This is probably the first Newcastle United team in the Premier League era, in which there has never been any worries about the top clubs coming in and taking our players.

Going back to the post Kevin Keegan era, the likes of the following all went onto big clubs and forged a decent career for themselves.

Some didn’t go directly to a ‘top’ club and instead went via another one in between – but eventually ended up where they wanted to be.

The likes of:

Hamann (Liverpool)

Tomasson (AC Milan)

Distin (Everton),

Viana (Valencia)

Woodgate (Real Madrid/Tottenham)

Bellamy (Man City/Liverpool)

Jenas (Tottenham)

Milner (Man  City/Liverpool)

Parker (Tottenham)

Carroll (Liverpool)

Given (Man City)

Owen (Man U)

Bassong (Tottenham)

Martins (Wolfsburg)

Enrique (Liverpool)

Cabaye (PSG)

Debuchy (Arsenal)

Ben Arfa (PSG)

Ba (Chelsea)

Mbiwa (Roma/Lyon)

Santon (Inter)

Wijnaldum (Liverpool)

Sissoko (Tottenham)

Thauvin (Marseille)

The point being that no matter how weak Newcastle United squads have been, even the sides that have got us relegated, they have included players who have gone on to bigger things.

Even Jean Alain Boumsong was on the bench in the 2006 World Cup Final and then went to Juventus from Newcastle (albeit to Serie B).

Also, don’t forget, Danny Simpson went on and was a regular in a Leicester City side that won the Premier League.

I don’t think there are any Newcastle players in this current squad that you could say the same about, in terms of attracting the interest of a big club, perhaps Jamaal Lascelles is the only one potentially?

Again, it is testament to the job that Rafa has done in terms of taking a group of very average players and turned them into a side that competes in the top league of world football.

It is perhaps easy to underestimate the job he has done. It is probably the biggest positive of them all, that after 11 years of Mike Ashley, we are still somehow hanging in there at the top level of English football.

However, if you said to me would you take relegation, losing Rafa, putting back our chances of winning a cup or being in Europe for another 20 years, to be rid of Mike Ashley, I would snap your hand off in an instant.

Alas, nothing truly positive can happen until the Fat Man sells up.

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  • Paul Patterson

    Lascelles, Dubravka. After that I’m struggling..

    • Ron

      The question is why. Could it be that we’ve not been properly financed? Heaven forbid the funds to spend on top class players.

      Memories of buying a certain Alan Shearer – the considerable money at the time was found.

      Now not even hope remains.

      • mentalman

        we’ve not had the funds recently but what we have had has been spent poorly

        • Kenny

          Funds, the Rats £20 plus in pocket not the mention the Tv money, the shirt money, the sponsor money

        • glassjawsh-got-banned

          you get what you pay for… I’d say on average 1 in 4 or 5 players bought on the cheap come good. Rafa seems right on the mark when you think about it in those terms.

        • Ron

          Not always, but buying from lower levels is bound to be riskier.

  • CKO

    Who chased Graham Carr out again? The man responsible for finding Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Thauvin, Wijnaldum, Ba, Debuchy, Remy, Lascelles, Shelvey, Santon, Mitrovic and so on.

    • Paul Patterson

      A mixed bunch to say the least. Half of which didn’t try a leg for 80% of the time..

      • Kenny

        that is a Troll

        • CKO

          ‘I read there is only 10 clubs in the prem that can survive without the gate money Newcastle are not one of them’

          😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

          • Kenny

            F##k Off

          • CKO

            😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

          • Kenny

            🤡🤡🤡🤡
            Vermin

          • Chris-Chapple

            block him, i have

      • CKO

        Half? I would argue two (Sissoko and Ben Arfa) didn’t try/give their all, I thought the rest applied themselves when on the pitch. Even if you disagree you can’t blame the person finding the talent for not getting the most out of that talent, that blame falls on the manager.

        Now we’re left with a team not good enough to win against Cardiff or Forest despite their “effort”…

        • Kenny

          Troll vermin 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

        • Billmag

          For everyone mentioned there was money wasted on players you haven’t mentioned.

