Player News - Newcastle United

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Newcastle only needed one goal to scrape past a lethargic West Brom side for its second win in the past nine Premier League matches with a 1-0 victory at St. James' Park.

It was Aleksandar Mitrovic who rose to the occasion with his composed finish in the 32nd minute. Jonjo Shelvey, who already has as many assists for Newcastle as he did for Swansea this season, pounced on a poor West Brom clearance in the attacking third and sent a perfect through ball to Mitrovic make a diagonal run behind the back-line. With just a charging Ben Foster to beat, Mitrovic calmly placed his shot just over the sliding keeper for his fifth goal of the season. Mitrovic did his best to keep pace in a competitive Newcastle front-line that left Ayoze Perez and Seydou Doumbia coming off the bench.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 6 - 12:26 PM

Kevin Mbabu has returned to the Newcastle United squad following a thigh injury that saw him sit out the month of January, and may need to step in immediately as an emergency left back.

It looks like it could be out of the frying pan and into the fire for the young Mbabu. Steve McClaren either needs to ask Mbabu to step into the role or call upon a midfielder to drop back into the position. Mbabu will surely want the chance at playing time, no matter the circumstances, but though he is back with the squad, he missed a considerable amount of time and McClaren may need to make a tough call on what to do. Either way, it is a boost in fantasy for West Brom attacking players when they vist St. James' Park tomorrow.
Feb 5 - 12:50 PM

Newcastle United have been dealt yet another major injury blow as starting center back Chancel Mbemba will miss tomorrow's match against West Bromwich Albion with an ankle issue, and likely miss further time.

Mbemba is to have a scan on his ankle which will determine exactly how much time he will be expected to miss, with early speculation suggesting it could be a month's time. Lucky for the Magpies, Steven Taylor is fit and ready to step in and partner Fabricio Collocini. That is it for the good news of the situation. The bad news is, they have no true left back to use this weekend, with Massadio Haidara, Paul Dummett, Jack Colback and even Jamaal Lascelles out with injuries or suspension. Steve McClaren focused his January shopping on the front six, perhaps a defender should have been a higher priority. They are down to youth academy players for backup.
Feb 5 - 12:35 PM

Paul Dummett will miss Newcastle United's match with West Bromwich Albion tomorrow as the defender has failed to recover from a hamstring injury.

The injury bug strikes yet again for the Magpies, and this is a real worry. Having just come back this past midweek from a muscle problem, Dummett now has a hamstring issue. Jack Colback is still out and further compounding the issue, Jamaal Lascelles, who filled in for the role two weeks back, is suspended for the weekend. Steve McClaren will have to call upon Kevin Mbabu, assuming he is fit himself. If not, then a midfielder will have to drop back, with Rolando Aarons the most likely candidate. With Chacel Mbemba ruled out as well, it could present the Baggies a chance to have a big day on the attack.
Feb 5 - 12:20 PM

Aleksandar Mitrovic missed a wide open opportunity in the second half with the Magpies down only a goal and watched as his team eventually succumbed 3-0 to Everton at Goodison Park.

With newly signed Seydou Doumbia providing pressure on Mitrovic's place in the pecking order at forward for Newcastle, it wasn't the ideal time to miss a sitter. That's what happened when the biggest Newcastle chance of the match fell to Mitrovic. With the Magpies sitting only a couple of points above the relegation zone, Steve McClaren may be forced to make a move in an effort to keep big-spending Newcastle out of relegation danger.
Feb 3 - 5:12 PM

Steve McClaren is hoping to bolster his Newcastle squad on Wednesday when the Magpies travel to Goodison Park with a number of players closing in on a return to full fitness.

Paul Dummett has been training with the group for the last three-four days while Jack Colback is said to be: "Very, very close," after a hamstring injury ruled the 26-year-old out of the defeat at Vicarage Road in game week twenty-three. Siem de Jong and Kevin Mbabu also have a chance of making the squad. Steven Taylor has been working on his fitness following hamstring surgery and will have benefited from the additional time. The defender was included on the bench at Watford after one week of training as Newcastle faced the Hornets with only four fully defenders.
Feb 3 - 7:28 AM

Steve McClaren announced that Paul Dummett is available to start for Newcastle United tomorrow evening against Everton.

McClaren was forced to shift center back Jamaal Lascelles into the left back role last gameweek against Watford, but with a fit Dummett and Jack Colback still unavailable, Dummett looks to be a lock to start against the Toffees tomorrow. It is nothing to get too excited about from a fantasy perspective. Dummett is not much of a prospect himself and the Magpies are still a longshot to keep a clean sheet at Goodison Park.
Feb 2 - 9:50 AM

Newcastle continue their January shopping spree as they have landed AS Roma striker Seydou Doumbia on loan for the rest of the season.

