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Six Core Players To Make Newcastle Great Again

2:48 pm, Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

The fact that John Carver is back at Newcastle United,  gives us a link back to when Newcastle United were a top four side in England.

Alan Pardew – seems very sensible guy

And surprisingly enough, that was only just over six years ago, when Bobby Robson in his final thee seasons in charge had Newcastle in 4th, 3rd and 5th places in the Premier League – not too bad at all.

We are hoping that John Carver and Alan Pardew can form a really good working partnership together, and that John can help the club get back to at least a top eight side fairly soon.

The more we hear Alan Pardew talk about Newcastle, and the job he sees ahead of him, the more we think he got some agreements from owner Mike Ashley before his took the job on Tyneside.

And we think those agreements were for the club to sign up key players that Alan had identified.

We don’t know who those players are, as far as Alan is concerned, but we think there are six players the club can form their team around over the next few seasons.

Those players are:

Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor,  Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll.

Fans will have their own opinions on what that group should be, and some will be surprised we don’t have Fab Coloccini in there.

Fab is one of our favorite players, but we still think he has to prove he is a top class PL  player, but of course the way he’s played since Alan has been at the club, has been outstanding, and on Sunday he may have played his best game ever in a black and white shirt.

We haven’t included the great Ben Arfa in that six either, because we’ve picked only those players who have shown over the last two years,  that they are key players at the Newcastle club.

Some will be surprised we have included Steven Taylor, but we’ve done that because along with big Andy Carroll he’s a local lad, and it’s important to have a couple of  local lads in the Newcastle side.

Steven also has more PL experience than any other defender at the club currently, and he’s also performed very well since he’s returned from an injury riddled year in 2010.

We think Alan has identified these players – and possibly a few more, and asked the club to sing them up long term.

He’s already been successful in getting Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa on long term deals, and he says the club is working right now to ensure Joey Barton and Jose Enrique are going nowhere.

And of  course the club recently signed Andy Carroll up to a long term deal at the club, and as Alan has said to anybody who will listen to him – Andy is going nowhere.

So if Alan can get Joey and Jose signed up soon, he’s already done a great job to ensure success could lie ahead for Newcastle in the foreseeable future.

And the next step will be to tie down a certain  Cheick Tiote to a longer and improved contract at Newcastle. Cheick is already a huge favorite on Tyneside, and he works his socks off every single game and adds some bite (ouch) in Newcastle’s midfield.

He’s almost a perfect player for Newcastle United  that the club have signed.

We’re not sure what length of contract Cheick signed at Newcastle back in late August, but in any case his play this season has already earned him an improved deal.

We would hope the club would do just that, and sign him up through the summer of 2016 on an improved contract.

And  we haven’t even mentioned some of our exciting youngsters like Haris Vuckic, Tim Krul,  Shane Ferguson, Phil Airey, James Tavernier, Fraser Forster, Kazenga LuaLua, Nile Ranger and many many more.

We hope Alan Pardew can get these things done before the end of the season, and we also have other very good players at the club, apart from those six in  Ben Arfa, Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling and Jonas Gutierrez.

With those players the future  of Newcastle could indeed be bright.

We hope so in any case.

Let’s have you views on this – and yes we know there will be a different  six core players from fans.

Comments very welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Joey Barton · Jose Enrique · Kevin Nolan · Newcastle News


76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    I would say Collo over Steven Taylor.

    Cant really argue with the rest like.

    I would have Harps in there too to be fair, we are not as stable when Krul in the sticks.

  • 2 BiffBaffBoff // Jan 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I think there are more then 6 core players tbh, if you think about it, we have a really strong FIRST 11. For me these are the core players:

    Harper, Enrique, Colo, Taylor, Tiote, Barton, Nolan, Carroll…

    Then we have youngsters like HBA (yes hes still young!), Gosling, Ranger and Ferguson that we can add to that in a year or 2!

  • 3 BiffBaffBoff // Jan 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Oh I even forgot Forster who can prove he can handle the pressure at playing for a big club, Celtic, hes kept the most clean sheets in the SPL and Celtic have the best defence.

