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Larsson Starts For Birmingham In Carling Cup

If Larsson is about to sign for Newcastle United, then nobody told Alex McLeish, who started Sebastien Larsson tonight in their 2-1 defeat at West Ham in the semi-final of the Carling Cup.

Seb Larsson – played most of the game tonight for Birmingham

Larsson had a good game, and was doing the Joey Barton role for Birmingham, in taking most of the free kicks and all of the corners, and he showed just how he can cross a ball, and would certainly be a good acquisition for the Tyneside club.

We could see a certain Andy Carroll on the end of a lot of those Larsson crosses tonight, and it’s small wonder that Newcastle are interested in this player.

And Seb created the goal for Birmingham in the second half, when Liam Ridgewell got on the end of one of Larsson’s pin-point crosses after 56 minutes.

West Ham went ahead in the first half with a 13th minute goal from the impressive Mark Noble, but were then reduced to 10 men when a stupid foul by Victor Obinna on Larsson after 59 minutes, rightly got him sent off.

The score at that time was 1-1, but then a terrible mistake by England goalkeeper Foster gave West Ham the victory, when he let a Carlton Cole shot slip under his body – or was it his leg?

There was a time when England had the best goalkeepers in the world, but alas – not now.

Of course Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has every right in the world to play Sebastian Larsson, although an injury could have cost the club upwards of £2M, if he had been injured.

That’s the highest fee that’s been mentioned, that Newcastle are willing to pay for the player in January.

But it still seems that his transfer to Newcastle is still up in the air, and as we mentioned this morning the longer nothing happens, the worse it probably looks for Newcastle.

There again, if Larsson doesn’t particularly want to come to Newcastle – he probably shouldn’t bother.

We’ve had too many players in the past come to Newcastle just for the money, and that culminated a couple of years ago in the famous club being relegated, because there was simply no fight or spirit in the side, when push came to shove.

As we’ve said many times before, we only want players at Newcastle who really want to be here – like Ben Arfa as one very good example.

However, with all of this taken into account,  we would still like to see Seb sign along the dotted line for Newcastle United, and sooner rather than later.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Jan 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Here here, nice to see you back in the land of sane articles Ed 🙂 Keep up the good work.

  • free giveaways

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #2

    His set pieces were fantastic. He will definitely help Carroll and give us the option of putting Barton in the middle.

    Would be a good signing but I don’t know what he was doing playing today when he’s meant to be discussing personal terms with us.

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  • gorskino10

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Overall he got a little better but then AGAIN he isnt a winger, for Brum it was Murphy on left (LB) and Carr (RB) who was doing the crossing, Larsson only crossed from setplays or when it came back from set plays he just cant advance down the wing which for a winger is a worry, he dropped to CM and just did simply passing to others in the middle, overall wasnt impressed, his crossing is nice but you have to GET TO PLACES TO CROSS which he just couldnt do he didnt have the ability to get anywhere near the byline UNLIKE Carr who did it all night. he will be like Ryan Taylor a good squad player with good crossing/set plays shame EVERYTHING else in his game is lacking.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #4

    If he comes I can see a lot of pushing and shoving between Barton and Larsson for set pieces.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Gorskino , spot on!! Totally concur!!

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #6

    He ain’t coming he was ment to be in talks today but was playing so I think It’s a no go

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #7

    given i only watched the first half, gorskino is right, he not once was able to bring play forward down the right and whip in a cross. all his contribution was down to set plays and better work from his teammates. he was pretty anonymous to be honest.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Gosinko: Spot on! 😀

    Basically we’re signing a player that is only useful to us in the fact that he can take corners and free-kicks.

    Anyone forgot about Barton? Sure, he might not score too many free-kicks, but his delivery is BETTER than Larsson’s.

    If we really think deliveries from corners and set-plays are so important why not use Raylor when he’s back?

    Oh, that’s right. He doesn’t have a nice, fancy, foreign name.

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #9

    the next ryan taylor?

    or the next nobby?

    good player however newcastle have a great habbit of turning good players into bad ones…………

  • free giveaways

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Yeah i see what you guys are saying, Larsson isn’t the quickest/ most mobile player. I think Bentley would undoubtedly have been a better signing. He’s got the skill and technique to get to the byline as well as being great at set pieces.

    Changing topic, Yakubu has signed for Leicester on loan! Does anyone else think he’d have been a good option for us? His goal scoring record is fantastic and getting him on loan until the end of the season would have been an improvement on Lovenkrands and Ranger.

  • MykToonFan

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #11

    I like Larsson, but I agree – not too much better than what we already have.

    The rumours about Ziani are interesting – I think he’d be a very exciting signing.

