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All we are saying is give Bruce a chance!

August 28th, 2019 | 2 Comments |

Joelinton
Joelinton scoring Newcastle’s first goal of the season.
After such a poor performance against Norwich, even the most optimistic fan would be forgiven for thinking that the Toon might be lucky to even pick up one point against Champions League finalists Tottenham on their own turf, let alone three as they did, with Joelinton’s well taken goal separating the sides. However, does the solid performance against the Champions League finalists mean redemption for Steve Bruce?

After two lost games using Steve Bruce’s preferred 3-5-2 formation it was obvious that things weren’t working and at the start it seemed that Bruce’s team had come out with more attacking intent this time with a formation which looked more like an attacking 3-4-3 with Joelinton leading the line alongside Almiron and Saint-Maximin. (more…)


Tottenham vs Newcastle – An Opposition View

August 22nd, 2019 | 5 Comments |

Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min clinching it for Spurs in our last game
Time: Sunday 25th August 2019, 4:30 pm
Place: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV: Sky

With VAR once again making the headlines at the Manchester City’s Etihad and Tottenham being handed another get out of jail free card, it has without question been the talking point from last Saturday’s heavyweight encounter.

With the defending champions registering no less than thirty efforts on goal and Tottenham managing just three, the stats will point to the fact that City should have won the game at an absolute canter.

At the same time, if there was ever a game that proved that it is not all about the stats surrounding the game and more about the final number of goals that were scored, then Saturday’s evening offering was the one. (more…)


What of Newcastle United’s forgotten man?

June 8th, 2019 | 17 Comments |

Dwight Gayle
Gayle: An excellent season at West Brom.
We had almost forgotten about him thanks to his swap with West Brom target man, Salomon Rondon, but he’s back. Much to the chagrin of West Bromwich Albion fans (if the Internet is to be believed), The Throstles decided they couldn’t afford Premier League wages in the Championship and have sent back Dwight Gayle back to St James’ Park. It certainly wasn’t due to poor performances, he had an excellent season, scoring 24 goals. Some even say that the reason West Brom didn’t get to the play-off finals was because Gayle missed out on the second leg of the semi final against local rivals, Aston Villa, who only won on penalties in the end. He scored in the first leg, but also picked up two yellow cards, leaving West Brom bereft of their top hitman when it came to the crunch. (more…)


Everything’s in the balance for Newcastle United

June 7th, 2019 | No Comments |

Mike Ashley
Ashley: Another sale saga drags on.
“These are the times that try men’s souls” said Thomas Paine of the American War of Independence, and though Newcastle United may stand on the brink of finally seeing the back of its most unpopular owner (in a strong field of previous unpopular owners), these are indeed trying times as many Toon fans wait in hope and frustration for something definitive to happen. Welcome as it is for most, it raises some major questions with a manager whose future at the club is still uncertain and in the midst of a crucial transfer window for the Magpies. What should the transfer policy be this summer when the manager’s contract situation is still up in the air and Ashley and the Bin Zayed Group grope their way towards a deal? (more…)


Is this the reason for Ayoze Perez’s improved form last season?

June 3rd, 2019 | No Comments |

Ayoze Perez with match ball
Perez after his first Toon hat-trick.
Like Brexit has distracted most people in the UK from other political issues, so talk of a certain takeover has dominated the minds of we Toon fans in recent weeks, including the stories in this ‘blog. However, in this piece I mean to put that right by concentrating on the notable improvement in form of Ayoze Perez in the latter part of last season, and why this might be.

To get straight to the point, until last season, Perez hardly ever played right wing in a Newcastle United shirt, he was primarily a second striker, occasionally filling in as a centre forward or left winger as needs must in a threadbare Ashley squad.

However, since around December of 2018, Rafa Benitez switched him to a new position on the right of a cosy threesome nestling behind Salomon Rondon and whilst his assist stats haven’t really changed, his goal stats have been transformed from mediocrity to world class levels. (more…)