With Perez hinting at a move away and Rondon’s future still uncertain, Newcastle could be back to square one next season

With Perez hinting at a move away and Rondon’s future still uncertain, Newcastle could be back to square one next season

Since the signing of Miguel Almiron, Newcastle have improved massively on what has been their biggest glaring issue in the past few seasons; attack. Together with Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon, they’ve brought life back to the black and white attack – but that may not be the case for much longer.

Rondon joined Newcastle as a loan signing from West Brom and, after a shaky first few games, has become the physical, out-and-out number nine that the Magpies have been crying out for in recent times.

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Newcastle’s Three Amigos; How the form of Rondon, Perez and Almiron have revived Newcastle’s faltering attack

Newcastle’s Three Amigos; How the form of Rondon, Perez and Almiron have revived Newcastle’s faltering attack

From the minute Miguel Almiron was confirmed as a Newcastle United player there was considerable hype around Tyneside for the Paraguayan. Six games into his Magpies career, and having formed a partnership up top with Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon, Newcastle look like a side capable of attacking once again.

Expectations can sometimes get the better of a new signing, especially when they come into a club for a record fee. Add in coming from a league with a lower standard of football in the MLS and there was the real potential for Almiron to falter at the first hurdle.

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Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff: Swiss star Schar steals the show in commanding win

Newcastle 3-0 Cardiff: Swiss star Schar steals the show in commanding win

It took some time, but finally a performance clicked for Newcastle at home. In football, the saying goes that your home ground should be a fortress – well it’s been anything but at St. James’ Park this season.

However, against Cardiff, all that changed, largely through the actions of a particular Swiss centre back.

Fabian Schar has looked like a pretty inspired bit of business already in his time donning the black and white – having cost the Magpies just £3m thanks to a release clause. The centre back is comfortable on the ball, confident and boasts an impressive passing range and accuracy.

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Blackburn 2-4 Newcastle: Magpies progress after a hard-fought FA Cup replay

Blackburn 2-4 Newcastle: Magpies progress after a hard-fought FA Cup replay

Newcastle are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, but we certainly didn’t make it easy going against Blackburn. Dragged to a replay, it took extra time to secure the win, but it was a result and a performance that those in black and white can be proud of.

Rafa Benitez was bold in his selection choices – giving youth a chance – and he was duly rewarded. Within a minute, Sean Longstaff found the net courtesy of a wicked deflection. Cal Roberts added a second – his first senior goal for Newcastle – much to the delight of the travelling Toon support.

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Was there any logic to be found in Rio Ferdinand’s bizarre pro-Mike Ashley rant?

Was there any logic to be found in Rio Ferdinand’s bizarre pro-Mike Ashley rant?

No. That would be the initial answer, for certain. It just struck me as one of those comments ex-footballer pundits throw out there from time to time, despite not knowing the ins and outs of what they’re talking about, purely intent on stirring up some reaction and a spot in the headlines the next day.

Well, if that was his intention, then Rio Ferdinand certainly succeeded. He got a clear rise of out Newcastle supporters – understandably wound-up by a frankly ridiculous and misinformed statement – and he firmly planted his face in the sports headlines of the following day.

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Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle: A resilient performance but an inevitable result

Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle: A resilient performance but an inevitable result

On a day where other results went against the Magpies too, Newcastle United fell to a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. The result was of little surprise, in all honesty, given the gulf in class between the two respective lineups, but those in black and white did give a resilient and valiant performance.

A lack of depth and quality in the Newcastle team has led to some real problems, particularly in central midfield, in recent matches and the trip to Stamford Bridge drove that home perhaps clearer than any other.

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Is Germany’s 50+1 rule the answer to Newcastle’s ownership woes

Is Germany’s 50+1 rule the answer to Newcastle’s ownership woes

As Newcastle United’s ownership problems continue to rage on throughout another barren January transfer window, and talk of new owners does little to inspire confidence, it begs the question of whether a solution may be found slightly further afield than initially considered.

What I am referencing by that statement is Germany’s rather unique 50+1 rule over football club ownership.

A product of how German professional football developed, the ruling in its most basic sense prohibits football club owners from owning more than half – and therefore a majority – of a particular football club. Instead, the majority shareholder in any club must be made up of fee-paying club members. Or, in other words, fans.

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