Newcastle coach Chris Hughton will choose between Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll on who will start with Kevin Nolan up front tomorrow at WBA.
Andy Carroll – should get start tomorrow
Both Academy lads have played well in pre-season but it seems that Hughton is leaning towards playing Kevin Nolan alongside Ameobi as an advanced midfielder – meaning Carroll could miss out.
With Michael Owen, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins all having left the side, and Newcastle around £270K/week better off it (£14M/year) in their wage bill, the strike force needs to be strengthened over the next 3 weeks.
That’s if we ever get a full time manager in to manage the club before the transfer season ends, of course.
It seems that Xisco cannot get a sniff at the first team, and we need to unload this player somehow before September, to recuperate the £50K/week we are reportedly paying the Spanish player.
Of course Hughton also has teenage sensation 18 year-old Nile Ranger in contention, but the Londoner is unlikely to throw him in at the deep end for his Championship debut tomorrow, and that’s unfortunate.
We’d like to see Andy start the game with Nile Ranger on the bench tomorrow, because Andy and Nile are the two strikers most likely to be able to score, whatever their ages may be.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I would like to think I have a few decisions to make.” “Kevin has played in a more advanced position before.”
“We have Andy Carroll, and we are delighted he has just been called up to the England Under-21s.”
“They are the decisions that have to be made, and we certainly welcome them.”
The former Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Nolan has emerged in pre-season as an influential figure in the dressing room this season, and we’re a little surprised he hasn’t been given the captain’s armband by Hughton.
We need leaders on the field more than ever right now, so it’s good to see Kevin step up to the plate.
Smith leads the team tomorrow, but once midfielders like Danny Guthrie and Nicky Butt are fit again Alan will have a tough job getting a place in the side.
“Kevin’s had a good, full pre-season, and I don’t think he’s missed one day.”
“He certainly does have an eye for goal, and he’s a versatile midfield player.”
“I only see him play generally in a central position, but he can perform a number of roles there.”
Meanwhile, the takeover saga at Newcastle United will continue to rumble on and distract the club into the new season, as we all knew it would.
A quick sale as Mike Ashley indicated he wanted at the end of May , was just never going to happen – and he knew that full well when he put the club up for sale.
Hughton addressed the mad goings on at the Newcastle club with all kinds of rumors floating around that Mike Ashley will keep the club for at least another 12 months.
“I have been told to work things on a day-to-day basis.” “And that’s what I will continue to do.”
Most fans will hope that Tyneside businessman Barry Moat will be successful in his bid to buy the club, but we really have no idea what will happen by the end of the weekend, as the Newcastle soap opera keeps on rolling unabated.