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Our Man Of The Match Could Be Gone Next Season

One of the problems of Mike Ashley has created by forcing Rafa Benitez to bring players in on loan (it’s cheaper) is that we could lose them at the end of the season if we don’t come with an option to buy.

And the reports are that the two loan players we have – Kenedy and Rondon – have no option to buy in their loan contracts.

So at the end of the season, we could lose both players so we are not really building a side unless we can keep loan players who perform well for us.

If they play well for us this season their transfer fees could also rise significantly.

In yesterdays’ game, the outstanding player for us was Kenedy on the left wing, who was very good especially in the second half.

Kenedy – in action against Spurs

He blotted his copybook a little bit by missing a sitter in the second half but this lad is classy, and he was a constant threat yesterday.

Some of his dribbles yesterday were sheer class – and he is so good sometimes it’s annoying he has that much skill.


Just kidding.

He was the shining light, and he’s our Man of the Match with 47% of the vote.

Matt Ritchie set up our goal for Joselu with a fantastic cross from the right wing that Joselu headed nicely into the net.

And Matt played very well – let’s just say we are pleased to still have him at the club.

Rafa took him off surprisingly in the second half for Christian Atsu, and Matt was annoyed about that.

But he had a very good game for us yesterday,

Third in the voting was Martin Dubravka (7%) who had a few dodgy moments in the first half but kept us in the game in the second half with some good saves, and one terrific point-blank save from Sissoko.

We need Dubravka to be at his very best this season if we are to improve on last season’s 10th placed finish.

Overall, our lads did very well yesterday, but we still got nothing out of the game.

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28 comments so far

  • Just a fan

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Deli Ali was free in that area for ages we all saw it in the area I sit but nobody picked him up

  • Jack Root

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Shearer has really worked on his punditry skills. He is now head and shoulders above the rest as a sharp and honest analyst. Accurate, acerbic and terse.

    Football fans increasingly now seem to appreciate his knowledgeable and forthright views. What a transformation after being the pits at the South Africa World Cup.

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Shearer has changed and he has admitted that he was less critical in the past as he still wanted to go into management and did not want to upset too many people.
    He no longer has any management ambitions and therefore the shackles are off.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Just to say, if any posters on here are not a fan of Yedlin, I can only assume it’s because they haven’t properly Yeddled !

  • lochinvar

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Liverpool 4 West Ham 0
    Not often I say this but thanks Liverpool cheered up the weekend no end

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Bloody hell Ed we all know Kenedy could be gone next season but try and be positive and let’s enjoy him while he’s here.

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Off topic but do we have a sleeve sponsor this season? Can’t say I noticed one yesterday.

  • NY Mag

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #8

    AncientC from earlier

    Thanks for reading and responding

    You’re correct Ashley lent the club £33M and £18M was then used to pay back a previous loan – I have no idea why he would do that, maybe a tax benefit?
    So none the less he lent the club £33M

    In the club accounts that were published earlier this year there is a section that lists creditors / debtors for the following 12 month period, the £33M loan & £12M overdraft are listed as due to be paid in the following 12 months (ie. up to 30th June 2018)
    However, you’re also correct in stating that ‘officially’ the debt is still £144M. The paperwork has not been submitted to companies house to say that the loan has been paid, my guess is it will be before the next accounts are released

    The wages for last season was a guess on my part (and I did say it was a guess)
    £80M in championship season + 10% increase + £11M player bonus
    +10% was my guess and the player bonus was from various newspaper articles that reported on it

  • crawfordm

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #9

    #6 agree fella – this editor is only happy when spouting negativity. I for one will look forward to watching Kennedy this season and it it what it is come May 2019. We could win a cup and the editor would still publish negative posts !!!!

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #10


    Oh dear.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Tks Loch I missed that score. Hope the dildo brothers enjoyed that.

