Discussion Topic: What’s Newcastle’s Best Team For Bolton?


The question today: What is our best team for this season with our existing squad when all are fit?

We should assume we play 4-3-3 at home and 4-4-2 away (even if we don’t let’s just assume that for the purposes of this discussion) and we’ll ask for a home team and an away team.

 This is quite a difficult selection – so hopefully that means Sam’s had a good summer in the transfer market.

As an example which two of these three play at center-back – Taylor, Rozehnal and Cacapa?

Which  of these seven will get the nod for the two or three strikers from this season’s seemingly awsome striker force of Viduka, Martins, Owen, Amerobi, Luque, Smith and Carroll?

So what we are asking for today is a home formation 4-3-3 and an away formation of 4-4-2 

Also any thoughts on rotation will be good because Sam has already hinted he will most likely need to go to some kind of rotation if only to give everybody a game and keep them all motivated.

One of Sam’s big task this season is to keep everybody happy, because they will not all be able to start  every week. However, when you look at teams like Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United there are 4-5 players in each team who start almost every game.

Who will the regular starters for newcastle be this season?

If we get some good teams and solutions to these questions (hate to call them problems because it comes from having a little bit of depth in our squad for once) we can always send them to Sam – whose job isn’t easy is it?



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90 comments so far

  • malaysian youngster

    Aug 8, 2007 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #1

    —–smith—-luque—-
    milner—butt—geremi—-solano
    carr—rozenhal–taylor—cacapa

    i think smith and viduka play some similar role.so i wont put them together.need some good finisher.lolx why i put luque as finisher. i just trust big sam ability to revive the talented luque. i dont like zog at LB.i want him play at more attacking role.zog as sub to replace solano.
    cant wait for the season.
    we really deserve to get something this season. top 3 ^^

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  • singaporean supporter

    Aug 8, 2007 at 5:30 AM

    Comment #2

    martins smith

    luque geremi dyer solano

    enrique tay roenhal carr

    harper

    subs: zogbia, viduka, milner, ramage, whichever keeper is fit.

    i reckon with both smith and martin’s explosive personalities, they could penetrate tough defences. i really hope dyer gets a chance, it’s been tough on him, so a starting lineup opportunity would be gd. luque can operate on the left wing, with his new spanish colleague enrique. while our in-form solano can whip in those deadly crosses from the right.

    as for the defence, with taylor and rozy, i think it’s quite stable.

    yep! kickoff in about 3 days! hope we can bag our 1st prem win under big sam~

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  • Oz Toon

    Aug 8, 2007 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #3

    ______________Harper
    Geremi______Tayls_______Roze_______Zoggs

    Solano____Butt_________Smith______Milner

    __________Martins_____Dukes

    Keeper, Carr, Cacappa, Troisi, Shola.

    Carr and Cacapa can cover for defence, midfield can be covered by Zoggs or Geremi reshuffling with Carr or Cacapa going into defence and still have the excellent Ozzie Troisi who can play right midfield, attacking midfield or even forward. Smith of course could go forward and Geremi into he middle if an extra forward was needed other than Shola.

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  • Luke

    Aug 8, 2007 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #4

    ———luque–viduka

    n’zog–smith–geremi–solano

    carr–rozenhal–taylor–enrique?

    martins for dukes
    milner for zog

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  • Greg

    Aug 8, 2007 at 5:55 AM

    Comment #5

    I would play a 4-3-3, carr could be swaped with solano giving both nzog and sol oppurtunitys to move forward with the ball.

    —–Given/harper
    Carr Rozenhal Taylor Nzogbia
    Butt
    Milner Geremi
    Smith
    Viduka Martins

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  • geordie_jordan

    Aug 8, 2007 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #6

    …..Harper
    Carr…Rozenhal…Taylor…N’Zogbia
    …………….Geremi (Cpt.)
    Solano…………………………Milner
    …………….Smith………….
    Martins……Viduka

    Subs: Goalie(? Krul or Given), Ameobi, Ramage, Luque, Butt

    much the same as yours Ed, but i think we’re going to have a diamond formation in midfield with Geremi and Smith being pretty fluid tracking up and back.

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  • Bjarne

    Aug 8, 2007 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #7

    harper
    Solano – Rozenhal – Taylor – Enrique
    Milner – Geremi – Smith – ZOG
    Martins – Viduka

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  • Stephen

    Aug 8, 2007 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Harper

    Carr …………..Rozenhal………Taylor……………N zogbia

    Geremi
    Dyer Milner

    Smith

    Viduka Martins

    I doubt dyer will play but if big sam feels he is up for it we have to play him he is probably our best midfielder on form he has genunie pace and would be very useful in away games when we are using the counter attack .

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  • Ian, Doha

    Aug 8, 2007 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Ed, here’s my team for the Bolton away game:

    ……………………….Harper

    Carr……..Taylor…….Rozehnal………..N’Zogbia

    Solano……..Butt……..Geremi (capt)…..Milner

    …….….….Viduka…….Smith

    Subs: Forster, Martins, Ramage, Ameobi, Enrique/Cacapa

    With N’Zogbia playing fullback and Smith playing in attack we have cover available on the pitch for any midfield changes.

