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Newcastle United Monday Links: Ins, Outs, Ups, Downs... Wrapping the Manchester City Match and Mr. LuaLua's Newcastle Career

Did the scouting department KNOW Kazenga could fly?
Did the scouting department KNOW Kazenga could fly?

Happy Monday Morning to you!  Apologies for the delay in this morning's links- currently my house contains an extra 3 dogs and a pig.  Yeah... it's really just best not to ask.  On a club level, we're ready to start fresh with this week with Manchester United looming on the weekend, moving on from our first league defeat of the year.  Interestingly, reaction to Newcastle's loss has almost invariably been good... that is to say the number of "WE TOLD YOU NEWCASTLE WERE FAKES!~!!!111!!!1!11!!" stories out there is significantly lower than I anitcipated.  Rather almost none, actually. 

Also in today's news:  Kazenga LuaLua, the newest young name to be linkied with Newcastle, and the very earliest injury news for the Manchester United match... which interstingly sounds very much like the earliest injury news from last week.  Pack it up, pack it in, let me begin- (JUMP)

Manchester City and Ryan Taylor's Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day

Pardew: Man City one of strongest teams ever - NUFC Latest News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

"Looking at the game, I thought we were a little bit too deep.

"We were comfortable, but that comfort cost us the goal because we just needed to come out a little bit more.

This was always going to be the recipe for disaster once Cheik Tiote was ruled out... and it turned out to be so.  Cannot argue with AP on this assessment at all... of course it matches exactly what I though, so of course I'm going to not argue!

Ryan Taylor backed to put City errors behind him - Football - Shields Gazette

Taylor’s namesake Steven was off the field having blood flow stemmed from his nose when Hatem Ben Arfa gave away the penalty which was converted by Sergio Ageuro for City’s third goal.

Steven being off for the second penalty was something I missed, and it certainly explained why our devensive shape was so poor on that Manchester City attack.  I was switching back and forth between the live thread and the post-match write up, and I saw the shape leading into that-- it was very, very narrow at the back with the wings from 18-yards to touch wide open.  It always looked like trouble- but at least there is a decent reason why it may have broken that way.

Five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend | Simon Burnton and Rob Bagchi | Football |

But it could be argued that they were more impressive in losing 3-1 at the league leaders than they were in any of their previous, unbeaten travels. Even with the brilliant David Silva too exhausted by his international endeavours to do more than warm the bench – the Spaniard came on with 20 minutes to play – City made formidable opponents, and certainly dominated possession, but their margin of victory was slender.

This is the prevailing attitude regarding the match overall... personally my view is a little more dim (I think that City backed off a bit in the second half, so some of the impressions and measurables are closer than they really were), but I do have to say that the overall performance was nowhere near as bad as it could have been, especially missing the key pieces that we were.

Too Early Injury News for Next Saturday

Pardew hopes for boost ahead of Man United - NUFC Latest News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

Yeah.  I'll go ahead and just leave this right here, but I'll just leave this pinch-bowl of salt here, too.

Coming and Going - Thanks For Everything, Kazenga

LuaLua: "I wasn't really involved at Newcastle" - NUFC Latest News - Newcastle United - ChronicleLive

It seems like there is a limit on the number of times that a player can be loaned out before the writing is on the wall... and I always kind of felt that point was passed with Kazenga a long time ago, even though he's only 20.  I wish you tremendous luck and success in your career, sir.  Also, it appears that Steve Harper was not extended to the New Year on his loan deal... at least at this point.  So that's out there as well.

Newcastle lead race for Nathaniel Clyne | Mail Online

At this time, with Danny Simpson stalling on signing his extension, expect right-back rumors to be flying.  Here's another.

Talk of the Toon: The boy’s a bit special - Black & White - Shields Gazette

Here's a brief history of the quasi-meteoric rise of one Mr. Sammy Ameobi.  I hope he pans out to everything they think he is going to... the Ameobi family love for the club is, as I've said before, good for my supporter's heart.

Here endeth the links for today.  Thank you to everyone who stayed around and involved this weekend-- it was a good weekend for the club and a good weekend for our community here at Coming Home Newcastle.  The train keeps a-rollin'... Old Trafford, here we come!  HTL!