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Linked Striker Returns To Training After Knee Injury Scare

On September 19th, there were reports that Newcastle were scouting Atlanta United’s prolific striker Josef Martinez. Since this was Miguel Almiron’s former MLS teammate, the link seemed to have something in it.

Just two days later, Josef Martinez collided with teammate Pity Martinez and suffered a knee injury that was initially thought to be serious.

It looks like everything is ok with Martinez as he returned to training for Atlanta United on Wednesday. Atlanta have their final game of the season this Sunday as they prepare for the playoffs scheduled to begin on October 19th.

Josef Martinez set the record for the most goals in an MLS season with 31 in 34 appearances last season. This year he has added 26 goals in the league.

Martinez’s goal record could be eclipsed this Sunday by former Arsenal winger Carlos Vela. Vela tied the record this past weekend when he bagged his 31st goal in just 30 appearances, primarily as a right winger.

Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not far behind as he scored his 29th goal of the season this weekend for the LA Galaxy. That brings his MLS tally to 50 goals in 54 games.

No one can accuse the MLS of being very sound defensively.

Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Month For September?

  • Fabian Schar (65%, 383 )
  • Christian Atsu (13%, 78 )
  • Paul Dummett (12%, 70 )
  • Jetro Willems (5%, 31 )
  • Isaac Hayden (5%, 28 )

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48 comments so far

  • toon22

    Oct 3, 2019 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d honestly say

    The traitor don’t know which end he goes to the toilet with

  • IrishRob

    Oct 3, 2019 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Have to say looking at Zlatans record at 37 years of age in the MLS makes me think buying Martinez would be a mistake. Not to completely write him off but it looks like its piss easy to score in the MLS if a 37 year old can score 50 in 54 matches.

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2019 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Drop Almiron?! He’s just about the only player we have (not quite, but the best he is) who can hold on to a ball. Most of our players have been trying to get rid.

    Reminds me of the criticism Perez used to get. Can’t hold on, runs in blind alleys, misses in front of goal. That all changed.

    Almiron could play for any team, without embarrassing himself.

    He doesn’t get in enough goalscoring positions, true. But this team doesn’t get enough such opportunities at the moment.

  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Irish Rob
    Spot on – 30 year old Mexican winger Carlos Vela top scorer
    Do me a favour

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Longest analysis (stats, positions, formation, individual displays) of NUFC I’ve seen on TV, on beIN “Analysis Show”, Sherwood and Holland.

    Man we need work.

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Damning conclusion: Newcastle will lose 🙁

  • Marzy

    Oct 3, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Hi DubaiMickey or others who’s travelled to Dubai/UAE. I’m taking my family to Dubai in a fortnight. I was wanting to convert sterling to Dirham around £1000 but the exchange rate is poor at 4.52 ish. Would you recommend changing money over there or just use my credit card? I would appreciate your advise on this if possible.

  • martoon

    Oct 3, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #8

    I’ve only just realised that Man U are playing an away match tonight in the EL. It’s only a trip to Holland but still a Thursday night game on a dodgy artificial pitch and all the travelling can’t do us any harm at all – after all we need all the help we can get!

  • c-dog

    Oct 3, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #9


    They’ll play a second string xi.
    Ole will be looking for struggling players like rashford and maguire to get a big confidence boost when the play us to kickstart their campaign. Hopefully we can stop them. But it would be the equivalent as to what Rochdale achieved. We are not good enough for the elite league from top to bottom. Owner manager scouts players are all second rate.

  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2019 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Martoon they’ve left a few at home

  • martoon

    Oct 3, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Pogba is recovering from a foot injury and “Winger Anthony Martial and defenders Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Aaron Wan-Bissaka also miss the trip, but teenager Brandon Williams is included” but there will still be a few first team players travelling even if they don’t play!
    Clutching at straws I know but every little helps – I’ve also noticed it’s an early KO at 17.55 so they’ll be back home by 11 o’clock 🙁

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 3, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Marzy, when i first came here it was over 7!

    All I can suggest is that if you use your credit card always pay in Dirhams. Loads of ATMs and currency exchanges if you need local cash. The UAE Dirham has a fixed rate with the Dollar (3.67) so the rate is based on that. If you’re bringing £1,000 cash then change it here – just carry your passport when you need to change it.

