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News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

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New Arrival Had To Pinch Himself When He Saw St. James’ Park

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 · 66 Comments

Grant Hanley has talked today in the match program about how great it will be to play at St. James’ Park in front of Newcastle’s legendary fans.

Well, he will get the chance today against SBV Vitesse because Chancel Mbemba has picked up a slight ankle injury in training and is being rested as a precaution, so Grant will be partnering captain Jamaal Lascelles at the back.

Chancel is expected to be fit for the first game of the season next Friday night at Craven Cottage.

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Grant Hanley – in Scotland’s colors
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Hanley, Dummett And Colback Start Against Vitesse

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 · 16 Comments

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Rafa Benitez has just announced the team for the last friendly of pre-season at St. James’ Park this afternoon against SBV Vitesse from Arnhem, Holland and Mbemba is not in the squad.

Chancel has picked up a slight ankle injury in training and is not playing today but should be ready for Fulham next Friday.

Grant Hnley starts the game at center-back and it will be a tough test for Grant who is not match fit.

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Matz Sels; Daryl Janmaat, Grant Hanley, Jamaal Lascelles (c), Paul Dummett; Isaac Hayden, Jack Colback; Vurnon Anita, Ayoze Perez, Matt Ritchie; Dwight Gayle

Substitutes: Karl Darlow, Jamie Sterry, Jesus Gamez, Cheick Tiote, Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet, Florian Thauvin, Yoan Gouffran, Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong, Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Is This Newcastle’s Best Team For Vitesse?

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 · 26 Comments

The team that Rafa starts today against Vitesse will give us a decent indication of what team he will start on Friday night in the first league game of the Championship season.

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Rafa Benitez

Here’s our team in a 4-2-3-1 formation:

Janmaat Lascelles (c) Mbemba Gamez
Shelvey Hayden
Richie Perez Aarons

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Youngster Looks To Shine After Frustrating Season

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 · 25 Comments

Two years sago in pre-season and in the first few games of that season in 2014 Rolando Aarons looked terrific and we thought here’s a real emerging star at Newcastle.

But injuries, mostly hamstring injuries, have prevented him from playing too many games since then and he has appeared only 17 times for Newcastle with 3 goals over the last two years.

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Rafa Benitez with Rolando Aarons
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Newcastle Want To Close Knockaert Deal This Weekend

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 · 87 Comments

Newcastle seem willing to go higher than the £8M they are reported to have bid for Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert yesterday and seem willing to increase that bid to £10M.

Newcastle have a number of players who are said to be close to signing and manager Rafa Benitez wants to get a few of them over the line before the season starts at Fulham next Friday night.

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Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert
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