    Taarabt would still be top of my shopping list though. If I were Pardew, I’d be pushing the boat out to snap him up before bigger clubs start trying to buy him.

    I’m hopeful that he is trying, but no rumours seem to have emerged about Taarabt for a week or so now.


  • faustino

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #12

    He would and should be a great signing. As has been shown everytime one of our quality midfielders has been absent due to injury or suspension, we drop from decent form to dross – due to the issue that we don’t have any quality in depth.

    You need two quality starting elevens to succeed in the premier league, let alone europe – any signing of a mid twenty year old player, of this quality is a godsend at present.

  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #13

    After his performance today, and seeing as he hasn’t exactly set the league alight the past two seasons, getting in Larsson would do nothing for moving the team forward.

    Again, my list of preferential buys would be:

    And if the rumours are true, El Arabi would be fantastic. Wouldn’t mind Shane Long either

    I’m tired of hearing about Sears, Mido, and Whelan. More than anything it would be nice for our owner to explain what the hell he’s planning for the long term.

    On another note, anybody heard any assessments on Yven Moyo, the young French kid who joined a few months back?


    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #14

    He won’t sign…if he was going to he would have by now! I expect him to sign an extension to his contract at Birmingham.

  • Thump

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d love to see Taarbt here. He might have learned a lot since his time at Spurs and hopefully Pardew can teach him how to pass.

  • indianmagpie

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #16

    @9: if he is the next nobby solano, i wud take him with my eyes closed, but i hardly expect him to be one….

  • free giveaways

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t get why so many people are keen on Taarabt. He’s a poor man’s Ben Arfa. He has to play in the hole and doesn’t do any defensive work and can be a liability.

    Zaini and El-Arabi on the other hand would be brilliant signings. Just what we need, quick and really skillful wingers with an end product.

    Check out the amazing skills of Youssef El-Arabi;

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Said this before but he will never have a bad game, and is a decent player.

    But for a winger he will never beat a man or create something out of nothing. But he does have a great cross on him.

    Would be a decent signing but aint too bothered if he dosnt come.

  • SwedEric

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #19

    It was an intervju with his agent in a swedish footysite tonight. He said it was Newcastle who called him first and said they had come to terms with brum, and that Newcastle wanted to do the deal as quick as possible. Then 1 turkish club, one spanish and Liverpool and Blackburn plus one more PL also.

    He said he wants to stay in England, that Newcastle was most interesting atm, but it sounded like that was because he said Liverpool hadn´t offered a contract yet.

    He said he will fly to england tomorrow to continue talks but didn´t know if it was gonna be done this or next week.

    He said if it doesnt work out he will se his contract out, but that didn´t sound good since he thought he wasn´t gona be played much now with Bentley coming…

    Cleared a bit maybe? We are still in the driving seat, but more clubs are in now also..

    Me as a sweed ofcourse want´s him here! Wanted a swedish here for a long time now, and since Seb is one of my fav swedish players (maybee not the best thou) I´m hoping everyday this deal will finaly be done!

    He will give Carroll assists! You se how many Barton can produce, can´t be bad have to of them? Alot of talk about him not be able to take on his man, Routledge can, but what does that count for when the ball ends up on Sir John Hall every time anyway?

  • Spuggy

    Jan 11, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Larsson is capable on his day of cross accurately without beating his man.

  • roitoon1

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Hey must say i like the way he keeps his head down says nothing and does a fine job despite all the speculation. I think he’d be a fine addition to the team and squad. Also mark noble is a quality player. Surprised more clubs aren’t interested in him! I think he’d be a great signing

  • Spuggy

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Defo agree about Ziani and El-arabi as the kind of skill we need to bring in, but haven’t really seen any substantiated links to interest in El-arabi. if we can get another pacey tricky winger on top of Arfa, with barton and tiote commanding CM we can forget about midfield and turn our attention to quality second striker and potentially a LB, as well as the Larsson-esque signings to provide depth.

  • kevymartins

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Got a big virus on my laptop last night

    wow thang fu *k for complete system restore 😉

  • kevymartins

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #24


  • Brutooon

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #25

    The reason we need Larsson is because Jonas and Routledge CANT cross the ball

    Jonas good in dribble but like most people said he lack in end product

    Routledge only got speed – thats all

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeh i agree that Larsson will get more decent balls into the box by not beating the man than routldge does when he does beat the man, but if nolan carries on scoring and tiote stays fit then barton will always be on the right, with a pacey player on the left.

    Saying he would be a good signing, as hes a good player. but can only see him as adding numbers top our squad than impacting our first team. But every team needs depth and a decent option to have.

