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New Magpie Will Be Determined To Take This Opportunity

After the Everton match on Tuesday, Steve Bruce was asked about his new signing Nabil Bentaleb and his availability for this weekend’s FA Cup game against Oxford.

Bruce said the following about whether we’d get to see our new signing on Saturday:

“Yes, I hope so. We physically worked him today. He’s in good shape, considering he hasn’t played for a while. So he’ll be in my thoughts.”

Bentaleb has joined Newcastle on loan after a very tumultuous time in Germany over the past year. He’s been suspended by his parent club Schalke four times for various incidents.

The Algerian international has also not played for the club since this past April though he had been training with Schalke’s reserves where he made two appearances.

While the disciplinary issues may be a concern, the fact that Bruce asserted he was in good shape is encouraging.

The Chronicle has endeavored to find out more about our new signing and have interviewed Bild’s Schalke reporter Marc Siekmann.

The interview concentrated on two main subjects with Bentaleb. The first is what the reporter thought he would bring to Newcastle, while the second is what went wrong at Schalke.

Siekmann describes Bentaleb as a ball-winning midfielder who can contribute offensively. While he’s not a natural box to box midfielder, he can serve in that capacity.

One thing that struck us during the interview was how Siekmann described Bentaleb’s hunger to hunt down the ball and never give it away once he gets it. That’s precisely what Newcastle are missing in the midfield.

Bentaleb also has a wonderful left foot and is an excellent penalty taker. In fact, he’s taken 14 penalties while at Schalke and converted all of them. So he could give Matt Ritchie a run as Newcastle’s appointed penalty taker.

Bentaleb can also create chances from the midfield while carrying the ball forward from deep, according to Siekmann.

The issues with discipline seem to stem from a mix of immaturity to misunderstandings. Seikmann emphasized that Bentaleb was sometimes so determined to be successful on his terms that it clouded his ability to take direction from coaches.

As far as the incidents that led to his suspensions, two were cited by Siekmann. One involved him not showing up to watch the team while injured because his wife was in the hospital.

The other one was that he and several players missed a language class. This was the final incident that led to his exile to the reserves last April

Steve Bruce could be the perfect coach for Bentaleb to bring the best out of him. Bentaleb will also be determined to make this opportunity work out for him.

If that happens, Newcastle could have an excellent midfielder for a low fee this summer.

13 comments so far

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Slice Oxford up with speed and the passing ability/vision to find them. Get it done by HT.


    That team would surely dish out a hammering.

    Win this match and then another against Norwich, after which we’ll have a two week break to get everybody healthier for the final 1/3 of the season. We’d be in really good shape and able to approach it with a positive outlook.

  • posada

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh Christ that’s all we need.
    St Hibbitt the empty seat counter.
    He’ll be bricking it in case 50K supporters go to the game and enjoy themselves.

    Only going cause the tickets are a pound.

    A pound for under 12’s. Think they need to go with an full paying adult.
    Got 2 tickets yesterday.
    £11 for adult. Fiva for a junoir.

    Been that price for cup games for ages.

  • posada

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Friar Tuck ?
    Do you mean the owner ?

    He might manage twenty minutes.

  • B&W blood

    Jan 23, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Its only the last couple of thousands in the top corner of level 7 at £1 for under 12s.

    I didn’t think they needed to offer the £5 off in the club shop for all other junior seats already sold as they are much better seats.

    The club do enough things badly so credit where credit is due i say

  • c-dog

    Jan 23, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Yedlin in an attacking role
    Now that I’d be interested in seeing
    Well capable of pressing very high
    End product Can be suspect

  • c-dog

    Jan 23, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    ASM central
    Links almiron best in space, isolated and running at players
    Doesn’t happen centrally

  • posada

    Jan 23, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #7

    That article.
    In the Mirror. A lefty paper that hates Ashley.
    Perhaps with justification although it has to be said the paper has a strong P agenda.

    From the article :-

    A model that Benitez ultimately refused to go along with as did all other elite coaches approached to replace him. But Bruce, back in his home city and back in the Premier League signed up without question.

    The key word their is ultimately.
    He ultimately refused to go along with it after 3 years on 6 million a year.

  • posada

    Jan 23, 2020 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8


    Just you behave.
    Make sure you don’t enjoy ya sell.
    Don’t buy a pie.
    Don’t buy a pint.
    Don’t read the adverts.
    Don’t look happy regardless of the result.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 23, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    “Perhaps with justification although it has to be said the paper has a strong P agenda.”

    Yes, it’s the only newspaper in the country with a pol-it-cal agenda. Fancy that!

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 23, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Well lets face it the only real chance of entertainment at one of our games is going to be when we are playing a side two divisions down so no surprises folk will go especially at cut price.

  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #11


    Two points:

    For those who paid £10 for their ticket and copied from the Chronic:

    ‘Supporters who have already purchased tickets for those aged 12 and under before Thursday 23rd January can take their valid junior match ticket to the club shop on Saturday 25th January (matchday) and present it for a discount of £5 off all items’

    Now isn’t that kind of your beloved owner. You can have a partial retrospective discount but you must spend it with the SD shop.


    The Mirror’s the ONLY daily tabloid type daily that has a leftish position. Doesn’t or shouldn’t that tell you something about the UK media?

  • posada

    Jan 23, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I wasn’t making a point about the press.
    It’s a left wing paper.
    Express and Mail. Right wing.
    The Sun RW.
    We all know this.

  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2020 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13



    Ah, ok. Misinterpreted your post. Apple.


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