These Two Changes Will Make Newcastle A More Competitive Team At Chelsea

We are hoping to see a better performance at Chelsea than we saw last Saturday at home to Watford.

It’s important for Newcastle to get back on track soon after four successive defeats and last night we played well to get the 2-2 draw at West Brom.

Maybe we are too negative, but we would be happy with a 1-0 or 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – the last thing we need is to worsen out goal difference too much.

But again – maybe I’m too negative?

One big reason for Newcastle playing better last night was young Mikel Merino who looks like a star player in the making, and he must start as many games as possible for us this season.

He’s looking like a terrific buy for Newcastle – we need more like him this summer.

Matt Ritchie was also back to form, and he ran his socks off for the side last night.

Whether Rafa will bring back Jonjo Shelvey into the team is a good question, and he also played well last night after being brought on.

Chancel Mbemba is the best left-back we have while Paul Dummett is out injured, but again DeAndre Yedlin did not have a good game defensively and was responsible for both Baggies’ goals.

Maybe a rest on Saturday at Stamford Bridge will do him good, and Javier Manquillo can then play in his usual position, or even Isaac Hayden could play at right back?

You don’t need me to say that Joselu has labored up front and missed a bevy of chances as our lone striker, and maybe it is time for Rafa to give the Spaniard a rest and give Aleksandar Mitrovic a start at Chelsea?

At least Mitro would mix it up a bit with the Blues defenders – as long as he doesn’t get himself sent off.

Rafa Benitez must be a lot happier this morning after last night’s display; a number of our players – starters and subs alike – had good games.

Once we get Jamaal Lascelles and Paul Dummett back from injury, we should be a  stronger team and start picking up those points again.

Hope so.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

206 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    December is daunting.. It’s frustrating we only got 1 point from the last 6 which on paper we should have been able to get at least 6 or 7 points.

    We’ll be lucky to get 5 points in whole of December.

    If Ashley is still around in January, then we are finished. Rafa won’t get a penny.

  • toonbaba

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Unfortunately Dummett is not the left back answer his lack of pace will be found out in the premier league.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m pretty certain dummett was clocked as one of the quickest players in the PL last time around. He’s certainly not slow but he’s defensively solid

  • AncientC

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Toonfan8, with Ashley’s austerity model, finding those cheap gems is more difficult than 5+ years ago. The inflation on the price of players has rocketed and Ashley’s transfer cap has remained the same. I am not sure we can even afford rough diamonds anymore. In today’s market, getting a good player for £15 to £20 million would be considered a steal… in Ashley’s world, that is transfer record busting levels.

    When the club had to sign Ben Arfa with a broken leg and Ba with a 9 inch pin in his leg, what hope is there of finding players like that now (if Ashley remains) with the same budget.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Kiko fermenia has looked good this season at rb for Watford. They got him on free in the summer

  • Toonfan8

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #6

    HBA broken his leg here in match for us. Demba was playing for West Ham season before and was really good. I personally think Mbemba, Mitrovic can be good and those diamonds too. Hayden, Ritchie, Lascelles, Yedlin can be too. But you have to have strong core and characters, and core of Cabaye, Tiote, Colo, Jonas, Demba was very strong then.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Our Toon,
    We apparently wouldn’t pay the wages Brighton or Huddersfield did, a definite swipe at Mikey.

  • AncientC

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Toonfan8, Ben Arfa was signed permanently with a broken leg.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #9

    He must have taken tips off the blog 😉

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Our Toon re Kiko Fermenia
    60k a week 4yr contract and a big signing on fee !!!

  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Yeah but our toon you make it sound like we didn’t get our own bargain in Merino.

    Why did no-one else sign him?

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Hibbit, Jail

    Yep Mike wouldn’t pay wages not a shock there. Kiko is on decent wedge apparently, surely the overall deal is still cheaper than manquillo overall deal!!

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Young Mag

    When we signed him I have hibbit a heads up as to how good I thought he was. I know we got our own bargain and we’ve made that permanent which makes it all better. What is the point you are making?

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Where was it reported he’s on 60k?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #15

    I sort of mentioned this yesterday. There’s a big difference between Pardew telling us we can’t compete with Swansea and Southampton, two recently promoted clubs while we had been back in the division for a couple of seasons and Rafa telling us we have to compete with the two clubs we were promoted with but couldn’t pay the same wages. Pardew said it in defence of Ashley not spending money where as imo Rafa said it as a subtle dig at the owner. I can’t believe there are people siding with Ashley on transfers.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #16


    Who’s siding with Ashley on transfers?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #17

    Any new developments in the up for sale saga?

    Would be nice to be able to put all this speculation to rest…

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon
    the Evening Standard did a feature about Watfords risk of doing a QPR
    I’ll try and find it and post it for you they have a few players around the wage

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #19

    I think we well on the way back after clark’s goal so to say mitro completely transformed us is not actually the case although he looked good.


