Alan Pardew will have a stronger squad to choose from for tomorrow’s game at Birmingham, than he had last week when he first arrived as manager of Newcastle United.
Nile Ranger – will get a start tomorrow?
Both Fabricio Coloccini and Mike Williamson are now available, after serving three match suspensions.
Coloccini was sent off in the 5-1 defeat at Bolton for pulling back Elmander, and Mike Williamson got his three match ban, after being found guilty of violent conduct against the big Swedish striker, for barging into him deliberately.
And there is news today that Sol Campbell is struggling with illness, but we wouldn’t have thought Campbell would be starting tomorrow, after his last two less-than-convincing performances, in which he gave a goal away with two bad mistakes.
The news is also that striker Shola Ameobi has yet another hamstring injury, although we were told he was taken off last Saturday, because the hamstring was tight, so we imagine Shola will be touch and go for tomorrow.
But we’d like to see 19 year-old Nile Ranger given a start, after his all action performance in the last 35 minutes of the Liverpool game, when he hassled Martin Skrtel into a mistake for Newcastle’s second goal, and almost scored himself.
His energetic performance certainly turned the game in Newcastle’s favor.
We are hearing that Steven Taylor will be leaving the club in January, so it’s a good question as to whether Steven will start tomorrow, and we have no idea what Alan Pardew’s thinking is on that one.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper, is also back from his shoulder surgery, and will be pushing to replace 22 year-old Tim Krul in goal, but Tim’s performance last week – he played very well – should see him keep his place – at least for tomorrow’s game.
Long term injuries to Dan Gosling (ACL – knee), Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) and Hatem Ben Arfa (double break of the left leg) mean they are still out of action until next year.
So here’s the side we would expect Alan Pardew to start tomorrow afternoon at Birmingham:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson (Taylor S.) Enrique
Barton Nolan (c) Tiote Gutierrez
We have Steven Taylor in there as a potential, because we think it all depends on how definite it is he’ll be leaving the club in January.
If he’s left out of the team, after three solid performances for Newcastle, that will probably mean he is on his way out of the door at Newcastle.
Anyway, that’s the team we think will start tomorrow – so let’s have your starting eleven for tomorrow.
We’ll have our match preview out later this afternoon, and of course tomorrow’s game is really the first game with Alan Pardew in charge of the Newcastle side.
And let’s hope we can get another 3 points!