The Newcastle United squad return for pre-season today (Monday 2 July).

The introduction to new starters won’t take very long, Ki Sung-Yueng is the only one so far and having just finished his World Cup campaign, he has been granted time with his family before getting down to pre-season preparations.

After Martin Dubravka’s loan spell was made permanent, the consensus amongst fans appeared to be that the next signing would tell us a lot about this summer’s transfer window.

Instead, Newcastle supporters aren’t quite sure what to make of the 29 year old midfielder arriving on a free transfer.

On the plus side, he is definitely a Premier League level player.

However, with only 55 Premier League starts over the course of the last three seasons, for a struggling and eventually relegated Swansea side, he hasn’t been a first team constant for them.

Bottom line is that Newcastle fans are waiting for signings that are better than the first eleven of last season.

Players that will improve the quality of the team, especially those who can/will create and score goals.

As a squad player Ki is a credible signing, especially at the price. However, it will only be when we find out the identity of the third (and fourth, fifth, sixth…) signing of the summer, when we will be able to see where the South Korean international fits into the recruitment jigsaw.

There will be little over a week before the Newcastle squad fly off on Wednesday 11 July for their pre-season training camp in Ireland, which will build up to a first pre-season friendly with St Patrick’s Athletic on Tuesday 17 July.

If signings three and four are on that flight and are of a level to raise the spirits, then things will just maybe start to take shape.

The Ki Sung-Yueng signing showed one thing for sure and that is the media, both local and national, don’t have a clue when it comes to Newcastle transfers these days.

Hopefully both the media and fans will get a few big surprises in these next 10 days or so.

Rafa Benitez is of course at the very heart of our hopes and expectations, so we should have a better idea once he starts talking over the course of the next few weeks.

If Rafa is talking about more new signings instead of broken promises, then supporters can start building up their hopes and even a little expectation.

It all though feels very much like next season’s hopes are on a knife edge at this moment in time, hopefully it won’t be a self-inflicted wound when it comes to ambition (lack of) in the transfer market.



  • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

    It’s going to come good. Im confident of this. It’s going to kill leazes jezza peaky n co. But then they will just look for something else to moan about. They detest nufc.

    • Tino11

      I detest Tommy “I hate all muslims” Robinson and you. If after 11 years of Ashley’s lies you still think things are going to “come good” then you are either deluded or you are just another alt login for Fleckman/Munkpie and the rest.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Their all the same person

        • Ben Jones

          Ok let’s get to the bottom of this ‘they’re all the same person’ craic

          Why?

          Is it because not more than one person could possibly have an opinion that is different to yours so therefore anyone who appears to MUST all be the same person?

          It’s about time people like you explain yourself if you’re going to throw accusations around, surely that’s fair?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Oh know it’s the internet police!!! I’m sorry officer jones.

            They have the same crack…terrible. 3 people couldn’t have that bad of banter it’s impossible

          • Ben Jones

            Internet police? What you going on about , right , so 3 people with that bad a banter are actually 1 person , ok , got that , why are they swapping accounts then? To give the impression of ‘numbers’?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Correct, ones a guest account ones a normal one. Why officer are you writing a report?

          • Ben Jones

            Your condition is either improving or manifesting , so I’m not one of the three , sorry I mean one of the one , I’m a police officer . Ok

          • SuperDesHamilton

            I never accused you of being one of the three, one does protest a bit too much m’lord…

          • Ben Jones

            No but I disagree with your opinion on a lot of nufc related things so it kinda makes me a suspect to be one of (now) four , or one of one to be more precise , Leazes list is 15+ long (all the same person of course) ask him to show you it . Oh er missus

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Who the hell is leazes. And I like a debate just some people are too far gone for that. Monkseaton etc…refuse to accept Mike Ashley is anything but perfect.

            Oh and if you haven’t been going to games since 300BC you aren’t a true fan

          • Ben Jones

            Who the hell is Leazes .

