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Paul Ince laughable comment on Rafa spending Mike Ashley’s money

3 years ago

Sadly they didn’t have the ‘A Team’ on Match of The Day, instead it was Paul Ince and Martin Keown.

A very good Newcastle performance, a win, goals, plenty woodwork rattling, great debut from Miguel Almiron, Longstaff superb again, you wanted Alan Shearer there, plus probably his best mate Ian Wright.

With Liverpool taking on Man Utd on Sunday I’m guessing the A Team will have been kept for the aftermath of that game, when hopefully we will hear also about NUFC from Alan Shearer.

After reviewing the Newcastle match, Martin Keown didn’t get anything wrong. Saying Tommy Smith had been ‘naughty’ and that Almiron had been ‘lucky’ to get back up after the assault on him, Keown saying it had to be a red card.

Paul Ince agreed, though he came up with the ridiculous ‘not that type of player’ line.

He also showed his ignorance of the MLS and Atlanta United in particular, saying about how well Almiron did playing in a ‘massive stadium’ such as St James Park in front of fifty two thousand.

When with Atlanta, Miguel Almiron regularly played in front of this many people and for big games there were over seventy thousand there. Stagefright due to the crowd was never going to be a problem.

However, the real classic was when Paul Ince said about the Paraguayan: ‘One for the future and he got a pat on the back from Rafa, who will be delighted he has spent some of Ashley’s money on a very good player.’

Mike Ashley’s money?

It is quite incredible just how our club is treated so differently by the media.

Newcastle United/Mike Ashley made over £20m on transfer deals in the summer, including selling Mitro for £22m (rising to £27m) and now they have bought Almiron for £16m (rising to £21m).

So it is Newcastle who sell Mitrovic but Mike Ashley who buys Miguel Almiron???

You would never hear Paul Ince (or anybody else), saying ‘John Henry’s money bought Virgil Van Dijk’, ‘Davids Sullivan and Gold’s money bought Anderson’, or ‘The Glazers’ money bought Pogba and Lukaku.’

That is because it isn’t true, it is the money the clubs generate that in pretty much every case buys players, Newcastle very much one of those.

Martin Keown:

“Twenty minutes into the game and you do something like that…there are absolutely no complaints.

“He nearly takes the new signing out completely, lucky to get up from that.

“It is wild, it is reckless, out of control – it gives the referee no option but to send him off.

“It was a little bit naughty to be fair.’

Paul Ince:

“He just goes over the top and it is not like Tommy Smith, I know Tommy Smith and he’s not that way inclined.

The more you see it, the more he is going to go for it.

“It never gave Huddersfield a chance after that unfortunately.”

Paul Ince on Miguel Almiron:

“He did really well, considering it was his debut and playing at a big massive stadium like Newcastle, but he looked like he had been there all of his life.

“They paid twenty million for him from Atlanta and he contributed everything you could want from a debut.

“Everything he did came off and the only thing missing was a goal.

“He has a trick and he is wonderfully gifted technically.

“Deserved a goal but a very good no look pass to Perez who scored.

“The Newcastle faithful gave him a standing ovation and he was outstanding.

“One for the future and he got a pat on the back from Rafa, who will be delighted he has spent some of Ashley’s money on a very good player.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Huddersfield 0


Rondon 46, Perez 52

Possession was Huddersfield 46% Newcastle 54%

Total shots were Huddersfield 3 Newcastle 29

Shots on target were Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 12

Corners were Huddersfield 0 Newcastle 12

Referee: Kevin Friend

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie (Kenedy 68), Hayden, Longstaff, Almiron (Atsu 81), Perez, Rondon (Joselu 84)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Manquillo, Dummett, Ki

Crowd: 52,174 (Huddersfield 2,200)

To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to this win go HERE

Read match ratings of all Newcastle players HERE

Huddersfield manager claims red card changed everything HERE

Rafa Benitez gives his opinion on the 2-0 win HERE.


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