          • CKO

            Well instead of just throwing around random statements why don’t you go and make a list of every signing made under Carr and every signing made under Benitez and then we can compare the lists, why don’t you do some actual research. You know it might be easier just to make a list of the good signings the two have made, something tells me someone’s list is going to be very short…

          • Kenny

            Vermin 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🐁🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

          • Benji

            aww bless. your poor keyboard :(

          • Billmag

            Why don’t you make a list of Carr’s signings when we were last in the Championship, it took Carr 7 years to accumulate the player’s you mentioned, Rafa has had 2/5 years to get us out of the Championship and get us to 10th in the Premier with a limited budget, there isn’t many of those players you’ve listed that is anywhere near the club owing to the incompetence of your hero.

          • CKO

            The standard all over the place response, all I asked you to do was make a list of players and you couldn’t do it because you know that the Benitez list is packed with a load of s***e…

            1) I’ve already made my list.

            2) What does being in the Championship have to do with anything?

            3) The argument isn’t about quantity, it’s about quality and Benitez has made no/next to no quality signings.

            4) Benitez has spent €142.65m in ‘2/5 years’, that is not ‘limited’. Do you want to know what is a ‘limited’ budget? The €38.55m Nottingham Forest have spent in that same time period, the same Nottingham Forest that beat us 3-1 a few weeks ago.

            5) Make a list of all the signings, see how that goes.

          • Billmag

            It’s you Clarko that started making comparison’s with Carr and Rafa, what’s that got to do with the Championship you say well it has a lot to do with that you dumb [email protected]@k because Rafa had to buy player’s that probably weren’t in the class of Carr’s signings to get us out of the CHAMPIONSHIP, and your [email protected]@@@@g hero Carr had 7 years to trawl the French market and by the way Numpty not all his signings were successful. But there you go kick around whichever argument serves your agenda.

          • CKO

            1) And who got Newcastle relegated again? Oh that’s right it was Benitez…

            2) The seven year argument doesn’t work because a) it’s not about quantity and b) Benitez has been in management for ~25 years 😂

            3) Nowhere have I said that all of Carr’s signings were successful dummy, go and make a list and see who wins.

    • Chris-Chapple

      what a load of rubbish that is, Rafa has no control over who Newcastle buy, are you an idiot or just been asleep for two years

      • CKO

        No, Benitez is 100% in control of who we bring in…

        • Chris-Chapple

          idiot & blocked

          • CKO

            I thought you had already blocked me or at least that what you said…

            You can say the word ‘idiot’ over and over again it doesn’t mean anything, it doesn’t have any validity to it. Benitez is in control of who comes in, he’s the one who signed Joselu and played/picked Joselu over Mitrovic.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            100% control of who he buys… with the pittance of a transfer budget Ashley (begrudgingly) affords him… Rafa’s buys are a symptom of the root cause of Mike Ashley being a tight fisted greedy [email protected] who isn’t interested in winning soccer games.

          • CKO

            Pittance? Benitez has spent €142.65m since he was appointed as Newcastle manager…

          • Billmag

            Yes and most of that was to get your hero out of the 💩 your hero put us in.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            net spend of minus 30 million plus! (straight to Ashley’s pocket)…

          • Ram Kishore

            How much worth of talent has he let go?
            U have to compare that too imo

          • CKO

            No you don’t, net spend is irrelevant, we’re not talking about how much Ashley has spent, we are talking about how much Benitez has spent, he’s spend €142.65m.

          • Ram Kishore

            Yeah he’s spent that much most of it was mainly spent on getting out of championship which is the main task for us. Few who were signed didn’t make the step up. So u need all better quality.. u do know the gulf in quality between championship and pl

          • CKO

            How does that make difference? Look at the talent Wolves and Fulham acquired when they were in the Championship. And don’t forget, Benitez is the one who got us in the Championship.

          • Bowlsey

            Benitez was the one who got us into the Championship?! Oh come on, you have to be on a wind up! He had ten games to try to save us after the Wally with the Brolly had completely destroyed the players morale with his shocking tactics and pathetic game plans, and the amazing thing is, Rafa almost pulled it off!

          • CKO

            Are you on the wind up? Why was Benitez hired? You think failing to get a single win against Norwich, Sunderland and Aston Villa, our three relegation rivals at the time, was acceptable?

