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Newcastle Have Two New Stars – And Things Are Looking Up

Sean Longstaff had another excellent game for Newcastle in the middle of the park yesterday against Huddersfield in the 2-0 win.

And the 21-year-old hardly put a foot wrong and had a fantastic shot hit the crossbar near the end of the game.

The commentators on NBC in the US said Sean may get a call-up for the full England squad given how well he’s been playing lately never mind the U21s.

The England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd was looking on at St. James’ Park yesterday and he must have been impressed with the North Shields lad.

In fact, Sean has been one of our best players since he made his league debut at Liverpool on Boxing Day in the 4-0 mauling at Anfield.

Rafa Benitez congratulates Miguel Almiron yesterday

Sean has started all 9 games since then and already looks an accomplished player with an excellent temperament who very rarely gives the ball away.

Sean has become an unexpected top talent at Newcastle this season.

And couple that with new signing Miguel Almiron, who on his performance yesterday could become the playmaker who can create chances and score goals for Newcastle.

Miguel had a great home debut, and it looks like it will not take the Paraguayan long to settle into the Newcastle side.

Our defense with Schar, Lascelles, and Lejeune playing in a back three look very accomplished with Federico Fernandez hoping for a chance to get back into the back line.

Hayden and Longstaff are keeping Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame and Ki Sung-yueng on the bench so suddenly our central midfield looks very strong.

If Rafa stays at Newcastle, he wants five new players brought in this summer.

The fact that Leicester City fired their manager Claude Puel yesterday after a 4-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace means Rafa will be in demand from at least one other Premier League club this summer.

Rafa wants to stay at Newcastle, but Mike Ashley must loosen the purse strings, and we are only maybe three or four good players off a top side on Tyneside.

Let’s hope Rafa stays, and Mike Ashley gives him some decent money to spend this summer.

And just think – in one year we could even be in the top half of the table and not struggling against relegation.

That would be a nice change for the loyal Newcastle fans and for Rafa Benitez too.

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38 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Any links to manu v liv game please

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Miggy is a new signing and it looks like a good one. I hope he’s bulletproof. His reputation as a free kick winner is unassailable already – after just half an hour of playing time he is already the standout card extractor for the last HALF DECADE! FACT!

    Longstaff is of course very much LIKE a new signing.

    Oh Miggy you’re so fine
    Running from the halfway line
    Hey Miggy!
    Hey Miggy!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Personally not worried about ‘Leicester interest’ in Rafa and don’t see it having any bearing on whether Ashley stays or goes. That’s all down to one ‘sadistic’ man. Even if Rafa as I expect does not renew his contract, don’t see him taking Leicester job at all.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Arsenal beating Soton 2 – 0 at half time

  • Harley

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5


    I agree Leicester are a smaller club, but unfortunately they have much bigger ambitions which will match Rafas. Also I agree that he seems to building a great team but I honestly don’t think our owner will allow him to finish it. He simply won’t be backed.
    Add to that our training facilities and academy are below standard therefor we’ll never be able to attract the top players, or hang on to one’s that develop in to top players.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Very, very happy with the performance yesterday – a great lift for everyone connected with the Toon.
    Special mention for Lejeune from me.. World class passing as well as his general reading of the game defensively.
    Unsung hero who cost a pittance, and let’s not forget it’s not that long since he was out for ages with a serious injury thanks to golden balls Kane.
    As with many good players, Florian just needs to add consistency to his game to make the step to greatness.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Why not post the wiki link or the Leicester travel guide? I’m sure their town hall can supply some interesting pamphlets on Leicester life, nightclubbing hotspots, best tapas restaurants, Pilates etc.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Lejeune is suffering from other noteworthy performances taking the limelight, i don’t think he is forgotten even if not quite as well publicised. An obvious top of the line motor who oozes class and always looks like he is comfortable in a low gear right now but he would take it up to any notch you like with better players around him.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    You could probably hire a minibus and drive Rafa and the family down to Leicester but choose a nice sunny day so he sees it at it’s best. Munster will drive it’s no trouble. Keep your hand in your pocket Rafa, it’s nee bother!

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    You forgot curry hooses Tsunki
    Leicester has some beltas

  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Can I just give a quick shout out btw to all the “potential banana skin” pundits yesterday – as Mr T said on the snickers ads……


  • Tsunki

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Aye they do jib, aye they do. Anyone know if Rafa likes a decent Balti? Hopefully he hasn’t tried the sjp pie version. 🙁

  • jane

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #13

    “Leicester City’s plans to build state-of-the-art training ground approved”

    have to admit it does look impressive including 12 full size football pitches.


  • sing in the corner

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Ashley probably sitting back thinking ‘job done’ now.

    His ownership oddly reminds me of when I was a student many years ago, out in the Toon with my mentor, a massive gosforth goth whose driving style was to stamp on the accelerator till she reached about 3000 revs. We’d roar off up the road, tyres spitting gravel for half a minute, then she’d be happy with her progress so remove her right foot from the pedal completely. We’d drift gently for a while, almost coming to a juddering halt as the car struggled to maintain any forward momentum. Suddenly, at the fatal moment, she’d realise something was needed and the pvc stiletto would stomp down on the throttle again, and the whole process repeated.

