There have been some calls from Newcastle fans recently for the team to revert to a 4-3-3 formation, so we can play all 3 strikers, Owen, Martins and Viduka up front, much like Kevin Keegan did last season, with some significant success.
Owen and Martins likely to start for Newcastle up front against Stoke
But it looks like Joe Kinnear will resist that temptation, at least for tomorrow’s visit of Stoke City.
Joe Kinnear has reverted to 4-3-3 in some games when Newcastle needed the goals, and while we may see all three on the pitch at some time in the second half tomorrow, it looks like Joe will be starting only two, and most probably Owen and Martins.
Joe said today:
“We could go with the three-pronged attack at some stage in the game, but you have to be loyal to the rest of the players,”
“We’ve got a well-balanced midfield with Butty and Danny in the middle, Charles and his dangerous left foot on one side and Spiderman on the other.”
“If I went with three from the start you have to be careful because if you lose possession in certain areas there could be three players out of the game.”
“But if things are forced upon me then I’ll take a chance because I’ve always been a manager that is not afraid to take risks.”
“But I think to start with I’ll stay loyal to the bank of eight which has done well for us and it will be two from three up front.”
It seems like Joe is also a big believer in wingers, and of course we have two good ones in Gutierrez and N’Zogbia, who will start tomorrow on the right wing and left wing respectively.
Certainly Jonas has a happy knack of creating lots of chances, and we are also expecting big things from Charles tomorrow too.
If the defense can again play a very tight game at the back once again, it will hopefully take but one goal to wrap up all 3 points, and that’s what we have to hope for tomorrow.
If we can do that there’ll be a lot of happy Newcastle fans at 5:00 pm local time tomorrow afternoon, that’s for sure. 😀