          • Ram Kishore

            Come on cko. We don’t have to go into that argument about who got us into championship..
            He did turn the results and had better points to matches ratio than McLaren in 10 matches.. Its a old topic is it not?
            Wolves,Each and every player they have acquired in the championship cost them a lot of money.. i could argue they spent more than Rafa did since the summer of 2016.
            Fulham did most of them on loan signings and they had to buy players this summer because of that.. They did buy 5 players on deadline day alone. Just look at the money spent on each player.
            It’s still early into the season.

          • CKO

            It’s not an argument, it’s a fact, Benitez was in charge when we were relegated, he was hired to keep us up and he failed miserably. You’re the one who brought the Championship up.

            It doesn’t matter what McClaren’s points per game was, Benitez was hired to keep Newcastle up, he didn’t get enough points to do that, he failed.

            Wolves spent €60.71m over two seasons in the Championship, Benitez spent €63.75m in one season. You’re wrong.

            Why didn’t Benitez loan players like Fulham did instead of buying a whole load of rubbish?

          • Ram Kishore

            I would have to ask Benitez itself for that why he didn’t use loan players..
            FYI Fulham took 4 years to come back to PL, after relegation they did spend some good money on players in the summer of 2014, buying players like McCormack etc.
            Immediate promotion was our target. Let’s not forget we sold or let go or released a dozen players.. we were lacking quality.. As a manager Benitez has given explanation whats the difference between the relegated team like us and team like Brighton, Huddersfield.
            So we got relegated only because of Benitez? Not McLaren or any of the players fault.. yeah Benitez was one of the reasons clearly but he isn’t the sole reason.

          • CKO

            It’s not about asking, it’s about what happened, he’s signed a load of s***e.

            Fulham spent €73.48m in FOUR YEARS, Benitez spent €63.75m in ONE YEAR. Stop comparing spends, Benitez has spent a boat load of money on a whole load of s***e.

            It’s not about who left, it’s about who he has brought in. They’re all s***e.

            Benitez was brought in to keep Newcastle up, he didn’t, he failed.

          • Ram Kishore

            U mean the same s***te players that got us promoted and finished 10th?

          • CKO

            Yep, those players. Don’t try and twist our promotion as some sort of miracle achievement, we should’ve walked that league with the money that was spent.

            Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you had fun watching Newcastle? When was the last time you generally looked forward to watching Newcastle play?

          • Ram Kishore

            Second half a last season actually.. apart from those 3 losses where they completely switched offf

          • CKO

            You were excited going in to a game against Manchester United after losing against Manchester City and failing to win against Burnley, Crystal Palace and Swansea? You had fun watching that last 25 minutes when we had 10 behind the ball defending for our lives? I don’t believe you.

            You had fun watching Newcastle lose a 2 goal lead to Bournemouth in the last 10 minutes of the match? Because I didn’t.

            Were you excited and looking forward to play Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal? I don’t buy it.

            I think you’re looking back on that time with fondness because you have hindsight, you know how it turned out, you know we won 3 games in a row and you know we finished 10th. At the time, it was horrendous.

          • Ram Kishore

            Ok u were right on the specifics.. i mean on a bigger picture second half of the season seemed ok compared to the first half.
            I do know we are a mid table team and we aren’t going to be ransacking the top 6.
            But I’d enjoy the arsenal and Man united games.
            I know that we wouldn’t be having a go at Pool and city

          • CKO

            ‘Ok’ doesn’t scream fun or excitement.

            You say I’m talking about specifics, but I mentioned 9 games in my previous comment and that was without mentioning the 3 games where we ‘switched off’ and lost all 3 in a row, that’s 12 games.

            Like I said before, you can say that you enjoyed the Arsenal and Manchester United matches because you know that we won, at the time nobody was looking forward to those games and they certainly weren’t fun to watch, not in my opinion anyways.

          • Billmag

            Bullshyte.

          • CKO

            Is this Kenny?

          • Billmag

            Only one account Clarko. (Billmag)

          • Billmag

            It’s irrelevant when you say so, but isnt irrelevant to genuine supporters.

