Selection Choices For Keegan On Saturday


We reported yesterday that Viduka, Martins and Emre could all be fit for Saturday, and that could pose Kevin Keegan some selection problems.

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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 – 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 hasn’t even had young Spaniard Jose Enrique on the bench.

This is the team we’d like to see turn out for Blackburn on Saturday:

Harper
Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
Milner Emre N’Zogbia Duff
Viduka Owen
Subs: Forster Cacapa Butt Smith Martins

There wouldn’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.

We’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 – comments welcome.



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31 comments so far

  • Leo* I HATE NICKY BUTT

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    i would snach that team sheet out of your hands and sing to the stars come saterday if that is the line up, in those positions, i just dont see keegan not playing smith barton or butt

    as much as i hate to say it

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  • John

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #2

    i would’nt p[lay that team at all…who exactly is going to protect the defence? Emre – doubt it – N zogbia – forget about it and not a midfielder… I would’nt play taylor either..I know hes a geordie but by god he has ben crap in recent weeks.

    Id have

    Harper

    Beye
    Cacapa
    Faye
    Enrique

    Duff ( right wing )
    Barton or Geremi
    Emre
    Z Zogbia ( left )

    Martins
    Owen

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  • Callum

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Butt and Smith are going to play whether we like it or not so you may aswell include them in your teams..

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  • HonoraryGeordie

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    I have always thought this season that the team sheet was so obvious, everyone would pick the same team… now I understand why Sam and Keegan have had so much difficulty. You have just selected a team that has no pace, height, or stability… and claim that as the best team possible! Do you not watch the games? Everyone complains about Smith and Butt yet you still have them wasting a space on the bench???
    The bench should be : Forster, Edgar,Duff , Lua Lua, Carroll
    The team sheet is more obvious than anything:
    Harper
    Beye Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Milner Faye Emre N’zogbia
    Martins Owen

    That team is the only team available with pace, attacking potential and solid defensive capabilities with the current squad!

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  • GP

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Harper
    Beye Cacapa Faye Enrique
    Milner Emre Geremi N’Zogbia
    Viduka Owen

    Apart from Emre I have no faith in our CM’s at all.

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  • HonoraryGeordie

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #6

    John, your team is at least a team with a chance of winning! We are playing Blackburn, if we play a midfield of Milner Emre Zog Duff, leaving Faye in the back four, we will be looking at another 5+ goals going past us!

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  • HonoraryGeordie

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Faye is the best CM we have!!

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  • Rich

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Honorary Geordie, thast the team i would play also!!

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  • Paul P

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #9

    my team for saturday

    harper

    beye, edgar, cacapa enrique

    milner, faye, emre, nzgobia

    viduka, owen

    subs, marins, carroll, forster, geremi, duff

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  • Rich

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #10

    OFFICIAL KEVS TEAM SHEET FOR SATURDAY:

    Harper

    Beye Taylor Faye N Zogbia

    Milner Butt Barton Duff

    Owen Smith

    Subs: Forster, Cacapa, Emre, Viduka, Geremi.

    I will beat my pennies on this, i dont think he will risk Martins and hel be back for the liverpool game, Emre will be lacking match sharpness so he will opt instead for no central midfied!

    I hope im wrong!!

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  • Jimmie

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #11

    And my team for saturday would be:

    Harper

    Geremi – Beye – Faye – Enrique

    Milner – Emre – N´Zogbia – Duff

    Owen – Martins

    Subs: Forster, Taylor, Butt, Caroll and Viduka

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  • Outlaw

    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Jimmie

    Taylor on the bench? Beye on the field? You havin’ a laugh???…

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  • Paul P

    Feb 28, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Rich

    Does not matter mate about whether they are sharp or not, we are at a crucial point in the season, we need our best players playing in order for us to get out of the mess we are in.

    Outlaw – I would drop taylor for a couple/ three games, his mistakes are costing us big time. its not only him mind, but he is guilty of alot of the time. 2 on saturday gone against ronaldo, but he is doing it against lesser players as well so its worrying. needs a break then hopefully he will come back better. Edgar is the one who should be given a chance.

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  • ChrisM

    Feb 28, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #14

    I THINK YOU’LL ALL FIND EMRE IS INJURED FOR SATURDAY.

    AS MUCH AS HE IS THE MOST CREATIVE PLYARE IN THE SQUAD AND SHOULD BE GIVEN A RUNOUT HE IS ALWAYS INJURED I’M AFRAID!

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  • Jimmie

    Feb 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Outlaw, yes I belive that Taylor could use a rest.

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  • phoonCK

    Feb 28, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #16

    The best team i feel we could put right now for Sat against Blackburn:

    ——- Harper
    Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
    – Milner Emre N’Zogbia
    ——– Duff
    —- Martins Owen

    Bench: Forster, Cacapa, Geremi, Barton, Viduka

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  • hanzemre

    Feb 28, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #17

    simply KK favoured Butt & Smith to play so we have slim chance to none to win any game, thanks to their non-existence on the pitch so pretty much the same lineup of late:
    ————Harper——————-
    Beye—-Faye—Taylor—-N’Zogbia
    Milner—Butt——Barton——Duff
    ——Smith——-Owen——-
    NO , not this line-up…i’d rather have Carr in for Butt or Edgar in for Barton. At least they know how to defend a bit. Due to lack of match fitness we’d only hope KK throws Emre,Martins,Viduka some part of the game. Let’s try something like this & keep away hapless Butt,Smith,Barton:

    —————Harper—————
    Geremi/Beye—Beye/Cacapa—Taylor–Enrique/Edgar
    Milner–Geremi–Emre/Faye–Duff/N’Zogbia
    Owen/Martins—-Martins/Viduka/Carroll
    .

