Player News - Newcastle United

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Newcastle is having no trouble adjusting to life in the Premier League again with its latest win: a 2-1 against Stoke City.

Matt Ritchie was the clear star for the Magpies with two assists after setting up both goals on either side of half-time. In the 19th minute following a forced turnover, Ritchie spotted Christian Atsu making a back-post run and hit a perfect cross to the former Chelsea winger, who tapped in the effort despite pressure from a defender. Then, in the 68th minute, Ritchie found Jamaal Lascelles on a corner kick as the captain headed in the effort for the match-winner to send Newcastle into fourth place.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 16 - 12:12 PM

Jamal Lascelles played like a captain today, scoring the match-winner and preserving an clean sheet as Newcastle United picked up the points in a 0-1 win over Swansea City.

The opening half hour had very little to offer in terms of entertainment, as neither side could find fluidity in their attack. The Magpies nearly went on top first in the 34th minute, but Joselu's header was saved well by the Swansea keeper. Mikel Merino tried to draw a penalty before the break, but the referee didn't take the bait. The second half was a much livelier affair, with Lascelles standing out by clearing Swansea's best chance off the goal line and then, in the 76th minute, headed home the game's lone goal from a Matt Ritchie corner. After starting the season with two losses, Newcastle have rebounded well with two straight wins and clean sheets.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 10 - 8:11 PM

Newcastle is nearing a return to full strength with defenders DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune back in the team.

While defender Chancel Mbemba will miss weekend after sustaining an injury during the international break with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yedlin will look to make his season debut this weekend while Lejeune returns after missing the last two matches. Said assistant manager Paco Moreno: "DeAndre is working very well – he is working hard to get to the game. He has been training fully in the last three or four (sessions), so I think he has a good chance to come to the game. Lejeune, as well. They are both in the same situation. We have to decide tomorrow, because we normally wait until the end to make decisions, but he is progressing well.
Sep 8 - 6:06 PM

Fantasy managers have been left sweating on the fitness of Chancel Mbemba after the Newcastle United defender picked up an injury while on international duty.

The 23-year-old has responded admirably to Rafa’s S.O.S. call after the Geordies lost two defenders during the opening weekend defeat to Tottenham. While Mbemba was one of the few shining lights for Newcastle at Huddersfield, it was his performance six days later which won him plaudits for an assured display in the 3-0 win over West Ham. A clean-sheet plus maximum bonus points made the budget defender - at only £4 million - the go to bargain buy heading into game week four. However, having scored the opening goal in his country's World Cup qualifier against Tunisia, he was forced off with less than an hour on the clock making him an early doubt for the trip to Swansea. The precise nature, and extent of the problem, won’t be known until Mbemba arrives back on Tyneside within the next 24-48 hours.
Source: Clubcall
Sep 6 - 5:52 AM

Rafa Benitez has been handed a double injury boost with the news that DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune have both returned to full training.

Yedlin is yet to feature in 2017/18 after suffering a hamstring strain during Newcastle’s penultimate pre-season friendly in Wolfsburg. Lejeune on the other hand was on the receiving end of a rash Harry Kane scissor tackle on his debut which resulted in the defender sustaining ankle ligament damage. However, after narrowly missing out in game week three, the pair have used the additional time off to work on their fitness with a tough game against Swansea City coming up. Ordinarily, neither would expect an instant return to the starting XI, particularly given the resounding victory over West Ham last time out. But, Chancel Mbemba has emerged as an early doubt for the match after he was forced off on the hour mark for DR Congo on Tuesday due to an unspecified injury.
Sep 5 - 4:39 PM

Aleksandar Mitrovic has been handed a three-game ban with immediate effect following an incident with Manuel Lanzini at St James’ Park on Saturday.

An independent panel found the Newcastle United forward guilty of violent conduct after he was caught on video elbowing Lanzini in the 80th minute. The misconduct was missed by match officials at the time but was referred later. The Serbian hothead admitted the charge and accepted the standard penalty meaning he will miss the upcoming Premier League matches against Swansea, Stoke and Brighton. The news leaves Rafa’s men a little lightweight in attack, and the squad could be further depleted, if, as expected, last season's top scorer Dwight Gayle, who has been heavily linked to Fulham and Leeds United, leaves during this transfer window. Should Newcastle fail to bring in any replacements, then Joselu could be left to plough a lonely furrow at the Liberty Stadium in game week four.
Aug 30 - 2:30 PM

Joselu scored a goal on his debut as Newcastle posted their first victory of the season by topping West Ham 3-0 at St. James Park.

Having suffered a pair of defeats to open the season, Rafa Benitez's side responded by making quick work of West Ham. The Magpies came close early on before taking the lead in the 36th minute when Joselu scored his first goal for the club. Man of the match Matt Ritchie did the ground work as he stripped Hammers midfielder Declan Rice and allowed Mikel Merino to feed Christian Atsu, who darted into the penalty area before squaring for Joselu to cap off the move. Newcastle started the second half again on the front foot and made it 2-0 in the 73rd minute when defender Ciaran Clark rose to head home Ritche's cross emphatically. With the match in hand, substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic added a third when he rounded Joe Hart and tapped in four minutes before the final whistle.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 26 - 12:44 PM

Rolando Aarons’ performance against Nottingham Forest was one of the few positives to take from another disappointing cup exit on Tyneside.