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Have most of you on here all gone stark raving mad? Larsson would be an excellent signing given his age 25 and his wage to benefit ratio!

    So long as he wants to come we should be more than happy to take him our mid-field has one and I repeat one class crosser fro set-piece plays and that’s Barton and what happens when he’s out due to injury or for a rest or becuase of a red need I go on?

    We need depth and Larsson brings it in spades at low wages as a class squad player… Most of you talk like we can just walk on to the open mkt and attract the top mid-fielders in the game right now…

    Well call me loony but correct me if I’m wrong on any of the following as maybe being relevant considerations to big ego playas (1) we are a newly promoted side, (2) we have had a very recent and public ummm to put it tactfully mgm’t upheaval nicely played up by the media, and (3) Fat Mike is not exactly known for being generous with big signings and all (believe that’s Citeh’s rep).

    So let’s just hope Seb settles on the Toon and be happy he does!!!

  • max

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #28

    i think the new formation is
    harper, simpson, taylor, colo, enrique, larrson,barton, tiote, jonas, nolan, carroll..
    no ameobi of course…

  • Spuggy

    Jan 11, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Well said willow

  • mattnufc

    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Will add much needed depth if he signs.
    Him, Gosling, Ben Arfa should had a bit of freshness to the midfield.

  • technonasty

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #31

    I can’t understand some of the fans on here who are negative on a larsson transfer?!? They are saying we should bin this for Taraabt ? A swedish (decent team) international who is regular in the premiership, transfer less than £2m, wages less than £25k?? By all means try for both but I think a lot of fans are running Larsson down here. For the money and wages being talked about he is a snip and from all accounts would be a credit in the dressing room.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #32

    Larsson is better than Routledge and since he is cheap and low wages, i dont see why we dont take him.

    Before we got the likes of zoggy and milner – both one of the best winger in the BPL

    Now we stuck with Jonas and Routledge – both CANT cross

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 12, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Get him in. Look at our biggest wage earners. Smith, Collo, Barton, Gutti.

    Collo will be shipped out within a year or so as there is no way we will offer him an improvement on the reported 80gs a week he is currently on. It seems like everyone is waiting for Smiths contract to end except him again as he wont get the 65gs he is getting here anywhere else. Barton i s a risk for any team but will I think he gained acceptance with Newcastle so he will want to stay and may do so given a small improvement in his contract or more assist/goals based incentives. Gutti is a natural one to sell in the next year. His final ball is poor and we have Hatem who can play on the left and fingers crossed Larsson too.

  • sirtoongospel

    Jan 12, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #34

    Can’t believe how many people wanna ship out Colo and Jonas, 2 of the main reasons we managed to get back in the Prem. The Stevenage game showed what a massive miss Jonas was. He is the only player we have that can put other teams on the back foot and can be direct with a bit of pace. Without him our long ball is far too repetitive. By all means try to bring some in, but when Ben Arfa gets injuries who do you play then? Our squad is woefully light so when we sign 3 or 4 players (and that is being optimistic) why on earth would we sell 3 0r 4 from the same positions? I would gladly sell Perch and possibly let Smith go. That’s all. We need a midfield player, then with the addition of Gosling and HBA we will be strong in midfield with a great bench whoever happens to be on it. Our forward line is ok but one more decent striker would be ideal but really isn’t needed until the summer. Cover for Enrique would be superb as Perch is awful and Kadar is away with Clarky for a month. As i say though I would really wanna keep Jonas as he is the only player we have who runs at people.

  • The Leazus End

    Jan 12, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #35

    i would go for santa cruz man city have said he can leave and SWP they will know eachothers game aswell

  • cgrizzly87

    Jan 12, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #36

    where has the infatuation with Taarabt come from??

    his attitude stinks, at his young age already has a history of causing trouble and sulking! couldn’t make an impact at Spurs, and I trust Harry’s judgement over anyone at our club at present (maybe apart from Graham Carr)

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #37

    well said cgrizzly87

    Re. The Leazus End, West Ham meant to be offering £4M for SWP, cant see him coming North tbh.

    Santa Cruz is a decent player but he is beset with injuries and a bad attitude.

  • microbar

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #38

    Sky News said yesterday talks had broken down
    between Larssons agent and nufc as his wage demands were too high.
    Obviously rates himself too highly for our new wage structure, Or is this just a case of larsson
    pushing for a better deal with brum,

  • david_NUFC

    Jan 12, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #39


  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Birmingham gave bentley 70k a week and big wages for zigiz, hleb etc. and they couldnt agree a deal with Larsson.

    Suggests its not just us being tight.


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