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  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    At this point in the season, only one board objective seems in line to be completed, as 17 year old Arthur Morley is definitely on the right path to play 50% of games this season. Despite being found by the scout as a CF he is now mostly playing in a CDM position for Newcastle. His main focus in protecting the defence, but he has also contributed in the other end, as he did recently, assisting both goals in the 2-2 draw in Brighton. And somehow he now has the second highest number of assists for the club so far.

    A 5-2 win vs Fulham followed, before Wilson and Tavernier provided a 2-0 win vs Spurs, which also provided a first away clean sheet in the league this season. A second would have followed at London Stadium next, but Lanzini’s top corner long shot wanted it otherwise. 1-0 to West Ham. Another top corner finish from afar was made by Thomas Partey next, and Aubameyang scored to 2-0 later on for Arsenal. But their right back had an off-night, and both Kent and Lewis managed to find space behind him and scored from the Newcastle left side, the latter with an 82nd minute equalizer. So Newcastle find themselves in the middle of the 7th to 11th places only separated by one point.

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    With all other board objectives not really nearing completion, captain Jamaal Lascelles has raised a concern from the dressing room directly to the gaffer. Some say the squad shouldn't be concerned about these things, as long as the results are good enough. But nevertheless, the club would really benefit from straightening things out, at least to avoid any unnecessary distractions.
  • Virtual_K
    2002 posts Fans' Favourite
    A good win against the Spurs only to lose a close one to West Ham. Looks like a real battle ahead to retain hope for Europa League. At least Newcastle won't have to worry about relegation unless the Magpies turn into Cowpies the last half of the season. :o
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Virtual_K wrote: »
    A good win against the Spurs only to lose a close one to West Ham. Looks like a real battle ahead to retain hope for Europa League. At least Newcastle won't have to worry about relegation unless the Magpies turn into Cowpies the last half of the season. :o

    Thanks! Yeah it's still pretty inconsistent, winning one, losing one etc. I think the difficulty is currently spot on, as previous editions have often found themselves to be too easy or too difficult. But if too difficult there's always the option to go down on Legendary of course.

    But yeah, perhaps Europa League isn't far off as it is. But at least the ghost of relegation is past us, can't see that happening anymore.

  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    edited October 16
    December 31st, 2022

    Clean sheets were the focus of attention for Newcastle in the next couple of away games, and the plan succeeded, as West Brom and Burnley were beat with 1-0 and 3-0 respectively. But Newcastle’s 76% and 72% possession also indicate that they were happy to keep the ball in large periods of the game without taking a lot of risks going forward. The opposite was the case in their home game vs Middlesbrough, where Newcastle had 13 shots against Boro’s 1, with an xG at 8,2 against Boro’s 0,0. But no goals were scored, and it’s fair to say that the Magpies could and should have gotten more than a point from that fixture. But with three consecutive clean sheets, two of them away, the club is now only one away game with a clean sheet to complete the board objective. And captain Lascelles has already adressed, that the squad is thrilled with the gaffer's success in turning things around.

    The Carabao Cup Quarter Final followed, and a masterclass performance from James Tavernier, providing both a goal and an assist, gave a 3-1 lead against Brighton, until a late goal from Sima made it look closer than it was. Delap also found himself on the scoresheet, now with 9 goals in the competition, though still to make his mark in the league. So 3-2 and on to the semi final vs Man City. The Citizens were also the opponent in the next league game, where Bernardo Silva’s early goal was equalized by Willock, before Solet took the lead from a corner. Then Delap scored his first league goal of the season, but it was a controversial one, as Ederson just gave it directly to his former teammate from a goal kick. Absolutely awful from the Brazilian. Gündogan and Ferran Torres eventually fought back to a 3-3 result, after 80 and 85 minutes respectively.



    Newcastle played their final game in 2022 at Elland Road, and it started horribly, as Summerville and Klich had both scored after 12 and 16 minutes. But Wilson and Kent made it 2-2 before half time, and the sides looked to be in a deadlock for a long time after that. But 85 minutes in, a solo run from ASM decided the game in favour of the Magpies, who are now in 7th, just ahead of both Spurs and Man United. The latter have only got one point from their last five, while Everton have gone the other way with 13 points out of 15 possible, now sitting in 3rd. It seems their takeover by Amanda Staveley and PIF is working out pretty well.

