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How Will Newcastle Do Against Watford On Saturday?



Redemption should be in the air this Saturday at St. James’ Park. Newcastle take on Watford in a massive six-pointer and are coming off an embarrassing defeat in the FA Cup’s third round.

Newcastle peppered the Cambridge goal in the first half but couldn’t breach their keeper Dimitar Mitov. Frustration soon set in. In the second half, Newcastle were out of sorts and a mistake from Martin Dubravka saw us knocked out of the competition.

One bright spot was the play of Kieran Trippier, who was just signed the day before. The 31-year-old looked class while being a leader on the pitch. Trippier has collected our poll as Newcastle’s best player with over 50% of the vote.

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The defeat highlighted Newcastle’s dire need for a striker. After the match, Eddie Howe confirmed that Callum Wilson would be lost until March. The focus this week was on adding a goalscorer and a center-back.

It appears that half of the mission will be a success as Chris Wood is set to become our second signing of the new era. Newcastle triggered his release clause and he should be a Magpie by day’s end.

The 30-year-old is in line to make his debut on Saturday. A win would see Newcastle leapfrog The Hornets in the table, though they would have a match in hand. Depending on how Burnley fare against Leicester City, three points could move us above the relegation places.

Wins have been difficult to come by as evidenced by last Saturday’s deeply disappointing result. Watford have lost seven straight including a 4-1 defeat at Leicester in the FA Cup.

Everything simply points to this being a must-win for The Magpies. Getting our new striker in to play a part could make all the difference.

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96 comments so far

  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jan 12, 2022 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Chrissy Wood, he don’t care
    He’ll knock you out with a fckn stare
    With a knick knack paddy whack
    We’re not gannin doon
    Cos Chrissy Wood plays for the toon

    Oooh, Chrissy Chrissy
    Chrissy Chrissy Chrissy Chrissy
    Chrissy Wood

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  • The Bard of Bensham Bank

    Jan 12, 2022 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Straight in at number 1

    😀

    10
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2022 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Well if you had asked me a day ago I would have said I think we would limp to a 1 each draw with Watford

    Now if Wood is ready to play I can see us winning 2 – 1 with a goal by Wood and another by Murphy

    Might put a bet on for that very result

    1
  • barkel

    Jan 12, 2022 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Another plus side to signing Wood is it takes the pressure off any younger striker that we’re planning on signing, gives them the time to bed in. Hopefully we sign a CB in time for Watford or at least someone other than Kraft is fit to play.

    2
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    @Mund

    Cajuste and Delli Alli are on that agency…. and a few other players that we have been linked with before!

    2
  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Happy Birthday Jail.

    I’ve stopped having them, so you’ll catch me up in about 12 years 😉

    4
  • Onalos

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m really confident 3-0 and hopefully Wood starts proving his doubters (me included) wrong. There has to be a reaction from Saturdays defeat and the we as fans have a huge part to play.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    We will wil.
    Left back and playmaker are more of mportant than centre back.
    Playing Richie at left back is a joke. Better to play with 10 men

    3
  • Tyran21

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Mund

    Can you ring the agent that Newcastle would love to enquire about Son?

    0
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    I wonder if that Dutch LB Dunfries has a release clause, he was class at the Euro’s.

    1
  • ThirdStripeBlack

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Hoping these players coming in with big price tags continues to relieve the pressure on Big Joe and help further aid his development. His own price tag, amongst other things, has weighed heavy on him at NUFC.
    I honestly say I look forward to watching him play lately.

    6
  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #12

    There’s a fair few on that agents books that I’d snap the clubs hand off for tbf.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    From previous:

    Mund –

    “Just seen Denis Zakaria apparently available for €6M could be an option for us.”

    Where did tou see that!? If that’s true sign him up ASAP that’s an absolute bargain!!

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  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    ThirdStripeBlack,

    I went to the Cambridge match at the weekend, first match in years and I must admit that I was more excited to see big Joe in the flesh more so than Trippier’s debut

    2
  • dazzler

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    JP I think his contract is up at the end of the season (based on FM!), hence the low transfer value.

    1
  • Ben Sweet

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #16

    Anyone but Ritchie left back ?

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #17
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Dazzler – omg we ahould be all over that! That guy is a beast.

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Very conflicted about Wood. On the face of it 25M for a near 31 year old who has really, really struggled this season doesn’t in all honesty look great business.

