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He Was Newcastle’s Best Player Against Palace

Our best two players on Saturday in the 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace turned out to be a player who has just arrived and one who will soon be leaving.

New signing Miguel Almiron tops the poll this week with 48% of the vote, and he had another impressive game.

Miguel has made a difference to the team, and if Rafa stays with us, he will want at least five more good players brought in this summer to transform his Newcastle team.

Isaac Hayden has been a revelation for us since December, and he had another good game – but Isaac has reiterated he must move south for family reasons this summer.

Miguel Almiron in action against Palace

Wonder where he will end up and how far south he goes?

Newcastle played really well in the first half, but again we missed our chances.

We all expected to win the game (70% in our poll thought we’d win the game) so it’s hit the fans hard.

But nothing that a win at Leicester City on Friday night cannot fix very quickly.

Howay The Lads!!

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Crystal Palace?

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62 comments so far

  • G

    Apr 8, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    At least Hayden is doing his market value no harm at all.

  • geordietom

    Apr 8, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #2

    i think Rafa should play Almiron along side Rondon …

    but i’am not Rafa he gets the big bucks for team selection …

  • beefman13

    Apr 8, 2019 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Almiron is maybe trying too hard, love his work rate though, cream always rises.

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle United FC
    Verified account
    2 minutes ago

    Newcastle United can confirm defender @lejeune_florian sustained a significant knee injury during Saturday’s game against @CPFC. He has been ruled out for the remainder of the current season.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Sounds similar to the Longstaff injury, Jib – a nasty pull of the ACL but one which will not necessarily require surgery. That should shorten the comeback trail and hopefully put him in line for joining in with a full pre-season.

    Still gutting for the lad, who seemed to be playing well before his injury on Saturday, in both attack and defence.

    We’ll miss him for the rest of the season, but at least it’s happened now when our future is more or less assured, rather than 10 games ago when we were in a far more precarious situation.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Perfect scenario for MA, he drags on the Rafa negotiations as long as possible, does not give Rafa what he wants and they part ways.

    Then press release, I tried everything and offered Rafa nearly everything he wanted including transfer money, but Rafa decided to leave.

    Now we have to find the right manager to take over, that takes time fans and takes us all the way to about a week before kickoff leaving no time to scout players the new manager wants, MA sorry it took so long to find someone, so it’s not his fault. Once again saving him transfer money for his next store purchase.

  • Oldgit1

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t understand as to why Muto is not being used, I always thought he was Gales replacement as believe them to be similar in style of play.

    It’s not often I criticise Rafa, but is about time he gives him a chance especially when it was obvious Perez was having a poor game.

    It could be he has his favourites. Muto 9m wasted along with Murphy 12m, plus Kennedy and Berecata on loan. That’s four players who won’t get any playing time, also it appears Jo Jo is also not getting a look in.

    Why has Kennedy form dropped? Really thought he would come into his element this season, really really strange.

    I like Rafa a lot but there are times when I question his judgement. But this renowned belief that he makes players better is beginning to grind on me a bit, as I don’t see any evidence of it especially with the players I mentioned.

    There is something not quite right.

    Perhaps something is not quite right

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Sadly I don’t think the s—t will hit the fan at all. There doesn’t seem to be the collective will or appetite to fight Ashley. Any other club and Ashley’s endless list of crimes would cause united outrage and some kind of action. At NUFC we sadly just seem resigned to our fate.

    There’ll be the odd grumblings but the fat man has exactly where he wants us and he knows it. Under Ashley every match will continue to see us virtual underdogs every time we take the field. As the quote goes ” he parks his tanks on your lawn”.

  • G

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t think the fans are resigned to their fate RH? I think we are just playing the long game, and speaking of fate, look at MA’s lifestyle. Surely fate has a heart attack heading his way soon?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #10

    old git

    it is widely rumoured that none of barreca, murphy, muto were actually rafa’s choices and god only knows whats happened to kenedy.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Unfortunately no, I don’t think it will, I think the crowds will drop to 40K before they’re topped up with freebies or heavily discounted to the student union, NHS etc. I think we’re going to suffer for a long time to come from the damage he’s inflicted on the club.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12


    I’ve been playing the long game with NUFC for 50 years!!!!

    I guess it is morally wrong to wish a heart attack on Ashley.

    I found myself having uncomfortable moments when the Leicester thing happened.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #13

    His judgement has seen him win 13 major trophies, I’d be more worried about the judgement of the cretin that pays his wages.

