We were hoping that Steven Taylor would make the game tonight but of the 3 injured, which included Danny Simpson and Coloccini – Steven was always the one that looked to be the most doubtful for tonight.
Steven Taylor with Coloccini – doubtful for tonight 🙁
Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Steven will be assessed today.” “But he is a doubt for us and we’ll wait until the last minute before making a decision.”
“We’ve certainly got Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson coming back in, so we still have options.”
Normally Newcastle would turn to the experienced Georgian International Zurab Khizanishvili, but he is banned tonight and for 3 full games, following his sending off against Doncaster Rovers.
The good news is that Hughton will have £10M Argentine defender Coloccini available, and he will proebably partner him with young Hungarian Tamas Kadar.
We’d like to see Tamas play tonight, because we think he will do well alongside an experienced center-back like Colccinio and will learn a lot from the experience.
As our readers will know, we’re not too keen on playing Simpson at center-back, and while Tamas was a little bit nervous against Doncaster, the more games he gets under his belt the better he will become, and the promise of this youngster is high indeed.
Sheffield United are a physical side and Tamas can more than hold his own in that departement, standing a good 6’2″ tall.
“Tamas comes into consideration and he’ll be on a high after playing against Doncaster last week and winning in his first league start for us.”
We’ll be disappointed if Tamas doesn’t get a chance, and a back four of Simpson, Coloccini, Kadar and Enrique has plenty of experience in there, and should be able to perform well.
However if Kadar plays that will put extra responsibility on Coloccini on his first game back, but his experience will help him help Kadar through the game, which we have to hope is a victory.
It’s starting to be crunch time at Newcastle when Newcastle fans will know if this team can indeed get us promotion this season, but we have to play a lot better than we have these last 5 games, that’s for sure.
Anything other than a win will be extremely disappointing to Newcastle fans.