Vote for the players you would keep

Cheik Tiote
Tiote – Spent a lot of time on the sidelines
There has been a lot of speculation linking players to the club already this summer, but very little talk of players leaving. By my reckoning, we actually have a squad of 25 already, so clearly we still need to make room for incomings.

The only player in the 25 that is under 21 years of age is Rolando Aarons. However this season we are required to have 8 home grown players, which we will struggle to meet with outgoings and our liking for cheap foreign imports – therefore I am assuming the club will register Aarons in the first team squad to help meet the criteria. In any case, I cannot see the club buying a senior to pad out a 25 man quota and treat Aarons as a junior in the process. He is already a key player when fit.

This summer will see a few players return from loans, such as Haris Vuckic, Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow and Sylvain Marveaux. We know couple of those will be kept, but would you keep Vuckic and Marveaux? The former had a very good season at Rangers and was arguably their best player when played just behind the front two.

Meanwhile, Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse are being linked with moves away to Turkey. Tiote is a good player on his day, but has had lengthly spells on the treatment table and when present, has been criticised for a loss of form. Is it time for him to go? We may be buying a top striker this summer (allegedly), but would it really make sense to flog last seasons top scorer just to help raise funds? Moussa Sissoko has been linked with moves to Champion’s League clubs and has made it clear that he would jump ship given the chance. After a season of up and down form and questions around his commitment, do we really want to keep a mercenary on the books – or is he just too good to let go? In defense Steven Taylor is perennially injured but still considered a better defender than Mike Willamson (except when his suicidal decision making comes to the fore). Should we let one or both of them go to make room for a top defender to come in?

Have players like Remy Cabella, Vurnon Anita and Sammy Ameobi really flattered to deceive, or has the poor quality of our coaching staff meant that the players’ quality has not been given the chance to shine through thanks to bad training drills and tactics? Would you give these players another go under a new coaching set up?

I have set up a pole below. We will go with a majority rule – so whichever players have less than 50% by the time the vote closes tomorrow will get the thumbs down from the Toon faithful and we will expect the player to be moved on by August and replaced by somebody more deserving to wear the shirt! Our budget is not going to be massive and we are unlikely to buy loads of players, so bear that in mind when you are wielding your virtual axe!

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Turns out I forgot to put Marveaux into the squad, so we in fact have a squad of 26. Vote on his fate below;
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773 thoughts on “Vote for the players you would keep

  1. and seeing as collo is payed big bucks and is surposed to be the defence organiser i would say its collo is our worst defender

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  2. TAE – That’s why we need two new defenders. We don’t have a consistently PL quality central defender at the club. We have the same as when we got promoted and that’s just a joke!

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  3. Willo and Saylor are both liabilities. If we can shift one on and get a proper replacement then it’s a good start. No point discussing Colo going, he has a year left and high wages. Nobody will touch him unless we give him away and pay him off… MY as well keep him around, he has more to his game than the other 2, who we should prioritise for the exit.

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  4. I reckon we’ve got around 20 mil to spend on squad fillers but we’re trying to offload cisse, tiote, krul, sissoko before we buy Ausin and more purples. Until we have concrete offers we’ll sign nobody

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  5. I reckon we should get big Ron in to help Newcastle like he did at Peterborough in 2006. Just to help out encase of a relegation scrap.

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  6. It would be a good series on sky one. We get to see bust up’s in the dressing room after some heavy defeats.

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  7. We also get to see Lee telling Ron the club has no money and need to raise fund raises to buy players.

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  8. We need to raise funds to buy players. Big Ron could get on the phone to ex colleagues and loan a couple of average players etc. Fan’s would get a sneaky peek of how the club is run behind the scenes. Ashley could make a few million pounds of sky here.

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  9. As Shamrock says, Coloccini is impossible to shift because of his massive contract. He can be useful if his head is in the game as he is a very talented ballplayer. If his head is in San Lorenzo them just pay up his contract and be done with him (or offer him the managers job like the rumours in January 🙂 ).

