Which Team Will Kevin Pick Tomorrow?

One of the things that has alarmed us a little over the last several weeks is Kevin Keegan’s team selection.


Kevin Keegan
– what line up will he come up with?

As we’ve said before Kevin seems to pick the players with the big names, which is independent of how they are performing at the club.

Thats one thing we accused Big Sam of, but his team selections were often weird – playing Milner and N’Zogbia together on the wings only a few times, but even then playing Milner on the left and Charles on the right. Charles is left footed and James had to swing in his crosses with his right foot so had to stop to do that, and the opposing full backs knew that.

That may remain one of the biggest mysteries of Sam’s reign – what was he thinking.

But the team tomorrow will be interesting. Let’s assume Viduka is fit to start, and we know James Milner isn’t available for at least the next couple of weeks.

This is the side we’d like to see put out for tomorrow:

Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
Duff Geremi Barton N’Zogbia
Owen (c) Martins
Subs: Forster Cacapa Diatta Viduka Butt

We would have liked to start Viduka but to us Martins must start and Owen too, because he can get a goal for us at any time, and hopefully he will start producing for us soon.

Again we cannot find a place for Smith, even on the bench, unless we want to leave Cacapa out, since we think Diatta must be a sub, so he can perhaps get a short run-out to ease him into the action.

We’d like to see Geremi given a chance in the defensive midfield position. He can play well there, and we wouldn’t even mind if Smith got a shot at that position either, but not as a striker.

However, we don’t think Kevin will pick that team – this is the team we think Keegan will pick.

Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
Duff Butt Barton N’Zogbia
Owen (c) Smith
Subs: Forster Geremi Diatta Viduka Martins

It will greatly disappoint us if Kevin starts Owen and Smith up front again, but that’s what we expect.

Kevin has some selection dilemmas however, because if he wants Geremi on the bench he may have to drop Cacapa, but that’s also assuming Diatta will be on the bench. There’s also no room for young Andy Carroll unfortunately.

Comments and your teams for tomorrow night are very welcome.

84 comments so far

  • scott9

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    yep that is exackly the team i would like to see ed apart from i probably would rest taylor as he is making quit alot of mistakes recently so i would probably play diatta

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    a shit one, thats for sure.

    Id like:

    Beye Faye Edgar Enrique
    Lualua Butt Barton N’Zogbia
    Martins Carroll

  • scott9

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    however keegan will play this team im sure of it
    beye faye taylor enrique
    duff butt barton zog
    owen smith
    i would be very suprised if smith or butt were dropped

  • Eric

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Up to KK whether he picks an XI that will fight and win or chooses a P45 along with his Summer unemployed losers. So what is wrong with Harper, Beye, Diatta, acapa, Enrique, Geremi, Faye, NZogbia, Duff, Martins, Carroll. Will not be picked with Martins lucky to play. What has he got against Martins when he was such a fan of Tino?

  • Leo

    Mar 16, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    i want this team, dispite the fact i dont particularly like butt barton or smith


    beye faye diatta enrique

    duff butt barton nzogbia

    owen smith

    i would be elated though is smith was not in there, because he isnt good enough, ideally i would have viduka there, or maybe even martins because either have their positives, but im sure smith will be in there, because this so called contract insert…

    maybe craigg is write that keegan is only playing smith because martins and viduka arnt fit

    i hope so and i hope maybe tomorrow they are fully fit

  • Viper

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #6

    I have fear Smith will be there alongside MO, after his seeming ‘vote of confidene’ FOR smith.
    I also do not see KK playing ANOTHER radically different squad from his normal.
    We know and hope he does.
    On the lads (for us lot who care like religion)

  • scott9

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #7

    martins has to play defenders just dont now what hes gonna do he can come up with something out of nothing in my opinion he is one of the most talented players in the premier league he is special he has a special talent something that ordinary players dont have he needs to play he could save us from relagation

  • Lee lee

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    If Smith has got that clause , it has to be the daftest thing ive heard for a long time .Who would sign an average player and have a must play clause .I dont even mind the team Ed thinks We,ll play apart from Smith as a Striker.We may aswell field 10 players for all the good he,s been doing.

  • stanley

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #9

    i am getting sick to see Martins waste time on the bench again.In fact,i am wondering who’s the one to decide the start line up every march?!Is that Dennis Wise…?!@Gods know!

