The debate: The best NUFC Frenchman?
We’ve been asking people over on Facebook who they would deem the best ever Toon Frenchman!
David Tomlin posted: “David Ginola...without doubt!
“It didn’t matter where on the pitch he got the ball you expected something special every time.
“Always got you on the edge of your seat.
“You’d pay good money just to watch him, but given the team, he played in and the manager it was the best times of my 35 years supporting this club.”
The Toon Tombola...
Time for some light-hearted questions answered by your NUFC stars via the match-day programme feature ‘The Toon Tombola’
Emil Krafth is the man facing the very random questions.
One of the questions: “If you were given the chance to swap places with somebody for the day, who would you choose?”
Answer: “Oh, good question! Maybe some actor, like Will Smith.
“I like as an actor, so I would say him.”
Mark Douglas' view: January spending
Some interesting thoughts here from Mark Douglas on the January window.
“I think there’s some money left over from the summer
“You could go out and sign an £8m-£10m striker but is that going to be any better than what you’ve got now, bearing in mind they’re going to be playing in the system that they’re playing in currently?
“Knowing how Newcastle work under Lee Charnley, there is very much a MO that they work to - will they break that?
“I can see them bringing in one or two loan players, I could maybe see them doing something with Dwight Gayle, and I can see things happening in January but if anybody’s looking for a big signing, like Almiron last Janury, or the window where they brought in everyone like Andros Townsend..I just can’t see it.
“That’s not what they’re going to do.
“If they do do that, I think the money will come from the budget in the summer.
“So that will mean less money in the summer.
“But I just don’t think that they’re thinking that way at all.
“I think they’ll try and do a little bargain here or there but a big signing that’s going to make a big difference to that front three? I can’t see it. I may be proved wrong.”
Crystal Palace facing injury crisis
Just in time for a trip to St James’ Park.
“Patrick van Aanholt because it was a muscle injury, we’re hoping that might not be quite so long,” Roy Hodgson told reporters.
“But Jeffrey Schlupp is a long term injury, Andros Townsend is a long term injury.
“Gary Cahill has had a minor operation and it will be a relatively long term injury and Mamadou Sakho has got one more game of his suspension.”
Do NUFC have a plan B?
With Allan Saint-Maximim out for the next few games, United have lost their talisman.
Bruce replaced ASM with Christian Atsu and also shifted Joelinton out to the wing but it didn’t work.
Mark Douglas wants to see a plan B implemented under Bruce: “They’re going to need a better plan B without Allan Saint-Maximum then they’ve got at the moment.
“Saturday for me. I’m not an optimist. I’m not optimistic about Newcastle United this season full stop because of how things are but I’m looking at that game and thinking they really need to work hard this week to come up with an alternative to ASM’s abscence.
“They need to find a different way of playing because it’s worked so far but they’re so reliant on him, and and what he brings to the room.
“Really without him you saw that the front four didn’t really work.”
The debate: The best Frenchman to play at NUFC?
We’ve been asking you lovely folk to tell us who your favourite Frenchman to play for Newcastle United is.
Or email me at [email protected] to get involved in the debate.
We’ve taken the first comment from Rob Hawkins: “Ginola was great, but Robert and that left peg was unreal. Loved Cabaye and Ben Arfa too.
“Saint-Maximin is going the right way about being a cult figure though.”
James Milner names his XI of the decade
Liverpool man James Milner has been speaking to Four Four Two, and has named his XI of the last ten years.
He’s picked two players he teamed up with at NUFC - Jonathan Woodgate, and Alan Shearer.
Contracts, Bowen, takeover talk and more
ICYMI: our full podcast transcript.
Will NUFC spend in January?
Here’s our podcast take:
Bruce's update on key duo
Morning all. We’re less than 48 hours until NUFC take on Crystal Palace and the Magpies will run the rule over Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron today hoping they can train and for positive news. It’s understood Shelvey is going to train today.
Here’s Steve Bruce:
We have been patched up and I saw Crystal Palace last night - I sat and watched that one - and they were patched up as well.
At this particular time of year, games come thick and fast and injuries can be a bit cruel to you and certainly after looking at Crystal Palace and ourselves at the weekend, we both had a bad deal so hopefully we can get one or two fit and see how we are then.”
The future of Dwight Gayle
The future of Dwight Gayle was a big talking point in this week’s podcast - here, special guest Chris Waugh questions whether any sale of the striker would then see money reinvested into NUFC.
In an ideal world - Gayle going would see someone coming straight in to replace him.
Actually, in an ideal world - United would get a new striker in this January regardless of what happens to Gayle.
But following Lee Charnley’s exclusive chat with Lee Ryder earlier this month - the suggestion is that United aren’t actively looking for any new signings in January.
Selling Gayle, at 29, should someone come in with a bid of £15m-£20m wouldn’t be the worst bit of business but as Chris Waugh ponders, will United reinvest the money?
“I think [it would be the right move] that as long as they use whatever money they might get.
“That’s the problem I’ve got it.
“I think it will be the best solution for all parties as long Newcastle get £15m or whatever it is and then reinvest it into a new forward because clearly they need another one.
“They can’t sell him and not go and get another, because they haven’t got the depth now - they’re already struggling for that depth.
“Look at all the forwards this season, if you want to call them that - all seven of them have scored two goals all season.
“They are lacking goals and they need to bring someone who’s going to score them - they’re almost damned if they do damned if they don’t with Gayle.”