  • 4 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Colo over Tayls any day.

  • 5 arcarius // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    even though i’m a S.Taylor fanboy
    but Colo > S.Taylor for me :D

  • 6 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    @ BiffBaffBoff // Jan 18, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    I think Forster could well be our No. 1 next season which will see Tim out the door.

  • 7 jimmyxavi // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    What about Danny Simpson and Fraser Forster?

    Danny Simpson is proving that he can do it in the Premiership and is improving steadily – Fraser Forster has been the Number 1 keeper for the current league leaders in the SPL. My guess is that he will be Number 1 next season for us – Either that or he will leave!

  • 8 BiffBaffBoff // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Yeah, personally I think Forster is better than Krul, not to say Krul is a bad keeper, I think hes a great shot stopper but he lacks communication I think which is vital for a keeper to have to help the defence out, hopefully he can learn that from Harper, who I think will be our goalkeeper coach in a few years time.

    Im really surprised Harper hasnt been considered for England over the past 2 seasons, he much better than Foster, Green et al…

  • 9 davybtoon // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    i agree forster will hav played 2 seasons as a no1 with norwich n celtic n i would like to see him as no1 keeper here and krul goin out on loan sumwere

  • 10 BiffBaffBoff // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Yeah Sorry Jimmy, i forgot about Simpson too! Hes been solid this year so he deserves to be in that list, you see our squad is quite strong but still needs that extra few players to push for europe :)


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    Young Arsenal striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas joining Cardiff City on loan. Could smooth the way for the departure of Jay Bothroyd

  • 11 Toon1978 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Not seen enough of Forster to compare him to Krul.
    You have to remember Forster is playing at a different level to Krul. Its a lot more difficult in the EPL then playing in the SPL.

  • 12 ginkoh // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    It will be very interesting next season. Foster, Harper and Krul to challenge each other. Maybe it’s time for Krul to loan out for experience like Foster.

  • 13 chuck // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    I would certainly add Colo. to that group also probably Ben Arfa, as for Gosling, we will soon find out.
    Williamson, no ! due to inconsitency and poor distribution, but no reason why he cant improve.
    As for Jonas, yeah not a great final touch and has become predictable, he seldom goes to the line to cross, being right footed, instead cuts to the centre to cross with his right foot, perhaps he would be better employed on the opposite wing.
    Except for the fact he works so well with El Toro on the left. hmmm!

  • 14 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    @ginkoh: Forster has requested loan spells to stay on the pitch. He doesn’t like warming the bench.

  • 15 MGriff // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Routledge has been signed by QPR on loan! WHY!?

  • 16 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    We simply cannot accomodate 3 top class keepers.

    I think if Forster comes back, then he will be No1, like Thump says, he dont do bench warming!

    If Forster comes back, I cant see a place for Tim.

  • 17 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    We have no idea MGriff. It’s either a great idea or a very stupid idea.

  • 18 catchy in norway // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    iv said it all season, we have a good team,

    i dont care what anyone says, this should be about the players that are holding others back,
    amabambi, he isnt good enough, 1 good game 5 bad then injured, perch, just bad, even king beardo couldnt say anything about his football skills from last nights game, alan smith, just not good enough, sorry leon best, great hatrick but shouldnt be in our team or squad, routlidge, how he gets in front of ryan tayls is beyond me,,,,

    we have got some good younins coming through, but while these lot are there, i feel pardew has to justify there wages and play them,

  • 19 Sav // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Simpson is a good lad but he’s not one to hang your hat on. He should be pressing our first choice RB, who is still out there.

  • 20 jwheelie12 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Hopefully Collocini doesn’t read this, if I were him I’d be insulted, the way he’s played the last 2 seasons compared to Steven Taylor.

    And every single one of our fans knows that Ben Arfa is the best player at this club (well at least equal with Carroll and Enrique), so you may aswell include him.

  • 21 lesh // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    ‘………….and possibly a few more, and asked the club to sing them up long term.’

