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Contract Talks Progressing With Two Key Magpies

The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle have made significant progress in contract talks with both Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey. The club is also in the process of tying down several Magpies as they look forward to next season.

The report actually states that deals have been agreed ‘in principle’ for the 27-year-old Shelvey and the 30-year-old Ritchie. Both players are currently on contracts that will expire in 2021.

Jonjo has long maintained his desire to stay at Newcastle, where his family is settled.

He’s had a fantastic season so far with five goals though has suffered a few injuries, which also kept him out for much of last season.

Shelvey and Ritchie– Jonjo, they want me to stay as well

Newcastle should be willing to extend Jonjo for another four to five years keeping him on Tyneside into his early 30s.

With Matt Ritchie already reaching the magical of 30, he’s not going to get a five-year contract.

However, like Shelvey, Matt likely wants to stay at Newcastle. He can conceivably also play at a high level for another three to four years.

So if Newcastle and Ritchie can reach a compromise to keep him on Tyneside beyond 2021, that will be excellent news.

Hopefully, we’ll see a few more players in line for extensions like Matty Longstaff, Fabian Schar, and Freddie Woodman at the very least.

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38 comments so far

  • c-dog

    Jan 12, 2020 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Ritchie Carroll ASM and the main man Almirón.
    These are the guys who’ll keep us up. All together will provide a good threat.

    No room for Joelinton. Offers absolutely nothing. Except a swivel and a shot against Rochdale of course.

  • jane

    Jan 12, 2020 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #2

    i prefer Joelinton to Carroll. i think our best results have come when he’s been a lone striker.

  • fairscup

    Jan 12, 2020 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope we get Lookman, he would be a nice upgrade on Atsu who needs to grow a pair

  • c-dog

    Jan 12, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Atsu and Joelinton

    Two cowards

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #5

    This says Lookman is coming the only discussion is loan/to buy or outright purchase


  • jane

    Jan 12, 2020 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #6

    these are the strikers we played in our 7 wins:

    Spurs 0 Newcastle 1 – Joelinton lone striker
    Newcastle 1 Man Utd 0 – Joelinton lone striker
    West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Joelinton lone striker
    Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – Joelinton lone striker
    Sheffield Utd 0 Newcastle 2 – Andy Carroll lone striker
    Newcastle 2 Southampton 1 – Joelinton lone striker replaced in 59th minute by Carroll, Newcastle’s goals both after Carroll came on
    Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0 – Joelinton and Carroll

    Carroll played in more of our victories than i thought.

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Joelinton staying on to battle through a groin strain
    is hardly the act of a coward

    Jail used to call Fabio Coloccini a coward

    I would have loved to have been a witness to him
    calling the Argentinian that , to his face.

  • c-dog

    Jan 12, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Carroll’s a decent option
    Need a first choice
    Callum Wilson would have his head turned if we offered.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I am all for getting contracts for players sorted but surely there are much more pressing ones than Richie and Shelvey?

    Longstaff , Manquillo and Fernandez should surely be sorted unless we have decided we are not renewing them……

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Whichever order the contacts are sorted
    Someone will whine about it

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #11


    Well its going to look a bit daft if we lose Longstaff for a minimal fee at which point you will no doubt be moaning 🙂

  • Jib

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #12

    contracts even

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #13

    If we can’t get someone in then surely Almiron can be our box to box centre mid for the rest of this season, ala Kieron Dier, with Hayden or Sean Longstaff holding. Joelinton’s a good player, but he needs more space and room to move than he gets up top on his own, with his back to the goal. Ritchie can be cover to Willems at LWB and even Almiron box to box. The player that worries me is Shelvey, gifted for sure, but a little slow and not great in the tackle, and wants time on the ball. Don’t see him as a great fit for us. He’d be a star in Serie A or La Liga, but the EPL is so very fast and physical, we don’t get to see the best of him enough.

    ………..Joel…………………….St Max.

