There is a quote that could have been written for us all, it often gets misquoted but this is how it goes;

‘You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time’.

What a nugget!

What a nugget!

Abraham Lincoln might have had more on his mind than the trials and tribulations of following Newcastle United but the quote is timeless as far as we are concerned.

We’ve long known that the press can easily pick a player at random, then pick a few clubs out of another jar, the result an invented story that unfortunately today then gets repeated round and round the block/internet.

So today I keep seeing a story pop up regarding a ‘Toon backlash’ because Joe Kinnear is planning on bringing in Phil Bardsley from the mackems.

Now we all know that JFK has the odd weakness but nobody surely believes this story in any way, do you?

Another full-back isn’t a priority and definitely not a lone who is a total nugget on and off the pitch.

It was Bardsley who provoked Paolo Di Canio into his mammoth rant towards the end of last season, when he was photographed covered in £50 notes in a casino in the midweek before the last match of the season at Spurs. Di Canio dropping him from the squad in disgust and making clear he wants him gone.

17 comments
alreet
alreet 5pts

I think either perez or aarons will start against arsenal. We have to have thauvin right and mitro up. Id plant tiote colback and wijnaldum in the middle. We have to use the wingers and get the ball to them early.

Virsino
Virsino 5pts

@alreet IMO Tiote has done nothing to deserve a place in the team. I think you may see Anita and Sissoko in there with Colback under pressure for his place.

I think Aarons won't play because Perez showed all the wingers how bad he wants to play in this team with his tracking back and tackling/blocking against Manure. He'll take a bit of shifting from the team based on last week.

I think Thauvin out right is the natural selection.

So, in summary,

                             Krul

Janmaat   S.Taylor    Coloccini   Haidara

                  Anita     Sissoko

Thauvin           Wijinaldum             Perez

                           Mitrovic

Virsino
Virsino 5pts

Holy Catfish - I forgot about Mbemba

Too many options!!!

Hetton Mag
Hetton Mag 5pts

I thought Perez was outstanding at Manu. Great football brain, tricky, skilfull and hard working, tracking back and making a couple of excellent tackles. On that performance he would be an ever present for me. Still not sure about Mitro, new shearer, new McDonald no he looks like the new billy white hurst to me. I'm still stunned at the transformation of Anita . Expect McLaren to go for 2 holding midfielders. Wow such choices he has! Colo always plays better with Taylor beside him, apart from injury record I've always thought Taylor to be a decent player, he doesn't deserve the stick he gets re performance, public statements different matter. Bloody hell Im looking fwd to a game.

stepaylor
stepaylor 5pts

With thauvin and aarons playing wide and mitrovic up front, wijnaldum and sissoko box to box and either colback, tiote or anita holding we have a strong side with exciting young talent. If colocinni stays on form and creates a solid partnership with mbemba. The only weakish link may be haidara but he has the potential to be a top player. Has the pace and work ethic needed, just his touch and decision making need time.

With taylor, tiote, anita, de jong, cisse and perez not able to get into my first 11 it shows we have the best squad we have had in years. With armstrong, gillead, heardman, roberts, gihlespy, sterry and woodman coming through we have a great foundation of young players. Only cisse, colocinni and tiote in the whole squad will need replacing over the next 2 yrs and if that change is an improvement in quality then the future will be bright.

Mal44
Mal44 5pts

@stepaylor  ''Only cisse, colocinni and tiote in the whole squad will need replacing over the next 2 yrs and if that change is an improvement in quality then the future will be bright''.


Given that the contracts of Williamson, Obertan, Taylor and Marveaux are up next year (plus Elliott, Vuckic and Ferguson who are more peripheral squad members), I think there will be more than the three you mention. But as you say the future is beginning to look brighter - still worried about the current depth of our defence though, especially when injuries and suspensions kick in.

stepaylor
stepaylor 5pts

Yeah i didnt include any of them apart from taylor in my first post as i assume they wont be around anyway. Taylor is likley to have his deal extended, on current form good value but with his injury record we have to wonder whether 40k a week can be better spent. I like having local lads in the squad and i think his personality is good for the group so i would give him a 3 yr deal

Mal44
Mal44 5pts

@stepaylor  I was surprised by Taylors performance last week; he was excellent and showed some maturity which has been sadly lacking in the past. I hope it continues as a lack of consistency has always been his problem. He'll be fighting for a new contract so fingers crossed that he has a really good season.

DomUniqu3
DomUniqu3 5pts

Need to keep Perez in I think he's an asset to the team, best player last year imo

george8783
george8783 5pts

picked Alexander Mitrovic up for training today 


what a level headed young man he is 


a new hero in the making 


speaks english very well has his family with him 


looks much fitter than 3 weeks ago


and he has shown he does not have to get booked to frighten the premier league defenders his presence will create chances and he should score plenty 


good luck tomorrow 

DanH87
DanH87 5pts

What is this 1998? There isn't a single team in the PL that plays two strikers anymore. Mitrovic to me is the epitome of the modern PL striker and if we are to have any chance of success this season he has to start every game he can. Forget about Cisse. 

Kazie23
Kazie23 5pts

Uhm...City played with two strikers last season

alreet
alreet 5pts

Need to keep cisse as a sub. He can still put em away. New era though. No more reliance on gouffran ameobi and colback to get the goals.

JohnEllis2
JohnEllis2 5pts

We have to find a starting place for young arrons his pace and eye for goal is scary

Kazie23
Kazie23 5pts

I know...And Ayoze perez

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

There’s plenty of time for all eventualities to occur over the length of the season…Cisse and Perez will play a major part, but the main thing now is converting the work we’ve done into a win…preferably at home against Arsenal…that must be the total motivation for the team, and nothing but that!!!