Next Sunday at Villa Park, will it be the Newcastle team that turned out on Monday night against Middlesbrough, and gave it all they had for 90 minutes, or will it be the usual rather depressing team that has turned out far too many times for Newcastle this season, when it all seems just too much for them.
Alan Shearer – team selection vital for next Sunday
So team selection will be vital for next week.
We just watched the Alan Shearer interview on Newcastle United TV, and we have to say we are so impressed with the way Alan handled himself, in almost tragic circumstances.
We couldn’t do that – because we are too angry at our players right now – but Alan had his feet on the ground, and he will do all he can to get the win next week.
But as he says – it’s now out out of our hands, and a win by Hull City against a weakened Manchester United side – will see us relegated.
But Alan looks like he has just about everything it takes to become a top manager, just like he was a world-class player. But we have to have the luck next Sunday, as we did not have yesterday, and it’s not impossible to win that game.
Also we have to play the full 90 minutes next Sunday, and we must go all out all game, because a winner in the 92nd minute with Hull not winning – and we survive!
But Shearer must look at who he starts next week and with Bassong missing we’d seriously give a good look at David Edgar for a replacement.
Yes Coloccini has more experience but Steven Taylor and David Edgar at the back are two who would give their lives rather than let anything through next Sunday afternoon.
And from what we’ve seen of David this year – he could get the job done.
We would not even start Michael Owen – even if he’s fit again, and would consider playing one of the local lads – and even starting Andy Carroll alongside Martins and Viduka.
One player we wouldn’t even have on the subs bench is Jonas Gutierrez, because in the last two games he’s been more than hopeless. Leave him out for next Sunday.
This could be a team Alan could start – but we cannot carry the heartless players next week and those born in the are, or part of the Academy should be considered strongly.
Here is a 4-3-3 formation that may be able to win the game:
Beye Edgar Taylor Duff
Guthrie Butt Nolan
Carroll Viduka Martins
Newcastle have carried too many players who disappear when the going gets tough, and we cannot have any of those players starting next week.
And it will not matter next week if we play great or play terrible, because even if we win and Hull win – if will still be doom and gloom.
In fact here’s what we’ll have to do depending on what Hull do against Champions Manchester United:
Hull win – Newcastle are relegated
Hull draw – Newcastle must win
Hull lose – Newcastle must draw
Let us know what you think.