Shearer Team Selection Sunday At Spurs Should Be Interesting

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.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    I doubt Lovenkrands would start. Gutierrez on the right and Duff on the left.

  • newyutd

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2




    Jonas……….Nolan……Duff/R Taylor



  • Stuart79

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #3







  • richyg01

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #4

    newutd’s team for me,

    if martins aint fit, start Duke and put Ranger on the bench!

  • Brettoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Please would people stop picking Butt!

  • Ericles

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    Jonas has got to start and Viduka should not even get on the coach! Owen and Carroll up front and Guthrie in for Nolan or Butt. We should not, at this stage, include anybody who will or want to leave in the summer. Shearer will not see, or do, it that way because of the risk involved. Whaterver – I will go with Al.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t want Ryan Taylor in the team, and I don’t want to see Steven Taylor in defense, it’s to much of a gamble. Coloccini is fine when he has Bassong by his side 🙂

  • cosmicMini95

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think Owen has a place in a two man attack, he scores goals rather than creates chances. Without three upfront we won’t create the chances for him to take.

    Edgar looked more than average @ RB earlier in the season, he has already come out and says he prefers to play @ CB. I think putting him at LB would be a big mistake.

    Everytime Lovenkrands has played well for us it’s been upfront rather than on the wing. His tracking back and defending isn’t that great…

    Duff has never had a good game for us on the right and Jonas looks soo much better on the left.


    Martins in for Lovenkrands if he is fit. Bench of: Taylor, Butt, Nolan, Duff, Viduka, Ranger

  • cosmicMini95

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    North Atlantic Magpie:
    ” Coloccini is fine when he has Bassong by his side”

    Hasn’t he had Bassong by his side for half the season?? I wouldn’t exactly call our defensive record sound..

  • Craigg

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #10

    —S Taylor–Beye—Bassong—Edgar—-

    Subs: Krul, Coloccini, R Taylor, Nolan, Lovenkrands, Martins, Viduka

    I would love a win but i think a battling 1-1 draw a bit like Everton earlier in the season (Although that was 2-2)

    A good draw at tough place to go, Would give us a boost for the real must win games Portsmouth, Boro and Fulham at home, If we just win our home games were safe.

    Also looking at the Mackems and Hulls remaining games gives me confidence, Whatever the result between those pair tomorrow it is win win for us.

    A Sunderland win and Hull are dragged even further in and have a horrendous run in, A Hull win and Sunderland are dragged in and have a tough run in and a draw in a great result for us, Also Blackburn have a damn hard match tommorow against them yobbos at the Brittania, A great match for the neutrals that should be!

    I personally think we will need 38 to stay up and if we cant get that out of our remaining fixtures then we deserve to go down.

  • ToonRich

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Guys, RANGER will be on the bench at the very least 😉

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #12

    This defense has won us the most clean sheets:


    Whenever S. Taylor is in defense we ALWAYS concede goals. He always messes things up in defense. He’s much better up field, scoring a goal every now and then. I’d like to see him in right midfield.


    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    i reckon we’ll see ranger on the bench tomorrow, prob sat next to viduka

    ed, dont know why in the world you’d have smith on the bench… he shouldn’t be allowed in the ground to be fair… he’s done absolutely nothing since joining, literally!

    martins wont make it and personally, let him rest his groin if it means he’s firing for the remainder.

    i’d love to see a swap over from 442 to 433 as the game progresses, reshuffling the mid field to make way for loverkrands or ranger, it will change the tempo of the game, hopefully in pur favour.

    some of the lads have shown real guts out there last couple of games, they should be pulling on the shirt and shearer be telling them, in no unceetain terms… make yourselves heroes

  • Craigg

    Apr 17, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #14

    North atlantic magpie

    In recent months Taylor when playing has been leading by example, Its Coloccini whos been messing things up.

    He is currently the weak link, Taylor at Right back chips in with vital goals and has created a few, As well as being solid when called upon in his own area.

    Beye despite being a natural right back IMO should remain at cetre half as he and Bassong are our most consistant defenders and look to have a half decent understanding growing.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #15


    Im with you there, mate. Coloccin ihas been the weak link for a while now and he needs a rest. However, im sure he will come good if given time.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #16

    with Beye at CB. He and Bassong will form a good partnership.

  • RyanToon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #17

    what id pick:


    S.Taylor Beye Bassong Edgar

    Duff Butt Guthrie Honas 😉

    Carroll Owen (c)

  • Nick D

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #18

    I think it’s fantastic Shearer had the balls and the vision to even consider playing a 3-4-3 a la Brazil at stoke, which sadly had to be modified a touch to a 3-5-2. The sweeper system used properly is not negative and covers against the through balls we are so vulnerable to (Colo & S taylor) in particular.

    It shows Shearer is a thinker and is also prepared to give the youngsters a go. To revert to Kinnear doesn’t bear thinking about and if Ashley is concerned about ticket sales, to re-instate kinnear the clown, is tantamount to financial suicide.

