The Latest Newcastle United FC Transfer News for 2017 – 2018
- Mon, 13 Aug 2018 07:25:59 +0000: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action - Newcastle United | The Guardian
Guendouzi is one of Arsenal’s few reasons to be cheerful, Naby Keïta is a thrilling talent no matter whose shirt he’s wearing, and Richarlison already looks worth the money
Wherever Arsène Wenger was watching, he would have approved of Mattéo Guendouzi’s presence at the base of Arsenal’s midfield. The 19-year-old was poached from Lorient, exactly the type of under‑the-radar Francophone deal in which the former manager delighted. Eager and energetic, his tousled locks and upright style make him stand out but, with City interchanging midfield passes at breakneck speed, Unai Emery had exposed him to a heavy workload – neither Granit Xhaka nor Aaron Ramsey showed much dedication to defensive duties. When Raheem Sterling blazed past him to score City’s opener, Guendouzi’s inexperience was exposed but so was neglectful defending from Mesut Özil and Héctor Bellerín. His passing was often chaotic but so was that of his midfield partners, particularly Xhaka. John BrewinContinue reading...
- Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:51:02 +0000: The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos - Newcastle United | The Guardian
Your weekend round-up of the best photography from England’s top flightContinue reading...
- Sat, 11 Aug 2018 13:42:38 +0000: Dele Alli gets Tottenham off to a winning start against Newcastle - Newcastle United | The Guardian
In Mauricio Pochettino’s native Argentina interest rates have been held at an emergency 40% since May and the plummeting peso recently led to the government receiving an emergency $50bn International Monetary Fund bailout. It makes the UK’s own travails seem rather tame but Tottenham’s manager has nevertheless said he feels “sorry for the English people” as Brexit looms. Moreover, Pochettino blames the Leave vote for the fall in the pound which prompted a rise in the costs of building the new White Hart Lane and, apparently, precipitated his club’s failure to buy a single player during the transfer window.
Even by football manager standards it is a creative excuse but the good news is that Pochettino is infinitely more convincing as a coach than an economist, and his young squad were arguably not really in need of reinforcement anyway.Continue reading...
- Sat, 11 Aug 2018 13:36:01 +0000: Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened - Newcastle United | The Guardian
Early headers from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli ensured Spurs started the season with victory in an entertaining game at St James’ Park
Louise Taylor’s match report has arrived, which is my cue to do one. Thanks for your company and emails, bye!
Dele Alli “Everyone knows the first game’s a big one and you want to get off to a good start. As a squad we want to keep improving. It was a great experience in Russia. When you’re there you’re in your own little bubble and you don’t realise how much it means until you get back. We’re disappointed we didn’t win it. Now it’s all about Tottenham and the Premier League.”
The team news is in for the 3pm kick-offs
Peep peep! Spurs start the season with a good win on a ground where Newcastle don’t lose too often. It was a close game, settled by Dele Alli’s smart header in the first half. We’ll have reaction and a full match report shortly.
90+4 min Diame is booked for a foul on Kane.
90+3 min Newcastle probably deserve a point, having hit both the post and the bar. I doubt there is anything for them to worry about this season.
90+2 min Yedlin is being helped off, so Newcastle will finish the match with 10 men. He doesn’t look in pain but he is struggling to put weight on his right leg.
90 min There will be four added minutes. Yedlin is down and looks in a lot of pain. He planted his right foot very awkwardly after stretching for a high ball; this might be ligament damage.
88 min Spurs make their final change, with Eric Dier limping off to be replaced by the 21-year-old debutant Luke Amos.
85 min: Rondon hits the bar! Newcastle’s new No9 almost equalises on his debut. Shelvey played a crisp pass to the edge of the area, where Rondon ignored the challenge of Davies. That gave him time out of his feet and sweep a shot that hit the stretching Vertonghen, wrongfooted Lloris and looped tantalisingly onto the face of the bar!
84 min Spurs are keeping Newcastle at arms length for the time being. The atmosphere is very quiet.
82 min Muto wriggles into the box and wins a corner for Newcastle. Shelvey’s inswinger is fisted away by Lloris.
81 min Newcastle’s final change: the debutant Yoshinori Muto replaces Ayoze Perez.
80 min A Spurs substitution: Son replaces Dele Alli, who scored a fine goal and has probably been the Man of the Match.
