Newcastle Make First Signing Of The Summer

Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle have taken up the option on Chelsea winger Christian Atsu and have agreed to sign the Ghanaian International for £6.2M and he becomes Rafa’s first signing of the summer.

Fans will be pleased the club have taken up the option on Christian, who has become a popular player on Tyneside and just loved his season on loan last season and was very keen to make the move permanent.

We think Atsu will be delighted to sign permanently for the Tyneside club in a four year deal.

Christian Atsu – always smiling

Christian appeared 35 times for Newcastle last season with 16 starts and 5 goals and he showed the class that Rafa Benitez wants to bring into the club for our season back in the Premier League.

In the poll we ran on Christian, four fans in five wanted the club to sign him permanently.

Should Benitez Sign Christian Atsu Permanently

  • Yes (83%, 2,502 Votes)
  • No (17%, 496 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,998

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Christian will be a very good signing for Newcastle and he can only get better under Rafa’s excellent coaching and man-management.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

156 responses so far ↓

  • 1
    May 16, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    This player for 6 million?! Sign him now!

    Hope Rafa wraps it all up (5-6 first teamers) ASAP and we aren’t waiting for some big signings in the middle of preseason.

    BTW, hope we don’t do a big tournament. Key matches here and there, yes. Conditioning, tactics and a fun destination like Cyprus, yes.

    Rafa, good signing, but it don’t count 😉

  • 2
    May 16, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    Was referring to Rodriguez, BTW

  • 3
    May 16, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    May 16, 2017
    Apparently we’re interested in Boudebouz from Montpellier.

    Attacking midfielder who got 11 goals and 9 assists in 27 games in a ‘struggling team’. He’s 27 but could be interesting. Although I’m not convinced on French players anymore.

    Woohoo! buzzing with this signing, Rafa obviously believes in him.

  • 4
    May 16, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    catchy in norway
    didn’t you know we already have LoL

  • 5
    May 16, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Good signing for me if this is true….adds pace and creativity to the side… and if we were to start lookin abroad for a player to play the same position i believe for similar quality would cost a lot more money and would take time to adjust…. yes he has his off games but they all do.

  • 6
    May 16, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    That’s atsu i was referring to…..bit wary of talented french based players after cabella and thauvin….talented players just not suited to english football.

  • 7
    May 16, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    well I got that one wrong thought we wouldn’t have signed astu but rafa must like what he sees

  • 8
    May 16, 2017 at 1:13 PM

    Good signing for me Atsu.

    Good price and I think he can do the job even at Prem level.

    I know he didnt really light the Championship up but I dont think being in and out helped him. We saw what he could do when he finally got a run of games at the end.

    I’ve been to a fair few games this season that he has changed by coming on and being a bit more direct and wanting to beat a man and have also watched him play at international level where I think he shows how good he can be.

    As for Jay Rodriguez. i wouldve been chuffed a few years back but I dont think he’s ever fully come back from his injury. It’s a shame as there was a time where he had as much potential as Adam Lallana

  • 9
    Steve Le Sleeve
    May 16, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    i must be in the minority in that i didn’t see that much about Atsu, but I haven’t won a champions league or uefa cup, so in Rafa I trust!

  • expatmag
    May 16, 2017 at 1:23 PM


    Apologies for not replying sooner about Mooy.

    He is certainly highly rated over here and a mainstsy in our national team. He has been outstanding for Huddersfield this season but I worry how he would go in the PL and I see him more as a back up to Shelvey than a replacement.

    I would prefer to get a more seasoned and PL experienced campaigner as I see this position being the crucial position to be filled.

    I am not convinced by Shelvey as the main man so it would be a no for me for Mooy.

  • Mag52
    May 16, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    Top signing.
    Next stage of the rafalution kicks off.

    May 16, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Rodriguez is a non starter….far to much money on one player…and to be honest would he even give us a second thought….. seriously doubt it.
    Hopefully we see a few players coming in that rafa has been working on b4 the season finished but we wont know about them or be confirmed for a while yet…. patience required and dampened expectations about who we will sign….then if we do make a big signing,its a nice surprise.

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Atsu has pace, something you need in the premiership. He also has some skills that Rafa will no doubt tweak and improve in him, and for around £6m I think it’s a bargain.

