Newcastle v Aston Villa – Premier League match preview

Can Cisse steal the show once more?
Back in 2009 it was Aston Villa who caused Newcastle heartbreak when they relegated us from the Premier League on the last day of the season at Villa Park.

Newcastle inflicted revenge on our first home game back in the league after returning from the Championship as champions. On that day Andy Carroll grabbed a hat-trick, Kevin Nolan scored twice and Joey Barton scored a screamer which gave us a brilliant 6-0 victory over Villa. Hopefully Newcastle will be able to replicate that game on Sunday when Villa arrive at St James’ Park.

After our midweek Europa League win against Atromitos which saw us enter the group stages of the competition, I think we can expect to see many changes to the starting XI as the team who started against the Greeks was very much a second string side.

The United squad is growing thinner due to injury concerns and the Europa league clash didn’t help as both Ryan Taylor and James Perch had to be replaced due to injury, with Ryan Taylor’s injury proving to be a lot worse than Perch’s and could see the ‘over the wall’ star miss out on several months of action for us.

Injuries: Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi (both hamstring), James Perch (neck), Ryan Taylor (knee). Check Tiote is a doubt.

In this fixture last year it was Papiss Cisse who stole the show as he made his debut for Newcastle in front of a packed St James’ Park. And he did not disappoint as he rocketed a left footed strike into the top corner and gave United all three points in the 2-1 win. I’m sure we all hope that he can nick a goal or two against Villa again as by his standards he has hit a bad run of form.

Anticipated starting XI (4-4-2) – Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse.

And for Aston Villa (4-4-2) – Shay Given, Matt Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Joe Bennett, Chris Herd, Karim El Ahmadi, Barry Bannan, Charles Nโ€™Zogbia, Nathan Delfouneso, Darren Bent

Out: Gabriel Agbonlahor (knee), Marc Albrighton (foot), Richard Dunne (groin), Gary Gardner (knee)

On paper our team is much stronger and should get all three points but as we know football is not played on paper, Villa are perhaps our bogey side aswell as we have only won three of the last ten meetings against them.

Overall I think we have enough quality to see of Villa and I’m going for a 2-0 win for Newcastle, Cisse with both goals.

What do you think?

Howay the lads!

Date: Sunday, 2nd September, 2012

Kick-off: 16.00 (Although not on Sky or anything like that)

Venue: St James’ Park

147 thoughts on “Newcastle v Aston Villa – Premier League match preview

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    @Newkie

    There’s is not one person on this blog (well maybe delusional Wolfie exempt) who predicted we would have done so well last season.

    That credit has to go to Cisse’s arrival which went against everything the board had previously been saying in public about how much money they would spend on a player.

    They actually tried to get him in the summer but were put off by the ยฃ14m asking price. Who knows, but when the reality train was in full steam with Batty shovelling the coal, and if they listened to us we might have finished in the CL.

    There’s a lot of people out there that need to apologise to the founder members of the reality train. Me, Dave & Batty. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Newkie I don’t know about proven PL as I can’t remember that many calling that he had to be a PL striker, but I always maintained we needed a proven quality striker it didn’t really matter to me if it was Pl or any other lge as long as he was a quality proven striker ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. “Thereโ€™s is not one person on this blog (well maybe delusional Wolfie exempt) who predicted we would have done so well last season.”

    Now there’s a sweeping statement, Troy. Do you have facts to back that up? You being the keeper of all truth an’ all.

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  4. Troy keep the good fight going but you’ll need to do it without me as my lass keeps reminding me that even on our 25th anniversary you are always thinking of the blog ๐Ÿ˜† catch you’s tomorrow sometime ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. Troy-How do you mean going against the club’s policy? Pretty sure they’ve said they’ll pay what a player is worth. Cisse was worth the price so they bought him. 10mil is not marquee, five years ago? Aye maybe, but now, really? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    I never claimed we’d do so well, I just thought we had a good team and wouldn’t struggle, and we didn’t ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Credit has to go to the whole squad, players who had been ruled and and continuously deemed shit, Perch, Simpson, Willo. People who claimed the foreigners wouldn’t work, that Ba would be shit/crocked, that Cabaye wouldn’t fit in, that Ben Arfa was greedy/would never fit in. Don’t see how you can lay it all on Cisse to be honest, the shaping of our team in a new formation combined with several players hitting super form all contributed…

