Sam Ponders Team for Tottenham – Can You Help?

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce admits there is still work to do with his Newcastle defense but Sam is encouraged by the many options available to him.

Five of the Magpies’ nine summer signings were defensive recruitments as Big Sam set about tightening Newcastle’s poor rearguard.

And now we only have 3 players out injured now so Sam has a wide selection available for the team on Monday evening against Spurs.


Sam Allardyce – has fixed Newcastle’s defense already – and it will only get better

Our defense by common agreement has been poor for years and years and we were impressed when Sam announced his first mission was to bring in players to solidify Newcastle’s defense. Fixing your biggest weakness as a first priority? What a concept. But as we’ve found out Sam is down to earth and an excellent manager for Newcastle United.

The Newcastle boss has still to decide on his preferred back four, and that is also true with the full team, as we now have most of our players back from injury. Abdoulaye Faye and Claudio Cacapa are the latest pairing at the heart of the backline and we think they will retain their positions for Monday’s game following a powerful display against Everton.

But Allardyce says that, while players will be disappointed if they are not in the team, he is more than happy to have so many defensive permutations at his disposal. Sam told today:

“I had to be brave after the Man City game and change things at the back,”

“Having that defensive flexibility is so important because we all know that one of the biggest weaknesses here has been the defense.”

“It’s still not right but we did limit Everton in the last game to just a few opportunities and things are getting better.”

“We have got lots of options at the back and Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal would’ve been disappointed to miss out against Everton.”

“But it’s my job to disappoint people when I think I need to and they have got to take it on the chin and come back fighting.”

We should have won the Everton game by a score-line of 3-1 but for a mistake by Shay for the second goal. If Shay had let the ball go it would have drifted wide but he turned it into his own goal so giving up 2 goals was a little disappointing and not reflective of our good overall defensive performance against Everton.

Here’s our current injury situation according to Injury League Table:

M Viduka 	Calf Muscle Strain 	22nd Oct 07
S Ameobi 	Groin Strain 		22nd Oct 07
P Ramage 	ACL Knee Injury 	Apr 08
S Carr 		Hamstring Injury 	22nd Oct 07
C Babayaro 	Groin Strain 		22nd Oct 07
D Duff 		Sprained Ankle 		3rd Nov 07

But we know that Vuduka, Carr and Babayaro are now back in training so we only have 3 out injured, which is great news. But this now gives Sam a wide selection of players for Tottenham.

What do you think the team should be for next Monday? You can also comment from now until after the game on our Newcastle United Forum on the Tottenham game – and anything else you want to start as a topic of conversation. Don’t forget that Alan Smith is suspended and cannot play in this game.

Comments and entries in our Newcastle United Forum are always very welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 18, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Team against the spurs needs to be typical newcastle. We need to attack our balls off because they have a shite defence. They have a good attack as well but we need to hope our boys at the back can hold them off and that the home crowd and skill will get us through. My team would be the following.

    Bench – Barton, Owen, Smith, Taylor, Harper

    Good team, great bench, plenty of options.

    I think Barton should be bought on regardless of the situation for Geremi towards the 60 min mark and Owen should replace Viduka and have a run with Martins. If we get up get Taylor in for Zog towards the end to give him some game time.

  • malaysian youngster

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #2

    martins viduka
    nzogbia faye emre milner
    enrique cacapa rozenhal beye

    stop geremi from long throw and free kick and corner. his distribution is not that good. emre can do it much better.

  • geordie in taipei

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3



    sub; keeper……barton….martins…….beye……..butt……..faye

    ps: at some point this season……in would be nice to see martins and owen play together even if one has to come on as a stub to do it.


    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4


  • Jóhann

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Beye Faye Cacapa Enrique
    Martins Butt Zogbia Milner
    Viduka Owen

    Bench: Given, Barton(not fit for start), Emre(not fit for start), Taylor, Geremi

  • Big sam - sundays team FYI

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    baye cacapa roz enrique
    milner barton emre nzogbia
    martins owen

    barton has had two reserve games two friendlies and will be mentally driven to perform i love his attitude and he has to be in there for me

    I know emre adn barton are attack minded players but we will score goals against totenham and they will score against us so its who does it more with emres passing and him sitting deeper than barton in the midfield i think we can counter totts threat while maximising our own.

    milner and zog will work theier cotton socks off and can go up and down all day working forhte team

    i would love to see martins effort and ball skills coupled with owens movement and finihsing and with emre adn bartons passing and zogs (top of our assist list) adn milners crossing there will be chances galore there.

    toon 2 tottenham 1 barton, owen

  • Ben

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Team Given Beye Cacapa Taylor Enrique Nzogbia Butt Emre Geremi Martins Owen.Bench Harper Viduka Barton Faye Rozenhal.

