Newcastle preparing for the departure of Tim Krul

Tim Krul waves to fellow teammates during Newcastle's encounter with Manchester City

Krul – Reportedly considering a move away from St. James’ Park this summer

Few Newcastle United fans will forget Tim Krul’s European debut against Palermo in the old UEFA Cup. A team which featured the likes of Alberto Luque and Antoine Sibierski travelled to Italy with the hope of pulling off a memorable result and they did exactly that, with Tim Krul the sole reason behind the famous victory. At just 17 years of age, Krul replaced an injured Steve Harper between the sticks and made a name for himself by contributing a handful of physic-defying saves. I will always remember the reaction of Palermo’s star midfielder Fábio Simplício as he was denied in front of goal for a third time. After saving everything thrown in his direction, the referee sounded the final whistle to mark a solid 1-0 victory for Glenn Roeder’s men with Alberto Luque the unlikely match-winner. Eight, yes … Continue Reading …

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 … Continue Reading …

Newcastle United should be keeping an eye on this English defender

Steven Caulker in action for Cardiff City

Caulker – Arguably one of the best English central defenders in the Premier League

First things first, how good was it to see Papiss Cissé end his barren spell in front of goal with a fine header in stoppage time against Crystal Palace on Saturday? The #9 took his chance remarkably well given previous guilt-edge efforts at goal in the previous 92 minutes, so let’s hope its the start of a scoring spree from the undoubtedly talented Senegalese forward. We are now entering the stage of the Premier League season when contenders for both the title and relegation emerge at opposite ends of the table. This season sees a handful of clubs linger just above the relegation zone with very little points difference between them – clubs as high up as Swansea are still in real danger of being dragged into a final day melee. One of the clubs that have struggled to come to terms with the Premier League is Cardiff City, and new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a tough task in his first gig in England to keep the Welsh outfit afloat. On Saturday the … Continue Reading …

Newcastle United 0-3 SAFC: An honest review of the 2014 Tyne-Wear derby

Fabio Borini celebrates scoring against Newcastle United

Sunderland – Ran out deserved winners in a one-sided affair at St. James’ Park

Awful. Atrocious. Abysmal. Appalling. Just four words to describe Newcastle United’s performance against Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear at St.James’ Park today. Whatever about the ‘once-off’ showing the lads put in against the very same outfit a year ago – today was on par, if not worse. I can only speak for myself when I say there was a little ‘something’ missing from the build-up to the game, perhaps the disappointing transfer window dwindled the levels of optimism. Well if that hadn’t, the first half hour most certainly did. You know, it looked like Pardew had fired up his starting eleven a couple of minutes in. We held the ball, and looked to shock Sunderland with an early goal. However, the visitors soon found their feet and began to pass the ball around, using the full width of the pitch. … Continue Reading …