Alan Shearer doesn’t have a lot of time to turn around the fortunes of Newcastle United, but he will will be confident after a week working with his new players, at the Benton training ground this week.
Alan Shearer – training for full week with players
Alan was at the Reserves game last night where there was a big turn out of both coaches and players to watch the game, and Alan talked about the play of Andy Carroll to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I asked Andy to go out and show me what he could do, and he’s done that.”
“Like all of the lads who came from the first team, he showed a great appetite and a great attitude.”
Shearer used the game to try to see as many players in action as he can this week, as he must somehow pick a team that can win the game at Stoke City on Saturday – draws will not be good enough now.
Shearer was able to run the rule over first-teamers Alan Smith, Danny Guthrie, Carroll and Xisco, along with young fringe players David Edgar and Nile Ranger. Iain Dowie and coaches Colin Calderwood and Chris Hughton were sitting alongside Alan during the game.
“I asked all of the lads who had been involved with the first team to go and play for the reserves.” “I asked them to put in a performance and they’ve all done that. All of them will have a part to play.”
“The mood has been very good in training.” “It’s been very positive despite what happened on Saturday against Chelsea.” “Everybody has come in and worked very hard.”
We’d like to see some height and physical prowess up front on Saturday against the tall Stoke defenders, and we just don’t think we’ll get much out of an Owen-Martins partnership.
We think Martins could miss out and Andy could even get a start depending on how he performs in training this week, and he can then make his presence felt and maybe there will be a few loose balls that Michael could sweep home, not to mention Andy’s own goal-scoring abilities, which he showed us all last night.
Andy’s also a local lad and can be relied on to play all out for the time he is on the pitch. And Danny Guthrie seems to also be in good form and although he went off injured last night, it was more of a precaution, and he’ll be fit for Saturday, and Danny could be given a start too.
It will be very interesting as to which team Alan plays against Stoke, but we’re sure it will not include Argentine center-back Coloccini, who was at the Reserve game last night too. Fabricio is just making too many mistakes right now.