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Rapidly Emerging Newcastle Star Is Our Man Of The Match


Our 21-year-old local lad Sean Longstaff is certainly starting to make a name for himself, and he had yet another excellent game in the Newcastle engine room at Wembley.

Sean seems to stroll through these games and never seems to be hurried which is always the sign of an excellent player.

Sean could keep his place when Shelvey and Ki are fit again, and he deserves to stay in the starting eleven on merit.

And the England selectors are looking at him for a possible England U21 call up.

He’s the find of the season for Newcastle and reflects well on our U21 coaches.

And second in the voting is one of our very best players since he came in for the second half of the 1-0 first win of the season at home to Watford.

Sean Longstaff signing a new four-year deal in December

Schar is turning out to be an absolute bargain buy at only £3M from Deportivo.

His incredible clearance off the line in the second half yesterday was something to behold.

He’s an excellent player, and it looks like he’s now a regular starter for Rafa.

The lads did very well yesterday, and we were unlucky to lose to a late goal.

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117 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 3, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Re the Barclays loan, from what i understand the next load of EPL/Sky cash is due shortly, ashLIE didn’t want to put his money into the club so NUFC went to their bankers and said “Give us £50m and we’ll pay the Sky money straight back into you when it arrives next week/month whatever”. So they sign an agreement to that effect, instead of the cash going to NUFC it goes to Barclays, they make a million or so in fees for a no risk loan.

    Who’s the mug?

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 3, 2019 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Just glanced past that photo there and imagined lobby was about to bang out a tune on the Joanna ha ha

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Feb 3, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Bit early to call yet , looks like a decent player.

    Can see him being our main midfielder in a few years time if he continues to improve.

    Would like to see him with a bit more quality around him so he can sit deep and sniff out danger and play it to our creative players

    Looks very calm in possession.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Cast your mind back to when Mike was talking about putting the horse (not the one who took an uppercut ha ha) before the cart and getting the club to “wipe it’s own nose”. What he was talking about was cutting out all the payment strategies that meant they were extending credit and paying interest, to do this he baled the club out with personal loans. It would seem that player transactions have enabled this to be done, hence there’s been no need to oil the hinges on the “players entrance” door for two years.

    The Barclays bank thing signifies the club now has a credit rating sufficient to guarantee its own repayment from future income and trading to pay for it’s player (and other) investments. Pity SD couldn’t have paid it’s advertising bill for the last decade or it may have come sooner but hey ho.

    The prospect of a sale is only linked to this (bank) loan by virtue of now Ashley doesn’t have to load the sale price with a (personal) loan debt. I doubt very much that any sale is on the table in any shape or form, as all buyers so far have proved intent but got no further than the “proof of funds” hurdle. As the mad frog always said, it’s fanciful conjecture pumped up with credulity.

    Nothing to see here except the club is now not dependent on Ashley for buying players, so forget that happening. This window is unusual for spend because Rafa staying and PL survival depended on it. When it doesn’t, there will be no purchases, believe me.

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  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Without even talking to Rafa, Ashley knew that Lobby’d be the find of the season and there’d be no need to sign anyone for midfield. Now who’s coming through in the striker department?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Longstaff and Hayden did very well in keeping the defensive formation, providing a screen and dropping into the backline when needed. They were also popping up in attack, passing decisively and offering more numbers for crosses. They have both done brilliantly at operating within the remit Rafa has laid down.

    I am glad that Hayden has had the opportunity to play himself into the side and turn around people’s opinion of him. Both are young enough to continue developing and with Almiron in front of them, they should have a better time in matches.

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  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Bambams, Lovem

    There’s been paper talk about Ashley wanting Rafa to sign up in the next six weeks. Could he be flagging up the window for potential bidders to complete or fully commit to buying?

    Again, a random thought

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #8

    tsunki

    do you know from the accounts how much we are owed in staged payments for players we have sold

    and as u bought up advertising
    i know we wernt the only club to get an agreement with etoro they are paying us in bitcoin or some other e-currency does any1 know what that will be in cash is it another way of hiding money going out

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  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki

    Maybe Ashley went to the bank cos he hasn’t got the cash to make a personal loan? But then again, there should surely be some of what should be the club’s cash slushing about somewhere

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #10

    beer,
    I’ll bet they’re staged to go in to some other account that Lee Churnley is somehow a managing director of.

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  • Bambams

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Lesh

    All I know is around my birthday, actually it was the day Jib found that companies house doc and we all hoped for something positive.

    I copy and paste the link and sent it to them, all I got back (which I shared via email to a couple on here not wanting to dull the enthusiasm of the blog) was nothing was happening and Ash was accepting/ getting ready to roll on with the ownership.

    I was told if anything changed they would give me a bell….

    Now then Mr ashLIE and his possible statement – I for one will not believe a word that man says.

    DubaiMicky….

    Re the Barclays bank loan, that is definitely a good possibility fella but would ash want to pay interest, whatever the % If he could of just opened his petty cash and then took it back out from prem money ?