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  6. Actually Troy, didn’t we bid 12mil for Nzogbia in Jan two years ago? Yet more proof, Ashley is a big spender ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. Troyer – TYPICAL ARROGANCE, NO ANSWER AND COMPLETE DISTORTION. You go on as if its “your” blog, and “your” argument. Why would I know about some argument you were having months previously, but more importantly, why did you jump to the conclusion that what I was saying was a continuation of it? That now appears to be the thrust of your criticism because you’ve got nowt else. Pathetic!

    Furthermore, how do you explain the contradictions in your posts?
    You obviously did think that the money was still there; and you even pointed to the rumoured signings as evidence of it. Naive in itself, but how silly to add up all the estimated fees of transfer targets to come to your total spend of ยฃ25M or so. What a hypocrite to call me one of the “suckers” that always “falls for the spin”, when you have clearly shown yourself to be exactly that on this issue. Even if you did believe it at the time, why did you think it was good evidence in support of your argument to point to the total potential fees to be paid for Anita, Debuchy, Douglas, and Carroll? Any body else would just suspect this lot could well be simply looking to buy any one of them but not all.

    NO ANSWERS TO MY OTHER QUESTIONS ALSO, JUST AS I PREDICTED.

    DON’T BE A LITTLE MAN. CLIMB ON YOUR STOOL, LOOK YOUR FELLOW BLOGGERS IN THE EYE, AND APOLOGISE FOR YOUR MUDDLED THINKING.

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  8. Bris, people actually do that? My god, I thought I was safe with my sweeping quotes and comments…damnit ๐Ÿ˜•

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    @Bumbling Boris

    All your questions have been answered. In that there is no doubt.

    I am still waiting for you to check back thru the posts and realise that two threads ago you disappeared into the night like blind moth.

    I answered your question, then it was my turn. Please answer why you would be happy why you would be satisfied if everyone tried their best and we achieved premier league survival bearing in mind we finished 5th this season. ?

    Secondly, in this blog you stated;

    I see Troyerโ€™s indirectly claiming credit for the Cisse purchase now. His reality train helped Dekka come to his senses and bring it about.
    Wasnโ€™t that deal done in a January window, Troyer?

    Can you explain what you meant?

    This is the second time I’ve had to ask you on both subjects. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ™„

    I notice the blind moth sensed some light a few minutes ago but shed none on the discussion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. Yeah, Newkie. It happens. I love doing it. Archives used to be my job for 15 years; I love them. It’s a genuine historic interest of mine. Others, however, do it to embarrass people and some do it to clear their name.

    It annoys me when contemporary records are misused (and abused) – especially when they are ‘re-written’ to serve a point. As Troy has done above.

    โ€œThereโ€™s is not one person on this blog (well maybe delusional Wolfie exempt) who predicted we would have done so well last season.โ€ This is, quite simply, not true. And is used only to serve a personal point.

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  11. Happy Anniversary Big D.

    You say, “But he didnโ€™t insread of paying of the debt because it was his mistake he decide to pay it of by loaning himsel the money, which then becomes our debt but if/when he sells the club you can be sure his debt will be covered, but until then he is going to make our club pay.”

    If I have followed what you’re saying teh club is no worse off. I see it like this. Please pull me up on anything that you think is incorrect factually, and obviously feel free to disagree about my conclusion. He bought the club without doing the DD. He had to act quickly to take advantage of the fact that FFS was in hospital. If he had left it, it might never have happened. Who knows, in five years time, he might turn a small fortune on it, so I wouldn’t say he was a silly fuker and he’s no more greedy than you or I in the same situation. He is a very astute self made entrepreneur.