    There were 2 successful spells in pardew’s reign when he went 433 for a 6 match spell in 2 different seasons, then completely dumped it and went back to 9 men behind the ball, no pass and move and the can we nick one in the last 5 mins. WHU and WBA deserve to go down with such unimaginative and more crucially failing choices. Fat Sham will be equally awful to watch but he’ll make Everton lower, mid table.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #20

    If rafa sells mitro gayle and mbama and also darlow he better have better players lined up then that last one to join us joselu throught darlow did ok last night came cant blame him for the goals not like that Elliot who looks super glued to his line anyway no sale till we get replacements.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Think Rafa should focus more on getting rid of players like Colback, Saivet and others that cannot get a game!

    He definitely need another forward lined up before he let Gayle or Mitro go.

    But to be honest under this current ownership I cannot see anything that would make a real difference happening in the January transfer window

  • Jib

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #22

    NUFC U23’s score 6 vs Swansea
    with Tom Heardman getting 4 of them

  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #23

    My point Is that with the funds Rafa had available all the signings were going to be a risk. Merino being the only one who thus far looks to be a great signing.

    You keep going on about how we didn’t sign kiko but no-one else signed merino. It’s just what happens in transfer windows. Kiko would also have been a risk considering he was coming on a free.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #24

    The ones saying that the players Rafa cobbled together on a shoestring are his fault so should be getting more out of them.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Who’s going to buy our rejects?

    Sunderland are skint, but there’s always WBA now the Kings in charge.

    Ashley out!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27


    I went back to see what I said, would you like to read and digest it again.

    There wasn’t a takeover on the cards when Rafa took the job, so in that respect nothing will have changed and if he’s given some (a reasonable amount of) cash then he’ll probably stick with us.

    If you’ll note there is an IF in the sentence. Also a probably rather than a will.

    I don’t know any better than anyone else what he will do.

    And I see that Rouise still has his/her foot down!! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib but he’s hopeless apparently so don’t expect him to get any 1st team games.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Wonder if it’ll be shown on NUFC TV

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #30

    now who needs to go back and read peoples post !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • posada

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #31

    A couple of weeks ago I suggested that Ellis Short was asset stripping at the club down the road.
    Take the Prem money and the parachute payments and then do one.
    I see you are now suggesting that Mike Ashley is doing the same.
    So, you took my concept, waited a couple of weeks and then stood it up as your idea.
    I know you follow all of my posts closely and with interest.
    Good, that way you are at least learning something.
    I really don’t mind. You stealing my idea is I suppose a compliment.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #32

    hibbit, just have what have I missed?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #33


    I could be completely wrong but isn’t there some sort of FA code of conduct to prevent asset stripping of EPL clubs.

  • posada

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #34

    This idea that you can run a football club and make in profitable, in that you take out 10% a year as some sort of dividend. Never going to work and dangerous thinking.
    You could also loose all of the 300 million you put in.
    Why do you think Ellis Short and Mike Ashley want out.

    There will be no buyer, unless they are motivated by other things. Like prestige and the persuit of glory. They will need to make a statement and spend big.

    Good, anything else would just be Ashley two.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #35

    U23s team v Swansea

    Newcastle United Under-23s: Paul Woolston; Jamie Sterry, Kyle Cameron, Macaulay Gillesphey, Massadio Haidara; Henri Saivet, Jack Colback; Callum Roberts (Yasin Ben El-Mhanni 79), Dan Barlaser, Victor Fernandez; Tom Heardman (Luke Charman 75).
    Subs not used: Nathan Harker, Owen Bailey, Dan Ward.

  • jimiley

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Dummett will make us stronger?????? He turns like an oil tanker.
    If the fat man is still here in January we are down. Simples.
    Watch how toxic it gets. And note the crowds next season in the Championship. Its a pivotal time. We could become a major force but the crowd will never forgive the fat controller if his greed means he keeps control. The gloves will come off and our battered fans will even boycott games. 10 years is long enough for even our fans. 10 months at Manure.

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #37

    just not used to you being so bitchy
    no one said the lad hopeless what was said “most of them aren’t good enough for the prem” which they most certainly are not

  • posada

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t think so Bill.
    Football clubs are different in that should they go bust the players have to have their contracts honoured first, before anyone else can then run the business. Perhaps that is what you are thinking of.
    However, if you look at them down the road. All bar 3 of the big names and long contract players have been sold. So, if they sell those in Jan then by the summer the low and short term contracts of those left are not worth a great deal.
    You can then sell the shell of a club that is left for scrap value.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #39


    Well he started it!! 🙂

  • hibbit

    Nov 29, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Bill………….. LOL

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