Competition For Places At Newcastle Ramping Up Big Time

Newcastle have some good players sidelined at the moment,  for one reason or another.

Fabricio Coloccini competition for places immense

Sol Campbell is quickly approaching fitness, although Dan Gosling is not due back from his ACL knee injury until January, and Steven Taylor is out with his shoulder injury until early next month.

And of course Danny Simpson should be back in a few weeks time, following his ankle injury,  and Danny Guthrie has had a niggling knee injury that has kept him out of the squad so far this season.

All of those except Dan Gosling and Danny Guthrie are defenders, so the competition for places in defense will be immense, once they are all back and ready to go.

And one thing that is very different at Newcastle these days  from our relegation season,  is that nobody is guaranteed a starting place, and they have to earn it both in training and on match days, and that’s very good to see.

It was good that 9 players in the 23 man squad named yesterday, have been signed this year by the Newcastle club, that’s almost 40% of the squad, so we are certainly building up a more than decent squad on Tyneside.

And Chris Hughton has very quickly ramped up the competition for place sat the Tyneside club, that’s for sure.

Fabricio Coloccini, the popular Argentine center-back has talked about the competition for places,  and the fact that Sol Campbell has been a  great signing for the club.

Fab said today:

“Sol has been a great signing for Newcastle.” “All of the players we have signed are good for us because they want to help the club.”

“But they also increase the competition. That is good because it means that nobody can afford to relax.” “There are no longer automatic choices here.”

In defense Newcastle will have Danny Simpson, James Perch, Ryan Taylor, Fab Coloccini, Sol Campbell, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Tamas Kadar, James Tavernier and Jose Enrique fighting it out to get a place in the back four.

Coloccini was at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night to support the Newcastle youngsters, and both Fab and Mike Williamson will be hoping to hold their places in central defense,  as Sol Campbell quicky becomes match fit, and ready to play for Newcastle.

Coloccini continued:

“We have had a good start and we have to continue like this.” “We have to fight for our position. Every player has to be at their best and that can only benefit the team.”

“We have two weeks to regroup before the Blackpool game. And then we start again.”

Good words from Coloccini, who was a big favorite of ours while he was at Deportivo, and he seems to be fulfilling his potential now at Newcastle, after an average start.

The next game against Blackpool in 9 days time is very important, because a win in that game and Newcastle will have 7 points from their first 4 games- which would be a terrific start to the season.

And we know one thing that will happen in that game – Newcastle will launch an all out attack at  Blackpool.

Couple that with the potential first appearances of Sol Campbell, Cheick Tiote and Ben Arfa in a Newcastle shirt, and we are hoping for a sell-out crowd at that game.

Things are looking up at Newcastle, and the club seems to have made enormous progress both on and off the field since those dark days of July last year.

Howay The Lads!!

19 comments so far

  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Much more confident now of a decent season than before the transfer window!

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #2

    What should either be heavenly chaos or dastardly dithering will be when both Jonas and HBA are on the pitch making their runs!

  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Tino and Ginola mark 2!! Think I can handle that, at home at least!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    HBA wont just walk into our squad, we know Hughton is fond of Routledge and he wont ggive up his place easily

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5


    From what I have seen from HBA, he has much more ability than Routledge so you would think he will soon take his place. Will probably start on the bench against Blackpool though.

  • short trousers

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #6

    lads did you wach bbrother last nite ulika johnstone is 9-1 for evicsion stuck 5 on easy money lollol


    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #7

    I think we have a very decent squad that every NUFC supporter should be proud of it.

    Don’t forget that we are a team just came back from the champion ship and from a difficult time.I think we are in the right direction ………….

  • CT

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Who is Fabio Zamblera? I know unwise signed him, but it seems CH rates him!

  • short trousers

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    lads am not a blak berry like !!

  • short trousers

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #10

    soz i ment sheep lollol

  • short trousers

    Sep 2, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #11

    lads i mitent be here tommorow mind av got the bairn for her birthday doing a barbracue if its good shes 6 tall an as her dad cheeky buggar

  • RichK

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Any news on Tiote’s contract length and squad number? We don’t have many low squad numbers – only 13 is available below no.20. he’ll probably get no.21 or no.22 vacated by Pancrate and Butt. Although HBA got 37.

    On the competition for places, I think CH and team (including MA and DL) have done a tremendous job in the market and i think we’re more than solid enough to stop up this year and I agrre with Sol that we may surprise a few (i’m not getting too carried away yet though!)

  • komfort

    Sep 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #13

    short trousers….i think the short fat bloke from portugal will be the next one that gets evicted.

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Good article Ed.

    ‘Oh Coloccini…’

  • Freddie

    Sep 2, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #15

    boys do us a favour and stop yapping about big brother!

    and i think we all need to start biting our tongues when it comes to cashley because now looking back, nufc are the best they have looked since sir bobby was here, i think we actually owe him now! keep going CH, you are the man!

  • balubas1

    Sep 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #16

    yeah. and shoot me if you like.. but

    MA ! ATM U DA MAN !

  • DanNUFC

    Sep 2, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    think Tiote is no.22

  • baro

    Sep 2, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #18

    The more competition there is than the more competitions we will be in! Europe here we come.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:21 AM

    Comment #19

    the good thing about us now are that we stop signing expensive “superstar” players with massive wages then end up as a FLOP


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