    After buying the club, he discovered that it had large outstanding debts on player transfers. He, therefore, decided to use his personal money and give the club an interest free loan rather than have the club pay to a third party substantial amounts of interest. The club is, therefore, better off on this score as a result of his intervention. If he sells the club, the new owner could keep the debt situation as it is i.e. repay Ashley his loan and replace it with a new one; or give the club money to pay it off. However, the crux is that this was a debt racked up by FFS on the likes of Owen. It would still be there if FFS had been there, but the club would be paying out heavily in interest.

    Lets say it is a debt of ยฃ27M we’re talking about. That is a lot of money for the club to owe on top of everything else. However, Ashley has lost many more times that in one day, so he wasn’t too concerned. Rather, it was when the SD share price got hammered and hundreds of millions were knocked off his personal wealth that things changed. I think he went from ยฃ1.9 BN to less than ยฃ1BN in a very short space of time. Indeed, I got the feeling, when that happened, it gave him a hell of a jolt. It was bound to. He realised that NUFC would have to pay its way otherwise it too could seriously damage his wealth. I hate him for many things, but I don’t see how anyone can point the finger at him on this score.

    If anybody wants to criticise him for the way he is running the club financially, I think they should put their money where their mouth is and buy it. Become a self-made man, earn the money and buy it. If he was putting the club in financial jeopardy that would be different. Would some fans want to go the way of Man Utd, for example, under the Glasers?

    This is my analysis, but I am happy to stand to be corrected on any of the facts.

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    @Begas

    My god you take life so serious! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Absolutely incredible! Woo hoo hoo hoo :mrgreen:

    Do you ever look at yourself in the mirror and think to yourself, Begas you’re a prize chump who has no sense of humour. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Off to bed. Don’t wish me goodnight. I hate it . ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  13. Bris-Surely you’re not accusing Troy of such actions…Yeah, I can remember people saying that stuff because I actually wrote an article about it in response to people saying it. Not that I’m going to go back and name and shame people but they know who they are so meh.

    Troy’s wrong on that, just like he was just now when I picked him up on the marquee signing bit, but it looks like he’s bailing because he can’t find an answer ๐Ÿ™„

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  14. Troyer @ 88. It really is so tiresome. You haven’t answered any of the questions I’ve put to you so who are you kidding? You’re only kidding yourself. In fact, let me call you a liar and see if you’ve got the balls to stand up like Big Dave does when anyone calls him a liar, and refute the allegations in full. List all of the questions I have asked and then show me where you have answered them.

    As to the two questions you have just put to me again, I have already answered the first one and you’re too thick to see it. And as for the second one, it is so obvious what I meant, you are just too thick to see that too. Just forget the second one anyway, as it was secondary and only came on the back of your sideshow. I’d rather you answered the substantive questions.

    Just so you know, I’m keeping a hard copy of all of this for the record.

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  15. Les Kellet’s Mini Me – I’m off to bed. I’ve wasted enough time on you. You want to lay off the red wine, fella. Your brain is addled.

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    @Bumbling Boris

    You’ve done it again. You never learn. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    You asked the first question about the missing ยฃ25m which I answered in full. You’ve responded to that which was so lame that I think we should go back to it as it was our original argument. I’m not satisfied with how you have wriggled.

    I asked the next question about you being satisfied with premier league survival as long as we do our best. You again gave a half witted reply and expect to get away with it. I want that cleared up as well.

    Thirdly, I want you to explain what you meant about Cisse being bought in January. You may have a valid point but unless you explain I haven’t a clue where you are coming from. I’ve asked grandma Baba and she is at a loss too. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    I’m off to play footy now but I expect clarification on the above by the time I get back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    No flannel Boris mind. I see right thru you. ๐Ÿ˜†

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    @Newkie

    Before I go to footy. If Cisse isn’t a marquee player at ยฃ10m what is he? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  18. [email protected], Yes ,Paralympic medals .Aussies in 2nd place and doing well, GB 3rd . ๐Ÿ˜€ Been loving the coverage some brilliant athletes on display . My lad has his team GB flags on his wheelchair ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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  19. Without getting dragged too much into your arguments troy , Cisse did not cost ยฃ10 million so he is not a ยฃ10 million marquee signing.

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  20. begas have you a point your making or are you trying to be a smart ass ๐Ÿ˜ณ
    If you read what I wrote I never said people never said it I said I can’t remember, theres a big difference.

