Hughton Has Several Selection Posers Sunday – Good

Newcastle’s stand-in manager Chris Hughton is tempted to put Oba Martins straight back into the Newcastle starting line-up for Sunday’s crucial game against Everton at St. James’ Park.


Oba Martins – fit again following groin surgery

Now that Nigerian striker Oba Martins is back in full training, it would be a little surprise if Oba isn’t starting on Sunday.

But it’s also true that Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands both did well in our last game at WBA, so it may be that Chris will start these two, and then bring Oba on at some point during the game.

The 24-year-old live-wire, who is a big favorite on Tyneside, has not played since the 3-0 win at Portsmouth in December, when he hurt his groin when stabbing in our second goal.

He didn’t do his usual somersault, so we knew there was something wrong.  Oba of course had a hernia operation in Munich, Germany last month, which seems to have fixed up the problem.

Oba has now been in full training for a solid two weeks, and knowing Oba he’ll be wanting to contribute to the team on Sunday.

Newcastle coach Chris Hughton told nufcTV today:

“There’s no doubt that there’s a temptation to put Oba straight back into the starting line-up,”

“But he’s been out for a while and we’ll have to assess what training he has done since he’s came back.”

“But that’s a nice problem to have and we’ll see what happens come Sunday.”

That’s just one of the selection posers (we’ll not call them problems) Chris will have, as he also has Jonas Gutierrez back from his one game ban, and will need to decide between Jonas, Duff and Ryan Taylor for who starts on the wings.

But these are good posers to have, and quite soon we’ll also have Danny Guthrie and Michael Owen back, and fingers crossed, we’ll almost have a full squad to choose from.

And our squad is quite strong when everybody is fit, with lots of competition for places, so hopefully we’ll be able to quickly get out of the relegation quagmire in a few weeks

Wouldn’t that be good!   😀

Comments welcome.

61 comments so far

  • magforlife

    Feb 20, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Oba or Shola, thats a no brainer surely.

  • safferman

    Feb 20, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    we HAVE to start wit Oba, im actually getting excited about this game…

  • DJG

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #3


    The Toffees would become stuck against that team.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    I would say start Oba and Bambi (cant beleive Im saying this but bear with me) so we have pace with one and possession the other, then depending on how the second half goes bring on Loven if we need x2 rockets and Dukes for Bambi as holding player.

    I think its 4 4 2 but if Everton stick 5 in the Mid we gonna have fun. Im predicting Nolan and Taylor (both) to have good games.

    Have faith lads and see you all in sjp on Sunday.

    Hope Stoke and Pompey draw
    West brom get beat
    Sunderland get beat
    Blackburn get beat

  • DJG

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #5

    I understand where your coming from Toon Graeme but have you ever seen Oba and Shola play together? They constantly give each other hacky looks and are anthing but complimentary. Shola trys to pull the ball down but Oba is usually nowhere near it. They are on a totaly different wavelength. Lovenkrands would cause more problems for Everton and can actualy keep possession quite well anyway.


    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #6

    ameobi like it or not does win headers upfront.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Im sure all will be revealed on Sunday.

    Im twitchin to get back at SJP.

    Hope its a loud one!

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #8

    here is my tactical analysis lol

    with the pace of oba and lovenkrands they will have no option but to defend realy deep

    which should give us more room in midfield

    the question is can we take advantage of the extra space?

  • Stardust

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #9

    DJG – Martins is on a different wave length to any team player! Cant control a ball, or pass a ball but is quick and powerful. Having said that providing Oba is up to speed, the speed of Loven and Oba would scare most back lines .

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #10


    to be fair he can pass he just never knows who too lol

  • chuck

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Taylor – Coloccini- Bassong-Enrique
    R Taylor
    Jonas Duff
    Xisco Martins

  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #13

    We should try to keep the ball on the deck as much as we can against Everton’s back four. Lescott & Jagielka are good in the air, but Jagielka looks susceptible to pace & movement.

    My main problem would be our ability to keep hold of the ball – our midfield don’t normally keep possession that well & aren’t great at the killer pass. If we play Lovenkrands & Oba as our front two, no doubt we will still fire aimless long balls up field from the back.

    We should try to pull Everton’s centre-halves out of position with quick movement & passing……….sigh , if only. …..

    I don’t think we would be too successful trying to batter our way through them.

    However, having said that, for the reason that I don’t think the rest of the team is set up to play a quick passing & movement type game, I believe we will see a big man – little man combination.

    How I wish we could play that game on Sunday though.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #14

    DJG – Agree wih your line-up but IMO Shola and Martins had the making of a good little partnership earlier in the season, not for the long term though as Ameobi is a sub not a starter for me.