    Sing ‘them up long turn’? How does it go Ed? Can you whistle it?

  • 22 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    @catchy: Perch scored yesterday.

    Smudge is handy to have around.

    Best was tired at Stevenage (no excuses for Sunderland mind you), let him have a run in the squad.

    Routledge is a good squad player, has ability and is still learning his trade. He gets in ahead of Tayls because he can run and isn’t injured.

  • 23 BiffBaffBoff // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Smith is handy to have around but not at his current wage packet, which is ridiculous.. why not just hire a comedian to have banter with the players, it’ll be 10 times cheaper…

  • 24 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Completely agree with you, Biff. I’m fairly certain I could do what he does but credit where credit is due, he looked sharp against the mackems; plus did you see him having a go at the fans? :D

    In all seriousness Smith is in the wrong position. After his injury he went from a striker to a defensive midfielder due to lost confidence but have you seen some of his shots? I remember he almost broke the bar against… I want to say Chelsea?

    Push him forward and you’ll see a different player.

  • 25 carl nufc // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Has he actually went to QPR on loan or is it just a rumour??

  • 26 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    It was on SSN earlier that he was going but I haven’t seen it since. Caulkin is reporting he’s going, Routs Twitter doesn’t sound like that of a happy man… go figure

  • 27 ginkoh // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    I think we can group our players to be,

    Experienced : Nolan Barton Smith Harper Ameobi Loven
    First teamer : Colo Jonas Enrique Taylor
    Rising star : Carroll BenArfa Gosling Tiote Simpson Krul
    Something to proved : Raylor Guthrie Willo Routledge Best Perch
    Youngster : Ranger Vuckic Kadar Ferguson

    and for Forster I still don’t lnow how good he is but look at him now I think maybe he can challenge even Joe Hart for England No 1 ! Who know ?

  • 28 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    @ Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    I totally agree re. Smudge, I would like to see him supporting the stiker rather than the defence.

    He cannot tackle fairly, its simple as that, and he is no competition for Tiotes place, coz like you say, thats not his position.

    I think he still has it in him to score the goals, just the position he plays in does not allow it.

    I say put him in behind Big Andy.

  • 29 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    @ginkoh: he’s definitely got a few caps heading his way, make no mistake about it. My mate’s a brutal Celtic fan and hasn’t shut up about how good the lad is so that has something to be said. In fact he speaks positively of him even after he’s made a mistake… says a hell of a lot.

  • 30 catchy in norway // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    @ thump

    routledge can run all day,, but carnt seem to get the ball in the center, wastes it nearly every time, he is old enough and been around enough to know where the pen spot is ,

    no,, there not good enough,

    and when you think goslin , guth., affa, all want to be in the middle,,

    taylor carnt run, but nor can becks, but they can both cross the ball,

    smithy,, ggrrrr after his last few games,, the guy just gets worse :(

    perch might have scored, but when he plays, im always worried, he makes so many easy mistakes,

  • 31 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Exactly Richy, Smudge has had a hunger for goals this season and has been pushing himself up the pitch more and more often. Given a few games as a CAM or SS and I reckon he might grab one.

  • 32 BiffBaffBoff // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Problem with playing Smith further up is.. we have Nolan who has already scored 10 league goals which is fantastic!

  • 33 Ericles // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    I think that Forster will eventually supercede Krul as our first choice keeper once good old Harper hangs up his boots. Already think Harps will be our keeper coach one day. As for Enrique – I think we all know he will make it to the full Spanish squad in the near future. Good to see Shola has been picked for Nigeria too. I feel Pardew knows where he needs to tweak the side and where he needs to get some back ups. I just hope that Ashley is going to back up the manager and his growing Geordie contingent among the backroom staff.

  • 34 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    @ Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Did he not score in pre-season?

  • 35 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    @ Ericles // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    I think Ashley is gonna back AP, but like AP says, he wants to be sure he signing the right player, at the right price, for the right positions.

  • 36 arcarius // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    LoL Smith up front? You guys kidding me?

