Poll – Where Will Newcastle Finish This Season In Premier League?

Now that we are only a matter of days from the start of the Premier League season we will launch our poll on where Newcastle can finish in the league table next May.

We had been waiting a little bit hoping we may get some additional players through the door but no such luck – not yet anyway.

It’s not only because of owner Mike Ashley’s thriftiness this summer that has caused Rafa not to get the players he wanted but also the fact we have less money than other PL clubs to spend having been down below for a season.

Florian Lejeune – could be big player for us this season

You cannot get away from that.

We also have seen some ridiculous prices and loan fees being asked for our top targets.

It’s not only Mike’s unwillingness to spend money this summer but in truth, he hasn’t helped much either.

Call us daft and stupid (what again?) but we still think we’ll finish in the top ten next season – simply because of Rafa’s brilliance and the unbridled passion of our fans.

Let us know how you think we can fare this coming season.

Where Will Newcastle Finish This Season?

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37 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #1

    8th. Or 14th.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #2

    I think ‘onest Mike has been talking baloney and Rafa is subtly telling us it’s going to be a slog, I hope everything works out

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I think it’ll be a keeper, with Woodman out on loan.
    A striker, with Rivierelinho promoted to cellar manager.
    And, unless any ‘bargains’ suddenly appear, nowt else.
    Assuming RAFA has identified 23 squad players, that’s 25 and job done.

    NEW, Elliott, Darlow
    Yedlin Manquillo Jesus Dummett
    Lascalles Lejeune Mbemba Clark
    Hayden Merino Colback Shelvey Diame
    Ritchie Murphy Aarons Atsu
    De Jong Perez
    Gayle Mitro NEW

    Not ideal but Clark, Mbemba, Colback can all play full back.
    If young Freddie satys, guess that frees up one more slot, either the bargain basement signing or one of our deadwoods to get a squad number – lease not Rivi 😮

  • clinath@ed

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #4

    At the end of last season I predicted we wouldn’t spend much this summer, but readjust come January…mainly because of MAs attitude. I Really hoped I would be wrong…

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #5

    So far ~ 2 for top 6 😆

    Relegation 6

  • Tsunki

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #6

    I think it will be a tough old slog this season. Could it be that Rafa is less worried about winning things and just happy to keep plodding away in a steady job so he can maintain his UK lifestyle? Maybe he is OK with Mike’s way and can live with it?

  • clinath@ed

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #7

    looking at the problems we’re having offloading the “dead wood” I don’t think we will buy a keeper. Might as well keep Krul on the books till his contract runs out. Any money available could be better spent elsewhere.

  • martoon

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #8

    People asking who won last year and the general consensus was Budge123 was closest:

    Budge123 1 92 5 4 Ritchie Gayle 23
    Actual 1 94 5 4 Ritchie Gayle 23

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Interesting, to see if ED’s poll results are similar to Martoon’s predictions.
    See what the lurkers are up to 😕

  • clinath@ed

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Top 6…..behave will ya

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #11

    This is how the rumour mongers weave their webs


    Rafa was actually attending a PL managers conference

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Clinath, bringing Krul back in to the fold would leave us with just the 1 spot, ready for Bas Dost 💡

  • m.a

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #13


    Ideally we need three players, ST, CM and LB. For now, I will keep Krul and prioritize the other three positions. If we buy CM, we need to sell a CM, who will it be? Coldback or Diame or even De Jong.
    My favourite buys will be Perez, Delph and Gibbs and sell Coldback. Thats it. We can even try to get Delph on loan.

    We have far too many deadwoods and cant really judge MA ambition until we sell them. From business perspective, we need to cut down cost. He is doing exactly that although I am not a fan of him.

  • clinath@ed

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #14

    can Budge123 please send me this Saturdays lottery numbers…

  • clinath@ed

    Aug 9, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #15

    1 spot being a centre forward then?

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #16

    m.a. – my list was the assumed 23 from The Mag, posted yesterday.
    That list assumes the deadwood/sales will include:

    Krul (6/2018)
    Lazaar (6/2021)
    Haidara (6/2018)
    Good (6/2018)
    Hanley (6/2021)
    Saivet (6/2021)
    Rivierre (6/2020)

    Sels (6/2021) Loaned to Anderlecht.
    Left out the under 21s.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Jib @6 (previous topic)

    McClaren walks into the Hearts changing room

    Hearts player ” what’s the plan then gaffa ? ”

    McClaren ” give us a goal Vasili, one goal only ”

    Vasili (thinks) – “dumb ass, he’s blown us all up”

  • clinath@ed

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #18

    Cannot see Ashley sanctioning purchases of players when there are already 4 or more players already on the books who can do that roll. HE sees quantity not quality. He has done this repeatedly over the last few years now.

