It will be interesting to see if Chris Hughton starts Newcastle captain Nicky Butt at Crystal Palace this afternoon.
Nicky Butt – who’s that guy in the background?
The chance to call upon Nicky Butt’s experience for the first time this season – the 34-year-old midfielder newly recovered from a thumb injury – will probably be difficult for Chris to resist.
Hughton talked about Nicky this morning:
“Nicky will be available and very much in the squad,” “That is a big boost for us.
“He is a player who did not miss too many games last season. He is a player of terrific quality.”
“Consequently, yes, as soon as the opportunity arose when we could bring him back in squad, we would take that first opportunity.”
That statement doesn’t give too much away about whether Nicky will be in the starting team this afternoon.
We expect him to start on the bench, and then be brought on sometime in the second half, depending on the state of the game.
But Chris is right, Nicky’s tremendous experience will make him an important player for Newcastle this season – that’s assuming he’s still with us in September of course.