Tomorrow’s game at Leicester gives the Newcastle team an opportunity to show how good they are, with this game being televised live around the world.
In what has been a successful week in the transfer market for Newcastle United, especially the last couple of days, Newcastle have brought in four new players. That’s in addition to the earlier signing of Danny Simpson form Manchester United.
Wayne Routledge of QPR and Mike Williamson from Portsmouth have both been signed to three and a half year deals, and today the Newcastle club announced the loan capture of QPR defender Fitz Hall, through the end of the season.
Also this morning, Newcastle said they had signed Chelsea’s 19 year-old Dutch left back Patrick Van Aanholt, on loan for a month, as cover for the injured Jose Enrique.
So things are looking up right now at the club,. and we are still hoping for Victor Moses to arrive.
We know that Real Madrid may be interested, but he’ll never get a game there, and we understand he is keen to play first team football – which he will get at Newcastle United. It’s a no-brainer for the lad isn’t it? 😀
With all this good news anything but a win tomorrow afternoon at Leicester City will be a disappointment.
But let’s make no mistake, the Foxes will give us a very tough game tomorrow afternoon in the late game – the game kicks off at 5:20 pm local time.
Manager Nigel Pearson will have his side ready against his former club, just like he did when Leicester came of Newcastle on the last day of August, and outplayed us for much of that game, but Newcastle eventually scraped by in that game and won 1-0.
And there’s a good chance that Newcastle will start three of their new players tomorrow with Mike Williamson, Wayne Routledge and Patrick Van Aanholt all in the frame to start the game.
Williamson showed on Wednesday night, that we may not miss Steven Taylor too much when he’s out injured with injured knee ligaments, and if Mike keeps playing the way he played Wednesday night, he’ll be pushing strongly for a first team starting place .
In fact when Steven returns he could slot in at right back, if Coloccini and Williamson continue to play well over the next several weeks. What a back four that would be !
Newcastle have a boatload of injuries right now with Barton, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Danny Simpson and Shola Ameobi all out injured.
However, Ryan Taylor is available again following his one game ban for being sent off last Saturday at WBA, and Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez has recovered from his slight injury of Wednesday night.
We don’t even know if Geremi has returned from the African Cup of Nations – which reminds us – we need to move Geremi out of the club by next Monday, and that will help cut the wage bill.
Chris Hghton will still have some selection decisions to make, and we think the following side will start the game:
Taylor (R) Coloccini Williamson Van Aanholt
Routledge Smith (c) Nolan Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Kadar Tozer Butt Guthrie Ranger Pancrate
That starting eleven may be a little hard on Tamas Kadar, who has looked solid in the last couple of games, and Tamas could start tomorrow in either full-back position tomorrow, and it wouldn’t surprise us.
He started at right back on Wednesday night and then switched to left back when Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate came on to replace the injured Jose Enrique.
So Tamas has already played across the back four for Newcastle, and we continue to believe this boy will have a great future at the club.
But that’s a good starting eleven, and we’re looking forward to seeing how Routledge performs tomorrow , since he looked threatening when he was on against Crystal Palace, and of course set up Ranger’s injury time goal. to seal the points for the Magpies.
He looked very good, but the surprise performance of Mike Williamson, who gave a sublime performance of skill and coolness in his debut, stole most of the headlines.
We also liked the way Mike kept talking to young Tamas Kadar, and it showed he’s not only a good player, but he also has good leadership skills – her could turn tout to be a great singing for the club, but yes – it’s just one game after all.
With Routledge and Gutierrez as out and out wingers, the side is starting to resemble the one that Bobby Robson had in place at the club some 7 years or so ago.
We’re nowhere near as good as that side of course, but Routledge will help with creativity, which has been lacking this season, and it was good news to hear that Joey Barton will return to full training on Monday.
We hope Joey is a changed man when he gets back, and no doubt the lad will want to contribute to the side, after being out for several months with a foot injury, in what may well become a promotion season for the Magpies.
But this will only become a reality if we keep our feet firmly on the ground, and not carried away with our success.
So the battle to promotion continues tomorrow afternoon, when we hope we can come through successfully, in what promises to be a very tough test against the Foxes.
Howay The Lads!!