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Toon World Cup roundup, Anderson award, Botman speaks

David D · Friday 18th November 2022
Toon World Cup roundup, Anderson award, Botman speaks

FRIDAY FINDINGS

Toon stars at the World Cup

  • Bruno appears to have shaken off a knock picked up in training in Italy
  • Real Madrid's Rodrygo appeared to catch Bruno with a late challenge, leading him to limp off for treatment
  • However, he returned to training today, and seems fine ahead of Brazil's opening match against Serbia
  • The midfield maestro has spoken of his disappointment at Joelinton missing out on the squad
  • “He has helped me a lot since I arrived and I see him as my brother.”
  • Bruno also speaks of wanting his hair cut in the infamous wedge like the original Ronaldo in 2002
  • His aim is to 'create more World Cup memories' like that title-winning year
  • Garang Kuol is determined to 'prove himself' for Australia in Qatar
  • The inbound Socceroo is the second youngest player at the tournament, and will be his country's youngest ever representative if he makes it onto the pitch
  • The in-depth interview speaks of his ambitions, his ability to keep cool and focus, and dealing with the intensity of the national side
  • The Athletic have published a piece titled 'The Radar', highlighting the key players to watch out for in Qatar
  • Guimarães and Kuol feature for the Magpies, with Bruno's passing range and Garang's attacking prowess in the spotlight
  • After more snaps of Toon stars in international action? The Shields Gazette has you covered

Toon stars at home

  • Elliot Anderson has claimed the Wor Jackie award at the Sport Newcastle annual dinner
  • The award is given to the best young player of the year
  • Sixteen year old Lewis Miley claimed the Jack Hixon trophy
  • The award is named after the legendary scout who discovered Alan Shearer
  • The Malcolm Dix Sporting Success award will also come home to St. James'
  • Sven Botman really is a Rolls-Royce...

Anderson, Albert, Botman and Dubravka have their say

  • Speaking to the club website, Elliot Anderson reflects on breakout season
  • His Premier League home debut was his "biggest moment so far"
  • Looks to emulate his grandfather, Fairs Cup winner Geoff Allen
  • The in-depth interview with the 'Geordie Maradona' is well worth a read
  • Former Entertainer Philippe Albert has spoken to The Chronicle about how Kevin Keegan 'changed his life'
  • The Belgian defender joined the club from Anderlecht shortly after scoring a cracking goal against Germany at World Cup '94
  • Albert says the tournament changed his life, as he'd never have joined the Magpies if Keegan hadn't spotten him on pundit duty
  • He looks back fondly on open training days at Maiden Castle, but regrets not bringing home the silverware
  • Sven Botman has told Voetbal International that a change of international coach could help his chances of selection
  • Louis van Gaal will step down after the Qatar World Cup
  • This will mean a clean slate for players ahead of Euro 2024, where the Dutch face France, Republic of Ireland, Greece and Gibraltar in qualifying
  • Former Durham cricketer Steve Harmison, an ardent Toon fan, has compared Botman to Nemanja Vidic
  • Describes Newcastle's back five as 'keeping clean sheets for fun, largely down to the big Dutchman'.
  • Toon stopper Martin Dubravka was happy to make his debut for Manchester United in the Carabao Cup after a season-long loan move
  • The Slovakian says he is 'enjoying every minute', but fans have questioned his decision to move on social media

Stats, odds, and ends

  • The Other 14 have released a bunch more stats
  • Nick Pope has averaged 2.87 saves per 90, ninth of the list - but with the league's best defence in front of him he's not had much to do
  • Miguel Almiron leads the top goalscorers chart, not counting penalties, tied with Leeds United's Rodrigo
  • The Toon are second for allowing opposition touches in their own box, at just 19.9, behind Brighton with 18.7
  • We're bottom of the team dribble success chart at 34.3%, clearly due to the absence of Allan Saint-Maximin 😅
  • Dominic Scurr reports that we have lost the fewest games of any team in the English professional ladder, and have the best defensive record in the pyramid, too
  • NUFC's Under 18s have been drawn against Charlton Athletic in the FA Youth Cup Third Round
  • Toon Polls has inspired more landslide results, this time in a debate by NOW TV on England's starting players against Iran - naturally Pope and Wilson won
  • This follows a monumental effort that saw Ivor Allchurch beat that Maradona goal to a poll of 'best World Cup goal ever'

And finally, a little regional pride to end a long week...