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David Edgar Fighting For New Contract At Newcastle

David Edgar has a chance to get a new contract in the summer, if he keeps up the form he showed last Saturday at Stoke City.


David Edgar – another solid game on Saturday

Edgar was making his first start since December, and is now obviously hoping to stay in the team for next Sunday’s crucial game at Tottenham Hotspur.

David talked to the Newcastle official site today:

“It was the first time I have played in my natural position this season,” “And, hopefully, I can stay in the team.”

“It was great for me, and great to hear that the gaffer has faith in me.” “Now I want to stay in the team and help to keep us in the Premier League.”

As soon as Joe Kinnear came to the club it seemed that he didn’t rate young Edgar and didn’t play him much at all, but now that Shearer’s at the club, David now has a chance to stake a claim for a new contract in the summer, and if he continues to play like he did on Saturday, he’s got to be in with a good chance.

David joined the Newcastle Youth Academy from Canada in 2002, and has come through the ranks, and played 22 times for Newcastle with two goals over the last three seasons.

His natural position is at center-back, but most of his games have come at full-back on either side, where he is also more than decent. We all remember his fantastic goal in January of 2007, in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at St. James’ Park, where he beat Edwin van der Saar, from outside the penalty area, to get a valuable point for Newcastle.

David also scored against Liverpool, but we’ll not say too much more about that game.

And it just so happens that David is best friends with young Andy Carroll, who came on to transform the game for Newcastle with a terrific header from a good Damien Duff floated center, that Andy beautifully dispatched into the net.

And Edgar added:

“It was a great header. I looked up in the air and wondered how he was going to get there, but he did, and we’re all very happy.”

It’s complete toss up as to which team Alan will pick for the game at Tottenham on Sunday, but hopefully with Steven Taylor hopefully fit again, we’d like to see a back four of S.Taylor, Beye,  Bassong and Edgar, which on current form looks quite strong.

What do you think?

Let us know – comments welcome.

168 comments so far

  • totsy

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #1

    he had a class game on sat…..just hope he can keep it up

  • brownrob

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Good squad player he is, we should hold on to him

  • brownrob

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh, and fight my brute at http://brownrob.mybrute.com/

    Quick and fun, just like wor lass says I am! 😀

  • dougnufc

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #4


    haha you just beat me

  • Doocey

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Good player, patient lad 🙂

  • brownrob

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #6

    yeah! I ave an axe!

    But so will you, in time! 😉

    I played it before, and I had 3 wolves that were pretty good like!

  • beardsleyschin

    Apr 13, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #7

    For JJJ….Owens’s strike rate is .58 goals/game. Oba’s is .38 goals/game. That is a big difference. Owens goal to game ratio is still up there with the best in the league and he’s in a shit team. If we can stay up and shearer brings in some creativity Owens rate will only go up…..if we can keep him fit. His class is unquestionable, his fitness is the only question. So for you to lable him as complete TRIPE shows you know nowt about football. The ignorance of so called fans like you makes me sick. You are the biggest hypocrite on this board, giving people stick for having a go at Collo yet nobody gives anyone as much stick as you give to Owen, and he was in the team!!! As long as players are in the team they should be supported to the maximum otherwise we are aiding our own downfall. As far as Collo is concerned he was rightly dropped after his bottling display against Chelsea, but if he gets another go in the team I will still get behind him. At the same time I dont think he’s the type of player we need at the club. Give me a less talented try hard like Warren Barton any day above a skilled bottler like Collo.

  • Steve R

    Apr 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Ya we should definitely keep him. He had a great game vs. Stoke and i think he is good cover for Beye- S.Taylor is looking good in the centre and Beye is much better as a RB

    FUNNY: no23. Ameobi was the guilty party letting Faye score! he is cr@p. Bassong also played a part in the goal which is a bit scary.

    You know guys, it’s really strange yet ironic but did you all see the log: all the teams from the NORTH-EAST are in the relegation battle-17,18,19. Would it not be great if we pip Sunderland out of the league? 🙂

  • brownrob

    Apr 13, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #9

    yes it would be great, especially if it went right down to the wire! and we put them down on goal difference, Chopra missing a penalty in the 95th minute to keep them up

    would be quality!

