Newcastle is almost certainly where good players go to flourish. Hey, that’s the consensus on Michael Owen (which, sarcasm aside, wasn’t that bad actually—30 goals in 79 appearances in all comps anyone?).
Seriously, the days of the Toon springing for Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand and Tino Asprilla are slightly behind us now. As in, what, 1996?
SportsDirect News has learned the Magpies have already sounded out Rooney’s agent over a potential move, with United keen to offload the 27-year-old.
A source close to the negotiations told us: “Newcastle see Wayne as their ideal player.
“He’s a strong centre-forward, would relate to the fans and would be a massive boost to the club’s brand name.
“Low-level conversations have already been held between Newcastle and Rooney’s agent, though the two clubs haven’t spoken directly yet.”
Which could of course mean anything from “Wayne’s quite eager, actually” to “Sorry, how did you get this number?”
But it’s one of those moves that’s far better for Newcastle than for Wayne Rooney. A Newcastle with Rooney will finish…maybe in 11th place next season? That’s a guess of course. I guess theoretically with that en francais midfield behind him, which rocked the Premier League as they pole-vaulted Mike Ashley’s stripey-stripes to 13th place and six points over the relegation zone, the world is Rooney’s oyster.
And besides, when Bayern says no, what other option is there, really?
szólj hozzá: Newcastle vs Southampton 2:1 Cisse
What a goal. The magpies consolidated a good week, one that saw them advance to the final 16 in the Europa league, with a 4-2 win against Southampton at St.James Park. Papiss Demba Cisse’s goal in the 42nd minute reminded us of the guy that stole the show last winter. Get in. Apologies for my poor attempt at alliteration.
Gareth Bale scores twice, once again asserting himself as the best player in England at this moment.
Spurs supporters know it, the press know it and even the most ardent Tottenham haters must acknowledge what stares them in the face. Gareth Bale, the one man show at White Hart Lane, is playing at another level right now. The commentary team of Macca and Ian Darke — who were especially nauseating on this day — made several declarative statements regarding Bale’s future in North London. He’s gone, they said. Not so fast. It’s going to take a lot of cash to pry the Welshman out of the clutches of AVB and company. Cash that nobody seems to have at the moment. The point will be moot if Spurs hold on for a spot in the Champions League. Read the rest of this entry »
Has a signing made as strong an impact, and as quickly, as Moussa Sissoko has at Newcastle? The French midfielder set up Papiss Cisse for an excellent goal on his debut in a win at Aston Villa, but it was his home debut, four days later, against Chelsea, when Sissoko really impressed.
Playing as the number ten in a much more forward position than he is used to in France, Sissoko used his pace and power to great effect, at one stage outrunning Ashley Cole despite giving the Englishman a two-yard head start. And he scored two goals to boot, the second a pile-driver from outside the area that secured a last-minute 3-2 win. No wonder the Newcastle fans are asking, “Demba Who?” following the sale of their top scorer last month.
Newcastle coach Alan Pardew, now nicknamed ‘Depardew’, after French actor Gerard Depardieu, has handled the ten Frenchmen in his squad very cleverly. There were never more than four ‘Frenchies’ on the field against Chelsea at any one time (subs Sylvain Marveaux and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa came on for Yoann Gouffran and Sissoko) and it was clear that Newcastle were defending with Argentines (Fabrizio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez) and Englishmen (Steven Taylor and James Perch) and relying on the French to provide to technical ability to break down opponents.
“Sissoko brings us energy and power,” said Pardew. “When he arrived, I told him he needed to score more. Here, the game is more open, faster, less compact than in France. I had no doubt he would adapt quickly.” Newcastle had been tracking him for 18 months, and chief scout Graham Carr watched 20 games in Ligue 1 in January alone. Read the rest of this entry »
Homecomings are not created equal. Demba Ba’s return to St.James Park was short lived, as the former Newcastle striker took this boot to the face from Fabricio Coloccini. Ba was replaced in the 42nd minute by Fernando Torres. Newcastle lead 1-0 thanks to a wonderful header by Jonas.
It’s worth looking at this in more detail, by club. A brief glance indicates the vast majority of spending (and net loss on transfer deals) came from Newcastle with a net loss of minus £12,056,000, Liverpool FC (Sturridge and Coutinho) at negative £22 million, and QPR, the latter of whom lost an impressive £21,560,000 in transfer exchanges this January window.
The rest posted losses below 10 million (11 clubs) or made good to significant gains (5, with Norwich unchanged). Not great, but not enough of a trend to make claims about renewed financial irresponsibility this transfer window.