Alan Pardew will have both Fab Coloccini and Mike Williamson back for the game at Birmingham on Saturday.
Mike Williamson – back with Coloccini this Saturday?
And one weakness in the last two games for Newcastle has been the central defense, with one comical goal being conceded in each of those games.
We’ve been really surprised how poor Sol Campbell has played, and he’s made two bad mistakes that have led to opposition goals in the last two games, and we hardly expect him to keep his place on Saturday.
And then there’s Steven Taylor – and if the local lad is going to be leaving the club, we hardly think he should be playing when other long term players are available – unless they want to put Steven in the shop window.
And there’s also goalkeeper Steve Harper back, and apparently he has had a second practice game yesterday – so that’s two he’s played in since returning to training last week.
This is the defense we would play next Saturday, in what is shaping up to be an important game at Birmingham, if only because another 3 points from that game- which is surely possible – we’ll be really flying.
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
That assumes that Steven Taylor is not going to sign his new contract, although we really know nothing definite about that yet – since nothing has been announced by the Newcastle club.
And the rest of the team almost picks itself
Barton Nolan Tiote Gutierrez
Nile Ranger looked great in those last 35 minutes on Saturday and his introduction helped to turn the game in Newcastle’s favor, so he may well have earned a starting position alongside big Andy at St. Andrews – and it seems he could (should?) be given a chance.
That’s only our opinion of course of the side for Saturday, so let’s know what team you would play on Saturday at St. Andrews.