Newcastle United Reserves 6 (Campbell 5, 18, 38, Good 8, Vuckic 22, Inman 69)

Tottenham Hotspur Reserves 4 (Mason 16, Falque 71, 78, Ceballos 77)

As well as the more obvious great news at St.James’ Park on Saturday, there was more positivity thanks to the reserves knocking six past Tottenham.

Two stories here I think, the strong look of the reserve team overall and then the emergence of Adam Campell.

He came on against Cardiff last weekend and lightened very slightly a dispiriting performance (see video clip below for a lovely bit of skill on 1.30) and gave a very passable impression of a young Wayne Rooney.

Against Tottenham he was the star of the show as he hit a stunning first-half hat-trick including a header despite being the smallest on the pitch.

We can forgive them their mini collapse at the end having gone 6-1 up and thinking that was it, a valuable lesson learnt for maybe a more important time?

This performance certainly suggests that it will be well worth getting along to see the second string this season.

With Tavernier signing a new contract, Abeid having a season’s experience under his belt now and the signings of Good and Bigirimana, it certainly has beefed up the look of the reserves.

I have a feeling that all of those named may feature against Atromitos FC in the Europa League on Thursday.

I think Haris Vuckic is a certainty as well and I would guess could well have been on the bench for the first team if it wasn’t for this impending Greek match.

Especially with Shola picking up an injury during the warm up on Saturday, maybe the most intriguing possibility is whether Alan Pardew would throw Adam Campbell straight into the firing line.

He appears to have the ability and the confidence…if you’re good enough you’re old enough.

Newcastle United Reserves: Jak Alnwick, James Tavernier, Curtis Good, Lubo Satka, Yven Moyo, Marcus Maddison (Conor Newton 46), Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid, Michael Richardson (Bradden Inman 46), Haris Vuckic (Alex Nicholson 72), Adam Campbell

Subs not used: Jonathan Mitchell, JJ Hooper

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On hols
On hols 5pts

There's better out there! Far to similar to mitrovic. I personally think we should play a faster more skillful player off our new big striker, leave Austin where he is. Buy Hernandez? Or play cisse/perez off the shoulder of mitrovic.

mactoon 5pts

Good call but I don't think they want players they need money hence the fee and the reason why no exchange deal will work

Artie Fufkin
Artie Fufkin 5pts

Good piece, Villa have signed a striker today and is likely to get Adebeyor too. Austin may not have as many options as he hoped. 

ArtyH 5pts

£10m cash and take your pick from Williamson, Gouffran, Abeid, or Obertan , can't get fairer than that, take it or leave it, answer by next Saturday.

Kazie23 5pts

£10million plus Vuckic will be the deal

mactoon 5pts

Following his shoulder injury (dislocation which is highly fixable) in September 2010 he went on to score 17 in 27 games during 2010/11

In 2013 he failed a medical due to issues with his knee which haven't affected him before it happened or since. Before the Feb 2015 fixture between Hull and QPR Steve Bruce admitted he made a huge mistake in not signing him as he too had failed a medical due to a knee injury but still got signed by Man U without any more problems. Austin went on to score 20 in 31 games during 13/14 and 18 in 35 during 14/15

Do the board have injury concerns or are they predictably using it as an excuse to get a lower price?

Just pay the damn £15 million for a proven goalscorer with huge potential.

v0ices 5pts

@mactoon and add a pl experienced cb too, does not have to be a world beater solid and reliable will do.

mactoon 5pts

@v0ices @mactoon  definately. Willo, Collo and Taylor are just not good enough and we need a proven CB to raise the bar to make them fight for a place, historically all three have been woeful due to the lack of competition and if we buy a proven CB to play alongside Mbemba these three will be on the bench at best. Too long have we had players lacking the quality required playing because of the squad lacking the quality required.

Mal44 5pts

I'm with the posters below who are saying CB is the priority. It's very quiet and calm on that front; hopefully Charnley is paddling like hell under the surface.

yeahweekes 5pts

Its actually really clever business from Cashley to be fair. Austin's contract expires in a year, meaning that he would leave for free.... which would be a disaster for QPR.... they will be forced to let him go for around £10m or less if we can hold out for the last few days of the window..... 

1957 5pts

With the current contractual situation he's not worth £15m, he's good but not an exceptional player that would command that fee with only a years contract left. I also agree the first club to blink and offer the reported fee will be kept waiting in case a better offer comes in, by QPR and Austin.

For me spend the money on defenders, we are in greater need of not conceding than scoring, at the moment whatever we score the opposition can get the same or one more.

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

Good read, and shows exactly why clubs can’t just go in waving the price QPR have put on him as a benchmark, and the deal will be done…I think this will go on until late in the window, and possibly any action held off until an offer can be made that is too late in the day for QPR/Austin to knock it back, and also too late for any other club to come in and trump it… 

...If any interested party threw in the £15m now it would just raise the bar.

...Don’t know how much faith can be placed on the injury history…seeing as he got through 36 games last season, and that’s generally a good guide to show that there’s no recurring damage!!

DownUnderMag 5pts

I don't see any other clubs lining up to pay that fee either.  I suspect a deal could be done closer to the window closing and with Mitrovic on board already and no sign of Cisse leaving just yet, Newcastle can actually play hard ball on this one.

What is more concerning is the lack of apparent activity on any more defenders.  If the heirarchy think what we currently have will be good enough then we are in for another long season, unless Colo finds form again and Mbemba turns out to be the next big thing in centre halves.

IainElrick 5pts

He's 12mil max if he wasn't British he's be around 9mil

Dubaiexpat 5pts

I think the fact that no club has met the 15m valuation tells you it's not just NUFC who think he is overpriced.

There are clearly genuine concerns overs his medical fitness and personally I think we're right to be cautious with this one. 

Would I want him at St James - absolutely. Would I pay 15million for him - not so sure. 

Personally think we have more pressing priorities in defence.