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  • Ashy
    17523 posts World Class
    Wow lots of catching up to do here. Well first I'll say a very interesting take on the ownership, be keeping a close eye on Everton as you say on what could have been for Newcastle. Ashley continuing as owner for now is something a lot of stories wouldn't have gone with.

    The transfer window was realistic too, Gerrard bringing 2 players from Rangers. Definitely needed the RB signing.

    So far so good in the league, very strong position, 2 points off 3rd really. Two horse race at the top I see. Also good to see Delap is doing well too
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Ashy wrote: »
    Ashley continuing as owner for now is something a lot of stories wouldn't have gone with.

    Thanks, yeah I know. Just seemed right, when the objectives were once again focused on finanses rather than results.
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    February 12th, 2023

    The new year started with two things, and 22 year old full back Brandon Williams was involved in both. Firstly, he arrived from Man United in a £10m deal, a bargain considering his market value of £11,5m. And secondly, he was subbed on in Newcastle’s first game in 2023, match 21 vs Aston Villa. The score was 2-2 at the time of his entry, after Delap had scored his second league goal this season, once again having received a gift from a South American keeper.



    But Williams didn’t have the best of debuts, as he lost the ball in a tackle, just before Villa scored to 3-2. But NUFC still had 15 minutes left, and goals from Murphy and Willock in the 89th and 95th minutes inspired a 4-3 win that made Newcastle jump to 4th. And the effort from Martínez in the deciding goal was just as questionable as his contribution in the goal from Delap.



    The Carabao Cup semi final followed, but NUFC were unable to fight back after losing 2-0 to Man City in the first leg, eventually winning the second, but losing 2-1 on aggregate. City will now play Arsenal in their 6th consecutive final, perhaps also winning the competition for the 6th time in a row. But as the second leg provided Newcastle a 5th clean sheet away from home this season, this board objective has now been completed.

    In the FA Cup Joelinton had a final chance to impress, as he was still goalless this season with only one assist to his name. And Southampton had already approached with an interest to sign the player. But with a hattrick in the 3-1 win at QPR and a fourth goal to beat Swansea, Gerrard declined the approach from Southampton, who in stead signed another goalless forward, Dwight Gayle for £2m. The limited action in the window means that the club is unsuccessful in making the expected wage cuts, and Gerrard even signed new deals for Lascelles, Kent, Willock and young Morley in the process. Is this a sign of a brewing power-struggle between the gaffer and the board?

    Final mention from the transfer window was a proposed swap deal from Norwich, who wanted Karl Darlow in a player + cash deal that would send forward Adam Idah to Newcastle. A tempting offer indeed, but with only a few hours left on deadline day, there was no time for completion. But the talks have sparked severe anticipation that a move for the Irish forward could happen sometime in the future. Despite a rather slow January window, a number of high-profile deals were made elsewhere, and Everton continues their rise to the top with the signings of Fabián Ruiz and Sven Botman, while the most expensive transfer of the window was actually a former Newcastle player, the Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino.

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    The next league games weren’t the best for Newcastle, who lost 4-2 to Everton after 7 games undefeated, losing the 4th place against the league’s number 3, while Brandon Williams also suffered an injury that will keep him out for 2 months. A 3-2 defeat vs Crystal Palace followed, before Fulham were defeated with 2-1. Delap scored his third league goal of the season here, but it was his first that wasn’t a complete give-away by the opposition keeper. In match 25 we saw Brighton and Newcastle in a 2-2 draw. Highlights from the game would see Lamptey ending Ritchie's career, as he scored a goal and generally had the upper hand against Ritchie, who's already announced his retirement and probably won't reconsider after that performance. It did also look like a win for Brighton, but Willock equalized in injury time to avoid another defeat for the Magpies, who are now 7th in a tight upper half of the Premier League.

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  • Virtual_K
    2002 posts Fans' Favourite
    LOL on those goal blunder videos. A bit of life imitating art after watching Newcastle's match with Tottenham today.

