Newcastle were linked with RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen in the summer of 2018. The Shields Gazette have put out a report noting a claim in the Express that Newcastle still have an interest in the Danish international.
The report in the Express only mentions Newcastle’s interest in passing and as being long-standing. The reference could be due to the links from a few summers ago. The crux of the report in the Express is that Everton are tracking the 6’4″ Dane.
The 25-year-old has most likely progressed beyond Newcastle’s reach as he has become a force in the Bundesliga. He joined RB Leipzig in 2013 from Danish club Lyngby for a little over £1m. His value now would likely eclipse £50m.
Poulsen has formed a lethal partnership with German striker Timo Werner at Leipzig. While Werner is the goal scorer, Poulsen’s play is vital in providing space and chances for his strike partner. Poulsen has already amassed 6 assists this season to go with his 1 goal.
We doubt that Poulsen would swap Champions League football at a resourceful club like RB Leipzig to join Newcastle. He also is not a prolific goal scorer with just 59 goals since joining Leipzig. Since Newcastle have only scored 4 goals in their first 6 matches, they would most likely want to bring in a proven goal scorer for the type of fee Poulsen would command.
54 comments so far
Jail for Ashley
Sep 23, 2019 at 12:51 PMComment #1
Martoon from earlier,
Surely if we aren’t aiming for just a point a game and going off games played so far then we are either two or three points under par. You’d have to say Watford and Brighton should be pencilled in for three points each, a draw with Arsenal and Norwich. Nope, he’s targeted 38 points for the season as being enough to keep us up and if he gets that he’ll keep his job.
Sep 23, 2019 at 12:53 PMComment #2
Nicky your right we have some good players, but they looked as if they had never met. If only they could have kept the ball for a few minutes, their passing was terrible.
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:00 PMComment #3
I think if his heads in the right place, We should give Dwight Gail a game. We’re crying out for some one to score. I think him playing off one of the big strikers could work.
#BoycottAshley ( OP)
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:02 PMComment #4
The article says the club offered no reason for the decision, I assume the writer asked.
Scythe For Bruce
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:15 PMComment #5
carltoon – I think Gayle is still crocked. Bruce is a fan so I assume he’ll at least make the bench when fit, maybe ahead of Muto?
Scythe For Bruce
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:17 PMComment #6
Early October according to this article…
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:17 PMComment #7
Jail @1 – I’d agree I would expect a win against Brighton & Watford at home which is why I said we’re ‘3 points under par’ but it looks like Bruce was only expecting a draw in one of them. So it’s a different was of interpreting his ‘under par’ comment but still not good enough now matter which was you take it!
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:18 PMComment #8
*was = way
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:19 PMComment #9
38 points and safety was the target Rafa talked of as well. Look, Rafa is better than Bruce, but some of the stuff Bruce is being knocked for is the same stuff Rafa was allowed leeway over.
I was completely against Bruce’s appointment, it is laughable we turned to him, and fairly embarrassing, but once in there is little point belittling him at every turn. We know the problem, it isn’t Bruce, it is higher than that. Bruce, incredibly once the most expensive manager in the world for compensation paid, is out of his depth.
There doesn’t appear any sense of progression in what he is doing. There doesn’t seem to be a real sense of identity he is trying to instill, and that won’t help players settle. I said it early on that he didn’t seem his confident or bullish self in this role.
He knows he is out of his depth/is too scared to make the wrong brave decision, that he won’t make any and we just drift. There are big decisions that need to be made to change things, it might take time to work. The same way Potter at Brighton has changed things, and they haven’t quite clicked, but he is brave enough and confident enough to believe in it amd persevere. Bruce has lost that confidence and arrogance you need at this level.
Tactically, the loss of Longstaff is huge, but just as bad, is the decision to use Shelvey in his place. Against Liverpool, Firmino coming on changed the game, and with just Hayden disciplined enough, the defenders got pulled out when Firmino went in between the lines which gave Mane space. Against Brighton, Shelvey was a passenger out of possesion and doing a job that isn’t required when in possession.
I doubt many believe in Bruce, but I’d have more respect if he made bold decisions instead of a halfway house which doesn’t, and won’t work.
Who comes next though? Pointless until the bigger issue is resolved, someome will always take the job. Hounding them won’t solve anything.
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:19 PMComment #10
I am glad I give my ticket away for the Brighton match, on another note am I an old boring tw@t if I complain to the father who brings his 2 year old kid to the game who cries, whinges and spits his dummy out,throws his baby bottle all over the place and kicks me at least 8 times a game and totally too young to be there?
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:21 PMComment #11
Outside the top six Brighton have had the most possession in games this season. They were 17th in that regard last season. They play a completely different way now like. It would be quite worrying if we weren’t expecting them to play that way though ?