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 13, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Was very impressed with Edgar on Saturday but Beye was are best defender. Next week we should play him along side Bassong, then Beye at right back and hopefully Enrique will be fit to play on the left

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 13, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #11

    To be fair Edgar has always played reletivaly well in the wrong positions and has not complained just answered our SOS call every time.

  • dougnufc

    Apr 13, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #12

    In all of the games I’ve seen Edgar play, Edgar never played bad. He is a solid defender, doesn’t try any fancy thing but just a classic defender who keeps things neat and tidy at the back.

    Would be a great squad player for us. I’d say sign him up.

  • ian

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree I always thought Edgar played well every time he was in the first team, we wasted money buying Collicini when we have Edgar, but that is typical of us, we also loaned out Lua Lua when we have always had a central midfield problem and he looks as good as anyone else we already have.

    I hope Shearer realised his quality and that is why he played him, not because it was all he had.

    What I cannot understand is why we are not visibly better at the front on goal, we have the most succesful premiership player as a coach and there were no goalscoring set pieces, no good balls through to anyone on goal and the strikers played as individuals, I thought Owen was shocking, he somehow seemed to be able to hide on the pitch, I kept looking for him rather than him running in to the action and surprising me.
    Carroll scored a goal that Shearer couldnt have, he wasnt known for powerful headers so that wasnt Shearers coaching, he is hands on with the goalscoring coaching isnt he?

  • LondonDave

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Spurs fan here – Who plays LB if Stephen Taylor isn’t fit? It might not be a big deal since Lennon has been nursing a groin injury in the last two games and could either not feature (in which case you won’t have to worry about our right side with the invisible man called Bentley there) or not really run that much – his pace was a bit off in our last game.

    Tactics-wise I think this game will be pretty interesting since we will certainly shake up our side a bit and I expect Shearer to change yours (saw most of the Stoke game, and have to admit I wish I didn’t). Shearer should definitely play Carroll since our main defensive vulnerability comes from set pieces (they make up about 40% of our goals conceded). Blackburn played Samba up front in the second half, which started making Woodgate rather uncomfortable before we had a few of our infamous set piece ‘moments’. We also looked vulnerable when West Ham counterattacked because our central midfield was immobile with Huddlestone there until Zokora came on and our back 4 is fairly slow save LB (but he is often pushed high up). I expect Palacios + Jenas to come back for this game, but it is also likely that Jenas will be out (came off with hamstring problems at halftime) so it could well be Palacios + Huddlestone. In that case Shearer should follow West Ham and play a deep back line and try to hit us on the counter (so possibly Martins) and in particular look for corners (West Ham’s mistake – they only got 1, which is just silly) and free kicks. We struggled to create much with West Ham defending very tightly and Bent’s uselessness against a deep line, though I expect Pavlyuchenko to start with Keane instead so the front 6 will play a short passing game on the ground (we are pretty horrible at scoring from crosses).

    Personally I’m pretty nervous about this game, since you do seem to have a good record against us and we are sadly vulnerable to more direct teams (we’ve lost to all the bottom half teams so far, but not to the top 4). Based on form I’d favor us, but we haven’t really created many clear-cut chances at home all season, with most victories by just one goal, so I expect a close game.

  • ian

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #15

    beardsleychin, what you miss out from the Owen Martins comment are assists, Oba has played some wonderful assists, you also miss out full on counter attacks which keep the opposition in their half reducing pressure on our midfield and defense, in addition to this you fail to see, somehow, that each time Martins goes forward AT LEAST two defenders follow him, sometimes two AND the goalkeeper moves to his side two, freeing up other players, the whole really annoying thing for me with Martins is the other players havent started their runs while the ball is heading towards Martins, because if a profession striker cannot get in to position while his team mate is bringing a ball down, passing two of the oppositions players and running with a ball what are they doing in the premiership??

    By contrast if you watch Craig Bellamy off the ball when it is around his goal as soon as it gets near any of his own teams players he starts to run, he does that countless times, yet when he makes a run forward he has support, why does he have support and Martins is all at the front with the ball and no-one is anywhere near the box? Why? Because Owen isnt making the runs he should, that is why I like Martins and Owen ANNOYS ME


    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #16

    he has always put in a good shift when asked to, even in the wrong positions (RB & LB). i don’t think shearer will gamble on a 352 again but a back three of edgar, s.tay, and bassong COULD work if they all talk to each other; like this

    beye–nolan gutherie–jonas

    sub jonas with duff or enrique, beye with duff or r.tay, owen with martins or xisco

  • totsy

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #18

    by the way, owen is going to keep hiding; his contract runs out in a few months and he’ll be looking for a new club; can’t be hurt in the shop window display!