    I don’t believe Luque will be fit after his groin strain at Gateshead earlier this week. Hopefully I’m wrong as he’s a talent that we’ll see this season, especially now he has a fellow Spanish compatriate in Enrique.

    I have either Enrique/Cacapa on bench as BSA will bring these guys through slowly.

    The team looks good especially with Duff, Emri, Barton injured, (Dyer?), several new arrivals to be slowly bled into the team and possibly one or two new players to be announced…..

    Well done Sam, you’ve got the Geordie Nation believing in our team again!

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  • Steve

    Aug 8, 2007 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #10

    geordie_jordan has it spot on I feel.. I hope martins starts because he thoroughly deserves too.. Smith at AMC

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  • geordie_jordan

    Aug 8, 2007 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #11

    thanks mate! we’ll find out for sure on saturday tho!!! HOWAY THE LADS!

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  • evil dick

    Aug 8, 2007 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #12

    ……………………….Harper

    Carr………..Taylor…….Rozehnal………..N’Zogbia
    ……………………….Geremi
    Solano………………………………………..Milner
    ……………………….Smith
    ……………….Viduka……….Martins

    Subs: Given, Cacapa, Ramage, Luque, Ameobi

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  • evil dick

    Aug 8, 2007 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #13

    oh i forgot about Butt on bench.

    and geremi for captain, if he can speak english – can he?

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  • Hadji

    Aug 8, 2007 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #14

    …………………………………Given
    Carr……….Taylor…………Rozehnal……………Enrique
    …………………………Butt
    Dyer…………………………………………Milner
    …………………………Smith
    ………….Luque………….Martins

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  • MightyMilburn

    Aug 8, 2007 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Thank God! you are back, Ed!Thought something might have happened to you.. or have I just been looking in all the wrong places for an article/blog from you..

    Think Ed’s formation is the most likely – I think that Geordie_Jordan’s formation is more suited for a home game (too many offensively minded players – me thinks..)

    Anyhu – I CANNOT WAIT for the season to being.. Will be watching the game online on one of the Chinese P2P channels..

    Another season beckons.. and as always new optimism is running uncontrollably through my vaines.. hopefully it will not be shattered come October/November..

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  • evil dick

    Aug 8, 2007 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #16

    sorry forgot geremi is from chelsea! had him confused with cacapa! too many new players to choose from

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  • Callum

    Aug 8, 2007 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #17

    ……………………Harper

    Carr……Taylor…….Rozenhal….N’zogbia

    Solano….Butt……….Geremi(c)……..Milner

    …………Smith……….Martins………………….

    Subs: Forster(Given?), Cacapa/Enrique, Ameobi, Viduka, Ramage/Drago (if he’s signed)

    Luque wont be fit and Viduka isnt fit enough to start a game yet

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  • Callum

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #18

    I dont think diamond will be played away from home, i think BSA would prefer geremi and Butt to boss the midfield and pass the ball out wide to Milner/Solano

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  • k-man

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #19

    ……………………….Harper

    Carr………..Taylor…….Rozehnal………..N’Zogbia

    Solano……..Butt……..Geremi (capt)……..Milner

    ……………….Smith……….Martins

    Subs: Forster, Viduka, Ramage, Ameobi, Enrique

    I belive I read somewhere that BSA said Viduka was not 100% fit yet,- so I feel preatty sure this would be the line-up at the game:)

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  • Sean

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #20

    Solano is finished! he can only last the first half. Fair enough he is a brilliant passer of the ball but he just can’t run i’m faster than him and i’m twelve!

    our starting line up should be:

    ……………………..Given………………….
    …cacapa…taylor…rozenhal…enrique
    ………………….geremi…………………….
    …Milner………………………Luque/n’zogbia (whichever doesn’t start come on at half time)
    ………..smith(playing the free role)……
    ………..martins………viduka…………….

    I say cacapa ahead of carr at RB because we will need a solid defence as bolton play with 3 forwards and carr likes to attack.
    And i just disagree with most of you CHARLES N’ZOGBIA CAN’T PLAY LB! i’m a left back myself and n’zogbia does nearly everything wrong.

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  • Sean

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #21

    maybe solano to come on at some point in the second half

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  • Sean

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #22

    woops 4got that givens injured – harper in goal

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  • shaun

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #23

    Ed – like your formation, really not sure about zog at left back though – would prob go for this:
    ……………………….Harper

    Carr………..Taylor…….Rozehnal………..Enrique

    Milner……..Butt……..Geremi (capt)……..N’Zogbia
    ……………….Viduka……….Smith

    Alternatively (given Sam said enrique won’t start) either play ramage there or put Carr accross and put cacapa or taylor at right back

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  • paul p

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #24

    harper
    Carr Rozenhal Cacapa Enrique

    Solano Geremi Butt Milner

    Viduka Smith

    Subs

    Taylor, Ameobi, Martins, Dyer, Krull/Forster

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  • Hadji

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #25

    ……………Given
    Carr……..Taylor……….Rozehnal……….Enrique
    ……………..Geremi…..Butt…………..
    ……….Dyer…………………Milner…………….
    ………………..Smith………………………………
    ………………..Martins…………………………..