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  21. Van der Wiel heading to PSG. Debuchy sitting tight to enjoy Champs League and the mega bonus he’s been promised. Douglas not willing to move and jeapordise his fledgling international career with Holland, which will of course increase his value in the transfer market by 25%. Luk de Jong was NEVER interested in coming to the toon.

    Man were we barking up the wrong tree in the close season… ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    Pieters will come though, cos he’ll cost us nowt. However at the same time we’ll lose the excellent Danny Simpson for nothing so nowt gained at the end of the day.. … oh apart from a growing injury list…

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  22. KK it’s actually quite a lucky shirt for me and the Toon ๐Ÿ˜‰

    MM I think we knew what trees to bark at, as I said before it didn’t do the club any harm being linked with them and other players like Carroll etc because it kept some fans happy ๐Ÿ˜•

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  23. I’ll be wearing my 1982 NUFC top today. The one Keegan wore on his debut. Well not the actual shirt lol but a replica of it anyways.

    Mind that’s if I can get a stream. My internet has been shit for days and isn;t going fast enough to support a stream :/

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  24. Toonsy I don’t think KK’s sgirt would fit you anyway ๐Ÿ˜†
    Who’s your ip provider as I know mine was slow before and I phoned virgin and they upped the signal from their end, and haven’t really had any probs from then.

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  25. Marquee-Being an athlete of exceptional skill and popularity:

    In football terms it generally refers to a big money move for said popular/exceptionally skilled player. Papiss Cisse was not popular in the UK, very few of our fans mentioned him, fewer still had watched him play regularly in the bundesliga. Hardly any pundits in the UK or managers or scouts seemed to know of him, and I think everyone in the world has been surprised by his skill at finishing, he’s scored better goals here than anywhere in his life.

    And again, 9mil really isn’t that much for a striker. I don’t really class him as Marquee. Then again if you do and you claim we don’t go in for marquee players, can you explain why we tried to get Nzogbia?

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  26. MUNICH MAG i doubt we will sign Pieters he broke the same foot twice last season and he himself said last week his return will be after the Dutch winter break. Even if he regains fitness in time to sign him in January , you would have to question wether his foot will be strong enough to last a long run of games after 2 breaks .

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  27. Newkie, everybody in Germany new about Cisse. FC Bayern were seriously linked with him the season before last. I posted on here at the time we signed Cisse that I was ecstatic that we had managed to sign him, and for such a reasonable fee.

    That the majority of the UK sporting press don’t know what is happening outside of “the best league in the world”…. is so typical it’s laughable.

    I read one national hack in the UK claiming that the main reason Man Utd signed Kagawa from Dortmund was to enhance shirt sales in Asia. Embarrassing really…

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  28. Munich-That’s what I was referring to, I knew you knew him and a couple of others but most people in the UK didn’t and neither did the majority of Newcastle fans as we’re the victims of sky’s ignorance usually. To me marquee has to be popular with the fans, imo we were excited because we’d actually spent and strikers are always exciting, not because of his big name.

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  29. Newkie, I think the term “marquee” brings with it a hint of pompousity anyway. Not sure if it’s a SKY word … ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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    @Bumbling Boris

    You state above;
    ๐Ÿ‘ฟ “Why would I know about some argument you were having months previously, but more importantly, why did you jump to the conclusion that what I was saying was a continuation of it? That now appears to be the thrust of your criticism because youโ€™ve got nowt else. Pathetic!”

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž not pathetic at all. If you go back to our original posts I emphasised that I was fully aware what Dekka and Big Mick were saying about the cash. That was all clarified during the initial discussions. The whole point of my argument was, I didn’t not believe the cash had been used the way they stated. I did not fall for the agent fees, signing on fees crap. I explained that the board conveniently failed to mention the savings on Carrolls wages, Barton’s, Smiths, Enriques et al. By the time we got to the end of our discussion we had fully accepted where each was coming from. It was a case whether you accepted the boards flannel or you didn’t.

    That was all written down and cannot be disputed. The remarkable thing that stunned me, was when the subject was brought up in the pub and it was as if we were starting back and on hearing the same views again, it was as if you hadn’t heard them before.