    As a player i thought Shearer had too mcu clout for the good of the club overall, but as a manager he is so what this club needs.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #19

    A nice unbiased article from spurs odyssey
    Upon my command – release hell (well Hudd at least!)

    Newcastle United (under the command of Kevin Keegan) arrived in the Premier Leaguein 1993, one year after the party had begun. Keegan led them to the runners-up position in the 95-96 and 96-97 seasons giving them Champions League football in 1997. Another legend, Sir Bobby Robson led “The Toon” to top five finishes between 2002 and 2004 and gave United two more years in the Elite European League. After 16 years in the domestic top flight, Newcastle have to face their biggest risk of relegation yet.

    Alan Shearer has timed his arrival well. It’s a no lose situation for him. With 8 games left at the time of his appointment, relegation would not be his fault, whereas survival would ensure that they would need to build his statue twice as high as The Angel of the North to reflect his esteemed status on Tyneside.

    Shearer was given little time to work before Newcastle faced Chelsea, and lost 2-0. Last week they travelled to Stoke where they were 1-0 down till minutes before the end when 20 year old Andy Carroll was the partial saviour of The Toon. In truth that was a must-win game for Newcastle, and at this stage, every game has that status for them.

    Having faced Man Utd, Ar5ena1 and Chelsea in their last three home games, at least Shearer will fancy his chances more with most of their remaining games, although they do still have to travel to Liverpool and to Villa Park on the last day.

    The fact is that despite their frailties, Newcastle will fancy their chances at White Hart Lane, as they have won the last 6 league games between the two sides. The last time Spurs won a league game was on New Year’s Eve 2005. On that occasion, Shearer was Captain of the visitors, and Spurs’ two goals were scored by players who have since also played in the North-East – Teemu Tainio, and Mido.

    This season’s league visit to Tyneside ended with the agony of a late goal by Damien Duff to give the home side all three points. Last season’s game at The Lane was an embarrassment to the Carling Cup holders at the time. Kevin Keegan was again the manager of The Toon (only for a short spell this time!), and despite Darren Bent giving Spurs a 25th minute lead, Butt got an equaliser just before the break, before we fell victim to three more goals in the second half.

    Newcastle do top one league at the moment, and that is in the Injury league. They have Martins, Enrique, Lovenkrands, steven Taylor, Viduka, Joey Barton, Kadar and Gonzalez all on the injury list, although there may be some hope of Enrique, Taylor and Viduka taking part. Michael Owen hasn’t scored since mid-January, but he does have a habit of cropping up at any time of course. In nearly four years since arriving at St. James’ Park, Owen has managed 66 league games, but still has a good strike rate with 26 goals.

    All the tension will be on the Toon side this week, whilst Spurs can now relax about the Premier League status, whilst still seeking that European spot for seventh place. Jermain Defoe has returned to full training, but the thought is that he will start on the bench this week, perhaps with Darren Bent for company whilst Pavlyuchenko continues up front. Jermaine Jenas might have to sit this one out with a hamstring, but Palacios is back which would enable Spurs the licence to play Tom Huddlestone as his attacking foil.

    So, I say to Harry Redknapp – “Upon my command release hell”, in the shape of Tom Huddlestone to hammer another nail in the demise of Newcastle United. I’ll take Spurs to win 2-0.

  • Nick D

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Cosmicmini95 – absolutely spot on, all apart from Smith.

  • ToonRich

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Picking up on the Beye/Bassong pairing…do you think it just might be that Colo is struggling to communicate with the others…making him so bad? Beye&Bass both speak french so can talk that way if they want to, where as Colo might not have the fluency in english yet, which he needs to settle.

    Definately put S.Taylor @ rb if its a choice between him and Ryan!

  • Craigg

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #22


    I dont Coloccinis talent, Next season hopefully he may adapt to the pace and physicality of the English game.

    Enrique has looked a much better player this season after bedding in.

    I think Colos great when we are playing with a swagger like the opening day at Man Utd when we dont put constant pressure on our back four and are playing with a lot of confidence.

    Hopefully he can shine next season with some skillful creative midfield players who can retain possesion.
    (Guthrie and Jonas aside)

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #23

    bennytoon, that was a decent enough read though I’ll like to be picky and say that Robson led us to a number of top 4 (not top 5) finishes even ending as high as 3rd at one point – breaking the top 4 is something all teams strive to do and therefore he should be given credit!

    However, other than that – fair play, he seems to have his head screwed on

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #24


    I’m not so sure mate, perhaps with regards to possitioning, but to be fair the past few mistakes (which led to goals) have been down to his brain communicating with his feet!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #25

    For those who care, I have been passed a little footy info from sources in the game.

    1. The stories about Bayern Munich wanting W**ger are true. Not sure if they have spoken to him yet but they are certainly making enquiries.

