We reported yesterday that Viduka, Martins and Emre could all be fit for Saturday, and that could pose Kevin Keegan some selection problems.
Kevin Keegan – will have some choices for Saturday’s team
It was good news that the 3 players injured will be OK for Saturday, and now we only have Shay Given (groin), Peter Ramage (knee), Carr (hamstring again â€“ what else?), and Tim Krul (dislocated shoulder) out injured.
So it will be interesting to see who Keegan picks for the team. In the last few games he has consistently picked Alan Smith and Nicky Butt, even though they have hardly been playing well, and hasnâ€™t even had young Spaniard Jose Enrique on the bench.
This is the team weâ€™d like to see turn out for Blackburn on Saturday:
Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
Milner Emre Nâ€™Zogbia Duff
Subs: Forster Cacapa Butt Smith Martins
There wouldnâ€™t seem to be any room on the bench for young Andy Carroll, unless Martins is still not fit. Also Geremi is not included in the side above, and he played very well for Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations. It’s obvious one or two established players will not make the bench on Saturday.
It will be good when the number of substitutes is increased to 7 next season, as it will give more chance for the youngsters to get a taste of the first team atmosphere.
Weâ€™d also like to see a new midfield tried out since Barton and Butt have been lack-luster at best the last few games. At the moment an Owen Viduka front two would seem to be the best we have, as long as Mark turns up for the game.
We’d also like to see Emre given a chance in midfield alongside young Frenchman Charles N’Zogbia.
The defense will probably be unchanged except for young Enrique who we’d like to see at left back, and he would be marking David Bentley. Faye will be needed at the back to curb the aerial threat of Santa Cruz.
So it will again we interesting to see who Kevin picks for the game. Another defeat is unthinkable, so we’ll have to put an attacking side out and hope for the best. The Newcastle fans can also make a huge difference on Saturday with their patient and continued support.
What do you think the team should be?
Let us know â€“ comments welcome.