Chris Hughton hands full debuts to three Newcastle United youngsters for tonight’s visit of Huddersfield Town, in the Carling Cup.
Hungarian defender Tamas Kadar (19), Congolese midfielder Kazenga LuaLua (18) and England Under-19 striker Nile Ranger (18) all start a match for the first time, while Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul is making his home debut, but his 3rd appearance for the club.
The back four will be Kadar, Ryan Taylor, Jose Enrique and Danny Simpson, in some order, but exactly who plays in the center of defense, we’re not sure.
It may be Simpson partnering Kadar there.
In midfield, experienced captain Nicky Butt returns for his first start of the season (also true for Geremi), with LuaLua, Danny Guthrie and Geremi.
Nile Ranger will be supported in attack by Kevin Nolan.
Slovenian starlet Haris Vuckic, 17, local lad Ryan Donaldson 18, and promising former Swindon player Ben Tozer, 19 are all named among the substitutes.
Neither Steven Taylor or Coloccini are on the bench, and with our next game not until next Monday – one day before the transfer window closes – there will be renewed speculation that both may have played their last game for the club.
We need to win this game, and then beat Leicester City next Monday.
Next Tuesday evening, we’ll all be able to count the players still standing at Newcastle.
Some of us may have to look for our boots next Wednesday morning! 😀
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Jose Enrique, Tamas Kadar, Danny Simpson, Geremi, Kevin Nolan, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger
Subs: Steve Harper, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Ben Tozer, Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic
Huddersfield Town: Alex Smithies, Lee Peltier, Joe Skarz, Michael Collins, Peter Clarke (c), Antony Kay, Theo Robinson, Jordan Rhodes, Andy Butler, Anthony Pilkington, Danny Drinkwater
Subs: Matt Glennon, Nathan Clarke, Robbie Williams, Robbie Simpson, Lee Novak, Lionel Ainsworth, James Berrett
Referee: Tony Bates