  • Anglo Saxon

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #14

    As Linton came off at Wolves part of the crowd booed him, he looked over at them and sneered, as if it was his god-given right to play shite and expect applause. The wrong attitude I think.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #15

    “”Steve Bruce’s reputation precedes him wherever he goes in management and he has certainly been around the block. He returned home in the summer but Newcastle fans did not exactly hold a welcome party. Bruce is renowned for organising his teams well, which can lead to results such as Newcastle’s 1-0 wins over Manchester United and Tottenham this season. But there is a reason fans at his former clubs were generally happy to see him go. Newcastle have had almost 5% less of the ball (37.5%) than any other side in the league; they have taken the joint fewest shots (76, the same as Wolves); and they have only scored five goals (Watford are the only team to have found the net less often). Their results against Manchester United and Tottenham were memorable but their performances are usually forgettable.””

    We are now bottom with 38% possession, below Burnley on 43%
    Second lowest number of shots with 216, C.Palace 213 and compared to Norwich with 253
    And second lowest number of goals with 21

    We do have the highest number of saves 89 which is five above Spurs
    Clearances 592 which 49 mre than Norwich
    And are dispossessed the lowest number of times with 167 (Liverpool 172 with 58% possession))

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #16

    ####quotation is from Oct 2019

  • c-dog

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #17


    Almiron CM
    Silly boy

  • dougie

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #18

    There are no cowards in professional football,it takes balls to be in that stage,everybody who plays from the conference to the Premier League has to have a certain level of mental strength.Countless others of high ability have failed in the paid ranks due to mental fragility and anyone lucky enough to have carved out a career in the game deserves respect whether you rate them or not.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Goal difference is generally a very good indicator. You look at our goal difference and you might well think we are higher up the league than we ordinarily should be, and that if it isn’t improved we’ll slide down the table as the season wears on.

  • jane

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #20

    there is a 2 point gap above us and a 2 point gap below us. the teams above should be safe from relegation and the teams below are in danger. we are not far from both safety and danger!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #21

    After watching the game yesterday Almiron just looked head and shoulders over most players on the pitch sch a great player!

    Can see why Rafa wanted him so badly

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #22

    I would prefer to see:


    Although any of the centre backs are generally interchangable.
    I want us to play with two dynamic and quick forwards.

  • stan anderson

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #23

    To compete is to try and win a trophy and not just to avoid relegation.
    JIB- you show the good results only,what about Everton home,Manure away,Leicester home and away,Burnley away,Villa away,Brighton home,Watford home.
    Not to mention our great away draw at Rochdale.
    To compete with the best you need to defeat the worst.
    Probably dropped about 9 points we should have expected to get from them games.
    Those 9 points would,ve placed us above Manure at 5th place in the league,that would be competing man.

  • AncientC

    Jan 12, 2020 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Joelinton wasn’t doing much after starting as a right-sided forward against Wolves—Joe seemed like somewhat of a spare-part truth being told. It just seems like Bruce is trying to find a/any role for JL and almost put him out of the way from where most of the football is being played. The team cannot go on trying to accommodate for JL. In a side with less possession you need optimal efficiency from every man which JL isn’t offering as a RWF.

    I would never have Ritchie sitting on the bench behind Joelinton if JL isn’t playing as the out-and-out forward. There is no need for accommodating Ritchie when he plays. Something like 10 assists for Ritchie last season playing mostly as a wing-back… what could he do with the type of licence Joelinton started with against Wolves?

  • stuart no9

    Jan 12, 2020 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m not so sure how people seem to think it’s not Bruce’s fault he has to play kids in the cup coz the entire first team is crippled . Bruce orders training , Bruce decides who plays REGARDLESS WHAT THE MEDICAL TEAM ( PHYSIOS – DOCTORS ANYBODY ) Bruce has Final say .!!! Just thought I’d highlight that point so that Bruce fans get the point .
    Never had this with raffa ,!!

