Another day, another set of links to news around the Toon Nation. Featuring today:
- Sammy Ameobi will be awesome for us
- We haven't beaten Manchester United away in a very, very, very, very long time
- Nike is in the frame for that whole stadium sponsorship thing! (No way!)
- No-- really. Is there smoke to this fire?
- Moving pictures of Alan Pardew talking about the Manchester City match!
It is very interesting to me that I can follow the same process for link collection every day and still manage to miss very very interesting pieces by days at a time. I think that this catch is going to be veeeeerrrrry interesting, however. No more ado! Jump!
City Reaction, United Anticipation- A Tale of Two Manchesters
But the dressing room afterwards was one of disappointment, of things that didn’t fall for us, and I sensed that, it wasn’t made up, it was a genuine disappointment that we didn’t get something out of the game. "It wasn’t like ‘oh we came here and we did ok’, we were really disappointed we haven’t got anything."
Ultimately, they're all just words and it's all in the press, so it's all so aseptic, but at least these are the words I would have been hoping to see, instead of the "We sure gave it a good shot!" type.
It'd been a few weeks since someone in official capacity at the club puffed up the fans. Not sure what changed that recently, but now it's back.
I was encouraged by Hatem's return, and I think that he did well... for me, there's a ways to go before we can say he's well and truly back at top form and able to make the type of contribution that he can.
It is easy to talk about going to the runaway Premier League leaders and talking about ‘having a go,’ but selecting the attack-minded Sammy Ameobi and the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa was proof Pardew has belief in his team.
While true that the team selection was attacking in flavor and does speak about AP's attitude about tactic and squad a little bit, on a personal me level, I don't think that I would have made the same decisions. Alas, that's why I'm sitting here in my living room with a cup of coffee and he's getting £££. So there you have it.
Did you know that Gaby Obertan used to play for Manchester United?
As is my standing M.O., any time a NUFC legend pens a piece, it's straight in the starting lineup. Bob covers our last victory at Old Trafford and the "Hereford United Incident."
Sammy is a tremendous talent... but some of the hyperbole following his appearance v. City has just been... well... silly.
Two Small Bits Of Random
* Steven Taylor has bloked more shots (22) than any other PL player this season.
* Yohan Cabaye actually averages more tackles per game than midfield partner Cheik Tiote.
Role perception versus reality is something that I really struggle with-- In my head, Cheik Tiote is a dominant defensive force, while looking at chalkboards and stats and such, it is quite clear that his presence is much more felt on the offensive side of the ball... at least so far as stat measurables go. . .
No real news here, just a small bit of confirmation of where the club's collective head may have been before the season started.
That's Interesting... That's Freaking Interseting, Man
Introducing: The Nike Rumor! That's all it is, right? A rumor? There's no tie in or real reason to think that this could come to fruition, right?
The site's huge 525,000 sq ft warehouse – which is being extended by 300,000 sq ft to meet increased capacity at its nearly 400 UK stores – is impressive in its scale. But Shirebrook's most eye-catching building is the Nike Academy. In fact, this is the only such academy globally that Nike has established with an independent retailer.
This particular article is a handful of days old, and I don't know how I missed it for as long as I did... I hadn't searched anything differently to find it last night. It does not in any way relate specifically to Newcastle United, but it is an extremely interesting read that deals with Sports Direct, Ashley, and specifically Nike's involvement with Sports Direct. I am not going to lie-- if this partnership is already in place as it is, and the involvement of a Nike Academy is in place (although not in Newcastle at this time), a potential deepening of this arrangement could be huge for the club. It's not exactly apples and oranges at this point, but it's not something you could put together with 100% certainty either. We'll have to wait and see, but it is interesting to think about.