More Good News For Newcastle


With Islam Slimani not even being in the squad on Sunday, fans were a little worried in case his thigh injury was worse than first reported.

But Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has said Islam is just fine, and hopefully, he will be fit and ready for our game at Bournemouth on February 24th.

It is the FA Cup 5th round this coming weekend.

Islam Slimani – he’s fine

But Rafa is not worried about his new loan signing, and with a two-week break after the Manchester United game, Rafa didn’t have to take any chances – and we won the game in any case – so that’s all good.

This is what Rafa Benitez has told the local press about Islam’s thigh injury:

“He’s fine, but still he was feeling it a little bit.”

“And it’s a question now of waiting because we have 15 days before the next game so we can keep working with him.”

Newcastle have had very few injuries this season, and at the moment Newcastle have Jesus Gamez recovering well from an ankle injury.

Ciaran Clark is fit but was rested last Sunday after he picked up a slight knee injury in the previous game against Burnley.

This is all a lot different from two years ago when we easily finished top of the Injury League but 3rd bottom of the Premier League and relegated.

And the lack of injuries is due to the professionalism and experience of a certain Mr. Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle usually go on a warm winter break, but Rafa has never done that since he’s been at Newcastle.

Seems like Rafa doesn’t believe in vacations during the season.

There – I’ve said it!

🙂

Rafa has elected to give his players some time off this week after their heroics last Sunday.

But it will be down to the hard work of preparing for AFC Bournemouth soon – and that’s a game we have a (very) good chance of winning.

Hopefully, Slimani will start the game.

Comments welcome.


59 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Regarding the previous article; I posted that information months ago when I was making the claim that the squad wasn’t Championship level.

    1
  • SuperShearer

    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    We need Slimani back NOW. As good a result as it was on Sunday you still worry where our goals are going to come from. Not all defenders will be as lazy and useless as Man Utd’s. We need a player who can create holes in defences, put doubt in their mind and, ultimately, put the ball in the back of the net.

    All season our build-up play has looked good, it’s the end product that has been severely lacking.

    6
  • Olivers Toon

    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope Lejeune keeps his place. I know Clark was injured but I’m hoping Benitez was looking for an excuse to play Lejeune anyway. He’s not perfect but he offers so much more composure compared to Clark. The no. of times in the Man U game where he played a careful pass out of defense, rather than just hoofing it up the pitch was brilliant. So often in the palace and Burnley game, we lost possession to quickly by loosing the ball to a kick up the field. I also think there were other reasons Lejeune may have struggled when he played earlier in the season. I like Clark. He is a great professional and works so hard but Lejeune is a better player in my opinion. Hopefully he will remain in the team and having Dummett beside him will help.

    28
  • AncientC

    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    hibbit, from previous. The CIES article isn’t essentially listing squad values, it is the amount spent on players. The squad value would be different according to form, age, contract situation etc.

    The Newcastle squad being around 13th placed in value does seem accurate though.

    0
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    DubaiMicky
    Your’e being too cerebral
    2 + 2 = 5
    I counted from the bottom
    You from the top
    simples

    3
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    You’re even

    1
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #7

    AncientC
    I posted that information months ago

    no you didn’t

    prove it

    1
  • AncientC

    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    ‘West Brom manager Alan Pardew’s methods are causing friction within the squad, but his position is safe despite the club chairman and chief executive being sacked on Tuesday.’ (Telegraph)

    Pardew should have signed Ben Arfa, left him on the bench, then used him as a scapegoat for when the club goes down. He must be kicking himself that he didn’t think of that one earlier.

    9
  • AncientC

    Feb 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib, yes, I may be making it up.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Feb 14, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    So does this CIES table suggest that people who are saying we have a championship squad, the worst in the prem league, incorrect??

    3
  • OneAlanShearer

    Feb 14, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d be happy if we started the same team as Sunday but Slimani replacing Gayle. We need that threat.
    I’d also have no issue with Murphy taking Ritchies place.
    I want to see Murphy get game time. I’d push Ritchie to number 10 instead of Perez with Murphy on the right

    6
  • Peebles_dave

    Feb 14, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Munster, I don’t think the table makes a judgement on the quality of the squad, only the value. As we saw on Sunday, they can two completely different things.

    3
  • G

    Feb 14, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #13

    OAS @ 11. Its hard to disagree with you, however, I am always loathe to mess with a winning formula. How often does Rafa play the same team though? I am sure after a 15 day break he will just put out what he considers to be our best 11.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Munster will clutch at any available straw, not only clutch but strain until his fingernails bleed to show that Rafa isn’t getting the most out of our 13th most expensive squad.

    8
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Merino is being groomed for No.10
    He’s a bit taller than Rafa would like but
    he has worked with six footers in that role
    Marek Hamsik at Napoli and Tony Kroos
    at Real.
    Spur’s Christian Eriksen is a current EPL
    example of how effective a tall No 10 can be.

    3
  • Oldgit1

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #16

    @ G I thought it was the best eleven that trained was the deciding factor, Rafa never picks the same team twice. It’s their attitude in training that Rafa react to. If their minds are not up to it they don’t play, simple.

