Who will be key this season?

These two will be key next year... After losing two of the key members of our promotion squad in the form of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan it made me wonder which players were going to be the “key players” in our side and squad this season. I know the squad isn’t going to be exactly the same come the beginning of the season, but I really hope these following players do not depart.

We’ve lost some big characters on the pitch and in the dressing room, but I feel they can be replaced, as people can be in every walk of life. The replacement isn’t always a direct replacement though, for example Nolan’s contribution was his leadership and that can be taken from elsewhere.

I feel next season will be a big one for the club and it will show the different style which we are going to try and play and whether it suits the Premier League and can bring points against the lesser teams as well as the big teams.

Here’s some of the players I feel will be vitally important next season;

Steven Taylor – I’m sure a few off you will now be pulling extremely worried faces and questioning my thoughts, but I do really think that Taylor will be important next season. He’s been built up by Alan Pardew and has shown at the end of the season that he is a good defender that gives everything for the shirt, including goal line clearances and a few goals.

But the reason I feel Taylor will be vitally important is his defensive communication. Fabricio Coloccini seems a more quiet character and Taylor should be able to help him with his role of captaincy as he has some experience of it. Also Taylor gives us an extra threat from set pieces and should chip in with a few goals to help the cause.

Hatem Ben Arfa – Well, what more can I say? We all saw the way that Hatem lit up the stage against Everton and in his sub appearance against Blackpool. He gave us something different, someone who could beat a man and looked confident to shoot or cross. His self-confidence should prove a big hit at Newcastle and hopefully he will get a whole season next year to showcase his talent.

Ben Arfa is a very tricky customer and he’s the kind of person who can unlock the door in tight games, that’s something we missed last year in the stalemates against Fulham and Blackburn. He can also pull something special out the bag to turn a game on its head. Safe to say I cannot wait to see him play.

Yohan Cabaye – Cabaye recently signed from Ligue 1 champions Lille and was vital in their success so hopefully he can carry his form over and be a strong player in our side. Cabaye can do two different midfield jobs, last season he was a playmaker in the Lille side which won the league in France, and the season before he scored 15 goals from a more attacking role.

Cabaye should add creativity and pace to our midfield which we lacked last year, also Tiote should receive less yellow cards as Cabaye can share the midfield running with him, something Nolan didn’t do. I also expect Cabaye to bag a few goals and he’s a good set piece taker, even better than Raylor!

Cheik Tiote – Tiote was brilliant last year, and I only expect him to improve on that this year as he has more time adapt to the Premier League and the nature of the game. Tiote is rock solid in midfield and has been really taken into the hearts of the Newcastle fans since his move from FC Twente for a measly fee of £3.5 million last summer.

Tiote should be more settled with Cabaye as his midfield partner and if he receives less yellow cards next season he will become even better of a player, which is a problem as we may struggle to keep him. Tiote is all over the pitch and can really control the game with his strength and movement. He will prove a big miss when he goes to the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast but hopefully we have a good enough squad to struggle through without him for a few games.

Demba Ba – With Demba Ba coming in to a forward line which was very weak he’s going to have a lot of pressure on him to contribute the bulk of the goals. Hopefully he can deal with that pressure, as he’s also going to be compared to Andy Carroll at every opportunity possible. Ba has a good career goal-scoring record and seemed the only player who could score in a faltering West Ham side.

Ba has almost scored as many Premier League goals as Carroll, but the free transfer has been dismissed as a “crock” by many of our fans and most think he won’t be a hit on Tyneside. I feel completely different about it in fact, he’s survived without injuries for a while now and proved himself to be a good goal-scorer at West Ham and he’ll score more goals with the ammunition from the likes of Marveuax, Jonas, Ben Arfa, Barton and Cabaye. This makes me think Ba may become a real fan favourite scoring plenty of goals this coming season.