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  • drh

    Feb 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #18

    this will never happen but here we go anyway!

    Harper
    Beye Faye Cacapa Enrique

    Geremi

    Milner Duff/Zog last 25-30 mins

    Emre

    Owen Martins

    Bench: Viduka, Forster, Zog, Taylor, Butt

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  • drh

    Feb 28, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    to add to the above, keep the ball on the floor lads, play through the channels, get the wingers moving wide and then driving in at the box with Emre the linch pin just behind the front two who offer speed for through balls to be played to feet!”!!!!!! NB When Emre was in Italy he played regularly in his first season and a half at the front of a middfield diamond, keeping many, many internationals either on the bench or left at home!!!!

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  • Jon

    Feb 28, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Taylor to another club!!!

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 28, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #21

    I think HonoraryGeordie comes closest, but I’m wondering if Geremi’s come back from the ACN with his abilities sharpened. I’ve heard he played very well there. He’s a more natural DM than Faye and Butt’s just not at the races. So playing Geremi gives the option to put Faye in at CB to replace Cacapa or Taylor (both of whom have been off the pace recently).

    It’s good to see people recognising that Zog’s best position is the front of midfield where he can carve through defences. Even if Emre’s crocked as usual, we have that option. Duff is the closest thing we have to a good crosser of the ball, so it would be good to get Milner, Zog and Duff all doing their thing.

    So I’d start with:
    Harper
    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Milner Geremi Zog Duff
    Owen Caroll

    With the option to bring on our semi-crocks (Viduka, Emre, Martins) as needed in the 2nd half.

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  • Linda Robinson

    Feb 28, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Leo says he hates Nicky Butt, but I’d rather have Nicky Butt than Joey Barton. I’m sick to death of having our, once, good name dragged through the mud yet again. I had hoped we had got rid of all the bad boys when we got rid of Dyer, Bowyer and Bellamy. At least Nicky works hard to get a result for Newcastle.

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  • briss

    Feb 28, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #23

    yea i’d bench taylor he played trash agaainst man u. it ws a disgrce really. if emre is fit i think it will be barton and emre in the cm. i’d like to see owen and martin or carrol and hve duke as sub. hes just too slow

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  • Ben

    Feb 28, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #24

    For starters, Taylor has only gotten away with his “lacklusture” performances of late due to his geordie background,yes he going to be good but hes average compared to others of similar ages and doesnt have a dunne type of player next to him to clear up his awful positioning.

    I may get stick for this team, but given his performance against liverpool, when he shifted to cb, Beye was man of the match for us.

    I would go with

    HARPER

    Geremi….Beye….Cacapa….Enrique

    Duff….Faye….Emre….N’Zogbia

    Owen….Viduka

    Subs…..Forster,carrol,martins,butt,edgar

    If he doestn go for enrique then its about time edgar got a shout,not n’zogbia

    Milner is omitted due to fatigue and poor performances as a result.

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  • Whitt

    Feb 28, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #25

    when has Duff gotten a single cross off this season? he never goes by anyone, and when he does cross, it goes behind the goal! am i the only one that sees this?!

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  • Whitt

    Feb 28, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    i agree w/ your lineup Ben, except Milner for Duff. Milner was our best player against Man U…not sure where these poor performances you’re referring to came. Geremi should only play as an overlapping RB. that’s why he was so good at the ACN. make the overlapping run, and whip the ball in.

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  • Kevin

    Feb 28, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #27

    HonoraryGeordie has it spot on. (post #4)

    Unfortunately, I still think that King Kev doesn’t have the option of sitting Butt and Smith. They WILL start. EVERY MATCH. Because of behind-the-scenes rubbish. Everyone knows they don’t deserve it, but they’ll continue to start. And we’ll continue to drop points.

    But Honorary Geordy’s lineup (and comments) are bingo in my book.

    “The bench should be : Forster, Edgar,Duff , Lua Lua, Carroll
    The team sheet is more obvious than anything:
    Harper
    Beye Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Milner Faye Emre N’zogbia
    Martins Owen”

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  • AdamCF

    Feb 29, 2008 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #28

    My team would be (it’s similar to others):

    Harper
    Beye Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Faye
    Milner Emre(if fit)/Duff
    N’Zogbia
    Owen Viduka

    Subs: Forster, Edgar or Carr (if fit), Geremi or Butt, Duff (if Emre is fit), Carroll and Smith (if Emre isn’t fit).

    I’d go Carroll instead of Smith, but somehow, others believe different.

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  • Leo* I HATE NICKY BUTT

    Feb 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #29

    fair enough linda robinson, ive never liked nicky butt, i dont like joey barton either. they are both a pile

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  • Leo* I HATE NICKY BUTT

    Feb 29, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    nicky butt is only getting inthe team because of his name… bobby saw past it didnt he, and wasnt he one of our more sucessful managers.

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  • HeronMag

    Feb 29, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Please, please, play Emre and Enrique KK. We just want to see people in their right positions!

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