  • jazzyp
    May 16, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Rafa must see something in the lad so that’s good enough for me.
    Welcome Atsu, Hopefully the start of a cracking summer that we can look forward to rather than dread

    May 16, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Agree about atsu, especially for that money….i would like to mooy come in,good player, keeps the ball well and has the ability to see a pass or get a shot away….and would keep shelvey honest,knowing theres a like-for-like in the squad is a good motivator to play at ya best…and once again for the money…10m i believe…i think its a good deal….if it comes off.

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Former Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is reportedly in line for a return to management at Sheffield Wednesday – regardless of which division the Owls find themselves in next season.

    Carlos Carvalhal has guided Wednesday into the Championship play-offs for the second consecutive season, and they secured a 0-0 draw at Huddersfield Town in their semi-final first leg on Sunday.

    Even though Wednesday could yet navigate that semi-final second leg and then even achieve promotion, The Daily Mail claims that Pardew is being lined up as Carvalhal’s replacement.

    In the report, it is stated that there is “strong belief that Carvalhal’s fate has already been sealed,” despite the fact he signed a three-year contract 12 months ago.

    May 16, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Seems a strange story considering how decent sheff wed have done…. especially bloody pardew!

  • geordiesteve520
    May 16, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    I see the Atsu signing (when confirmed) as a replacement and upgrade on Goufrann, who will not almost certainly be replaced.

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 1:45 PM


    Mooy is decent, wouldn’t mind him coming, and for the money another decent deal, but I would have hoped for a player who would be better than Shelvey so they could push each other all the way for a starting position.

    Still we have to believe that Rafa knows what he is doing, who he wants and what their role in the squad would be.

    It’s great though that we can now look forward to a season, regardless knowing we have a manager we can trust.

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Siem de Jong in a conversation with a PSV fan

    In gesprek met De PSV Supporter zegt de middenvelder: “Er is afgesproken dat ik na het seizoen terugga naar Newcastle United. Ik zie het als een uitdaging om mezelf te bewijzen in de voorbereiding. Als de trainer gelijk al zegt dat hij iemand anders zoekt, wordt het een ander verhaal. Vorig jaar heeft coach Rafael Benitez aangegeven dat hij me kon gebruiken, maar dat hij ook van plan was om te gaan rouleren. Voor mezelf was het vooral belangrijk om fit te worden en veel te spelen, om progressie te boeken.”

    “It is agreed that I will return to Newcastle United after the season. I see it as a challenge to prove myself in their preseason.
    If the trainer just says he is looking for someone else, that will be another story.
    Last year, coach Rafael Benitez indicated that he could use me, but he was also planning to turn the team around. For me it was especially important to get fit and play a lot to progress . “

  • expatmag
    May 16, 2017 at 1:56 PM


    On Mooy, I totally agree. Good player but jntested as yet at PL level. Could be worth taking on loan with a view to buy if someone better cannot be found.

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    I’m more than happy that we’ve signed Atsu. Will only get better imo. As the last 3 games of this season showed. He was consistent and bagged 2 goals. One of which was a sublime free kick.

    May 16, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Ideally we want better then what we have already but we have to consider these better players will be a hell of a lot more money then the likes of mooy….money,right now… we need to strengthen the whole squad….if we survive and money becomes available we can start tweaking the squad… adding a class midfielder and striker but unless we can fluke a bargain player who is a sensation i think slowly,slowly catchy monkey for now….we wont be signing many if any players over 20m…which is how much the better players will cost.

  • ToonRich
    May 16, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    I read this morning Rafa was looking at Wes Morgan…thoughts???

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    The two times Mooy played against us.

    At SJP in August Rafa was still experimenting and Huddersfield showed their Championship experience in surprising us with their 2-0 win .
    Mooy pretty much showed Shelvey how it should be done.

    Away a couple of months ago we beat them fairly easily 3-1 and the much maligned Jack Colback who hadn’t played in the first game harried Mooy all game and the Aussie hardly had a meaningful touch of the ball (penalty aside)

    May 16, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Toon rich
    Think thats flanel my sell mate hes gettin on a bit…and been injured most of the season…so doubt thats a runner….he could help the likes of lascelles,clark and mbemba(if he stays) to become better players but i doubt this one like.

