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Newcastle Training – Photos From Ireland

The squad have been in Ireland since Saturday and they will finish off the full week’s training in Ireland with a game against Bohemian at Dalymount Park on Saturday – a 2:00 pm kickoff.

As well as a fitness and training camp, it’s being used by Rafa and the coaches as an opportunity to do some bonding of the squad with new arrivals Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jesus Gamez and Isaac Hayden are all participating.

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Chancel Mbemba having a good laugh during training
You cannot say the lads aren’t enjoying it

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Dwight Gayle in action

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Is that a new hairdo for Karl Darlow – looks like it

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Who’s that in the middle as Rafa looks on at the left?

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Now listen up lads

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Good to see Florian Thauvin back participating fully in the training

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Can Rafa start getting the best out of Siem de Jong next season?

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Coach’s conference – what’s for dinner tonight?

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Matz Sels – is he Newcastle’s new number one goalkeeper?

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Dwight Gayle – seems to be settling in well

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Jack Colback and Gini Wijnaldum talk

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Players running by as Rafa looks away 

9 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    From Jeff’s article: “Il a toujours été loyal …”!!!

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Darlow’s hairstyle is a tribute to the Human League…

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Sissoko is dominating conversation here at the moment. Any talk of Pogba and Sissoko being even close to a similar level is ludicrous – Kets. Pogba at 23 has already scored and assisted more senior level goals and assists than 26 year old Sissoko. Pogba has played about half the amount of minutes.

    Still, Sissoko had an impressive performance in the final, showcased his best attributes and didn’t attempt to use the weaker areas of his game too much. He also put in effort. It was the same Sissoko we have seen in shop window matches during his time here, just few and far between.

    People talk of Rafa motivating him in the last few games, but he was pretty against Sunderland, Norwich, Palace, Villa. The four key games in the run in that could have ensured survival. No real shock that in the bigger games at City and against Spurs he performed better.

    He wants to go, a large proportion of fans don’t want him here (based on this and several other blogs, plus Chronicle polls at seasons end) so if we get an offer from a club he wants to join, we should let him, and wish him good luck.

    As for the four with no future, Bigi’s illness seems to have been very debilitating, with him not really recovering, and his refusal to go on loan after his first season with us saw him marginalised a bit. Time for all of them to move on and hopefully they can make the grade elsewhere and have a decent career somewhere.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Scratch the second assists in that. Unnecessary. Didn’t mean for that to go on so long either.

  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #5

    I was thinking Andy McCluskey

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #6

    We have talented Wijnaldum and Janmaat and semi-talented Sissoko, who apparently all want to get away because they believe they’re too good for the Championship. We should sell them to make way for players who are committed to the NUFC cause.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Need to get Sissoko sold for as much as we can get.
    He might have put more effort into his games at the Euros and some of the latter PL games but even Rafa cannot make an relatively unskilled player skillful – viz his ball control.
    As for loyalty – always mentioning other clubs and doing secret deal to go – does not appear loyal in my book.

    I’ll eat my hat if Wenger signs him – reckon his recent praise was French solidarity ahead of the final.
    If he is sold he will drift into relative oblivion as the rest of the world realise he is not a fantastic footballer.

  • giimps

    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe ,
    I agree that Pogba and Sissoko are different animals, but you can’t really use any stats as a like for like, Pogba is playing in his favoured position for a very successful team in Juve, moussa has been stuck playing on the wing with very poor managers/coaches and at times only one person in the box to feed.
    I think if Juve had Moussa in their team instead of pogba the stats may be similar Pogba may just shade it on some areas, Moussa on others.
    Pogba hasn’t shown anywhere near his club form in the Euros, Moussa has used the Euros to highlight his ability due to wanting a big move.
    Proper coaching and tactics would get the most from Moussa, having quality around him will also help………bye Moussa and thanks for all the fish

  • giimps

    Jul 12, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m not saying Moussa is as good as Pogba by the way, just that stats can be misleading


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