Newcastle must keep in-demand Perez in January and beyond
Nov17

Newcastle must keep in-demand Perez in January and beyond

With thoughts starting to turn to January plans, Newcastle United’s most recent victory at AFC Bournemouth provided a timely reminder of the talents already within their squad. While the Cherries hammered the visitors’ goalkeeper but failed to register, United attacked swiftly in the 27th minute through Aleksandar Mitrovic, Gini Wijnaldum and finally Ayoze Perez, who fired the game’s only goal. Recruitment is required in the transfer...

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Newcastle have the attacking tools to finally beat Sunderland
Oct20

Newcastle have the attacking tools to finally beat Sunderland

Steve McClaren may have lost Tim Krul to injury, but it seems he’s finally found a winning formula at Newcastle United. Barring the Dutch goalkeeper, the Magpies manager was able to select a full strength line-up on Sunday, and while he welcomed back Paul Dummett, Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote, it was in the final third where his United stars clicked against Norwich City. Gini Wijnaldum was the star of the show, bagging four in a 6-2...

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It’s time for Woodman to get his Newcastle chance
Oct13

It’s time for Woodman to get his Newcastle chance

With the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season creeping into sight, Newcastle United have predictably spent the international break stumbling across their traditional injury crisis. As in two of the past three campaigns, the identity of the Magpies’ goalkeeper is the talk of the town. Since Dutch international Tim Krul secured the role on a permanent basis in 2011, he has lacked a serious contender. Fraser Forster battled with...

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Newcastle’s transition proving to be troublesome
Sep21

Newcastle’s transition proving to be troublesome

The phrase “transitional season” is used almost exclusively as an excuse when a campaign hasn’t panned out as the board and manager had hoped. For Newcastle United, it was always likely this season. However, an early concern on Tyneside is that the 2015/16 season may not even fulfil this criteria. In the last two weeks, the Magpies have looked no better than the side that limped pathetically across the finish line in May. At...

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The famous St James’ din
Sep09

The famous St James’ din

Where’s your famous atmosphere? It’s a chant that has been heard far too often at St James’ Park in recent times, but even now there are days when the old stadium on a hill overlooking Newcastle’s city centre creaks under the noise of shouts, screams and chants that swirl around the Premier League’s own bear pit. Tyneside can be as unforgiving inside the ground as it can be welcoming outside; when the...

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Full-back positions remain an issue for Newcastle
Aug24

Full-back positions remain an issue for Newcastle

Steve McClaren’s first battle as Newcastle Unite head coach was to eek more than the bare minimum from this transfer window. It was a battle he couldn’t afford to lose; a battle Alan Pardew did lose. After an outlay of close to £50 million on Tyneside though, few are complaining. Reinforcements were needed at both ends of the pitch and they’ve arrived in the form of Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic, but the midfield additions of...

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