The lads played very well indeed on Monday night, when they ended up worthy winners 2-0 against Aston Villa, and were able to limit captain Michael Owen to a minute or so of first team football, in his comeback from groin injury problems.
Michael Owen – itching to get back in Newcastle’s side
But now with Shola and Oba Martins playing so well up front it would be a little unfair to replace one of them with Michael, and we need a big guy up front in any case, with Shola’s role being to help batter the opposition defense. And he gave Danish defender Martin Laursen a tough game on Monday night, although Matt gave as much as he got, in an intriguing struggle between the two.
So maybe the time is right to try the 4-3-3 that Kevin Keegan used so successfully, when he faced a similar challenge once Mark Viduka came back last season, and it seemed to work so well.
But we’re not sure if Joe has used 4-3-3 many times.
With Joey Barton looking so good as a box to box midfielder. we could definitely play three in the middle of the Park with Barton, Butt, Guthrie and Geremi all challenging for those positions.
We’ll have to wait and see what Kinnear decides to do, but Joe is coming off an excellent piece of coaching from Monday night, where he may have even out-coached the great Martin O’Neill on the night.
We must also be in with a reasonable of chance of getting all 3 points at Craven Cottage, although Fulham are always a difficult team to play, because they always play with 100% commitment and heart every game.
Captain Michael Owen is itching to get back on Sunday and said:
“Hopefully, I can get back in for that one,” “It’s always nice coming back into a team that has won a game or two.”
“And when you win you get a little bit greedy and want another win.” “It wasn’t a serious injury I’ve had, but it’s been a frustrating one, given the timing.”
Owen will be anxious to get back in the Newcastle side as he tries to impress England manager Fabio Capello, who has left him out of the two previous England squads, which have also done so well. Michael needs to start hitting those goals again, although the England boss has warned goals must come with also playing well in the team.
Michael talked about getting back in the England squad:
“That just comes with playing well and scoring goals,” “It’s a by-product of doing well for your club.”
The team Joe selects for the game at Craven Cottage will be interesting now he has some of his better players back. But Mark Viduka and Ignacio Gonzalez are still out with Achilles probelms, with do dates set for their return to training.