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Rafa Praises Star Player – But Then Points Out The Problem

Martin Dubravka has been brilliant for us this year – last season he was on loan from Sparta Prague, and we bought him in the summer for just £4M, and he’s continued in top form between the sticks.

The goalkeeper had another good game last night at Goodison Park and but for him, we wouldn’t have come away with an excellent point in the 1-1 draw.

Rafa always wanted a goalkeeper who would take control from the back and be good with his feet.

And Dubravka is that kind of goalkeeper, and his confidence has helped our defense improve this year.

In fact, we have some talented and experienced players who were brought in over the summer and we didn’t pay much in fees for them.

Martin Dubravka – in action last night

There’s Dubravka (£4M), Fernandez (£6M), Schar (£3M) and Ki who was a free agent from Swansea and all are currently first team starters in the side.

£13M for four experienced starters – these are good acquisitions by the club.

If Rafa stays on board past next summer, then we expect to pick up one or two bargains every summer becasue of the number of contacts he has in the game.

Rafa admits Dubravka had another outstanding game last night in the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park but he doesn’t want him to be that busy:

“It’s good to have a good goalkeeper.”

“But I’d also like strikers who score goals and we won’t need to talk about the goalkeeper too much.”

“Martin is doing a great job for us.” “He is a good professional and hopefully he can carry on.

“I don’t want to see him too busy every game but if he is busy he is making good saves to keep the team in the game.”

Looks like Rafa will want one new striker brought in next month either permanently or on loan with an option to buy in the summer.

It was a very good point last night and we didn’t expect it.

But now we must also have a decent chance of beating Wolves at home on Sunday afternoon.

With the Magpie Group postponing their protests against Ashley until February we hope there will be a sold-out crowd on Sunday.

There also seems to be a good chance the club will be sold before the end of next month and probably sooner.

With everybody United  – Newcastle can win this game on Sunday.

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42 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope this sale is actually happening but won’t believe it until fatty has left the building and taken his SD crap with him.
    Seems strange we wait 9 years or so for a single buyer then 4 turn up at once a month before Jan transfer window – wheels on the bus go round and round ….. Jackanory , tell a story ..
    Apologies to our you get members who will have no clue what I’m on about )

  • Binney

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Toon22, have a day off lad

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Binney change your avatar to someone
    pissing on a frog

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5


    Mike Ashley thinks people believe hes selling the club

    Hes a liar

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Im sure you could do that on any number of your alt accounts JIB

  • beermonkey

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #7


    jib cant have an avatar
    if he had an avatar how could he claim he had been hacked or cloned

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #8

    If you thought speculation around almiron and takeover is getting crazy, you haven’t seen anything.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #9

    ronaldo aarons

    are you the irish guy that online guy is referring to to about being a potential bidder?

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Bom. Bom bom

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Shud be fun taking the piss out of the frog if we get almiron

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Possibly. Ive been to Belfast once, does that make me Irish?

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Ben Arfa scored a lovely goal for Rennes to help them beat Lyon yesterday


    Just saying…

  • Mag52

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Toon twenty two toad attempts to tell us that the tight fisted tw@t that has tricked us twice to date is trying to trick us a third time.
    It’s time to tell the toad that time alone will tell. Ta ta and night night.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #15

    So what are folks thoughts on Atsu and Murphy last night ?

    Personally thought they both did enough to get a few games in a row!

    Schar being suspended causes a dilemma but I don’t think a switch back to 4231 against Wolves is such a good idea as we will get outnumbered in the middle a bit like West ham

    Manquillo at left back against the pace and quality they have worries me in that formation

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Has Atsu been doing gym work ?
    He seems much sturdier than pre-season in Ireland

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Rolando Aarons

    Am I correct that It was you that set up the Blog Consortium?

    To be fair and regarding your Irish nationality, I do not think in this instance the truth makes much difference!

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #18

    At far as I can tell we’re pretend willing to bid 15 million for the guy
    That’s about enough to have no chance of signing him

    Just the usual

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Wahay !!!
    Melilla got a goal !!!!
    RM 10 Melilla 1

  • geordietom

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #20

    i come on here everyday looking for some good news … but now changes nowt changes …

    any way i’ll get back to that in a few mins …

    i’ve been at the hospital all day with my missus ( she’s had cancer for 5 years ) fearing another operation one of many she’s had …she got a 6 month all clear ( she calls it her MOT ) … she loves the toon never missus a match ( as we stream the games …she never moans about owt she love newcastle that much shes had NUFC tattooed on her back in big bold letters … her take on this take over we shall see …she loves reading the comments that various people put on …

