It would be good to see Alan Smith in midfield for our game at Bolton this Sunday, and he could form a decent central midfield partnership with Nicky Butt.
Alan Smith – central midfield on Sunday?
Danny Guthrie may even be fit again to take over, until Kevin Nolan returns from a 3 game suspension he now must serve.
Alan has made a successful comeback from an ankle injury after playing three Reserve team games, and when he came on for the last minutes of the game on Sunday he looked good and anxious to do well.
That’s not surprising given that was Smith’s first appearance of the season for the Magpies. It could be that the England international could start at the Reebok Stadium, but Chris is not saying too much about what he’s thinking, and we don’t even know if Danny Guthrie will be fit for Sunday.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s three games, and it’s a problem for us, but these are the problems you have to overcome.”
“Where we’re fortunate is that we’ve got players who have come back from injury.”
“The bench was probably as strong, experience-wise, as we’ve had for some time. In these periods you need that.”
That sounds as though Guthrie may be ready for Bolton – we hope so, because Danny has hardly ever let the side down when he’s played, and while he’s still improving as a player, he could become another bargain buy for the club.
Hughton was at the KC Stadium with Colin Calderwood last night, as we mentioned in an earlier report, and saw Tottenham get a vital 3 points when they beat Hull City 2-1, to go above Newcastle on goal difference.
Chris also says he could be tempted to start striker Oba Martins against Bolton on Sunday, after his substitute appearance against Everton.
Oba looked sharp and seems ready to start against Bolton, as the team must get on the goals track again – and a win against Bolton would be just terrific!
“Obafemi Martins is a big player for us. He’s another option for us up front.”
“Andy Carroll’s been training, and he’ll push on this week.” “He should be available for the Bolton game.”
It will be interesting to see what news we get this week about the fitness of Danny Guthrie – that will be very good news if Danny can start against Bolton.
Chris could even start with Alan Smith and have Danny on the bench in reserve, and he could come on if needed.