Are smaller pitches affecting Newcastle’s away form?
Feb08

Are smaller pitches affecting Newcastle’s away form?

Six Premier League games into 2016, Newcastle United’s home and away form could hardly be more contrasting. In front of their own fans at St James’ Park, the Magpies have taken seven points from a possible nine, firing six goals from 56 shots, and averaging 58 per cent possession. They’ve possibly lacked cutting edge, but the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Moussa Sissoko and Jonjo Shelvey are finally exciting their public. However, on...

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Why can’t Wijnaldum do it away from home?
Jan25

Why can’t Wijnaldum do it away from home?

It might well be that Newcastle United’s home form keeps them from relegation, but the Magpies’ away record could just as easily send them down. Week in, week out, chances are going begging for Newcastle – something that will hopefully be resolved by a new signing – but another defeat at Watford highlighted two major issues United have yet to get to grips with. Away from St James’ Park, Gini Wijnaldum is...

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Newcastle: It’s finally time to talk about transfers, isn’t it?
Jan11

Newcastle: It’s finally time to talk about transfers, isn’t it?

Even if recent performances haven’t sunk to the depths Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United battled and John Carver’s embraced, four consecutive 1-0 defeats for the Magpies make any argument against January recruitment a tough one. And so, after extensive summer spending brought mixed results, out comes the cheque book again. Steve McClaren’s insistence on not exciting fans when discussing potential signings last week was a bizarre approach...

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Darlow bashers should remember the late Pav’s progression
Jan01

Darlow bashers should remember the late Pav’s progression

Most New Year blogs tend to focus on the past 12 months or the January window, but, at Newcastle United, reflection brings only pain and just about every position is a priority for transfer chiefs. Instead, after the passing of former player Pavel Srnicek, the conversation must turn again to goalkeepers. In the wake of Pav’s death, Tyneside tongues have talked of a two-part legacy left by Kevin Keegan’s number one. While Steve...

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Do Newcastle really need a striker in January?
Dec15

Do Newcastle really need a striker in January?

Newcastle United’s form might be improving drastically as we head towards the New Year, but January means transfers – or rumours at least – and transfers mean centre-forwards. Every window brings talk of new front men to Tyneside, but the attackers already on United’s roster have expertly timed a reminder of their own capabilities. Siem de Jong is back, Papiss Cisse too, while Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez both...

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Captain Coloccini shows his cowardice in Newcastle’s 5-1 defeat
Dec01

Captain Coloccini shows his cowardice in Newcastle’s 5-1 defeat

At this juncture, it’s probably fair to draw the conclusion that Fabricio Coloccini and his mates have given up even pretending to care about the fortunes of Newcastle United. The curly-haired captain’s cowardice was blatantly obvious in a 5-1 reverse at Crystal Palace. A leader? Not a chance – and his fellow black and whites were hardly any better. How the Selhurst Park faithful must have been delighted on Saturday that their...

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