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #14

    The agent of Argentinian international left back Nicolas Tagliafico
    has dropped a big hint that he’s not happy in Holland at Ajax
    and would like a move to the PL.
    Rafa tried to get him from Independiente in Jan 2018 but he joined
    the Dutch side for £4M.

  • G

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #15

    RH, don’t get me wrong, I’m not wishing a heart attack on anybody. All I’m saying is that by his lifestyle choices MA is doing nothing to avoid one. On the contrary, from the outside looking in, it looks like he’s actively encouraging one.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Hopefully he’ll acquire Five guys and take a prominent role as a food taster 😀

  • jayphoto

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #17

    If theres no Lejeune we need to scrap the 3-4-2-1… Go back to 4-2-3-1, get Almiron in that #10 role he was bought for, get Ritchie back up the field and get Shelvey back on the field. I was all for Shelvey not playing when we had 3 at the back as Schar and Lejuene acted as playmakers but without Lejeune thats not the best option available.
    Id honestly line up 4-2-3-1, Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Dummet, Shelvey, Hayden, Ritchie, Almiron, Kenedy/Atsu (don’t care which, just need a left sided winger that can get to the byline) Rondon.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Pretty sure i’ve seen in a German article that Muto hasn’t been used as much because it’s taken a lot longer than expected for him to learn to speak english and he’s finding it difficult to take tactical intstructions and changes?
    Quite like what i’ve seen of him to be fair too, my japanese buddy reckons he gives a fantastic interview in Japanese and is a bit of a decent pundit with analyse etc, very intelligent, so its odd hes struggled so far to adapt.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    @G/Jail for Ashley – trust me, my mrs works in a hospital, nasty bitter old men out live everyone! Can see Ashley being like one of those owners in the NFL, in their late 90’s, halting progress still etc

  • Jib

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Agree with all of that , except I think Yedlin
    needs dropping to buck his ideas up.
    Manquillo’s no world – beater but he’s never
    let us down.

  • barkel

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    bad news –

    After medical examination, the injury I suffered during the last game is an anterior cruciate ligament injury. It’s the same problem I had few months back but on the other knee. I’ll have surgery and as I did before, I will make my best to come back stronger. Thank you all for your support @nufc

  • TomaKaThor

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Tbh Hayden can go for me if we are getting £10 million plus, but tbh u can’t see that many willing to pay.

    We need so many players, need atleast 1 cf a lb a rb a good ball winning cm..and that’s just bare mimimum

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Although the competition for places situation has drastically improved under Rafa it’s still not perfect, having a very poor Manquillo as your only threat to your place does not inspire one to their limits. After two seasons back in the PL the worlds 19th richest club should have two top quality FB’s with Yedlin and Dummet pushing themselves to get a look in.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Seen the posts about Gracia and him taking over us if Rafa left…. NO CHANCE !!

    Watford are a well run club as part of the Pozzo family they buy players at the right times and look to progress every season there is no chance he would leave Watford to come here under Ashley it’s career suicide !!

    They spent 40 odd million on Andre Gray ,Will Hughes and Delefeuo ( who Rafa was heavily rumoured to want here!) and have Troy Deeney as well while we have Joselu , Gayle and maybe Perez next season…..

  • dig-n-dig22

    Apr 8, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Nostradamus Earlier thread.

    “Shearer and Ferdinand didn’t get pushed around”

    Would love to see Troy Deeny along side Rondon but no chance as long as the fat tw@t’s still here.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #26

    I also think we should be going back to a back four with Lejeune now out, but with Schar in place of Yedlin and Fernandez alongside Lascelles. But there’d be little justification fo or likelihood of Perez losing his starting role to any one of Ritchie, Atsu, Kenedy or Muto. Ritchie, for all his endeavour, really isn’t that great in the final third, so for me he would be the one to miss out.
    Schar….Fernandez….Lascelles.. Dummett.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Question – What would DeAndre Yedlin be if he had Paul Dummetts acceleration and how many champions medals would Paul Dummett have if he had Yedlins acceleration…

  • jayphoto

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #28

    On Shearer and Ferdinand not getting pushed around, the absolute most fearsome attack ive seen at Newcastle that had defenders sprawling was Shearer and Big Duncan Ferguson… Remember them absolutely bullying Man Utd at one point… disappointing that due to injuries they didn’t get more games together.. Big Dunc for me is one player I wish we’d had been able to keep fit! Loved watching him in the rare times he got on the field

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Not sure if those people who suggest these names understand the situation here. It doesn’t matter who you put in charge, success is punished with little or no investment, the owner detest the idea of the EL so winning a cup is off the cards, why do people think that replacing one of the best managers in the game is going to improve our lot.

