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Newcastle’s corners still an absolute joke & proving toxic

Hatem Ben Arfa gets ready to take a corner for NUFC

Corners – Have become increasingly worse since Yohan Cabaye’s departure to PSG

It is just over a year since I last wrote about Newcastle United’s corner woe, and unfortunately I return to lament the sheer lack of strategy at the club when it comes to the set-piece situation. The last corner that I can remember us directly scoring from was Loic Rémy’s 3rd minute opener against Hull City at St. James’ Park back in September. Yohan Cabaye whipped in an enticing ball from the left hand corner-side which found its way through to Loic who slotted home as easy as you like. Since then quite a few things have happened, and the majority of them aren’t something to jump up and down about. Yohan Cabaye was sold, Joe Kinnear resigned and in between all that Newcastle United suffered some humiliating defeats. However, I’m not here to bemoan our lack of form/direction as a football club, but rather, focus on one the most elementary aspects [Read on →]

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Does this midfielder have a future at Newcastle United?

Mehdi Abeid in action for Panathinaikos

Abeid – In flying form for Panathinaikos as he loan spell comes to a close

When I learned that Dan Gosling was to make an appearance in midfield for Newcastle United against Manchester United in his second only start for the club last Saturday it made me think of other midfielders on the books at St. James’ Park that we’ve not seen much of. Romain Amalfitano, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana are just three faces that have failed to make the cut at Newcastle just yet, albeit Haris is on loan at Rotherham. The Slovenian has not featured as much as NUFC would have hoped which is disappointing, but in his 17 games so far he has netted 4 times – not too shabby. Amalfitano’s case is a curious one – we clearly signed the wrong Amalfitano as Romain’s brother, Morgan, has been in fine form for West Bromwich Albion in their attempts to stay afloat in the Premier League. Bigirimana’s situation is slightly less perplexing as he is continuing to grow and develop his game, however; why there has been such a drop in form from [Read on →]

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Newcastle United considering summer move for Sunderland midfielder

Jack Colback in action for Sunderland

Colback – Likely to leave Sunderland at the end of the season

Newcastle United are already making tentative plans for the summer transfer window as the Premier League season ticks towards a conclusion with an array of names being linked with switches to St. James’ Park in the last week. Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, Tenerife’s Ayoze Perez and even Micah Richards have all been touted with a possible switch to Tyneside, but the latest name to be thrown about – and arguably the most intriguing is Jack Colback of Sunderland. Colback has been long rumoured to be a lifelong Newcastle United fan and although recent performances against the Toon and even the odd goal would suggest his allegiances lay elsewhere many feel that the 24 year-old midfielder is still Black and White at heart. Now it seems as if Graham Carr and his [Read on →]

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Have the players given up on manager Alan Pardew?

Alan Pardew shakes hands with NUFC owner Mike Ashley ahead of their tie with Southampton

Pardew – Has deployed some some questionable tactics at times in NUFC career

There have been a few times this season when Newcastle United have looked a Championship team at best – no less than in our latest mauling at Southampton on Saturday. The players looked clueless, disinterested and generally lazy throughout the 90+ minutes at St. Mary’s, and it’s not the first time such a performance has materialised. At home to Tottenham Hotspur – truth be told – a pretty awful Tottenham Hotspur showed up to stick four past Tim Krul in the Newcastle United goal and leave a packed out St. James’ Park faithful baying for blood. Even a month previous our home performance against rivals Sunderland was a complete joke. Another handful of performances throughout the season resulted in marginally less embarrassing losses, in turn, posing the question: have the current crop of Newcastle United players have lost confidence in the [Read on →]

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