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #19

    I know we’d like to shift Colback/Diame/others
    but these:
    Krul Haidara Good – last year of contract – value,very little
    Rivierre – nearly 3 years left on contract – value ?????
    Lazaar Hanley Saivet – nearly 4 years left on contract- maybe 2 + 5 + ???

    We need to get rid of these 7, all on decent wages and we’d really struggle to get 10 million.

  • Budge123

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Clinath – 2,3,10,17,20 and 23

    Spend it wisely marra

  • toontaff2

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #21

    JIB, but the big questios are:
    1. Did Rafa fart – thought he and The Queen did not do wind
    2. Was that 6 in a row chap BladeSpewer?


  • clinath@ed

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #22

    I’ll share it mate 😉

  • m.a

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Partly Benitez fault as well. He bought Lazaar, Gamez(not in the list actually) and Selz for no solid reason.
    Had he kept Krul last season without extending his contract and got a LB on loan, we wouldnt have four players by now ( Lazaar, Gamez, Krul and Selz).

  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Should tune into sky sports for the premiere league launch it’s on now,

    Rafa is on soon, Jacob just been on, shearer and Matt Richy is there too

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #25


    Charlie in the Gallowgate – Predictions

    Final League Position: 17th
    Final No of points: 39
    League Cup Round (7 = Final): 4
    FA Cup Round (8 = Final): 4
    Player of the season (Blog): Lejuene
    Top Goal Scorer: Ayoze Perez
    No of Goals for TGS. 12

    Arsenal L L
    Leicester D L
    Watford W L
    Liverpool L L
    Chelsea L L
    Burnley W D
    Crystal Palace W D
    Huddersfield W D
    Everton L L
    Stoke W L
    Southampton D L
    Swansea W D
    West Brom W W
    Brighton W D
    Spurs L L
    West Ham D L
    Man City L L
    Man Utd L L
    Bournemouth W D

    39 pts

  • martoon

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #26

    TudorCrisps – Unfortunately we’re not allowed to watch TV at work! 😀

  • TudorCrisps

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #27

    Get in on your phone mate it’s online go sit on the carzie for half a hour haha

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #28

    Charlie could you give us the scores of those games please?

  • martoon

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #29

    Charlie @25 – Very impressive analysis – not sure about the double over West Brom?

  • Mr Funk

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #30

    Last time Rafa made comments on transfers within 48 HRS we had a signing. So if nothing happens today, there won’t be a transfer in this week.
    However, if we do sell someone we may get someone in.

    Still think that Lewis Baker we be a good loan signing. He can play cm and AMC.

  • Budge123

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #31

    Charlie is that 1 away win in the season?
    Seems optimistic!

    Quite a few going for Lejuene for POS.
    Hope he is that good. The mood on here when he signed was general deflation so either the rest of the team isn’t fancied or he’s looked a world beater in preseason?

  • Our Toon

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #32

    Interesting comments from Rafa, if that was made by others they’d be construed as being negative

  • Mag52

    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #33


    Matt Richie just interviewed on 5 Live.
    Asked, of course, if the feeling in the dressing room was that Rafa would still be at NUFC at the end of the season, to which he replied yes.
    For me, wherever we end up in the PL this season, unless we get relegated, I won’t care provided Rafa is still with us when the season finishes.
    Without him and his inspiration to all connected and not connected to the club, hope of better things to come will disappear.

  • kimbo

    Aug 9, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #34

    Without a new striker Rafa will walk out by the end of August. Come on Ashley £13.2m to stop this, are you that stupid?

  • Phil K

    Aug 9, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #35

    Think they’ll stay out of the worst of the dog fight but can’t see us threatening the top half too much
    We need a striker and another defensive midfielder

  • Phil K

    Aug 9, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #36

    I agree that Rafa is not without blame either. 2 dismal full backs Gamez and Lazaar who we can’t shift and contributed nowt last season, a decent centre half, but not good enough for Prem in Hanley who we can’t get rid of for same reason we can’t get rid of the wastes of space Riviere Saivez and Haidara – they’re overpaid and no-one is daft enough to pay a third of what they’re paid here. But they were Carr’s fault.
    But Rafas made some poor signings too and will again.
    But thats what happens with footballers. Most when they’ve got full bank balances (like the Frenchies) don’t feel the need to justify their worthlessness
    Some knuckle down from the off. Ritchie and Gayle for instance

    But Rafa is not without a small amount of blame, true

  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 9, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #37

    I think 14/15th is achievable, if we get Perez, top 10, but 10th is still a disgrace for a club of our stature


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