On C5s Highlight show, Oxford looked like a pretty good team, could be one of our toughest games this season.

    They’ll have a full first team out whilst I’d imagine we’ll play a similar team to the Brum one.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #10

    BOBBY

    Deal will probably be done as you say but prsonally not fussed either way.

    Two things I mentioned last night that I would hate to see and that is not signing Atsu and not putting Ritchies nose out of joint.

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  • expatmag

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    WWS

    Yes. I believe he is. I think many others think he is too. But there are others even better than Townsend out there worth looking at too in the summer

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  • beautifulmind

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #12

    I think that should Townsend sign then he may look to Ritchie to fill the No 10 spot giving his scoring record to date. With Atsu on the left that would make a strong attacking line up

    Darlow
    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Townsend Hayden Shelvey Atsu
    Ritchie
    Gayle

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #13

    expat
    I doubt many others would actually mate but each to their own

    As for the summer we have to get their first we need players now to make sure we get promoted and Townsend is the best winger we’ve been linked with, at worst he’d make Ritchie start playing to his potential more often at best he’d help fire us to the title

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  • jayphoto

    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    Heres my take on Townsend at nufc/cpfc
    Rafa, as well all know likes a 4-2-3-1 with 2 inverted wide forwards that come inside allowing space for over lapping full backs. Townsends game is a left footed, right sided player who can run with the ball, prefers to come inside and shoot. He’s not actually amazing with his weaker foot, but at Newcastle, with gayle up top its rare that crosses come from the wide forwards. Instead them come from overlapping fullbacks, or deeper cross field balls from Shelvey when he drifts.
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    Palace under allardyce (anyone under allardyce) also play a variation of 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 but with 2, sometimes 3 defensive midfielders. With the big man uptop, and no creativity in the middle, he likes his wingers to hit the byline and whip crosses in, keepin Width. Really not townsends game who is a wide player who’s goals will always outweigh his assists! In modern day English football, which is far more technical/tactical than it used to be, essentially what Allardyce wants/needs for his tactics is a winger. A keith Gillespie if you will.. Townsend is what you call an Inside Wide Forward. Same position as a winger from start but completely different type of player which fits into Benitez’ tactics perfectly, but makes the player a liability under Allardyces tactics.
    Whether anyone rates him or not, he flourished under rafa before because of these points, for me, If we sign him now, I think he’ll get 8-10 goals and guarantee promotion! This league is dire (seen enough of it to make that judgement now) and Townsend will pee on it. Twice the player of Knockeart and Knockeart is possibly the best winger down here. If we miss out , im not bothered about him in the summer because I would hope we’d sign better as a EPL club. Currently we have to sign for the job at hand though (the championship) and Townsend would be huge!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 23, 2017 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #15

    I know Brighton have a reputation but are they really have a hair n make-up match with Cardiff?
    What a clash!

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  • posada

    Jan 23, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Jay at 14.
    Good assessment of tactics and wing play.
    Would agree with most of that.

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