    He loves money mate, just my thoughts

    Catch you lot later, off to Charnleys for supper and fifa19

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  • Bambams

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Nice on here when folk not having petty squabbles….

    Just sayin lyk

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  • Bobbybee

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #13

    “We said to Stevie Nickson, go watch the MLS.

    We need to find a superstar, he has to be the best

    He came back home to Rafa, he said I’ve found the one

    He’s got great skill, he scores great goals, his name is Miggy Almiron

    Oh, Miggy Miggy, Miggy Miggy Miggy Miggy Almiron!!! “

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #14

    jail

    i hope he is siphoning some for himself ashley wont miss it

    1
  • NY Mag

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Beermonkey,

    As of the last accounts we were owed £60.7M for players that have been sold.

    5
  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #16

    NY
    Yeah that’s just up to June 2017
    There’s another £25M+ owed for
    Mitro , Mikel Merino and Mbemba

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  • jane

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #17

    “Re the Barclays loan, from what i understand the next load of EPL/Sky cash is due shortly, ashLIE didn’t want to put his money into the club so NUFC went to their bankers and said “Give us £50m”

    i thought i read somewhere the amount borrowed is unknown.

    i didn’t understand how the loan is known about, anyone explain that please?

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  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #18

    I guess future instalments will be another
    factor complicating the sale price

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  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #19

    @ Jane, cos that is the rumoured next payment

    @bambams, people like ashLIE don’t change their spots. Something has changed.

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  • jane

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #20

    so has Ashley got a cash flow problem if the club got a loan instead of Ashley loaning it?

    or because the club is being sold Ashley didn’t want to loan any of his money?

    or something else?

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  • NY Mag

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib,

    Correct – there’s more to come in, but more to go out also

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  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #22

    NY
    I thought we always paid on the nose

    1
  • lesh

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Bambams

    You’re off to Charnley’s for your supper? Penfold Charnley’s or one of his 5 star restaurants?

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  • NY Mag

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib,

    We pay front loaded, but not every deal is paid upfront in full

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  • c-dog

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Munster

    Hasn’t been a massacre like that on Irish soil since William of Oranges memorable slaughter of Jacobite forces on the banks of the boyne

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  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #26

    jane, no-one knows on here, I’m really just commenting on all my years of working with people, they don’t change what they do unless something – usually an outside influence – happens.

    People really don’t change.

    Apart from me of course, I’m usually a bit of a twat but then, I can become a total twat, and then, just occasionally, I can out twat Jib.

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  • NY Mag

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Micky,

    You made me chuckle with that one 😀

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  • jane

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #28

    how is this Barclays loan even known about or is it a rumour as well?

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  • jane

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #29

    “People really don’t change.”

    guess you’re right i’m always nice 🙂

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  • ben.g

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #30

    There’s a bit in the chronicle from almrions agent. Say Atlanta made the move difficult.

    Campo said: “Atlanta United put up a lot of obstacles to sell Miguel and we did not expect this kind of attitude from the club.

    “Miguel Almiron did not leave Atlanta happy because of all the difficulties that the club put for him to get transferred.

    “A player is valued when he’s still at the club, when he gets transferred, they forget about him.”

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  • ben.g

    Feb 3, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Don’t know how to link articles, here’s the rest…..

    Campo has also stated that there were a clutch of clubs who wanted to sign the Paraguay international.

    He said: “There were much bigger clubs that wanted him but they only wanted loans.

    “Newcastle is a team that Rafa Benitez asked for, the number one option and that was a deciding factor.

    “It was also a club where he would be a main protagonist and I wanted that for him

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  • NY Mag

    Feb 3, 2019 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Jane,

    When a company (Barclays) makes a charge against the club the relevant paper work has to be filed with companies house. In this case Barclays charge is against our future EPL earnings (for the rest of this season and next season)

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  • jane

    Feb 3, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #33

    thanks NY Mag is the charge essentially to pay back the loan over this period?

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  • NY Mag

    Feb 3, 2019 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #34

    I have no idea of the details of how much the loan was for, or what the repayment terms are

    1
  • jane

    Feb 3, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #35

    ok so there are more questions than answers.

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  • NY Mag

    Feb 3, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #36

    As always 🙂

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  • jane

    Feb 3, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #37

    maybe it is to upgrade the training facilites and refurbish the stadium 😐

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2019 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #38

    I think Ashley out tw@ts even Jib and Paul Robinson from Neighbours!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 3, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #39

    jane,
    He could have used some of the 135M TV money or the 25M gate dosh or some of the money that gets spent on merchandise on upgrading the training facilities!

    2
  • Jib

    Feb 3, 2019 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Jane
    He’s never done it before
    It’s an indicator he’s either
    1
    Preparing to sever ties with NUFC
    2
    Resolved to abandon his failed version
    of how to run a footy club like any other
    business.

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