    A nice run of games before slipping a little against Everton and Crystal Palace. Can always rely on Fulham to get a team back on track. :) Sorry to see Almiron go. Some important games ahead. Can Newcastle catch Arsenal?
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    June 5th, 2023

    Newcastle climbed to 4th as they beat Burnley and Middlesbrough, but lost Joe Willock to a 3 months injury in the process. Gerrard was now determined to add to the depth in midfield, and his knowledge of MLS came in handy, as he signed 30 year old Sean Davis, who was now a free agent after his release from New York Red Bulls.

    The FA Cup was now entering it’s latter stages, and a highly entertaining 4-3 win vs Southampton saw Newcastle qualify for the Quarter Final, despite Jonjo Shelvey on the scoreboard against his former club. In the QF they were one of only four remaining Premier League sides with Liverpool, Wolves and West Ham, while Preston, Wycombe, Blackburn and Portsmouth qualified away from the top tier. But Wolves were picked to host the Magpies, who were deservedly beat 3-1. Wolves eventually won the trophy as well, with 2-1 in the final vs Liverpool.

    Now only league football remained for Newcastle, and a defeat to Liverpool saw them drop from 4th to 9th, but still with only 4 points to a 3rd place in an incredibly close upper half of the table. They almost beat Man City next, but league top scorer Gerard Moreno equalized to 3-3 from an 88th minute penalty. From top to bottom, Newcastle played West Brom next, and lost 1-0. Despite the shock defeat, Newcastle now entered a period with better defensive performances; 1-1 vs Arsenal, 2-0 vs Wolves, 1-1 vs Chelsea and 1-0 vs Watford. New signing Davis was actually the matchwinner in the latter, filling out his sporadic role quite well so far, as Newcastle climbed to 6th in the league.

    Match 35 of the season proved to be an interesting event. Firstly, Newcastle won 3-1 vs West Ham and climbed to 5th. And secondly, young midfielder Arthur Morley scored his first goal for the club, breaking Tony Lormor’s record as the youngest goalscorer ever for Newcastle. Lormor, born on October 29th 1970, apparently set the record on April 30th 1988. And Morley, born on October 30th 2005, has now broken the record on April 29th 2023. With both birthdays and matchdays separated by only ONE DAY, Morley now holds the record with a two day gap.

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    Three games remained, and everything was on the table for Newcastle, and for most of the other teams in the upper half as well. But with Spurs home, Man United away and Leicester home, it would not be an easy task. Newcastle started well, taking a 2-1 lead vs Spurs with Morley now scoring in back to back games. But Ryan Sessegnon, strangely playing in central midfield, wanted it otherwise, as he turned the game around with a brace, before Kane decided the game to 4-2. Man United followed, and despite an early goal from Bruno Fernandes, a brace from ASM gave Newcastle another 2-1 lead. But as Rashford also produced a brace, another defeat occurred, and a 6th place was now the best possible outcome for Newcastle. Morley had not featured at Old Trafford, but was back in the lineup and opened the score vs Leicester, having now scored in three successive games. Wilson scored as well, his 16th of the season, before both Ciaran Clark and Matt Ritchie were subbed off to standing ovations from the Newcastle fans after years of service. However, the celebrations might have interfered with the concentration, as Nicolas Pépé and Dennis Praet made it 2-2, before Weghorst decided the game in the 85th minute. So Newcastle end the season in 9th, just like the season before, but it’s safe to say they’ve taken quite a different path to get there.

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  • Stlducks
    7752 posts League Winner
    Wow, brutal end to the season. With 3 games left, the chance to finish in a European position was there for the taking. Still, finishing 9th is a not bad for the rebuild going on but it has to hurt being so close to Europe and then missing out.
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Stlducks wrote: »
    Wow, brutal end to the season. With 3 games left, the chance to finish in a European position was there for the taking. Still, finishing 9th is a not bad for the rebuild going on but it has to hurt being so close to Europe and then missing out.