    2. Peter Crouch is off to Man City in the summer apparently. Fee agreed.

    3. Glen Johnson is off to Liverpool in the summer apparently. Fee agreed.

    Believe it or dont believe it, I care not. Tis just what I’ve been told.

  • Craigg

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #26

    You could probably put Barton and in flashes Duff to that list of quality midfield players.

    Add Michael Johnson, Dario Srna, Adam Johnson and Miguel Veloso in the summer =)

    (Which is about as likely as Harry Redknapp being in the top 50 hunks of 2009 list)

  • broon ale

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #27

    very nice moobs.. it’s nice that newcastle play such a prominant part in yours and your fellow spurs fans lives to the extent that we are worthy of such attention.
    the fellow the other day made some interesting points about how a geordie invented spurs. Harry hotspur of Northumbeland (or something like that) apparently the first ground was called Northumberland avenue too and there is a street up here named white hart lane.

    this goes some way to explain the spurs fans deep rooted facination with newcastle.

    in fact, thats all we seem to do these days on this forum.. we rise to the bait set by the ever present spurs fan and it’s went a long way towards ruining the site.

    its all about spurs and benny moobs and his wind ups. it’s been ruined..

    i had to question myself and my reasons for coming on this site to get involved in childish arguments about spurs and newcastle..

    i hope the gentleman responsible for doing this has a long hard look at himself at some point too.

    surely he has more to offer than being a serial wind up merchant.

    in the meantime i would suggest WE ALL let him get on with it. he is here every day.. it’s desperately worrying to be frank but no amount of name calling will get rid of him..

    the only way forward is to accept him, accept he is here.. its his problem.. this isn’t his club or his site.. ignore him, be the better man/woman, dont entertain someone has dished out months of pointless vitriol

  • coyote

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #28

    no bambi!!!!
    I’m in shock could it be that at last he’s been found out
    if he doesn’t play I think we’ve a great chance

  • Nick 69

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #29

    i cant believe ther are still some ppl blaming steven taylor for coloccinis poor performances, if its taylor that makes him so bad what happened against chelsea when taylor wasnt even on the pitch. taylor may have made mistakes earlier this season but over the last 5 games hes played hes been one of if not the most consistent player and its coloccini that has been costing us points. s.taylor is better off at RB imo as if he does make an error its likely it wont be as costly as it wud when hes playin cb, Beye and bass talk the same language and will form a good partnership over the remaining games imo

  • ToonRich

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #30


    I’m with you on that, his own reactions i.e the ability to read and move to the game have been dismal recently!
    Perhaps language hasnt been a barrier as Jose can speak spanish to him! Guess I was thinking of excuses for his bad perfomances lol!!

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #31


    Agree entirely, Taylor had a really bad run and people seem to still hold that against him…His performances of late (at RB) have been amazing, both going forward, at the back and with his last ditch tackling/blocking being exemplary!

    Beye and Bassong could form a quality partnership at CB, not just because they speak French, but also because they’re good all round players, don’t seem to panic and RARELY make mistakes – I can only think of 2 which Beye has made which have led to goals since he got here!

  • Stuart79

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Benny bell end!

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 17, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Good post Broon Ale.

    I will try to ignore the moobs man.

  • cosmicMini95

    Apr 17, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Thanks Nick D! Lets hope Al is reading!!! Would you put Butt or Nolan then instead of Smith?

    Didn’t Colo mainly play RB in Spain? I am sure if someone drags him down the barbers that would also help things…

  • chuck

    Apr 17, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #35


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 17, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #36

    For the last time:

    Nolan should not even make the bench and Lovenkrands is useless on the wing¬!

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 17, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #37





    Subs: Krul, Coloccini, Viduka, Martins(if fit), Duff, Ranger, Barton.

  • Lancelot

    Apr 17, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Well the dream team would be…


    S. Taylor—Beye—Bassong—Edgar



    Subs: Shearer (Player Coach)

    Would do it for me!

  • sickofitall

    Apr 17, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #39

    the team I would pick with the players available is


    _________Beye _Edgar__Bassong_______

    S Taylor_______Coloccini ________ Jonas

    ________ Guthrie ______Barton_______


    bring on Owen for Ranger, Duke for Carrol/Guthrie
    Tell Stevie Taylor to gan Fu(kin nuts on their arses


    Apr 17, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #40

    gotta say benny, there have been times when you’ve been constructive and fair in your posts and been more than friendly wth the banter… its just a shame that you have to go and ruin it by antagonizing us all.

    i’m all for have other teams’ supporters coming on here, as long as they keep it clean and friendly.

    so, can we perhaps try to keep it all good humoured and please refrain from childish taunts.

    as broon ale pointed out, it ruins this site as a meeting place for us toon faithful how just want to discuss their team.

    please, feel free to join in, but appreciate that we dont go onto a cockerels blog and wind up its readers, at least i hope


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