Alan Shearer will have a few selection posers to go through before he finally selects his team for Spurs on Sunday.
Alan Shearer – pondering what the team will be Sunday
We have a sneaking suspicion that because of Andy Carroll’s good form last week, Shearer may leave Martins out for Sunday’s game, to give his groin a chance to heal.
Oba hasn’t trained all week and it’s looking a little doubtful now about whether he can make it for Sunday. One question is what formation will Alan go for on Sunday.
He was all set to use a 3-4-3 formation against Stoke, before Martins went down with injury but we think he could well revert to a 4-4-2 formation against Spurs to combat their significant wing threat.
Our wide men can then track back to help out the full backs against the Spurs’ wingers, like David Bentley and Aaron Lennon.
If Alan plumps for a 4-4-2 formation this could be the team he fields:
S.Taylor Beye Bassong Edgar
Lovenkrands Butt Nolan Duff (Gutierrez)
Carroll Owen (c)
Subs: Forster Coloccini R.Taylor Smith Guthrie Viduka Gutierrez (Duff)
That’s a very strong bench, at least on paper, and no place this week for Ameobi, Geremi or Nile Ranger, but certainly Alan now has a lot more experienced players to choose from.
Let’s know what you think both the formation and team will be for the Spurs game, and we’ll have our usual preview of the game tomorrow afternoon.