Faye and Taylor Back for Saturday

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce hopes to plug the gaps in his leaky Newcastle United defense in Saturday’s game with Blackburn Rovers.

And Big Sam is confident he will have his central defenders Abdoulaye Faye and Steven Taylor, both back in his squad to face Mark Hughes side.

Taylor and Faye were ruled out of Saturday’s horror show against Liverpool – and they very were badly missed.


Abdoulaye Faye – powerful defender was missed on Saturday

After picking up the North East Football Writers Association Young Player of the Year award on Sunday night, Taylor travelled to Leeds yesterday to see a specialist about the back injury he aggravated while playing for England Under-21s last week.

And Taylor is upbeat about his chances of returning at Ewood Park. Faye is also ready to return from the hamstring problem he picked up in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light earlier this month, where he had an outstanding game, at least in the first half.

Sam Allardyce must be pleased he has Faye and Taylor back for Saturday as he said on Tuesday:

“I hope to have some players back from injury at Blackburn – Abdoulaye Faye and Steven Taylor from a defensive point of view.

“We’ll see how he goes this week, but we’re hoping we may get Abdoulaye back for the weekend.

“He’s a big player for us in defense. He’s a powerful in the air and has the presence we need.”

Meanwhile, United are hoping Michael Owen could be looking at a three to four-week absence rather than the feared six-week lay-off after he tore a thigh muscle playing for England in Austria a week past Friday.

The Chester-born striker is due back from Germany this week and the hope is that he can back into the Newcastle scene sooner rather than later. However, Allardyce is not just concerned with those in the treatment room.  He admits that striker Mark Viduka and mdifielder Joey Barton are still far from fit and are not showing good form at the moment, after recovering from their respective injuries.

Barton has not got anywhere near the kind of form he is capable of since arriving at St James’s Park and was left on the bench on Saturday. Viduka has also not looked 100% match fit in his last two games against Sunderland and Liverpool after also coming back from injury.

This led Allardyce to say:

“We have to work the players through the week and try and pick up their sharpness.

“There are still players, like Mark Viduka and Joey Barton, who have not had a lot of games to pick up their sharpness. We have to keep working at that.”

We need all players who will be in the squad on Saturday to understand just how important this game is. Football is a very strange game and good runs start at the most unlikely of times., Let’s hope we can start one at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Comments very welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Jeremy9

    Nov 29, 2007 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Well I just hope we can play at least good football for the next game. Hate to say it, but a loss wouldn’t suprise me. I think we all know we need four in the back. And Michael Owen being injured again, that’s just so frustrating. If anything, some good results in the next few so BSA has some breathing room. That and we need some chemistry with the same players and same formation.

  • paul the pom

    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #2

    well said,everybody keeps talking about our leaky defence,well i reckon its the disjointed midfield that run around like headless chickens barring emre that are inviting pressure onto the the defense.if your going to sit deep and hit on the break you need fast breaking players not utility men.

  • true

    Nov 29, 2007 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #3

    WHY are we obsesed with DEFENCE!
    heres a wild thought WHY NOT focus on ATTACK we worrie too much about leaking goals so what if we leak two goals if we score three (remember the King K days, Ah….. happy days) Lets start attacking teams that alone will take pressure off our defence.
    This football managmnet game is so easy 🙂

  • yemozone

    Nov 29, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    The problem with the team is the midfield.If the midfield id not doing their job,then the 4 man defence will be exposed to the opposition’s midfield and strikers.Even if u bring rio Fedinand to newcastle it won’t solve a DAMN! thing as long has BS is not using the right people in the midfield.

    One thing i want all of you to know is thast we have good defenders in cacapa,rozehnal,beye,faye,taylor and enrique but the midfield is exposing this guys too much .That is while they are not gelling at the moment.

    Come january transfer,we need to buy like
    3 quality midfielders
    we don’t need anymore defenders
    we need to buy 2 strikers – 1 youngster and 1 established striker

    sell owen,ameobi,geremi and butt

  • Jerry

    Nov 29, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    I totally disagree with this whole premise that the defence is struggling because they are new to the PL and therefore have not coped.

    The defence is poor now because they are always under pressure because we cant keep the ball!!!! Individually are defenders are excellent. Even the much slated Cacapa. No defence in the world would withstand the stupid tactics Sam Allardyce employs

  • Craig Allen

    Nov 29, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    That midfield needs to gel and quick. Doesn’t help that there’s no selection and positional consistency either!

  • admin

    Nov 29, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Jerry – you could well be right !

  • ToonKing

    Nov 29, 2007 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Faye coming back will be a massive boost. I had mix feelings when he joined but i just fell in love with him (no gay).

  • Stamford Toon

    Nov 29, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #9

    I would like to see the back four of
    Beye, Ros, Cacapa and the Bull
    in front of the back four Faye
    midfield Milner choice of (Butt Emre Barton)
    up front (choice of Smith or Viduka) & Martins
    (or Ownes when fit)
    Faye would give the defense some cover and three in front of him should be able to set things up for the forwards, or get forward themselves and score something. The midfield have been our main problem this season of that I am sure.

  • Jeremy9

    Nov 29, 2007 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Well it’s probably been said on here, but the injury to our big signing Barton has hurt us bad. He’s been out and out of form when on. It’s probably hurt us more than anything.

  • Leo

    Nov 29, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #11

    jerry ur right, all i can say bout faye and taylor being back is

    brillient grand great


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