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FM16 Team Guide - Newcastle United

Newcastle United…Just what could of been probably the greatest football club to come out of England, as you all have seen there has been many examples Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest two-times European Cup winners 78/79 and 79/80, Bob Paisley’s Liverpool in the late 70’s and early 80’s and Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in the naughties conquering the continent wherever they managed.So…what went all wrong for Newcastle…


Newcastle United are a football club who ply there trade in the top tier of English football and were formed in 1892 when the two local sides in Newcastle, Newcastle East End and West End merged together to form Newcastle United.

Success / Failures

Newcastle United are a club who have enjoyed relative success through there 123 year history winning the FA Cup on six occasions setting English football ablaze in the 1950’s and then pulled off the biggest upset of them all winner the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1969 smashing Ujpest 6-2 and bringing the trophy to the North East. After all them trophies won Newcastle were going into the 70’s beaming with confidence but failed to match any of their success in the previous decade with only winning the FA Cup once, after this Newcastle were waring off with poor finishes in the league eventually confirming there subsequent relegation into the old Division Two in 77/78. Following this Newcastle were stuck in the old Division Two for 5 years before eventually finishing 3rd and managed to get a firm grip on top flight football.

Recent History

They did indeed, 1991/92 season is a season to forget for the Geordie Folklore after appointing Osvaldo Ardiles as manager when in Division Two in his first full season he single handedly nearly took us down to the old Third Division after finishing a shocking 20th!! only surviving by the skin of their teeth!!! He might of been a great player but he certainly wasn’t in the slightest a good manager.

In recent times though Newcastle have picked up where they had left off with Champions League football in the early naughties finishing fourth and later on seeing themselves in Europe again. 2010 they won the Championship title and didn’t lose one game at home. Then in 2011/12 two years after gaining promotion from championship we finished 5th and soon after followed a successful run in Europe.

Club Information



Recommended Tactics

4-2-3-1 Wide


Backroom Staff

Squad Depth


Rob Elliott - 6/10 - Good Keeper but better keepers out there. Verdict: Sell

Karl Darlow - 6.5/10 - Decent back-up for First choice Krul. Verdict: Keep

Tim Krul - 8/10 - Good Top Half Prem goalkeeper loads of years left in him. Verdict: Keep

Freddie Woodman - 5/10 - Will be a good future 2nd goalkeeper, develops well. Verdict: Loan


Steven Taylor - 6/10 - Past his sell by date, and I personally don’t like him. Verdict: Sell

Chancel Mbemba - 8/10 - Good first choice centre back is also versatile and can play right back. Verdict: Keep

Fabricio Coloccini - 7/10 - Better defenders out there, plus takes up too much on wage bill. Verdict: Sell

Jamaal Lascelles - 6.5/10 - Good future player, if trained right can be a solid centre half. Verdict: Keep

Vernon Anita - 7/10 - Can play multiple positions, not the best but does the job. Verdict: Up to you

Paul Dummett - 6/10 - Not very good, championship player at best. Verdict: Get rid as soon as possible

Daryl Janmaat - 8/10 - Solid player. keep a hold of unless good offer comes in. Verdict: Unsure

Massadio Haidara - 5/10 - Hit and miss sometimes good sometimes not. Verdict: Unsure

Kevin Mbabu - 6/10 - Good Player for future, keep and he might just become the Swiss John Terry. Verdict: Keep


Andros Townsend - 8.5/10 - Excellent player if played correctly, plenty of competitiveness. Verdict: Keep

Yoan Gouffran - 4/10 - Not good enough, Championship. Verdict: Sell

Gabriel Obertan - 5/10 - Not good enough, always unhappy. Verdict: Sell

Jack Colback - 6/10 - Keep if you can’t find replacement. Verdict: Sell

Moussa Sissoko - 7/10 - Good player in attacking role but a lot of talent competing for role. Verdict: Keep

Henri Saivet - 7/10 - Right training will live up to his FM potential. Verdict: Keep

Cheick Tiote - 7.5/10 - Good player, can sell but not recommended. Verdict: Keep

Georginio Wijnaldum - 9/10 - Star Man, sell if offer is right. Verdict: Keep

Jonjo Shelvey - 7/10 - Good rotation player rotate between him and Tiote. Verdict: Keep

Sylvain Marveaux - 5.5/10 - Sell better wingers out there. Verdict: Sell

Remy Cabella - 8/10 - Good player if trained correctly, can be a force in Premier League. Verdict: Keep

Florian Thauvin - 6.5/10 - Too weak, not good enough and unhappy. Verdict: Sell


Aleksandar Mitrovic - 8/10 - One for the future, definitely recommend keeping. Verdict: Keep

Papiss Cisse - 7/10 - Good back up striker will not live up too earlier hype a few year back. Verdict: better strikers out there

Ayoze Perez - 7.5/10 - Good rotation player best played on the wings as an inside forward. Verdict: Keep

Emmanuel Riviera - 6.5/10 - Sell not good enough for first team. Verdict: Sell

Rolando Aarons - 7/10 - Keep can turn into great player with the correct training. Verdict: Keep, one for future

Siem de Jong - 7.5/10 - Good back-up player best used as an Attacking Midfielder. Verdict: Keep

Seydou Doumbia - 8/10 - Good player, can terminate loan, doesn’t improve that much. Verdict: Terminate Loan


Daniel Agger (Brondby) - D C - £3,500,000

Can provide cover in the middle should you decide to get rid of Taylor or Coloccini. 7/10

Darijo Srna (Shakhtar) - D/WB R - £850,000

Srna will add experience to an already experienced squad can be good backup to Daryl Janmaat should he get injured - 8/10

Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) - DM/M C - £6,250,000

I would suggest getting Westwood in as back up as for me Jack Colback is not good enough with Tiote and Anita fighting for a place - 7.5/10

Charlie Austin (QPR) - ST C - £11,000,000

Charlie will get you goals but you will have to fork out a lot of money for him can be good back up to Mitrovic - 9/10

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) - STC - £7,500,000

What can I say he is young, English, cheap and will get you a bag of goals if you play him correctly - 8/10


Newcastle United have a great squad for handling the Premier League but struggle depth wise and a few players are getting a little old like Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle also have a lot of dead wood in there ranks with players such as Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and a lot of youngsters who you can get good money for, I would suggest with the money you get off the dead wood go for a tighter defence one with experience.

Happy gaming and hope you enjoy you’re successful career managing Newcastle United

Good Luck!

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