Alan Shearer has already shown that at Newcastle he will not pick a team purely based on players’ reputations.
Alan Shearer in pensive mood
And players will need to earn their right to start a game, which is only right.
Alan has already dropped Coloccini and Gutierrez, and he was not happy one little bit at the circumstances in which Martins pulled out of the game on Saturday. And it still seems he cannot get over what happened with Oba.
With Andy Carroll coming in and showing he is one for the fight, and he can score goals as well and scare the living daylights out of defenses, it’s a good question as to whether Martins will start against Spurs on Sunday.
Shearer talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“He rang up on Saturday morning at 11 o’clock and said he’d woken up with a sore groin and was unable to play. We got the doctors and physios to go and have a look at him, and he couldn’t play,”
“After working the last two or three days on a particular system it was disappointing to find out so late in the day that he couldn’t make it. We had to reshuffle the pack a little bit.
“I’m not happy with the situation, to find out so late in the day.” “We have to believe him. I wasn’t too happy that I got the call at 11 o’clock, particularly after we trained all Thursday and Friday and had massages on Friday evening and there was no sign of it.”
“But it’s happened and we’re hopeful it’s not going to be too serious because he’s got a big part to play.”
Martins clearly has a part to play for Newcastle, and in fact it’s a good opportunity for the two of them to better understand each other ready for the run-in. We know Oba is courageous and has always done his best for the side and the club, and that’s just one reason he’s such a big favorite with the Newcastle crowd.
And Shearer denied there was anything more serious to the incident, as he continued:
“He didn’t sleep in at all, that’s not true. I spoke to him this morning and asked him. I’ll speak to him again on Monday morning and we’ll have another look at it. Hopefully it’s not too serious,”
“We were meeting just after 11 o’clock, to be honest, so he hasn’t broken any curfews.”
It’s an unfortunate situation and Shearer seems to have had to change his formation for Stole City at the last minute, but we think he wants to play 4-3-3 as soon as possible. But now surely he will play Carroll in the Viduka role up front, instead of Ameobi, who doesn’t have the goal threat of Andy.
Andy’s goal on Saturday was something special and I showed it to my wife, who commented how good looking Andy was (she’s not a football fan). At 6’5″ he’s also quite a threat to any defense, and it looks like this boy is ready for the big time, and we say, give him his chance – he deserves it.
Anyway, we hope we will see 4-3-3 soon, because last year at the time we gave our best performance of the season when we tore Spurs apart 4-1 at White Hart Lane, and looked just great, and Oba played well in that game.
Wouldn’t it be something if we put in a performance like that one again – we need a win as soon as possible, and it always has to be the next game , as far as the planning goes.
The sooner we get that, the more chance we will have of surviving and in those last 9 minutes on Saturday the lads seemed obsessed with getting that winning goal, and to see the looks on the faces of players like Michael Owen when Carroll scored, showed you just how much stress the lads are under, and what a relief that goal was.
Michael looked like he had just won the trillion dollar lottery – if you have the video take a look at Michael’s reaction, and tell us that he doesn’t care about Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!! 😀