It looks like Alan Pardew will keep Newcastle’s two in-form central defenders Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini in the starting line-up on Saturday, even though Steven Taylor is now fit and ready and very willing to play again.
Steven Taylor – in action against Bolton on Saturday
The 25 year-old, who has 181 appearances for Newcastle will again be ion the bench in the next vital home game against Everton on Saturday, where we will again look for a win, and hope we get some luck – and that would be a big change.
This is what Alan said today about the former England U31 captain:
“I signed Steven when I first arrived because I think he’s a great player.””The injuries have been a problem for him so I’d like to see him have a sustained run between now and the end of the year when he doesn’t get injured,”
“He’s one of those players who puts himself in a situation where he could get injured, he dives in and attacks things that other central defenders wouldn’t.”
“He’s a good player and he’s up to speed.” “He wants to play but at the moment but Williamson and Coloccini are doing an excellent job, and they’ll stay there until such time that they’re not.”
That’s an excellent policy by Pardew, and it will not only give Mike and Fabricio some confidence, but it’s also a communication to other players that if they get into the side and get the job done, they will keep their place, and that’s all you can ask from any manager.
We thought Steven could make a start next Saturday against Everton, but we suppose not, and Alan is doing the right thing by keeping the in-form players in the side.
The 1-1 draw last night between Stoke and WBA was a good result for Newcastle since we are still 8 points above the drop zone and with a win Stoke could have been level on points with Newcastle, but are now are 2 points behind the Magpies.
But WBA fans must be wondering how Mexican International Carlos Vela didn’t score from two excellent chances he got in injury time to win the game.
For the second game running he came on late and scored an equalizer for WBA, and we have no idea why this player on loan from Arsenal doesn’t start for the relegation fighting side.
Carlos joined Arsenal back in 2005, when he was just 17 years old, and has played for the London side 61 times with 11 goals, and looks a decent enough player who has played 33 times for Mexico with 9 goals. He’s probably not a a target for Newcastle this summer.
Newcastle play Stoke two weeks on Saturday (March 19th), and from last night’s display Stole can certainly be beaten at the Britannia Stadium, and that no doubt is what Pardew will be looking for – another away win against a club just beneath us in the league table.
Sounds good to us.