Sam Allardyce is experimenting with his squad to see what system works best and which players play well in different positions and with other players.
That seems interesting to us because it probably means a different looking team on Sunday against Everton and maybe Emre could get a start.
Sam has not changed the team around too much up to this point.
Sam Allardyce – playing round with formation and personnel of Newcastle side
Seems from what Sam says today that some Newcastle players are not too happy with the changing around in positions that’s obviously been going on a bit in training this week. But that’s probably just natural with some personalities.
Sam is still of course getting to know the Newcastle squad, some of which have only been at the club for 6 weeks or less. He talked today about trying to find more about the players he now has at the club:
“I am playing around with the side, trying to get to know them, trying to get what system is the best, who is better playing with who, and that is certainly more frustrating for some players than others.â€
“Having everybody fit is the ultimate for me because of what we are going to face in December and January, and we have got to be ready with a full squad for that period.â€
“That is the bread and butter time in the season for me, when we go through in December and January, something like 12 Premier League fixtures, and then there will be the FA Cup on top of that.â€
“The squad is going to need to be able to rotate.”
No real new good news on the injury front as yet, although the Owen saga has to be good news for Newcastle fans in that Michael is almost at full fitness now â€“ so should be available for our game on October 22nd against Spurs, as will other players like Joey Barton. Looks like Owen will be named in the England squad tomorrow by McClaren, but whether he plays or not is still to be decided.
Not adding to the injury problems on Sunday will also be important for Newcastle so that for the next game against Tottenham at home we’ll be much better off in the injury department.
What Sam didn’t mention is that starting in January will be the African Cup, and we will have several of our players away for that rather long tournament. Interesting to see what the team will be on Sunday.
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