We Still Need Some Heroes At Newcastle

We are looking for some heroes at Newcastle, and right now we don’t know if we’ll be celebrating the exploits of those players at the end of the season, but we hope so.


Joey Barton – could Joey be the hero we’re looking for?

Those heroes could be the players who score the vital goals that earn us the points that save the club, or it could be Steve Harper saving a penalty, and many other possibilities in between.

Alan Smith has stepped up to the plate and showed what it takes to play the kind of games that are required when everything is in the balance, like things are right now.  Of course, we have never doubted the character of this lad, or his heart, only his skills sometimes and especially his ability to score goals.

But we agree with Newcastle manager Shearer, that Alan’s best position now could be in central midfield, and he adds significant bite to the team. Alan had an excellent game on Monday night, and we applaud the Leeds lad for showing the other players what they all should be doing.

Joey Barton could well return against his home town club on Sunday, and we hope that Barton, who owes the Newcastle club big time, could spark a revival with the team too.

Alan Shearer, who is doing everything he knows to get the players to play at their best and with considerable heart, spoke to Newcastle United TV today:

“Joey’s had a good week of training but we’ll have to see what part he plays at Liverpool.”

“Alan Smith did particularly well when he came on against Spurs, and his attitude was fantastic against Portsmouth.”

“We’ll be looking for more of the same from him.” “And if Joey is involved at some point during the game then we’ll be looking for a similar impact from him also.”

We don’t care which Newcastle players become heroes, only that some step up to the plate and take on the mantle of hero, before the end of the season.

And we saw some comments, after our article on Ignacio Gonzalez, that we were mounting a conspiracy against him and his country Uruguay.  Please – I’m not that intelligent or unscrupulous.  😀

There would be nothing we would like better, than if Ignacio returns from his long-term injury and sparks the revival that will save the club from relegation. We’d be the first to applaud him for his efforts, and probably urge Shearer to sign him on full time in the summer.

Our only point was that Ignacio could be the greatest player in the world, but since he’s been injured since early September, he’s been of little use to the club, at least up till now.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • baztoon

    May 1, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #1


  • baztoon

    May 1, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    i really do believe that with joey barton back in the team, theres still a chance of getting out of this mess

  • beamish

    May 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    baztoon- straws,clutching.

  • batty

    May 1, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #4

    yes ed we need 11 on the pitch and 52 thou singing for 90 mins

  • AndyT

    May 1, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #5

    I would absolutely love for some heroes to finally emerge out of this season. They’ve only got four games left to prove themselves. Surely they can muster that much pride in themselves to show us why we’re supposed to be trusting in them!

  • will die for the toon army

    May 1, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #6

    I have read on the official website that everyone is fit expect Enrique and Taylor. I bet nacho is ok.

  • DevonMag

    May 1, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Beamish how is thinking that having the best central midfielder we have at the club back from injury being a positive in our survival stakes clutching at straws? Your an invalid mate! If your central midfield at spurs consisted of butt, guthrie and smith and you got palacios back from injury you’d be over the moon

  • Shanghaitoon

    May 1, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d like to see


  • NicoGF

    May 1, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Maybe Alan Shearer goes to Anfield with the idea of a draw and plays 4-5-1. Basically translating into the pitch the Hiddink’s away strategy against Barcelona (as Liverpool has to push for the win cause they want to steal the title from Man Utd). But to do that you have to be perfect defensively the full 90 minutes, I don’t think we can hold it that way (I’ve said before why).

    Ignacio is a FTW player (for the win). It all depends on Shearer, if he is 100% fit Shearer first has to decide whether what he expects/wants at Anfield. Maybe he wants him for the Middesbrough & Fulham games (but I think it would be a huge mistake not to use a 100% fit ‘Nacho’ González against Liverpool).

    I can’t wait for the game to start.

  • Shanghaitoon

    May 1, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #10

    ooops Meant to have Barton instead of Smith

  • NicoGF

    May 1, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #11

    My Dream Team at Anfield:




    GK: Harper

    LB: Enrique
    LCB: Bassong
    RCB: Coloccini
    RB: Beye

    DCM: Smith
    playmaker: Nacho
    LCM: Jonas
    RCM: Guthrie

    CF: Martins
    CF: Owen

    That would mean constant threats, not one, not two, not three, but infinite goalscoring oportunities, that even I would score the way I’m dressed now..

    But I’m afraid we’re gonna see this winner team against Middlesbrough & Fulham.

    Let’s play FTW forever once for God’s fkn sake!

  • Toon Graeme

    May 1, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #12


    Please stop harpin on about Nacho the f’ing great. He is not even in the squad. Hopefully one day he may be but for the last 4 games – no chance.

    Beamish – pi$$ off you spud prat!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 2, 2009 at 2:31 AM

    Comment #13


  • Rodzilla

    May 2, 2009 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #14


  • harry861

    May 2, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    I am afraid if we use Smith we’re playing with 10 men. Injured for months, what has he done since being at the club, yes red & yellow cards, how many goals has he scored ?

    I admit he gives 100% but what does he achieve with his efforts & what of his skills now.
    he’s liability


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