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Yedlin Unlikely To Start At Cardiff – This Defender Could Deputize

There was good news yesterday that DeAndre Yedlin’s knee injury is not as severe as first thought – and there is no damage to the knee.

But there has to be a concern for Saturday’s match at Cardiff, and we’d be surprised if Yedlin starts that game and he may not even be in the squad that travels to South Wales.

With so little cover at fullback Rafa cannot take any chances with Yedlin.

It’s a good chance for somebody to come in at right back and we have two specialist right-backs available in Javier Manquillo and local lad Jamie Sterry.

Javier Manquillo – likely to get a chance on Saturday

Javier will probably get the start, and he’s a better defensive fullback than Yedlin who did not have a good game on Saturday.

Isaac Hayden can play at right back, and maybe the versatile Federico Fernandez could also start there.

But we expect Fernandez to become a starter at center-back once he’s settled in at Newcastle.

So it will be interesting to see who Rafa brings in at right back on Saturday – assuming Yedlin will not be risked.

Who do you think it should be – we would say Javier Manquillo

And those that are talking about it’s a must-win game – it’s only the second game of the season.

But a win would be excellent against a side who are a favorite to be relegated this season.

But remember we have lost our first two games in the last two years under Rafa.

And we did very well in both of the last two years.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    to be honest although yedlin has been caught out so many times at the far post losing his man, i didn’t want him injured. Would rather shar than Manquillo tbh.

  • G

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2


  • posada

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Aug 15, 2018 at 5:42 PM
    Comment #29

    The attention Jib gets is most certainly not bullying.

    Does it not occur to you that he brings it all on himself with his arrogant, offensive comments that include foul and abusive language as retaliation when his fantasies questioned.
    As McInroe used to say – You cannot be serious.
    I certainly wasn’t being.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    That previous article on the last thread also mentions how since we signed Owen, we have only paid an 8 figure sum (£10m+) 11 times. It’s not even just the lack of investment in players, it’s the lack of investment at all levels that’s frustrating. Stadium, academy, training facilities. People have been posting some pictures of other clubs facilities and ours and it really is embarrassing.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t want to see manquillo either but he’s a better option at rb than schar. I don’t recall schar ever playing rb and I feel he’ll struggle anyway in this league so it won’t help him at all to play him out of position. Options at right back, manquillo, sterry and at a push Hayden.

  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #6

    ronaldo aarons

    i think the Cardiff game is the perfect opportunity to give Sterry his chance
    a very decent player who will only improve with game time

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7

    This season the ridiculous wages situation
    with deadwood on stupid money , seems to
    have been resolved.
    MartinDubravka £30,000
    Rob Elliot———£25,000
    Karl Darlow——£25,000
    Ciaran Clark—–£30,000
    Jam Lascelles–£45,000
    Florian Lejeune-£40,000
    Javier Manquillo£30,000
    Matt Ricthie——£45,000
    KI Sung-yueng–£50,000
    Jonjo Shelvey—£60,000
    Mo Diamé——–£45,000
    Ayoze Perez—–£45,000
    Christian Atsu—£30,000
    Isaac Hayden—£25,000
    Paul Dummett—£40,000
    Jacob Murphy—£25,000
    Yoshinori Muto–£50,000
    Fed Fernandez–£40,000
    = £900,000 per week
    Under £50m pa
    again another factor in making the club
    more attractive to a buyer.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree with that. Will be tough at their ground but good opportunity. I’ve always liked the look of him but he has been hampered by injuries a few times. Looks stronger than a couple years ago too.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    ronaldo, or as has been suggested by a couple of posters, three at the back with Kenedy and Murphy as wing backs.

    This is less likely than the options you mention though – I think he’ll go with a straight swap Manquillo for Yedlin, but I’d like to see Sterry given a shot.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    So, the lowest earners are on £25k / week, probably the average annual wage for the North East of England (roughly)

    That’s £1.3M / annum, without taking into account sponsorship, image rights, bonuses etc

    Football finances….

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11


    What is your source for that list of wages?
    There is ready made deadwood with Joselu on £50m, but we still luv him.

  • Jib

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    The deadwood is the only goalscorer so far
    It’s a best guess from numerous sources on
    the internet
    You’re always going to get just a guesstimate
    but I think it’s not a million miles out.

    Mitro was on £60K per week !!!!