    Thanks, yeah Spurs and Man United were okay to lose to, and I don't mind waiting another season for Europa League football. But the Leicester defeat was kind of painful, especially because we lost a two goal lead and they overtook us in the process.
  • Danimal5981
    2721 posts Fans' Favourite
    At least, there is room for growth.
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    edited October 19
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    July 5th 2023

    It was early July, when Gerrard entered Mike Ashley’s office to discuss the plans for the 2023/24 season. “Good news is”, the chairman opened, “that we have a budget of £75,000,000.” Gerrard’s face lit up, already dreaming of the quality players, who would soon arrive at St. James’ Park. “But the bad news is, that I expect at least a £4,300,000 profit after the first transfer window.” The room went silent, and you could hear a pin drop. Ashley continued with an expectation to achieve a mid table finish and enter the Round of 16 in the FA Cup.

    Baffled by the lack of ambition, Gerrard turned his attention to the academy and demanded giving it a boost, as Arthur Morley was still the only academy player with the quality to earn a promotion during Gerrard’s spell. Ashley wasn’t convinced though, stating that starting a 17 year old in the final stages last season might have been a reason for the poor finish. “But he scored three in the last four!”, Gerrard responded in what was now a heated argument. But in the end a compromise was made: The academy would be targeted to find one goalkeeper, one defender, one midfielder and one forward. Meanwhile Gerrard agreed to sign one veteran player to improve the first team instantly. A first team already consisting of Karius, Darlow, Tavernier, Krafth, Schär, Lascelles, Dummett, Davis, Hendrick, Murphy and Wilson, all aged 28 or more.

    The next few months will see how Gerrard lives up to the challenge, and time will tell if the heated relationship between the gaffer and the chairman is healthy for the club and is moving Newcastle United in the right direction.

    In other news, Norwich and Southampton have won a quick return to the top tier after their relegation a year ago, while Bournemouth will follow them up after three seasons in the Championship.
  • Danimal5981
    2721 posts Fans' Favourite
    Basically, the chairman is giving you the trajectory for the upcoming season. First sell and make a profit, then start a rebuild mid-season to prepare an attack at the establishment the season after. The fact that there are no very challenging performance goals (mid table, last 16 FA Cup) leaves you the space to do so. That's how I would do it.
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Basically, the chairman is giving you the trajectory for the upcoming season. First sell and make a profit, then start a rebuild mid-season to prepare an attack at the establishment the season after. The fact that there are no very challenging performance goals (mid table, last 16 FA Cup) leaves you the space to do so. That's how I would do it.

    Thanks, yeah that's a good point. With no limit of spending mid-season, that could in fact spark a boost to the squad and future title hopes.
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    edited October 21
    September 17th, 2023


    This summer's transfer window was busy for Newcastle, who saw 10 players come or go. First, a number of departures:

    £850k Lewis Cass to Sparta Rotterdam for £1,050,000.
    £1m Charlie Wiggett to KV Mechelen for £1,100,000.
    £3m Jeff Hendrick to Montpellier for £3,250,000.
    £2,6m Jacob Murphy to Freiburg for £3,800,000.
    £3,2m Emil Krafth to PSV for £4,000,000.
    £8,5m Sean Longstaff to Marseille for £12,000,000.
    £13,5m Joelinton to Espanyol for £14,500,000.

    Profit: £39,700,000.


    Cass and Wiggett are no surprise, as both were yet to make their first team debuts, while Hendrick and Joelinton only had a year left and were transfer listed in stead of being offered new deals. And despite Joelinton’s fee being far from his record breaking arrival, he’s still now the 8th most expensive sale from the club. When Krafth and Murphy were sold, they were already replaced by new signings, and regarding Sean Longstaff it was hard to turn down last season’s semi finalists in the Champions League, while Gerrard was also happy just to keep one Longstaff brother in the club.

    To replace these, first order of business was the signing of a veteran player as requested by the board. One such player was found in 31 year old winger Adrián Embarba, whose move to Juventus a year ago has failed to pay off, thus already being available as a free agent. Hopefully his time in Newcastle’s black and white stripes will be more eventful than his time in the ones of Juventus.