    Don’t stop here Ashley!
    Somehow you’ve managed to find yourself on the cusp of another glaring opportunity, thanks to Rafa. Do the right thing!

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Can’t see anyone getting sent off in this Man United/Liverpool game because there’s not going to be anyone left after all these injuries in the first half. Rashford was already looking like he had an injury before Man United made their third sub so they could even end up going down to ten men. It’ll be an interesting second half.

  • Just a fan

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Leicester were relegation fodar till they won the league..
    They got a load of money in Europe.
    Now it’s revert to the mean.
    They will never be more than an average club.
    Probably get relegated with the likes of Bournemouth Watford palace
    Where are are Portsmouth Bolton and Luton now.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Just a fan
    Where are are Portsmouth Bolton and Luton now.
    The south coast / near Manchester / Bedfordshire

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #18

    got a copy of the wirral to Leicester Bus Timetables here if anyone needs

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 24, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Thank you, Arsenal.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Good news arsenal job tks

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki, please see previous reply about putting ur head in the stand. It’s strange that you never comment when I have said numerous times that I want rafa here long term funded and then move upstairs when he wants, choosing his successor. Isn’t it odd that you can’t comment on that? Maybe u have an agenda. Hmm….

  • jane

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #22

    “They got a load of money in Europe.”

    and a few big player sales (Drinkwater, Mahrez, Kante)

    but they have spent £200m+ and not all wisely:

    Islam Slimani £27.5m
    Kelechi Iheanacho £25m
    James Maddison £22.5m
    Adrien Silva £22m
    Ricardo Pereira £19.8m
    Caglar Söyüncü £19m
    Ahmed Musa £17.5m
    Wilfred Ndidi £16m
    Nampalys Mendy £14m
    Vicente Iborra £13.5m
    Filip Benkovic £13m
    Rachid Ghezzal £12.6m
    Danny Ward £12.6m
    Harry Maguire £12.3m

  • G

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Incredible fee foe Maguire when you consider what he’s worth now?

  • G

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Fee for. Damned fat fingers.

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Strangely it’s an ex NUFC coach , Adam Sadler ,
    who is the caretaker at Leicester after Puel’s sacking

  • Jib

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #26

    fee foe fum
    I smell the blood etc etc

  • Bambams

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #27


    Previous post #46

    (Just got back from Sunday lunch)

    You are spot on fella, fully understand if Rafa does decide to leave and we both know Ash wont change his ways.

    If Leicester do come calling I think seriously Rafa will go.

    Ash has had plenty of time to get it right, but still fails.

    Let’s just hope a buyer is in the wings

  • lochinvar

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Courtesy of The Kaiser Chiefs

    Let it never be said
    The romance is dead
    ‘Cause there’s so little else
    Occupying my head
    There is nothing I need
    Except the Toon to succeed
    Cause if not I’m f**ked
    And it matters to me

    Miggy,Miggy,Miggy,Miggy [AhaAhaAaa]
    And do you, do you, do you, do you? [AhaAhaAaa]
    Know what you’re doing doing to me? [AhaAhaAaa]
    Miggy,Miggy,Miggy,Miggy [AhaAhaAaa]

  • toon22

    Feb 24, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #29

    If you look back over the last 11 years one things for sure

    MA will make a colossal arse of it this summer

    It’s what he always does

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Well that’s one and a half dull-as-dishwater Sky games so far today.

  • jane

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #31

    toon22 it must be getting harder and harder for you to be gloomy.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Haha game! Alan Smith: ‘…slow burner,this one..’

    Shoyte man! Tell it like it is 🙂

  • jane

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #33

    i’ve got the cup final on mute and nothings made me unmute it.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Can’t understand why they don’t show either the League Cup or FA Cup over here, but it looks like I’m not missing much judging by the BBC text updates. I was going to try and find it online but won’t bother now.

    It’s nice that NBC will be showing not only the Burnley game, but also the Wolves game too (I’ll be in San Diego for that one, but the hotel should still have it available on the telly).

  • toon22

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #35

    No I’m enjoying the football atm
    Let’s wait and see what MA decides his next move is

  • Mag :P

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Proper boring games today.

    I want to watch the toon again haha

  • toon22

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Rafa wanting some backing and some investment in the facilities isn’t unreasonable

    It’s all down to wether MA wants to add value to his company or just continue to asset strip it

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 24, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Watching City v Chelsea. For all the stick Rafa got from pundits and some on here, about his tactics against better teams – in particular against City – let it be known he wasn’t behind other managers, he was setting the trend. Even Chelsea are using exactly the same tactics that Rafa got crucified for, with their team that individual players are worth more than entire squad before Miggy slightly altered the balance.
    “But I’m telling you, coz I really know about football, that Rafa’s a Dinosaur”.
    No, Rafa’s a genius. The greatest flattery amongst your peers is for people to copy you. Now they’re all copying him because even the best realise that trying to take the likes of City on man for man is suicidal.
    First, stop City scoring. Second, pinch a goal or two on the break. Exactly what Chelsea are doing. It’s not pretty, but so far for them, it’s working and City are getting frustrated.
    If they pinch this, cue the “tactical genius” lines.
    Dinosaur? No. Ahead of his time. 🙂


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