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Newcastle Team Announced For Luton Town – Gordon Leads The Line – Wilson, Barnes On Bench

Eddie Howe has just announced his Newcastle team for the home game against Luton Town this afternoon.

Gordon leads the Line and there’s no sign of Alexander Isak – but Harvey Barnes is on the bench

We really should be beating a bottom four side at home, but Luton have won their last two leage games and are in good form.

Over 80% of our readers think we can win this game – let’s hope they are right about that.

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Howay The Lads!!

718 comments so far

  • Davas

    Feb 5, 2024 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #681

    EH on Isak

    “When offering an update on the £63million man, Howe told BBC Newcastle: “He wasn’t close. We don’t think he’s got a serious injury but it might keep him out for a couple of games but hopefully we can get him back pretty quickly.””

  • JaveaToon

    Feb 5, 2024 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #682

    Just a thought (yeah I know, I shouldn’t think if at all avoidable), ref Tino, he was out a long time with the cruciate knee ligament injury, about 1 year I think. Now I’ve never had that particular injury but I have done my achilles back in my younger days, which obviously isn’t as serious but even once I’d “recovered”, whilst I could do all activities there were times and doing certain things for well over a year afterwards. At times it was quite sore and mentally you were thinking fook, here we go again. Now to my point(no need for the ironic cheers) could Tino be experiencing similar and therefore Eddie would be reluctant to start him week in week out at the moment?
    Probably bollox, just one of my many random thoughts I have whilst laying awake at night.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 5, 2024 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #683


    I don’t think that’s the case but they have access to all kinds of data and what the risk of injury is… so maybe it could be a preventative thing.

  • onmeedsun

    Feb 5, 2024 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #684

    The difference this season is that teams know we’re vulnerable, even at home, so they play with less fear. It will be the same against Bournemouth and Wolves, our next home matches. Fans need to realise this as it won’t change until we have more midfield options next season. More ups and downs to come so strap yourselves in!

  • Wor B

    Feb 5, 2024 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #685


    If that’s what you lie awake thinking about, seek help.


  • JaveaToon

    Feb 5, 2024 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #686

    TS… Like I said just a random thought and trying to find some logic in it other than keeping the defence together that did so well last year.
    I suspect Tino has better medical care than I did back in the 80’s anyway…hopefully! 😆

  • JaveaToon

    Feb 5, 2024 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #687

    WorB… No argument from me there 😆

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 5, 2024 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #688


    If he doesn’t have better medical care than you did, we’re in big trouble haha

  • JaveaToon

    Feb 5, 2024 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #689

    TS…It would explain all the injuries though. 😉

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2024 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #690

    Was just watching a bit of Ever More Nufc but have to go to funeral. Discussing Isak injury and the demands the press makes on him. Only got a few minutes in but it sounded worth a listen later

  • Saratoga

    Feb 5, 2024 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #691

    Comment there that Tino might be suffering from his year out.

    If that’s true then why did we spend 40 million pound on him.
    Thought it was a strange one at the time. A risk. Then thought the medical people must know what they are doing.

    We spent 80 million on 3 young players for the future. Then a few months later we say we have no money left. If that was the case then it’s been badly managed.

    We needed players for the now.

  • Adamn_92

    Feb 5, 2024 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #692


    I’m sure in hindsight, if the recruitment team thought we’d have anywhere near as many injuries as we’ve had, the recruitment may have been a little different.

    You can’t always predict things correctly.

    If we didn’t sign Livrmento when we did, he’d probably be at another club right now and we’d have missed out on him.

    He can be a star player for us for many years to come. Was well worth getting when we did.

    We haven’t spent any money on Hall yet either.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 5, 2024 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #693

    I actually think the squad was well put together this season, we had the following for each position:

    GK – Pope, Dubs, Karius – good first choice with decent back up

    LB – Burn, Targett, Hall – seemed perfectly fine on paper, given how well Burn did last season. Had an experienced LB and a promising younger player.

    CB – Schar, Botman, Lascelles, Burn (cover), Dummet – probably one player short here but nothing drastic

    RB – Trips, Tino, Krath – really solid area for us

    6 / DM – Bruno – very short of cover for a player we know will likely get a few bans and with extra games will need rested

    8 / CM – Tonali, Longstaff, Joelinton, Willock, Miley, Anderson – plenty variety and options here, nobody new of betting issues and no serious injuries before this season

    LW – Gordon, Barnes – as good as pairing as most teams in the league

    CF – Isak, Wilson – well Wilson missed 9 games last season for club and country, with Isak missing 16 that season, I think we left ourselves light in this position but with Gordon getting player of the tournament with U21s in that position, wasn’t a huge gamble

    RW – Miggy, Murphy – no real signs of long term injuries before however neither are of the level of Gordon or Barnes, probably a position we need a real top quality player in

    So going into the season I thought the only position we lacked cover for was the DM / number 6 role where Bruno plays. Yes we could have had another CB, CF or RW but I don’t think we had the money to cover that. Remember Hall was a loan with obligation, so no money really spent beyond his loan fee…you’d struggle to get a top CF or RW for that.

