We expect Alan Shearer to revert to a more common back four at Spurs on Sunday afternoon.
Steven Taylor – likely to come in for back four defensive line-up
That could be because Steven Taylor is fit again, but also the big three will surely leave too much space for the impressive Spurs forward to exploit.
Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“Hopefully, we will have one or two back.” “We have decisions to make.”
“We have a couple of things to think about.” “Do we stay with the same system or go back to a back four?”
Damien Duff and Ryan Taylor are reported to have impressed both Shearer and Dowie last week with their good defensive play, and they also attacked well going forward too, and of course Duff put in that beautiful cross for Andy Carroll to head home on 81 minutes.
And Ryan Taylor looked like a man possessed in those last 15 minutes, as he tried mightily to somehow create that winning goal for Newcastle, which would have caused the roof to have been blown off by the Newcastle fans at the Britannia Stadium.
We’re not sure why Ryan gets so much stick on this blog, because he’s a decent player – and hey – maybe Sunday is time for him to score from a free kick. Our advice to him would be to pretend it’s the Newcastle defense he’s up against – he didn’t seem to have any problems when he was playing against Newcastle United now did he?
And Jonas Gutierrez also looked very impressive when he was brought on and must have run a few miles in the 30 minutes and he showed great spirit and energy, which is what we’ve come to expect from Gutierrez.
And the play of the lads last week will have given Shearer some selection posers, but remember Carroll and Gutierrez were 1st and 3rd in our voting for Man of the Match last week, and both were subs, so players don’t have to start to make an impact on the game, and we’ll need the full squad participating in the last 6 games.
“The back three was something we felt we could try and we certainly had the players to play that way for that game.”
“Whether it would be right to go into this game would be a different matter.”
“Obviously, Spurs play a different way to Stoke.” “Those decisions will be made and hopefully they’ll be the right ones.”
We expect the back three from last week to keep their places and Steven Taylor to come back in at right back, with David Edgar playing at left back, and on current form that looks like a good defense.
It would be S.Taylor, Beye, Bassong and Edgar. And of course Beye and Bassong both played great last week, and Edgar deserves to keep his place, and we think Alan will select that back four. So no place back yet for Fabricio Coloccini.
Danish international Peter Lovenkrands is slowly recovering from his back injury, and we were hoping he would be fit for the game on Sunday, but maybe not.
We need 3 points on Sunday – comments very welcome.