          • CKO

            Ken?

          • Billmag

            One account only.(Billmag)

          • Tweed Mag

            Exactly. Would some of those players mentioned be at NUFC if Rafa had a sensible budget? Of course not. Yet another ridiculous argument by Toxic Ashley’s apologists.

          • Benji

            haha the rafa worshipper got owned so threw his toys out of the pram.

            Kenny’s another. He can actually talk English sometimes unless someone calls him or he loses an argument then he self destructs and smashed his face on the keyboard..amazing it always spells trollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll. :)

          • Kenny

            another [email protected] nt troll, p`$$ off

          • Ram Kishore

            Yep he’s the one who is in the control imo too but is he getting his first choice.. that’s debatable? If Joselu was his first choice he wouldn’t be complaining about the slow activity .. so ig he’s right is complaining too

          • CKO

            We know Joselu wasn’t his first choice, Abraham was. Guess what? They are both trash. A manager cannot have everything he wants, every manager has a list of targets, no manager gets their first choice for every position, the difference is they seem to have adequate second and third choices, Benitez doesn’t.

      • Ram Kishore

        I think Benitez has the final say on who to come in or go out, its just that our club fails to land his first choice or second choice targets.. He’s the one who has the final say imo but they could be his last choice targets

    • Stephen

      You just said what a lot of us have been thinking.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      ‘Found’ them? Not as though they played on the moon or something clarko

    • Ram Kishore

      Carr was still there when we signed sels, Atsu, Hanley, Hayden. He was relieved only in 2017 june.. Yes the signings are strange and Carr’s were excellent but still while they were playing we were struggling in the bottom half and who’s fault is that? MANAGERS at that time? but at the same time back then we could buy players from France for decent sums but now the clubs have become smarter and demand a lot. Its impossible to get a player from france for cheap nowadays..

      • CKO

        ‘It’s impossible to get a player from France for cheap nowadays’

        That’s just not true, there are bargains out there, I cite Dubravka as an example, the only good singing Benitez has made.

        • Danimal

          Gayle, Clark, Ritchie, Diame, Lejeune, Kenedy, Merino, Fernandez apart? Plus Atsu, Hanley and Darryl Murphy contributed to promotion. And still potential for Jacob Murphy, Muto and Rondon to join the ‘good’ list. Yes, other than those, just the one.

          • CKO

            Gayle? What has Gayle done in the Premier League for us? Not good enough. Same with Atsu and Murphy. All trash.

            Hanley didn’t ‘contribute’ to promotion, he didn’t manage 6 games in in 46 game season… Trash.

            Murphy was an absolute waste of money, he has done absolutley nothing since coming here. Trash.

            Where is Merino? Doesn’t he play for Real Sociedad? Trash signing.

            Kenedy? Trash.

            Lejeune? Injured all of the time.

            Ritchie? Not good enough.

          • Billmag

            You are trash go and write your rehash somewhere else.

          • CKO

            New account Ken?

          • Billmag

            Only got one account Unlike you Clarko.

          • CKO

            So that means I have to deal with two idiots who spend their day following me around this site just to bombard me with nonsense replies. Seriously man, grow the f**k up. Just because I’m better than you doesn’t mean you have to follow me around all day, you don’t want to be known as an idiot and a stage 5 clinger. Get over it.

          • Billmag

            In life dummy there’s always someone better than someone else fact.

          • CKO

            And I’m better than you.

          • Billmag

            No problem Humpty Dumpty.

          • Billmag

            Don’t get into a debate with him mate because before you know it he will change an argument around to suit himself.

  • Carverlier football

    Lascelles perhaps. It should be said some of the moves above were to teams that were no bigger than us at the time – Jenas to Spurs for example, Distin another

    • Paul Patterson

      It’s worth noting that only going to Man United and Arsenal was a forward step under Sir Bobby in 2002.
      Now, there are teams in the Championship that have more ambition.

  • Kenny

    If my team were in the top six i would buy Shelvey.

    • Ron

      If your team were in the top 6 you’d have been to Ashley’s funeral.

      • Kenny

        that would make me very happy indeed.

        • Ron

          Don’t think you’d be alone.

