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New Signing Nabil Bentaleb Pleased With Debut And Focused On Next Week


Nabil Bentaleb had a decent if unspectacular debut for Newcastle yesterday. However, for his first game since April, he fared pretty well and looks like he’ll be a substantial addition to the midfield.

Steve Bruce was happy enough with the 25-year-old’s shift against Oxford even if the overall team performance was unacceptable. This is what Bruce said about his new acquisition:

“Bentaleb did OK. It was his first game for months but he got through it.

“He tired at the end but we expected him to. He handles the ball well and he’ll be fine.

“It was a shame Lazaro couldn’t get done in time but he’ll give us another bit of quality in forward areas.”

Both Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro will hopefully add extra quality to this Newcastle side. We saw yesterday a little bit of what Bentaleb will bring to the team.

However, Newcastle were screaming out for some quality in the final third yesterday. Considering the opposition, both Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron should have been far more effective.


Bentaleb was interviewed after his debut and his comments have been published at nufc.co.uk.

Here’s some of what the Algerian international had to say about his first game at St James Park.

“It was exciting to make my debut in front of this crazy crowd. I’ve missed this feeling and when I first entered the stadium, I saw this unbelievable atmosphere.

“It was a special feeling which brought back a lot of memories. I always loved playing in England, even when I left.

“I wanted to come back and now I am back and so pleased to be at a club such as Newcastle with some crazy fans like they have.

“They pushed us through the game today and, unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get the win but we will try to be better next time.

“I haven’t played for a long time so I was just focussing and getting ready to rumble. I prepared myself for a long time and I think I need to take it step by step to get back to 100 percent in terms of my quality.”

Bentaleb should continue to get better and shake of some of the rust that comes with not playing a competitive match for nine months. He also missed this past summer’s Africa Cup of Nations win for Algeria with an injury.

Nabil took to Twitter after the game yesterday with the following tweet.

Now it’s on to next Saturday in a crucial match against last-placed Norwich City at St James Park. Newcastle need to put these past two poor performances behind them and get all three points next weekend.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Oxford?

  • Karl Darlow (24%, 728 )
  • Miguel Almiron (22%, 685 )
  • Nabil Bentaleb (12%, 377 )
  • Joelinton (11%, 337 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (9%, 283 )
  • Matt Ritchie (8%, 255 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (4%, 109 )
  • Fabian Schar (3%, 90 )
  • Matty Longstaff (2%, 77 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 36 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 35 )
  • Federico Ferndandez (1%, 32 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 31 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 13 )

Total Voters: 3,088

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85 comments so far

  • Zele

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #1

    For someone not fully match fit Bentaleb looked pretty good.

    But who will he partner ?

    Will it be two or three in midfield ?

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Let’s hope this week brings in a few more bodies because boy do we need them . 2 Loan signings and nothing more stinks of Mikey boy AKA scrooge.
    200million from the Saudis would help a treat

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Jail its too soon for SB to have damaged Lobby as a player. He’s a young guy, possibly not as good as we had hoped, and is making a lot of errors and dwelling on the ball. If Bruce is damaging his development, he’ll want out, quick. We’ll agree to differ on this OK?

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  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Rafa in Dalian will be about 800 miles from Wuhan
    Would you return ?

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  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Good luck to him, I think calling the crowd crazy will help him. I wasn’t put off by him yesterday but wasn’t thinking WOW

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Jazzy

    Who would we spend £200m on?

    I read SB to get £200m kitty, if there was a Citeh like take over theyd want their own man, doubt he’d be picking the players either.

    This takeover makes less sense than the last one, therefore its probably true.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee Ryder beware, Jib.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m going to try to be more civil with guys who don’t like me on this blog. I don’t think I can extend that to Obnoxious Poison though, a seriously unpleasant character, unless I’m missing out on his good bits.

    2
  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Zele for me an optimum MF (allowing for fitness issues)
    would be three man
    Shelvey Benny and Hayden

    1
  • jazzyp

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #10

    OP
    There is only one person to let loose with 200 million mate.

    And that is our very own KETS

    16
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Bbb I thought he looked pretty average but a good signing. Hats off to Mr C 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Mitro out with an injury.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Longstaffs problem is he was overrated by a few on here, he’s trying to hard and the team isnt exactly playing good football.

