Kieron Dyer says he would have three former Newcastle team-mates in his ‘dream five-a-side team.

Asked to choose five players from those that he played with, the former NUFC player also went for two England colleagues.

Dyer choosing Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand from when he played for his country, with Shay Given and Nobby Solano also making the cut.

I take it choosing Michael Owen ahead of Alan Shearer wasn’t for football reasons – more likely due to Shearer giving him a hard time for acting up when the former midfielder was at St James Park.

Kieron Dyer was taking part in a question and answer session with The Mail and inevitably was also asked about the current issues at Newcastle United.

The bottom line for Dyer is that with the current position NUFC find themselves in, he does ‘fear for them’.

Highlighting no regular goalscorer as a big concern, he believe it will be a struggle.

However, Kieron Dyer does think that Newcastle have got an ‘X-Factor’ in Rafa Benitez, if anybody can keep the Magpies up it will be him.

Dyer hopes that Rafa can succeed and set off a chain reaction with survival from possible relegation being followed by Ashley selling up, meaning Rafa Benitez will be up for staying, then NUFC having the chance at last of being the best they can be in the Premier League.

Kieron Dyer talking to The Mail:

‘What would be your dream five-a-side team of players you played with?’

“I’d have Shay Given in goal, Rio Ferdinand at the back.

“Paul Scholes and Nolberto Solano in midfield and Michael Owen up front.”

‘What do you make of the problems at Newcastle?’

“I do fear for them.

“Goals have been hard to come by and they don’t have a prolific goalscorer.

“It is going to be a struggle but their big advantage is that Rafa Benitez is top drawer. He could be the X-factor that keeps them up.

“Hopefully Newcastle stay up, the takeover happens, Benitez stays and the club can become established in the Premier League once more and not a yo-yo team.”

‘Martin Keown had a habit of pinching his opponents. Were you ever one of his victims?’

“Only two players ever pinched me – Dennis Wise and Martin Keown.

“Wise would foul you, go to pick you up then pinch you in the gut. Keown wasn’t so subtle!”



  • Peaky Magpie

    Slimani NOT fit,what a f**k up….

    • Jezza

      How sadly predictable.

  • Saul Williams

    Should’ve had a fit and firing striker 3 weeks ago.Ashley has made a bollocks of the transfer window.Club is a shambles,Rafa the only hope.

    • ghostrider

      Pretty decent window as it turned out.
      3 loan deals with no loss to us of players out that Rafa used.
      It’s a win win situation, regardless.
      Left to Rafa I’m fairly sure he’d have made a right pigs ear of it all if he’d been allowed loose with the clubs money.

      No point in buying players like this in january, because if Rafa takes us down again we’d be left with 2 expensive players on long contracts and a long contracted goalkeeper in the championship and all wanting out for fees way below what we paid with clubs unwilling to pay the wages, leaving us stuck with them.

      Ashley knows what he’s doing…or Charnley does at least.

      • wheyayeman

        Ashley Out

        • ghostrider

          Rafa out.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Both of them out

          • KRS1

            Did you ever change your name to: mitro can’t start because he’s suspensed again

          • Mitros gotta start

            Suspensed?
            Do you even speak english?

          • KRS1

            you cont! oops spelt it wrong again.

          • Jezza

            Ha ha, good one.

          • KRS1

            Moron! Troll! Pr*ck!

          • ghostrider

            How many letters?

      • East Durham Mag

        You do talk a load of b*ll*cks.

        • ghostrider

          Don’t hold back, say what you mean.

          • East Durham Mag

            Honesty is my only excuse.

          • ghostrider

            Thern you have a very pertinent excuse .

          • Jezza

            Don’t feed the troll, lads.

      • thewildchimp

        I agree, it came out as a decent window. But all of that could’ve been arranged at least 3 weeks sooner. It would’ve made a massive difference and wouldn’t affect the potential takeover in the slightest. I think it was Ashley’s “you are gonna get new players when I say so and if I say so” message to Benitez.
        Also, if Slimani turns out to be a flop – we have no chance of getting a replacement now. Because our only decent forward is out.

        • Jezza

          A decent window? It was an absolute disaster. The club didn’t do nearly enough. Lack of goals has been our big problem this season. We needed three strikers and what did we get? An injured Leicester reserve on loan at the last minute.

        • ghostrider

          Let’s be honest, if Slimani was bought earlier in the window he wouldn’t have a chance to show he’s a flop before any window closed so the situation wouldn’t really change that much.
          It all boils down to what Rafa identified and how sensible the identified deals were, because loan deals are the only sensible way to work in this situation.

      • Ram Kishore

        We needed them earlier like few days before Swansea game..

        • ghostrider

          We didn’t really.
          We could have used what was at our disposal at the time. Mitrovic and even Murphy/Atsu, etc more.
          Rafa’s the one that needs to play to strengths and change things up.

          These new loans can definitely help us as long as Rafa uses them to full effect and does not stifle them.
          Kenedy has started well but is match weak or over used too much too early.
          How long will he last before he gets stifled by rafa?
          Will Slimani get the required feed for the entire time he plays?