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Too Rich
    Downside he’s 33
    Captain of last years PL champions
    Knows Lascelles double well
    Hell of a physical specimen
    Ranieri cited him as his right arm on the pitch
    Short contract could work.

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    The injury covers the fact he was furious at the sacking of Claudio and he and Shakespeare don’t get on.

  • martoon
    May 16, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Atsu – not a world beater but for £6m a decent addition to the squad – he can certainly change a game when coming on as a sub.

    Toonrich – Noooooooooooooooooo

  • Mister Tuff
    May 16, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Not over excited about Atsu. He played well -offensively – in the last couple of games but seemed not to know what to do when they opposition were attacking down his flank.
    Apart from being a midget (won’t head much) – his technicals skills seem ok.
    I hope Rafa can bring him on – a lot – otherwise he’s gonna be an expensive bench warmer.
    Not appropriate to compare him and Gouffran I think!

  • Mister Tuff
    May 16, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Jib – when we describe a player as offensive it does not mean that he is shouting abuse at others – but an attacking player.

  • Australian Pie
    May 16, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Mooy for £10m is a steal, no brainer. Untested at PL level but came in for his first season in England and tore a very tough competition apart in a solid but average team. Bring him in to a much classier NUFC and his abilities will shine more and he will want to prove himself as a premier league player.

    Yes I believe we still need more but regardless would want NUFC to make that purchase if possible

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    😀 @ Tuff lol

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Just seen this on a billboard whilst driving out of Leeds. Lmao look where it got ya!!

  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Ryad Boudebouz would be a epic signing if this is true,him and SDJ can battle for their places but I think Ryad would dominate his role with his creativity.

    But would Rafa have him as a forward playmaker in AMC he can assist and score goals so having pacey players like Atsu,Ritchie and Gayle around him but suit him down to the bone.

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Surprised we haven’t been linked with Lacazette!

  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Saying that Shelvey could be replaced if Ryad comes as we don’t need 2 playmakers in the first team unless Shelvey plays a more deep playmaker (Pirlo role)?

    What you guy’s think?

  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Shire give it time mate the week is still young and the press are looking for stories lol

  • The next Mike Williamson
    May 16, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    I know they’re different positions, but how can Mooy (brilliant in Australlia, one of best players in championship) cost £10m, and Atsu (4 years of total failure on various loans, just managed to oust the terrible Gouffran in championship, and had a couple of decent games when playing for contract) cost £6+ million?
    Chelsea only paid about 3 for him, so how come when he was 24 after such failed loans, did his value go to 6? We negotiated that price before he even played for us – seemingly the only decent games he’s had in his career.

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 2:58 PM


    Lyon president has said he can for the right price. Can’t see that price being a low one!

  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    The next Mike Williamson

    Probably because of the African cup as he was probably player of the tournament,he was outstanding for his home country which Rafa probably noticed and wants to develop.

  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 2:59 PM


    How much are they asking for?

  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    I know it’s a risk signing Atsu but lets not forget that the teams in the PL hate fast wingers and Atsu offers that for us.

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    And Rafa said he’s very obedient after asking him to score a goal against Cardiff and he delivered 😀

  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Pardew linked with Sheff Wed?

    WTF has this clown got that teams keep coming for the idiot?!

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 3:05 PM


    They turned down a £43 mil bid from West Ham last summer, So it’s anyone’s guess at his price now

  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    43 million? ouch!

    I think their president is a greedy barsteward lol

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 3:08 PM


    I pissed myself laughing when I read that. Carvahal must be doing something wrong big time!

  • Hail Wor Ashley
    May 16, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    God signing.

    Was probably in the balance with 5 games to go, if it was and he knew he it, then he showed he can step up under pressure.

    £6m is a pittance these days and he’s already more valuable to us than Aarons ever was or will be.

  • Hail Wor Ashley
    May 16, 2017 at 3:09 PM


  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 3:10 PM


    Aye he’s a greedy fcuker like. Tight fcuker when it comes to paying out

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 3:11 PM



  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    So Atsu at 24 years old signed for 6 million could his value double up in 2 years providing he plays well?