    No disrespect to Smith, but i thought there was this saying ‘you cant teach an old dog new tricks’

    He’s been in this position long enough (defensive mid) , I doubt he knows the feeling of scoring anymore!

  • 37 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    I think Routledge is trying too hard, if I’m honest. We saw what he can do last season and we’ve seen flashes of it this season (Villa at home anyone?) but he always overkicks and does silly things that I don’t entirely understand, maybe this loan will do him some good, idk.

    You’re right about Becks, the difference being Becks knew he was a RM (not winger, midfielder) while Raylor seems to think he’s a RB despite not being able to stop a balloon at a kids party.

    I can’t defend Perch there. His games in the first team have been consistently bad, and when he does something good you know he’s going to throw himself into a vatload of karmic nastiness. I wouldn’t mind seeing him pushed up into a DM role in place of Tiote, I think playing as a defender restricts him a bit too much.

    @Biff: True, but Nolan is the engine room – he goes where the ball is.

  • 38 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    @ arcarius // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    your right, there is that saying “you cant teach an old dog new tricks”

    Hence why Smith cannot do a job at CDM, he always was a striker, now he is still a striker but being played out of position.

    So yes, your right, you cant teach an old dog new tricks, so why try, play him in his position – up top.

  • 39 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Smudge score? Maybe in the penalties against Deportivo?

    36 arcarius // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    No disrespect to Smith, but i thought there was this saying ‘you cant teach an old dog new tricks’

    And what ‘new trick’ would he be learning? Leeds and Man U both saw him in the Striker role, while he started as a Strike here he dropped back shortly afterwards.

  • 40 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Great minds think alike Richy :)

  • 41 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Exactly Thump!

  • 42 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Smith’s record while at Leeds was a goal every 4 games (0.25 goals a game).

    That record is exactly the same as Strolla’s.

  • 43 arcarius // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:48 PM


    And was he successful at being a striker at Leeds and Man U? If I was being critical then i would say no, just not good enough, so why risk playing him now? When we have Ranger and Best ( Both of them being alot younger than Smith, and has been scoring goals as well)

  • 44 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Why did he drop back to Midfield?

    Coz he wants to play for us, he has said he will play anywhere on the pitch for us.

    He initially dropped back because he could not compete with the strikers we had, I think he is now a viable alternative to another striker or AM.

  • 45 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    @ arcarius // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    But your more than happy for Strolla to play up top with that exact same record!

  • 46 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Prolific? Not really, but he scored when it mattered.

    He never wanted to move to Man U and had actually wanted to come to Newcastle but Man U were offering the cash there and then whilst we (and another team or two iirc) were offering instalments. An unmotivated player is a player who won’t try.

  • 47 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Was that his reason? I thought it was because he lost confidence after his ankle break.

  • 48 Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    After a bit of research it turns out he actually started trying to play midfield at Man U. News to me!

  • 49 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    @ Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Yes that too

  • 50 arcarius // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:53 PM


    Hate to admit it, but yes
    He’s been doing that for his entire life! Although he sucks at it, as we all can see, but he’ll get you the odd goals once it a while :lol:

  • 51 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    @ Thump // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Yes, that was after his break.
    When we first bought him he was played upfront.
    He scored against Sampdoria in his first season, but couldnt hold down a first team striker spot, so reverted to CDM where he had played at Manure.

  • 52 boater // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM


    We all know you loathe shola but you’re now arguing he be replaced by a player that hasn’t scored 1 goal in 5 seasons at the club. flippin hell. He’s got 7 this season from 15 starts and a few man of the match awards on sunday, including guardian’s mackem scribe l/ taylor .. jeez change the record for an hour or so.

    What’s the news on routledge and QPR anybody? done deal? It has to be as a deal sweetener for taarabt surely.

  • 53 GEORDIE69 // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Smith dropped to midfield because he lost his pace and the ability to twist and turn on a six pence, through his injury, hence the drop to a more suitable role. Smith admitted he could not play the role any more. He ued to play a role similar to Bellamy.

