Newcastle’s new summer 2014 signings

Posted July 19th, 2014 by Hugh de Payen | 320 Comments

Remy Cabella

Cabella – perhaps the player who fans have highest expectations of.

Newcastle have been fairly active in this summer’s transfer window, signing six new players so far.

This is just a brief overview of each of them.

Remy Cabella

There’s some argument about how much we paid Montpellier for the attacking midfielder. Newcastle claims it was £7m and Montpellier claims it was closer to £11.5m (Transfermarkt has it at £8.8m).

Louis Nicollin – the Montpellier chairman – has been less than complementary about Cabella’s move to Newcastle. When we tried to sign Cabella earlier in the year, Nicollin said Cabella would be “bored sh*tless” in Newcastle and then, when we finally got him, Nicollin said:

He wanted to go. I wasn’t happy, but I told him, ‘Congratulations’. In England, there is Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, which are above Newcastle, but Newcastle is a club with a lot of French. He likes them, so great.

Personally, I would not go to Newcastle. But hey, I’ll see him when he plays against a club in London!

He has what he wants, fine, we’ll see. But in any case, he has the ability to succeed in England, that’s for sure. He is frail, but he’s hard to catch.

Cabella made 114 appearances for Montpellier in Ligue 1, scored 27 goals and provided 16 assists. If you add in domestic cups and European competition that rises to 133 appearances, 31 goals and 18 assists. He’s played 17 times for France U21 and scored four goals. His only appearance in the senior French side was as an 80th minute substitute for Yohan Cabaye when France beat Norway 4-0 on 27 May 2014.

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Newcastle United v Swansea City match preview

Posted April 18th, 2014 by Hugh de Payen | 819 Comments

Newcastle United v Swansea City

Win needed or it’s 5 defeats on the trot

Date: Saturday 19 April 2014.
Time: 15:00.
Venue: St James’ Park.
Referee: Chris Foy.
UK TV: None.

Newcastle host Swansea at St James’ Park this weekend as both teams seek to improve on a bad run of form.

Newcastle have looked like a team already on their holidays lately. The rubber alligator is on the roof rack of their Bentley Continentals, the caravan is hitched to the tow-bar and they’re halfway down the M5 on the way to Cornwall. Or at least that’s the way it seems if recent performances are anything to go by.

But the combination of a home fixture against a team also amidst a poor run of form and the return of some key players from injury might give us half a chance of some points this weekend.

Allegedly, the target Mike Ashley set for Alan Pardew this season was a top ten finish. We’re currently in ninth place, three points ahead of Stoke and even if they overtake us we’ll finish tenth and achieve Ashley’s target. However, thanks to a victory against Everton at Goodison Park this week, Crystal Palace are only six points behind us in 11th place and in fine form having won their last four games on the trot, including a creditable win against Chelsea. So a top ten finish is by no means guaranteed yet.

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Newcastle United vs Everton match banter!

Posted March 25th, 2014 by workyticket | 494 Comments

Newcastle United v Everton.

A stiff test for Carver this evening.

Date: Tues 25th March 2014.
Time: 7:45pm.
Venue: St James’ Park.
Referee: Lee Mason.
UK TV: None.

Hello, good evening and welcome to our match banter for this evening’s game aginst Everton.

Once again, miscreant manager Alan Pardew will be restrained in his Benton office, leaving assistant John Carver to handle things in the dugout once again. This time though, it will be against a tricky Toffees side who have won their last three Premier League games.

Recent form.

You can see the recent form of the two teams below for their last six Premier League games (most recent first).

Team Results Points
Newcastle United W|L|W|W|L|L 9/18
Everton W|W|L|L|W|L 9/18

As you can see, in terms of recent form in the Premier League this evening’s two protagonists coudn’t e any closer with three wins, three losses and 9 points out of 18. Could it be a tight contest this evening? Continue reading…

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace match preview

Posted March 21st, 2014 by Hugh de Payen | 137 Comments

Crystal Palace Badge

Pardew takes on his former club.

Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014.
Time: 15:00.
Venue: St James’ Park.
Referee: Lee Probert.
UK TV: None.

Hot on the heels of defeat at Craven Cottage, we face lower table opposition again this week as we host Crystal Palace, which is of course where Alan Pardew played his football between 1987 and 1991.

Back in December we beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to goals from Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa (penalty) and Danny Gabbidon (own goal), so we’ll be looking to do the double over them on Saturday.

The league form for both teams from the last eight games looks like this:

P W D L F A Pts/Max Last 8
Newcastle 8 3 1 4 6 15 10/24 W|D|L|L|L|W|W|L
Crystal Palace 8 3 2 3 6 7 11/24 W|W|L|W|L|D|L|D

As the above table shows, Palace’s form in the last eight is similar to ours, although they’ve conceded far fewer goals. We can’t really argue that we’ve had tougher games either. In the last eight games we’ve faced three top half sides (Spurs, Chelsea and Villa) and so have Crystal Palace (Arsenal, Man Utd and Southampton).

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Newcastle United v Aston Villa match preview

Posted February 22nd, 2014 by Hugh de Payen | 719 Comments

Paul Lambert & Alan Pardew

Who’ll win the tactical battle?

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014.
Time: 13:30.
Venue: St James’ Park.
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
UK TV: Sky Sports 1.

It’s a mid-table battle at St James’ Park on Sunday as Newcastle play Aston Villa and I reckon both teams will think they can win it too.

Villa will fancy their chances against us given our recent atrocious run of form. But having the home advantage against mid-table opposition should give us some hope that we might be able to use this fixture to halt our recent decline, which would be a welcome relief.