The Ivory Coast international is property of AS Roma but had been playing on loan to CSKA Moscow for the first half of this season. He has scored five league goals in thirteen appearances in that time, as well as three strikes in Champions League play. As mentioned before, he should have no trouble with the climate of northern England with his experience in the Russian Premier League and will challenge Aleksandar Mitrovic straight away for pitch time. He is worth a speculative add in draft leagues for those looking for striker help.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 1 - 10:28 AM

AS Roma striker Seydou Doumbia is set to have a medical evaluation ahead of a possible loan spell with Newcastle United for the rest of the season.

While property of Roma, Doumbia has actually spent the first half of the current season on loan at CSKA Moscow, scoring five times in 13 appearances. Having experience playing in the climate of Russia should serve the striker well in the northern reaches of England. Should the deal go through, he will likely push Aleksandar Mitrovic out for the main striker role and Papiss Cisse would be on the fringes once he returns from injury.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 31 - 9:07 AM

After purchasing Florian Thauvin from Marseille last summer, Newcastle has loaned the midfielder back to the Ligue 1 club for the remainder of the season.

It has been a flop of a first season for Thauvin with the Magpies, failing to score or assist once in league play and being nothing more than bench depth since the first month of the season. With the acquisition of Andros Townsend from Tottenham, it only moves Thauvin further away from pitch time, so it makes sense to loan him back to the club where he had success to see if he can develop further.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 31 - 8:29 AM

Fringe Newcastle United midfielder Sylvain Marveaux was forced off with an injury in a behind-closed-doors "friendly" with cross town rivals Sunderland.

Even when no one can witness it, Newcastle continue to struggle with both results and injuries. Not that it matters to their league aspirations, but Sunderland beat them in the friendly, 6-0. Marveaux is among a long list of disappointing signings for the Magpies, but must had begun to impress Steve McClaren somewhat in recent weeks, as the manager decided to include him in the squad that drew against Manchester United in Week 21. Mind, Marveaux did not make an appearance then or at any time in league play this season, but it was at least a positive sign for him. His injury will be assessed but it will hardly figure in terms of fantasy. He was not a prospect before and now has another player, Andros Townsend, ahead of him in the pecking order.
Jan 29 - 6:31 AM

Steve McClaren is hoping for a triple injury boost ahead of next Wednesdays’ Premier League clash at Goodison Park.

Newcastle travelled to Vicarage Road last weekend with only four fully fit defenders after hamstring problems ruled Jack Colback and Paul Dummett out of the trip. McClaren also included Steven Taylor in the squad at Watford, albeit reluctantly, after more than four months out. "We had to put Steven Taylor in who’s not kicked a ball, just trained for one week. We had to put him on the bench. We need players back from injury." With a break in league proceedings and no FA Cup fixture to contend with, United will use the additional days to give their squad some much needed rest following the recent heavy fixture schedule.
Jan 26 - 8:12 AM

Newcastle United have agreed to a fee of £12m for the transfer of Andros Townsend from Tottenham Hotspur.

With less than a week left in the January window, it seem virtually all new transfers have gone the way of AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United. The Magpies look to have shored up the center of the park with Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey and have now added an outside threat in Townsend, who can play on either side of the wing and offers plenty of pace. Townsend was one of the odd men out for Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs this season, and had a row with the coaching staff that saw him frozen out for much of the campaign. Still, with a fresh start, he has much to offer and is still only 24 years of age. SPurs did well to collect £12m for a player no longer in their plans.
Jan 26 - 6:06 AM

Newcastle's injury crisis meant a start for Jamaal Lascelles who scored but couldn't help the Magpies pick up any points.

With Paul Dummett, Kevin Mbabu, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor and Jack Colback all injured, Lascelles got a start for Steve McClaren. The Magpies were always going to concede goals with their defense decimated by injuries but Lascelles got on the end of a Jonjo Shelvey corner to pull one goal back after the Hornets went up 2-0 but the Magpies couldn't get the equalizer and fell 2-1 to the Hornets at Vicarage Road.
Jan 23 - 12:15 PM

Newcastle United have another injury blow to contend with as Jack Colback looks set to miss out the Week 23 match against Watford.

Colback was set to fill in for Paul Dummett at left back, where he has deputized in the past, but now Steve McClaren is completely out of options with any experience as Massadio Haidara and Kevin Mbabu are also unavailable. This leaves Newcastle with only one option - to play center back Jamaal Lascelles on the left of the back four. This could be a good week for a chance on the likes of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo in fantasy. Both have been quiet in recent weeks but Newcastle have been pretty bad defensively on the road and the back four they look to field can spark the Hornets.
Jan 22 - 11:51 AM


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