Player News - Newcastle United

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Newcastle is shopping around Cheick Tiote this summer in the hopes of offloading the midfielder during the upcoming transfer window.

The Magpies are reportedly looking to bring in £4 million for the 29-year-old, who has been fielding interest from China and Turkey for the past year now. But Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough are all reported to be interested in a move for Tiote, who just a year ago was linked with a move to Arsenal. Also expected to depart this summer is the core of Newcastle late-season surge. Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Andros Townsend are expected to be fielding offers while Papiss Demba Cisse is in talks with Qatar Stars League side Lekhwiya.
Source: Daily Mail
May 24 - 4:21 PM

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is the subject of interest from West Ham this summer following the Magpies' relegation.

Reports across England suggest Arsenal is also interested in making a bid this summer, although Newcastle want around £20 million for the 26-year-old, who recorded one goal and seven assists in 37 Premier League starts this season. Sissoko was rewarded with a call-up into the French national team for the upcoming European championships in France this summer. Meanwhile, the Magpies are also shopping right-back Daryl Janmaat in order to finance summer moves in their first season back in the Championship.
Source: Telegraph
May 23 - 1:44 PM

Massadio Haidara is determined to be fit for Newcastle United at the start of next season, after the defender experienced a setback during his attempt to return from knee surgery.

An injury crisis for the Magpies, particularly at the left back position, played a part in Haidara's attempt to return more quickly than he should have. Haidara began last season as the preferred option over Paul Dummett and will look to contend for the position again in the Championship. Looking at the timetable for Haidara's return, Rafa Benitez will likely begin the season with Dummett rather than risk another setback for the Frenchman.
May 20 - 1:16 PM

Rafa Benitez has agreed to stay on with Newcastle United for next season as the club looks to fight their way back to the top flight from the Championship.

Benitez had an opt-out clause in the contract he signed when he joined the Magpies that would have allowed him to walk if the club were relegated but he and owner Mark Ashley have agreed to terms and Benitez will stay in Tyneside. Part of that agreement is to allow the manager complete control in the transfer market and Benitez is reportedly already compiling a list of targets. It would be an absolute disaster if the Magpies are not promoted next season with all the money that has been and will be spent combined with the loss of revenue that kicked in this season for clubs in the top flight.
Source: Daily Mail
May 18 - 11:32 AM

Newcastle United did not let their relegated fate prevent them from giving maximum effort today as they completely smashed Tottenham in a 5-1 final.

Tottenham's season had taken a nose dive once the title was out of their reach and the Magpies took full advantage today. A poor clearance led to the opener for Newcastle, as Alexsandar Mitrovic teed up Georginio Wijnaldum in the 19th minute. Mitrovic would then score himself with a diving header from a Moussa Sissoko cross twenty minutes later. There was a chance for Spurs to claw back after a goal and a red card to Mitrovic in the second half, but Newcastle only put their foot on the gas. Wijnaldum scored from the spot in the 73rd minute, then two quick goals in the closing minutes from Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat turned the match into a massacre. Heading toward the Championship, the Toon will look to try and keep Rafa Benitez around.

The fate of Newcastle's season now lies in the hands of its biggest rival following a dreadful scoreless draw against Aston Villa.

Newcastle could be relegated by the time it lines up for its season finale at home against Tottenham next weekend. That's because Sunderland came from behind against Chelsea to earn three points and leapfrog the Magpies in the table. And with a game in hand and one point above Newcastle, Sunderland can stay up and relegate Newcastle with a win on Wednesday against Everton. But today's story was all about Newcastle's failure to take three points against the Premier League bottom feeders, who couldn't even manage a shot on goal— Newcastle managed just two on target throughout the match.
Source: NBC Sports
May 7 - 12:05 PM

Rafa Benitez announced that right back Daryl Janmaat is available for Newcastle United's trip to Aston Villa tomorrow, while Fabricio Coloccini remains out.

Vurnon Anita was also declared fit as he shook off a minor injury during the week. This will be an interesting call for Benitez when he names the XI against Villa. Janmmaat's spot in the team was arguably safer than anyone's during the majority of the season and in his career with the Magpies, but when he last played the team were hitting rock bottom with the loss to Southampton. Since Anita has filled the role, Newcastle has been getting results and Anita has been impressive. Janmaat owners in draft leagues should not expect their man to start and continue to look elsewhere for defensive coverage.
May 6 - 9:48 AM

Andros Townsend delivered a cracking free kick goal and Karl Darlow stopped a Crystal Palace penalty chance as Newcastle United move out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over the Eagles.

Palace looked the likelier side to score in the opening 45 minutes, as the Magpies had a couple of opportunities come up empty. Jack Colback sent a dangerous ball into the area but Moussa Sissoko could not get a clean foot on it. Colback then missed a curling effort inside the area. It was Townsend who finally broke through in the 58th minute, drawing a foul a few yards outside the box then sent a sizzling free kick that popped the far corner of the net. Newcastle tried to park the bus but Sissoko was adjudged to have committed handball and former Magpie Yohan Cabaye had a chance to equalize from the spot. His kick was not wide enough and Darlow made the huge save that could mean the difference in the club's season. Sunderland still have a game in hand and a better goal difference record but their crosstown rivals have the benefit of facing lowly Aston Villa next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:07 PM

Rafa Benitez revealed that he does not expect to have the services of defenders Fabricio Coloccini or Daryl Janmaat for Newcastle United's remaining three games.