  • G

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #30

    jayphoto, I can see where you come from with that sentiment, but for me Shearer with Ferdinand was still the most frightening front line I’ve ever seen at the Toon. People said they wouldn’t be able to play together. How I would have loved another few seasons of that front pair. Shearer the complete all rounder, and Les possibly the greatest header of the ball in living memory. Still sends shivers down my spine thinking about that.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #31

    we’ve had a few partnerships really, Beardsley/Cole…. I imagine a Beardsley/Shearer combo would have been devastating.. quite liked Shearer/Bellamy too.. been a long time since we’ve played 2 up top properly…Viduka/Owen probably the last one i can remember?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Also makes me even more angry that Dalglish sold Ferdinand !!

    Big Les has said in interviews he didn’t really want to leave

    Dalglish was such a fool all he had to do was buy one or two centre halfs who could defend and he ended up dismantling the whole squad

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #33

    The fifth place finish was the most glaring example of this then in the championship, had we been 3rd/6th Ashley would have loosened the purse strings but because we were top he felt we didn’t need it. If he’d spent as promised we’d have had a much more enjoyable second half and probably won with record points, again success being punished.

  • Just a fan

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Wyn Davis and Andy Carroll.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #35

    I honestly don’t think it’s a case that Ashley doesn’t want the club to succeed, i think he’d love it to succeed, I think the problem is he operates on a basis where he thinks for the money he pays he can always squeeze more out of players/workers. His basis for acceptable spending/wages etc is around the same as when he bought the club in 2007 when a club would spend 20m a year or so, its like thats what he was prepared for and because football has rocketed hes decided no, not what i signed up for and lost interest.Hes a business man and a economist and I think the financial risks involved in football now to compete at the top are too great for him to even get involved with, BUT the benefits of having any club in the premier league with the free advertising etc means he’s also loathe to sell us. Unfortunately, the cost of being relegated and investing in a team to bounce back immediately are probably less than investing in a team to compete in the top 8

  • G

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #36

    @34. Don’t remember them two playing together, but high balls they would have been unstoppable. If we are playing fantasy football then I think any combination of Shearer / Ferdinand / Milburn / Beardsley would have to be the best. At the other end of the spectrum Andreas Anderson with Stephan Guivarch could be potentially the worst pairing I am likely to have seen (Cant remember if that was league or friendly but it was just before we shipped the world cup winner off to Rangers).

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #37

    He started his shenanigans pretty much as soon as the honeymoon finished so that theory doesn’t really hold water, also you used my least favourite of all the cliches to describe him. He’s a businessman, they all are, the Leicester owners are glaring examples of businessmen. Imo he came to the club to advertise his other business while making as much money as he can from us.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 8, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m not a big conspiracy theorist but I honestly believe he deliberately engineered the fall out with KK to create the situation with the fans that now exists.

  • jayphoto

    Apr 8, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #39

    @Jail -I’m gonna rephrase Businessman – hes a large scale Dell Boy buying high volumes of cheap tat n selling them on for slightly more than he paid. He operates on a strange medium of he’d rather spend 50m on 10 x5M players than 2x25m players despite the fact the outgoing would be the same, less even if you factor in all the signing on bonuses and agents fees… all he knows is buy in bulk for cheap. Its worked for him in life/business in general but he can’t fathom the fact that football in NO WAY represents normal business or economic traits, its a huge risk, huge pay off and a law unto itself, he’ll never get that and never buy into a way thats not his

  • Tsunki

    Apr 8, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #40

    The fat man’s bulky form is only outsized by his ego. The only way he will love success is if the club can operate like one of his SD shops with the store manager dropping office work to hang trackie tops unbox shonky golf equipment or push the sock bin and ball box out the store front door, then back to the checkout to refuse returns point blank.

    It simply has to operate on his terms and that’s on a boot camp budget. He is running out of ways to advertise the managers job to anyone decent as the years of experiences of former incumbents are now overwhelmingly off putting to top flight professionals. If or when Rafa goes he will be replaced, after a feeding frenzy of PR backed up by his media fireplace-pebbledashing buddies, by a simpering second tier hand wringer. And by the time he pulls up in his coughing Fiat Multipla to take office in the cleaners cupboard, the fans will be onside and queuing down barrack road with their pants slowly descending to their ankles to buy another season ticket.


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