We've got a huge couple of days lined up running into the Manchester City match on Saturday, so I'm not going to do a lot of waxing poetic on today's links post. In the interest of brevity, jump for links!
For no real reason, player links in alphabetical order
I saw it reported on Twitter that this new contract extends Sammy 3.5 years. Good.
We knew this stream of stories would be coming. True to form, the Chronicle have done a nice job with it.
De Jong has always felt that the incident was blown out of proportion, as did City when Newcastle wrote to the Football Association to complain about the challenge. "There was a witch hunt and the only thing for me was my family were suffering," De Jong has said.
I will never accept the assertion that the incident was "blown out of proportion". I can only think of a handful of injuries in my lifetime that have been so traumatizing to view that decisions were made immediately during the broadcast that the replay would not be run during the match... or ever again. Joe Theismann's compound leg fracture under Lawrence Taylor. Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash. De Jong's butcher tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa was another of those. (Although one of the articles I clicked through regarding the "apology (or not) letter" was so tasteful to post a still image of the moment of the double break. Kudos to you, whichever that one was.) Blown out of proportion should not even enter into it.
It is possible that Gabriel Obertan makes it back for the City match, but I'm going to reiterate from the 5 Points Preview that there is a LOT of sense in starting Gosling on the right wing to help support Danny Simpson in the same way the Jonas does with Raylor on the left. I'm personally hoping to see that. I'll assume Pardew is hoping to see Obertan.
Cheik Tiote is IN!
Cheik Tiote is out?
Your Nile Ranger update. I know this is all stemming from his last run-in with the law, but someone needs to help this kid.
A couple random links, Newcastle related
3 Mags make the football365.com first XI of surprising players. Tim Krul is not one of them.
"Cabaye admitted he gets paid more at Newcastle," he says. "He told a French magazine, 'What I get here, I would never have earned at Lille'."
The under-belly of our recent success in recruiting France? It makes a lot of sense short-term, but will we end up getting caught up in the Sky6 money plays? I'm guessing yes.