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Reported Winter Target Gets First Start In Europa League

Rony Lopes was reported to be a winter target of Newcastle last month. Even though the Portuguese winger just signed for Sevilla this summer, his lack of appearances for the La Liga club led to speculation that he could be available in January.

Lopes has played just 11 minutes in the league for his new club. He also only had a 32-minute cameo in Sevilla’s first Europa League match. The issue for Lopes has been that another new signing, Lucas Ocampos, has been in scintillating form for Sevilla. He has kept the 23-year-old Lopes out of the side.

Last night, Lopes’s fortunes may have changed as he earned his first start for Sevilla in their 1-0 Europa League win against APOEL. Lopes played 72 minutes and played well. He was also interviewed after the win.

This is what Lopes had to say about the victory:

“We are very happy with the victory. Nowadays every team is good, and each game is difficult. Just because they come from Cyprus doesn’t mean that it is going to be an easy game. We were missing that second or third goal, but we played well and deserved the win.

“In the first half we played some nice stuff, and we got the goal. The fans are a real help for us, but in the second half our performance levels dropped. That being said, the most important thing was that we got the win”.

Here’s some fancy footwork from the right-winger.

We have serious doubts about Newcastle’s chances of landing Rony Lopes in January. He was Sevilla’s marquee summer signing and is just taking a little time to find his feet at his new club.

Serbian defensive midfielder Nemanja Gudelj also started in the Europa League match. Gudelj joined Sevilla this summer but has also found his opportunities limited. He was linked with a move to Newcastle this summer as well.

48 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Were your parents red and green and conceived in a palette?

  • jane

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #2

    i think you’re leading the competition now.

  • IrishRob

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #3

    ON a Palette!! Smh do you even English at all Jail,?

  • IrishRob

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #4

    That comma ag the end was typo before anyone says it. Lol lol

  • IrishRob

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #5

    At* omfg

  • jane

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #6

    been watching Birmingham v Middlesbrough.
    Birmingham 1-0 up at half time but could easily have been a lot more.
    Birmingham 10 shots Middlesbrough 2
    Birmingham 8 corners Middlesbrough 1

  • bill

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #7

    I lived in Felling when I first got married; born in Scotswood though. Never heard of “the Felling”.

    And the parasite is not only a thief, but also a know liar.

  • jane

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #8

    there maybe a North East derby in league 1 next season.

  • bill

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #9

    “Known liar”

  • bill

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #10

    I would like to see a list of everything that the parasite bought from Hall and Shepherd and compare it to what remains. The money situation, including transfer fees, etc, need serious scrutiny. Everything needs to be laid bare before us after forensic accountants have followed the money trails.
    I find it disgusting that people try to defend someone who has basically built his business on what amounts to slave labour, and zero hours contracts, here in the UK and around the world. A total parasite.

  • jane

    Oct 4, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #11

    U23s win 1-0 at Hull U23


  • dougie

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #12

    It doesn’t matter if Bruce gets bladdered now or in 3 months time,the damage is done.Even Benitez couldn’t keep us up with these forwards.Joelinton and Almiron aren’t going to get the goals we need to survive,Carroll will be crocked again shortly and Gayle is a championship striker.Maximum might be a player but we can only wait and see and even if he comes good it’s not going to be enough.Its a championship squad simple as that.Footballing suicide by the parasite and his lackeys with this type of recruitment.

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #13


    Made me laugh


  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Yer it would need

    Jabba gone, and i mean all the way gone
    The traitor gone
    Some competent manager in, along with a whole bunch of coaches
    Money spent on the basic facilities you find in the prem (hoy out the paddling pools etc)
    Money spent on at least 1 striker who has some chance of getting goals
    The season ticket holders who have chucked it in within the last 2 years given free rest of season passes and a front of the q for next season
    Some PR thats not just there to keep the asset stripping hidden but actually engage with the fans and the community, with a long term goal to set up a footballing academy for local players

    But most of all, an apology for the absolute horror of the last 13 years

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh missed

    An actual fans forum
    Bringing back old players such as Sir Les and the likes as ambassadors
    Ask people like Shearer, and many other ex players to hold summer coaching seasons with the top groups from the PR led local scouting of youth
    The ground revamped, or simply knocked down and rebuilt, hopefully with standing areas

    It needs so many basic things its frightening

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #16

    The reintroduction of signing areas
    Flags encouraged
    The lad Jabba stole bought back to build a fan area with screens of sold out games, away games in Europe
    Competing in games
    Caring about cups
    Wanting to play in Europe
    Getting a kit manufacture thats not utter tat

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Brown ale back as the sponsor

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #18

    When you think about it theres not much left of the club
    And thats just the bits we know about

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Very negative Dougie, but quite possibly entirely so. Absurd changes to the attacking group, along with an absurd change in manager.