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  • tawanda

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #26

    Given is injured so won’t pick him.

    …………………………..Harper………………………………..
    Solano…….. Rozenhal…………Cacapa……….Enrique..
    Milner……..Butt…………Geremi………….Luque……….
    Smith…………….Viduka
    That’s the formation to begin with, smith is a haggler and should play the full ninety. Viduka to be replaced by Martins early second half just to see how Bolton’s tired legs fare up against the speedster. After the Martins substitution make a double substitution to effect a complete change of tempo, take off solano and luque to be replaced by Dyer and N’zogbia. Milner to move to RB, Dyer at RW and Nzog at LW.
    The tone of the game would have been given some extra batteries.

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  • Midjew

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #27

    Given/harper -Gk
    Carr -Rb Rozenhal/Taylor – Cb Nzogbia – Lb
    Geremi – Dm
    Solano – Rm Geremi – Lm
    Smith – Am
    Viduka/Martins – Strikers

    I think that Big Sam will have the following formation as i know he likes 4-3-3 and this is close more or a 4-1-2-1-2.

    Works well lots of attack with enough defense.

    Subs will PROBABLY BE:

    Given, Ameobi, Enrique, Butt, Ramage

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  • michael

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #28

    ……………..Harper…………
    Carr…Taylor…Rozehnal…N’Zogbia
    ……………Geremi….Butt…………….
    Milner……………………………Solano
    …………..Viduka………Smith……….

    Effectively you’ll notice it is the same as yours, except i’d play Milner on the right instead of Nobby. I must say that had Luque, Enique or Duff been fit I don’t think Nobby would have got a game. Barton will be missed. I’ve plumped for Smith ahead of Martins because I think with a full preseason under his belt he will be the most likely to last 90 minutes. Viduka will be replaced at some point (by Martins). Cacapa may make a cameo from the bench, and I definitely expect Enrique to have a firey 20minutes towards the end of the game (This doesn’t take into account if we have an injury in the event of which we won’t see Cacapa). 2-1 (Smith and Geremi to score against a Kevin Nolan reply).

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  • Midjew

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #29

    OOPS i Meant

    Milner – Lm

    (I Know Geremi is good but good enough to do 2 potisitions ha ha)

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  • michael

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #30

    P.S. Midjew like Geremi but nit sure he’s good enough to account for 2 places in my starting lineup.

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  • roscoe

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #31

    ok here goes…. (4-4-2)

    ………….Martins………Smith

    Milner……Butt……Geremi……Solano

    Nzog…..Rozehnal….Taylor……..Carr

    …………………..Harper

    Subs: Foster/Given(?), Cacapa, Enrique, Dyer, Viduka

    and….. (4-3-3)

    …………Martins…..Viduka

    ………………..Smudge
    Milner…………………………Solano
    ………………..Geremi

    Nzog…..Rozehnal…Taylor…Carr

    Subs: Given/Foster, Cacapa, Enrique, Butt, Dyer

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  • michael

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #32

    Damn not quick enough

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  • nightfall

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #33

    ……………………given (harper)
    carr (cacapa)…taylor…rozehnal….n’zogbia
    ……………geremi……….butt

    solano…………….smith……………milner
    ……………….martins (viduka)

    martins and viduka are perfect for “one-striker line-up”

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  • Midjew

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #34

    Where is all this foster coming from????

    Does everyone mean BEN FOSTER??

    Isn’t he injured till like Jan 2008????

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  • Midjew

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #35

    I think everyone you should be putting FORSTER

    not Foster.

    Otherwise its confusing.

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  • roscoe

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #36

    sorry, Forster as sub in both teams.

    Well if he’s injusred till 2008 as you say then we only have 1 keeper.

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  • roscoe

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #37
  • SUDDES

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #38

    harper

    Nzog…..Rozehnal….Taylor……Nobby

    Milner……Butt……Geremi……Smithy

    Martins……Viduka

    First time in a while i am looking forward to a good start to the season

    Toon toon toon toon

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  • SUDDES

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #39

    harper

    Nzog…..Rozehnal….Taylor……Nobby

    Milner……Butt……Geremi……Smithy

    Martins……Viduka

    First time in a while i am looking forward to a good start to the season

    Toon toon toon toon

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  • Dome_The Toon of Thailand

    Aug 8, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #40

    …………………………………………Harper…………………………………………..
    Carr…………….Taylor……………………….Rosehnal…………..N’Zogbia(Enrique)
    Solano………………….Geremi………….Butt……………………….Milner
    ……………………….Martins……………….Smith…………………………………
    Sub…Viduka ……Dyer……Foster……Cacapa……Ramage

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