    Krafth’s move to PSV happened after Newcastle had already bought Jordan Teze the other way. He was a bargain with only a year left of his deal, and he can play both centrally and wide in defence. A midfielder would be the final addition, and Gerrard was initially intrigued to see Ainsley Maitland-Niles being released from Arsenal and available as a free agent. But adamant the versatile player would be targeted by multiple clubs, the gaffer turned his attention elsewhere at first. But with only days left of the window, Maitland-Niles was still up for grabs, and he’ll now turn out for Newcastle. Only question is, in which position? The player is as versatile as they come.

    £15m Adrián Embarba, free agent, released by Juventus.
    £9m Jordan Teze from PSV for £7,000,000.
    £14,5m Ainsley Maitland-Niles, released by Arsenal.

    Spent: £7,000,000.



    So it's safe to say Gerrard has lived up to the chairman's expectations of a £4,3m profit, and the three newcomers will soon be fully integrated in this squad, that will represent Newcastle in the fall:

    FULL SQUAD SEPTEMBER 2023:

    GK 1 Loris KARIUS 78 30y
    GK 26 Karl DARLOW 77 32y
    GK 40 Jake TURNER 61 24y

    RB 2 James TAVERNIER 78 31y
    RB/LB 19 Brandon WILLIAMS 77 22y
    CB/RB 15 Jordan TEZE 76 23y
    CB 5 Fabian SCHÄR 77 31y
    CB 6 Jamaal LASCELLES 79 29y
    CB 18 Oumar SOLET 75 23y
    CB/LB 3 Paul DUMMETT 74 31y
    LB 12 Jamal LEWIS 77 25y

    CM/RB 17 Ainsley MAITLAND-NILES 78 26y
    CM 14 Isaac HAYDEN 79 28y
    CM 4 Matty LONGSTAFF 77 23y
    CM 22 Arthur MORLEY 65 17y
    CM 24 Sean DAVIS 69 30y
    CM/CAM 8 Joe WILLOCK 78 24y
    CAM/CM 32 Elliot ANDERSON 70 20y

    RW/CM 7 Ianis HAGI 77 24y
    RW 23 Adrián EMBARBA 80 31y
    ST 9 Callum WILSON 81 31y
    ST 21 Liam DELAP 71 20y
    LW/RW 10 Allan SAINT-MAXIMIN 82 26y
    LW 11 Ryan KENT 80 26y




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    Meanwhile the season had begun with a convincing 2-0 win vs Burnley, a win that could easily have been bigger. Embarba had a promising debut, where he assisted Wilson’s 7th minute opener, before he forced a less fortunate debutant, Paddy McNair, to perform an own goal after half an hour. Besides Embarba, it’s also worth a mention that Ianis Hagi played in central midfield, and to measure from the performance in this game, it certainly won’t be the last time that happens. Anfield was next, and after a missed pen from Salah, Wilson took the lead, but the home team eventually won 4-2 and deservedly so.

    A number of reserves were trusted to play Queen’s Park Rangers in the Carabao Cup round 2, and it didn’t work as planned, as the R’s took the lead from Bonne and were the dominant side throughout the match. Delap played the full 90 up front and was completely anonymous, a worrying sight for the youngster. Still, he equalized in the 92nd minute with his first attempt, taking the game to penalties. But he missed his shot there, and so did all takers except Hagi to make the R’s advance with a 3-1 win on pens.

    With no cup football left this fall, Delap needed more minutes in the league to avoid stalling his development as a bright young talent. So he was subbed on next vs Southampton, to replace goalscorer Wilson with 1-1 at the scoreboard. Kent eventually took the lead, and Delap made it 3-1 in the dying minutes. The dying minutes were not in Newcastle’s favour at King Power Stadium, when ASM had secured a 2-1 lead with a brace, but the game ended 2-2 with a Leicester goal in injury time. And with no goal from Wilson in match 4, Delap had his first league start of the season in match 5 vs Watford, while Maitland-Niles had his first start playing as the holding midfielder. And Delap brilliantly made made it 2-0 with a brace, before Brandon Williams and ASM made it 4-0 in the second half. While Delap failed to convince in the League Cup, he has been on fire since and is now Newcastle's leading goalscorer across competitions, despite Wilson scoring a goal in each of the first three league games. This result and the overall start shows great promise for Newcastle United, who've already seen a number of great individual performances.