    If you’d like to chat with like minded Toon fans, go to Goodfellas in Ramee Rose Tecom (now called Barsha Heights), and have a chat with the guys at the bar (near the door). You may even meet a dentist!

    I must warn you though, outside of Happy Hours beers are £10/pint in many places.

  • IrishRob

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Cyprus Almiron “hold on to a ball” we are clearly seeing different things because to me Almiron is the worst player on the team at holding on to the ball all he does is loose it or give it away in the tackle.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14


  • IrishRob

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Marza I’ve never been to Dubai but its v expensive. Depending on how long you’re going for £1000 wont last you very long. Maybe exchange £300-£400 for emergency cash and use your bank card exclusively after that. Never seen you on here before but I hope you have a lovely time. Lucky sod! Lol

  • IrishRob

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #16


  • hibbit

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda heights

    IrishRob is member of MANSA with a far superior IQ than us mere mortals are you sure your right with that correction ?????

  • hibbit

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #18


  • hibbit

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Description Mansa is a Mandinka word meaning “sultan” or “emperor”. It is particularly associated with the Keita Dynasty of the Mali Empire, which dominated West Africa from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century. Powers of the mansa included the right to dispense justice and to monopolize trade, particularly in gold. Wikipedia

  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #20

    In blogging it’s so hard to correctly identify who or what you are dealing with
    The known women on the blog The wife carltoon and Jane all talk good footy
    Whereas hibbit’s posts are like the catty harridan in the typing pool who has
    nothing to say but talks ceaselessly anyway.

  • hibbit

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21

    thanks for that jib
    i’ll just shut up and leave it to you then,
    enjoy your day,

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 3, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Jib @ #20

    Typing pool? A whole generation hasn’t got a clue what you mean! Lol
    I do however!

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Almiron is not improving under SB and you have to think he’s suffering being out of his depth. If Zlatan has scored 50 goals in 54 games and Vela is top scorer that says it all.
    I lost count at 15 the number of times Almiron gave the ball away v Leicester.
    When we had Perez and particularly Rondon he looked ok but now he’s lost!

  • IrishRob

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #24

    Hibbit you really really hate me dont you, lol. You always try to get in more insults or digs than anyone else.

    I guess I’m lying about MENSA, I guess I’ve been caught out because I’ve spelled one word wrong, lol the funny thing is I didnt even do it intentionally, its called a typo. Great detective work there Sherlock, Scotland yard are crying out for intellects such as yours.

    Also just to let you know, humans make errors and can act childish etc.. no matter how strong their cerebral fortitude. Last time I checked I was human.

  • c-dog

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    So Almiron and joelinton have no understanding of each other yet. Concerning but can be remedied. ASM looks too greedy and never gets his head up. I’ve almost written him off. Almost as he still could be a useful impact player.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #26

    So now there’s talk of Sean Longstaff being allowed to leave in January.
    My question is, why when we’re in a crisis would you consider selling one of your most promising players? We should be adding to the squad, not losing players! Having an extra 30 or 40 million in the bank won’t keep us up!
    Joke of a club; we don’t deserve to be in the premier league!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #27

    Almiron alhtough he should be doing and providing more is also been played out of position. He isn’t a RWF or inside-forward. Doesn’t have the quick feet, vision or tactical nous so gets forced down alleys and crowded out easily, doesn’t link well with overlapping fullbacks.

    He should either be played like Dyer used to be and which is pretty much how he played at Atltanta, or he should be on the LW with a simple job of playing like a classic winger, hug the line, beat a man or two and then drive at the box or whip it in.

    Anyway, who should we get in as manager when Bruce is sacked after we draw with Wolves later this month? Who will Ashley realistically go for? Will he recognise the need for a top class manager now he;s seen the difference or, will he compound his mistake?

  • geordietom

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #28

    ”i’am only human after all dont put the blame on me”

  • hibbit

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Irish Rob
    i don’t hate you i despise you and the comments you make about other posters and fellow fans for the cheap shots you take at every opportunity.

    as for Jibe i just cant help but laugh at him for narcissist little turd he is,

  • IrishRob

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #30

    C-dog do you really think ASM greedy? I don’t see it at all tbh, looking back at somone like HBA, now he was greedy.

    How have you almost written him off already, when hes been anything but poor and the only one that when playing makes us look like we might just score a goal.