I’ve left a few players out such as Fabricio Coloccini in his new captaincy role. I did that as I think that everyone knows what Coloccini brings, his calm head and vital interceptions will be once again important but he will be steady as usual. His captaincy may come under question, but I think he’ll do a good job.

These are the players I think will be important and why, but what do you think?

127 thoughts on “Who will be key this season?

  1. Hitman–Sammy Ameobi was brought on as a sub and the fans sang “If Sammy scores, we’re on the pitch!”

    Sammy scored, they went on the pitch and the darlington fans flipped their wigs. I guess there were a few punch ups, a steward got smacked and they ALMOST called the game off.


  2. Thank F*ck Pardew sorted the daft prick fans out as it would have been so embarrassing to have the game called off.


  3. fkin disgrace,if we get hit with a fine it will come out the judas money,so we can forget any more players coming in 😆 😆 😆


  4. Toonsy @ 67 keep them banned as I know I have used c@nt, fuk and tosser but they dont look as bad 😉 plus if you did allow them thats all we would get out of young Spence 😆


  5. FSOTC – There are next/previous links at tge top of of tge comments, but I’m sure they can be put somewhere else if needs be. I’ll look into it 🙂


  6. Toonsy im not being picky but when i’m on my pc I just refresh and it takes me back down to the last comment so sometimes there has been a new thread up and I have been on the old one for a half hour before Ice tells me theres a new one 😆 so it would be real handy if there was one at the bottom


  7. Why do people think abusing Llambias is a good idea? I know he’s a prick, but, he’s Ashley’s spare part and we need Ashley to spend money 😡 😡


  8. cwarr07 Colin
    Great night to be a #nufc fan Llambias attacked in bar before game & pitch invasion results in mindless idiots fighting


  9. Heard vuckic was stand out player tonight… Interesting.

    Such a shame marred by the violence and no matter what anyone says not good that our chairman gets verbally abused


  10. At first I was amused by the pitch invasion, but it rapidly became clear it could be a big problem unfolding. Too bad–probably just harmless exuberance, coincidence and too much alcohol.

    Either way, Sammy’s goal will be memorable… long may they continue.


  11. There was another kid decked on the floor and some guy picking him up when I was driving away. 😕 What a crazy night I’ve never been to a match like it. ❗ I suppose I might have expected as much from dog sh!t Darlington like. 😆


  12. Just got back from darlo. Never been so disappointed with young Newcastle fans. Loads of pissed up 16/17 year olds causing bother. Loads of fighting in and outside of ground, saw some young uns gettin a proper kicking. Tried to step in and help first lot then it all kicked off. On a plus point cabaye looked pure class. Vuckic poor despite previous reports. Simpson poor too. Sammy ameobi ran show once game was allowed to continue. Never seen Newcastle manager having to beg fans to get back into stands before. Disappointing nite all round. Benny showed some good and bad touches


  13. I must admit I had that feeling at Carlise last year when there was some quite disrespectful chants and drunkeness (at about 1pm ! ) but tonight was just a toxic mixture of a rubbish steward wall, too late policing, p###ed-up teenagers, friday night effect. It was just all too much. They sang ‘if Besty scores we’re on the pitch’ in the first half and their keeper produced some good saves actually. When Sammy came on though he looked great if im honest. He is quick and has a directness and genuine urgency! that you look in disbelief that he is related to Shola!. Then of course the infamous chant came and it didn’t take him long to beat a defender and smash it past the keeper!

    It’s a shame that the headlines will go to the idiots and not to him.


  14. Hatem Ben Arfa… as things stand, he should bring some major creativity and natural skill. Almost a brand new signing!


  15. Disappointing that the game got messed with. Good to hear Sammy doing well and that the squad were apparently really pushing to show their stuff when actually playing football


  16. I think Ben Arfa will be the main man. Was nice to see Vuckic get some game time, i read he did well aswell. Hope to see Ba in the next few games aswell.

    On a side note i love that Orange Kit think i will get it with Cabaye on the back.


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