An Early Look At Newcastle vs Barnsley

As far as injuries go this week,  Newcastle seem to have quite a few players on the mend.

Peter Lovenkrands – should start Saturday

There’s news this week that Peter Lovenkrands, Nicky Butt and Jose Enrique are all fit again, and will be included in the squad to play Barnsley on Saturday.

Patrick van Aanholt finished his month-long loan on Tyneside last Saturday, and the 19 year-old Dutchman performed admirably for Newcastle and hopefully may become a transfer target in the future.

Patrick was allowed to return to Chelsea because our own specialized left-back, Jose Enrique is fit again, but it’s an open question whether he will start on Saturday.

Both Tamas Kadar and Ryan Taylor both able to play in that position too, and both will be itching for a start, but there’s no doubt Jose will play some of the game on Saturday to get him back in the swing of things.

Joey Barton is training again and looking good in training, according to his manager and Steven Taylor should be back in about 4 weeks.

Shola Ameobi has been out with a hamstring injury, and he’s missing his chance to add to his 8 goals tally for the season,  because of  the persistent  injuries he always seems to pick up. Of course, it’s hardly Shola’s fault.

Unfortunately Wayne  Routledge will not make it, otherwise we think Chris would have played Nolan and Guthrie in central midfield, but now the in-form Guthrie will probabaly start out on the right wing.

This is an attacking starting eleven that Chris could pick for Barmnsley assuming a 4-4-2 formation:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Guthrie Nolan Smith (c) Gutierrez
Carroll Lovenkrands

That’s not a bad team at all, and with Peter back up front we should be dangerous.  The two front men have 21 goals between them this season, and they’ll be hoping to get even more come Saturday night.

Hughton is spoiled for choice on Saturday and he may make a surprise move to bring in Fitz Hall in place of Williamson, but that would be difficult given how well Fabricio and Mike Williamson have played these last 3 games together.

Chris may also give a run out to Tamas Kadar at left-back and we think both he and Jose will play in the game on Saturday, whether Jose or Tamas start.

That’s a quick look at the possible team and our injuries, which seem to be clearing up nicely for the major and final push towards promotion.

We are thinking 3 points come Saturday night and nothing less.  Nottingham Forest have a tough home game against Swansea City and may drop more points, and QPR host West Bromwich Albion.

What do you think the team should be on Saturday?

Comments and opinions are always welcome.

8 comments so far

  • greekgeordie

    Mar 4, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #1

    I think this will be the right team for a home game and the squad available, Jose might not be fit for 90 minutes but Kadar should be able to cover in when the Bull’s legs and lungs need a rest for the day.
    There is a lot said about Nicky Butt, and mostly unfair, Butt no long ago was our best player on the pitch, players of his age contribute their own way with experience and reading the game, injuries become more frequent and take longer to be sorted out.
    For me NB can still do a job for the team and to have someone of his standards on the bench must make us the envy of all the other clubs in our division.
    Stick with all the players criticise them when is due, but do not start a hate campaign and undermind their abilities.
    I do not rate Shola very much but I will never redicule or insult a player while he wears the black and white stripes, unless I am certain of disloyalty and indifference to the cause.

  • Flan

    Mar 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Saturday will be the 2nd toon match i’ll have gone to. The last was the last time they we’re bet at home in the 0-1 defeat to Fulham. Hope i’m not jinxed!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Mar 4, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Flan- I was at that match to 🙂

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 4, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #4

    Greekgeordie: I do not completely agree about NB being able to do much of a job for us anymore, he can probably come off the bench when we’re leading, and secure the win. I cannot however see him as a starter anymore. But I definately agree with the rest you’re saying mate.

    Flan, I hope you’ll get as good a game as I did when I went to St James’ park. I was there for the Preston and Coventry games. Good times! Have a good one mate! Loud and proud!

    I think I can say something not many fans can say, I’m unbeaten at St. James’ Park! 😀 4-1, 3-0 and 1-1.

  • Robbanufc

    Mar 4, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #5

    More on the team:

    Simpson – Colo – Will-i-am – Kadar
    Guthrie – Nolan – Smudge – Gutierrez
    ——-Carroll – Best/Ranger——-

    I think we should start both Kadar and Best or Ranger instead of The Bull and Lovenkrands… No need to rush them back on the pitch, when we’re in good form and seem to be doing well.

    I would rather see them given 30 mins at the end of the game, but that’s just my opinion 🙂

  • toon soldier

    Mar 4, 2010 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed,i would appreciate a tribute to Charlie Crowe only 14 and I live in Ireland so i dont know anything about him except ive heard he was a quality player and greatly respected.thanks

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Mar 5, 2010 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Here, Here, GreekGeordie. Nicky Butt has been a fine pro throughout a distinguished career, a top man at Newcastle and would still be very good alongside Jonas, Routledge and Guthrie in an excllent alternative toon home midfield.

  • lesh

    Mar 5, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Here you go toon soldier – his obits near the bottom of the list of recently departed rich and famous


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