Every game that Newcastle play in the Premier League this season is important, but tomorrow’s game against Arsenal may be just a little more important than most.
And a lot of that has to do of course with this week’s events with Andy Carroll, but it’s now the time to put an end to it all – and Alan Pardew and Kevin Nolan are right by coming out today and saying we must press on.
Don’t forget players come and go – managers come and go – owners come and go, but Newcastle United and it’s faithful fans go on forever.
A good way to look at things in these testing times.
We all know Newcastle are short of strikers, unless people have been visiting the moon this week, but Nile Ranger is probably better than Andy Carroll was at the same age (Nile is 28 months younger than Andy), and the London lad is back in the England Youth setup, as he has just been selected for the England U20 squad.
And we all have to remember the lad is only learning and he will make mistakes – and he has done that, but what he needs now is support, encouragement and patience from the Newcastle fans – and we know he’ll get that in these tough times.
And Peter Lovenkrands is probably grossly under-rated as a striker right now, and in 59 games for Newcastle he’s scored 22 goals – not too bad at all – and we know Peter has the skills and character to come through big time for Newcastle – he just needs a bit of playing time and that’s exactly what he’s going to be getting.
Shola is out for a while and we cannot rely on the local lad, at least for a couple of months anyway.
So we would think that Alan Pardew will start Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands up front, and we know Leon can get the job done when he’s in the right frame of mind, because we haven’t forgotten about his phenomenal hat-trick in the 5-0 walloping of West Ham earlier this year.
He was simply magnificent in that game.
One way to look at this situation, it’s the very best chance for our fringe strikers to show what kind of job they can do for Newcastle United – and if they can get the job done – they’ll be praised to high heaven, and deserve all the accolades they will receive.
The injury list at Newcastle is huge of course with Ben Arfa, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Alan Smith, Phil Airey and Shola Ameobi all out injured.
Some good news is that Ivorian Cheick Tiote is back from his 3 game suspension, and he will make an enormous difference to the side, and he has said today he is really excited and looking forward to playing again in font of 50,000 mad screaming Geordies tomorrow – who wouldn’t be?
Alan has been working on the tactics for tomorrow’s game and we’re not sure whether he will play 4-5-1 or 4-4-2.
If he plays 4-5-1 than Leon will probably be up front with Danny Guthrie staying in midfield, or else Lovenkrands and Best will both start up front in a 4-4-2 line-up.
We think Alan will go 4-4-2 and start the following side:
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Nolan (c) Tiote Gutierrez
Subs: Krul Perch Campbell Ferguson Guthrie Vuckic Ranger
Big players for Newcastle tomorrow will be our senior players and especially Harper, Coloccini, Enrique, Tiote, Nolan and Barton.
If the lads can play near the top of their game, then we are in with a chance, and don’t forget Kevin Nolan has 10 goals already this season, and he is a big game player, who has a good game when it counts. It certainly counts tomorrow, because the chips are down.
As captain of Newcastle United we look to Kevin to have a big game and play a captain’s part tomorrow – we have every faith in this lad who could be the best captain Newcastle have had for decades – since Joe Harvey and Jimmy Scoular – our winning Cup Final captains in the 1950s.
And Best and Lovenkrands up front have a massive opportunity to be heroes tomorrow, and again both have showed that they have the skill to do just that.
19 year-old Nile Ranger will get a chance in the second half to have a huge impact and he will, because Arsenal had a soft center- and don’t particularly enjoy too much physical play – and that’s where Nile comes in. 😀
He scared the living daylights out of the Liverpool defense when he came on, and did the same thing at Tottenham a couple of weeks back, and has been so unlucky not to score his first PL goal.
So it’s a massive game for the Magpies tomorrow, we all know that, and we are looking for a guts and glory display and it we get that from the lads tomorrow, we’ll be pleased enough.
Because the lads can gain big confidence from that.
A win tomorrow would be amazing – but the lads will get the support they need from the Geordie masses tomorrow, as both Alan Pardew and Kevin Nolan have asked for.
After all this weeks negativity surrounding the Newcastle United club, a win tomorrow would lift the spirits of Newcastle fans around the world, and that’s what we are hoping for.
Howay The Lads!!