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #20

    The real problem is the manager isnt actually the problem
    Never was
    Never will be

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Jabba couldnt make it work with a world class manager who wanted the bare minimum
    To have a say in who was bought and sold
    And to have the minimum facilities you would expect at that level
    To invest in youth

    Give a cape-able guy the tool to work

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #22

    How can we expect anyone to want to come here now ?
    They had to pay money for the traitor, and have him mug off SW in the process

    Why would anyone want such a poisoned chalice

    Its why the PR wanted people to believe Rafa left for money, nobody believed them

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Unless Jabba sells us we are relegated
    When that happens we are worth less than half what he wants
    He can spend what he likes, cant see us going straight back up without a crowd
    People have had enough

    Jabba wont sell

    I hope we cost him dearly

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #24

    But hey KBA

    Feel free to bother yourselves trying any of that

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #25

    It’s not just problems with a back 4. Playing a counterattacking game is vastly different to playing a possession based game. It takes a lot of time and work on the training pitch to bed in a system.
    Steve Bruce needs to figure out how he wants us to play, and drill it into the players, and 7 games in is probably too late to be radically altering anything, particularly when you don’t have the most talented group of players in the league and maybe aren’t the greatest coaching team going around either.

  • Jib

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #26

    If toon22 posted dirty pics
    would it be Frog’s Porn ?

    that’s my entry

  • Jib

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #27

    RWC tomoz
    England vs Argentina
    Tough game

  • bill

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon22 is exactly what is needed. People like him annoy, irritate, etc, but it eventually he gets people thinking about what is going on and that we should all engage in trying to get rid of the parasite owner. Others in the supporter groups are doing their bit. Hopefully, we will be rid of the parasite sometime soon. Without action nothing changes.

  • Jib

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #29

    I think SB should have swallowed his pride and shown
    more deference to the system RB had spent a lot of time
    inculcating into a limited ability group of players

  • dougie

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #30

    @Nicky.Agreed it is a negative outlook but I see no positives,just being realistic the way I see it.Bruce had only one option as far as I am concerned,copy the exact same plan that his predecessor employed to the letter and do not deviate from it.The drop in standards that we now see is because Bruce is a serial failure at this level and we let Rondon and Perez go to be replaced with untested kids from inferior leagues.The writing was on the wall from the get go and I think it will only get worse.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #31

    If I was one of those players in the dressing room after the Leicester defeat, I might be thinking, Jesus, we got a player sent off, in the first half, away, against a very good side, while playing an unfamiliar system and probably an unsuited system, with loads of our bigger players missing, and the manager, who’s struggling himself, is now tearing strips off us. Shit sure runs downhill fast at Mike Ashley’s NUFC.

  • stan anderson

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Just heard a whisper that the yank that once owned the Mackems is in the consortium to buy out ASHLIE

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #33

    We are a shadow of our former selves
    Jabba either isn’t interested or unable to maintain any kind of standards
    There’s not a single thing going in our favour right now

    Absolutely nothing

    Problem is Jabba is still getting what he wants , adverts and money

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #34

    We don’t want anything unreasonable
    We arnt asking the earth

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Have to say though, it was quite discouraging how we so easily lost our shape when we went down to ten men.

    Really, if you go down to ten you normally just stay in position and make it hard for the opposition to break you down. So why didn’t that happen?

    We didn’t so much surrender, as just get dragged all over the pitch, and run ragged.

    Is that down to the players or the coach?

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Ignoring relegation
    It would have been cheaper keeping Rafa
    Jabba wanted rid of him
    Why ?

    He wanted to go back to gambling on player

    That’s how bad things are

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #37

    He literally doesn’t care about us
    He loves gambling

    That’s the level we operate on

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #38

    He wants to sell the bits he don’t like
    The bits with penalties on performance

    He wants the bits he can make money on regardless of his ineptitude

    He has BS, betrayed and mugged his way to where he is. He obviously has a talent for it
    Anything else he’s clueless

  • stan anderson

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Come back Rafa please,at least we had a bit hope and respect when you were the GAFFA.
    Now we are back to where we were 3 plus years ago.

  • toon22

    Oct 4, 2019 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #40

    He won’t ever return with Jabba involved in any way


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