    That’s the difference between us and a real team like Southampton now. Poch leaves, Liverpool sign all of their players and what do they do – appoint Koeman almost immediately and give him a budget and also have players already identified who could fill the gaps.

    Now they are cutting loose Osvaldo because he is useless and perhaps a bad influence. What do we do? Keep the CBs of the promotion season, loan out MBiwa and then buy a Championship CB and immediately loan him out. It is comical really.

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  10. Southampton used to be a little club on the South Coast who employed Pards and had the farce with “Arry and Portsmouth. Now with the majority of money coming from TV they have probably jumped ahead of us because of good academy, scouting and upper management. Same with Swans and probably West Ham after their gift of a stadium.

    So that might even be the Top 9 sorted and we are left eating table scraps and hoping for 10th. With Charnley at the golf and cricket and Moncur on the blower trying to salvage season ticket sales it is no wonder the board haven’t acted.

    Seriously, with the moves other teams are making, are we even a top 10 contender? We really do need some quality incomings to give me hope on this.

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  11. Also, if the best we can achieve is 10th then doesn’t that make a mockery of Fatman’s bonus system. In case anybody doesn’t know he scrapped player bonuses based on league position and will only pay if we finish 10th or above.

    With every other team paying on league position, how does that make us look. I don’t care if the players are a bunch of overpaid prima donnas and don’t really deserve a bonus for doing their job, it is a matter of what the competition is doing relative to us. Just one more way NUFC has become less competitive in an era where all but the top 6 will be pretty much on level terms.

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  12. If anybody thinks I am complaining for complainings sake then show me some good news. Even sacking Carver and Stoner was only rectifying a mistake that shouldn’t have been made in the first place. Avoiding relegation was from a position we should never have been in. Now we are letting other teams get the jump on us. F the fact the transfer window only opened officially today. Charnley seems to have the naivety and negotiating skills of Neville Chamberlain.

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  13. What’s up with everybody ?

    Newcastle United are traditionally a top 6 – 10 club, always have been and always will be. I would have snapped your hand off for a top 10 finish after last seasons relegation run in !
    Which geniuses are also advocating offloading Saylor, Willo AND Collocini ? They were the mainstay of our defence last season. Somebody at NUFC liked him so much that he has played 160 games for the club ! The club will let all three players contracts run down next season, then thank them very much and let them out to pasture… Charnley is gambling on McClaren achieving the same as Pardew did last season, with the same squad (including perennial sick notes like Aarons and De Jong), before Eric Sykes mate safe hands John Carver took over at the helm… I reckon the club consider they need to tinker and bring in a couple of quality players (and are willing to wait for them), rather than splashing the cash wildly just to appease the supporters.
    So what if the season tickets are down and we are playing in front of 42,000 crowds, Ashley isn’t worried about that either… he’ll just make the match day tickets even more attractive to get more bodies in…

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  14. Iremember talking to a Southampton supporter a few years back and he re****oned that their owners were the richest in the game, and would get them into Europe in a few years. Not quite right they are only worth about £4bn according to my sources. But they seem to be doing well.

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  15. There is actually a back story for Osvaldo gettingb sacked by S’ton. From Football365:

    “By the end of January 2014 he had been banned for three games for violent conduct, fined and suspended by the club for a training ground incident – he was alleged to have head-butted team-mate Jose Fonte – and loaned out to Juventus.

    He returned to Italy at the start of last season, this time with Inter Milan, and scored seven goals in 18 matches before further off-field trouble.

    Osvaldo failed to turn up for training on two successive days and, after giving no reason for his absence, he was suspended by the Serie A club and eventually sent back to England.”

    Now can somebody wind Willo up enough so that he nuts them then lock him in their car boot so he misses training for a few days?

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  16. Kim at 753 sorry Kim only just check my email and seen your mail. And sorry I havent been about much as I have been flat out as I am off for a week or 2 and the daughter has just bought a house so it seems that I never get away from there.

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