            Some things we do agree on afterall

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            He gets off on this, anyone who has different opinions is classed a troll. His craic is that of that child/Student. Im wasting my time talking to him. He will never meet and put all this troll I’m fleckman momkseaton bollocks all to bed. He’s a classic of today’s society and next generation that’s coming through.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            How can I be today’s society & also the next generation you Buffoon

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            I get back from Glasgow at 7.30 ish I will be in the three mile gosforth at 9, pop in. Im not fleck or monk trust me.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Haha isn’t this the kind of things George Michael got arrested for

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Seriously come for 9, you’ll see I’m not monk or fleck. The more and more you shy away from face to face the more you look like a flatty. Come for 9 or earlier, I will be in there till half past ish.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            This is absolutely brilliant how rattled you are, almost smashing up ya Nokia in anger. 😂😂😂

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            😂Not angry in the slightest. It’s all in your head. Im just giving you an opportunity, which looks like you don’t want to take. Your a pussy kid end off.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’ve had a mare here today, seething almost crying now wanting to meet random men online…gutted 😂

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Look not playing your game anymore, you’ve shown what you are an absolute flatty. You’ll never get a response of me again, goodbye.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Don’t cry

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A generally think your gonna cry

      • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

        Im the name above you crank. Some paranoid ppl on here 😂

  • Leazes.

    Do you think they told Rafa they were buying him?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂😂😂

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Ryder will do a full page in the Ronnie gall about how our 17 year old is highly rated on football manager

    • SuperDesHamilton

      They told Monkseaton first before Rafa, needed the opinion of the biggest toon fan ever before a managers

    • FatParosite

      Deluge…?? It has been an open & gushing sewer of misdirection and PR spin hackery. Ryder should be imprisoned for the Bishop moonlighting lies he’s pumped out every hour since Ashley arrived.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    55 games over 3 seasons, then i read another article where the Mad Munk states our best 2 players are Perez & Richie, FFS
    do the likes of Ki enhance the squad NO, but we`ll get a load of bull schitt on here and in the Chron about the guy,
    we`ve signed a £4m keeper, an out of contract bench sitter & a 17 yr old kid.
    Then we have to read all the garbage about the £30m coming in in sales
    Mitrovic £20m, Mbemba £8m & Sels £3m
    Thats going well isn`t it.
    The clubs a [email protected]@king shambles from top to bottom.

    • Leazes.

      I can’t wait for Rafa’s first press conference….will the first question from Mark Douglass be ‘What happened to the Rafalution’? or from Ryder…’Is it true Man United are in for Gayle’?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I knew this window would be bad but it`s even worse than i thought
        It`s going to be backs to the wall again next season if some quality players aren`t brought in.

        • Leazes.

          You wouldn’t call Charnley ‘dynamic’ exactly, he never has been, and with whole seasons written off before they start due to inadequate provision, time allocation and money…. what was the guiding philosophy….’best value pound for pound’….. it even sounds like a shopping spree to B&M bargains!

    • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

      Feel free to not support nufc then.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        No problem Monkseaton

        • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

          No, but I do agree with alot of things he says. I noticed on one of your posts you said you went to Burnley Brighton, i go to them all, we should meet up for a friendly drink bring your chum leazes I’d love to meet him face to face. Also another post you didn’t respond to, the picture regarding the safc fans I noticed.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Are you stalking me? I’d rather have a pint with your pal tommy then breathe the same air as you

            And the Sunderland one? Well you know what I mean & you’re trying cause trouble, but I’m on about the black lads considering the amount of abuse aimed at minority’s their recently they need to watch the locals. Something you’d know since you’re clearly from wearside

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            No just people seem very keen to speak through the mag but never face to face, offers always there tho. The article is about safc fans reactions to ki but you look at a picture of safc fans looking glum (Half time of the 5-1) and your mind obviously works in a different way to mine/most. I just see a picture of human beings, Sunderland fans. you obviously see something else and bring up something totally irrelevant. Imply all safc fans are you know what. No not from Wearside but all safc lads I have met in recent years I can’t fault them. Different on derby day of course, but when the day is finished there just people to me who have different loyalties. I’ve been to more Tyne wear derbies down there place than you’ll ever go to in your life so I’m definitely not from Wearside, people who know me think I’m nufc daft borderline obsessed, it’s just passion tho. You need to grow up mate.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You’d not be welcome for a second in my circle of people so best to keep it online.

