Chris Hughton will have to figure out who to play in the back four against a strong Chelsea side, in our next home game, now that Steven Taylor and Sebastien Bassong are likely to be missing.
Geremi – could play right back against former club, Chelsea
21 year-old Canadian David Edgar has not played for Newcastle United since the Sunderland gamed in early February, and it looks like David will be on his way out of the club in the summer, unless we get relegated, in which case he may get a one year contract.
The 21-year-old has made only nine Premier League starts, but has hardly let the side down when he’s played, and he’s played in all back four positions at Newcastle.
An alternative may be to recall Claudio Caçapa, but when Claudia’s played he’s just made far too many crucial errors, and seems too slow to be effective in the Premier League, and will definitely be moved on when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The Brazilian defender has not played for the first team for a long time, and in his last start at Fulham in November, he was at fault for Fulhams’ second goal, which turned out to be the winner.
Of the two we’d prefer Edgar, but why wouldn’t Chris play Geremi at right back, since he’s played there for Chelsea many times, and he would love to start against his former club. He’s also been in decent form recently when he’s played, and he has good experience, which the team needs right now.
Of course there’s also Ryan Taylor, who is more than adept at right full back, but we also need his crossing skills up front.
Habib Beye will be fit to start the game alongside Fabricio Coloccini in central defense, and we have full confidence in Habib, to put in a steady performance there.
He will no doubt be getting some practice in the position in the lead up to the Chelsea game on the training fields, but he’s also played there when he was captain of Marseilles.
So a back four of Geremi Coloccini Beye and Enrique would seem quite strong. Our second choice would be to replace Geremi with Ryan Taylor.
What do you think the back four should be – assuming that both Taylor and Bassong will not be available?
Let us know – comments very welcome.