79 min Davies clips the ball down the left to Eriksen, who races into the box and lifts a cross that flashes past Dubravka and out of play on the far side.
78 min “That shot from Dembele makes me ask, why is there not a practice pitch where subs can actually touch the ball and take a shot rather than just stretch some muscles?” asks Daniel Friedman. “Like in baseball pitchers warm up with some pitches in the bullpen — why no footie bullpen?”
I suppose any new stadiums need that space for the Michelin-starred restaurant.
77 min Spurs appear to have declared at 2-1, which is a dangerous game away from home. Newcastle are having most of the ball now.
75 min “Welcome to a new season,” says Felix Wood. “It’s too early for it, there’s no getting away from that. Not sure I agree with you on referees being reluctant to give cards being a good thing. I may be biased, but Croatia being able to haul down England players whenever it looked like there was a break on without fear of anything worse than giving away a free kick still rankles. Cynicism should always be punished in my book.”
That’s a fair point (though I didn’t notice it in the England game). But I think it’d be good if referees were able to make a distinction between cynical fouls and, for want of a better word, honest ones.
73 min After a flurry of chances at the start of the second half, the game and the crowd have gone a bit quiet.
71 min Eriksen plays a square pass to Dembele, who blooters high and wide from 25 yards.
70 min Ritchie is furious at being substituted. He’s effing at anyone and everyone, grinding his teeth in frustration.
69 min A Spurs change: Mousa Dembele replaces the slightly disappointing Lucas Moura. And Newcastle have brought on Christian Atsu for the excellent Matt Ritchie.
68 min Kane gives the ball away to Kenedy, fouls him and is booked.
67 min Ritchie is lucky not to be booked for a deliberate foul on Davies. It feels like referees are becoming more reluctant to show yellow cards, which is a welcome development.
66 min Dier, already booked, fouls Perez. Some referees would have sent him off for that, but I think Martin Atkinson was right not to do so.
65 min Here’s Christian Svanes Kolding. “From Brooklyn, where darkened skies have descended to unleash heavy lashings of rain - cue Michael Bay - I can enthusiastically second the endorsement of yeast on the popcorn,” says Christian. “It really brightens up your day and adds a bit of zing to your step. Now, if only Eriksen would score then this Dane would be well pleased.”
64 min This is a good spell for Newcastle. If I was Mauricio Pochettino I’d bring on Son for Kane, who is as peripheral as he was at the World Cup. Something isn’t right there.
62 min This has been such an open game, surprisingly so given the quality of the two defences.
60 min: Fine save by Lloris! That corner was not cleared properly by Spurs, and Perez hit an excellent shot on the turn from the corner of the six-yard box. Lloris had almost no reaction time but plunged to his right to make a brilliant stop.
59 min Ritchie plays a fine pass behind the defence for Joselu, but Sanchez scoots back to concede a corner. Good defending. That’s Joselu’s last touch: he is replaced by the new signing Salomon Rondon.
58 min Joselu is booked for a lunge at Eric Dier.
58 min Spurs are playing some lovely stuff now, with Alli and Eriksen to the fore. If they play like this when Kane is back to his best, they will be some team.
57 min Aurier’s cross is half cleared by the flying Dubravka and volleyed over acrobatically by Sanchez. He could have had a hat-trick today.
56 min Lucas Moura and Kane work the ball out to Davies, who hammers a cross into the area. It finds Sissoko, who sweeps a first-time shot towards goal that is superbly saved by Dubravka!
53 min A brilliant dummy from Alli allows him to nutmeg Yedlin without touching the ball. He is having a fine game. Yes, yes, I know that’s not technically a nutmeg but you know what a mean.
51 min: What a chance for Kenedy! Joselu’s superb pass found him in all sorts of space on the left of the box, but Kenedy’s first touch was poor and that allowed Lloris to sprawl at his feet and save. The ball came back to Kenedy, who shovelled it across the face of goal, and Aurier was able to clear desperately.
50 min Alli almost makes it 3-1. Eriksen’s cross from the right took a touch off Kane, which affected Alli as he made another brilliant late run into the box. He couldn’t put the brakes on and the ball hit him before looping towards goal, with Dubravka able to make a comfortable save.
