Player News - Newcastle United

Date: Team: Pos:

Steve McClaren has indicated that Moussa Sissoko has "healed well" this week from the groin injury he suffered in Week 2, but cannot declare the midfielder fit quite yet.

In all leagues other than the official FPL.com game, given that the Magpies have the early Saturday kickoff, you should be able to get a look at team news in the morning and decide what to do with Sissoko if you own him. Even if he does lace the boots, it is a tough fixture and he may only be used for 45-60 minutes, so it would be recommended to go with another option if at all possible.
Aug 28 - 10:43 AM

Florian Thauvin scored and delivered three assists as Newcastle picked up a 4-1 victory over Northampton Town in the second round of the League Cup.

Analyzing results against lower division opposition and projecting it into the Premier League is no easy task. Thauvin flashed in a substitute appearance against Manchester United on his debut but couldn't quite get to a tantalizing cross in his one big opportunity. There were other modest talents who scored big for Premier League teams against lower division clubs so don't over-value Thauvin's contribution because he is new to the league.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 26 - 5:15 PM

Tim Krul and the Newcastle United defense delivered a fantastic performance against Manchester United, keeping the Red Devils out at Old Trafford to earn a point in a 0-0 final.

The opening half hour was all Manchester, peppering the Magpie goal, but the Dutch keeper was on his A game today, eventually stopping eight shots, many of a high quality nature. Also impressing was the play of Fabricio Coloccini, who made a splendid tackle on Memphis Depay near the end of the first half. The attack had their chances, with Aleksandar Mitrovic making his first start and looking an aerial threat, heading one off of the bar. A late counter by Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez nearly stole all the points at the end, but Newcastle should be feeling quite pleased with the result today regardless.

Moussa Sissoko will likely miss Week 3 for Newcastle United as he recovers from a groin strain picked up in last weekend's loss to Swansea City.

It is somewhat good news for the Magpies as initial reaction was that it looked to be a serious injury, but now the timetable has been set for two weeks, though Sissoko would like every opportunity to lace his boots this weekend. If you own him in fantasy, plan to be without him for this week and possibly next.
Source: The Mag
Aug 20 - 11:15 AM

As part of the deal that sees Florian Thauvin arrive at St. James' Park, Newcastle United send Remy Cabella to Ligue 1 side Marseille on a season-long loan.

It will be the end of Cabella's Newcastle career when the loan expires next summer, as part of the agreement between the two clubs is to allow Marseille to sign Cabella to a permanent move at season's end. Cabella arrived last summer under the management of Alan Pardew and failed to make a good impression from the beginning, followed by a string of fitness issues that saw his playing time quite limited and generally unproductive. He will hope to re-establish is career back in his home country of France.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 20 - 10:32 AM

Newcastle United added another significant weapon to their attack in the summer window with the acquisition of winger Florian Thauvin via transfer from Ligue 1 side Marseille.

The 22-year old Thauvin arrives for a fee of around 12m and comes with plenty of potential, having featured for OM 81 times over the past two seasons, scoring 15 goals as he continues to mature. He can also distribute the ball and bag a few assists along the way. Part of the deal required Newcastle loaning Remy Cabella back to OM, so from a positional perspective, Thauvin immediately assumes Cabella's area of the pitch, which is preferred on the right wing. It may take a bit of time for Thauvin to establish in Steve McClaren's side, so immediate adds in fantasy draft leagues may result in a waiting game on your bench for several weeks.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 20 - 10:23 AM

Despite missing the preseason entirely, Fabricio Coloccini has not taken long to show why he is the club captain, sharing the current league lead in blocked shots.

An important stat for any center back, Coloccini has a reputation for sacrificing his body to keep shots from making their way through on target, part of his natural intensity at the position and a main reason why he wears the armband. It was a disaster day for the Magpies over the weekend as they were down to 10 men before the half, and they still look a poor bet for clean sheets, but in fantasy leagues that reward for other contributions, Coloccini should be a steady producer.
Source: Fantrax
Aug 17 - 8:55 AM

Triple blow for Newcastle following Saturdays’ defeat at the Liberty after the club confirmed that both Moussa Sissoko and Siem de Jong have picked up injuries while Daryl Janmaat will serve a 1-match ban following his sending-off against Swansea.

