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How Will Newcastle Do Against Nottingham Forest On Saturday?

The season kicks off on Saturday against promoted Nottingham Forest at St. James’ Park. A hectic pre-season consisting of seven friendlies and two training camps has come to a close.

The summer was planned to perfection as the bulk of the squad got 90 minutes under their belts this past weekend. Eddie Howe will fine-tune the tactics for Forest this week while making the difficult decision on his starting eleven.

Nottingham Forest have been very active in the window with 13 new additions including former-Newcastle targets Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Lewis O’Brien, and Taiwo Awoniyi. Former Magpie Jack Colback is still knocking around at City Ground.

Newcastle have made three excellent signings though just two new faces as Matt Targett’s loan move was made permanent. Nick Pope and Sven Botman have come in to provide competition to Martin Dubravka and Dan Burn. We’ll see if either get their debuts tomorrow.

Newcastle are pushing for further incomings with negotiations underway for Burnley’s Maxwel Cornet. A loan proposal has been registered for Chelsea’s Timo Werner while a second bid for Leicester’s James Maddison is being considered.

It remains unlikely any breakthroughs will occur in time for a new addition to play this weekend. So it’ll be a finely-tuned starting eleven against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

How Will Newcastle Do Against Nottingham Forest On Saturday?

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73 comments so far

  • Tinos Vino

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #41

    We paid £30-35m for Bruno…just let that sink in value wise. this £50-£60m stuff is pipedreams on the sellers part…

  • Toon_Barmy

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #42

    Adamn_92- atmosphere will be something else and I cannot wait. Getting to toon early to take it all in

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #43

    Ash – the bank would charge interest on that though. It’s basically a loan based on future income.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 1, 2022 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #44

    Ash – but I agree most journo stuff is crap. There’s no way that a deal for Maddison hinges on that.

  • Ashingtoon62

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #45


    What happens though if said player is worth £40m-£60m?

    Which Maddison is in my opinion,why try to buy if you ain’t prepared to pay?

  • Adamn_92

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #46


    Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe in the hope we can negotiate a structured deal so don’t pay a large chunk upfront?

  • Tinos Vino

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #47

    Ash but they are not exactly lining up around the block for Maddison at that money. So its up for debate is he actually worth that?

  • Ashingtoon62

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #48

    I would imagine, that if we have a really successful season we will be able to secure a couple of mega sponsorship deals.Which would wipe the slate clean regarding our FFP.

    And what ever happened to no affiliated companies allowed as sponsors?

    Is this more media BS? PIF are major shareholders in Noon!

  • Tinos Vino

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #49

    ASH Major but not majority… subtle nuance

  • Ashingtoon62

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #50

    Tino’s, he’s worth that nee bother.

  • G

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #51

    Regardless of what Maddison is or isn’t worth, he’s an upgrade on his team mate Hamza Choudhury whom we were linked with under Ashley’s regime!

  • Adamn_92

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #52

    He’s worth closer to £40m than £60m. Need to get rid of this riduclous ‘English tax’ on players.

  • Tinos Vino

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #53

    ASH he will be on a 1 year contract at the end of this season with clubs being able to speak to him in Jan 2024 about leaving for nothing. If Leicester are to sell it has to be now.

  • JohnJ

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #54

    In my opinion Maddison is worth signing even if he did seriously P me off at Filbert Street last season – However if we could sign him I’d be well chuffed!

    The valuation is out of our hands – we either come to an arrangement or look elsewhere.

    However like most folk I seriously dislike being held to ransom!

  • Ashingtoon62

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #56


    It was reported at the time,that there could be no affiliated companies.
    I just added the major bit,they could be majority shareholders for all I know 😀

    I do know they were largely responsible for the setting up of Noon along with other Arab investors/states…
    According to the article that I read lol..

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #57

    Maddison is good enough to join a team in Europe for sure so getting him would be a huge coup. However, it would also be a dagger in the heart of Leicester’s ambition. For them to sell a key player to a club that finished below them would show that they don’t have ambitions to compete for the European places in the next few seasons.

    I think we all know that Leicester have been fighting above their weight for quite a few seasons but selling Maddison to any club other than one in the CL would be an unusual move I’d say.

  • The Last Jedi

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #58

    We dont need to spend 40 50 60 mill.
    Kostic 15 milll
    Berardi 35 mill
    Morata 35 mill
    Werner loan

  • Ashingtoon62

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #59

    Aye he’s got two years left on his contract and he is worth whatever Leicester accepts..

