Keegan Has Selection Choices For Tomorrow

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 week’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 N’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 – 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 – 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.

We’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
Viduka Owen
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 we’re tired of him giving away fouls all the time, and picking up yellow cards – he now has 9 yellows and one more and he’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.

We’ll have our match preview later today – and we may even alter the above team – but let’s have your thoughts on our best team for tomorrow.

Comments always welcome – just keep the language fairly decent for the bairns.

42 comments so far


    Feb 8, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1


    Beye Faye Taylor Enrique

    Milner Barton Emre Duff

    Viduka Owen

    Subs: Harper, Carr, Butt, Lua Lua, Carroll

  • Robert from Serbia

    Feb 8, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    i agree with Craigg !

  • ToonKing

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    i’m with Craigg too, but Smith on the bench instead of Andy.

  • Neil A H

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    This is what I would do, but it won’t happen.

    Beye, Faye, Taylor, Enrique
    Milner, Barton, Emre, Duff
    Carroll, Owen

    Let’s give Carroll a shot since Viduka and Smith have been so unproductive lately

  • Kash2

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Is it me, or is everyone oblivious to Cacapa being a liability??? I think Faye should come in, even though I fear for Cacapa, Taylor had a bad game against Boro.

    Maybe it’s worth putting Faye into DM and let Emre loose, and if we need it we can always drop 3 at the back!

    However, Enrique and Beye will make a huge difference to the back line. We’ll see a higher line played as they’ll both push up and support the midfield!

  • Bosck

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #6

    i don’t agree with craigg about the bench at least, and definately dont agree with kash2 about cacapa. if you’re gonna drop cacapa (which i don’t think we should ) then he should at least be on the bench for Carr. personally given availabilities would go for:






    ————————– Owen————————–

  • Graeme

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #7

    I would leave Taylor on the bench. He’s been making to many errors lately, he probably needs a rest!!

  • Gordon

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Barton and Emre will start – just pray Butt doesn’t

  • steve k

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Duff should start after his performance on Wednesday night, he’ll have picked up some confidence and will be raring to go against Villa.

  • M

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #10

    I would have…


    I think he will keep faith after Cacapa had a good game and seems to be getting better in PM, all though Faye could demand a spot soon, may take Barton’s place…

  • Gordon

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Agree with Craigg’s starting 11 – IF Martins isn’t fit.

    If he is I’d have him in the team with Owen and make them get the ball down and pass it.

  • Gordon

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #12

    hope Milner’s form picks up

  • JJ

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #13





    Subs: Milner, Martins, Viduka, Casapa, Harper.
    Martins is injured otherwise prefer him to Owen, as with Viduka and Smith. Milner can replace Zog if his head is not right.

  • Rich

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I think your team is spot on Ed i would go for exactly the same!

  • Kash2

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #15

    N’Zogbia is suspended

  • Chicken

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Cannit believe eveyone’s got Barton in their team!

    Do you lot have no moral standing at all? The guy is scum and the sooner he gets banged up again the better.

    Faye and Emre in the mid.

  • Kash2

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #17

    What have morals got to do with football???

    Nothing, thats what!!!

  • paul p

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #18

    my team is


    beye, faye, capaca, enrique

    milner, barton, emre, duff

    viduka, owen

    subs, taylor, ameobi, smith, harper, martins (if fit if not then has to be butt or carr)

  • richard

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Zoggy is suspended unfortunately…

    — Harper —

    Beye — Taylor — Faye — Carr/Enrique

    Milner — Barton — Emre — Duff

    — Owen — Viduka —

    I really didn’t rate Given at all against boro – didn’t even bother moving for their goal, i know it was offside but he should have played to the whistle. Shite distribution as well. Cacapa was quality but I’d prefer Taylor’s pace… Not sure if Enrique is fit though he did play 90 for Spain midweek. Emre deserves 90 minutes, and I would like to see lualua or Troisi get 15 minutes later on too

    bench of Given, Cacapa, Butt, Lua Lua, Troisi and Smith

  • Kash2

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #20

    I think Given concedes possession too easily because he likes to boot the ball up field every time he gets it. Stuart pearce was going mad with David James the other day for lobbing it up field. KK should have a word with Given too, we need to play possession football and that starts at the back!

  • Kash2

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #21

    I’d like to see Troisi get a run out soon too. Australia are a team developing very well, and he seems to be on the fringe of the 1st team. I don’t really know much about him, has anyone seen him play for the reserves?

  • Dan

    Feb 8, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #22

    graeme is that some kind of sick joke? taylor has been immense

  • playzoginthemiddle

    Feb 8, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #23

    I’d put money on Carr starting. Disaster though it would be.

  • Johann

    Feb 8, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
    Milner Barton Emre Duff
    Carroll Viduka

    Immense team.

  • Dragoner

    Feb 8, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #25

    i agree with your team paul, except i would have harper in goal

  • Marty

    Feb 8, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #26

    I reckon it should look like this!!!
    beye cacapa taylor enrique

    duff faye barton emre

    Viduka Owen

  • Dragoner

    Feb 8, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #27

    no dan taylor has NOT been “immense” he makes too many mistakes

  • Bill F

    Feb 8, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #28

    I would really like to see Owen and Carrol start together.

    And PlayZog I think it will be worse than that as I reckon Butt will also start.

  • dirk

    Feb 8, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #29

    bench. given, milner, smith, butt, edgar
    given has lost his way a bit so harper should get a turn finally after being out since september! give milner a rest as he needs it! take taylor off in the second half for milner and put faye in defence then.

  • Leo*

    Feb 8, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #30

    keegan will keep faith with cacapa so i would tend to agree with you ed on the team selection so it will either be

    beye cacapa taylor enrique
    milner faye emre duff
    owen viduka


    beye faye cacapa enrique
    milner barton emre duff
    owen viduka

  • nufctj

    Feb 8, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Ed’s got it right, exact same line up I would play!

  • Bjergvehn

    Feb 8, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #32

    My team for tomorrow !


    Bench.: Given, Carr, Barton, Butt, Andy C.

    Viduka not gonna last whole 90min. So Carroll or Smith will be ready.
    But I fear that Given & Barton will start. . .

  • rob

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #33

    harps shouls start given has lost it i have been a fan of steve for years

  • Daniel Petersen

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #34

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique

    Milner Barton Emre Duff

    Shola Owen

    Bench- Viduka(sub in 70th min), Laulau, Harper,
    Carroll, Carr

  • Punk Skunk

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Subs:Given-Carr-Taylor-Lua Lua-Carroll

  • Obafan

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Beye – Cacapa – Faye – Enrique
    Barton – Butt – Emre – Duff
    Owen – Viduka

    Subs: Harper – Taylor – Milner – Smith – Carroll

  • Swede1891

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #37

    This is it!!

    Beye Cacapa Faye Enrique

    Milner Barton Emre Duff

    Owen Viduka

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #38

    same as Swede

  • Ant

    Feb 8, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Beye Cacapa Faye Enrique
    Milner Barton Emre Duff
    Owen Viduka

  • petworth magpie

    Feb 8, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Obafan?? you just lost all credibility


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