    I think that’s why Hall hasn’t featured much. I don’t think he’s as bad as his lack of game time shows, but I do think Howe is thinking with Burn, then Targett due back and Tino able to play there, it’s not as critical as other positions.

    I think in the summer we’ll pick up a CB, DM / 6, a CF and a RW…. that’s four players to really help us kick on.

  • Saratoga

    Feb 5, 2024 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #694

    Adamn 92

    Hall was widely reported to be a loan with an obligation to buy. Now it’s a bit of a mystery.

    Livramento is a great player. At 21 he’s not just a prospect, who might come good, he’s an excellent player.

    The question is about risk. The risk relates to his injury. How big a risk is it. I don’t know. With modern medical procedures perhaps less so.

    I think the recruitment was odd. Simple as that.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 5, 2024 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #695


    I know I’ve had my run ins with Munster in the past over you know who, but he’s been making some very valid points but still gets called all sorts. Everyone just seems scared stiff to ever question EH, based on the last 2 seasons.

    Everyone says our dip this term is down to injuries, but the question should really be why have there been so many injuries both here and at B’mouth the season they got relegated. It’s not rocket science, you play the same 11 match after match with zero rotation because you don’t trust the bench to get the job down and guess what…….fatigue and injuries.

    There have been some poor subs, some poor game management and a stubborn, over loyalty to certain players and not enough ruthlessness at times. I won’t say no plan B because EH put Tino on at Villa to great effect but that’s an exception to the almost never changing and rigid 433.

    Nobody wants to see Mourinho type football, but with no number 10 to create and no number 6 to stop us being carved open and protect the defence who are possibly the slowest in the league, it seems criminal to beat some of the top teams then surrender to bottom feeders like NF (Chris b—–y Wood hat trick) and Luton. One of our players cost more than the entire Luton squad!!

    The 8-0, the 6-1’s, the 5-1’s have been scintillating to watch and the best football seen since KK, but no matter how you dress it up and however many excuses you make, 7 points out of 24 aint cutting it.

  • Adamn_92

    Feb 5, 2024 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #696


    Yeah whether it’s an obligation, or obligation based on certain things being met remains a mystery. As does not really seeing Hall involved that much. Part of me thinks that the obligation is if Hall plays a certain amount of games/minutes and we’re not prepared to commit to that £35m at this moment in time. But who knows.

    I just meant you said we’d spent £80m on 3 young players, but Livramento seems well worth it and at the time before injuries, seemed perfectly sound and logical. Hall we maybe haven’t spent yet, Minteh looks a great prospect relatively risk free in terms of price and then the other signings in Barnes and Tonali seemed very good additions that strengthened us.

    Just a shame we won’t see Tonali this season and Barnes has only just come back.

    In hindsight, if we knew about the Tonali suspension coming up and the Barnes injury, as well as Joelinton, Willock and Anderon getting injured, we’d probably have spent differently i’d imagine.

  • Saratoga

    Feb 5, 2024 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #697


    I agree.

    Well said and thank you for saying it.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 5, 2024 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #698

    It was obviously Eddie’s fault we didn’t win that game.

    He surely has a hot link to this blog and we were all telling him by half time to swap BDB For Tino. but did he listen!

    Just pay more attention in future Eddie, we do our best to help you!

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Feb 5, 2024 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #699

    Should start calling him Rotonda lows, turned in to a right miserable sod this season 😕

  • cyprus

    Feb 5, 2024 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #700

    Hall is a mystery. Supposedly top talent, but also very expensive. You can get a Miggy and a half for that kind of money. 10 Schars!

    Still learning, but can’t get a game? Look at Miley.

    And Tonali was a fiasco. No one’s fault, maybe, but it is what it is. Our most expensive player, ever! And he can’t play.

    January would’ve fixed all, if only we could hang on. That went well. Hey no one left, yeay 😉

    Our team has stood still. It’s still a capable one, but little depth.

    Hence, what you see on the field. Hence, limited rotation. Hence injuries.

    I’m not blaming the coaches.

    We’ll get some great games yet this season though. And some sxxxxy ones.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Feb 5, 2024 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #702

    “The 8-0, the 6-1’s, the 5-1’s have been scintillating to watch and the best football seen since KK” but a poor season ravaged by injuries which have resulted in the manager making a few mistakes and it’s time to turn on him like rabid dogs. The owners will decide if the injuries are his fault, the team selection and subs aren’t up to scratch and whether or not he’s their cup of tea, not catchy, Munster or Rotonda heights.

  • Raj of Hailsley

    Feb 5, 2024 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #703

    My Aberdonian mate at work, the lad with all the football knowledge, is delighted they’ve got Colin, just shows the standings of that league when you’re over the moon to get a ‘high profile’ manager like Colin W@nker 😀

  • Wor B

    Feb 5, 2024 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #704

    “Don’t tell ‘im Pike!”