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  • ArladArlad
    85 posts Park Captain
    Interesting to see you snap up Maitland-Niles, I'm assuming Hayden and Willock are the go to guys in midfield with Longstaff? How will Maitland-Niles push himself into the midfield I wonder?

    With so many CM's creators focusing on the billions by the Saudi Take-Over it is refreshing to see you go with Ashley/Gerrard for now, I also enjoyed reading the segment with Gerrard talking over the seasons targets in the office with Ashley :) nicely done mate.
    ~Arlad
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    edited October 24
    ArladArlad wrote: »
    With so many CM's creators focusing on the billions by the Saudi Take-Over it is refreshing to see you go with Ashley/Gerrard for now, I also enjoyed reading the segment with Gerrard talking over the seasons targets in the office with Ashley :) nicely done mate.
    ~Arlad

    Thanks, appreciate the feedback.
    ArladArlad wrote: »
    Interesting to see you snap up Maitland-Niles, I'm assuming Hayden and Willock are the go to guys in midfield with Longstaff? How will Maitland-Niles push himself into the midfield I wonder?

    Yeah, Hayden is the preferred holding midfielder, while Matty, Willock and Maitland-Niles rotate the other two positions mostly, pretty 50/50 between the three of them, I guess. Unless Maitland-Niles is also covering the right back, which he could do if need be. While Hagi also covers the central/attacking midfield on occation. And then I also try to make sure the reserves get their share of matches along the way. No one is starting every game here.
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  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    November 1st 2023


    Delap started in match 6, and he scored in the 3-1 win vs Bournemouth, while Wilson came in late and scored as well. The veteran was then back in the lineup and scored again during 3-0 at Norwich, before he bagged a brace in both a 4-3 win vs West Ham and a 6-0 thrashing at Elland Road. Hard facts for Delap, who seems to score often, when given the opportunity, but still finds himself behind league topscorer Wilson in the pecking order. Eventually Wilson’s great form has also earned him a call-up to the national team after a two year absence. The five game win streak was disrupted in match 10 though, where all in the top four clashed, as Man United won at Anfield, while Man City won 3-0 at St. James’ Park. The Citizens’ win was well deserved, but as both Matty Longstaff and Joe Willock hit the bar, the result probably should have been a bit closer than it was.

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    In other news, Chelsea are still without a win in the league, and they've dropped to rock bottom. Terrible.
  • ArladArlad
    85 posts Park Captain
    :o Tuchel's Chelsea -13 with no Premier League wins, WHAT! haha :D can you check before your next update if they failed to replace anyone obvious in defense? I'm looking at that -13 and thinking it is a defensive issue LOL
    I usually go to other stats then see who the regular players are in order of Apps they have made for Chelsea in the league.

    A very promising start for Newcastle this season and all the anticipation building as they expect European qualifications! I wanted to ask, if a really big European club comes in for ASM would you consider selling him? or have you strapped down certain players who are not to be moved, even now IRL I know he is considered way above any of the others at Newcastle in terms of ability.

    The reason I ask is basically you're at the stage Liverpool were when they had Coutinho in that you're on the rise but with a star player who is shining, if you sold him and raked in those millions it would really help Stevie G and a rebuild. I like jumping on the forum to read your updates :)
    ~Arlad
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    ArladArlad wrote: »
    :o Tuchel's Chelsea -13 with no Premier League wins, WHAT! haha :D can you check before your next update if they failed to replace anyone obvious in defense? I'm looking at that -13 and thinking it is a defensive issue LOL
    I usually go to other stats then see who the regular players are in order of Apps they have made for Chelsea in the league.

    Truth be told, their squad isn't that different from their current squad. Obviously Thiago Silva has dropped to a 75 OVR due to high age, but they've invested in both Süle (86), Söyüncü (83) and Tomori (83), so they're not shy of defenders. Reece James and Chilwell are still there, as well as Alonso, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Baba Rahman, Azpilicueta and Ethan Ampadu.

