It seems that a number of Newcastle players, especially in midfield, need a rest.
Kevin Nolan – needs a rest
It’s a long season, and it’s not going to get any easier with the 16 remaining league games having to be completed by May 2nd.
Maybe the time has come for Chris Hughton to rest some of the stalwarts of this season.
We haven’t looked strong in central midfield for some time now, getting over-run on Saturday, well-beaten at Derby County last Tuesday night, and at Leicester City we were second best – even though Leicester only had 10 men for most of the game.
One player who has looked really jaded these last few games is Kevin Nolan, and maybe Wednesday is a good time to give the lad a well earned rest.
Danny Guthrie has shown he is a much better player in central midfield, than out on the left wing, where Chris had him playing on Saturday. Chris – he’s not a winger and never will be.
Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie would make a decent central midfield pairing for the game against Coventry, and Danny would be given the freedom to attack, while Alan Smith helps to keep the back door closed.
And on first thoughts the following looks like a decent starting eleven for Wednesday’s game:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson van Aanholt
Routledge Guthrie Smith Gutierrez
The above team includes Williamson, Gutierrez and Best who didn’t start against Swansea.
We were surprised that Fitz Hall got the starting nod ahead of Mike Williamson last Saturday, so perhaps Mike will get an opportunity against Coventry.
Up front we could hold Peter Lovenkrands back for the second half, but whatever team starts the game, we would expect the lads to come out fast and furious, since a win and all 3 points are paramount.
We think Kevin Nolan should not even be on the bench so he definitely gets a well earned rest – after all we do have a bigger squad these days.
And WBA and Nottingham Forest both have rather tough games tomorrow night – West Brom are at Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest host Sheffield United.
Hey, with any luck they could both suffer defeat – we hope so anyway. 😀
What would be your Newcastle team for the game on Wednesday night?
Let’s know your thoughts. Comments welcome.