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Lejeune Gets Ready To Go Through It All Again – Best Wishes For Speedy Recovery

Florian Lejeune will again be operated on by Professor Paolo Mariani in Rome to repair his left knee ACL injury.

Mariani performed the same operation on Florian’s right knee back in early August so the Frenchman will be going through the exact same procedures again.

Hopefully, Lejeune can come back again in about four months like he did last time, but Rafa will then give him ample time before playing him in the first team.

But the main thing is for the knee to be 100% again as soon as possible.

Florian has his wife and young daughter with him in Rome.

We send Florian our very best wishes and hopes for another speedy recovery.

Florian Lejeune – injured in the first half against Crystal Palace

Here’s a tweet from Shields Gazette reporter Ciaran Kelly

Comments welcome.

63 comments so far

  • martoon

    Apr 16, 2019 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #41

    Jib @34 – Also I’m quite surprised at Fulham at £59m – they spent £27m on Mitro alone!

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 16, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #42

    Wolves nearly three times as much as NUFC.

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #43

    I think the subtext in what our players are sensibly saying is simply that spending in itself does not guarantee a rise up the table and no relegation fight ( or for he “Top 6” a tilt at the title ot CL place).

    Let’s not make these players out as Ashley apologists primed by Bishop- its a knee jerk reaction like has happened to posters on here trying to articulate a considered approach to our plight.

    It of course HAS to be money spent wisely i.e. on the right targets for YOUR club at a particular time and the right price and balanced in terms of age, experience and potential. That is what Rafa is offering and seeking to convince Charnley and Ashley that with a well thought out project ably led by himself and sensibly funded sustainable growth is not only achievable but attainable.

    We are entering the final stages of the battle for control of our club’s immediate future ( I was going to say “soul” but that is truly us fans as demonstrated by the exemplary away crowd at Leicester and their interaction with Rafa and players ( including Perez) at end of match and it isn’t and never will be for sale.

    I have no inside information nor think that Ashley is doing more that taking a purely hard headed unemotional look at where we are and recognising that it just makes best sense to find a deal. Still think good chance Rafa will be here next season if not on 3 years then perhaps on a rolling contract if he sees fit and no golden handcuffs.

  • geordietom

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #44

    never been to France dont fancy Frogs legs … oops i mentioned the F WORD…

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #45

    Cairney links resurfacing again.

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #46

    Well said Magscar

    Be warned Lesh will be asking where you copied it from

  • NY Mag

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #47


    I don’t think we’ll get that extra £5M for Mitro – seemed to be contingent on Fulham staying up.
    (Although, most people would argue that we wouldn’t have got it anyway)

  • Just a fan

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #48

    I once read that it’s not just spending that keeps teams at the top.
    It’s wages.
    It seems to make sense.
    If someone is on 200 thousand he will move only if he gets more money he is not going to drop his wages to leave..
    If we offered 50 million he wouldn’t come here for 100 thousand a week.

  • All Aboot Toon

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #49
  • Toonces

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #50

    Fraser, Brooks, McNeil… These are all great young players and would love to have them but they are not leaving their current PL clubs to join the Toon.

    Bournemouth has had Fraser since he was 16. Burnley has had McNeil since he was younger than that and Bournemouth bought Brooks from Sheffield United in the llast summer window for 11.5M.

    These 3 players now would be an outlay of 80M

    Did our scouting staff know about Brooks? Was his price tag too high for us? His next transfer won’t be for less than 30M.

    The key to players like them joining Newcastle is our scouting and development systems. We need to find and sign them before other clubs notice and develop them ourselves. Longstaff coming through is immense. Maybe Sangare will be next to graduate from the academy. Signs that maybe we have turned an important corner in the club’s operations.

    As for Fraser, Brooks et al, we missed the boat on them more than a season ago so they won’t be joining us. At least not the current Newcastle. Maybe a “transformed by Rafa challenging for Europe Newcastle” but we’re not there yet.

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #51


    its one i did last year – can you plagiarise your own stuff 🙂

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #52

    I went to paris once, went to the catacombs, best place ever 6-7 million dead french folk.

