Both Andy Carroll and Cheick Tiote will be missing from the Newcastle line up on Sunday at Sunderland.
Cheick Tiote – this lad will be a big miss on Sunday
Andy is out injured, maybe for at least another two weeks, and Cheick of course will miss the next 3 games after being sent off at Stevenage.
Alan Pardew talked about the two top players:
“For Sunderland it will be good news that those two players are missing,” “On our part, we’ve got to make sure that we don’t miss them by stepping up our performance.”
“And I will be looking to the senior players to make sure that when we turn up on Sunday we don’t miss those (players) and don’t notice because of the passion and effort on the pitch.”
With Andy Carroll out we are hoping that Shola Ameobi will start on Sunday, since Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands were almost invisible at Stevenage last Saturday.
Shola has recovered from an ankle injury, and the starting two will be chosen from Shola, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger. We would plump for Shola and Peter top start up front.
Shola did return to training today, but there seems to be a small doubt whether he will start the game, as Alan continued:
“Leon is desperate to play, Shola trained this morning (Friday) and looked good, so he’s pushing to start,”
“Then you’ve got Peter, who has done a super job as well.” “Out of those three we will be looking to get two strikers on the pitch and give Sunderland something to think about.”
And one inclusion on the bench should be 20 year-old Dan Gosling, who got great reviews for his play in the recent Newcastle – Hibernian friendly game.
He could deputize for Cheick Tiote, but we still think Pardew will stick with Alan Smith who we have to hope is really keyed up for the game, because when he’s like that he can still play very well.
“In my view Dan is now in the picture.” “I don’t think I will start him because he hasn’t had much match practice.”
“But he has shown already that he will threaten the squad and hopefully burst into the team at some point.”
We could see Gosling make his debut in the second half on Sunday, depending on how the game goes.
But it must be comforting to make your Magpies debut when the Newcastle side is four goals up.
We hope Dan makes his debut on Sunday when Newcastle are four goals up.