Newcastle were hoping for a much-needed confidence boost in the Carabao Cup following back-to-back league defeats, but the Championship side had other ideas, leaving St James’ Park with their place assured in the third round. Making ten changes, Rafa Benitez handed Aarons his first start in an injury plagued year, and the young attacker repaid his faith with an encouraging performance. A metatarsal fracture, followed by a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury, effectively ended his 2016/17 campaign and now Aarons is keen to make up for lost time. A goal and an assist on the night, must surely be enough to force his way into Rafa’s thinking as a disjoined Newcastle side go in search of their first league points. Aarons will be assessed ahead of Saturday after he was forced off late on: "I think it was cramp, so I think he’s okay."
Aug 24 - 5:49 AM

Newcastle is off to a dubious start after a 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town, its second straight loss to start the season.

The Magpies have yet to score a goal in either of their Premier League matches to start the season, but manager Rafa Benitez is hoping that new signing Joselu can help. The former Stoke City forward debuted in black and white early on in the second half and would have had a debut goal if it wasn't for two hard-earned saves from Huddersfield Town keeper Jonas Lossl. Having lost Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett to injury, Benitez added Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba to the back-line.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 10:45 AM

Newcastle have been rocked by the news that they could be without two key defenders for several weeks, although the prognosis is a lot better than initially feared.

Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune both left St James’ Park on crutches following the home defeat to Tottenham, and speaking after the match, Rafa Benitez had this to say: "We don't know [how serious the injuries are], we have to wait, but we're expected at least a couple of weeks." The club released an official statement on Tuesday confirming Dummett was forced off due to a hamstring strain while Lejeune damaged ankle ligaments following a scissor challenge by Harry Kane, which on another day, could’ve seen the England international sent off. ‘Assessments by the club's medical staff are continuing in order to establish the full extent of their injuries but both players are expected to be out for weeks, rather than months.’ DeAndre Yedlin is also struggling to return before the international break as he continues his recovery from a muscular problem.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 15 - 12:39 PM

Joselu is reportedly on Tyneside for a medical ahead of a move from Stoke City to Newcastle to bolster a weak strike force.

You will be forgiven if you'd forgotten that Joselu existed. Mark Hughes certainly seemed to do the same after loaning the Spaniard to Deportivo La Coruna last season. Never particularly prolific in any of his stops, he is probably best thought of as professional depth at forward rather than a new starter. His biggest successes came in the Bundesliga where he achieved career highs in matches played (30) and goals scored (9) with Eintracht Frankford and Hanover 96 respectively. At 27-years-old, he is unlikely to be on the rise as much as he is what he is. Adequate but no one to get excited over.
Aug 14 - 2:41 PM

Reports suggest that Newcastle is on the verge of signing Stoke City striker Joselu in a deal worth around £5 million.

The 27-year-old join Stoke City from Hannover in 2015 and recorded four goals and two assists in his first season in the Premier League. But Joselu spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna after falling down the depth chart. With Bojan back at the club, the writing looks to be on the wall for Joselu with Rafa Benitez looking to add to his attack following the club's 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the opening match of the Premier League season over the weekend.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 14 - 11:03 AM

Newcastle United were trading blows with Tottenham for the majority of the match but a second half sending off of Jonjo Shelvey opened the door for the visitors and the Magpies would eventually lose, 0-2.

On the one hand, there were plenty of positives to take away from Newcastle's performance today. They kept stride with Tottenham throughout the first half and, though they didn't create a major chance, they did put on pressure. However, they lost two defenders to injury in the opening 45 minutes, a harrowing reminder of the injury struggles they had in their last stay in the top flight, as Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune had to depart. The tide of the match changed early in the second half when Jonjo Shelvey made a silly stamp of his boot on Dele Alli's ankle, who was sitting on the ground following a tackle, and the Magpies were forced down to 10 men. It proved too much to ask as Spurs would score twice in a nine minute span to secure the points. Shelvey's absence next week should spell the debut of Dortmund loanee Mikel Merino while we wait to see the extent of injuries in defense.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 13 - 10:45 AM

Newcastle are sweating on the fitness of striker Dwight Gayle who has a slight muscular problem.

Rafa Benitez had chosen to deploy Aleksander Mitrovic in attack against Wolfsburg last Wednesday, leaving Gayle on the bench, a move which many thought was a precautionary measure. However, concerns began to mount when his name was omitted from the squad which took on Hellas Verona at St James’ Park in the club’s final pre-season friendly. Following the 2-0 victory, Benitez confirmed Gayle was "not comfortable" after complaining of discomfort in his hamstring: "Dwight is training with the fitness coach, so hopefully he can carry on training this week. If everything is fine, I think he will be OK for Sunday." There will be no old boys’ reunion for DeAndre Yedlin who misses the game through injury while Jamie Sterry is taking longer than initially anticipated to recover from groin surgery.
Aug 10 - 6:52 PM

Javier Manquillo is poised to make his competitive bow for Newcastle on the opening day after news broke confirming DeAndre Yedlin will miss the beginning of the new season.

Following the 3-1 victory in Wolfsburg on Wednesday evening, Rafa Benitez spoke to NUFCTV revealing the US international may not be ready until the end of August: "We have to wait. We think it’s two or three weeks that he will be out." His absence should open the door for summer signing Manquillo to start at right-back, although Benitez does have other options, particularly if he decides against a back four. Jamaal Lascelles will be pushing for his inclusion to face Tottenham in week one following his recovery from a minor knee complaint, but the Newcastle captain will face stiff competition from Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejeune while another new addition - Mikel Merino – can also play as part of a back three.
Aug 3 - 5:06 AM


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