    Most players become really good at 26 years old

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Only time will tell Nezza

  • NezzaNUFC
    May 16, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    I think the beauty about this deal is the connections between Rafa and Conte,a successful deal will always lead to better connections and communications.

    Lets get HAZARD in lol 🙂

  • MadisonToon
    May 16, 2017 at 3:16 PM


    I agree that Atsu is the replacement and an upgrade on Gouffran. He can learn the defensive side of things and has the pace and ability to take defenders on which Gouffran never did. Gouffran could finish, but we’ll need more pace on the wings than he can offer next season in the Prem as we’ll likely need to score on counter-attacks in many of our matches and Gouffran isn’t the winger for that. Atsu also has the benefit of being able to be on either flank and that will add to our flexibility which is nice.

    A key part of this is that he won’t need time to settle into the side as he has already played for a season with the team – all other signings will need to find their feet which can take a while. Although I’d like higher quality players in than Atsu, signing him as our 3rd winger is a smart move IMHO (behind Ritchie and another winger singing).

  • U.S Magpie
    May 16, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Some on here are questioning the Signing of ASTU. 6 million for a player from Chelsea? I trust Rafa completely, also Murphy when he was signed people once again were like, he is so old why did Rafa sign him. If I remember he did score some crucial goals for us. So ASTU good signing for me he looked better towards the end of he season with a run of games and he scored a few at the end. So Rafa, lets get this party started one down 7 more to go.

  • MadisonToon
    May 16, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    US Magpie

    Spot on. It’s easy from our keyboards to tell Rafa who we think he should sign (just ask Kets!) but he’s had the lad for a season and thinks he’s worthy of keeping on – great!

  • JackBall
    May 16, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    I also don’t think we should overlook the fact that he likes Newcastle (team and area) and wants to be here. I believe that is important to Rafa and he believes it makes for a better team.

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Arsenal could do with the points tonight
    One could almost feel sorry for the unwashed
    They should stage a dogfight between Wenger’s banner plane and the mackem one.

    May 16, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Ungratefuls 6-0 Unwashed tonight

  • lochinvar
    May 16, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Arsenal scored 4 away at Watford.
    Dread to think what they will do the Mackems at home.
    Actually, no I don’t.

  • barkel
    May 16, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Almost guaranteed that they’ll beat both Arsenal tonight & Chelsea at the weekend now that it doesn’t matter

  • Oldgit1
    May 16, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    With taking Atsu after a loan spell, will hopefully lead to more loans from Chelsea. I think Rafa has impressed them that when he takes a loan player he will make them betters players. Rafa has not only been given funds to buy but has been given assurances that he will be able to loan players in. Something we have tried to avoid in the past with some coming here and not getting game time. Have total faith in Rafa.

  • Munster Mag
    May 16, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Good signing. Don’t think he’s stellar quality ( and Rafa doesn’t either, or he would have played him more !) but Rafa knows him now, so the risk is taken out of the equation. I really like Atsu – he was getting better as the season went on too. Good man Rafa. Serious job next season though. I was watching Watford last night and they looked like they would be too good for us, but early days yet 🙂

  • Pootle2118
    May 16, 2017 at 5:32 PM


    I agree, Chelsea are a fantastic side to have as an ally. They have stockpiled so many good players over the years that they are more than willing to send out on loan. Hopefully this good working relationship can see the likes of Zouma and/or Lotus-Cheek pitch up at St James’ for our first season to help us aim for a solid mid table finish which will give us a much stronger platform to sign the quality players we need to start challenging for the European spots

  • ToonRich
    May 16, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    @66, plenty of players worth a look from the Chelsea stock… Tomas Kalas, Andreas Christensen, Traore? Would anyone take Remy back for a season??

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Chelsea are a fantastic side to have as an ally.

    Apparently Roman buys all his sandshoes and plimsoles at Sports Direct

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Atsu for me is a good signing
    Him Richie and Rolando Aaron’s are 3 of 5 wingers needed
    And him and Aaron’s have it all to prove
    We need to be looking at Ryan gauld
    Gelson martins and gelson daly also If we really are going to be showing any sort of ambition
    Another player who has to be hot on our list is justin Klievert
    For me he will go on to be another great player
    Ruben semedo is also a player who would show that we are serious about our ambition
    Danilo pererie and ousmane dembele must also be on our list
    These are players I would love to see
    Some be very expensive
    But quality over quantity for me is the way forward
    Anyone else think of any players they would like to see

  • Toonces
    May 16, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Happy to see Atsu rewarded with a permanent deal. At 6.3M or whatever this is not a lot of cash in today’s PL. Also there won’t be pressure to have him start. He’ll have to earn it with his play and not worry about a large transfer fee to justify.