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #17

    SuperShearer – we don’t need Slimani back “NOW” as you suggest, we’ve got two weeks off. I imagine we need him back when and only when he’s fit enough to do a job. Also “Not all defenders will be as lazy and useless as Man Utd’s” – really? they have conceded less goals than all teams except for Citeh, yet they’re “lazy and useless”. Are you just trying to say that our achievement in beating them was routine and nothing to do with the skill of our players or are you just winding me up?

    8
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Not looking for a fight Jib but your bullshit/Googling knows no bounds or shame.

    10
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Two goals for Arma at Blackburn last night gave them a 2-1 victory over Portsmouth. He’s scored 3 goals in 2 games and his goals have won 4 points for Tony Mowbray’s team. Not bad going for the lad

    11
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Jail for Ashley
    Not looking for a fight Jib but your bullshit/Googling knows no bounds or shame.

    Could you enlighten me as to which post you are referring

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib,
    Most of them but particularly that one you just made about the height of Merino.

    4
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail
    He’s 6’2″ and Rafa said in his presser
    a couple of weeks ago that the modern
    perception of no 10’s is de Silva , Iniesta types.
    It seemed strange to me that he would specifically
    mention a No10’s height and smaller players.
    One mans thoughtful reflection is another mans
    bullshit I guess.

    4
  • Rebecca

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail For Ashley

    It’s truly remarkable how miserable and grouchy you can be about everything. Even when we get a great win at home you can’t enjoy without ruining the mood on the blog. You simply have a rant over so called past none events.

    Aside from simply appearing foolish and for the sake of your health you do need to take a good look at yourself. Try to find a way of having a good time involving your family.

    Most of us hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We’re unrehearsed. The next time I read the blog I don’t want to think what a miserable git you are. Spread a little sunshine you’ll feel better as well.
    The bills in the post Sunshine!

    12
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib – are you for real

    Christian Erickson is small
    He is small 5 foot 9 inch

    That’s not tall???

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib,
    It will have more to do with their skill and agility, just as being a very good DM doesn’t mean you have to be built like a brick shite house and at least 6 foot.

    5
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib
    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:02 PM
    Comment #15
    I think Merino is being groomed for No.10
    He’s a bit taller than Rafa would like but
    he has worked with six footers in that role
    Marek Hamsik at Napoli and Tony Kroos
    at Real.
    Spur’s Christian Eriksen is a current EPL
    example of how effective a tall No 10 can be

    Really????? Eriksen is small????

    0
  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Glue sniffing jib is not good at your age

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #28

    Rebecca.
    Fcuk off you cowardly snide.

    18
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Zico was six foot one. Maradona was five foot six. I just Googled that.

    2
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Eriksen is 6 foot

    0
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #31

    If you prefer Frank 1.82 metres

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Impartial voice:

    Eriksen is 1.82m, 5.97ft, 5′ 11.5″

    Rebecca, not sure what your point is when I’ve never seen you make a positive post, only posts slagging off established members of the blog.

    16
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #33

    I think you join the Jail fans group Frank
    You go to matches to look masculine
    In Jail’s case cos he’s surrounded by so many
    women in his life he’s started to develop a squeaky voice
    (don’t forget Dave we’ve heard you on radio )
    😀

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Rob Leenio,
    It’s ridiculous, the night she was on about there was a huge range of subjects talked about. Unlike his/her six posts that have been solely to have a dig at me. Personally I think it’s carl under yet another guise.

    10
  • Jib

    Feb 14, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Frank
    It’s a bit like your takeover crap
    If you don’t know
    Don’t guess or
    make stuff up

    3
  • Bobbybee

    Feb 14, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #36

    We rightly give Ashley grief for being tight, but makes you wonder where other clubs’ PL money has being going too.
    Those beneath us who have had PL money for successive seasons must also be wondering why they haven’t been buying better players.
    I don’t think there’s many owners who truly give a toss about the club they own and view them like Ashley does – their personal piggy bank.
    Maybe FFP would be better suited with rules about how much an owner can take out of a club as much as how much they put in. Let’s be honest, when it allows clubs like Citeh to rake in 400m for ‘naming rights’ it makes a mockery of FFP.
    We, for one, would be happier I’m sure if the rules said the money raised each season had to be reinvested into the club, except for a fixed amount the owner can pocket.
    This would stop owners from being content finishing seventeenth if they realised the only way to earn more was to be successful. Just a thought.

    6
  • hibbit

    Feb 14, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail mate it’s just some tosser trying to wind you up some sicko with a twisted mentality and nowt better to do sad really !!!

    10
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib,
    It’s Davey, not my fault the announcer got it wrong, who in the North East calls themselves Dave except for the prat posting on here pretending to be me.

    2
  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 14, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #39

    Hahahaha – what’s this about masculine looking dudes.
    Nothing like tough hombres who cannot even control the TV gadget possession on a Saturday night to watch a match. Hen pecked into watching Strictly and The Voice (probably re runs of Coranation Street as well).
    Never mind Jib you can always occupy yourself doing something else until MOTD comes on.

    http://www.50ish.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/henpecked-man.jpg

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #40

    hibbit,
    Cheers, like sitc said, I shouldn’t bite, I think most people know the score.

    6

You must log in to post a comment.