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Report – Newcastle Have Big Decision To Make On Midfielder Next Week



When Nabil Bentaleb joined on loan from Schalke in January, he seemed to blend into the team ethos seamlessly. He’s said the right things and has been a constant source of optimism about the club on social media.

However, his performances on the pitch have been hit or miss, and unfortunately, the misses have outnumbered the hits. That may be harsh considering the unprecedented circumstances surrounding this season, but Bentaleb just hasn’t been near consistent enough since joining.

Bentaleb hadn’t played competitively since April of last year, so it was always going to take time for him to get back up to speed. But he’s just not been able to excel in the middle of the park for Newcastle.

The 25-year-old has made 16 appearances and is likely to get another start against Liverpool on Sunday. His shining moment, thus far, was his performance against Bournemouth, which was far and away his best outing in a Newcastle shirt.


The Chronicle are citing German outlet Bild that Newcastle will have to make a decision on Bentaleb by next Monday.

Newcastle have an £8.6m purchase clause for the midfielder that, if triggered, will allow them to sign the Algerian permanently. But he’s reportedly on £80,000 per week, which puts him joint top with Jonjo Shelvey, who is a far more influential force in this team.

Whether Newcastle can talk Bentaleb down from his lofty wages is uncertain. However, he’s really just not done enough to warrant a permanent move this summer and would likely not be under consideration by our prospective new owners if the takeover had gone through by now.

While he’s a terrific lad and an excellent fit in the dressing room, Newcastle may have to look elsewhere for a midfielder, especially if Bentaleb is adamant about staying on his current wages.

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125 comments so far

  • giimps

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #1

    No Ta

    3
  • DaveD1000

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #2

    How much is a one-way ticket to Charmoney? asking for a friend

    1
  • giimps

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Just been sent my match pass for the bt sport coverage of the takeover being announced after the Liverfool game

    1
  • giimps

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #4

    or at least thats what im hoping for

    2
  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Enough is enough!

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Big decision on Bentaleb?? Hahaha it’s a straight NO! Nothing to think about there. He has been hopeless.

    Lazaro is the only one I’d keep of the three as he showed promise and we’re not interested, typical Newcastle.

    11
  • Rosemary Shrager

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Someone posted earlier about nobody failing the owners and directors test, remember the epl blocked Southampton’s Chinese owners Lander Sports Development from completing their buy out of Saints in 2017 over concerns about the source of funding. This was worked around by the owner putting his personal money in. I know this is not the problem that PIF has but the test has been failed.

    3
  • Toon-Barmy

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Please, please sign this petition and help put an end to this takeover nightmare before the transfer window opens. This is our last chance to have a voice before we are genuinely put at a disadvantage by the premier league. Please sign and share!
    http://chng.it/G6y9SfCm

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Rosemary Shrager
    The poster was put right
    According to Richard Scudamore 20 applicants failed the test during his tenure at the PL

    3
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #10

    I wonder if Ed is aware that as soon as you click on Toon-Barmy’s petition link it acquires your e-mail addy

    3
  • JohnJ

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Re-post sorry bus moving too fast for old codgers!

    Anglo Saxon

    Jul 23, 2020 at 1:14 PM
    Comment #23

    I remember Tony Green scoring a 35 yard screamer into the Leazes End goal – I don’t recall who we were playing but I seem to recall the opposition keeper sort of looking round as if to say where the hell has the ball gone!!!

    Very sorry to learn that Alan Suddick has passed on – another good player!
    (I must have missed this when he died in March)

    1
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d much rather we got Matty’s contract sorted first. We could do worse than Bentaleb but if the claim of 80k a week is true I’m not sure I’d go for him.

    1
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #13

    JohnJ, don’t remember the goal myself spent a lot of time working away, back and forward tends to muddle the brain, but I do remember he got fouled a lot tricky dicky and speed merchant always had the fans in his pocket.
    Mc Donald scores the goal from his cross and everyone shouting his name Tony.

    1
  • Toon-Barmy

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #14

    @jib
    What do you mean by that? I’m an old man, computer speak is lost on me. Is there a problem with my petition link?

