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Benitez’ Hint To Ashley – We Must Add To Squad This Month

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 · 32 Comments

We are hoping that if Rafa Benitez needs to go out and buy Andros Townsend to get him in January, then owner Mike Ashley will support him in doing that, always knowing that fee is part of the overall transfer funds allocated by Ashley for this month and in the summer.

That’s also true for James McCarthy of Everton – if we need to buy him this month and Rafa wants to do that, then he should be allowed to.

But if we cannot get a central midfielder and another winger in this month we could be stretched if we do start to pick up more injuries to key players – like Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey for example.

Vurnon Anita – out injured for about six weeks
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Is Rafa Benitez Still Confident Of Promotion?

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 · 104 Comments

This season is not turning out to be as easy in the promotion race as some of us had hoped for in the summer and would you believe that Brighton won again last night even though they were reduced to 10 men after 65 minutes.

They still somehow managed to beat a good Sheffield Wednesday side 2-1 at the Amex Stadium to go back above Newcastle at the top of the league table.

Rafa Benitez – still confident Newcastle can go up
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Allardyce Hints At Newcastle’s Problem To Sign Townsend

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 · 16 Comments

There seems to be a problem about Newcastle being able to get Andros Townsend in this month although the Chronicle are reporting that optimism is growing within the club that may be possible.

The problem is that Crystal Palace want money for Townsend this month, if they are to let him leave the club.

So they want a permanent transfer whereas Newcastle only want to bring him in on loan through the end of the season, with an option to buy in the summer.

Sam Allardyce – Crystal Palace manager
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Here’s Some Good News For Newcastle

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 · 5 Comments

There’s news today that Aleksandar Mitrovic is set to return from his knee injury, and it looks like he may even be fit for next week’s trip to Oxford United in the FA Cup 4th round, although that’s not certain.

That’s very good news for Newcastle, because when he was stretchered off at Birmingham after five minutes, it looked like the Serbian striker could be out for the season.

It looked like he may have damaged the knee ligaments.

Aleksandar Mitrovic being stretchered off two weeks ago
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Confidence Rising That Newcastle Can Sign Townsend

Friday, January 20th, 2017 · 47 Comments

The Chronicle (Mark Douglas) are reporting tonight that the confidence is rising within the club that Newcastle can do a deal for Crystal palace winger Andros Townsend this month.

Crystal Palace prefer a straight permanent transfer in the January transfer window and Newcastle want a loan deal with an option to buy in the summer, but maybe something can still be worked out.

There are reports that Andros is keen to return to Newcastle and play again for Raga Benitez and that would hardly be a big surprise – and it will be helpful in trying to forge a deal in January.

Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez – good working relationship
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Brighton Go Top Of Championship With Amazing Win

Friday, January 20th, 2017 · 14 Comments

Brighton went back to the top of the Championship tonight with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at home after an amazing game.

The score was 1-1 at half time with a goal from Knockaert after 34 minutes and then an own goal from Lewis Dunk just before half time.

And then after 64 minutes Glenn Murray was sent off after he intentionally stopped Loovens’ shot going into the net with his hand.

He was given a red card and Sheffield Wednesday were awarded a penalty, but then goalkeeper Stockdale saved the penalty kick and the follow up – a stunning double save by the Brighton goalkeeper.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton
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