    Its your opinion and I’m not bashing it, I just cant grasp how you have come to those conclusions when at least for me he seems the only bright light in the team atm.

  • IrishRob

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #31

    News flash Hibbit, you do the exact same thing, with far more vitriol and regularity than I ever do. Case in point you seemed hell bent on trying to make me look stupid, message after message just now when no one is even talking to you.

    I dont despise you or anyone on here, but it’s good to know where to focus my energy the next time I get upset and say stuff I probably shouldn’t.

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Marzy – get yourself a revolut / Monza or starling bank debit card – they allow you to pay in local currency and give you the spot rate ( or close to) rather than the tourist rate

  • hibbit

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #33

    fire away, lets see what your high IQ can throw at me ??????????

  • Marzy

    Oct 3, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #34

    Really appreciate that Dubai, and IrishRob. Unfortunately for me I was recently attacked unprovoked and stabbed 4 times whilst I was at work. Recuperating off work at the moment and we as a family thought life is too short and decided to go for some sun in Dubai, some well deserved family time which we can not really afford!
    Stopping at Atlantis the palm as my kiddies are 6 & 8 and they will enjoy your water park etc. I will take you up on the bar!. Been an avid reader but rarely contribute as I can’t always keep up with the thread but enjoy reading certain posters.
    Thanks again

  • geordietom

    Oct 3, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #35

    Marzy …

    so sorry to hear that mate hope you get better soon and you and your family enjoy your holiday …

  • Marzy

    Oct 3, 2019 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #36

    Geordietom thanks very much, who’d of thought Cumbria would have knife crime! 🙁

  • Assassins Inc

    Oct 3, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #37

    People have compared Almiron with Perez, Perez only started playing better when Rafa dropped him and made him either pissed off or more determined to prove Rafa wrong or more hungry.

    If Max is fit I would drop Miggy and use the Perez method like Rafa did, could be the match that lights the fuse.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 3, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #38


    normally i’d agree about longstaff but i think his head has been turned too much by manu. heart doesn’t seem in it. maybe get his brother playing alongside him may help.

  • geordietom

    Oct 3, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Marzy …

    unfortunately mate its all over the country , i live in derby and there has been quite a few knife crimes here. theres one in the evening chronicle off yesterday bit of a sad case , keep your chin up mate …

  • geordietom

    Oct 3, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #40

    According to the Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel, Mike Ashley “thinks Peter Kenyon would be good for Newcastle United” – but fears he hasn’t got the cash to do a deal.

    Samuel appears to be the one journalist closest to the NUFC owner, with him being the man who carried out that rare summer ‘interview’ (if you can even call it that!) over the summer, but his comments on a potential takeover sound all too familiar.

    He doesn’t paint a positive picture when it comes to Peter Kenyon’s ability to buy the club, claiming he’s a ‘small-time big talker’ who doesn’t have the £300m needed to complete a deal – despite ‘convincing’ Ashley he did last year:

    “Kenyon convinced him the deal was going to be done last Christmas. Ashley liked Kenyon. Liked him enough to call him the preferred bidder.

    “He thinks he knows football and would be good for the club. Yet after the initial promise, the next report Ashley read suggested Kenyon was trying to Crowdfund his takeover.

    “Now he has commissioned a glossy brochure showcasing Newcastle as a fabulous investment opportunity. It amounts to the same thing. Like Crowdfunding, the brochure is an appeal for investor funds to cover a sizeable shortfall.
    “That should concern Newcastle’s supporters as much as it does the owner. Investors aren’t living a dream. Investors want a return. And a man in Kenyon’s need can’t be picky about who he persuades to put the money in.”

    “Kenyon, like Amanda Staveley, like Sheik Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, like any number of unsuitable suitors or small-time big talkers, doesn’t have £300m. So with Ashley it remains,”

    We’re now a week on from those reports stating Kenyon had teamed up with GACP Capital and lodged a £300m offer for NUFC, but the more time goes by, the more it seems they just haven’t got the money behind them – not to mention their ‘staggered payments over three years’ doesn’t seem like the sort of deal Ashley would accept.

    That said, there’s a common theme emerging now. Every potential buyer is being tarred with the same brush when any deal ‘falls through’, being described as either a time waster or group who just didn’t have the money to do a deal. Is this the case, or is Mike Ashley’s terms and £300m asking price excessive and unrealistic?

    I’d like to bet its the latter!…


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