As Newcastle Squad Improves – Hughton Selection Gets Tougher

As players return from injury some of our good players are not even making the match day squad of 18, but hey, that’s what happens as the squad starts to get better, as it has at Newcastle over the summer months.

Ryan Taylor – after scoring from free kick at Chelsea last month

For the game with Sunderland last Sunday the 18 man squad did not include either Ryan Taylor or Danny Guthrie, but Chris had included youngsters Kadar and Ranger, and Steven Taylor returned from injury.

Tamas of course has just been called up for the full Hungarian national side to face Lithuania – and he could well be a full Hungarian International in a couple of weeks time.

The same will happen for Sunday as Chris will name his starting eleven and seven substitutes depending on what his game plan is, and also who’s been looking good in training over the last week.

And Steven Taylor is not only pushing for a place on the bench but soon will be pushing hard for a starting place in central defense, as he tries to make a contribution to  the team this season.

Chris Hughton has a difficult job to keep everybody happy in the Newcastle squad because, as he says, he can only choose 11 starters and 7 subs for each game:

“It’s part of the job.” “You have a squad, and you want everyone to be available.” “You can only pick 11 players, and seven substitutes.”

“One thing that always happens is that opportunities come round for players – at some stage, they’ll come in for somebody else. That’s always the case.

“It shows where we are at the moment, but opportunities will come for Danny and Ryan.”

Danny Guthrie and Ryan Taylor are not only two good players but are two excellent professionals too, and we just hope they will see some playing action over the next several games, but it’s going to be tough for them.

We do have our concerns about Ryan, because we think he will probably want away next summer, if he doesn’t get sufficient playing time at Newcastle, but you can hardly blame him for that.

He was unhappy with last season’s number of appearances, but he played 36 games with 4 goals last term, and this season he’s made just 4 appearances with two goals, but he’s played extremely very well whenever he’s been in the team this season.

That may be small consolation to the 26 year-old.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far


    Nov 4, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Raylor is IMO the best right back we have. Followed by Simpson and the Perch, why aren’t we playing him. Of course I can’t critisize Hoots team selection at the moment so as long as we are winning im good.

  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 4, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #2

    So who would Ryan go to. Go to one of the bigger clubs and you won’t even get to the bench So to get games you have to go to a lesser club…

    … Oh well he could always try Sunderland.

  • peterktoon

    Nov 4, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #3

    We also have Xisco!!!`?
    Where is he?

  • Reacher

    Nov 4, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Coloccini is the best right back we have. This of course proves problematic, as he’s also our best centre back.

  • chuck

    Nov 4, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Raylor going ! no big loss, if the club has any ambition they should be looking at who is good enough to play in this league.
    There are still a number of players in the squad who should be gradually be replaced.
    That`s how a winning side is built.
    Yeah i realize some guys become fan favorites and were part and parcel of the side that brought the club back to the PL.
    Unfortunately there`s no room for sentiment, in this business and have no doubt , it is a business !
    It`s a sign that a team has arrived, when they begin rebuilding and discarding those who are not the required quality.
    Hopefully during the next window we can bring in a quality outside right complimented by a good right back.
    Take Bardsley or young Coleman and perhaps the Belgian winger we have been associated with.
    Williamson has`nt impressed me and we need to give Taylor a contract.

  • jamiemt

    Nov 4, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #6

    ryan taylor was shocking against the arsenal reserves, simpson is by far the best rb we have

  • jesus was a geordie

    Nov 4, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #7

    jamiemt I agree!

  • PaddyToon

    Nov 4, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #8

    about our rite side…i think the perfect player for us would be Hatem BA as he has intense amounts of skill so we’d have jose and spiderman on the left with spiderman cuttin in for his rite even tho he can use his left and HBA on the rite cuttin in and shootin with his left. wat are our chances realistically of signing him do you think?then we jus need a world class RB.and if we do get HBA wat is our startin midfield?nolan,barton,tiote,spidey,HBA???

  • wynsleap

    Nov 4, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Considering it was only Danny Simpson’s second game back after injury I thought he was solid against Sunderland and hardly put a foot wrong.
    As we also have Steven Taylor to cover (or even come in) on that position I don’t think RB is a problem.
    Because everyone is really upping their game at present and taking into account the fantastic team spirit, new signings are, in my opinion, not a great necessity at the moment.
    This leaves Chris and The Controller in a good position to oncentrate on spending whatever money is available on a really good striker which is the next step in our rehabilitation.
    Although Shola has his moments I doubt whether his form or fitness can be relied upon to function at the highest level week in and week out.
    Summer would then be a good time to unload the likes of Xisco, Best, Donaldson, Ryan Taylor, Smith and one of the goal keepers then use the money wisely to increase the squad’s quality (not throwing huge amounts at has-beens and mercenaries which we have found to our cost, doesn’t work.)
    I agree with Chuck that this gradual evolution of the squad whereby the incoming player is always an improvement (however small) on the outgoing performer, is the only way to build the squad.
    Hughton should be given the opportunity to do just that backed by a reasonable financial outlay and without any interference.

  • 44881

    Nov 5, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #10

    the regular in midfield would be simple before arfa recovers from injury…
    Barton plays well wif gd crossing shown in recent games…hes reli improtant wif 2 big men in front line…n left winger jonas did well as usual wif Jose. Tiotes classy in DM n this let Nolan focus more on covering the front line~
    With the injuries like Gosling, Steven, Arfa n Campbell recovers, we should first look at the form for the first 11 recently…
    The only thing i ve got to say is the doubt of Ameobis stability~i do hope he can keep goin on like this but when arfa recovers he can be winger but also be SS wheres playing behind Carroll…hope he can show me thats wrong
    Regarding the future, the likes of Xisco, Donaldson, Best, Perch n deciding on Smiths future coz his nobles’ salary cap…sign arfa n renew Steven contract n 1 more classy forward then the squard can be kept for the next 3-4 yrs coz now we ve got certain quality but our squard still young wif great potential~thats absolutely important for us

  • Brutooon

    Nov 5, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #11

    dont play:

    Alan Smith
    Routledge (maybe after 5-0 winning then put him on)

  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 5, 2010 at 3:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Gets tougher – not if you know where you are going, and you are single minded (ruthless) about getting there. It’s natural that as we strengthen the squad players should leave – and we should give them polite applause when they return to SJP.

  • Visten

    Nov 5, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #13

    When S.Taylor gets fit play him right back, problem solved.


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