    SPringy @ 12 above – Perhaps you are joking and referring to James Rodriguez – while we are being linked with Jay Rodriguez for 6M. Mind you Rafa did work with James for most of a season. Maybe he’ll be happy to link up with Rafa 😉

  • lukes26
    May 16, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Atsu strikes me as a Sub you throw on for the last 30 minutes, especially if you’re behind.

    He’s not as gifted creatively as most top tier offensive players in the EPL, which is why chelsea are ok with him leaving

    in some ways he’s your prototypical Carr signing..He’s competent with both left and right feet & comes at a discounted price

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    James Rodriguez hahahah

  • Toonces
    May 16, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    I am really interested to see if we make a big splash in the search for a legit #10. I would like to see us land Siggurdson but with Swans staying up any relegation clause will be void. Also rumor is that Everton want him BUT that means that Barkley could be out the door. It would take a big fee to land either, 25M-30M range, but this the class that makes a difference.

    Failing either of those two, I think a cheeky bid to Man Utd for Mata could be a fun thing to do. I think he could still play the 10 and be very effective at it for a couple more seasons.

    Who knows, but it is fun to speculate – even long shot speculation.

  • Toonces
    May 16, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Lukes @ 71 – this is a good description of Atsu. I tend to agree. And should he develop to a bit higher level, then great.

    May 16, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Yeah think i dropped a bollick and got my wires crossed with that one mate! Lol

  • chicousa
    May 16, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    I am also most interested in who Rafa brings in to play the #10 position. I have mentioned a few times on the blog over the past month the names of Sigurdsson and Mata! Both would be huge long-shots, but to make a move for either would show real intent!

  • magspuggy
    May 16, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Mint really pleased if this is true
    @ 6,2 mill hes a gonna double in value within a year

  • Ron Knee
    May 16, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    “No Matz Sels tonight for #nufc but the promising Nathan Harker starts between the posts.”

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Mata isn’t exactly doing the business for manu
    And we wouldn’t pay his wages
    We need players who have the same skills etc but are still proving this in there career
    You s are dreaming with mAta
    No chance

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    Ryan gauld for me has to be are number 1 target
    He will be a better player than mata
    Still unproven but he is the nearest thing to messi
    Ya probs get him at 20 million

  • chicousa
    May 16, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Of course we are dreaming when some of us mention Mata or Sigurdsson!!! 🙂

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    We’ll be realistic
    Am dreaming of Ronaldo but it’s not gonna happen

  • Toonces
    May 16, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    MAIAM – Mata gets messed around with by Mou. And in the current financial world of the PL, 100k/w salaries for good players is going to become the going rate.

    And yes, I acknowledge this might be out there in dreamland but I don’t think it is that crazy.

    Now James Rodriguez would be crazy. Mata not so much.

  • Toonces
    May 16, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Chico – good shouts and I have seen you mention them before. Cheers!

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Mata will be on 160 k a week

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    There is just no way

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    He will also want 200 k to join Newcastle
    And there will be clubs prepared to pay it
    And Newcastle am afraid aren’t one of them

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Honestly if we had champions league then maybe
    But otherwise there is just no way

  • Toonces
    May 16, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    MAIAM – if that is the case then fair enough, but maybe the wage demand won’t be that high after a few seasons being shafted by Jose.

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Gylfi s will also be looking for a champions league club

  • Toonces
    May 16, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Gylfi won’t be in the PL next season then if that’s the case..

  • mikeashleyisamackem
    May 16, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    The players you mention
    Nearly every club in the world would be interested
    More wages and champions league
    We can’t offer that yet
    We need to be looking at players who are good players with bags of potential
    The experienced players we could possibly get would be someone like Carrick nearing the end of his career
    Not players who still have a major transfer contract in them

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    U23’s just went 1-0 up on the Hammers

  • sing in the corner
    May 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Kind of pleased we signed Atsu..
    But it’s a bit like opening your present at Christmas when you were a kid and getting a pair of socks or some trainers you’ve already tried on.
    I like surprises Rafa! I do, I do!!