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:24 PMComment #12
#BoycottAshley ( OP) @4 – Yeah I read that but all I’m saying is from that, the writer is assuming this is now the policy for all away games which may well be the case, I don’t know, but he doesn’t either and just making the assumption.
I’m not defending the club it’s just a pet hate of mine when people draw conclusions based on no real evidence!
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:28 PMComment #13
The little respect I had for Bruce disappeared completely the second he accepted the job, and personally I feel he deserves all the negativety that comes his way.
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:29 PMComment #14
Belfast – I agree as I said I read in an article about their new style of play and would have expected Bruce to have been completely clued up on their new style but it seemed to take him by surprise which is extremely worrying!
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:29 PMComment #15
Are you promoting what it says on the tin?
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:37 PMComment #16
Genji, bit pointless promoting any sort of action on here – 80% of posters don’t actually go to games and even if you could somehow drag them to the game, given the age of jib, one true fan etc the game would be over before they managed to climb over hoardings on to pitch 😀
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:42 PMComment #17
I’m not promoting anything but I’m sure tempted to do one by my self. I’ll even do it naked and blow you kisses if it makes you happy.
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:42 PMComment #18
“…You’d have to say Watford and Brighton should be pencilled in for three points each, a draw with Arsenal and Norwich…”
Last 3 home games against Watford:
– Lost 2-0 (FA Cup)
– Won 1-0
– Lost 3-0
Last 2 Premier League home games against Brighton:
– Lost 1-0
– Drew 0-0
Last 2 Premier League home games against Arsenal:
– Lost 1-2
– Won 2-1
I agree re: Norwich; however in their opening three home games they have beaten us and City and lost 3-2 to Chelsea. Hardly looking like a guaranteed point for anybody at away.
I don’t understand how under Rafa these were not guaranteed yet under Bruce we should be judging him differently. At the end of October last year we were on 3 points. Did Rafa not constantly state the target was 38 points too?
I’m under no circumstances stating I’m happy with the appointment or that Bruce is equal to Rafa; however I don’t see any major difference in the quality of the play in comparison to this time last season. If we had a fully fit squad, who knows how well we would be doing.
Bleatin' n Bruced
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:46 PMComment #19
Geordietom – “also Tsunki is using mackem colours on this blog whats this blog called ?? its THE NEWCASTLE UNITED BLOG , not the mackem blog , so Tsunki why are you using it . a wind up . a piss take . dont come back at me waxing lyrical or with your usual put downs sarcasms . straight answer to a straight question …”
Straight answer, hopefully not too long but enough to be clear.
Steve Bruce is a former manager of the mackems, who brushed us off as unworthy but happily signed up for them. Now he’s here because it’s a PL shot for his career which was basically in the championship.he took Ashley’s Shilling knowing that he’d just sacked a better manager than him by a long shot, who departed because there was no ambition. He’s come here for himself only and is happy to knuckle down and run this team into the champo as long as he has a shot at reviving his status.
I assume from the posts on here over the last few months regarding giving him a chance etc that the majority of fans are quite happy with this situation and seeing him here. Naturally it follows they also won’t mind seeing the mackem adoptee in his full glory on the blog. It’s how i see him so there it is.
Happy to explain.
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:56 PMComment #20
I was going to say just be careful with that one.
10 year stadium ban, which the club under ashley would probably enforce.
Jail for Ashley
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:57 PMComment #21
We have been established two years back in the PL and should be aiming for higher standards than 38 points, CH got sacked for that. Bruce, with his $30M fortune shouldn’t have took the job in the first place but had enough confidence and arrogance left over to have another bash in the PL despite him knowing it was an almost impossible task. I’m sorry if you feel embarrassed in front of your London compatriots but he’s seen nothing yet when it comes to being turned on, those who support the team and not the regime aren’t exactly sincere in their actions.
Sep 23, 2019 at 1:58 PMComment #22
You used to have a mackem avatar.
You had 2 bairns sitting next to each other. One had a toon emblem the other had a mackem one.
Same thing as your complaining about?
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:03 PMComment #23
If Bruce is following the Rafa plan then one it’s showing that he’s not his own man and two that he’s not got his own plan.
The players notice this,
The fans certainly do.
Ashley doesn’t because he doesn’t care a jot.
Just leaves you feeling depressed.
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:06 PMComment #24
at what point do you see a change coming, Bruce stamping his name on his team, with this promised new attacking on the front foot style of football, a style that Bruce claims to be so well known for ?????
i always thought there was hope with Rafa that things would come right that a plan was taking shape if you like, but with Brue ive seen nothing yet that even suggests he has a plan never mind one coming together,
Bruce is what he is a championship manager and just not good enough for the Prem, how long do think the clowns in power will give, the writing is on the wall its there for all to see, will they act i very much doubt it
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:08 PMComment #25
I heartened your post <3
I know the punishment for invading the pitch but in this case it might be worth it. I'd gladly pay the price if it somehow made the focus on Ashleys asset stripping our club even more transparent.
