TK0001_Tim_Krul_Newcastle_United_NUFC (2)I would like to take this opportunity to both reflect on the first half of our season and look ahead to the future, a future that looks, at this moment in time, very bleak. I feel as though I am one of the more optimistic toon fans but with each day that passes, I feel the optimism being sapped away, only to be replaced more often than not, by disappointment.

I thought our start to the season was not too bad. A good win against Spurs on the opening day and a few more results that we were grabbing points from. But then it started to go wrong. Poor displays against West ham, Swansea and Southampton have summed up our season so far; no creativity, no enthusiasm and no real effort in my opinion. Decent result against a 10- man Wigan only for those hopes to be crushed by a terribly boring Fulham.

Then hope arrived once more. We dug deep at Old Trafford and scored three against the league leaders. But we let in four, my faith was still there for the trip to the Emirates and we scored another three. We all know what happened next. And so the results so far have built us up only to knock us straight back down to reality. Even when Everton arrived, Cisse’s terrific early finish left me dreaming of a five goal rout. Enter Bradley Wiggins and a useless player who only ever manages to make his way out of the treatment room to score against us.

So that leads me to the January transfer window and a few days in and Mathieu Debuchy arrives,  a class right back to replace our poor one. I was dreaming once more, this time of having the rest of the window to bring in a centre back and a striker (at least), I was built up. It was only inevitable that just a short while later I was shoved back down when our top goalscorer (and pretty much only goalscorer) was off to London.

HMV_Blue Cross_SaleAt this point I’m already down, and then there’s more, our leader, captain, curly haired talisman, Coloccini could be on his way out the door as well. This was followed by the news that all of our goal scoring problems could be solved by a Mr. Jeremie Aliadiere. Good lord. Are we that desperate? This is a man who not only played for the smoggies but scored an impressive 11 goals in 78 games for them. As well as a devastating 3 goals in 50 games for Arsenal, West Ham and Wolves. This was a kicking whilst I was down, salt in the wounds, insult to injury!.

I’m now having my doubts about those transfers. Remy does not look interested and neither does Coloccini. So will we have to rely on Cisse to score another bunch of goals in the second half of a season to steer us to safety? Most probably. (This by the way, is another of my dreams). No new players. No reliable goalscorer. Possibly no captain.

So where will we be playing our football next season? Whether in the top tier or in the championship, I fear a mass exodus is on the horizon. Why would the likes of Cabaye, Tiote, Krul and Coloccini want to be at a club on the decline? Then will these players be replaced? Almost certainly. Will they be replaced with players of equal ability? Almost certainly not.

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16 comments
Hamina
Hamina

Think we have enough to to be worried/annoyed/furious about at NUFC without having to stoop to this drivel. Thought The Mag was better than publishing such sensationalist nonsense.

Munich Mag
Munich Mag

Has the author perhaps thought that maybe the players were heading to the changing rooms ?

DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Yeah, pot calling kettle then....an article trying to condemn players for not staying to the end when the fan watching doesn't either...to be honest it's just taking a cheap shot.  The two players aren't fit/able to play and yet they still turned up...BUT rather than give things a positive spin by saying they still turned up to support the team, you have to turn it into a negative about them leaving a bit early.


I'm not having a go at James, I just think fans collectively need to focus on the important issues and not just look to post a negative on anything they can, it comes across petty and clutching at straws, almost impossible to please at times.   There is plenty wrong here, but we need to be careful not to focus on small things or put negative spin on everything or it diminishes the impact when complaints about the bigger issues take place.  

toon tony
toon tony

So much for Carver 's claims " we're all together all hurting " comment. Maybe we'll see them with Ashley out posters at the next match.

terriertwo
terriertwo

The dole office closes at five o clock on a Saturday and if they don't sign on they cant boost their zero contract wages. 

PhilYare
PhilYare

they couldn't give a toss, but then again the example set by the employers has shown that this is ok. 


you question their potential to be world class players but I'd have people like dummett (newcastle fan) and jonas in the team any day before these type of players that only dream about playing for arsenal or chelsea


if mike ashley tries to be shrewd why waste nearly 7m on Riviere when you have young armstrong available? no way is he on a different level to him...... or 8m on cabella when arrons is far superior player (if you forgive the fact that hes been injured)

Chebs4377
Chebs4377

@NUFC_Stats @NUFCTheMag Oh come on. They aren't required to attend when Injured/Suspended. More important things than this to get upset with

SGM
SGM

I also saw Jonas,Taylor and Anita abandon ship before the final whistle.

Paul A
Paul A

Well if the owner doesn't why should they. S**t rolls down hill.

keeganRescueUs
keeganRescueUs

A taxi driver once told me he picked up Darren Peacock and Steve Watson the night we finally blew winning the title and peacock was drunk and having a great time, on questioning Watson, the driver was told Peacock couldn't care less as long as he got his wages. If the players from that era thought that way imagine how the players feel now??? There is no loyalty in football and nobody is immune from criticism. Sad times

Demented_Man
Demented_Man

It just shows that, in reality, very few of the players could give a toss.