Newcastle Fringe Players Will Fight For Starting Roles


Newcastle manager Chris Hughton seems to have great confidence in his current bunch of players.

Ryan Taylor – fringe player will fight for starting position

And that’s hardly surprising after the way the squad has performed this last season in the Championship where they did all the Newcastle manager asked them for.

As in any good club, there are players who are on the fringes of the first team, and with squads now the name of the game in football,  with only only Martin O’Neil still back in the 1960s and playing his best side week in week out, it’s important Newcastle have players fighting for a starting place.

Today Chris has talked about  Ryan Taylor, Joey Barton, Shola Ameobi and the returning Steven Taylor and acknowledged they all made a contribution to the team over the season, although they have missed most of   this year’s action.

Chris said today:

“We’ve got Ryan Taylor, who has probably not played as much as he wanted in the latter stages.”

“But his tally of games overall is a big part of the season.” “Then Joey Barton is similar too after coming back from injury, but he’s still played a part.”

“Shola  Ameobi had a couple of injuries too and Steven Taylor has missed the second part of the season.” “It’s all about contributions.”

With Chris having seemed to make the decision that he will only bring in a few players this summer, he will be relying on last season’s squad to continue to bring Newcastle back to their former greatness – hopefully.

That seems a sensible approach and Hughton will probably not need too much transfer money in the summer,  whether he was going to get lots of money or not,  and we cannot see Chris being able to spend more than  about £15M maximum.

One of the things we really like at Newcastle right now is the common sense that seems pervasive in most things the club does – and we have to applaud Chris Hughton for most of that thinking.

But there already will be significant competition for places at center-back, central midfield and up front with our strikers – and that has to auger well for next season, whoever we manage to bring in during the summer.

Comments welcome.



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14 comments so far

  • henok

    May 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #1

    No there won’t be cause with the exception of Danny boy,Carroll,Nolan,Taylor,Jose and colo evry player in our squad have the same quality which brings me to chris’s substitution wats up wid that he only changes after 80 min …I still don’t see any quality in the side …can any tell me one player who have the potential to be in the team on the year or month …

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  • shearerbliss

    May 7, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #2

    wyane, guti and williamson could be vital in PL, therefore dont know what your talking about henok!

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  • NewcastleMole

    May 7, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Routledge failed twice before in premiership

    Williamson couldn’t get a game at portsmouth

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 7, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Bit concerned with the noises coming from SJP Seems like we are being set up to expect few if any signings. We need a bit of pace at the back & up front with some REAL quality in midfield. Expect nothing but a struggle next season. I hope I’m wrong

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  • Newutd

    May 7, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Williamson didn’t play because of a clause in his contract. Hope Routledge can turn out to be a little premiership wonder for us this season. At least he has pace to take on defenders.

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  • Robbanufc

    May 7, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Williamson has played alot lately, and definately improved his game. He would without a doubt be playing regularly if he played this well in portsmouth. Routledge havent played premier league football in a while, and has played really really well of late. I think many premiership clubs will be interested come January.

    Keep the faith lads!

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  • henok

    May 7, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Wayne was very very bad at tot and williamson …he didt play in pompy cause of his injuries …but u can tell from his performance Henan championship player how on earth would he stop the likes of Defoe and bent let’s not mention Drogba and his kind

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  • P.I.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #8

    I think we have to take heart from teams like Stoke, Birmingham, Wigan and the sort. Their defenders are not world beaters and it would seem, on paper that they would get turned inside out game after game but we know this isnt the case. Williamson, Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Steve Taylor, Kadar, Collocini, Enrique, (Hall possibly).

    Now that wont be the strongest defence in the league by any means but the hope is that team spirit, determination, physical strength. and fitness can allow us to hold our own against the mid table teams.

    With regards to the point made my Henok, we should expect the odd hammering. I mean Drogba, Torres, Rooney and the sort can score hat fulls against any team, look at the 7-1 hammering of Villa last month.
    But what we have to say to ourselves is that this defence will have the team morale, the determination, the backing of the crowd, to believe in themselves and pull of performances that get us points.

    Get it through your head that we wont/cant sign the best players at the minute. That we cant attract world beaters due to the wage structure. That we cant pay out large transfer fees due to the financial situation with Ashley and what he says the club owe him. That we HAVE to sign players like Fitz Hall, and free agents, and unknowns, or players like Routledge and Williamson.
    After all we are (at the minute) a team being promoted into the Premiership and we cannot continue to have the mindset of a team in and around the Champions league spots which is what a lot of naive and fickle Toon fans still hold!

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  • Newutd

    May 7, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Once again – Williamson didn’t play because of a clause in his contract.

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  • sjc07

    May 7, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #10

    The negative attitude some of you have is what got Newcastle relegated. No team deserves a reputation they earn it and always wanting more is gonna ruin this club again. Consolidation is what Newcastle need. Williamson had contract issues and he is as good as a lot of established premier league defenders. Wayne offers pace, something we lack and it is going to be crucial in the premier league. Agbonglahor is not a great player, yet his pace has bagged him high rewards.

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  • hitman

    May 7, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #11

    sjc07 // May 7, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    The negative attitude some of you have is what got Newcastle relegated

    no players that wernt good enough done that

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  • henok

    May 7, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Hitman I agree …I am not being negative it’s a fact that I am telling …I didn’t celebrate like a rock star when they won the championship cause they faced teams with the budget of colos transfer money and I will like to add nufc didn’t do well in the championship let’s face it they were dominate for most of there away games and let’s not forget Boros performance at our house …they lack caracter not quality half of the players don’t hve a clue what they are doing just notice …that is why I say we need manger who changes us like Keegan did …I saw a real change in his first game even if we lost we were playing organized football

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  • Brutooon

    May 8, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Wilkinson – still unsure of him at the Premier League

    Roultedge- failed twice, but i still believe he can be the lennon/a.young type of winger cos he got pace

    However, i m a fan of Ryan Taylor, his performance might be average but his versatile is useful for the squad

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  • Davies

    May 8, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #14

    We have a lot of good players and I’m pretty sure that with one or two additions we’ll be competitive. Stop yer whining and let the manager get on with it. He knows better than you.

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