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    Damn it 1-1 in the U23’s promotion match

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    Nice comparison there Sing 😀

  • cyprus
    May 16, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    It’s a bit of a lottery but I’m thinking Reading third team up

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    I’d say Sheff Weds and then Pardew will bring them back down again 🙂

  • cyprus
    May 16, 2017 at 8:04 PM

    Good guess 🙂

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    I’m glad we avoided the play offs. Couldn’t take anymore after the last game 🙂

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 8:08 PM

    Miles Starforth? @milesstarforth 30s30 seconds ago
    Good to see Rafa Benitez here watching the Under-23s in the play-off final. Still 1-1. #nufc

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 8:10 PM

    No holiday for Rafa then! Just can’t keep away can he

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 8:12 PM


    I don@t think he bothers with a shower even, just gets an oil change and carries on. 😀

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    Ahh well the Hammers have just taken the lead 1-2

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 8:14 PM

    2 – 1 wet spam

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    He turns his underpants inside out I’ve heard 😀

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    Somebody should tell WBA that they are allowed to play in the opposition half at the Etihad !

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 8:19 PM

    Don’t be daft Jib. Pulis would go mad if they went past the half way 😀

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 8:19 PM


    It’s true, he has little time for anything else, new undies are flown up from Liverpool twice a week and he has to make do ya nah!

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 8:22 PM


    Aye. Ya gotta love wor Rafa like. I heard he’s the only one that can touch MC Hammer 😀

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 8:28 PM

    Fernandinho is a dirty little fcuker. Jumping in with his elbow again!!

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    Quick fire double from City!

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    I’m rather hoping that Chris Brunt “does” Fernandinho before this game ends.

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 8:52 PM

    Reading 1 up

    Newcasle U23s got beat 2-1

  • Mr Random
    May 16, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    does anyone have a link for the reading vs fulham game or any of the premier league ones? my sky box has gone!

  • Legolas
    May 16, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Reading 1-0 up. I am surprised I thought Fulham would be better.

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 8:56 PM


    Reading got a pen, plenty of time left though.

  • Legolas
    May 16, 2017 at 8:58 PM

    Cheers Firebug. I am putting the little one down so haven’t seen any. Yes, still plenty of time.

  • jimmysmith
    May 16, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    I like Mooy, not so much as an understudy to Shelvey, but alongside him. He has the physical presence and work rate to hold, and the passing and movement to give and go. Shelvey and Mooy, with Hayden and Colback providing the competition would give us enough in the middle of the park I think so long as we can also upgrade at ten and striker and left wing, and also add a bit defensively. Obviously you need to strengthen with a view to how the group will function as a whole. You are only as strong as your weakest link type of thing.

  • Jib
    May 16, 2017 at 9:15 PM
  • Lindisfarne
    May 16, 2017 at 9:26 PM

    Hoping Fulham fail just for the opportunity to potentially sign Cairney.

  • firebug666
    May 16, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Reading win

  • ShirebrookToon
    May 16, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    Bang a bid in for Cairney and Sessengon now Rafa!

  • Belfast
    May 16, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Fair play to Fulham they threw absolutely everything at them there. It just wasn’t their night. Those pitch invasions when the job is only half done though ? Jesus!! 🙂

  • Belfast
    May 16, 2017 at 9:45 PM

    Think whoever wins tomorrow night will get promoted now to be honest.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 9:48 PM

    That’s how the mighty swans got to the premiership was by beating reading and i can say i was there in Wembley what an awesome day that was, couple of Stellas before and after the match.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 9:50 PM

    Who ever reading plays in the final it will be a good day for both sets of fans.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 9:52 PM


    I’m sure Fulham were favourites tonight, as for the final anything can happen.

  • Moonraker15
    May 16, 2017 at 9:52 PM

    Now sign Cairney! He’s a proper number 10 !

  • May 16, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    Couple of Stella’s before

  • May 16, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    One of the stellars after

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Don’t give up your day job, probably not got one anyway.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 10:21 PM

    What a great send off for Zabaleta on sky sports.

