Alan Shearer was asked about the situation – again – about Joey Barton at Newcastle, during his news conference yesterday.
Alan Shearer – likely to play 4-3-3 on Monday night – we need goals
It’s hardly surprising that Joey, who cannot play again this season, has asked to stay away from the training ground, and maybe even the games until the end of the season.
Since he cannot play the last thing you would want, is to have Barton be the star each week in training – that just wouldn’t work too well.
And since he had a huge argument with his manager, that’s another good reason why he would be a drag on team spirit – so this all makes perfect sense.
Of course, we also believe that’s Joey”s last mistake at Newcastle, and are expecting an announcement on his future any time now from the club, and he will not be staying on Tyneside.
Shearer said this about Joey Barton, when asked about his situation yesterday:
“We’ve said about the Joey thing, he’s suspended until further notice so I can’t really go into things other than what we’ve already said,”
“I’ve got far more important things to talk about. It has not affected out build up and the mood has been good and I have been encouraged.”
We would expect Alan to play a 4-3-3 combination against Middlesbrough since we must score goals, and we even expect Martins, Owen and Viduka to all start, with Lovenkrands held in reserve on the bench.
And it appears that Alan will again play the resourceful Damion Duff at left back, as Enrique isa still injured.
Alan said yesterday:
“I don’t think we’ll have a natural left-back on Monday. We’ll have Damien Duff available,”
With Steven Taylor presumably fit again, we’d like to see him pitched straight back in the defense on Monday night, and we could envision the team being something like the following:
Beye S.Taylor Bassong Duff
Gutierrez Butt Nolan
Owen (c) Viduka Martins
That’s a more than decent line-up – at least on paper – and in normal times should be good enough to get all 3 points.
But these are normal times.
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