    Mendy and Kepa are both still guarding the goal, while Kanté(90), Mount(89), Havertz(90), Loftus-Cheek, Gilmour, Gallagher, Bakayoko and Rafa play in midfield. Up front they still have Pulisic(86), Lukaku(88), Ziyech(84), Werner(86) and Hudson-Odoi.

    So it's not like the club has sold out and failed to replace in important positions. And time will tell if this was just a small bump on the road for them or a more lasting fall from grace.

  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    December 8th 2023

    Newcastle cemented the 4th place with 3-1 and 4-2 wins vs Brighton and Spurs, but talk of town was surely Chelsea getting their first win of the season, as they won 2-1 on Villa Park on matchday 11. They eventually had another win before match 15, and that was opposite to Newcastle, who lost 2-1 at Goodison Park and 3-0 at home to Manchester United, before playing Wolves away. Wilson was now without a goal in three, so Liam Delap got an opportunity to shine at the Molineux. However, another golden boy, Mason Greenwood, stole the headlines with a goal to enter half time, but Delap proved to be up for the challenge and equalized only six minutes after the break. No more goals were scored, and Newcastle are currently sliding away from the top three with Arsenal breathing in their necks. Speaking of Arsenal, their number 9, Ángel Correa, is on everybody’s lips this fall, now with 12 league goals from only 15 games so far. Wilson will now have to up his game to challenge him for the golden boot.

    In other news, PSG have surprisingly come short in the group stage of the Champions’ League with Mönchengladbach and Arsenal taking the step further. In stead Les Parisiens will drop down to play Europa League in the spring, which also happens to be the case for Inter, RB Leipzig, Villarreal and Napoli, to name a few.


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  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    edited October 27
    January 1st 2024

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    The next game pretty much speaks for itself, as Delap went riot and scored an early hattrick vs Palace before netting a 4th goal later on. All four were easy tap-ins though, to be honest. And despite three against, the win was never really in doubt, and Newcastle stay in 4th and are now also the most scoring side in the league.

    However, things started poorly at Villa Park, as Douglas Luiz scored 5 minutes in, only for in-form Delap to equalize 15 minutes later. Embarba had previously been top assister in the league, but Bruno Fernandes had usurped him at this point. Apparently that did not go well with the Spaniard, who created three similar chances by performing a run to the goal line in the right side, before his low cross made it possible for Willock, Anderson and Wilson to score three identical tap-ins and make it a 4-1 win. The three assists brought Embarba to a league total of 9, one more than Bruno.

    Ryan Kent had been a bit overshadowed so far, but in the next game he assisted two early goals from Wilson to produce a 2-0 lead vs Arsenal. But he Gunners clawed their way back in, before Guendouzi scored to 3-2 in the 87th minute and Ødegaard scored his second of the match four minutes into injury time.

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    Arsenal were now once again only two points after, but they lost to Norwich next, while NUFC beat Chelsea 2-0 at the Bridge. The Blues did line up strongly, except in defence, where the back three of Chalobah, Söyüncü and Miazga were torn apart by Kent and Wilson, who set up Embarba and Willock to score the goals. Kent and Willock also stole the headlines next, when they both scored in a 2-0 win vs Leicester, and with a brace from an in-form Kent on the last day of the year, Newcastle beat Southampton 2-1 to finish 2023 strongly and close in on Liverpool and Man City, who both lost points, the latter giving Chelsea their 4th win this season.

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    So today is January the 1st, and the transfer window is open. So far Gerrard hasn’t revealed anything on possible targets, and no players seem to have been targeted either. The next month will reveal. There are news from the academy though. Scouts have found three possible targets for promotion; one defender, one midfielder and one forward, all English and 18 years old, boosting the current manager rating to 100.

