It’s probably a sign of the times at Newcastle, that some previous regulars at the club are now finding it hard to get starts these days.
Peter Lovenkrands – will get start tomorrow night
Two of them are Danish International Peter Lovenkrands and local lad Shola Ameobi, and both of them scored in their only previous start this season at Accrington Stanley in the last round of the Carling cup.
Hughton talked about the two strikers to the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s the ideal opportunity for them.” “I’ve said that I will make significant changes, but it’s a chance for those that haven’t played.” “It doesn’t come any tougher, especially with the form Chelsea are in, but nothing has changed my thinking from the day the draw was made.”
“We knew how tough it would be. Nobody expects us to get anything from the game – and that’s a plus.” “When that is the case you can go there with less pressure on you.” “Whether you can enjoy it or not it’s always down to what the result is.”
Sol Campbell will get his debut at Stamford Bridge, and Chris has also confirmed that Ryan Taylor will start, probably at right-back in place of the suspended James Perch.
But we think Ryan’s best position is out on one of the wings, where he is more of a goal threat, and can put in some good crosses and throw-ins – and he just doesn’t seem physically robust enough to play full back.
Chris talked about Ryan:
“Ryan will certainly play. It’s been unfortunate for him because of the form of James Perch.” “But he’s been excellent and he trains very well every day.”
And it’s very likely that Alan Smith will get a start tomorrow night too, with Cheick Tiote looking like the obvious starter at defensive midfield in future games, after his most impressive debut at Goodison Park on Saturday.
So we could see Taylor, Smith, Campbell, Lovenkrands and Ameobi all get starts tomorrow night in London.