  • Jezza

    I agree entirely. A lot of us were resigned to losing Lascelles in the summer. The fact that he is our best player and nobody came in for him despite the club’s willingness to sell says it all. This is where Fatso’s constant asset stripping of the playing squad for profit has left us.

    • Chris-Chapple

      no doubt Fatso will sell him in January

      • Kenny

        a knocking bet

    • Ram Kishore

      Where did the club or the manager say they were Willing to sell.Lascelles?
      Jezza i am.not criticising u but I think u just made up something.. enquiries would have been made but most of us knew we weren’t selling him. We do make enquiries to buy other players, so it’s a very.similar situation

      • Jezza

        We weren’t selling Andy Carroll either, as Pardew adamantly insisted, he was staying and that was the end of the matter, no way was he going to be allowed to leave, well not until Liverpool put £35 million on the table anyway. Do you really think a similar offer for Lascelles would have been turned down, do you?

        • Ram Kishore

          Rafa said remember in an interview.. of such an amount comes for Lascelles there’s nothing wrong in selling the player provided if we reinvest it properly to strengthen the squad.. and he also assured that no players will be sold in the early part of the summer itself. Lascelles isn’t going anywhere for now..

          • Jezza

            Lascelles isn’t going anywhere for now…only because the transfer window is closed. Don’t kid yourself. If a bid comes in January he’s gone, whisked off in Fatso’s helicopter before you can blink. Haven’t you learned anything from the past 11 years.

          • Ram Kishore

            I have learnt few things.. Andy caroll bid was one of the highest at the time.. letting him go wasn’t bad as u portray it. We did invest it and I have talked about it to once clearly about the money being reinvested .
            I dont want to go and talk about Caroll thing again and again.
            Lascelles is not leaving until the summer.. everyone knows it and so do. Unless a bid of big size comes in we won’t and he has to be consistent to attract interest from top 6

          • Benji

            Jezza is an old thick f##k don’t get into an debate with him. He’s been educated on this but the arrogant [email protected] will never admit he’s wrong and will label you a troll. Move on Ram

          • Jezza

            You’re really starting to sound like those trolls and I’m on the brink of blocking you. Where was the Andy Carroll money reinvested? Are you saying the £35 million was taken up by Shefki Kuqi’s signing on fee? The money certainly wasn’t invested in the following summer window. NUFC broke even on their transfer dealings that summer. Go and haunt somebody else. You’re becoming my personal stalker on this forum, constantly picking arguments with comments I make that everybody else seems to agree with.

          • Benji

            listen to yourself moron. what comments? you say the same boring $hit at least 50 times a day and you probably play with yourself every time you get ‘like’.

            all you do is cry and complain about the club. ‘Fatso did that, Fatso did this, Fatso wants this, Fatso wants that’…craving people treat you like a god on this site.

            grow up and get a life.

          • Ram Kishore

            Look Jezza i am not stalking u. I am just saying when I feel ur comment may not be right i just say it.. there’s nothing wrong in it imo. I criticise Ashley when I have to. I just backed Rafa when Clarko’s arguments were stupid. I criticise Rafa and players when I they need to be. I always try to be balanced in my comments. I back players when few here seem to tell them they are useless before giving them time. Just because few of my opinions look similar to people whom u call trolls i don’t side with or anyone.. i have my own views which I post in a way that’s respectful.. i just dont agree with u sometimes..
            I purely agreed with Jonathan in this article.. but I didn’t agree with your post.. that’s all. I may not have agreed with few of your past posts. I agree with few of yours..
            I usually don’t explain myself but telling me that I am acting like a troll and u want to block me for that shows u r being a closed to argument. If you don’t like my comment u dont have to reply for it..Simple ig

          • Jezza

            Well you pulled me up on something that was completely tangential to the point I was making in my initial comment then you wouldn’t let it go.

            The stark facts are there regarding the Andy Carroll money. If it was ever reinvested it certainly wasn’t in the Newcastle playing staff. Maybe it went on some of the giant S****s D****t signs all around St James’s Park and was passed off as having been reinvested in the form of “stadium improvements”.