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib, you got a link to that Justin Barnes story, I can’t see it.

    If it’s happened it certainly could prove interesting for us.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    If that list is accurate (I have no reason to doubt it) there’s a very interesting correlation between our highest wage-earners and where they have been signed from. Generally, they have come from the first team squads of Premier League clubs, whereas the lower wage earners have come from lower divisions of the English League or from abroad.

    You can see why Ashley (and Rafa?) prefer to shop in these kinds of outlets.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeah I think he’ll pick manquillo, would be surprised in a good way if he chose sterry. I don’t like the idea of kenedy and Murphy at wing back though. The only player I feel we have that can do the wing back role is yedlin.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16


    Mark Douglas:

    Justin Barnes’ new role in New York revealed:

    Mike Ashley hands Justin Barnes a new role at firm Sports Direct have invested in heavily in New York.

    Remains to be seen whether this has any impact on his work with #nufc: https://t.co/jE0RHegnrJ

  • martoon

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Jib @7 – I can’t believe Joselu is on £50000 per week – if that’s true we’ll never be able to sell or even loan him out!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    I think we have to assume that Fernandez will start to partner Lascelles with Clarke covering left back.

  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #20
  • toon22

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    MA has no intention of selling,its a lie to cover his greed
    If people are happy watching him trouser large sums of money while shopping in the bargain bin for players with no intention of anything other than staying in the league for me they arnt interested in anything other than what MA payes them to think

    Even having the conversation about where you think the money went shows its a problem

  • toon22

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Were a joke of a club that exsists to advertise tat shops and make the fat man money

    Untill MA goes we wont compete on any level,and thats the point.A sporting buisness is expected to compete.

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #23

    Making profits looks like rafa is ashleys dream manager. When rafa leaves hopefully it will be the start of the end for ashley

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #24

    Aces of eights,
    My biggest worry comes from looking at Blackburn and the Venky’s, they’re obviously not losing money despite what’s happened, this could go on fortthe next twenty years with Ashley.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #25

    It goes back to the discussion earlier. He isn’t trousering money out of the club. If we assume the 140 mill loan is accurate (did we need that?), then he is syphoning off funds to pay this back, but the syphoning isn’t showing up on the books? The free advertising is in addition to the syphoning? Also, are shirt sales going to nufc or sports direct? Jib /anyone can u clarify if possible?

  • toon22

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #26

    Looking at just this season dont show the full problem
    Its been a downward spiral for years

    Untill he is forced out he will love squeezing every penny from the toon.Hes a bully

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #27

    Look at the figures hibbit just posted. We have the 15th lowest wage bill while the tv money has never been higher. We used to have one of the highest albeit starting to get out of control after a succession of poor managerial decisions. Where is all of this money going if the debt is not decreasing.

  • toon22

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #28

    Look at MAs dealings over the last decade and tell me you believe hes doing whats best for Newcastle lol

    Its his usual lies

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #29

    I wonder, if Justin Barnes is moving to the USA, then who will be running the club – which of Ashley’s trusted lieutenants will he trust?

    It does seem strange that he’s sending his man to the US if he isn’t selling up.

    Ah well, it’ll all come out in the wash.


  • RobLeenio

    Aug 16, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #30

    Munster, the debt has been stable for the last couple of seasons, he hasn’t paid anything back. We’re speculating that this is where some of the TV money has gone because otherwise, where is it? We won’t know for sure unless he announces it or, failing that, until the accounts for this tax year come out in April 2020… or until he sells.

    The profit from shirt sales goes directly to Sports Direct, as the shop and online store are owned by Sports Direct. NUFC may get a percentage, but it’s likely minimal. The same is true of catering concessions within the ground (direct to MASH Holdings, not Sports Direct) and is probably true of programme sales etc also.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 16, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #31

    So he’s a Cnut then?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 16, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #32

    OK, that’s sorted then 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 16, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Rob my question was more about how this money is channelled out. I was aware of the shirt issue and SD having fingers there but if the debt /loan isn’t going down, then how is the revenue being moved to him, without showing up to date? I presume this is attributed to relegation? Cheers Jail aswell. Jib? NY fan?

  • dig-n-dig22

    Aug 16, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Robleenio 14

    Slimani was on £90.000pw at Leicester, even if we paid only half that during his loan spell, Leicester must have been pi$$ing themselves with laughter.


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