Newcastle want Serbian starlet ahead of January window

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring for Anderlecht

Mitrovic – Scoring form for Anderlecht has been attracting admirers from across Europe

Newcastle United are ready to strengthen their forward line with the signing of Anderlecht’s Aleksandar Mitrovic for a fee in the region of £10m – according to the Telegraph. Our senior striker, Papiss Cissé, has enjoyed a mixed start to the 2014/15 season, with injuries dominating the headlines. A recurring knee injury has kept the Senegalese international out of action for the past month, and although young Ayoze Perez has been filled the void more than sufficiently, head scout Graham Carr and manager Alan Pardew want another striker in the door as soon as possible. The number one target, according to the aforementioned publication, is Mitrovic, who has been in fine form with Anderlecht since joining last year. However, as with any player NUFC look to sign, there are a number of other top European clubs keeping tabs on the Serbian — hardly surprising considering his goal scoring form in Belgium.

The club failed to strengthen a weakened forward line last summer, with priority target Alexandre Lacazette agreeing to stay put for another season at least, despite a number of bids from Tyneside. As anyone will know, unless they’ve been hiding under a rock the past three months, Lacazette has been blistering form for Lyon, and our chances of … Continue Reading …

What happened to Adam Campbell’s Newcastle career?

Adam Campbell celebrates with Papiss Cissé after scoring a late winner against Fulham

Campbell – Was an encouraging breakthrough in Newcastle United’s underwhelming 2012/13 season

As Newcastle United supporters begrudgingly prepare for the dreaded international break, it gives us all time to look back on what has been a superb return to form. 5 straight victories, including four successive Premier League wins has left Toon fans wondering where it all went right. The majority will heap praise on manager Alan Pardew for turning things around, but when I say majority, I mean the media and onlookers outside of the north-east. Truth is, plenty of Newcastle fans – myself included – would have Pardew replaced in the morning if given the choice, however we are all smart enough to realise that once he retained Mike Ashley’s backing following a dire loss to Stoke City, his sacking just wasn’t going to happen. Anyway, in a season so far that has been filled with local lads giving their all for the Black and White cause, I want to take a look at another Geordie in Adam Campbell, and ask the question – what has happened to this guy?

Before you interject and cite his recent hernia and the fact he has just returned to regular, full-on training – I know, but there is something more to his story than just that injury.

Many will remember Papiss Cissé’s last-gasp winner against Stoke City two seasons ago, a no-nonsense finish to say the least. However, it may well be forgotten that … Continue Reading …

Sammy Ameobi beginning to take his chance on Tyneside

Sammy Ameobi scores Newcastle's equaliser against Spurs at White Hart Lane

Ameobi – Rifled home an absolute beauty 7 seconds into the second half at White Hart Lane

When Newcastle United scampered down the tunnel after a ridiculously poor first half showing against Tottenham Hotspur, Toon fans began to ask the question – what kind of gameplan did NUFC really bring to White Hart Lane? Whatever the idea of the first 45 minutes happened to be, it was nothing short of appalling. We didn’t create a chance, and the majority of the players didn’t look bothered about representing the shirt they were wearing. The second half however, was brilliant. As many of you will know, I – alongside thousands of other Newcastle fans – find it quite difficult to get excited about the Toon these days, but the second half was refreshing to the say the least. We looked a proper Premier League team. The players worked tirelessly, and actually went at the Spurs defence for the kill, a tie which was eventually settled by the highly-talented Ayoze Perez on his first league start.

The arrival of Sammy Ameobi and Rémy Cabella changed the game. They both added a dynamic to our forward line that didn’t exist in the first half. Just 7 seconds into the second period, Jack Colback pulled off the pass of the season so far from inside his own half to set up Ameobi for NUFC’s equaliser.

The lanky winger took it in his strike before sending a bullet past Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner – a fantastic finish, and a response that had Spurs reeling from the … Continue Reading …

‘Relieved’ Mike Ashley will be in for a shock in the near future

Gabriel Obertan celebrates scoring against Leicester City

Obertan- Scored an impressive solo effort in a relatively poor display from the Toon on Saturday

I couldn’t help but have a good laugh to myself when I heard that Mike Ashley had visited the home dressing-room after Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City to congratulate the players on securing their first Premier League win of the season. It just proved to countless NUFC and myself – something we already knew: Mike Ashley has no understanding of the game. When Leicester City failed to take their chances in front of goal and Gabriel Obertan eventually went on to score a fine solo effort to secure all three points, it was an almost embarrassing victory. I don’t mean that in any disrespect to Leicester City, but the fashion in which Alan Pardew’s side went about securing victory had me shaking my head in disbelief.

I know there was quite a bit of pressure on the players throughout the 90 minutes, and they gave everything — so credit to them for securing all three points. As well as that, the home support was nothing short of fantastic, although this has always been the case.

There was full support for the players, and no obvious protests against Pardew, Saturday was all about the result, and to think the mass media regard us as deluded.. … Continue Reading …