The league form for both teams from the last eight games looks like this:

  P W D L F A Pts/Max Last 8
Newcastle 8 1 1 6 3 15 4/24 L|L|L|W|D|L|L|L
Aston Villa 8 2 3 3 10 12 9/24 D|W|L|D|W|L|L|D

As you can see, Villa’s form is better than ours to the tune of five points over the last eight games. Villa managed a draw away to Cardiff in the last game whereas our last point was at Norwich on the 28th January. We haven’t scored a goal since the match before that – away to West Ham on 18th January – and it’s probably no coincidence that we’ve been without Yohan Cabaye for all four of the intervening games and without Loic Remy for the last three of them. Continue reading…

Newcastle United vs Tottenham Hotspur match banter!

Posted February 12th, 2014 by workyticket | 253 Comments

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur.

Bantam cocks vs headless chickens at SJP this evening?

Hello, good evening and welcome to a rather impromptu ‘match banter’ post for this evening’s game, which sees the Magpies at home against Tottenham Hotspur.

I say “impromptu” because I thought I had already written the last blog on here for some time at least, and that the server this blog is hosted on would run out on 21st. Well, to get to the other reason for this blog, it is to keep all you regular readers informed that after intense late night discussions yesterday evening, it was decided between myself and Hugh that the server, including this site, could stay up after all! Things are still the same with myself, ie I’ve been doing stuff on here pretty much non-stop for well over four years now and I need a break to concentrate on other things. However, despite my previous information, the server will be staying up for the forseeable future, and Hugh might even have a bash at a few blogs if he can, although he is very challenged at the moment too so we’ll see.

So now you know! Continue reading…

Norwich City vs Newcastle United match banter!

Posted January 28th, 2014 by workyticket | 588 Comments

Norwich City vs Newcastle United.

Goodbye from NUFC Blog!

Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich.
Date: Tues 28th Dec, 2013.
Kick off: 7.45pm.
Referee:
UK TV: None.

Hello, good evening and welcome to my last match banter!

Please forgive me if it doesn’t follow the usual script but this piece is really just a way of saying thankyou and farewell to everyone who has read and contributed after almost five years of blogging on Newcastle United here.

A few years ago my ex-friend and colleague, Hugh, left the site suddenly. I’ve managed to struggle along on my own since then, but I now have other things to do with my life, and in the last few days, the abovementioned Hugh has also informed me that he’s going to cut off the server on the 21st February. Continue reading…

Newcastle United vs Southampton match preview and banter!

Posted December 14th, 2013 by workyticket | 80 Comments

Newcastle United v Southampton.

The Saints are marching in!

Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 14th Dec, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Mike Jones.
UK TV: None.

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to my latest ‘match banter’ feature for this afternoon’s game against Southampton.

This could be the last one for a while, if at all. I thought I’d do one last set of matchday blogs though to let all you regular readers know that I won’t be doing any more for a while at least as there are far better things I could be doing with my life right now.

Anyway looking forward this afternoon’s game, one intersting statistic is that Southampton are the last team Newcastle United managed to score more than two goals against in a competitive match. That was way back on the 24th February when the Magpies won a 4-2 victory at St James’ Park on an embarrassing and contrived ‘French Day’ where Geordies collaborated with Mike Ashley in reducing the entire history of one of Europe’s greatest countries down to mustachioed Breton Onion Johnnies and Can-can girls. Continue reading…

Mr.Average: What is Alan Pardew’s average season performance?

Posted December 13th, 2013 by workyticket | 20 Comments

The Silver Fox: OK, but no fist pump.

The Silver Fox: OK, but no fist pump.

The 9th December marked the third anniversary of Alan Pardew’s appointment as Newcastle United manager, with the 11th being the third anniversary of his first game in charge, a 3-1 victory over Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool.

So, bearing that in mind, I thought I would look at Pardew’s 113 Premier League games, crunch some numbers and see what we can learn.

As well as the results, one other thing I have used to assess Pardew’s performance is Transfermarkt’s table of Premier League clubs ranked by the value of their squads. I have been consulting this for quite a few years now, and when Newcastle United were first promoted from the Championship under Pardew’s predecessor, Chris Hughton, Newcastle had the 12th most valuable squad, worth around £90 million like Aston Villa or West Bromwich Albion today. However, some astute signings whose value increased such as Hatem Ben Arfa and Chieck Tiote took this up to around ninth by the time by the time Hughton was replaced by Pardew. With a further influx of cut price talent, mostly from France, they soon rose a couple of places higher to seventh. Since then Newcastle have slipped back to eighth behind Everton, who have been the closest side to Newcastle United squad wise over the last few seasons. Basically over that period there has been a top six of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham. After that there is something of a gap until you find Everton and Newcastle. Then, after another fairly large gap there is the rest. Continue reading…

Manchester United vs Newcastle United preview and match banter!

Posted December 7th, 2013 by workyticket | 72 Comments

Two teams needing to bounce back.

Two teams needing to bounce back.

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
Date: Sat 7th Dec, 2013.
Kick off: 12.45pm.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
UK TV: BT Sport.

Well both teams go into this one still reeling from defeats in midweek.

For the Magpies, Alan Pardew’s four game winning streak was brought to a shuddering halt after a tactical masterclass in adversity from Swansea’s Michael Laudrup. After losing their third striker Alvaro Vazquez to a groin strain, Laudrup reacted by bringing on Nathan Dyer and using Jonjo Shelvey in a so called ‘false nine’ role. They went on to transform the game with a goal each, with Shelvey also forcing Mathieu Debuchy into scoring an own goal for a 3-0 defeat.

Newcastle United are still roughly where they should be in the league though, seventh. Meanwhile, Manchester United certainly aren’t after their midweek defeat to Everton. The Red Devils thought they’d try a grumpy Glaswegian as manager for a change, but now find themselves languishing two places below the Magpies in ninth place with only six wins from their fourteen Premier League games so far. Continue reading…