    JIB mate your jordon pickford this morning made her laugh her socks off cheers m8

    only poster she cant stand is yes you guessed it … THE FROG

    so cheers to everyone on here for keeping her chin up ( apart from the frog )

    online guy keep it up if your right or wrrong with your ” SNIPPETS of info keep them coming

    i know we are not all going to agree with what every one says but thats life…

    i’am not gonna post again till WOR CLUBS been sold
    be good stay safe

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #21


  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #22

    On average we spend about 3 million on a striker under MA

    That’s the level we’re at

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Munster Mag

    Can I recommend copy & pasting @10

    “we all stand together”

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeah that was me lol.
    17 investors £4130 in total from the blog.

    Since we don’t know of any official bid for Newcastle, consider this total of £4130 the front runner.

    Does make me wonder why sky and the lot won’t mention us. I’ve even had Nymag do the due diligence!

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #25

    For rafas tactics to work we need ball carriers with pace to take us up the pitch. Murphy did that for the goal but didnt really do anything else after. Atsu was much more livelier and carried us up the pitch a good number of times. We are missing that in midfield like sissoko used to give us. So we a need a midfielder that can run like sissoko and a number 10 who can carry ball up pitch. Ben Arfa would have been ideal as he could dribble past people but he maybe wouldn’t want to close down or press too much.

    I think the formation i want to see is 532 like Juventus used to play.

    Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummet.
    Diame, Shelvey, Ki.
    rondon, Muto.

    Saying that I contradict myself as that line up doesnt have a ball carrier. It would need to be the wing backs but Dummet cant run with ball at his feet like Yedlin can at times. Diame should look to break forward but he leaves ball behind always. Rondon cant run with ball either.
    Other players Ritchie has no pace comes back on his left foot too much and Kenedy just wants to come into crowded players. Last night was probably 1st time I saw Wingers using width to stretch team and put crosses in. With that I’d say Atsu and Murphy are more effective than Kenedy and Ritchie.

    Other problem I didnt like was we let Everton pass ball to much in dangerous areas. we were just waiting in spaces instead of doing more aggressive pressing where we dont give them time on ball. I believe pressing aggressive manner puts players under pressure whereas if you stand off them and let them pick passes hoping to limit spaces puts too much pressure on us and other team always seem to get through anyway. I always notice when we park bus the other team always still manage to find chances. examples against man city we would concede in like 7th minute even though we are parking bus. Against Everton Tosun still had point blank chances as did siggurdson.

  • hibbit

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #26
  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Interesting that hibbit. Not the article itself which is mainly regurgitated from articles we’ve already seen, just the fact that the US media is starting to take notice.

  • simon376

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Hope your wife and you are ok as can be. Pleased the club and blog can help ease some of the pain and pressure

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #29

    MA has assets in America

    He’s spread his lie over there too

    Hiya Justin Barnes

  • dig-n-dig22

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Jib 4
    Binny doesn’t have to change anything , the frog wears that shirt. I am a bit surprised you of all people haven’t picked up on it.

  • Bambams

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #31


    Pleased the Blog keeps ‘Mrs GeordieTom ‘ happy…..

    Mrs Bambams does her nut !


    Some go to bars or have a bit on the side….I follow a blog !

    Oh I hope this takeover happens

  • hibbit

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #32


    got that link from the Chronicle

  • hibbit

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #33

    what happens if the frogs on the money and Ashley’s up to his normal tricks,
    are you all going to apologies to him,

    *God i hope he’s wrong*

  • Bambams

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Hibbit #33

    Don’t even suggest it mate !

    There are so many of us doubt everything that comes out his mouth, but the only thing I cling onto this time is Kenyon – he has not denied any of this.

  • hibbit

    Dec 6, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #35

    like you i live in hope 😀

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 6, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #36

    “”represntatives of Peter Kenyon’s consortium are understood to have been in contact with various people they feel are influential in the fanbase to stress that not only is his interest genuine but that anything that threatens the team’s form would have a detrimental impact on negotiations. “”

    Does anyone know who has been contacted?

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Kenton’s the perfect pretend bidder
    He’s not got the money and wants the media attention
    Once we’re out of danger of spending money on players MA will claim he’s not bid enough lol

    The blog bids got more backing

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2018 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Does anyone know who has been contacted?

    They probably had to sign a NDA

  • Jib

    Dec 6, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #40

    That tweet from Shearer about Groundhog day
    is days old – he probably regrets it now and won’t
    be happy with Mark Douglas for dredging it back up


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