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #19


    NOOOOOO not another another Spurs fan, please dont be a prat like the others are, you dont sound like one but im just warning you. Steven Taylor never plays left back, but its usually Enrique and if hes not fit someone usually gets slotted in Edgar? R.Taylor? Coloccini? But I would never play Colo aginst Lennen

  • totsy

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #20


    this is what i think when i think of the 3 5 2 formation, with the wing backs playing as defensive wingers

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #21






    If Martins is back play 4-3-3.

  • LondonDave

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon_Factor, we get our own Toon visitors on our boards (and they mostly don’t WUM) – sorry about Bennytoon though! (he might be a gooner – on 606 there are a few who pretend to be Spurs fans and WUM on other boards)

  • beardsleyschin

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #23

    My Team for Spurs

    Beye Taylor Bassong Enrique/Edgar

    Jonas Guthrie Butt Martins

    Owen Carroll

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #24

    WUM???? Its probably because of Benytoon anyway that there all of Spurs sites

  • Doocey

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Lads, what’s your predictions for the Spurs game?

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 13, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26


    Draw as always

  • Dragonera

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #27


    With Martins to come on as sub around 60th minute.

  • Jezza

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #28

    I hope we keep Edgar. He’s the kind of player we’re going to need in the Championship next season if we’re going to challenge for promotiom.

  • beardsleyschin

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Ian…..Martins is vastly overrated by lots of Newcastle fans. He frustrates me because if he had a brain he could be world class; if he knew when to make the right runs, if he had an awareness of the game around him. With his pace he should never get caught offside and he should get in behind more, and his finnishing is average at best, apart for the annual wondergoal. That being said he would still get in my team cos we simply dont have the riches to afford to leave him out, although i’d play him in an position on the left.

  • OHurley

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #30


    Spot on, m8. Support the team to the fullest (arguably even Shola). GREAT name, btw:)

  • beardsleyschin

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #31

    meant to say an advanced Henry position on the left

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Londondave i don’t think your defence has much to worry about regarding conceding from set plays, as most of our free-kick and corner takers don’t seem to have the enrgy to get the ball over the 1st man, bar Danny Guthrie.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #33



    martins and duff making sub apearances

  • benrgoh

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #34

    ———lua lua——

    im telling you, our overpaid slobs are not going to save us. we need to throw in youngsters…perhaps even nile ranger over lua lua, or our 16 year old prodigy.

    once we play them, our boys will realise how much it means to play for this club…

    i say keep the 442 cause otherwise tottenham will rip us apart

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #35


    Lualua is at Doncaster so we cant play him

  • OHurley

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Still think we should go 5-3-2

    ——–S. Taylor-Bassong-Coloccini———

    bench: Enrique, Edgar, Butt, R. Taylor, Lovenkrands, Martins, Viduka

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #37


    S Taylor Beye Bassong Enrique

    Jonas Guthrie Barton Martins

    Carroll Owen

    Keep it simple and play 4-4-2. I agree with beardsleyschin about playing Martins in an advanced role on the left, which would allow him the freedom to drift inside and utilise his pace off the shoulders of the spurs defence. This is all depending on how Shearer views his actions on Sunday whether he plays him again or not.

  • OHurley

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #38

    With the 5-3-2 it would be REALLY easy to switch to 3-5-2 to attack a bit more, but either way, getting Beye and Jonas working down the flanks and using three center halves will let us dominate midfield and between owen and carroll, we should be able to score some goals.

  • Nick D

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #39

    always liked edgar, he’s just had a succession of appalling managers (Souness, Allardyce and Kinnear) who wouldn’t give him a chance. I hope Shearer is the man to bring him and the other youngsters on. Lua should be back off a loan in 10 days.

  • Nick D

    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #40

    We were all criticising Kinnear for being so inflexible with 442. Shearer tries something different (with a sweeper) like keegan successfully did (with a 433 last season ) and peope complain about that !!

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