            If you genuinely believe Fatso would turn down a £30 million plus bid for Lascelles in January then I’m afraid you are fooling yourself. All he cares about is how much money he can make out of our club.

          • Danimal

            Shefki Kuqi.

          • Ram Kishore

            Haha.. i meant we did spend a decent sum on players in the subsequent windows. Actually we signed HBA permanently and then cabaye, santon, Ba was free but signing on fee , Cisse.
            I am just saying 35 million for caroll was a good deal.. we did spend the money wisely though but we just didn’t have the brightest manager of all. Carr’s and his teams recruitment was excellent

      • Danimal

        Everyone is for sale at our club, for the right price. Sadly the club doesn’t appear to be.

        • Ram Kishore

          Ig yeah but obviously he wouldn’t be until next summer i am sure about that. We are struggling and we would not be selling unless the player wants to move. I see the Character of Nolan in him.

          • Jezza

            Interesting comparison. Kevin Nolan didn’t want to move but Fatso sold him anyway.

  • Leazes.

    Looking at that list we seem to be a feeder club for tottnam and Liverpool….

    Shelvey and Lascelles would attract maybe middling clubs above us.

    • Jezza

      Yes I can see Shelvey and Lascelles ending up at bigger spending, more ambitious clubs like Watford. Brighton, Huddersfield, Bournemouth or Middlesborough if they get promoted this season.

      • Kenny

        Watford & Bournemouth would be a major step up from Nufc,
        who could see that coming

        • Jezza

          …or us selling a player to Fulham for far more money than we could ever dream of spending ourselves. That’s how far Fatso has dragged our club down. Before Fatso came along we were a big club now we’re just a small club with big crowds.

  • Chris-Chapple

    Not one of our players is good enough for a top six team, maybe 2 would make the bench & we all know who they are.

  • Stephen

    I read Ivan Gazidis is to is the leave his post at Arsenal ( Chief Executive) and join AC Milan who are prepared to increase his current salary £2.6m by £1m.
    I wonder why this guy didn’t interest Mr. Ashley?
    It’s not just the squad that’s cheap it’s the whole organisation.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Have a read about the bloke that’s taken over A.C Milan Paul singer. Absolute abortion of a man. Him & his company specialise in buying sovereign debt of countries near default & hounding them through the courts until he’s been paid in full.

      • Kenny

        sounds the perfect drinking partner for the Fat Rat

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Both love wallowing in poorer peoples misfortunes. Fatty does it nationally & that Singer nonce does it globally

          • Kenny

            A match made in hell

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Let’s hope both end up there soon

          • Ron

            Fatty might get more ambitious the fatter he gets.

      • 1957

        His predecessors were Silvio Berlusconi and a Chinese ‘business’ man who borrowed money from Singer’s company EMC and reportedly had no business plan in place to pay it back… I suspect Mr Singer wouldn’t like that he seems more ruthless than our owner

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Ruthless is putting it mildly! Yonghong the bloke who bought them off bunga bunga berlusconi. They went to his offices & they were empty & had been for years 😂

      • Ram Kishore

        I read about his sometime ago, vulture capitalist thing seemed very intense.. the one with Argentina and the peru one. Holding a Peruvin president 😂😂. This guy has got some balls. He got Ac milan as a way of getting the debt repaid by the previous owner.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Exactly the fact AC have went to Puma as kit sponsor shows how much there cost cutting

    • Kenny

      I would love to see KK as Chief Executive, Rafa as manager & an owner willing to invest in players, then we would see a real football team at
      St James

      • nufcslf

        Yes.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    I’d argue that a couple of players took a step down like Hamman who was at Bayern & Distin who was at PSG

    • Paul Patterson

      Well numerated for that I’d imagine . .

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Come on now, footballers do it for the love of the game 🙄

    • Ram Kishore

      Our past few season of very normal performance doesnt usually convince players to take a step down.. Just look at kennedy, he has been in England for 3 years..Must know a bit about Newcastle by now. Few of his chelsea team mates may have given him a great idea about the club.. he played for us last 6 months yet still not interested in even being here or acting as if he wants to be on a loan here.