  • 54 mushy // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Great news if its true that Routs is off to QPR. Not the best news (that would be us buying some real quality), but here’s why its great:
    Getting rid of a fringe first-teamer is absolutely rediculous unless there is a certainty that he will be replaced by something better. Mark my words, its about to happen.

  • 55 GEORDIE69 // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Jesus, how I like the word role! To the person who said we could not accomodate three of our top goalkeepers, erhhh thats why Krul or Forster will continue to be loaned out until Forster retires.

  • 56 GEORDIE69 // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Forster meaning Harper! F****n hell man!!!!!

  • 57 petey // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    have you seen Aston Villa are very close to signing darren bent for 18-24 million pounds!!!!

    Thats insane, im glad ashley is tight with his cash sometmes because i dont think villa will get much use out of him.

    For once i hope a player doesnt proove me wrong :-P

  • 58 Davies // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    To argue Taylor’s EPL experience as a reason to list him above Colo and Williamson as a core player is fine, if experience teaches you to handle in the area.

    He’s not our weakest defender, but his contribution over the last two years really hasn’t been that great. Remember, he missed most of last season and has given the press reason to nit pick recently by holding up on contract talks.

    He’s a local lad. Big whup, so’s Shola, who’s also missing from Ed’s list, and look at the slagging he gets on here.

    I prefer Willo at the back with Colo by a mile. I really don’t know why Taylor is still thought of as a big deal. Colocinni is a core player, Taylor isn’t – in my opinion, of course.

  • 59 expatgeordie // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    On the Keeper front I wouldn’t be suprised if we sold Forster (even though I think he will be an outstanding keeper) I think that Harps has 2 good seasons left then it will be Krul as #1 there is Sodgberg & Alnwick coming through the ranks we are well covered in the GK area. If Routledge goes back to QPR I trust (& hope) that we have a top class winger lined up otherwise we’ll be a bit short in that area

  • 60 expatgeordie // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Davies I know wveryone is entiltled to their opinion but if you really think that Williamson is better than Steven Taylor you know absolutely nowt about football. At £1m Williamson is a very good buy but he is a standby no more.

  • 61 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Villa are also after Samba from Blackburn.

    They must be spending the Milner Money!

  • 62 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    @ Geordie69

    “To the person who said we could not accomodate three of our top goalkeepers, erhhh thats why Krul or Forster will continue to be loaned out until Forster retires.”

    Till Forster retires?
    Bloody hell, would we be not better off flogging one of them instead of loaning them out their entire career?

  • 63 The Leazus End // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    QPR manager has said he looking at adding players for there ppromotion push and nee one is leaving ( watch that space)
    taarabt wasnt traing with

  • 64 The Leazus End // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    qpr today

  • 65 balubas1 // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    The only things Colo lack in order to be WORLD CLASS is pace and a bit more strenght. You clearly saw his weakness against Bolton where he met Elmander which is strong and fast.

    What makes him as good as he is, is his positioning and that he will always try to play out of danger. In total that gives us alot more posession during a game –> greater chance to win it.

    Taylor is better physical, but he doesn’t match Colo in positioning.

    I like to have them both in the squad. We have 3 good CB’s. And thank god for that.

  • 66 TheScottishGeordie // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    And what about Jonas.. We lack so much creativity and pace when he isn’t playing. I mean I know his end product ain’t great but as soon as he can learn to cross he will be brilliant:)

  • 67 lewman // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    tbh, we are probably only a couple of world class players and a few more squad players off of being title contenders, but we cant afford an iniesta or a schneider so lets hope we dont get rid of any of our top players as if they are given time to grow and mature as players together, then we should be back in the champions league in a few years.

    i doubt we will hang on to everyone though as big clubs like paying big money for big players.

  • 68 123craig // Jan 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM


    coz routledge is utter shite, hes champ player at best, that proved with the number of teams he has been at over his career, hope we sell him permenantly

  • 69 Davies // Jan 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Expatgeordie – Good opinion, backed up beautifully. I think you’re an idiot, but that’s just my opinion too.