    RIP Ian Lavender

    The last man standing.


  • Hibbit

    Feb 5, 2024 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #705

    Rh i don’t dispute that Munster has made some valid points in the past.
    but this is no longer constructive criticism this is him trying to do a hatchet job on the manager the players and club, and just because he makes the same a 100 times neither makes it true or factual,

  • Hibbit

    Feb 5, 2024 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #706

    Rh as to the points you have raised in your post , you and i will have to agree to disagrees on this one,
    i see your now posting Munster’s Bournemouth comparison as fact when in fact there’s no comparison whatsoever in real terms ,

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2024 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #707

    I’m not trying to hatchet anyone, and I really like having Eddie here. But when you can’t call out problems as you see them as a fan, on an nufc blog then something is amiss. I’m big enough to keep taking the tackles, but there is a lot of playing the man here. There is no doubt that we have had bad luck, but I think we will see this trend continue unless as I keep saying, we get the athletes he needs. By the way, I don’t trust Isak Willock or even big Joe to stay injury free for long. Isak arrived to nufc with a very healthy injury history, but now he’s like a ceramic doll. He may not be suited to Eddie’s regime, unpalatable as that is. We’ll see about that as we go. As I keep saying, we need more athletes for Eddie’s approach to the game, so if we have to sell a gem to reinvest, that might have to happen.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 5, 2024 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #708

    Cyprus Hall does not look like an Eddie choice.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 5, 2024 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #709

    I think some of the posts criticising Howe are over the top. A couple of things I’d address:

    No Plan B – changing formation isn’t the only way to influence the game and is actually less and less common now. Most teams don’t change shape often, they change roles within the team, either through players or by asking the same players to do different things. What is really causing us issues this season is the lack of midfield and forward options meaning we’re unable to really change much at all.

    Injuries due to style of play or rotation – I can’t agree, we have had so many freak injuries not related to muscle injuries from fatigue. Anderson and Burn were back injuries, Pope and Murphy shoulder, Barnes injured a ligament in his toe, Tonali is banned for betting… there isn’t much that can be done for those. Willock was injured twice when not playing much. Only really can argue of Joelinton, Isak and Wilson… and rarely have we been able to rotate them as usually they have been the only fit player in their position. None of that has come from choosing to have a lack of rotation or subs.

    Loyalty to certain players – I don’t think this is entirely true. The only real positions you can argue that we’ve had fit alternatives is fullback. Tripps has created more chances than all but one players in the league, so is vital and then Burn the other. He missed a good chunk of games which we lost, so Howe was probably hoping he could come back and help, as he did last season. I’d agree he hasn’t taken him off quickly enough in a couple of games but that’s about it for me.

  • Hibbit

    Feb 5, 2024 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #710

    excellent fact based post,

  • WLtoon

    Feb 5, 2024 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #711
  • Adamn_92

    Feb 5, 2024 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #712


    Summed it up perfectly there.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 5, 2024 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #713

    Petition to the Toon to get that wife Linzi Smith unbanned.


  • WLtoon

    Feb 5, 2024 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #715

    Looks like Isak could be out until the Blackburn game but i wouldn`t build any hopes on it.
    These injuries are now beyond funny, we can laugh` ah no not another injury haha` but really, this is a massive worry.
    Something isn`t right somewhere, it`s like pissing against the wind when you are trying to progress only to find half the bloody team are crocked., it`s constant, one comes back, another joins the conveyer belt to take the previous injured players place.
    Isak has missed 40 % of games so far, when he played abroad he missed 5 games total.
    Every team gets injuries but our situation is beyond bad luck. It`s time to get this problem sorted.
    What`s the point of our owners spending millions on players if , after a month at the club, they are crocked, it`s ridiculous the amount of injuries we get.

  • lesh

    Feb 5, 2024 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #716


    Surprise surprise….. and your reappearance after a few days absence confirms you haven’t been banned.

    But, up you pop again and posting a petition organised by CitizenGo which is a right wing anti-gay group. And would you believe it, the Freespeech lot which produced the interview with the fan who’s been banned is also a right wing political lobbying group. No matter the rights or wrongs of their campaign to raise the matter, it’s using it to provoke malcontent among football fans. They’re very cute the way they’ve used that story and make no mistake, surveillance is becoming more and more prevalent.

    Tuff’s either been naive in posting that petition and like Fenham bring the matter to The Blog, he’s been trawling right leaning websites. Never mind Tuff, you’ll have scored a few points with your hero.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 5, 2024 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #717

    Petition signed

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 5, 2024 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #718

    Lesh – people can choose to sign or not sign the petition – their choice. You have obviously been waiting for me to post something so you can suddenly appear (from the shadows) and have a go/cause friction – as you always have done.

    In the meantime f**k off and stop stalking me.

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