    Anyway,wish my choice as under can be appear in monday night

    Beye Taylor/faye Cacapa Jose
    Geremi Barton Butt Duff
    Martins Owen/Viduka

    The selection between taylor and faye coz they are the same style of defender which will cause our defensive speed.

    And Owen absoultely lack of heart play for magpies,but i don’t think KK will drop him down

  • Sturla

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #10

    I pretty much agree with you on both your team selection and the team Keegan will put out. Of course it is easy for us fans to criticize the selection when things are going bad, but there is nothing that says that fans selection would to better. It might be the same or worse. Then we’d be complaining that Keegan should be consistent in his team selection. If Smith would be left out we would complain that the fighting spirit was missing with Smith out. The thing is we’ll always complain when things are going bad.

  • Hen

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11

    I think Butt and Barton would make an adequate pairing in the middle IF Barton played to his old standards. Frankly we don’t see the training ground and I did rate the Barton of old, just taking his time to get back in to it after the injuries and his “new years holiday”.If not then Zog in the middle and Lua Lua on the right, we need attacking options in the centre of midfield and Geremi/Butt/Smith don’t cut it.
    KK cannot play Smith and Owen up front again, not now Martins and Viduka are fit. It wasn’t working end of story.

  • Nomis_jade

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #12

    i concur with most people. I reckonkk will pick this team;
    Beye taylor faye enrique
    Duff butt barton nzog
    Duke Owen

    However, it will be very interesting to see if smith is involved in the starting 11. My team would be a little different;

    Beye diatta faye enrique
    Duff geremi barton Nzog
    Duke Owen

    Diatta beye and faye have just played six good games with each other at the ACN so i reckon they could be pretty solid.
    Iv picked geremi over butt cos butt does my head in with his shit passing, regardless of his tackling and work rate.
    And i would prob start with Duke and owen, and bring martins on for Duke, who will undoubtably get tired!

  • Leo

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #13

    the team he will put out tomorrow is


    g.johnson terry toure clichy

    ronaldo carrick gerrard j.cole

    berbatov martins

    — oh well i chose one player correct…

    i heard a funny joke…

    what does a toon fan do after his side has just beat real madrid in the championsleague final…

    switch fifa 08 off

  • Tom Cairns

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I know Butt isn’t everyone’s favorite player but it is interesting to see so many backing geremi to replace him even after his abysmal displays pre-Christmas. have people just forgotten or are they hoping that he will just play better now after a pretty successful ACN?

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Leo i hope he will name this side:

    Dani Alves Mexes Kompany Chivu
    Ribery——————–van der Vaart


  • johny butler

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #16

    k.k needs a team with a least a bit fight in them there fore would go for harper,beye,faye,taylor,enrique,geremi,diatta,barton,zog,martins,carrol

  • dragoner

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #17

    if smith and owen is up front partnership kk is an idiot

  • si

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #18

    This is the team I’d like to see us play:


    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique

    Geremi Barton Nzogbia Duff

    Owen Martins
    Subs: Forster, Diatta, Smith, Carroll, Viduka

    This is the team I think KK will play:

    beye faye taylor enrique
    duff barton butt zog
    owen Martins

    Subs: Forster, Smith, Diatta, Viduka, Geremi

  • Hadji

    Mar 16, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Or maybe this one
    ……………………….De Rossi…………………………..
    …………Luis Fabiano………….Mario Gomez……..

  • CJ

    Mar 16, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Tony Cairns 100% agree about Geremi and people saying they want him in the team. He has not had 1 half decent game for us and has been a complete joke when he has played he has looked uninterested just like Duff instead of going looking for the ball he hides from the ball and when he recieves the ball he does not know what to do with it and rushes his passes always losing possesion i would rather have Smith or Barton or Butt or Emre in CM than Geremi i would be happy if he never kicked a ball again for us.

  • CJ

    Mar 16, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #21

    Has anyone read about Dennis Wise on 1.5m a year wages payed by the club and spending saturday at the theatre what a fookng joke we have a team full of players getting payed millions and are a complete joke and now we have people who do not have much imput in the club also getting payed for fook all.