Janmaat would have to wear a protective cast over his fractured hand, which he recently had surgery on, while additionally recovering from a groin injury. With positive displays by Vurnon Anita at right back, Benitez seems satisfied with letting Janmaat heal and counting on Anita. Coloccini ends his season unceremoniously, having suffered a setback to his calf injury which has kept him out since mid-February. With Benitez certain to exercise his opt-out clause should the Magpies be relegated, Coloccini may very well not step foot on the pitch once to play for the manager.
Apr 28 - 1:20 PM

Newcastle United found themselves down by two goals but managed to claw their way back and scrape a 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

The Magpies deserve credit for maintaining their focus after giving up a very early goal, then finding themselves down by two by the opening half hour. Georginio Wijnaldum began the day on the bench for a second straight match, but it was his inclusion to begin the second half that seemed to help turn the tide. Three minutes into the second frame, Vurnon Anita delivered a long cross to the back post and Papiss Cisse headed home to pull one back. They would then find an equalizer in the 65th minute when an Andros Townsend cross into the area was not cleared and Jack Colback's shot took a deflection to fool Simon Mignolet. While the comeback was admirable and Newcastle have done well to find points in their last three games, they need to start winning as they are still a point behind Sunderland and the Black Cats now have two games in hand.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 23 - 12:02 PM

Newcastle United have a new option for their defense as Kevin Mbabu is fit for selection after a three month injury layoff.

Mbabu started the first two games of the season for the Magpies but has played a grand total of one minute in the league since. While part of that time was spent as an unused bench option, he was unavailable since February because of a thigh injury. There have been several matches in that period where his presence could have helped. With Newcastle having shown recent improvement defensively, Benitez may want to keep the unit he has intact and allow Mbabu to play a bench role. There is a chance though he could see action at right back until or if Daryl Janmaat returns, with Vurnon Anita slotting back into his more natural central midfield position. Despite the positive displays recently from the back line, it is still hard to trust any prospects for fantasy purposes, especially with Liverpool up next, as the Reds are thriving in attack right now.
Source: IB Times
Apr 22 - 3:26 PM

Newcastle United were able to overcome conceding the opening goal and Vurnon Anita was the unlikely hero to find an equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

After a convincing win over Swansea City at the weekend, there was a noticeable spark by the Magpies this evening. They were unlucky to fall behind as Manchester City's opening goal clearly came from an offside position. Shortly after the half-hour mark, Moussa Sissoko sent a cross far and wide to Anita. Anita then worked around Aleksandar Kolarov to create space and finished just inside the far post to score his first goal in over two years. Georginio Wijnaldum, who played the role of substitute for the first time this season, nearly found a winner but his shot was stopped by Joe Hart in the closing minutes. The defense has shown marked improvement since Anita has filled in at right back for Daryl Janmaat and Newcastle rightly earn a valuable point as they continue to battle their way out of relegation.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 19 - 4:47 PM

Georginio Wijnaldum has been dropped out of the XI by Rafa Benitez as Newcastle United get set to host Manchester City this evening.

The Magpies line up with Darlow, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Townsend, Tiote, Colback, Sissoko, Perez and Cisse. The only change is Ayoze Perez replacing Wijnaldum. It is a bit of a surprise because virtually all of Wijnaldum's good performances have come on home soil and with Newcastle having two matches at home in this double gameweek, it will be leaving many fantasy managers scratching their heads. Perez should play just behind Papiss Cisse. There is a very strong chance Wijnaldum will see some time as a substitute this evening.
Apr 19 - 2:04 PM

Rafa Benitez revealed in his press conference ahead of tomorrow evening's match against Manchester City that Fabricio Coloccini and Daryl Janmaat have been ruled out.

Coloccini has yet to get on the pitch in the Benitez era as his calf injury continues to keep him sidelined. Janmaat is dealing with two broken fingers and a groin issue. Considering the Magpies were able to keep a rare clean sheet over the weekend, it would be hard to imagine Benitez changing his recipe at the back. Expect Vurnon Anita to fill the right back role once again, with Chacel Mbemba, Jamal Lascelles and Paul Dummett rounding out the back four. For what it's worth, Kevin Mbabu may be available, but it will almost certainly be as added depth on the bench.
Apr 18 - 2:19 PM

Rafa Benitez celebrated his birthday by managing Newcastle United to their first win under his reign, defeating Swansea City 3-0.

What on earth is going on in Tyneside today? For the first time this season, Sunderland and Newcastle win in the same gameweek, as both fight for their top flight lives. While the result can partially be pinned on a mostly lifeless Swansea side, the Magpies deserve credit. Andros Townsend notched an assist when he delivered a corner kick that was headed home by Jamal Lasacelles on 41 minutes to take the lead. The Magpies intensified their attack when Aleksandar Mitrovic was subbed on in the final 20 minutes. His header created a loose ball that Moussa Sissoko stuck in the net for Newcastle's second goal then Mitrovic showed his strength in setting up Townsend for the final goal in the closing moments. Townsend is in cracking form right now and the defense didn't make any mistakes. It is still a tough task to stay up, but today's win should give them a real shot of confidence.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 16 - 12:01 PM


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