I'll say it again. The boycotters are true heroes in my eyes. They actually do make a sacrifice and a difference. Tv studios are focusing on Ashleys ownership a bit more now than before the summer. I appreciate it a lot!
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:10 PMComment #26
I actually don’t envisage things will improve substantially; however I will happily be proven wrong. I suspect we will be a bottom 6/7 club with relegation a possibility. I am merely inquiring, why is Bruce getting slated for 4 points so far vs Rafa’s 3 by the end of October.
Just a discussion piece, that is all.
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:11 PMComment #27
Maybe Bruce prefers watching Strictly to watching and learning about how the opposition are set up and their previous performances.
Rafa left no stone unturned in his planning, his preparations, fitness coaches and no doubt diet and all the detail that goes with modern sports sciences and training. Wasn’t it that Rafa had the grass replaced with the new techno pitch covering ?
I don’t see any of this with Bruce just old school training of run until you drop, more crocked players including keeping Gayle and signing Andy Carrol both with long term injury considerations – albeit hopefully being resolved and two side kick coaches who seem to be anonymous in the process. Some of this is just my perception but it seems indicative of a club muddling along not striving for greater things.
Jail for Ashley
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:12 PMComment #28
We had a team brought up from the Championship and then had very little investment with Joselu leading the line, we finished tenth, rather than give a manager what he deserved he was again given scraps, we actually scored more and gained more points but finished three places less because other teams around us hadn’t stood still. Now we are two years back in the PL and the manager has had 61M spent in a transfer window he was delighted with, yes I expect the target to be higher than 38 points.
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:15 PMComment #29
i dont think Bruce is getting a hard time YET,
plenty on here gave Rafa a hard time and still do.
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:18 PMComment #30
wrong there mate yep one had a red hat on the other a black hat if you looked at it at the time the bairn in the red has was crying and the other one was laughing , why because the mackems had been relegated into divsion one different all together …
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:20 PMComment #31
i read Tsunki’s reply took on board what he said moved on …
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:25 PMComment #32
Jail….. I still find it hilarious you and others think I care about first. Lol lol lol I am so so so far above everyone’s level, in every way that writing first really doesnt give me a sense of achievement. I write it to annoy everyone, that’s where I get my joy from mate. (High 5)
Bleatin' n Bruced
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:26 PMComment #33
I’ve said it before Bruce will get a toon top when he brings in a cup or European place. But he’s not here for that so don’t stand on one leg too long waiting for that.
Bleatin' n Bruced
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:27 PMComment #34
High level Rob you do realise of course that replying with “I don’t care” actually signals the opposite? Yes I thought you did, just checking. 😉
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:30 PMComment #35
On what planet does replying mean I care about first?? I care about putting simpletons in their place and making them look very stupid. That gives me emense joy, I care about that no doubt. (High 5)
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:35 PMComment #36
Boycotters good on you, many thanks for sticking to your plan, watching the game and looking at all those empty seats will hopefully make Sky sports tell Ashley, sorry it’s depressing for the viewers we cannot keep on showing games, this in turn will make the other Prem clubs pissed off as they get TV revenue too, hopefully putting some pressure from other owners on to Ashley to fix his sinking ship.
Not 100% sure if Sky can do that if any contracts are signed before the season starts but hoping they can, it was depressing watch us at home with 5 at the back and only Big Joe against there three defenders, giving Brighton 5 in midfield.
Jonjo please go,go, your to damn slow.
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:39 PMComment #37
Bleatin, I want you to continue calling me “high level Rob” I like the sound of it. It differentiates me from your sort, good boy! (Hiiiiiiii fiiiiive)
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:44 PMComment #38
I like a high level rant – me
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:51 PMComment #39
Embarrassed in front of my London compatriots? An odd one, not really sure where that has come from.
As for we should be aining for more than relegation battle. Your very own Rafa talked of that being the goal last season. Bruce is doing no different, so surely the ire you are aiming at Bruce, should be similarly aimed at Ashley. As it was under Rafa?
As for Bruce having the confidence to take the job, I think you are way off. A last gasp clutching at an opportunity that he probably never expected to come back around is more likely. Doesn’t make him the right person for the job, nothing will do that, but he is in it. Point is, he isn’t the problem, but he takes a lot of the flak away from his superiors(?).
Sep 23, 2019 at 2:53 PMComment #40
When is Mike Ashley to be hung in chains from London Bridge ?