Who has made the best pre-season impression? Plus other random thoughts…

Marveaux ready to make an impact

Marveaux ready to make an impact
So with just one game of our pre-season campaign remaining(the final game is tomorrow at Cardiff) I pose the question of who has impressed you the most.

Now I know you generally can’t read too much into things during pre-season as teams look for fitness and tend to rotate players quite often and you rarely face a full strength outfit, or a real top level one for that matter, even though we’ve faced some tough opposition over the last few weeks, but there is most definitely one person who has impressed me during pre-season.

That man is Sylvain Marveaux who now looks (*touches wood*) to have finally found some fitness after a horrid campaign last time out. Having a full pre-season behind him will help him out no end and hopefully his lengthly injury lay-off will actually prove beneficial to himself and the club in the long run. Remember, we could have had him back sooner but it was decided at the time to get him fixed properly as opposed to just patching him up again.

Dare I say it, but Marveaux could be “just like a new signing” which is handy really considering we’ve not actually signed that many players over the summer. His direct running, trickery, pace and vision can be a real asset to us and we’ve seen, albeit only briefly, that he can do it in the Premier League. I’m looking forward to seeing it more often this time round.

I must give honourable mentions to Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano who have both played well throughout pre-season, especially “Bigi” as he’s known, who looks as though he could do a job now to be honest. Also Mehdi Abeid has looked sharp during his time on the pitch.

In other news I see that Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa have been left out of the France squad by their new coach Didier Deschamps. Great news for Magpies fans! Of course naturally people have been quick to jump on the bandwagon and look for deeper reasons for their exclusion, such as deep-seated problems between Deschamps and Ben Arfa from their days at Marseille together and, apparently, an injury to Yohan Cabaye which isn’t actually an injury at all.

The fact is that it is a meaningless friendly at the start of a new season. I can guarantee there will be more high profile who either aren’t picked or end up dropping out with mysterious knocks. Move along, nothing to see here…

In more other news the draw for the Europa League is made later on today, and it has been confirmed that Newcastle are seeded for the draw. However there could yet be a sting in the tail as there are some decent teams who are unseeded, most notably the likes of Feyenoord and moneybags FC Anzhi Makhachkala. Newcastle will be hoping to avoid them in the draw for sure.

Have a great day all!

269 thoughts on “Who has made the best pre-season impression? Plus other random thoughts…

  1. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† SOLANOSTRUMPET @ 210
    August 11, 2012 at 10:00 (Edit)
    Dave itโ€™s right there a few threads ago in โ€œdo we have more squad depthโ€ maybe if you and troy took some time off from noshing on each others every word you could go back in read it.

    If only you took some time off from noshing on Jabba’s and Lambastads every word you could go back in read it instead of making a smug smart ass self righteous liar of yourself ๐Ÿ˜ณ . hang your head in shame

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  2. Im spinning round like a whirling dervish wearing my wedding dress howling at Trumpets hissy fit. ๐Ÿ˜›

    It doesn’t get much better than that ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  3. Solano @ 216 thats good mate cause I find it hard debating with a liar that doesn’t even have the balls to admit when he’s been caught out, if I didn’t go through the blog to find my quote you would still be insisting that I said that.
    Its not as if its the 1st time either you done the same thing on the same blog when you lied yet again and said that I stated we would be relegation battlers last year. so run along because I just get angry when some Liar is talking shit about what I said, grow a fuking pr of balls your getting on like a wee girl ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

    Sorry Aussie I got distracted there ๐Ÿ˜€ where was I ? oh yeah the aussies have had a shit olympics ๐Ÿ˜† come on the brits ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Troy at 217 “twisted quote syndrome” see your responses to my post at 107. practice what you preach.

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  5. @prem

    I don’t have the numbers on the mobile site.
    Please explain and I will respond when I get back from the beach.

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  6. There is some amount of little bitches on this blog its unreal ๐Ÿ˜†

    Delighted for Adam Campbell getting to go to Cardiff with the first team. Hopefully for him and us he pushes on over.next few seasons and breaks into first team. If he is good enough he is old enough

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  7. me “Funny how people measure ambition by money spent”

    I agree with the points you make that spending money wisely with a good manager brings good results. We also know that clubs with the greatest resources tend to have the most success. Soccernomics showed that it was wages that made the strongest correlation rather than transfer fees. However the simplicity of “we’ve spent more money than you so we are more ambitious” is nonsense. Which was the theme of the article that I was originally posting to.

    “I havenโ€™t read the article but to spend more money than others is ambitious.” So a club that spends ยฃ50m is more ambitious than one that spends ยฃ20m? really??

    “The big spending clubs are the most successful hence ambitious.
    Prem always gets his knickers in a twist over this one.” ๐Ÿ˜›

    “Iโ€™m sure Prem will say otherwise. If we ask that ยฃ20m is spent on players, Prem will state thatโ€™s what fat Fred did and look where it got us.” Would I? Have I? Don’t think so, putting words in my mouth.