  • toon22

    Jan 12, 2020 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #26


    Lets not muddy the waters with facts
    Stuff youve seen with your own eyes

    Lets give the traitor a fair chance etc

  • toon22

    Jan 12, 2020 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #27

    stan anderson

    Sadly our owner has no interest in competing
    We are an advert that he makes money from

    Any notion of a normal football club left us a long time ago

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 12, 2020 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #28

    The problem with Ritchie further forward is that he can’t get past his man, and he’s 30, and can only slow down, while Joel is 22, cost 40 million and has his whole career ahead of him, so he’s gonna play.

    However, Ritchie can swing them in from left wing back without having to beat the fullback and get up and down that flank all day long, and also can be a fine utility player and offer great cover for us for another few years.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 12, 2020 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #29

    I do think Almiron has the attributes to play box to box, even if it’s as a stop gap.

    He gets challenges in and can pass, and obviously has the pace and running that we lack in the engine room. He would drive us forward, and get us closer to Carroll up top, which we desperately need.

    We’d probably concede a few more, but we’d likely score quite a few more into the bargain. It really is pretty hopeless dropping off and dropping off, leaving the front man so isolated.

    We just don’t score enough, and won’t unless we change it.

  • dougie

    Jan 12, 2020 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Hooray,we didn’t get battered by the mighty Wolves.lets get the fireworks out and celebrate the parasites horror show formally known as Nufc.Its a zombie show now called Sports Direct FC.Yippee.

  • jane

    Jan 12, 2020 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #31

    dougie yesterday you said we wouldn’t get the fireworks out until we had beaten Rochdale.

    you are getting over-excited.

  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 12, 2020 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m wondering would it be better to play Max and Migs as strikers if we don’t get anyone in the window.
    I would try Joe in Midfield, he’s big, good in the air and I’ve seen on some occasions knows how to pass.
    Things like this happen, some forwards have become great midfielders, Ray Kennedy for one, even Paul Scholes was meant to be a forward until injury and Sir Alex put him in midfield and the rest is history.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 12, 2020 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Jail, you’re pathetic and your football knowledge could be written on a stamp. I said 3 years ago that if rafa left, Pearson wud be a good bet to get us out of the lower division. Quite simple really, isn’t it, even for a seagull watcher?

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 12, 2020 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Assassins I don’t think Joe has the mobility or, application to play in midfield.

  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2020 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #35


    Your argument that based on age and price tag, Joelinton has to play but the point surely is that he hasn’t really been given a role that would bring out whatever strengths the lad must have.

    He’s seemed lost when he’s played and one must wonder what the hell goes on during training.

    Is training physical fitness training? Does it include tactical training? Awareness and positional training ala Keegan’s triangles, 7 a side, keepy up sessions?

    What was noticeable under our previous manager was that the defenders seemed well drilled and disciplined to deal with opposition attacks and set pieces. Nowadays we seem to be seeing a team that’s not a team with Joelinton seemingly wondering what he’s supposed to be doing.

    Is it really fair to give Joelinton the stick he seems to attract?

  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2020 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Good evening Munster.

    You must have had a busy day with no opportunities to argue? Or has it been the sort of day that makes you need to vent your spleen somewhere. Just as well you haven’t got a cat within kicking distance. 😉

  • geordie157

    Jan 12, 2020 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Not sure who plays Tuesday, do we risk Carroll and Almiron?

    I’d try 442, assuming Kraft is out

    Hayden, Francillette, Clark, Willems
    Atsu, M.Longstaff, S.Longstaff, Ritchie
    Sorensen, Allan

    Darlow, Fernandez, Cass, Ki, Longelo, Almiron, Carroll

    Victor Fernandez, Toure must come into contention, Saivet possibly. Is Aarons cup tied?

  • geordie157

    Jan 12, 2020 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Rest Lejuene, should rest Willems too ideally.


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