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #12

    Both Spurs and NUFC had the PL lion logo
    on either sleeve

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Wet Spam aren’t the only team that
    will be getting a thumping off of LPool
    this season

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Novocastrian66 @7

    It looks like the sleeve sponsorships have not been finalised yet. I did notice, however, that the interview backdrop included a logo for “etoro”, which I have not noticed before.

    According to good old Wikipedia, it is “a social trading and multi asset brokerage company that has registered offices in Cyprus, Israel and the United Kingdom”. Wikipedia also states that “in June 2015, eToro announced its 3-year partnership deal with the West Ham United football club from the English Premier League”. That will have just expired so they may have made a new deal with NUFC.

    Anybody know more? Jib?

  • A Pain in the Blog

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #15

    crawford @9

    If you don’t like ‘the editor’ then find another blog. Simples.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #16

    I think we played well yesterday. Shame we haven’t got that extra left-back, right-back, playmaker and striker. Kenedy and Ritchie were the stand out players. We’re going to have to utilise Lazaar now, we have no choice. Rafa shouldn’t have got rid of Santon, Mbabu and Gamez. I prefer Gamez to Manquillo. Big mistake. Got to get rid of Hayden in January. Waste of space.

  • crawfordm

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #17

    #15 the usual comeback from the usual team. You like a goid winge as well !!!

  • crawfordm

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #18

    good not “goid” i meant to say .

  • Cushy Butterfield

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Ritchie, who plays well for us, was going mad at Yedlin BUT he was the one almost totally at fault for the 2nd goal. He was level with Ali when he started his run but just let him run while waving his arms at the danger, even almost stopping when he got to the box. Yedlin had to cover Lascelles who had left Kane standing behind him. These are the sort of mistakes that surely infuriate Rafa and they surely will be discussing.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Ritchie has a short fuse. Makes me laugh. Did well yesterday. Didn’t deserve being subbed. Would’ve took Dummett off.

  • crawfordm

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Cushy – yedlin is not a great defender however his pace gets him out of a lot of situations. His positional play is poor and he is often caught out.
    Perhaps 3 centre halfs with yedlin as a wing back may be the answer. Yedlin is great with Ritchie as an offensive weapon.

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #22

    I saw the e toro sign as well with the bulls horns on either
    end – they are a forex company – I wonder if Ashley is going
    to sell up for bitcoins ?
    They signed a 3 year stadium advertising deal with Eintracht Frankfurt
    last month

  • toonluvva

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #23

    if we think that our owner has paid scant attention to the advertising arm of Sports Direct, his tracking of House of Fraser probably explains that.

    Now that he has obtained it, I suppose he will pay even LESS attention to NUFC as he tries to make iHofF the Harrods of the High Street.

    This all means it will be adios Rafa, and thanks for the memories.

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Cushy Butterfield
    are you a big lass and a bonny lass?
    do you like your beer ?

  • Jib

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #25

    ps I’m not a stalker

  • Cushy Butterfield

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Just read my post again – to clarify I meant that Ritchie was at fault as he let Ali run away from him when they started off level. Lascelles also at fault leaving Kane free behind him who Yedlin had to cover. Check it again if you disagree – look at Ritchie and Ali starting positions.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Think we’ll finish 10-12th again.

    Despite the sickening amounts of money spent, the likes of West Ham are no better this season, their defence and CM pairing is terrible. Similarly Fulham, spend all that and still have a very poor defence and a manager that doesn’t emphasise shape or organisation, won;t get away with it in the PL.

    Brighton, Huddersfield, Cardiff all worse than us.

    We’re in with the Bournemouth, Watford, Southampton, Wolves, Burnley and Palace category. 1 or 2 from this category will find themselves struggling towards the end of the season, don’t think it will be us though. Rafa has too much wiles, most of our matches will be fine margins like last season.

    Personally, though I love seeing Yedlin in full flow and he does look top draw going forward against lesser teams, Manquillo is a more conservative fullback and at least as good defensively, not without his own assists last season too. Just have to hope no more injuries to the defence.

  • Cushy Butterfield

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib, neither but I do like my beer, nothing better than Rochefort 10 (11.3%)!


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