49 min “Re Matt Dony’s plea (31 min), I’ve cut out dairy (it was killing me and it’s still killing the planet) and I can confirm that nothing really replaces cheese,” says Gary Naylor. “The best alternatives are houmous - especially leavened with pomegranate seeds or something exotic - or guacamole (but watch the fat). A decent red might work better than the whisky too. PS I remain a less than convincing advert for such abstemious diets - though my kids are!”
47 min: Diame hits the post! The chance came out of nothing. Shelvey’s towering header sent the ball into the Spurs area, where it dropped nicely for Diame on the left of the box. He took the ball down deftly and thundered a rising left-footed shot that clattered off the outside of the near post. I think Lloris was beaten.
47 min “I assume Matt has tried nut-based cheeses (excuse me, cheezes, for EU lawyers’ sake), but they are truly awful,” says James Hupp. “Hummus seems to be the only way to go here. And it doesn’t totally rule out having someone over, whereas asking someone to partake of cashew-derived cheddar alternatives might.”
46 min Peep peep! Newcastle get the second half under way.
A bit of half-time reading
“Ready Salted crisps are the ideal accompaniment to whisky,” says Josse McMahon and nones of others.
Half-time chit chat “Afternoon, Rob,” says Ian Copestake. “How was your pre-season? Did the Guardian put you all through your paces at an internet cafe in Marbella? The paint-ball team-building exercise might have been a tad unnecessary though.”
The boot camp was the killer. It was a breeze to go without food or water, but to deprive journalists of Twitter for 72 hours was just barbaric.
Peep peep! That was 45 minutes of good, clean fun. Spurs deserve to be ahead, though there isn’t much in it. See you in 15 minutes for the second half.
44 min Though they are behind, Newcastle will go into half-time in decent spirits. They have played much better in the last 15 minutes, with the wide attackers Kenedy and Ritchie increasingly influential.
43 min “As a vegan for a number of years, I can say popcorn dusted with nutritional yeast is a delightful treat,” says Joshua Reynolds. “No, really.”
42 min Dier is booked for a foul on Kenedy.
39 min A Newcastle free-kick leads to a game of head tennis in the Spurs area. Eventually an inadequate header from Aurier falls to Clark, who drags a left-footed volley through the crowd and just wide of the far post.
37 min Davies’s cross finds Kane in a scandalous amount of space at the near post. He eventually wins a corner, from which Sanchez almost makes it 3-1. It was a wicked inswinger from Eriksen towards the near post, where Sanchez got in front of Shelvey and flashed a header across goal. It was a really good chance, especially as Dubravka was in no man’s land.
34 min Eriksen slides a nice through pass to Kane, who inexplicably miscontrols the ball. He would have been clear on goal. I thought he was offside actually, but I don’t think the flag went up. Kane, as at the World Cup, doesn’t look particularly sharp.
33 min It’s been a good few minutes for Newcastle, who have spent more time in the Spurs half. Ritchie looks in the mood to make mischief; I’d get the ball to him at every opportunity.
31 min “In amongst all the goals and general excitement, can I canvass some advice from the learned and venerable brains-trust that makes up an MBM ‘community’?” sniffs Matt Dony. “I realised that middle-age had truly set in (a few years ahead of schedule) when I had to acknowledge that cheese and crackers and whiskey in front of Match Of The Day wasn’t an occasional treat, but a routine that had become preferable to going out on a Saturday night. (‘What’s that? The pub, you say? Nah, I’m busy...’) Anyway, over the summer, I’ve gone vegan, so cheese is out of the picture. Any suggestions on what I should replace it with?”
29 min Kane’s cross is punched away desperately by Dubravka. It comes to Aurier, just inside the box. He considers his options - good ones, all of them - and then belts a left-footed shot high and wide. Oh, Serge.
27 min Perez pressures Vertonghen into conceding a corner. Ritchie swings it out towards Clark, whose header is blocked by Alli. The loose ball eventually falls for Dummett, who swishes wide from 25 yards.
26 min Spurs are so dominant at the moment, with Newcastle really struggling to get and then keep possession.
22 min The only slight criticism of Spurs, apart from their defending for Joselu’s goal, is that their build-up play has been a little deliberate at times. When they move the ball quickly they look so dangerous.