  • OneAlanShearer
    May 16, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Get the company cheque book out rafa. Cairney and sessegnon. Got to be worth going for.
    How on earth reading are in the play off final I don’t know.
    Get mooy as well.
    Give it a go.

    May 16, 2017 at 10:28 PM

    Would be nice to not just be a 1 trick pony relying on shelvey to pull the strings…..if mooy did come and he played along side shelvey…i believe it could work but if shelveys having a mare u can swop things round and still have someone to string the passes and see opportunities for the right pass…..this season if shelvey was off the boil the whole team seemed to……just gives us options we didn’t have this season

  • jimmysmith
    May 16, 2017 at 10:35 PM

    Yeah I agree. I think Mooy could both compete with and compliment Shelvey, and I think should Shelvey be unavailable, then Mooy/ Hayden or Mooy/Colback would also work, in a well balanced, well engineered, well prepared 11.

  • expatmag
    May 16, 2017 at 10:45 PM

    Mooy or Cairney?

    Who would you pick?

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 10:49 PM



  • magspuggy
    May 16, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    Atsu i hope will be joined by another young fast winger and gouffran will be away else where.

    Mooy i would love to see join and he will make the grade in the prem next season .

    @ average
    Them jokes are baaaaaaaad stop bleating on about it.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 11:06 PM

    Them jokes are baaaad.

    Just like newcastles style of play.

  • magspuggy
    May 16, 2017 at 11:12 PM

    If you dont like it you could try supporting another club ..

    Oh you do dont you.
    They are shite as well
    Maybe picking clubs isnt your strong point eh
    Best stick to the sheep .

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 11:32 PM

    If they are shite, how come they have never been relegated from the premiership.

  • beermonkey
    May 16, 2017 at 11:33 PM

    welshwum @126

    lets clear this up

    you have never been to a football match your sole hobby in life is to destroy decent football blogs and to stop the elderly and pregnant women sitting in the designated seats at the front of busses its just a shame you can do both at the same time now due to busses having free wifi

  • magspuggy
    May 16, 2017 at 11:37 PM

    If your supposed to be a newcastle fan why do you come on a newcastle united blog to do nowt but call the team and bang on about the daft jacks ??

    Is the jacks blog that baaaaad ??
    Or have they got sick of ya too

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 11:47 PM


    Firstly, I go to a lot of matches and secondly i don’t catch buses because i drive, hope I’ve cleared that up for you.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 11:52 PM

    Actually I am Newcastle fan and I’m not the only one that have said things like Rafas got it wrong in certain matches, you only picking me out because I’m not from Newcastle and I’ve defended the swans on here because of the shite jokes.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 11:54 PM

    Christ Bobby is right about one thing.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 16, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    And on that bombshell its goodnight.

  • magspuggy
    May 17, 2017 at 12:07 AM

    No i picked on you because you come on a nufc blog and call my team simple as that.

    What did you expect ?

    You call rafa to get a bite from people thats what i believe.

    Trolling causes nowt but grief on here and you are only on to stir the pot.

    Your reply to a joke about the welsh and there love for livestock was to attack nufc.

    Point proven gtf.

  • Mister Tuff
    May 17, 2017 at 12:08 AM
  • andrew84
    May 17, 2017 at 12:10 AM

    Of course Welshie is only on here to stir the pot.

    He’s admitted it himself in the past.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 17, 2017 at 12:13 AM

    Point proved, you have proved sweet fa, people on here that’s from Newcastle have said the same thing, not being a wum at all, fans from other teams give their manage stick sometimes does that mean they are wums as well, grow up.

  • welshgeordie9
    May 17, 2017 at 12:15 AM

    Got away with it in the championship let see what happens in premiership.

  • andrew84
    May 17, 2017 at 12:18 AM

    Welsh, the sad fact is you’re always on Rafa’s back but you won’t ever hear a word said against your beloved Swansea.
    Why are you so surprised that people on an NUFC blog are so mind-numbingly bored of you?

  • welshgeordie9
    May 17, 2017 at 12:22 AM

    I don’t care what people think of swans or shite sheep jokes, it’s only words ffs.

  • expatmag
    May 17, 2017 at 12:32 AM


    Thought you were going to bed??????,

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