This was an exciting week on the social media, we returned to the Premier League, Mike Ashley said some things and Jonjo pulled a Jonjo.
Mike Ashley Sucks
Rafa gave an exclusive video in the middle of last week that shed some light on the current NUFC transfer situation. This got a lot of people pissed off at Mike Ashley, the Transfer market and just life in general!
Here’s Rafa’s interview.
If this doesn't make Ashley realise we need funds for transfers, nothing will. pic.twitter.com/X0GvRzn9vc— David Moat (@DavidMoat) August 9, 2017
People immediately pegged Rafa as a victim of Mike Ashley’s lies, and also began to blame the market for how ridiculous things have begun.
Andre Gray to Watford for £18.5m reaffirms what Rafa Benitez has been saying - the market is crazy. #NUFC— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) August 9, 2017
Ashley has lied to Keegan. Ashley has lied to Shearer. Ashley has lied to Rafa. Ashley has lied to fans. Lying is his nature. #NUFC— Michael Martin (@tfMichael1892) August 9, 2017
Then, later on in the week Big Boy Mike was interviewed by Sky Sports and his interview pissed a lot of people off (again).
So, here’s the interview that set a lot of folks off
So yeah a lot of people were pretty upset about MA’s comments. Like all of #NUFC Twitter. One of our writers took the liberty of breaking down the interview for us here. But, for the time being check out what the people had to say.
Newcastle fans are not demanding mike Ashley spends like man city, they are asking him to spend what watford, Huddersfield and stoke are— Tom furness (@Tomfurness2) August 13, 2017
That second part of the interview has made me hate mike ashley more if that's even possible, fake apologies. and LIES LIES and more LIES— Katie❤ (@katiexchanteIIe) August 13, 2017
Yeah, and then there’s this.
Super interview on Sky Sports with my mate Mike Ashley. A welcome dose of honesty and common sense. Listen and learn.— Claude Littner (@claudelittner) August 14, 2017
The Return of Darth Jonjo
Sunday we played Tottenham, and honestly, everything started off well and then it turned to poop.
Ayoze got everyone excited for another game where he could possibly be featured.
There were even more positives at the beginning of the match, like these cute kids
“You know what” happened, and the Harry Kane tackle on Lejeune made a lot of fans pretty upset.
"If that's Shelvey doing that on Harry Kane, it's a red" - Robbie Earl— Toon Army America (@ToonArmyAmerica) August 13, 2017
If Mitro made that Kane tackle or Shelvey stamp he's given 4 red cards and shipped off to boarding school.— GallowgateShots (@GallowgateShots) August 13, 2017
LOL, commentators comparing Lascelles clean challenge and Kane's coward challenge as if they were at all similar— Austin Scott (@Austin_14Scott) August 13, 2017
Hope Harry Kane takes time out from eating crayons to apologise to Lejune too.— The Steve (@TheMightySteve) August 13, 2017
That Harry Kane lunge gets worse every time you see it— GallowgateShots (@GallowgateShots) August 14, 2017
Absolute cowards tackle - result of his frustration of being marked out of the game
Lejeune handles Kane so well, Kane lashes out and receives a yellow. Nice! #NUFC— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 13, 2017
Hardly a pretty boy.. he looks like a horse— Swanny (@NotoriousNUFC) August 13, 2017
In the end fans were pretty positive about the result considering everything that happened.
Jonjo daft but Kane challenge was a potential season-ender. Remaining 10 kept to the task well. Plenty of positives. Good spirit #nufc— Justin Lockwood (@Lockers75) August 13, 2017
2-0 against title contenders when playing with 10 men, off the back of a promotion and with 2 injuries... could’ve been a lot worse! #NUFC— Jamie Pratt (@Jimbodinhi) August 13, 2017
Lejeune - underwhelming— Toon Photography (@toonphotography) August 14, 2017
Merino - underwhelming
Manquillo - underwhelming
Now everyone loves them.
Give the players a chance man! #nufc
There were even a few laughs from the game.