    0
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Alway liked the kids especially Dyson and Foggin.

    3
  • IrishRob

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #16

    “Big decision” More like easiest decision ever!! Bye!! Good riddance!!

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon-Barmy
    I looked at your petition
    Next thing I know I’m listed as a signee
    with my e-mail name and ip location given
    fortunately I use a proxy with a vpn

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #18

    JIB

    LoL@ that email addy

    The Sunshine state , what’s the weather like over there ?

    2
  • IrishRob

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Rosemary the test has been failed before nut why did you forget to mention the must CRUCIAL point in that situation. When they’re bid was failed, they took it to court AND WON!! They were then allowed buy Southampton.

    So if an actual criminally convicted owner can purchase a premier league club then the Saudis who are not convicted of any wrong doing would stroll through with ease.

    12
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #20

    If it had of been some Spanish company it might have seemed fine
    Your always on about Spain

    But you’ve never mentioned Florida much

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #21

    toon22
    That’s right I use a proxy
    Unfortunately you don’t
    wickedknowingsmile emoji

    2
  • simon376

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #22

    Giimps

    We can live in hope. Seem to remember I heard/read somewhere that BT Sport have the rights to announce the takeover, and didnt the Saudis invest in BT? Maybe either as season finishes or just before last game kicks off is time to do it. Lets just hope it can be this weekend and Sunday be a fantastic day no matter the result

    4
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #23

    simon
    I’d forgotten the BT link
    Good point

    3
  • simon376

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib
    Yeah know I read it somewhere, lets just hope. Sunday probably would be best day as season ends and Bruce has done his job

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Dr Andreas Krieg
    @andreas_krieg
    It looks like
    @PhilipHammondUK
    has been hired by #Saudi to smooth over the scandal over state-led piracy of sports broadcasting amid the #nufctakover & growing opposition in Whitehall to #KSA investing in the
    @premierleague

    3
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #26

    toon22
    So you believe to use a company based in Florida
    I actually have to live there ?
    I would suggest you go back to gaming

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Why would you randomly decide to create an account with some contractors website in Jscksonville ?

    5
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #28

    22

    Are you writing a book on jib or something?

    5
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Yup
    Had another look
    The gates are no longer at SJP
    Perhaps they were just having a dummy run

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #30

    Mund
    He’s probably heard about my enormous P

    0
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #31

    Potential

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #32

    That has to be the biggest load of bull you’ve ever typed

    It takes some doing

    3
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Theres definitely something happening next Thursday and Friday, 100%.

    Its a Jewish holiday and im getting a few extra days off.

    Not the news you were hoping for but im chuffed after working all the way through this shite fest.

    We may have a new owner by

    I won’t

    5
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #34

    He does have quite the fascination Jib

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #35

    I cannot believe that the Harrisons are allowing toon22
    to rabbit on about my e-mail provider on an open blog
    Neil get him sorted

    3
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Jibs probably banned from getting email accounts everywhere else.

    Surprised hes not here via the dark web 😉

    6
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #37

    JIB has spent years defending the turd
    Years
    He’s been horrible in ways you probably would realise Mund

    Turns out his email is at a company a few hours drive from the turds USA hidyhole

    Hahahahaha

    6
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Tried to say his vpn was to blame

    LoL

    2
  • geordie157

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s a …

    Lazaro – Yes
    Rose – Maybe
    Bentaleb – No

    Lazaro clearly has quality and needs to play more

    Rose looked poor but has improved, but would only sign if around 5mill and better options out there more not massive fees ie Willems

    Bentaleb, possibly two good games but too inconsistent.

    Sell Yedlin, Atsu, Muto and Saivet (surely can pay off last yr of his deal).

    Even if takeover falls through we should still be in for the likes of Brooks, C.Wilson and Fraser. Not quite the signings I was hoping for though like Dembele and Van De Beek.

    2
  • carltoon

    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #40

    Northumbrian, the strip. Ooh black and white stripes, well I won’t be wearing it any way, but the thinner stripes will make you look a hell of a lot thinner.

    2


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