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    The scout also expects to find a goalkeeper before the end of the season, currently scouting for one in Denmark. But should he fail, Gerrard can easily afford for the manager rating to drop a bit. The FA Cup is also starting shortly, and Newcastle will begin with a trip to play Bradford City at the Valley Parade.
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  • ArladArlad
    85 posts Park Captain

    Truth be told, their squad isn't that different from their current squad. Obviously Thiago Silva has dropped to a 75 OVR due to high age, but they've invested in both Süle (86), Söyüncü (83) and Tomori (83), so they're not shy of defenders. Reece James and Chilwell are still there, as well as Alonso, Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr, Baba Rahman, Azpilicueta and Ethan Ampadu.
    Mendy and Kepa are both still guarding the goal, while Kanté(90), Mount(89), Havertz(90), Loftus-Cheek, Gilmour, Gallagher, Bakayoko and Rafa play in midfield. Up front they still have Pulisic(86), Lukaku(88), Ziyech(84), Werner(86) and Hudson-Odoi.
    So it's not like the club has sold out and failed to replace in important positions. And time will tell if this was just a small bump on the road for them or a more lasting fall from grace.

    :o I have not seen that happen before with such a well stacked team! Usually the COM has sold their two best defenders or something like a retiring GK and they have an Academy lad or even outfielder in net for something that bad, early days but what a story if that continues!!
  • ArladArlad
    85 posts Park Captain
    Well looks like my questions were answered! Chelski climb out of danger into 14th after a disastrous start :# this is where it would be great for EA to implement official manager bios on the managers in the game and have the COM controlled managers sacked if they start poorly like IRL, obviously they would have to then code and pool a FA list ready, with the sacking having a domino effect. They could for example; when a manager is sacked move him to the FA pool and place a 2 month delay on him getting appointed right away, then have the COM pick a close realistic target from another team; in this case Chelsea could hire one of the top managers from a foreign side and then that foreign side (2nd team along in the sequence would turn to a FA manager to replace him). It would take probably a couple of weeks to add stuff to the database but they basically already have placement names at every club in the game. It would add to the immersion of the CM saves if EA spent time with actual Depth that made it feel more like a simulated world based on reality.

    I also think it is high time EA gave us the keys to the actual managers properly so that we could ''use'' existing manager from the CM setup. :)

    Sorry for that waffle there, just got me thinking about CM Improvements Haha! Regarding Newcastle in 4th they are certainly singing a good Toon and are 8pts ahead of Arsenal with a nice cushion 21GP, still plenty of football to play!
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    ArladArlad wrote: »
    I also think it is high time EA gave us the keys to the actual managers properly so that we could ''use'' existing manager from the CM setup. :)

    Couldn't agree more. I noticed you did a neat Rooney look-alike in your first video, but we really should be able to choose his most recent scan in stead.

    I think it's a licensing issue though, just as other players' faces are removed, when they exit a club and don't sign for a new one straight away. Still I would imagine it was an issue that could be fixed, if they wanted to.

    I also like your thoughts on a FA manager pool and pre-designed rotation and sack system. But contrary to the former, this sounds more difficult to design, and my view on EA is that they would most likely just create a flawed system anyway... :#
  • Danimal5981
    2721 posts Fans' Favourite
    Couldn't agree more. I noticed you did a neat Rooney look-alike in your first video, but we really should be able to choose his most recent scan in stead.

    There is magic though in making the faces yourself
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    There is magic though in making the faces yourself

    If so, then I've never found it :smiley:
    I'm absolutely terrible at creating a resemblance, so I have to rely on the youtube videos explaining how to create a Gerrard or whomever I have in mind. And most of them are poor as well.

    It would be ideal to be able to choose from old scans or icon faces, for instance...

  • Stlducks
    7752 posts League Winner
    Safe to say Gerrard is meeting all expectations for Newcastle. Making a profit, developing youth and has you in a top four race. All eyes will be on Newcastle the second half of the season to see if you collapse like before or manage to hold onto Champions League spots now.
  • Steffolovitch
    588 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Stlducks wrote: »
    Safe to say Gerrard is meeting all expectations for Newcastle. Making a profit, developing youth and has you in a top four race. All eyes will be on Newcastle the second half of the season to see if you collapse like before or manage to hold onto Champions League spots now.

    Yeah well, almost all expectations. Without spoiling too much, I can already report that the FA Cup did not go as planned. Can't win them all, I guess.
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