    This English tax is a bit like the Newcastle tax,it only exists in print..
    Did the clubs who sold us players in the Jan/summer windows,forget to apply it?

    And divvin’t mention the Wood transfer anomaly 😀

  • dazzler

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #60


    He’s more or less been proven wrong before he’s even opened his mouth since his employers confirmed we’d bid £40m on Maddison and were contemplating going back with a higher offer.

    We’re either not going to be paying £40m – £60m for players or we already have. I think this is just a case of SSN playing the typical ITK tricks so that they won’t ever be wrong.

  • JohnJ

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #61

    I see Brendon Rodgers reckons £40m would cover 3/4 of Maddison’s left leg! 🙂

  • Ashingtoon62

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #62

    The players, have to want to come though and their clubs have to accept your valuations.
    We can’t just go marauding around Europe kidnapping folk 😉

  • dazzler

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #63


    Leicester are skint. They need the money to reinvest in their squad. Leicester are also ridiculously good at unearthing absolute gems at bargain basement prices so no doubt if they are contemplating cashing in on their star player it’s because they already have a replacement waiting in the wings who will cost a lot less than the fee for Maddison allowing them to bring at least another player in.

    I think it’s absolutely plausible.

  • Adamn_92

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #64


    Maybe, it’s anyones guess at the minute what we deem as good value, how much we’re willing to spend on any one player and spend in general. I think there’s some logic behind it though, as I do think sponsorship deals have effected how we operate this window. Not getting those commercial deals I think has restricted us going too overboard with spending. So I can understand if the club are being put off of spending £40m+ on any one player.

    I imagine if we did buy Maddison for say £50m it would be a lump sum and the rest staggered anyway, so like £30m + £20m or something.

    Be interesting to see which journos and reporters were closest to being right when the window shuts.

  • Adamn_92

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #65

    I could see Maddison pushing for a move if our interest is genuine to be honest. He had a blinder of a season and has had good season previously, yet still gets overlooked for England. He may feel he needs to move somewhere else to finally get recognition and a call up. Even at the top of his game for Leicester, he doesn’t get a look in. So something has to change for him to break into it.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #66

    dazzler – it’s just about plausible but I think it also says that they don’t expect to be competing with us over the next few seasons. That they’ve virtually resigned to us finishing above them, which is probably true anyway…

  • Adamn_92

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #67

    When you see the likes of Grealish, Gallagher and Ward-Prowse getting into the England team, it’s kind of criminal that Maddison misses out to be honest. Not saying anything of the above are necessarily bad or not deserving, but when Maddisons stats are better than all of theirs, surely that deserves a chance?

  • carltoon

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #68

    That Leicester team that won the league was surely a one off, everything just going their way with good players and massive investment from the owner, but to keep at the top, you need the mega bucks, and they haven’t been able to keep that level of investment,
    They seem to be off loading half the team.

  • Tinos Vino

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #69

    i could be wrong but how we pay for a player and how they are recognised on our books for FFP are two completely different subjects.

    I think the player say £50m on a 5 year contract is seen as £10m a year regardless of whether we pay it all up front or in five £10m annual instalments.

    Where it does come in is at the sellers end for cash flow however.

  • cleveleysbob

    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #70

    I think Leicester leaked the story.

    (a) to let people know they are open to selling and
    (b) that we are interested so they’ll have to bid high.

    All gamesmanship at every level. Don’t expect any honesty or honour, crooks to the left of us jokers to the right, here we are……..

  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 1, 2022 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #71

    If Maddison says he will not be signing a new contract, then Leicester have little option but to sell him…if not at 40, then at 50m.

    Barnes is on contract till 2025.

    Tielemans has just 1 year left. He will be sold towards the end of the window, I think. Perhaps Leicester know what position a year on the contract puts them in, and decide on Maddison.

  • Wor B

    Aug 1, 2022 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #72

    Bill smith’s avatar…


  • lochinvar

    Aug 1, 2022 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #73

    Brendan Rodgers has probably exhausted his time with Leicester.
    He’s ready to move on and you could see him taking over at the likes of Villa or Everton or West Ham when the manager merry go round kicks off again.
    He needs a break and then new challenges.

    He’s already loosing players, Schmeichel will leave and Vardy retire to manage his wife’s blog. Has he got the energy and will power for a rebuild there over the next 3-5 years I doubt it.

    In that situation he can say what he likes but in reality it’s out of his hands as to what happens with the players now.


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