  • Toonces

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #53

    NY Mag @47

    Or could be tied to goals scored and appearances.

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #54

    That’s the point I was going to make. Ritchie is right, but we still need more quality.

    We can’t go on with 20-30% possession. I understand that you can still create plenty of chances with a fifth of the possession, and you can win too, on occasion.

    But that means the other team is attacking and has the ball and you are mostly defending. Odds on, you lose.

    We need someone who can carry the ball. We need more chances per game, more goals. We need dribblers who can wipe out defenders and players who are winners.

    We survived this year, kudos to all involved. We don’t need an overhaul. But. Next season we need two three top players, at like 40-50 m.

    Anyway, we’ll be selling too, so it’ll be less than that outlayed.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 16, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #55


    I’m sure those conditions are in there as well…,but it was widely reported at the time that the main condition was Fulham staying up – we’ll find out once the accounts are out

  • martoon

    Apr 16, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #56

    NY Mag @55 – I didn’t know that – quite surprised we agree to it! Even so £22m on Mitro and they made other big signings so I’m still surprised at the figure – unless maybe some of their signings fell into last year’s window?

  • Jib

    Apr 16, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #57

    Something tells me Micky will not be
    chipping into the Notre Dame fund.

    All Aboot Toon
    Cheers for that

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #58

    I think it is evident that the evolution of Rafa’s team has already started by the addition of Rondon(loan but permanent or similar if not) and Almiron to enhance his already pragmatic defensive formation. They are apparently players that Rafa had identified as the “perfect fit” at a reasonable price for his planned development this season

    Purchase of likes of Lejeune and Schar had also show his forward clearheaded thinking in developing “his” team on a budget and identifying the “right” players within the restrictive regime he has become accustomed to but he knows it can be improved with addtional funding.

    This isn’t snapping up any promising playerseveryone can see just because there is a more than ample budget and an approach which means mistakes can be shrugged off much more easily if they don’t fit into a team.

    Rafa seems to be indicating that he can and will work within certain confines (of clubs outside of top 6) for now but wants the right to buy the odd well scouted player at a relatively high price but who will be integral to taking the team up a clear notch. Almiron purchase might be a sign of that being accepted but may have been a one off.

    Time will tell.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 16, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #59

    Not Toon related, but again, another great piece on Footie in the Torygraph, as it’s premium I’ll copy/paste it, if you don’t want to read, scroll down…

    My summary, is it better to watch your team knowing that they will be beaten away by chucking 10 behind the ball, or would you rather be entertained and win?
    Anyway, this is it:-

    Relegation from the Premier League is no longer the disappointment it once was for supporters


    It was a friend at another newspaper who provided some perspective when my team, Aston Villa, were relegated from the Premier League three years ago.

    “As long as the club’s still going, you still turn up, watch your team and they probably win more than they used to,” he said. “They just play against different teams.”

    Put like that it did not sound too bad and it is a conversation I have since thought back to when witnessing the utter desperation of those fans of clubs involved in Premier League relegation and promotion battles.

    This is the time of year when the Premier League is billed as football’s Promised Land. Fall out of it and you will be told your club is doomed, that it is some way no longer relevant and that football will no longer be the same again.

    Fail to get up and the doom merchants will be predicting all your club’s best players will leave, that there is no way they can keep meeting Financial Fair Play requirements and that it’s only going to get harder next season.

    What the marketing men forget to tell you all is that promotion can also be the prelude to 10 months of watching your team get hammered by all of the top six, seeing the manager who took you up get sacked and quickly realising that the signings that seemed so exciting in the summer are being paid to keep out the players who genuinely care.

    There is no doubt that it is getting harder and harder to remain competitive outside the Premier League’s top six, even though Wolverhampton Wanderers have proved it can be done with two victories against Manchester United and an FA Cup semi-final appearance.

    Fulham, Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town have lost all of their games against the big six and are heading for the Championship. The change in the distribution of the overseas broadcasting rights will make it even harder for the have-nots to survive in future.