          I hope so but knowing Rafa, he’ll do it his way and likely revert to sitting duck protocol.

          • Ram Kishore

            For one.. you are not the coach nor manager nor a professional.
            Second.. Why would Rafa not want to win?
            Do u think he wants to loose?
            why would he not want to play according to their strength?..
            Give me answers

            You can’t always expect Rafa to use all the players who is in the team?
            He has made it clear he wants a different type of striker.
            If you want Mitro in the team.. Please become a manager of some team and use him.

    • Mitros gotta start

      We are doomed then….negative rafa looks like the only manager in recent history to relegate us twice…still he has won the champions league you know

      • Jezza

        Rafa has not even relegated us once never mind twice.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Aye ok….while i do agree most of the damage was done by mclaren, rafa was in charge for the matches at the end of the season that could have kept us up

          • Jezza

            We took 0.86 points per game under McClaren that season and 1.3 points per game under Rafa when he came in for the final ten games. If you extrapolate that points per game ratio under Rafa over the full season we would have finished in 11th place that year.

            Rafa did not relegate us that season he very nearly pulled off a miracle to keep us up after we had been dead and buried when he took over.

          • Mitros gotta start

            He had a brave effort put ultimately couldnt keep us up….therefore my statement is correct he was the one in charge when we were relegated…..and looks like he is gonna do it again with his negative tactics and strange team selections

          • Jezza

            Rafa was not to blame for our relegation in 2016. For God’s sake just read the stats I produced. Neither will he be to blame if we go down this season. That will be entirely Ashley’s fault for refusing to allow adequate and sensible investment to strengthen a Championship team for the Premiership.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Of course it will be rafas fault if we go down you clown….he is the one that picks the team…sets out the tactics ….plays for draws….isolates players(even the ones he has signed himself) brings in wingers when we clearly need strikers….i do agree the fat slug hasnt helped him but rafa has to take the bulk of the blame for this mess

          • Jezza

            I’m going to block you now. Calling me a names is just pathetically childish. I’m sick of your nonsense anyway. You know nothing whatsoever about football if you think it is Rafa’s fault that we are in this position. Then again that much is evident from your obsession with one of the very worst strikers ever to wear a Newcastle shirt in modern times. You should have been at the FA Cup game at Oxford last season to see first hand just how awful your hero truly is.

          • Mitros gotta start

            That last statement alone shows what a clueless idiot you truly are

          • Jezza

            Unlike you I was at Oxford last season. I sat with two friends who are Oxford supporters and they couldn’t believe how bad Mitrovic was. Before the match they had been terrified of what this £13 million striker might do to their average third division defence but by the end they were in fits of laughter at how useless he was.

            I am not going to waste any more time indulging your utter nonsense. Calling me names says far more about you than it does about me.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Yet this utter waste of space has the best strike rate at the club despite never getting a chance….strange isnt it

          • Desree

            MITROVICS GOALS TOOK US DOWN

          • Mitros gotta start

            ????
            Your lack of football knowledge is truly staggering

          • thewildchimp

            He had an awful game a year ago. That does not make him a bad player NOW. The fact is: nobody knows what he can do, because he hasn’t had a proper start this season, except for his home country.

          • Jezza

            That game at Oxford was a low point but I have seen more than enough of Mitrovic in a black and white shirt to know what he can or rather can’t do.He has got no pace, no close control, no awareness of players round him, his movement off the ball is very poor and worst of all he can’t put the ball in the net.

          • Desree

            You are like the Mitro of Trolls. Can’t outplay so you try and chop players down.

          • Ram Kishore

            Stop it mate..

          • Ram Kishore

            Yes 2016 relegation wasn’t his fault.
            This season it’s majorly Ashley’s mistake and Rafa too should be taking some responsibility.

          • Gary

            correct hes a myth man

          • Ram Kishore

            Maybe u should have managed and kept us up..
            Lol who are you??
            Are u like some paid web warrior who was asked to post anti Rafa messages..
            Any Newcastle Fan( u r not one ) knows that he didn’t cause the relegation..

            Go and get yourself a new profile name

          • Mitros gotta start

            Any other manager with rafas record this season would have been ran out of toon…..and rightfully so…..take the blinkers off and get off your high horse….rafas record at newcastle in the premier league is shocking

          • Ram Kishore

            Nope I don’t think so.. I have seen worse with John at helm.

    • Jezza

      We should have had such a striker ever since Ashley cashed in on Andy Carroll.

    • HarryHype59

      I wonder if he sanctioned the Slimani deal so late, in order to save a months wages?

  • Proppaboots

    Why does The Mag print such rubbish articles from ex players who never gave a monkeys chuff about the club anyway??
    Dyer was a waste of space and never lived up to the hype that surrounded him….and as for his goose-step overs, hilarious!!!

    • Kev Newcastle England

      He was better than any player at the club now but!!!

  • Mitros gotta start

    Horrible news about his uncle yaffelling his trout when he was a kid….maybe thats where he got his lightning pace from.