Sissoko being booed every time he touches the ball, now sure if it's Newcastle or Spurs fans...— Football Fours (@Football_Fours) August 13, 2017
Sissoko battered when on the ball and cheers loudly heard whenever he loses the ball. Love it. #NUFC— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 13, 2017
Kyle Walker-Peters getting the full-name-every-time treatment.— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) August 13, 2017
Oh so when Connor McGregor does it it's an advert but when Jonjo Shelvey does it there's outrage. pic.twitter.com/cpsPP6G1RV— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) August 14, 2017
The biggest takeaway from the match was...
Rafa's case for more players growing by the minute. #nufc— Jonathan Grieve (@jonniegrieve) August 13, 2017
Rafa Making Moves?
After a pretty rough game, NUFC began to be linked to make some moves in the Transfer market. The first one being an intriguing double swoop for two Arsenal players that would solve our attacking issues that we faced in the first game of the season.
Juventus have entered the race for Jack Wilshere, though #NUFC remain favourites for the Arsenal star. [Tutto Mercato]— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 14, 2017
If you get it, this is pretty funny.
Then, we were linked to another pair at Arsenal
Benitez has been looking into the possibility of bringing both Lucas Perez and Kieran Gibbs to St James’ Park. [Lee Ryder]— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 14, 2017
At this point I should just make up links with Arsenal players
Moving on, somehow were were linked to an old friend again....
Two lads in this bar reckon that Samaris lad we're linked with for Benfica is a good player but his temperament is questionable #nufc— Taylor & Besty (@TaylorandBesty) August 14, 2017
This tweet then set up the big news of the past few days.
Joselu/Lucas Perez both on Rafa's original list, but with Perez set on Spain return, #nufc have moved for Joselu. Benitez rates him highly.— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) August 14, 2017
Like that tweet stated we moved for former Stoke striker Joselu, and eventually we made the signing. Some fans liked it, some fans well... they didn’t
Lee Ryder broke the story of course.
Joselu currently on Tyneside and deal for the player is very close #nufc— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 14, 2017
annnnd then twitter reacted
Such an uninspiring signing— CΛLVIN (@Calvo98_) August 14, 2017
Not the marquee we wanted but let's get behind the lad and Rafa obviously sees something he likes— Chris Adams (@ToppaCa) August 14, 2017
Couldn't score in a brothel ffs— Sharon Cunliffe (@shaz_toonmad) August 14, 2017
Scored 8 goals in Germany.. other than that Real Madrid b 40 goals in 80 plus appearances... sigh indeed— Daniel McKinley (@danielmckinley) August 14, 2017
Joselu next through the door, will receive inevitable backlash but I am quietly positive about this one #nufc— Gianfranco Shola (@youmeandnufc) August 14, 2017
Newcastle eventually announced the signing, and Twitter reacted again.
Rafa on Joselu: "He knows and accepts the challenge we've given him at #nufc and he's keen to come and fight for a position in the team."— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 16, 2017
Daryl Murphy mark 2. No issue with that. Fight for your spot, play well and keep it.— Mark Gillon (@mgillon81) August 16, 2017
Marquee signing Joselu. When I was a kid I dreamt that we'd be owned by a billionaire who'd pay pennies for a 6 goal a year sex pest.— jonjo shelvey fan (@DrCMiller) August 15, 2017
Some fans have high praise from Joselu, especially Stoke fans.
Actually glad we're signing Joselu, seems a decent player who just hasn't been given a chance, Stoke fans seem annoyed by it as well.— - (@SimplyMitro) August 14, 2017
Don't let Joselu go unless we can announce a new striker literally minutes after annoucing he's left.— Liam (@LiamSCFC_) August 12, 2017
and then there is this.
Joselu: 'I've been playing for Newcastle already - on the Playstation!' pic.twitter.com/tFATC9V5L2— - (@SimplyMitro) August 16, 2017
Adam Armstrong had his first start and his first goal! Read all about it in our youth team and loanee report!
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Oh, and it was the greatest scorer in PL history’s birthday this past week.
Also happy birthday to our very own mother of dragons and breaker of chains @alanshearer— José(lu) Fan (@joedodger17) August 13, 2017
also lol Sunderland. lol Colback
Rumours going round that Jack Colback is to be left out of Premier League contention this season. Just like his former employers.— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) August 9, 2017
That’s it for this week! Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @ComingHomeNUFC !