    • Danimal

      Coming from PSG to us was not a step down until fairly recently.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        They were always a big club, don’t let the media say other wise, I’m sure the season we loaned Distin he couldn’t get in the PSG because of Heinze & pochetino. Plus I’m sure then they had Robert, Anelka, Ali B & some bloke called Ronaldinho

        • Danimal

          Don’t worry about me, I’m not letting the media tell me anything. I may be wrong but I was thinking about the era when we signed Ginola from them. I didn’t get the impression he was making a step down at that time. I realise that’s 23 years ago now, doesn’t seem so long (sign of ageing).

          • SuperDesHamilton

            It depends how I look at it a think. I’m sure the season or season before we signed ginola they got to the champs league semi’s with a certain Liberian superstar up front

          • Danimal

            Ali Dia’s uncle?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Hahahaha. Wow wow wow that man bought Boumsong

  • Peaky

    Why have Apple switched the emoji and number buttons on the iPad on iOS 12…..??? Different subject I know but it’s pyssing me off 😡😡😡

    • Ron

      Sorry my phones so old it doesn’t do emoji’s

      • Kenny

        the new iphone`s shyte anyway

      • Dillon Tovak

        📱⚰️

        • Ron

          I’ve never sent a text so it’s fine for me.

          Never seen the need, my current one is slightly better than my previous one because it can take photos although I don’t know how

          Shhh I’m typing this a work on my computer.

          • Kenny

            use a laptop for emojis

          • Ron

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          • Kenny

            Sorted

          • Ron

            You get yours to go sideways mine went weird

          • Kenny

            😂😂😁😁😃😃😄😄😤😤😠😠
            😁

          • Jezza

            Me too. Never sent a text mail and I also use a desktop computer for all my internet access.

          • Ron

            we’re two of a kind, in many ways.

      • Jezza

        My phone is plugged into the wall at my house and it’s got a handset attached to a base unit by a colied cable.

    • Kenny

      not on mine 😂😂

      • Peaky

        Just checked and it’s ok on the iPhone but changed it on the tablet for some reason ??? Mind you my phone is an old 5S….

        • Kenny

          i just have an Iphone 8 !!!
          😂😂😂😂😂

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      my phone is from when I was in grad school…

    • Mark Davies

      Who cares?

  • Kenny

    I see the vermin brothers are back 🐁🐀

    • Benji

      jezza and wezza.. aka the lee brothers from manchester. well spotted kenny.. keep up the good work

      • Kenny

        look in the mirror, vermin

        • Wezza

          and they called others paranoid.
          I think one of them has stopped and the other is just plain trolling because like they’re master they cannot defend MA anymore and their lies won’t work. Cowards.

          • Kenny

            blocked the moron before.

        • Benji

          Good doggie..once more say it again..say vermin..good boy..

  • Peaky

    Rafa is the biggest asset we have and Fatso knows it..

    • Kenny

      only until next May

  • Cuh

    Also a testament to Rafa selling off Mitrovic and Merino

    • Kenny

      he had no choice with Merino, his clause was activated

      • Jezza

        He had no choice because Fatso wanted the money, clause or no clause.

        • Kenny

          😁

        • Vodkamagpie

          What money, bought him for 9mil, sold him 10mil?, good thinking

        • Martin Rooney

          Have you not read or heard Rafa’s comments on Merino? Clear as day, to quote’ we knew the situation with Mikel when we signed him, he feels he needs to be playing every game, which is why we got him from Dortmund where he wasn’t getting games’

  • Vodkamagpie

    Chelsea did sign rob green, so I would assume we have quite a few players for the top 6

  • Mark Davies

    Distan to everton…everton top club???

    • Peaky

      Who cares..?? Can’t even spell the player’s name right even though it’s printed up above..!!

  • Martin Rooney

    Mbabu seems to be doing pretty canny in the champions league

    • CKO

      Benitez thought that Manquillo was a better fit for Newcastle, at ~five times the price as well.

      • Kenny

        Troll 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

      • He had experience in the Prem. Rafa makes mistakes, he’s human. Overall, I don’t think any manager we had in the past 10 years has done better than him. He looks to rotate the attacking players a bit more than needed but can’t blame him since we are obviously lacking quality there. We cannot afford to give players a GO at this level and have their development shot.