    The relative unpredictability of English football was a large part of what made the Premier League so captivating, but the genuine shocks are becoming less frequent.

    Days out at Old Trafford, Anfield and the Emirates are all well and good, but turning up in the knowledge that defeat is just about inevitable starts to wear thin. As does the hope that your team might scrape a goalless draw or lucky victory by putting 10 men behind the ball and hoping one shot on target might be enough.

    Of course, it is not always a grind. Burnley qualified for Europe last season, the Wolves party was only halted by Watford, who are now in an FA Cup final and continue to progress.

    But there are Fulham fans who may feel some degree of relief that they have been put out of their misery. The Cottagers were the great entertainers of last season’s Championship, but there is no room for fun at the bottom end of the Premier League.

    There are also West Ham United supporters wondering just what £100million has bought them. The Hammers are in 11th place and didn’t manage a run in either the Carabao Cup or FA Cup. So where is the excitement?

    Whether or not Villa can hang on to Jack Grealish or Derby County can keep Mason Mount on loan for another year will depend on whether or not either club can get up through the play-offs.

    Norwich City, however, have provided the a reminder that the name on the back of the shirt will never be bigger than the crest on the front, having sold James Maddison to Leicester City last summer.

    Maddison’s departure was followed by a dreadful start to the season during which Norwich won just one of the first six League games. But the club kept faith with head coach Daniel Farke and now stand on the brink of promotion.

    Whereas, given the odd exception, the final Premier League table will often represent the wage bills of all the participants, the order of the Championship is not so reflective of size of club’s budgets. For Norwich and possibly Sheffield United this season, read Cardiff City last term and Huddersfield Town the season before that.

    It is why relegation from the top flight does not have to be as bad as it might feel at the time and promotion is no guarantee of happiness. A trip to Rotherham might even provide a night to remember, just ask the Villa fans who watched Grealish win the game for their 10 men last week.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 16, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #60


    I usually take these type of articles with a huge pinch of salt.

    Having said that, the key here is that it is the 10 most capped players this season – most of our ‘expensive’ players are not playing regularly

  • martoon

    Apr 16, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #61

    DubaiMicky @59 – I have to say I did enjoy our season in the Championship – ST prices were reduced, there were more games, we played teams I didn’t know and we won most our games 🙂 However I think if we had stayed there I’m not sure I would still be enjoying it!

  • magscar

    Apr 16, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #62


    I recall listening to Talksport on the way back home a few months ago and a WBA fan was voicing something similar on lines of mostly strugglng in PL for around 7 seasons and not really enjoying it and wondering was it not better to do well in a very competitive Championship and win regularly. Some other yo-yo club fans had some sympathy with his view and the novelty of being in the big boys league soon wore off. Pundits were very scathing of such unambitious views though and I think demonstrated the often difference in viewpoints of fans and ex-players.

    Of course it can get worse after relegation as Charlton, Coventry and Bolton fans amongst others will testify.

    I have mates who support local non-league teams and really enjoy their football with only a passing interest in PL.

    It’s perhaps all about realistic asperations of your club’s potenial both immediate and long term.

    Leeds won the first ever PL and have spent more years out of it than in it including a spell in League One but i know they believe they belong in PL. and will return if not next season then soon- they will never give up that expectation.

    Contrast this with say a club like Bournemouth who have deservedly benefitted from staying in PL in a very different financially rewarding time than when Leeds began to struggle in late 90’s but conceivably if they do go down in year or so ( lose players or manager) may find it difficullt to return – would their fans just recall the great years in PL with wam memories and not instead become disenchanted and frustrated with club have to seemingly settle for Championship or less with no realistic prospect of ever getting back after tasting PL for some years. Likes of Wigan and Charlton had similar stays but look unlikely to ever make it back soon.

  • lesh

    Apr 16, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #63


    Contrary to Jib’s advice, fear not, Lesh won’t be asking where you copied your post from.

    There are those that post their own thoughts to make for good reading and there are others who post whatever they think’ll impress readers, copied or not. You sir, sit among the former.


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