54 minutes | Nov 16, 2017

On the Air: International Break Ennui

NUFC may have had the weekend off, but the podcast never rests! (Unless you count last week, when there wasn't one. Though we did record a show that ended up being unusable...so we didn't rest!) This week, Phil, Tom, and Matt slide right past the 1-0 defeats against Burnley and Bournemouth, instead looking forward to Saturday's trip to Old Trafford. How would the three of us line Newcastle up for the daunting trek to the red side of Manchester? And will Rafa Benítez actually agree with our preferred XI? We also do some over/under guesses on how dominant Man U will look on the stat sheet (even if we're able to steal a win). We also take a look at the state of the playing staff, specifically the pet peeves for both Tom and Phil. Regular listeners will know that Phil's been ride or die with Aleksandar Mitrović since the Serbian striker joined the club. Given Joselu's poor form, is it finally time for Mitro to take center stage? Or maybe it's worth taking a second look at Dwight Gayle, who actually looked dangerous in the first half against Bournemouth. And Tom lays into Jonjo Shelvey, who's been pushed for an England callup by a subset of Newcastle fans, for his defensive liabilities. Is his ability with long passes and free kicks enough to build a team around, or should Shelvey be part of Rafa's "don't trust" list once Mikel Merino returns from injury? Finally, we look at a couple transfer rumors floating around, namely Turkish international and Beşiktaş striker Cenk Tosun and Atlanta United's Paraguayan attacking midfielder Miguel Almirón. iOS users, apologies that we're getting tons of inscrutable error messages as we try to put the show back on iTunes. However, for Android users or people with iPhones who don't mind downloading another app, we are available on both Stitcher and TuneIn. Thanks so much for your support! IWIWAG podcast 11-16-17  
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