    Chuck – Xisco is injured.


    The most important thing for sunday is to play with all our pacey players and run at and past the Everton player. Everton have got most things in their team, but not pace.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #15

    So anyone going to the NUSC rally – sorry pub before the match then? 🙂 (sorry bad joke)

    I think most the work will be done in the mid on Sunday. Just hope the offisde trap manouver doenst go tits up.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon Graeme, rather shoot myself in the head than be part of that mob that could be reponsible for getting us relegated yet.

    Wont be there unfortunately. Only games I’ve got penciled in are Spuds and Villa for the rest of the season.

  • chuck

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Ok Xisco` outs then its,
    Hmmmm, like that better than the original choice

  • Eaststander

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #18 is saying that Fred can leave on a free transfer after his contract is being bought out. Anyone know if we are in for him?

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Eaststander – Apparently we are, reported by the same site. Good player, rubbish attitude. I’d take him on a free though, we’d be mad not too.

  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #20

    From doon the road a bit….. Howaaaaaaay the Laaaaaaaaaads!!!

  • Eaststander

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Cheers Tom. I hope we are, not a bad player at all. Very bad attitude but for free surely worth a shot.

  • Yellow Belly

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #22


    R.Taylor Coloccini Bassong Enrique


    Duff Jonas

    Smith Lovenkrands


  • Soren

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Oba Obafe Oba Obafe Oba Obafe Obafemi Martins. My god I can’t wait to see him in action again. Martins and Lovenkrands would surely be a handful for Evertons defence.

  • murphy

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #24

    What’s ryan taylor like at defending? I’ve never seen him play at right back, granted he’s got a wicked cross but can he defend? is he another typical newcastle wing back? good at going forward but can’t defend for sh*t? Steven taylor is pretty strong and good-ish in the air so he might be more usefull?

  • Johno Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #25

    is viduka or smith not back? surely eother one would be a better option than shola

  • Whumpie

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #26

    So good to have choices again!

    I think we have two good line-ups, and can switch from one to another depending on how things go.

    This one plays the in-form players… plus Martins, because he’s just scary.

    R.Taylor – Colo – Bass – Enrique
    Duff – Nolan – Butt – Jonas
    —–Loverboy – Martins

    But this makes use of the understanding the two Taylors have from the England U21s, and switches from pace up-front to little ‘n’ large:

    S.Taylor – Col0 – Bass – Enrique
    R.Taylor – Nolan – Butt – Jonas
    ——-Viduka – Martins

    And if you’re 3-0 up and fancy going spacco for goals:

    R.Taylor – Col0 – Bass – Enrique
    —–Duff – Nolan – Jonas
    ————–Lua Lua
    ——-Viduka – Martins

    Skin ’em.

  • Yellow Belly

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #27

    tidy my last post up







    Duff and Jonas would naturaly cut in, Smith and Lovenkrands would naturaly cut out wide into the space left by the runs of Duff and Jonas. Maybe start with Ameobi to handle all the crosses

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #28

    murphy – Ryan Taylor is a natural RB. That is where he trained.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 20, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #29

    I forgot about Smith. Poor sod will probably end up as a back-up for when Butt’s pacemaker battery starts to go. Personally, I’d like to see him out there – we need battlers.

  • Whumpie

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #30

    I think our wings are looking very exciting – if a bit weak on the defensive side. Enrique and Jonas were amazing going forward against the Mackems, and both Duff and R.Taylor have shown what they can do recently.

    Our other option is the two Taylors, who showed against WBA that they have a good understanding and can ping off each-other well.



  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #31
  • AlanSmith.

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Team for Sunday.


    R. Taylor .. S. Taylor .. Bassong .. Enrique

    Nolan .. Coloccini .. Smith

    Jonas Duff


    Bench.. T. Krul, Lua Lua, Butt, Lovenkrands, Ameobi, Ranger, Vukic

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Gervinho is a lovely player to watch, but where do you play him. He is too lightweight to be an AM in the prem and he doesn’t score enough to play striker. He’s only fit in a 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 playing just off a front man. Bit of a luxury for most teams.

  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #34


  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Does anyone know how tall Andy Carroll is? A seen him near the Gate yesterday with his Girlfiend, he looks massive about 6ft7

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #36

    6ft 3

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Its cos he is very skinny. He is a beanpole.

  • Eaststander

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Appiah is also still a free agent. Didn’t impress spurs though so may be he isn’t fit enough to cut it.

  • VanCanToonFan

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Could the Smith supporters please explain themselves? He’s useless. FFS Xisco has more goals in a Newcastle jersey! I don’t even rate him for bench duty.

  • beyethegreat

    Feb 20, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #40


    smith supporters?


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