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Newcastle’s last line of defence – Part Deux

January 5th, 2010 | 179 Comments |

Thou shalt not pass!
Thou shalt not pass!
Two months (and a bit) on from the last review, with the transfer window looming, I thought it might be worth having another look at how the players are doing. With off-field sagas taking a backseat for now, the focus is thankfully on the pitch and given our recent blip, does it add significance to the opportunity to invest this month?

We’re just about halfway through our first season in The Championship since our untimely relegation, and as we sit proudly at the top of the table, it goes some way to proving the quality and endeavour that we have available in the squad.

There is still that underlying fear that our position owes much to the lack of quality elsewhere in the league, an argument which holds some water. Much of our good start to the season is undoubtedly owed to a tremendous defensive record, which was something surely none of us expected.

For what it’s worth here’s my own term review of the keepers and defenders. I’ve only included the lads who have played at least a couple of games so far and I’ve just added to my initial review from back in October. (more…)


You’re not a loan? Hughton – “I don’t really expect to bring anybody in”.

November 25th, 2009 | 42 Comments |

Jus' chillin'?
Jus' chillin'?
Chris Hughton has admitted that he is pretty laidback as the hour approaches and the ‘temporary loan signing’ window shuts at 5pm tomorrow night until February.
It has long been reported that Leon Cort has been on Hughton’s radar but Hughton has been telling the Chronicle that he’s not in any rush to sign players just for the sake of it:

“You never know, but realistically looking at the squad I don’t really expect to bring anybody in during the next month or so.

“Of course, all sorts of things can happen in the next 24 hours, and phone calls will be made on Thursday with players potentially becoming available.

“Some clubs might make a decision that some of the players who weren’t available earlier in the season are now there for loans. But we’ll see.” (more…)


Newcastle’s last line of defence!

October 26th, 2009 | 45 Comments |

Have we been nicking Premiership balls?
Have we been nicking Premiership balls?
Just how much can you discuss the same thing, day after day? Well to be fair, we’ve given it a good go but rather than rant on about the off-field stuff, I thought it might be time to reflect on the on-field matters at Newcastle United.

We’re almost a third of the way through our new season in The Championship and surely the players at our disposal must be half-decent seeing as we’re sitting pretty at the top of the table?

Clearly, some of us have different ideas about the quality in our squad and argue that our position is as much to do with luck and the lack of opposition. I’d probably agree with some of that but you can only beat what’s in front of you (to coin a well-worn cliche). Mind you, we could be here all night talking about the entire squad, so I’ll split it out a little.

For what it’s worth here’s my own term review of the the keepers and defenders. I’ve only included the lads who have played at least a couple of games so far – (more…)


Khizanishvili is a Geordie! Hughton gets another one in at last.

September 17th, 2009 | 9 Comments |

Khizanishvili is coming to Toon.
Khizanishvili is coming to Toon.
In the wake of Newcastle’s pummeling by the frisky Tangerines on Wednesday, United’s manager, Chris Hughton, has drafted in Blackburn’s benchwarming defender, Zurab Khizanishvili (try saying that without sounding inebriated).

He will be arriving, like previous loanee, Danny Simpson, on a three month loan deal, and is widely expected to slip straight into the squad to face Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Whilst struggling to get a place in the first team at Blackburn this season, Khizanishvili is a highly experienced international for his home country, Georgia, with no less than 62 caps. He signed for Blackburn from Rangers three years ago for a modest £500,000.

Speaking of his new aquisition, Chris Hughton said: (more…)