20 min Spurs are looking really good, with no signs of early-season rust. That’s the big advantage of having no new players, I suppose. Meanwhile, replays confirm that Vertonghen did score the first Spurs goal. The ball was this far over the line. VAR may be a shambles in its current form but goalline technology works perfectly.
We’ve had three goals in 11 minutes! This is another nice goal. Aurier, on the right, curls a beautiful first-time cross beyond the far post, where Alli makes a trademark late run and plants an accomplished header back across Dubravka.
13 min Spurs are controlling possession, to no great surprise, but Newcastle are well organised defensively and look lively on the break. It’s a good game.
12 min I was just about to say that I think Vertonghen scored the Spurs goal. Dummett made a desperate challenge just as Vertonghen was about to head it, so it may have been his touch. But I think it was Vertonghen.
That didn’t take long. Ritchie, on the right, whips a brilliant left-footed cross into the area, where Joselu gets away from the negligent Sanchez and kisses a header into the far corner. That’s a really nice goal.
Spurs take the lead from the resulting corner. Eriksen’s outswinger from the right was flicked towards the far post by Sanchez, and Vertonghen stooped to head the ball onto the underside of the bar. It bounced down and landed just over the line, with technology confirming the goal.
8 min Eriksen drags a low, left-footed shot from 25 yards that is fingertipped behind by Dubravka. It was going wide anyway but the keeper took no chances.
6 min Spurs look decent value to win the league at 16-1 but it’s surely essential that they avoid their usual slow start to the season. Lucas Moura threatens to give them the lead here, surging into the box before clipping a shot that is crucially blocked by the sliding Clark.
5 min “As a Liverpool fan, I have high expectations and no doubt they’ll provide lots of excitement,” says Mike MacKenzie. “I just hope that they can reduce the number of nail-biting finishes! In any case, I’m looking forward to seeing how many clubs perform this year. I hope all MBMers can enjoy their club despite whatever problems it might have (even Newcastle whose fans I do empathize with; hope Rafa can keep them up). Finally, I must say that ending the transfer window before the start of the season was a great move.”
4 min Shelvey and Perez combine nicely to find Joselu, whose shot is blocked by Dier. It’s been a bright start by both sides. Moments later, Ritchie batters a loose ball over the bar from 20 yards.
3 min “I once taught in Newcastle,” says Alun Pugh. “One of my colleagues well remembers teaching a young lad who was later to achieve some measure of sporting fame. Professional standards dictate I cannot reveal his name (it will all end in tears otherwise) but she told me ‘That **** ******** was by some measure the daftest lad I ever taught’.”
You wouldn’t forget a brush with someone like that.
2 min Ciaran Clark gives away a silly free-kick with a reckless challenge on Sissoko near the byline on the right. Eriksen eschews the cross and clips it back to Davies, whose shot is blocked.
1 min Peep peep! Spurs kick off from left to right. Newcastle are in the usual black-and-white stripes; Spurs are wearing their neptune green (sic) third strip.
The players of both sides are going through the ritual of pre-match handshakes. Yep, it’s time for some association football.
The MBM season does not truly start until we receive the first email from the great Gary Naylor
“Teddy was indeed an outstanding finisher at all levels of the game (as was John Aldridge and other late(ish) bloomers like Kevin Phillips and Ian Wright),” says Gary. “So, to what extent is finishing a knack? If it is (and, you’ve guessed it, I suspect it might be) wouldn’t it be worth a Premier League club taking a punt or two on a prolific lower league er... fox in the box? Play him in the Carabao Cup and see how he goes.”
“Welcome back Rob,” says Matt Loten. “Currently sat in traffic outside Preston, heading to Blackpool for Portsmouth’s first away game of the season. Sunshine’s out, inane transfer debate on the radio, stomach full of questionable motorway service station cooked breakfast. Does it get any better than this? I’ll answer that question for you: it does not. Here’s hoping that everyone - fan, footballer and MBM’er alike - is as excited as I am. Football is well and truly back!”
Remember When department
Now this is how to finish a one-on-one. Teddy Sheringham was such an underrated finisher.
Newcastle (4-2-3-1) Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett; Shelvey, Diame; Ritchie, Perez, Kenedy; Joselu.
Subs: Darlow, Schar, Manquillo, Ki, Atsu, Rondon, Muto.
Spurs (4-2-3-1) Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Alli; Sissoko, Eriksen, Moura; Kane.
