Kevin Keegan will have a few players back for the important game against Aston Villa tomorrow.
Kevin Keegan – spoiled for choice tomorrow?
The Newcastle manager has four players back into his squad – Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye, our two Senegalese defenders returning from the African Cup of Nations, and two players back from injury in striker Mark Viduka and left-back Jose Enrique.
Mark did come on in last weekâ€™s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough, and it will be interesting now that Kevin has some competition for places who he will pick for the starting line-up..
Charles Nâ€™Zogbia is suspended for this game having picked up 5 yellow cards, and Oba Martins will not play because of an ankle injury.
One decision Kevin has to make is where to play Abdoulaye Faye â€“ either at center-back or defensive midfield, but he needs to start somewhere tomorrow. Since Claudio Cacapa has been playing quite well at the back â€“ he may start Faye in defensive midfield for Nicky Butt, and then the other central midfield position will be between Emre and Barton.
However, Kevin may want to start both Barton and Emre because they have some creativity in their play, and can create openings. An element of our play that has been missing lately.
Weâ€™d like to see Owen and Viduka start up front and maybe Milner and Duff on the wings in this team:
Beye Cacapa Taylor Enrique
Milner Faye Emre Duff
Subs: Harper Carr Butt Barton Smith
Kevin may well want to give another start to Joey Barton, and because Duff had a full game for Ireland against Brazil on Wednesday night, it may make sense to start Damien on the bench tomorrow. Alan Smith has been disappointing up front, and weâ€™re tired of him giving away fouls all the time, and picking up yellow cards â€“ he now has 9 yellows and one more and heâ€™ll miss a couple of games. So we’d be surprised if Alan keeps his place tomorrow, even though he’ll not be happy to be dropped – but who is?
So that’s what we were thinking for tomorrow’s game. What do you think the team should be? This is getting to be an important game for us because we just have to start picking up points in the league.
Weâ€™ll have our match preview later today â€“ and we may even alter the above team â€“ but letâ€™s have your thoughts on our best team for tomorrow.
Comments always welcome – just keep the language fairly decent for the bairns.