    Lot of pressure on a young local lad, as much as I didn’t think a CM was a priority I’m glad the pressure is off him and his brother a bit.

    If we had a bit more strength in the squad he could have went to a championship side for rest of year.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Jazzy

    Scharner???

    0
  • c-dog

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Zele

    I’m not mad on shelvey
    Technically he’s a genius
    But just doesn’t cover the ground
    Had a great patch this season however

    Personally I’d have Longstaff*2 Hayden & Bentaleb battling it out for the positions. We don’t look to be trying to change to a three any time soon. Even though I think that’ll be Bruce’s long term plan(4-3-3).

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16

    With 200 million to spend I would hope we play more on the front foot and possession football is key

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17

    I’d prefer Rafa to Bruce but think he peaked years ago. I’d like a younger foreign coach. Some clever looking German with glasses maybe and some mad tactics 🙂

    3
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #18

    ‘Crazy atmosphere’ – what atmosphere it was dead quiet from what I heard.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Oh my feelings.

    I might cry.

    Should I ask the wife or neil to look into the horrible horrible people calling me names.

    I’ll decide whilst crying into my pillow

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Good afternoon Ron

    0
  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Mitro out with an ankle injury

    0
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #22

    OP,

    You have previously posted this;

    “I only come on here because I am a thief with nothing better to do between robberies”.

    Now….

    Prove you didn’t post that.

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #23

    “I’d prefer Rafa to Bruce but think he peaked years ago.”

    New argument from Munster. Well done!

    6
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Hahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahaha

    I’m a drug dealer, get it right

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Good afternoon, Munster.

    0
  • Zele

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib,

    I too would go with a three man midfield.

    The heart of our problem in not scoring goals is not the forward line but the weakness of our midfield.

    We rarely dominate or come anywhere near it in midfield.

    Teams that dominate possession have a greater chance of scoring and winning a match. The fact that we have somehow won and drawn our last few premiership games is, I would argue, more to do with luck than our prowess at scoring.

    0
  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #27

    You have to fear for Fulham
    Man City have so many quality players vying for a place they never take their foot off the gas

    0
  • c-dog

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib

    Fulham haven’t conceded in three
    Let’s see how they cope with one of the best attacking sides in Europe

    0
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Bill’s

    Out of interest do you and your gang put up any proof of my slagging off season ticket holders constantly or where I supposedly post or start posts calling people names when they haven’t been doing it themselves?

    Check today’s posts, your hypocritical gang jumped on me, I just play along.

    It’s like shelling peas

    3
  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30

    I did laugh there Munster, you do stand bye what you have said

    I’ll give you that!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #17
    I’d prefer Rafa to Bruce but think he peaked years ago. I’d like a younger foreign coach. Some clever looking German with glasses maybe and some mad tactics
    ?

    Obsessed? Not ‘alf

    9
  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #32

    I’ll probably get derided for this
    but
    Young Matty L has such a lovely first touch it
    might be worth trying him as a second striker

    2
  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Think I should be nicer as well. We are all toon supporters at the end of the day!

    1
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #34

    I was going to say this morning it was a disappointing match for the kids there for their first time, not much to get excited about and easily forgotten.

    Didnt bother as I would’ve been told I was negative or slagging the manager off or a Rafa ostrich or alike.

    It is my honest feeling on the match, yet I can’t express that without a snide attack.

    It’s a bit of a shit show when what you see and feel are dismissed as slagging the team or manager off.

    3
  • c-dog

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Matty L as a striker
    Not in the current system
    He’d need support
    If we pressed higher maybe

    0
  • Bring back benitez

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #36

    I do think Matty should be given a new contract

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Thank you chaps. I think mourinho peaked too. Even someone like Martin ó Néill was hot property years ago winning with Leicester and getting to a uefa final or semi with celtic. Irish fans were delighted to see him go. So I’d have rafa back for sure, and wud hope he would get better players and hopefully play better football. But a younger foreign guy wud be my choice.

    1
  • c-dog

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Second striker
    We’d need to start by playing one

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #39

    Agree re matty bbb

    0
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 26, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #40

    We’re also not getting a winter break now, shame as it could’ve helped ease injuries and fatigued bodies.

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