Alan Shearer has shown in his four games in charge (2 points 1 goal scored, 4 conceded), that he is not afraid to drop players and has already had some bold team selections in an attempt to find a winning formula for the club.
Kevin Nolan – poor form for Newcastle
Two players that didn’t even make the bench on Monday night, but had both started against Spurs, were our recent signings Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor.
Both Liverpudlians would probably love to play against their home town side on Sunday, but we have no idea what team Alan is thinking of putting out for that game, only that there will be some changes to the side he fielded on Monday night. And we need to have some good aerial people at the back since Sami Hyypia decimated us at corners last December, when Seb Bassong was suspended.
They brutally exposed the woeful heading ability of Argentine International Fabricio Coloccini, who had a nightmare game that day.
Shearer has said he was simply trying something different against Portsmouth in the 0-0 lack-luster draw on Monday night, and has hinted both players are still in his thinking for Sunday.
Shearer told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think whatever’s gone on has gone on.” “I’m looking for great performances between now and the end of the season.” “We’ve got to get Kevin into the positions he had at Bolton.” “We’ve got to get him on the end of things in the box.”
“We’ve got to get him driving in there, and being a threat from set-pieces, because he can do that.” “He showed it at Bolton.” “I’ve been asking Ryan to play at right-back, and he’s done what he can.”
“I’d probably think he wants to play right side of midfield, but he is versatile. The good thing about him is wherever I’ll play him, he’ll go out and give me his best.”
“He’s a threat from set-pieces. He’s got a great delivery, and we probably haven’t seen that from the three games, either, but it’s not for want of trying.”
We like both players and it must have been hard for both of them to come into a club facing it’s biggest potential disaster for some time.
But as Alan has said, they are both decent players and both have some spirit and work hard for the side, whenever they play. You cannot ask for more than that, at this stage of our terrible season.
We wouldn’t be surprised if both start on Sunday, but if we are to open the closing doors of survival, we probably need to get something out of this game, as unlikely as that may appear.