    Talk about being dumbfounded, I held my head in my hands and seriously thought this kid is bonkers. Those were my genuine thoughts.

    You question why this was the main thrust of my criticism? It’s my main thrust because it’s vitally important and demonstrates how you don’t get simple issues.

    Next you say above;
    ๐Ÿ‘ฟ Furthermore, how do you explain the contradictions in your posts?
    You obviously did think that the money was still there; and you even pointed to the rumoured signings as evidence of it. Naive in itself, but how silly to add up all the estimated fees of transfer targets to come to your total spend of ยฃ25M or so. What a hypocrite to call me one of the โ€œsuckersโ€ that always โ€œfalls for the spinโ€, when you have clearly shown yourself to be exactly that on this issue. Even if you did believe it at the time, why did you think it was good evidence in support of your argument to point to the total potential fees to be paid for Anita, Debuchy, Douglas, and Carroll? Any body else would just suspect this lot could well be simply looking to buy any one of them but not all.

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž the spin put on the Carroll money being spent was never going to be accepted by me. The evidence showed that their figures didn’t match up. (explained above).

    The money SHOULD be available as I pointed out with the sales of Enrique, Nolan, et al.
    The club were making bids for players, totalling IRO ยฃ25m. Just like they astounded me when they bought Cisse and listening to Pardews quotes, I genuinely believed they were trying. The trouble is, they value a player and won’t be budged on the price and therefore if the selling club don’t accept then the deals fall through.

    Now whether they have pulled the wool over my eyes, quite possible, or they really were prepared to spend that money, at this moment in time I’m not sure. What I do know though is, the money should be there and I won’t accept any excuses in the future, on the lines that the Anita deal used up most of the pot cos of hidden costs.

    Of course it’s Ashley’s money and he can say what he wants and tell us the pot is empty. I just won’t accept the same excuses which you have.

    I have been thru the threads since you reignited the debate and I cannot find any other questions that you are referring to so I can’t produce them as you request.

    So as i can see all questions have been answered. In that there is no doubt.

    I am still waiting for you to check back thru the posts and realise that two threads ago you disappeared into the night like blind moth.

    So Please answer why you would be happy why you would be satisfied if everyone tried their best and we achieved premier league survival bearing in mind we finished 5th this season. ?

    The only response in relation to that question was for you to suggest that you are happy with the squad and all you want from them is to do their best. You ask me what is wrong with that?

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž are you really going to leave it like that? Have I missed another post where you answered it better? If so, I apologise but I genuinely haven’t found it.
    Try again and answer it correctly but include why you would be satisfied with premier survival, (which means we could finish 4th bottom) as long as the squad did their best. Bear in mind, we finished 5th in the league and had a great opportunity to strengthen and push on.

    Secondly, in this blog you stated;

    ๐Ÿ‘ฟ I see Troyerโ€™s indirectly claiming credit for the Cisse purchase now. His reality train helped Dekka come to his senses and bring it about.
    Wasnโ€™t that deal done in a January window, Troyer?

    Can you explain what you meant?

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž You say it’s obvious above but it’s clearly not. Nothing is obvious to you. Bear in mind, the reality train has been steaming ahead at full throttle for a long time so you maybe missing something again. It’s not unheard of as previously shown. ๐Ÿ˜†

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž Can the blind moth find the light and shed some on the discussion. I won’t hold my breath. ๐Ÿ˜†

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž And finally;
    You suggest I go on as if it’s my blog. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Get used to it . ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

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  31. [email protected] do you reckon that because of his previous injury record Pieters may disappear completely off our radar ?

    We have a history of gambling on paggered players, especially when we can get them for nowt, and Pieters will be a freeby at the end of the season I believe..

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  32. NEWKIE you make some good points about Marquee signings for me a marquee signing is anyone that comes into the club no matter what price is paid and makes a difference . I think both Anita and Bigi will do that .

