Sammy Ameobi – 11 games to save his Newcastle United career

Sammy Ameobi takes on Karl Henry of QPR

Ameobi – Will find out whether he has merited a new contract at St. James’ in May

Samuel Oluwaseyi J. “Sammy” Ameobi was the talk of Newcastle United’s youth academy a matter of years ago. He was dubbed as something special, with incredible feet, lighting pace, and creativity by the bucket loads. He was set to keep the famous Ameobi lineage going at St. James’ Park. In fact, he seemed to believe the hype himself. Then he came of age. Here we are in 2014, with Sammy battling for a new contract as his current deal expires in the summer.
At 22 years of age, Ameobi has enjoyed a run in the first team due to various injuries and the plain fact that we lack quality on the left hand side. He even scored a long-range effort against Hull City a month ago to help secure a crucial three points, but apart from that, its been a very limp couple of years for the Englishman. With just eleven games left in the Premier League season, Ameobi will have to impress the Newcastle hierarchy enough to earn a new deal. Will it happen?

I am always one for giving youth a chance, and while it may see like I have something against Sammy – it’s far from the truth. I have just grown tired of the cumbersome figure that he portrays in a Magpies’ shirt. Give him the ball and he can make things happen, he has quality, there is no doubt about that. I do however, question whether he has … Continue Reading …

Newcastle in pole position for Dele Alli as Villa try to hijack deal

Dele Alli in action for MK Dons

Alli – Looks set for a move to St. James’ Park after club reportedly agrees £5m deal with MK Dons

Dele Alli looks set to become a Newcastle United player before the close of the transfer window, despite late efforts from Aston Villa to hijack the deal. It has been well reported throughout the past fortnight that NUFC have been keeping tabs on the highly rated 18 year-old midfielder, and various media outlets claim that the sides agreed a deal over the past day. The fee in question is expected to be £5m, with the Milton Keynes-born prospect expected to stay at his current club until the end of the season as MK Dons attempt a promotion push. However, John Percy of the Telegraph has broken news in the past hour that Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa are eager to hijack Newcastle’s deal and offer Alli a move to Villa Park. It is claimed that Villa would also be willing to let Alli remain with the Dons until the end of the current campaign, however the fee in question of £2m up-front seems considerably lower than the Magpies’ offer.

Of course you can never be sure with a player until the club has announced the signing, but it appears Newcastle United are still well ahead in the race to sign Dele, despite the late surge from the Midlands. Lambert will no doubt use Fabian Delph as a shining example in order to persuade Alli, however, it’s still unclear whether an initial bid of a … Continue Reading …

Newcastle United Quiz: Test your Toon Trivia!

Newcastle United Quiz

Quiz – Test your knowledge of everything Newcastle United with this ten question quiz!

It’s Thursday evening and let’s be honest – there isn’t much to do aside from refreshing Twitter with the hope that Newcastle United have sensationally unveiled Frank de Boer as their new head-coach. Either that, or you could read the countless, substanceless rumours about Newcastle United’s transfer ambitions this January. You might even want to read about Moussa Sissoko’s impending departure from St. James’ Park, or the news that Jonas Gutierrez seems set for a move back to his native Argentina, soon to be followed by Fabricio Coloccini when the summertime calls. Enough of all that — instead, take a couple of minutes to test your knowledge of Newcastle United both past and present. Unlike most quizzes out there, you may be left scratching your head at some of these questions, because they’re intended to be quite random.

Take a breath, and see how well you fare out in Tyne Time’s Toon Trivia. Feel free to share your scores on the social networks, and if you’re feeling very proud or even ashamed of your final result – tweet yours truly @KevinDoocey with how you … Continue Reading …

An honest assessment of interim head-coach John Carver

John Carver down through the years at Newcastle United

Carver – Been at Newcastle United during Sir Bobby’s era and indeed Pardew’s reign

Few Newcastle United fans will forget Sir Bobby Robson’s era. It was filled with great memories, from De Kuip to the San Siro – Stadium of Light to Elland Road. During the height of his reign, we were one of strongest teams in the Premier League and at one stage, looked like a contender for the title. Those were the days; Alan Shearer in his finest form, a back four that didn’t concede goals by the bucket load, but more importantly, a club that every single NUFC fan could be proud of, led by a gentleman who also happened to be an incredibly astute coach. One man who worked alongside Bobby was John Carver and twelve of years on, the 50 year-old finds himself as the club’s head coach for the month of January, I’m sure SBR would be proud of him, to a certain extent. There have been dark days in Carver’s blotted copy book no doubt, but it is only fair we assess his performance over the past year.

Shameful at Southampton

As the travelling Magpies funneled into St Mary’s Stadium with bad memories of their last trip to Southampton they expected a better showing. It couldn’t have been worse. For a second year running Newcastle were trounced 0-4 against a Southampton side that looked like didn’t even reach fourth gear. Depressing was one word for it, but the behaviour … Continue Reading …

Is Romelu Lukaku to Newcastle United that unrealistic?

Romelu Lukaku scores for Everton against Newcastle at Goodison Park

Lukaku – Scoring one of many goals against Newcastle United last season

I posed a question on Twitter a couple of days ago about what direction Newcastle United can now go in their pursuit of another forward. Their main targets this summer: Loic Rémy and Alexandre Lacazette have all confirmed that their futures lie elsewhere, and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who has long been admired by officials at St. James’ Park, does not look any closer to an exit from the Bundesliga despite reports that he could be obtained for as little as £7m this summer. This leads me to another man who Alan Pardew has wanted for quite some time: Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea. The Belgian was subject to an loan-bid from Newcastle last season only for the club to be told that he wasn’t allowed to leave. As we know all know, Lukaku later pushed through a loan-move which saw him end up at Goodison Park and do very well.

The eyes of world football were fixed on Romelu Lukaku at the 2014 World Cup and he had a very frustrating tournament, nabbing just one goal, in extra-time, against a United States out on their feet. Apart from that, he was rather disappointing – but that hardly comes as a shock as there was too much expectation on his own shoulders, and that of his nation, Belgium.

Lukaku’s future has been up in the air ever since he joined Everton on loan, and with the arrival of Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge in a big-money … Continue Reading …