    You can’t argue that I know nowt about football because we disagree on which defender’s better. You argue Willo’s low fee, I’ll put together a tape of all Taylor’s hand balls and dives.

    You’ve missed my point (sorry for calling you an idiot, by the way). I don’t say that anyone is better than the other, I say core player’s based on their contribution over the last two years would not include Taylor, because of his long absence and the recent disruption caused by his recent contract antics. Colo is by far our best CB and he seems more confident and, frankly, better with Williamson next to him. That’s just the way it is. Somebody else posted above that our defence looks more settled with those two in it.

    Alright, Taylor’s not Titus Bramble, but he is yet another player I’m waiting for (patiently) to realise the potential I’ve been hearing about for the last God knows how many years. He COULD be great and he probably will in the near future, but let’s not start labelling Williamson a back up player when he fits far more comfortably into our back four at the moment. I’m happy to have both and let them fight it out, but for now, Willo’s my first choice and Taylor is yours.

  • 70 GEORDIE69 // Jan 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    @ NUFC_Richyg01 – haha, I am year older today so my brain is going! You kna what I meant!

  • 71 Widowmaker // Jan 18, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Jonas is actually very good except end product. Just look how many opposite managers double team him in matchs.
    His work rate is also as good as anyone.

  • 72 Klatoon // Jan 18, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    people slagging off Routledge as rubbish need a rethink,yes he delivers poorly but remember with our long ball hoofball,he only gets about 4 chances to cross,while Nani and Lennon get about 15 chances per game because of their teams’ expansive passing styles,so they are bound to have atleast 5 good crosses with a gud number of wayward crosses. Also,any1 who’s played football will know that crossing at pace is a hard thing to perfect,while crossing from a standing stance is easy,that’s why Barton,Bentley and Beckham cross so well,they stroke the ball a little forward and then cross while Routledge,Lennon have to knock it further forward and cross it at pace. The only player who does this well ATM is Gareth Bale. So get off Routledge’s back,there is no substitute for pace and he must be the quickest in our team,easily.

  • 73 Jose Enrique // Jan 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    We got more then 6 players i reckon are team in 3 or 4 years would be:

    (harper in a few years would of had enough and krul would of improved)

    (No need to change the defence, they are all quality defenders)

    (i cant really see anywhere in the mid we are weak)

    CARROLL (new striker)
    (carroll is gonna stay so we only really need a striker)

    This is deffo a team of coming in the top ten on a regualr basis so the future is bright!!!!

  • 74 Toonarmy1993 // Jan 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    cant believe you havent put coloccini in there, hes been best defensive defender of the season so far, jose is the best attacking defender ;)

  • 75 toonArmy4Ever // Jan 19, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    personally, for me I think the writer may be right about the six core players..but lots might argue why tayls is in there instead of colo. well, the answer is simple, tayls is one of the longest serving player in the current squad along with shola and harper. he’s been there for quite some time now so, his name is worth mentioning.

  • 76 Davies // Jan 19, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    toonArmy4Ever – What rubbish. Shola and Harper aren’t on Ed’s list either. Both have made a far greater contribution this season and last than Taylor has, so to say he’s on the list because he’s been here longer than Colo is ridiculous. If we still had Luque or Owen, would you put him on there too, just because they’d have been here a while? Of course not.

    Carroll, Nolan, Jonas, Barton, Tiote, Colocinni, Enrique and Harper/Krul have been the mainstay of the teams that have got the best results for us this season; our backbone, if you will. We are fortunate that we have talent in the positions outside of the ones occupied by these players, but a lot of the squad that’s played so far are interchangeable. Taylor and Willo, for instance (we already know what my preference is, but neither name makes me whince when I see it on the team sheet).

    The idea of having a core of six players to make us great, when we lose players to injury, or suspensions, or even dips in form, is fundamentally flawed. I like the idea, and I don’t disagree that those mentioned, barring Taylor, have made outstanding contributions already this season, but it’s a bit of a slap in the face to make a list based on Ed’s criteria and not include the likes of Colocinni and Williamson, and a fair few others besides.

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