    Happy to discuss how ambitious we are compared to other clubs.
    Enjoy the beach

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  8. sorry Brisvegas. ๐Ÿ˜›

    so much bitchin and infighting going on I’ll be glad when the football starts.

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  9. We are supposed to have made a bid of 8m euros (ยฃ6.5m) for Anita according to reports in Holland. I know he can cover for LB as well as DMF but would prefer we concentrated on getting a CB in first ,what do others think.Also can’t remember who said it but on a previous thread someone said he’s poor and has a tendancy to hide ๐Ÿ™„ .Anyone know much about or seen him regularly.?

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  10. 1st teamers Aussie ,1st teamers . Is it o.k for me to have that glass half empty yet โ“ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  11. Kim, I think that comment was about the other Dutch guy, the right back. Not seen Anita. Not seen Debuchy, Douglas or anybody else not from England or Spain (or Japan).

    I figure as long as they are internationals they can’t be too bad.

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  12. Not yet Kim ๐Ÿ™‚ keep it half full for another week… next week will be the one ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. KIMTOON he is a good player and started his career as a lb before De Boer started playing him as a DM . The thing is we are now covered in the DM position with Tiote , Perch and Bigi and i would rather we brought in a player that is a true defender than Anita . Lets face it , its not for nothing that De Boer changed his position from LB to DM .

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  14. all this talk of midfielders/strikers where is the c/h we badly need unless Good is it! i hope not,wonder if the french lad plays for lille today that might tell us something i think ๐Ÿ˜‰ maybe the signing of the dutch lad is a sign of tiote moving on in jan as he is a def/midfielder,oh how the mind boggles ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  15. Bris&Axel ,thanks for the info.So really we should be looking to just getting a CB like I said .I would like us to concentrate on a CB and maybe come January if Pieters is looking fit again go in for him for LB ,what do you all think?. Was the other guy Van der Wiel that was slated then?.

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  16. AMF kna mate havent spiked his drink,no need he still hasnt woke since the first dose ๐Ÿ˜€ hes in the huff big time with the aussies effort in the games said they should send the whole lot down the mines when they get home nothing but a pack of lazy greedy mongrels (his words) ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  17. Ice ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ his words, I can imagine ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ for the record we re not lazy or greedy ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. Reet lads and Lasses whats the craic have we signed anyone yet ๐Ÿ˜€
    Just reading through there quickly there was some bitchin going on on this thread ๐Ÿ˜† I think it was Richie’s fault but he says it was Aussie that started it ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

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  19. Big Dave, I didn’t start it but I’ve thrown in a couple of comments to keep the agro bubbling along. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. DAVE aussie told me ST was beating you over the head with a big stick,i know nowt about it like but aussie is normally honest when hes off the drink ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  21. Europa League won’t be taken seriously unless we reach the later stages, the kids will be used to gain much needed experience…Pardew has pretty much already said this. He knows we don’t have the players to make a go of it in 4 competitions.

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  22. Ice ๐Ÿ™‚ What’s this come off the drink bullshit ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ that ain’t going to happen ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good to have your craic back on here mate ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Ice hows the Bro’s heed ๐Ÿ˜† you should have known the Aussies cant hold their drink anyway you’ve probably spilled more down your shirt ๐Ÿ˜† Ice as for ST he’ll need to get up early in the morning to catch me, and if he has a stick he may pray he catches me clean 1st time ๐Ÿ˜€
    Aussie yeah I seen a few of your comments ๐Ÿ˜€ I hear the Austrilian olympics federation are trying to get Rio to introduce boomeranging and sheep wrestling for 2016 ๐Ÿ˜†

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  24. AMF ๐Ÿ˜€ dave has the best job on here mate he sticks needles in people and gets payed big bucks for it,all we get is stabbed in the back,nee room in this world now for honest hard working folk ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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  25. DAVE thought you would know by now not to bite,i just ignore comments from wum they get sick and try other ploys ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  26. Ice, I generally have the stab proof vest on most of time now.. people will have shots over anything; like the olympics for example ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  27. AMF thats bad mate having a go over the olympics,dont think you sent anyone over for them did you,cannot remember seeing any like ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

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  28. Troy-I’ve seen fans on other blogs saying 30 million, pretty sure you or someone else on here has said 20 mil season on season earlier on in this post, whether it’s 20 or 30 mil, that as a figure is quite clearly unrealistic at this time.

    Dreamers eh ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  29. @newkie

    I’ve said ยฃ20m this window is not asking too much.
    ยฃ30m is a huge difference.

    I have not heard anyone on this blog mention ยฃ30m season on season which is what you said.

    It’s twisting words to suit your argument. I’ve read Prems poor response and it’s as if he’s denying what I’ve alleged him to have said, but then agrees with everything I’ve said.

    I love the characters in this blog. So many blaggers to feed off. Keep your twisted words coming. I’m as fat as oot here feeding off you’s! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  30. WOOO ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    …some swim that like.

    Let’s gtan back another…

    ….goggles on… ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    …. โžก โžก โžก โžก ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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