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  33. Just been flicking through German text and I can tell you man it is BRILLIANT to see the toons name in the Europa League postings. It does the club no harm being marketed in the lesser european league. By the way ALL of the German sides taking part in the Europa League show it full respect and play there strongest line-ups. It’s just our lot who seem to want to diss the tournament due to the fact that our national league pays more than the euro league..

    Bordeaux will be a real tough nut to crack. If we send our bairns there they’ll come home with nowt. I only hope we have a top 2 place secured by the time we head down that way..

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    @Newkie

    When referring to Cisse being a marquee signing I believed him to be a top player who cost money which Lamearse had indicated was out of price range. Take out Owen, Robert, Shearer, Oba and Colo (of course there’ll be a few more) in our history, he’s up there in OUR bracket as a marquee signing.

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  35. MM I agree with you and I rate the Europa a lot higher than some, I just can’t see many bad things about it and the positives far out weigh the bad, imo most top players want to be showing there stuff in Europe and if it can’t be in the CL will then the next best thing is the EL.
    But I think we’ll now have to play a stronger squad if we want to remain in it.
    Because I don’t think the team carrying more than 2 or so younguns at once will make it.

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  36. Big D I agree I think it’s naive and disrepective of the tournament in general. I also think it’s disappointing for the fans, cos there are probably blokes who would love to go the europa league games (me included) but aren’t going to spend there hard earned euros travelling somewhere on a wet and windy Thursday to see a sub-standard toon 11 trying to wangle there way through europes second best tournament.

    Actually I thought we were lucky to see off a “rusty second string” Greek side in the last round. The gamble of leaving out our big-hitters almost backfired on us. Remember the first game we were garbage, Raylor got us back into the game with an against the run of the play free-kick..

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  37. Troy…looks like your lad is giving you the rubber ear mate… … or maybe you need to let him in from your garden… ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

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  38. Troy-Pretty sure the board will pay what they think a player is worth (which is very annoying at times) and mentions of the marquee signings of old refer to those you mentioned, or the bad ones with Owen usually being the poster boy.

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  39. TROY at what point do you consider a signing as marquee ?if its say over 10 million then we have made a lot down the years and a fair few of them were shite Boumsong for example cost 10 m . I think a marquee signing should just be any player that comes in and produces the goods on the park and pushes us up the table . Cisse and BA are 2 examples of my theory one cost 10 mil one was a free transfer, both hit the ground running both helped us reach 5th in the premiership is then Cisse a marquee signing and Ba not?

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    @MM

    I’ve no doubt Bumbling Boris will return with a pile of dollop. He normally does. ๐Ÿ˜›

    @BD

    I agree . The UEFA is very important. Players want to play there. Ok it’s not the top competition but its still competitive with some top euro sides in. We have to take it seriously and progress as far as possible.

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  41. Yeah, Europa league is still a great competition. There’s no point fighting in the league for a place in it if we’re not going to try and win it. Rotation is to be expected, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show it respect and ambition in trying to win it.

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    @Newkie

    Cisse for me was a marquee signing for our club which I have outlined.

    Ba came on a free and a huge question mark over his injury. At the time, he wasn’t a marquee signing though he has certainly proved he’s a top player alongside Cisse.

    Where do you draw the line? Everyone has different opinions on this issue and know one is right or wrong IMO

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    Sorry the last was meant for axel. I don’t believe we have had many players in our history over ยฃ9m. 6 or 7 maybe?

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  44. wonder if Arsenal hold on and win what the reaction of the liverpool supporters will be . Rodgers out by xmas . Have read that Spurs fans were already turning on their manager yesterday .

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  45. Axel-Yeah Spurs fans were booing their team at the lane apparently. Want Spurs and Liverpool to limp along, we don’t want these clowns getting fired too early, esp Rodgers. Need to let them continue the rot for a while ๐Ÿ˜‰ As for Arsenal, we need them to keep drawing as well, so come on Suarez ๐Ÿ˜•

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  46. We need to maximize points now as I think spurs will struggle for awhile but come good later. It would be nice to get ahead of them a bit in the table

    Not sold on pool at all. Its become the place where good players go to become shit

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  47. Liverpools equal worst start too a premiership season Evans was manager the last time . Rodgers out end of september โ“ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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