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.
“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!!