Chris Hughton has a number of selection posers for the game against Wigan at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
Peter Lovenkrands – haven’t seen much of Peter yet this season
He has three in-form center-backs in Campbell, Williamson and Coloccini form which to choose the two that will start, and up front he has both Ameobi and Carroll fighting it out for the lone striker role.
But Chris may change his tactics some on Saturday, and could decide to play 4-4-2 against a Wigan side that Newcastle will go all out to beat.
This is what Chris said today about the selection decision he has to make and the fact that 4-4-2 is an option:
“They’re the kind of decisions I’ve got to make,” “With Andy he’s trained very well, he’s signed a new contract and will be bouyed by that.”“Reverting to 4-4-2 is an option.”
“With the quality of this league you’ve got to be aware of the opponent you’re playing against trying to get the right tactics, which will vary for each game.”
“At home we need to be showing that little bit more.”
There seems a definite chance that Chris may decide to play 4-4-2 with two strikers, and then he can utilize maybe Carroll and Ameobi up front together.
But of course we haven’t seen too much of Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands this season, and we know Peter has the class to put the ball in the back of the net. His record at Newcastle of 47 games and 20 goals proves that.
If Chris does play 4-4-2 you would imagine that Tiote and Barton would be the central mid-fielders, but that would leave Kevin Nolan the odd man out, and Chris seems to always want the captain in the side.
But it seems there’s a decent chance Chris will play a more attacking 4-4-2 formation, and of course Peter Lovenkrands can also play on the wing, even though his preferred position is as a striker.
The key for Saturday ‘s game is to have goal-scorers in the line-up, which will help us get the win that we really need against a beatable Wigan side.