            Trying to point score when you have one of the biggest racists around in your name is pretty ironic don’t you think?

            Eeee aren’t you crazy that you’d pals think you’re obsessed with nufc & bragging about going yo away derby games goodness me! And your telling me to grow up 😩

            It probably helps your about 60 odd anyways. Fans like you who think their superior supporters because there old & went to a match in the 70’s trying to tell people what to think yet getting Conned by Ashley are the problem

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            60 odd 😂😂😂 I was still floating in fathas bollocks in the 70/80’s. I’m late twenties got me first season tkt at 11 year old started at the bottom like everyone else in terms of getting tkts for away games and now very healthy in that respect. No I was specifically meaning you as you seem to have quite an opinion on me so thought it would be better to tell me to my face. couldmt careless your pals and your circle😂. My name I post under alone doesn’t define me a racist, if It did which it doesn’t I would of been blocked on the mag I’m sure. If people throw accusations around they need evidence to back it up. Calling someone a racist now is meaningless it’s thrown about that often. Leazes has got people like you under his thumb.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Imagine being that old and trying to insinuate fights man, you’re probably built like a bus ticket 😂

            And I’m going off all three of your names.

            Your worse than that fathers 4 justice lot a bet your chained up now outside the prison crying for tommy

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            We are obviously from very different walks of life, no violence fights etc is a last resort as self defence. But you lot always insinuate that tommy robinson supporters are violent jobless can’t even spell there own name types. Never stereotype worst thing you can do as 99.9 percent of the time always backfires. Na mate am in glasgow working. Work all over the shop. Your obviously a [email protected] who doesn’t want to meet me that’s cool continue to be one of leazes winnets.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            It’s absolute brilliant how rattled you are because of a difference of opinion 😂 need a tissue?

            And wanting to meet strangers off the internet seems a bit strange to me

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            I prefer to deal with issues face to face but you obviously don’t, you feel more comfortable behind your computer screen. But you know where to find me if you change your mind. Have a good day.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Seething 😂😂

            You couldn’t put the cat out & someone not agreeing with you has broke you down.

            Gonna March or something in protest now?

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            😂😂😂 not quite, past caring what people think or say of me. Your the one claiming I’m a bus tkt couldn’t put cat out etc when you know nothing about me but there’s one way to find out, but you’ll continue to be a keyboard warrior hiding behind your computer screen has anyone on here got a backbone?!

          • SuperDesHamilton

            internet warrior…said the person currently wanting to fight & absolutely seething 😂

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I offered to meet dissenters on here before a game and got abuse. Most don’t go to the match.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The chance of seeing Leazes at a live game is unlikely.

          • Leazes.

            RA

    • SuperDesHamilton

      I’m convinced he’s a troll with every message, that Perez & Ritchie one confirmed it

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Without Perez we would have been relegated fact. Rafa stated that every player should follow Ritchie’s example on the football field.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          But you despise Benítez you’re quick to abuse him at every turn

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Again rubbish never comment against Rafa.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You constantly have sly digs

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Who do you think is our best player MMM? Mr Monkseaton has a point, Richie is one of those players who we miss when he’s not not playing. Perez is underrated, those who moan about him don’t seem to see what he does off the ball, his work rate and positioning are very good. I suspect the critics are those who only see the game on TV.

      Certainly, over the last two seasons, Richie is consistently a top performer. Perez, I think was not so good in the championship but consistent last term.

  • FatParosite

    The Comical and their trade description vulnerable journalists are always the last to know. They have been in bed with the regime and have fleas and cannot be trusted to predict if the sun will come up. We are back with the same hiatus presented by Ashley for the past 10 years. Everyone expecting Ashley to change his spots and give up lying. Newsflash HE WON’T EVER CHANGE. So why buy a season ticket off him if all he is offering is worse than last year?