Some good news today is that Joe Kinnear will have 5 new players to choose from, that he didn’t have available to him a short 8 days ago.
Oba Martins – to start up front with Andy Carroll?
New signings Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan will be available of course, and Oba Martins, Alan Smith and Mark Viduka have all trained well this week, with no repercussions of their injuries.
All three will be included in the squad for the vital game at WBA, where a win would do a lot to calm Newcastle fans’ nerves, that’s for sure.
Joe talked today about the squad for Saturday:
“Oba, Smudge and Dukes have all trained well this week and were out there this morning at St.James’,”
“I expect them all to take some part in Saturday’s game, all I’ve got to decide is if it’s from the start or from the bench.”
“I’d probably say Oba is the closest to starting and I’ll have another look at him on Friday.”
“It’s a massive boost having them back and you can sense an increase in the intensity of the training.”
“They are top-quality players and having them, as well as Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan, join in this week has really lifted spirits.”
The interesting choice will be who Martins is paired up front with, and certainly Andy Carroll looks in the best form at the moment, as Shola looked way off the pace last Sunday.
And we know the Carroll – Martins partnership has looked good in the past.
We’d like to think our terrible results of the last 8 games will come to an end, now that we have 3 new signings and some of our injured players coming back.
But the proof the pudding is in the eating, and the lads still have to do a good job on Saturday to capture all 3 points.
But at the very least we know Joe will have many more options than he’s had over the last month.
Now if only we can keep these players fit through the end of the season.