    Mar 16, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #22

    -Beye– Faye –Taylor– Enrique
    -Martins- Barton—N’Zogbia-

  • faustino

    Mar 16, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #23

    My money’s on:

    Beye Taylor Feye Enrique
    Duff Smith Barton N’Zogbia
    ……Owen Viduka

    With Barton pushing on and Smith holding/kicking

  • milnerfan

    Mar 16, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Heres a question, do you think that smith and butt will go in the summer if we bring in more mid fielders? And another striker? or do you think other players will have to make way for them to fit into the starting 11 each week?

  • nightfall

    Mar 16, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #25

    beye (c) faye edgar enrique
    lualua geremi n’zogbia duff
    martins carroll

    subs: forster, taylor, butt, emre, shola

  • dragoner

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #26

    oh for f**k sake! now fulham are winning 1-0

  • Andreas

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #27

    My prediction:
    Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
    Smith Butt Barton Duff
    Owen (c) Viduka
    Subs: whomever

    My choice (although I do not want to see Owen, Butt and possibly Barton playing next season):
    Beye Faye Diatta/Capaca Enrique
    Duff Butt Barton N’Zogbia
    Owen (c) Martins
    Subs: Forster Geremi Viduka Carrol Edgar

  • ToonKing

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #28

    I’d like

    Dani Alves Nesta Rio Taiwo

    Carrick—–Yaya Toure—–Muntari

    —————van Nistelrooy————

    seriously now………i’d like to see

    Beye Faye Cacapa Enrique
    Duff Barton Lua Lua Zog

    Subs: Forster, Diatta, Butt, Smith, Martins

  • daiv

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #29

    KK will pick Smith somewhere. Probably as a striker. In that case we deserve to get relegated because KKs team selections are peverse. Its no good saying we have players to get us out of trouble (Martins Viduka Lua Lua) if we KK keeps picking old farts like Smith and Butt. If he picks Smith again, it means that the guy has lost the plot. Bonkers. Hell bent on doing it his own way into oblivion…Championship. He does not want to be shown to be wrong, so he’ll keep picking Smith until he scores a goal and say “see, Smith is golddust.” 1 on 0 goals in 38 games is not really golddust. I’d back myself to score 1 goal a season even if it went in off my backside.

  • daiv

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Everybody is winning games except the Toon. its between us and Bolton for the 3rd place.

  • Leo

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #31

    alves was in my team as was kompany but decided to limit myself to prem players

  • Leo

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #32

    so what if wise is getting paid 1.5 million a year. for that money he cant be expected to work every hour god gives him… get off his back…

  • shirts

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #33

    Fulham have won and Bolton have just gone 1-0 down to 10 man Wigan… I don’t know what to hope for there… should I pray for a draw?

  • dragoner

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #34

    im watching wigan v bolton on the net, wigan have ten men yet bolton still cannot handle them, wigan should be 2 or 3 up, they continue to play really well

  • shirts

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #35

    What about

    Beye, Diatta, Cacapa, Enrique
    Duff, Emre, N’Zogbia
    Owen, Martins

    Duke off the bench

    Is Emre still injured?

  • nate dawg

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #36

    beye faye diatta enrique
    gerimi barton zog
    martin duke

    forster taylor carrol duff smith

    owen doesnt have his pace anymore but is a decent passer and has great eye for space so would be ideal pick out martins runs and playing into duke and might help link the whole squad cause gerimi and zog can be fairly defensive wen we aint got the ball

  • CJ

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Some of them teams people are suggesting we have more chance in signing Bin Laden and his 50 odd sons probalby still better than Smith.

  • Tripp

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Let Wigan win. They’re already ahead of us in the table and the way we’re playing we really need somebody else to suck as badly as we do. Fulham has just shutout everton (WTF happened to the Toffees today?) so they’re catching up. Makes the Fulham game that much more crucial.

  • CJ

    Mar 16, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #39

    Leo i am not having a go at Wise it is prob just paper talk but it says the club want an explantion so if that is the case he was meant to be on club business not at the theatre . Whatever it is getting paid 1.5mil for watching football and sitting on your ass in your hometown with your family sounds like the best job in the world to me.

  • Bob

    Mar 16, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Would be pleased if Wigan hold on for a win against Bolton…. would keep Bolton firmly in the third spot for relegation.


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