Subs: Vorm, Alderweireld, Walker-Peters, Dembele, Amos, Son, Llorente.
Wotcha. Welcome back. The start of the football season is Christmas Day for football fans. Newcastle’s supporters received a pair of socks; Spurs fans got a new training ground. The inactivity of both sides in the transfer market has compromised the usual opening-day optimism, yet you could argue both sides had a decent summer. Newcastle kept Rafael Benitez, and Spurs are still the employers of Mauricio Pochettino, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and others.
Novelty trumps stability in the juvenile world of modern football, but the latter is far more conducive to success. That word means different things to different clubs. For Spurs, it’s the traditional definition: they need a trophy, any trophy, this season, because this team will probably break up if they don’t win one.Continue reading...
- Fri, 10 Aug 2018 21:30:14 +0000: Newcastle’s failure to agree Rafael Benítez deal puts unity in jeopardy - Newcastle United | The Guardian
• Manager says ‘now is not the time’ to resume contract talks
• Club calls on all parties ‘to pull in the same direction’
Rafael Benítez has no immediate plans to re-open contract talks with Mike Ashley and does not seem entirely convinced they will ever resume.
Newcastle United’s manager has little more than nine months remaining on his deal but negotiations with the owner reached an impasse some time ago. Although Ashley would, ideally, like the agreement extended, he refuses to meet some of Benítez’s principal demands concerning both recruitment and overhauls of the training ground and academy.Continue reading...
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- Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:51 +0000: Ex-England midfielder Parker retires - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC
Ex-England, Charlton and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker announces his retirement from football.
- Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:04:10 +0000: Taxman's football raid 'may be unlawful' - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC
HMRC officers seized documents from Newcastle United as part of a tax fraud investigation.
- Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:53:36 +0000: Newcastle keeper Sels joins Anderlecht - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC
Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels joins Belgian champions Anderlecht on a season-long loan.
- Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC
Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.
- Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:35:31 +0000: Cisse leads tributes at Tiote memorial - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Newcastle United | BBC
Papiss Cisse leads the tributes at a memorial for former Newcastle team-mate Cheick Tiote, who died after collapsing in training in China.
Newcastle United have been the focus of much speculation in recent weeks in regards of new additions to the squad with many household names being linked with the north east club. Manager Alan Pardew has been scouring the football world for players to add to his team who can bring as much to the table for Newcastle as last years signings Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse did last season as they were two of the most influential signings the club has made for several years.
The biggest story this summer for Newcastle is their desire to bring back Andy Carroll to St James Park as the former Newcastle striker has found it extremely hard to find his feet at Anfield and it is widely believed that new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers sees no future for the huge striker in his plans to take Liverpool back to the top of the division. Liverpool however have stated so far that they have received no offers for Carroll but have also failed to state if they would entertain any for him as he cost the Merseysiders thirty five million pounds less than two seasons ago which they would fail to recoup if they in fact did decide to sell their misfiring striker.
One of the top targets for Pardew this season looks to be FC Twente defender Douglas as the club are believed to have just tabled a bid of around four million pounds for the services of the Brazilian player. Douglas has recently stated that he wishes to search for pastures new after completing a couple of seasons for the Belgian side and it looks highly likely that he will be plying his trade in the premier league next season for Newcastle as long as they can complete the deal successfully.
Another player who Newcastle are keen on signing from Fc Twente is the Dutch player Luuk De Jong although it looks highly unlikely that Pardew will be able to bring the player to St James Park as he is seemingly on his way to German side Borussia Monchengladbach. A deal is yet to be signed by the Dutch international yet the hope of bringing him to the north east for the start of next season is dwindling day by day but there is still hope for Pardew until the player signs on the dotted line.
French international Mathieu Debuchy looks all set to complete a move to Newcastle after the player who is currently at Lille has stated that it is his priority to play in the premier league next season and his preferred destination right now is Newcastle. This will be like music to Newcastle fans ears as the defender is extremely well thought of around Europe and can offer a great boost of experience and skill to the Magpies defence.
Want away Blackburn player Junior Hoilett is another player who is on Pardews radar is the striker is all set to leave the championship side with it looking more than likely he will be heading off to Germany with Borussia Monchegladbach. Pardew though still holds hope he can persuade the striker to turn his attentions to Tyneside but this is looking more unlikely each day.