    The most worrying thing for me though is will we turn into a hoofball team like Burnley with everything becoming either a hopeful hoof or cross, rather than through balls and cut backs.

    I have nothing against a bit of aggression, we all know we haven’t really seen enough of that from the whole team, but I hope we may still get to see some decent football on the deck.

    Watching Wood’s 50 PL goals I was pleasantly surprised to see not all of them were headers and for some of them he actually had a phenomenal touch, a bit like Withe back in the day.

    So on balance if we mix it up and don’t just go route 1 for 90 minutes, I’d be happy. Still need a tough tackling DM, a creative CM, 2 x CB’s, another striker and a keeper.

    2
  • ShaytoStay

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Looks like Marcos Senesi is hotting up, between us and Brighton

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Happy Birthday Jail, are you out on the lash.
    If we’re buying that Dumfries then we’ll have to buy Galloway as well.
    I also think if Ramsey hadn’t come down with the lurgy then he would have signed this week, maybe later in the window.

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #22

    @Jail

    Dumfries signed for Inter Milan in the summer think it was for about 12 million?

    So not sure how much they would want for him now

    1
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #23

    What a prik Lineker is calling a fellow professional’s signing hilarious.

    He doesn’t have to agree with it but calling it hilarious is stupid and infantile.

    What a to$$er.

    26
  • jimiley

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Anybody think Woods is going back to Tirf Moor to say bye to team mates? Dropped them deep in the clarts. He should take a tin hat and stab vest

    1
  • TheTinman

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #25

    Steady on Jail, Dumfries is a RB

    0
  • jimiley

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Linear is another of the woke elite in the media who cannot stand us. I wonder if he and Shearer really get on? Comments of a stupid juvenile

    11
  • Adamn_92

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #27

    Rotonda

    I don’t think we’ll turn into hoofball at all. We have seen steady progression under Howe so far towards playing the ball out from the back more, keeping possession better and stringing together more passes. I don’t think he’ll suddenly give up on how he wants to play and decide to suddenly start playing hoofball.

    Wood does however give us that different option. If our game plan isn’t working, we can mix it up and go more direct. If we really are under pressure and playing it out from the back is far too risky, clearing it and Wood able to hold it up relieves the pressure on us and gets us up the pitch. We won’t suddenly start playing hoofball, Wood just opens up more avenues for us and gives us something different.

    6
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Gary Neville is streets ahead of Lineker as a presenter but he still couldn’t cut it as a manager.

    Until Lineker has proven himself as a manager and judge in the transfer market he should be way of having his juvenile comments shoved right back up his derriere.

    13
  • Ashingtoon62

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #29

    Villa agree fee for Digne £25m..

    0
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #30

    be wary!

    0
  • James Brewerton

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #31

    DIGNE going villa 25m deal agreed dont understand why we not get him villa not that much different to us

    1
  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Lee/Tyran

    Some great names on that list isn’t there.

    JP

    As dazzler said on last 6 months of his contract and I agree would be a great signing.

    3
  • Adamn_92

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #33

    Bills

    Tried to mention that last night about Lineker, laughing at the signing and also had a dig in a reply to someone suggesting our recruitment is bad. Like Leicester haven’t spent £30m on Slimani, £30m on Perez and £20m on Praet in recent times….

    Just make a mental note of all the pundits etc who are mocking us and kicking us right now. Watch them try to come crawling back and grovel at our feet when the club is on the up in a couple of years. F*** the lot of em I say.

    12
  • TheTinman

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #34

    I’m pretty shocked how derogatory the media is being to Wood. Very rare to see something like this.

    Really shows how deep their hatred and bitterness is towards us right now.

    11
  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #35

    James

    I’d imagine it’s because Villa will pay his ridiculous wage demands and we won’t.

    3
  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #36
  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #37

    Keith Downie
    @SkySports_Keith
    ·
    2m
    Chris Wood currently undergoing the first part of his Newcastle medicalMan health worker New Zealand international Wood set to follow Kieran Trippier in the door at St James’ Park – in a deal worth around £25m #NUFC

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #38

    Peter Crouch is another tosser like Lineker letting his mouth go about Wood signing. I thought Crough was a Wood mark 2.

    2
  • James Brewerton

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #39

    Coutinho digne go villa we get trippier and wood which team get better 2 players?

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  • jimiley

    Jan 12, 2022 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #40

    Villa and Digne
    Never thought nderestimate the pulling power of the manager.
    Gerrard is the next Liverpool manager.
    I will not stir it and leave it at that

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