NUFC Monthly Review 2017/18: September

With the transfer window firmly closed, football got underway in earnest with players settled at their new or current clubs; knowing where they’ll be playing their football until January. The first international break of the season with teams resuming their world cup qualification campaigns and the Champions League group stages started up again. PSG may not yet know the repercussions of their summer spending in relation to financial fair play but on the pitch, they have been in scorching form.

11 Football Developments: September
  1. 200px-Paris_Saint-Germain_F.C.PSG started their Champions League campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic at Celtic Park in their first group game before humbling Bayern Munich 3-0 I Paris resulting in the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti. Celtic responded by defeating RSC Anderlecht 3-0 in Belgium.

2. That opening round of fixtures also saw Barcelona defeat Juventus 3-0 in a repeat of last seasons semi-final read more

Match Thoughts: Swansea City 0-1 Newcastle United

After a tediously long International break, the Premier League returned to our screens this weekend. There were plenty of talking points as Harry Kane got off the mark in front of goal with it no longer being August, Manchester City demolished Liverpool 5-0 (with help of a sending off for Saido Mane). Manchester United lost their 100% record at Stoke while one of the super Sunday games resulted in the leagues first managerial casualty of the season in Frank De Boer. The second of those Super Sunday games saw Newcastle United travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City with both teams coming into it on the back of their first wins of the season.

Swansea City lineup vs Newcastle United

Swansea City came into the game buoyed by the deadline day arrival of Portuguese international midfielder Renato Sanches on loan from Bayern Munich and the return of Wilfreid Bony from Manchester City. Manager Paul Clement named the midfielder in the starting line up on the right-hand side of a midfield triangle alongside Sam Clucas and Tom Carroll while Leroy Fer was playing just behind the two strikers. Tammy Abraham started alongside Jordan Ayew meaning Bony would start his second stint at Swansea on the bench. In goal was Lukasz Fabianski and the back four consisted of Kyle Naughton, Federico Fernandez, Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson. read more