It's Monday morning, and it certainly is a Monday in the news. Of course there is no lack of good feeling for the club in general, having defeated Wigan over the weekend and now sitting level on points with Chelsea at 3rd in the table. There is also no lack of opinion that we can't keep it up. In the meantime, we can all walk around with a smile on our faces. If Premiership safety is the first goal, we're nearly half-way there with not even one-quarter of the season gone.
There is a distinct dark side to the news this morning with loan rumors, injury news, reports of attitudes and transfer rumors attempting to rain on our early-season parade. It's good, though. It builds character, right? After the jump, links in order -- ugliest to prettiest order!The Ugly Links First
So the rumors of Steve Harper to Brighton and Hove Albion started yesterday on Twitter, and then progressed on to The Sun. . .
and then on to the BBC, including quotes from Alan Pardew that are spoken as though it is a done deal. I don't like this at all. No sir, not one bit. I don't need to restate the same words, but there is a separate discussion on this one if anyone wants.
So it did not go unnoticed that Shola was basically anonymous after his introduction v. Wigan, and this is why. Apparently he has not managed to make it out of his own personal injury curse and picked up a hamstring injury just after his introduction on Saturday. Man, I feel bad for him... but also, this does not help our depth at all, especially with a very public desire to bring the Carling Cup to St. James' Park.
Every day there are more and more articles coming out about Hatem Ben Arfa and how difficult he is to manage. He may or may not have refused to play in the reserve match over the international Break, and AP is quoted in multiple places regarding difficulties in managing HBA. This particular link is from The Sunday Sun, but it's all out there in other places-- although if you read the quotes from Pardew carefully, the points the articles are making are not exactly what AP is saying. . . but it's something to keep an eye on.
Another one from the "That's not really what he said" but is close enough and makes a great headline.
Also-- I'm not including a link because there is nothing solid out there (there really never are solid transfer rumors right now, are there?), but there are very small rumblings starting regarding a possible Cheik Tiote to Manchester United move in January. I'll just leave that alone for now.
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Peter Beardsley is a Newcastle legend-- and if he didn't have enough of a legacy to leave, he is now in a position to leave an even longer lasting legacy at the club. Hopefully he is as successful in this role as he has been in all the others!
Very soft rumors that Cheik Tiote may be a target for Manchester United in January is met with rumors of yet another midfield target for Newcastle.
It's all very early yet, but Mehdi Abeid is impressing with the Reserves. He did have a two goal effort his last run out. . . He's no Tiote yet, but I wouldn't necessarily hate the prospect of an Abeid-Cabaye midfield pairing in January.
I love when the legends write columns for the Chronicle. It makes me happy that they still have so much love and get so much joy from the team.
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People like Yohan Cabaye! This on includes interview audio!
Closing Out the Wigan Match Links
A match report with an interesting slant- it was kind of fun.
Everyone can see Newcastle are a big traditional club with a massive support and they have a special environment in which to play their football," said Martinez, whose side fell to a superb strike from Cabaye with nine minutes remaining. "It will only be a matter of time before they’re in the top six, but you’re talking about [challenging] teams who have been playing in the Champions League for the last six or seven years and have invested huge sums of money. "Newcastle are in the process of doing that, but potentially they’re as good as anybody in European football. At the moment, though, there are six clubs ahead of everyone else, and it’s very difficult to build those bridges. Newcastle are trying."
Marveaux... Is it just a matter of time until he cracks the lineup? I get that we're undefeated and everything, but we get more creative and more dangerous offensively when he comes on. Every. Single. Time.
AP doesn't want to tell who's playing on Wednesday v. Blackburn. It won't be Shola, we know that much... and probably not Steve...
Your links! Quick turnaround into Wednesday's Carling Cup match this week-- HTL!