The Geordies endured a torrid time in Wales and were it not for some poor finishing, Newcastle could’ve been on the end of a real hammering. In the end 2-nil was not a fair reflection of the game. To compound matters news broke that Dutch playmaker De Jong had suffered a training ground shin injury which prevented him from travelling while fellow countryman Janmaat wasn’t able to see out the first half after an accumulation of fouls on Jefferson Montero resulted in 2-yellows. The full-back is now ruled out of next weekends’ trip to Old Trafford. Sissoko was also replaced at half-time. What was initially thought to be tactical was indeed enforced after it was revealed post-match that midfielder had a groin problem.
Aug 16 - 4:31 PM

It was a scene reminiscent of last year's treacherous campaign for Newcastle United, as a second yellow for Daryl Janmaat left the Magpies down to ten men and were overmatched by a very fluid Swansea side in a 2-0 loss.

It was always going to be a work in progress for Steve McClaren and the result against Southampton offered plenty of encouragement, but what was witnessed today was far too similar to the troubles they faced in their near-relegated previous season. The attack was stifled throughout, with no magic on the day from Papiss Cisse and Georginio Wijnaldum, and what is most alarming, in his second ever appearance, Aleksandar Mitrovic was handed a yellow card within seconds of introduction. Between the Magpies and the Black Cats, it is looking like a long, difficult season on Tyneside.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 15 - 1:10 PM

Newcastle's defense was poor in week one, allowing Southampton two goals at home and almost giving up another late in the match.

Southampton had 14 shots in the match and almost stole all three points in stoppage time, when Sadio Mane had two opportunities to take the lead. Newcastle's defense was not at all impressive and they travel to a dangerous Swansea side in week two. Tim Krul and the defensive line in front of him are not good fantasy options for this week.
Source: BBC
Aug 13 - 3:54 PM

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren revealed the injury sustained by Vurnon Anita during the draw against Southampton may not be as bad as originally feared.

Anita was surprisingly given the nod - ahead of Cheick Tiote - for the opener at St James’ Park and justified his inclusion with a battling performance on Sunday. However the Dutch midfielders’ afternoon was cut short following an awkward fall which left Anita requiring treatment before departing on a stretcher. Post-match McClaren was able to confirm that the 26 year-old was moving freely although Anita will be assessed fully next week. Having started just 17 PL games last season the former Ajax player will be keen to try and retain his place for next weekends’ trip to the Liberty Stadium.
Aug 9 - 4:33 PM

Newcastle United began their new era under Steve McClaren with a 2-2 against Southampton, as Georginio Wijnaldum scored in his debut.

Surprisingly, McClaren named Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba, both thought not yet up to speed to be starting in Week 1, to his XI, and though there were some rough defensive patches, the Magpies look like they will be a much better unit at the back this season, especially once that center back partnership settles in. After conceding the opening goal, Newcastle found an equalizer near the halftime whistle when Papiss Cisse took a cross of the chest directly in front of goal and guided it in. Then, less than three minutes into the second period, Gabriel Obertan sent a cross from the right and Wijnaldum headed home splendidly. Other notes, Vuron Anita had to be stretchered off with a second half injury and Aleksandar Mitrovic made his debut in the final quarter hour, grabbing a yellow card within moments of his introduction.

Emmanuel Riviere will miss the start of the 2015/2016 as he recovers from knee surgery.

A scan revealed the need to operate, so Riviere will be sidelined for at least the opening month of the season. Even if he were fully fit, and even though Newcastle would love as many options as they can be afforded, there was never any real chance of him staking a claim at the striker position, coming off a miserable first season with the club where he didn't score until the final day.
Aug 6 - 10:49 AM

Newcastle United have acquired striker Ivan Toney from Northampton Town via transfer and have signed him to a long-term deal.

The 19-year-old Toney looks to be a development project for Newcastle United, but if this season is anything like last season for the Magpies, we may see this kid quicker than expected. Toney has been a prospect from a young age, becoming the youngest first teamer to play for Northampton Town. Ayoze Perez wasn't thought to make an impact so quickly last season. If Papiss Cisse and Aleksandar Mitrovic fall flat out of the gates, Toney might get a look this season. Otherwise, he will be spending the bulk of his time with the U-21s.

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Fabricio Coloccini has signed a one-year extension to his contract with an option for an additional year.

It was thought during the summer that Coloccini was on the outs. He had been missing from action all of preseason and Steve McClaren didn't offer up any sound bytes to suppress the growing speculation, but two days before the season begins, the dust has settled. Without any preseason time, it is unclear just how fit the club captain is, making him a doubt for the season opener. Eventually, he and Chancel Mbemba will form the center back partnership. FPL players looking at the 4.0 priced Steven Taylor may get use from him for the first week or two, but is no longer in line to make a spot in the XI his.


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