Newcastle manager Chris Hughton hands full debuts to no fewer than four Newcastle teenagers for tonight’s Carling Cup clash at London Road against Peterborough.
Very highly-rated Sloveninan midfielder Haris Vuckic, Bradford-born full-back James Tavernier, former Plymouth center-back Ben Tozer and Geordie midfielder Ryan Donaldson all start their first senior starts.
Vuckic is the youngest of the four having just turned 17 last month, while Tavernier is also still just 17.
And the Newcastle back four is made up of all the ‘T’s; Tavernier, Tozer, Taylor and Taylor. Let’s hope they are also tough tonight.
Danish ace Peter Lovenkrands lines up on the right-hand side of midfield, with Danny Guthrie partnering Donaldson in the center of the park and Kazenga LuaLua on the left.
Vuckic will operate just off lone ranger Nile up front, and of course Haris can score goals.
We have to assume 19 year-old Tamas Kadar is injured as he’s not even on the bench.
This is a courageous selection by Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, to say the least, and we’ll get some ideaof just how good these lads are.
If they can get the job done tonight, the club may have more in reserve in our first team squad than we first thought.
Certainly it’s a massive opportunity for all four teeenagers.
Steven Taylor captains the side for the first time in a competitive fixture, and the starting eleven includes 6 teenagers, as LuaLua and Nile Ranger also start.
Chris has experience on the bench in Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith and Geremi – but 19 year-old Ole Soderberg is reserve keeper for the first time to give Steve Harper a complete break tonight.
Peterborough: Joe Lewis, Russell Martin (c), Tom Williams, Craig Morgan, Gabriel Zakuani, Paul Coutts, Lee Frecklington, Aaron McLean, George Boyd, Craig Mackail-Smith, Toumani Diagouraga
Subs: Dean Keates, James McKeown, Tommy Rowe, Krystian Pearce, Jamie Day, Chris Whelpdale, Shaun Batt
Newcastle United: Tim Krul, James Tavernier, Ben Tozer, Steven Taylor (c), Ryan Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands, Danny Guthrie, Ryan Donaldson, Kazenga LuaLua, Haris Vuckic, Nile Ranger
Subs: Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, Geremi, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Ole Soderberg, Brad Inman, Shane Ferguson