Joe Kinnear has not yet decided who he will play in defense tomorrow, against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Habib Beye – center-back tomorrow?
It would appear that Joe can select between Jose Enrique and Charles N’Zogbia for the left back spot, but he also has options to bring in more experience to the middle of the defense. He could play Habib Beye there, and play Bassong maybe in the right-back spot and Charles or Jose at left-back.
But it seems that Joe will need to concentrate more on defense for his back four, and that may tell against N’Zogbia at left back.
Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I am still mulling over the formation of our defense at Stamford Bridge tomorrow and I do have two or three options.”“I could leave things as they were when we started against Wigan Athletic last Saturday, even though I know Jose Enrique did not have the best of games and that is why I took him off.”
“I could change one of our central defenders and play him at left-back and obviously Charles N’Zogbia is an option. One of the things in Charles’ favor is that he is brilliant going forward, but he is a bit of a worry at the other end.”
“And in the end it may all go down to what Chelsea are going to do up front. I am assuming that Joe Cole will be on their right and I will have to decide just who is the best to cope with him.”
“There would not have been a problem had Steven Taylor been fit but now I have been left with a difficult decision and it is important that I make the right decision.”
We’d like to see Habib at center-back, and he’s played there before for the club and played very well. Maybe his experience at the back would be better used tomorrow in the center of our defense.
It’s asking a lot of young Seb Bassong to play against Chelsea’s excellent attacking players, as he is still learning the ropes to a large extent, although center-back is his favorite position.
We’ll not know what Joe’s team is until around 2:30 pm tomorrow local time, for what is going to be an extremely difficult game for the lads.
We’ll need to show some guts and spirit tomorrow, and not a small amount of skill, if we are to get anything out of tomorrow’s game.
Fortune favors the brave – so we still need to give it a go.