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Newcastle United dropped their seventh straight, losing at home to Swansea City 2-3.

More heartbreak for the Magpies though they may have a reason for optimism in their final four matches. Siem De Jong, sidelined since last August, made his first appearance since his return and promptly scored in the 88th minute to pull Newcastle back to within a goal though it turned out to be too little, too late. More encouragement from Ayone Perez, who ended a goal drought that lasted well over 1,000 minutes as he scored the opener. Darryl Janmaat picked up a knock that wasn't serious enough to take him off immediately, but he did eventually get replaced, leaving an element of doubt as to his availability next week. The Magpies have a nice schedule for their final four games. De Jong may prove a nice play before it is all said and done.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 25 - 12:41 PM

Out of action since last August, Siem De Jong has been deemed ready to make the squad by John Carver as Newcastle United get set to host Swansea City tomorrow.

De Jong's health has directly mirrored Newcastle's play this season - both are ready to be forgotten about as soon as possible. One of the key acquisitions by the Magpies last summer, he has played a total of 99 minutes on the season. He does have a level of pedigree though that should have fantasy managers paying attention. He just may provide the necessary variable to make Newcastle a competitive force again and of course, with an eight month layoff, his price is nice and cheap.
Apr 24 - 12:06 PM

Newcastle United received a fitness boost amid their six game losing streak as Paul Dummett has stepped up his recovery from a knee injury and looks set to make the squad this weekend in their match with Swansea City.

With the array of key players unavailable due to injury, or in Papiss Cisse's case, suspension and a manager who is likely not to stick around, it is no wonder that the Magpies have been in a tailspin, but Dummett's return is still a welcome one regardless. It may be a blow for fantasy managers though, as Dummett's presence looks to come at the expense of Ryan Taylor. While Taylor is a set piece machine and one of the best fantasy full backs in the Premier League, he is also a defensive liability and John Carver will have to decide what personnel gives him the best shot at ending this streak. With over two months sidelined, Dummett is a better bet to play the role of substitute against the Swans, so Taylor owners may get by with him for another week, but after that, his spot is in jeopardy.
Apr 21 - 8:36 AM

Jack Colback scored but Newcastle's slump continued as Spurs beat the Magpies 3-1 at St. James' Park.

St. James' Park has become one of the less intimidating grounds in the Premier League over the second half of the season. John Carver's side has lost six straight since the end of February and looked bad doing it. Jack Colback contributed a goal that briefly drew Newcastle even but Christen Eriksen and Harry Kane scored as Spurs dominated possession on the road.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 19 - 1:06 PM

John Carver has admitted Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons has been sent for a "third opinion" following a "reaction" in training after stepping up his recovery from an ongoing hamstring injury.

It was hoped Aarons would feature for the under-21s on Wednesday after more than five months out but his return has been delayed amid fears this setback could end his season. A specialist will assess the England under-20 international although Carver revealed "he hasn’t torn his hamstring again or pulled it," believing the problem is only minor. However there was better news regarding Siem de Jong [collapsed lung] who is targeting a return within the next 2/3 weeks while Paul Dummett is ahead of schedule after knee surgery meaning game time this season is another possibility.
Apr 15 - 12:51 PM

Newcastle United have lost five on the trot and have very little to lean on to think they will turn it around soon, but Ryan Taylor has been a fantasy stud during the steak.

Taylor has hit double digit points for the third straight week after the Liverpool loss and still represents outstanding value in the Yahoo game, costing below 9m. Of course, those who paid attention to our praise of him the moment he was asked to be a starter have hopefully held on to him since he cost a mere 2.2m. He still has yet to notch a goal or an assist, but with his set piece work, that could come at any time and blast his price well over the 10m mark, so buy now before it is too late.
Apr 14 - 10:50 AM

Newcastle United showed some positive signs at times in their match against Liverpool, but a lack of finish and a red card for Moussa Sissoko led to their fifth straight loss.

It looked like the same old song for the Magies when Raheem Sterling cut through the defense like a knife through hot butter in the opening 10 minutes to give the Reds the initial advantage, but credit to the Magpies for not immediately throwing in the towel. They kept the deficit at one for the remainder of the half and began to put pressure on the Reds goal. Ayoze Perez was lively on the ball and Mehdi Abeid of all people was the biggest threat, getting two big chances to equalize but he came up empty. Frustration was building for Sissoko in the second half and a scuffle with Glen Johnson lingered as he would commit a challenge so reckless, he was headed for the showers before a red card was even brandished. It is becoming a broken record in saying this, but the Magpies should have enough points already to stay up but it would sure be good for morale to get a positive result before the finish line.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 13 - 5:10 PM

Newcastles' defensive problems plunged new depths with the news that Daryl Janmaat will be assessed after suffering a calf injury during Sundays’ Wear / Tyne derby warm-up.

