Newcastle show improvement but more work needed
Aug10

Newcastle show improvement but more work needed

At St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, Newcastle United conceded late to throw away two points, struggled with set-pieces and looked shaky at the back, yet this was a huge improvement on last season. There were new faces, on and off the pitch, a new style of play and new optimism. The ball was passed on the ground, full-backs overlapped and Steve McClaren’s expensive recruits impressed. Netting on his debut, Gini Wijnaldum was of...

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Newcastle finally face long-standing problem
Jul28

Newcastle finally face long-standing problem

Five years after promotion from the Championship, Newcastle United are finally adding to their pool of centre-backs for the new season. That’s the angle that many fans have identified anyway. While a considerable amount of money was expended on the since-departed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the £8.5 million acquisition of Chancel Mbemba and his eerily similar name has got tongues wagging. Jamaal Lascelles is on board now too. Since their...

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Newcastle fans staying cautious despite spending
Jul13

Newcastle fans staying cautious despite spending

It’s been a strange summer at St James’ Park; a summer without setbacks, a summer without silence. The panickers of this off-season aren’t to be found at Newcastle United. The club’s top targets are still available, their key players back in training. Steve McClaren is on-board, with talented coaches in tow, and he’s talking to the supporters. This all feels very different. Of course, until signings are...

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