        • CKO

          Darren Bent has experience in the Premier League should we go and get him? Experience doesn’t equal quality. Silly argument.

          Benitez has made a lot of mistakes.

          You don’t think Hughton did better than Benitez? You don’t thin Pardew did better than Benitez?

          • Danimal

            No.

          • Billmag

            Dumb dumb.

          • Bent isn’t young like Manquillo is. Your counter-argument is just not thought through.

          • CKO

            You’re the one that said that as long as you have experience in the Premier League, you’re good. Bent has plenty of experience so why don’t we sign him?

            Now you’re trying to argue that age equals talent, it doesn’t. Why don’t we go and sign Waghorn? He’s young and has PL experience According to you that makes you a good footballer.

          • That’s just rubbish. I said Rafa picked Manquillo as he was cheap and had experience in the Prem. It was either him or NOTHING and he did do OK last term. At his age he could develop into a better player as Yedlin has but Javier isn’t ambitious. He showed up for pre-season a good 4-5 pounds on top of last year and the other Murphy ran rings around him.

          • Martin Rooney

            In hindsight was pardew shackled in the same way as Rafa apparently is?

          • CKO

            Benitez has had more free reign than Pardew did, Benitez has full control over the players we bring in, Pardew had to make do with the players Carr found/signed. Plus in the 4 years Pardew was in charge (Dec 2010 – Dec 2014) he was allowed to spend €112.12m compared to the €142.65m that Benitez has been allowed to spend in his 2 and a half years here (since Mar 2016).

        • Danimal

          Manquillo would probably get a regular game for the Swiss team too.

      • Wor Lass

        Bog off ClarKO.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Got ran ragged 3-0 really well

  • Mxpx

    The thing was alot of those players you’ve mentioned were at a top club we were one ourselves

  • fistsofsteel2

    Waatching the Liverpool v PSG game and realised Newcastle have never had enough ambition / desire to hold on to quality players like Milner and Wijnaldum – who are both playing extremely well for Liverpool. These are players who crave success and winning, and realised it was never going to happen at Newcastle. Milner, at 32, shows no sign of waning……he’s a phenomenal player.

    • Wor Lass

      The vast majority of people on here at the time couldn`t wait to get rid of Gini. They got all caught up in that hype about him not being able to play away from home and forgot to notice he was a decent player. He didn`t rock the boat or slag anyone off and got a good move for himself – good luck to the lad. The only villain involved was the usual one – the fat barsteward pocketed the dosh.

      • Jezza

        At Wijnaldum’s last game for us, a pre season friendly at Doncaster, the Newcastle fans were all singing that they wanted him to stay.

        • Wor Lass

          That`s part of my point, Jezza. There`s a big difference between hard-core fans who know their football and a lot of the keyboard warriors and multi-personality trolls who infest this site.

          • Jezza

            Fair enough. I couldn’t see the comment you were replying to so I wasn’t properly aware of the context of the debate.

  • fistsofsteel2

    This is the thing Ashley doesn’t seem to get! He has placed a valuation on the club, but a buyer will look and see practically no assets in terms of players. Many clubs have a player who might generate £50m or more – we don’t. Any buyer will see it is not worth what Ashley is asking, and that considerable investment would be required to improve the team, or give us any success.

  • Shows how bereft of quality squad we have. No wonder Rafa wanted to sell Ritchie but knew we wouldn’t get a replacement and looking at Atsu and Murphy, he is better playing Matt. Muto should be doing a bit better soon as he gets a foothold of the League or fall completely to pieces realising he can’t cope. I doubt the latter as Japanese mentality is strong and he won’t quit but might give us his best game after January.
    What the team needs is a box-to-box midfielder, an attacking left full-back, a passing midfielder to give Shelvey some competition, two wingers/second strikers who are fast and can shoot and finish. We also need to keep Rondon and buy a pacey striker with good finishing and poaching ability.
    That is looking like a 100m investment to me and us getting rid of players like Manquillo, Hayden and Atsu, although, I doubt there’s any takers apart from Hayden maybe.

    • Martin Rooney

      Left Back Young boys had a really decent young kid playing for them last night, mbabu.