Janmaat fought through the pain-barrier to complete 90 minutes at the Stadium of Light but there are concerns that the defender may have caused further damage possible straining or tearing the calf muscle. With Fabricio Coloccini still suspended Newcastle can ill-afford to lose the Dutch international leaving Mike Williamson as the only fit first-team central defender as the pressure begins to mount on interim manager John Carver. Having already lost Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett for the remainder of the season due to injury United could be forced to call upon under-21 defender Lubomir Satka who played 31 minutes during this seasons’ FA Cup exit at Leicester – his one and only appearance for the senior side - for this weekends' trip to Anfield.
Apr 6 - 7:51 PM

Newcastle United continue to stumble their way to the finish line with another lackluster display against Sunderland as they were the losers of a 1-0 Tyne-Wear derby final.

Some of the blame for the Magpies form has to go to their laundry list of injured players but not all of it. They are in desperate need of a threat up top but John Carver continues to witness Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere perform poorly. Perez in fact had a major opportunity with just a couple of minutes remaining as Daryl Janmaat set him up perfectly but Perez lost control of the ball. The only silver lining here was the start handed to Jonas Gutierrez, his first in nearly two years.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 5 - 1:18 PM

John Carver stated that midfielder Mehdi Abeid is back in contention and will be in the squad for the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

While any fitness boost is a positive one, Abeid's return doesn't exactly fix Newcastle's woes. They are still missing key players in defense, midfield and forward with Fabricio Coloccini, Cheik Tiote and Papiss Cisse still out. Lucky for them, they face their rivals this weekend who are having their own struggles and are vulnerable. Rolando Aarons, another dynamic player who was attempting to return this week, has been ruled out.

Rolando Aarons is closing in on a return for Newcastle United, with the young talent already stumping for a chance to participate in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

In a season filled with many disappointments at St. James', Aarons has looked a real prospect in his appearances early in the season before his hamstring knocked him out of action since November 1. Once he is ready, you can be certain that John Carver and the Newcastle brass will want to get him on the pitch. Question marks are already circling around his future with the club with a year remaining on his contract so with a handful of games remaining, now is the chance to showcase his talents ahead of the summer transfer window should the club look to deal him.
Mar 30 - 3:22 PM

Ayoze Perez has needed to step up his scoring in the absence of Papiss Cisse but has failed to do so as Newcastle United continue to look in rough shape.

Perez caught everyone's attention earlier in the season when he tallied a goal in each of his first three league starts. He would add a couple more in the month of December, but since then the well has dried up, going over 800 minutes now without scoring. It's not like John Carver has any great alternatives. Emmanuel Riviere has been an absolute bust, failing to score once in league play this season, and Siem De Jong, who is more of a midfielder by trade anyway, is still battling back from a long injury layoff. The position must be addressed in the summer, as Cisse has built a reputation for missing too many matches - 11 entirely in league play, and another 10 where he only featured for 45 minutes or less.
Mar 28 - 7:11 PM

Newcastle have been dealt a further defensive blow after it was confirmed Massadio Haidara will miss the remainder of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery in Lyon.

It was hoped that Haidara would be back in May following injections to help manage an ongoing knee complaint however the injury has not responded to treatment leaving the player with no alternative other than to go under the knife. Haidara joins defenders Paul Dummett and Steven Taylor – out for the season – while Fabricio Coloccini is currently serving a three match ban. Ahead of next weekends’ Wear / Tyne derby Newcastle will be hoping for at least one returner as Mehdi Abeid steps up his recovery from a thigh strain with Rolando Aarons [hamstring] also due to join the group on Monday.
Mar 27 - 12:38 PM

Jack Colback's suspension and subsequent two quiet games has seen his fantasy price steadily decline in recent weeks to a very appealing figure.

After a disappointing two point return against Arsenal, Colback has seen his price drop to 7.76m in the Yahoo game, representing solid value at the midfield position. Unlike other players who have been similarly underpriced; Dusan Tadic, Nacer Chadli and Seb Larsson, it doesn't require traditional attacking points for Colback to put up nice scores. Whether the past two games are an anomaly or a sign of a dip in form will require another week or two to determine, but if he returns to the level of production he was offering most of the season, then investors will be rewarded without spending very much.

Moussa Sissoko and Newcastle fell just short of a glorious comeback from two goals down as they fell at home to Arsenal 2-1.

St. James' Park is the site of one of Newcastle's most famous comebacks ever. Arsenal supporters certainly had that 4-4 draw that saw Newcastle erase a 4-0 Arsenal lead in mind as Newcastle staged a massive second half comeback. The Magpies started the match looking like the group that got abused by Everton last weekend but John Carver's halftime speech must have been a good one as they came out a different team. They scored from a Sissoko shot from the top of the box and had multiple chances to draw level with Ayoze Perez looking particularly likely. The comeback fell just short as the match ended 2-1.
Mar 21 - 1:04 PM


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