(Moving images are credited to NUFC Comps) Newcastle United teams during the 2010’s became counter-attack specialists. Managers often constructed teams in 4-2-3-1’s or 5 at the back variants which entailed compact defending with plenty of bodies behind the ball philosophies. The role of the ‘deep lying playmaker’ became an essential cog in the machine for these systems to succeed in maintaining a balance. The two standout individuals in this role are Jonjo Shelvey and Yohan C
With Mike Ashley on the brink of selling our club to the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, a lot of players will be playing for their futures if we can get this season resumed but if we can't, some of them will likely have played their final game for us. So let's take a look at our squad and see who's futures could be affected by the takeover. Starting with the goalkeepers, Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot are coming to the end of their contracts and I don't think a new manag
Allow me to take you back..... 2 years ago.
Leicester City Away. Leicester were in Unreal form at the time. I think they were unbeaten in there last 5.
Heading down on Paul's bus on the day (if you know, you know) I didn't know what to expect. In all honesty with how good Leicester were and how bad we were away from home that season only winning against Swansea and Stoke away I believe before that. I had very little hope we could get something on this day. But I couldn't
Sean Longstaff It has not been the easiest season for Sean. If you watch the channel, you will know by now that I would defend both of them with my life. That being said, Sean has even been honest with himself about his season; it has not been great. More frustration and high expectation have had Sean in a difficult spot this season. He has had a couple of really good performances such as Man United at home and Spurs away have been some of his best performances in a Newcastle
Leicester City (a), Premier League, 14/03/2016: Lost 0-1 Rob Elliot: Elliot began Rafa Benitez's time at Newcastle as the first choice keeper following Tim Krul's season-ending injury he suffered the previous October. Elliot's performances in the 2015/16 season earned him the fans' choice for the club's player of the season. However, soon after Benitez's arrival, he picked up a serious injury which kept him out for a year. This gave Karl Darlow the chance to shine and he was
This week two of Newcastle United's most influential dressing room personalities, Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie signed contract extensions with the club. This is in addition to the new deal our player of the season elect, Martin Dubravka signed shortly after this season began. It is always good news when players commit to Newcastle, whether it be youth prospects finding their feet in the Under 23's, or seasoned first team regulars. But with an influx of key players out of co
Nabil Bentaleb was Newcastle's first signing in the January transfer window, which came out of left field and surprised journalists and fans alike. I for one, am still puzzled why Steve Bruce felt the need to bring in an additional central midfielder after the emergence of Matty Longstaff. What puzzles me even more, is that the Algerian has featured so prominently since his arrival on Tyneside, despite hardly even featuring in a match day squad for parent club Schalke 04 in t
The headline isn't rhetorical, I genuinely want to know, as its got me scratching my head. Our £40million record signing was handed the number nine shirt at the start of the season and has so far only found the net once. Signed from Hoffenheim, the Brazilian found the net just seven times in twenty six appearances in the Bundesliga last season and hasn't even been called up to a Brazil national squad since U17 level. So why did the club, famous for clutching the purse strings
Come on! Could not win at Bramall Lane we were told. What a great team performance tonight!
Martin Dubravka made some unreal saves early on to keep Newcastle in the game and he deserves the credit. He was my man of the match today! We were given a chance and, fabulously, they take it! It was an amazing cross by Javier Manquillo and Allan Saint-Maximin scored with a well hit header in the bottom corner. It was an absolute beauty! I want a headband!
Newcastle upped the ante
The FIFA 20 ratings have been revealed and whilst players have been talking about their own ratings on social media, I thought I'd go through all of our player ratings (including the players we have out on loan) and what it could mean for them on career mode. The rating difference from FIFA 19 mentions the rating from when the game was released. Martin Dubravka - 80 (+1 from FIFA 19) This is no surprise and it says something that despite turning 30 in January, Martin Dubravka
“I think the change of manager could be a good thing. For me personally, I probably needed that change and trying to get into Steve’s plans. I understand the fans are disappointed. We had three great seasons under Rafa but it wasn’t to be and I think we’ve all got to move on. If we put in performances like that, week in and week out in the Premier League they can have no problem with it. Steve is a lot different to Rafa. You never knew what Rafa was thinking. His record speak
"You see things over the summer like Rafa staying or going. Then he doesn't stay and it's who will come in? Will they like you or not? It's part and parcel of football and it is what it is. You can't control it. All you can do is put it in during training and games. Whether a manager likes you is something you can't control you just have to be professional and do your job. "I won't be leaving this club. I don't know who wants me to leave or stay but as far as I am concerned I
I'm not going to lie, I really should've done more articles over the season but seeing as there's no articles reviewing the season, I may as well do it myself. It was another difficult summer for us with only around £22.5m spent (not including whatever loan fees we paid for Salomon Rondon and Kenedy), by the time the first pre season game came around, the only new face was Ki Sung-yueng on a free transfer from Swansea City whilst Mikel Merino left for Real Sociedad after his
I remember thinking back in January 2016 that £12m for Jonjo Shelvey, who was struggling for game time at Swansea, was rather excessive. However, I think he has proved that we have struck a good deal as he has become a key figure at St. James' Park. Shelvey decided to stay with the club after the 2016 relegation from the Premier League, unlike Andros Townsend who was purchased at the same price and bought at around the same time that Shelvey was drafted in from Swansea. Since
After a tremendous effort out in Russia, England have long returned home and the much debated mid-season friendly programme has followed. As is the lull between top flight fixtures, a popular world cup topic of conversation was the choice of midfielders and whether we had alternative players who could have made a bigger difference. Commenting for the Daily Mail, Jamie Redknapp praises players such as Leicester’s James Maddison, Derby’s on loan midfielder Mason Mount and, inte
Shelvey told NUFC TV: "Don’t get me wrong I would have loved to have gone. But there is no point in dwelling on it now. It’s happened and they’re doing fantastic over there. Congratulations to them. But at the end of the day my career is about myself and I’ve got to make sure I put the performances in for Newcastle. I want to pick up where I left off last year. If I can do that I’ll be happy. "I just went away and enjoyed my time off really. I had a really nice rest with the
The first players to leave us in the summer were Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Lubomir Satka and Haris Vuckic, who were all released at the end of their contracts. It took a while to make our first signing as Florian Lejeune finally arrived from Eibar on 4 July whilst Graham Carr left his role as chief scout and Matz Sels joined Anderlecht on loan. Later that week, we were linked with wingers Sheyi Ojo, Jesus Navas, Adama Traore and Jacob Murphy and the latter was signed from N