  • leo

    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #8

    it will be a strong team i think, 442 at the start with some steel in the middle of the park along side emre

    if we get a goal up or two (fingers crossed) i can see nzogbia coming off for Owen and milner coming off for barton and switching it to a 433 formation


    Beye Rozehnal Cacapa Enrique

    Milner Geremi Emre N’zogbia

    Martins Viduka


    Beye Cacapa Rozehnal Enrique

    Geremi Barton Emre

    Martins Viduka Owen

  • ToonKing

    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Well here’s my choice:

    Beye Faye Cacapa Enrique

    Milner Geremi Emre Zog


    Subs : Given, Rozehnal ,Taylor, Barton, Martins.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Barton on for Geremi at 60′,Martins for Owen at 65′ -70′, Rozehnal for Faye 70′

  • Dimitri

    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11

    Beye Rozenhal Cacapa Enrique
    Milner Barton Emre N’Zogbia
    Martins Owen

    Bench: Taylor, Faye, Geremi, Butt, Viduka

  • Rich

    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #12

    ToonKing- iwould go for the same line up as you, think we might see Martins and Owen up front together though, if viduka isnt 100 % fit. If they are and perform well then Sam will have some thinking to do. Hope Emre and Barton get a chance in the middle together at some point though

  • toonUSA

    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    As long as Harps is in goal i will be happy……the man deserves a chance

  • Howie

    Oct 18, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #14

    faye should play to stop berbatov repeatin his assists at anfield so he would counter the aerial threat. i imagine its the same team as everton apart from owen or vid in for smith and hopefuly emre in for one of the midfield sloggers, geremi and butt

  • john

    Oct 18, 2007 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Beye Taylor Roz Enrique
    Milner Geremi N’zog
    Owen Viduka Martins

    Bench: Harper, Capaca, Faye, Barton, Butt

    If winning take off owen for barton
    If losing take off Martins for Emre to link things up

  • yemozone

    Oct 18, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #16

    I’M going with the malaysian youngster.




    sub .. barton taylor geremi martins/owen butt


    Oct 18, 2007 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17



  • iain

    Oct 18, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #18


    beye faye cacapa enrique

    milner rozehnal emre nzogbia

    owen martins


  • ChrisL

    Oct 18, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #19

    My team selection will possibly be a little controversial for some people, playing with three at the back & N’Zogbia+Beye as wing-backs.

    Viduka Owen
    Emre Butt
    N’Zogbia Beye
    Rozenhal Faye Cacapa

    Subs = Given / Taylor / Milner / Geremi / Martins

    What a team!!!

  • iain

    Oct 18, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #20

    our weaknesses imo have been…

    poor at defending set pieces – so we have to have our ch that are best in the air, that means roz misses out at ch. we looked so much better vs everton from free kicks/corners with faye/cacapa.

    our main problemthough is a lack of ball retention in mf that puts the back 4 under pressure too often and with butt/geremi we have lacked pace and passing in cmf which imo at this level is very very bad.

    roz/emre in cm have pace, technique and the ability to keep possesion. rozehnals pace makes him great for dmf imo as he wont have to foul people ala butt/geremi/smith to make up for there lack of pace and thus we would then have to defend fewer set pieces and the back four are under pressure less often.

    our poor ball retention in mf often leaves us with defenders being dragged out of position to cover for the miss placed passes in mf and good teams like city have shown what they can do to us with a bit of space and 1 defender out of position.

    you could argue all man citys goals came from our poor ball retention in mf, that then pulled our back line out of shape.

    i only left barton on the bench becuase emre deserves a start imo and as emre tires barton could come on and give us a lift in mf. id rather be bringing on barton late on to help us defend a lead than emre.

  • Alex

    Oct 18, 2007 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #21


  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 18, 2007 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #22

    switch nzogbia with emre and you have my line up

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 18, 2007 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #23

    and add given in for harper.

  • Bill f

    Oct 18, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #24

    I saw the headline that Robbo was out of the Tottenham team and thought great! Then realised they meant Robinson not Keane, I thought bu**er what a pity, as Keane has probably been their best player this year. I would rather have butterfingers playing and Keane out.

  • Bill f

    Oct 18, 2007 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Whatever team plays don’t we have a great bench?

  • Aussie Toonfan

    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Team for monday:
    Beye Cacapa Faye Enrique
    Milner Geremi Butt N’Zogbia
    Martins Viduka
    Subs: Harper, Emre, Barton, Taylor, Owen

    Think Roz is unlucky hes been good but i think t will be same as everton except Viduka for Smith… Emre will come on depending on if we are chasing and Barton at half time if we look like we need some hold of the midfield…

  • Jóhann

    Oct 18, 2007 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #27

    I´ve always rated Tottenham backup keeper very much. Remember when Robinson was last injured and he stepped in and performed very much well but then Robinson came back and he was out. I actually think today that he is better than Robinson but we´ll have to see how he handles being thrown in after not having played for some time. His name is C something, never remember the name!

  • Sinead

    Oct 18, 2007 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #28

    I can almost guarantee Keane to have an amazing match. That’s the way it is, if he was wearing the Spurs shirt on Sat and Weds then we’d have won both games comfortably. He’ll be amazing for Tottenham but couldn’t find the back of the net for us with almost too simple oppurtunites. So I can almost guarantee an amazing game from him.

  • Bill f

    Oct 19, 2007 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Thank you Sinead, you’ll be saying that he is Irish next!!

  • d

    Oct 19, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #30

    bad feeling about the game
    Tottenham is the team just like Arsenal and Man City


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