With Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique being unfit for tomorrow’s game at Stoke, Shearer may try Damien Duff at left-back, where he’s played before of course, and has always been comfortable on the left-hand side.
Damien Duff – could start at left-back tomorrow
Bassong or Ryan Taylor are also options at left-back for the manager, but we have a feeling that Duff could be handed a defensive role tomorrow, because of his vast experience.
And Bassong must be used in the center of defense tomorrow, because of his good heading ability, to combat the significant Stoke aerial threat.
And as far as the Duffer is concerned we’re sure he’ll play anywhere just to get his game at the club in tomorrow’s so vital game..
Alan said this morning:
“We’ve got one left-back and one right-back at the football club. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that you need more than that,”
“For whatever reason, that’s what we’ve got, so we deal with it. We’ll cope with it. Damien Duff is an option, yes. The last time I looked, Ryan Taylor is right-footed, but he can play there.
“He’s done that before. We’ve got one or two options.”
The threat posed by Stoke is well known and will be both aerial and physical, but there again if they were that good they wouldn’t be just 6 points ahead of Newcastle in the league.
And if Newcastle are to turn their recent form around we need some players to stand up tomorrow and play well – yes it’s that time again at Newcastle – time for heroes.
As well as coping with Stoke’s physical presence it’s about time we started scoring some goals too, and Alan and Iain have been concentrating on producing a better supply line for Owen and Martins up front, this week in training.
“It’s a very different challenge and a very different game to what we faced against Chelsea,” “Can we free Michael up? Can we free Oba up? Can we create chances for those two?“If we want to win games and score goals, we have to try and do that – we have to give them some ammunition.” “A lot of top teams would like to have Michael and Oba up front, but we’ve got to find the right balance.”
“Going into Stoke will be difficult enough, because we all know the size and power of what they have.” “Now, can we go into the game and play those two up front against giants at the back?” “Can we slot the balls in between the defense for those two to run on to?”
“That’s our aim.” “We know what we’re facing on Saturday but knowing and doing something about it are two totally different things,” “Not many teams have gone there this season and been able to handle everything Stoke are about.”
We don’t know if Alan’s comment on Michael and Oba up front and wanting to find the right balance, could mean that Andy Carroll may get a chance tomorrow, but because of Stoke’s physical powers, but we’d like to see Andy starting.
However, Alan will probably keep Andy back, to see how things are going in the first half, but we’re almost certain to see the 20 year-old at some point during tomorrow’s game.
But it’s time for heroes at Newcastle, and we hope we get some tomorrow.