Expect Simpson and Taylor To Be The Full-Backs Against Stoke

One poser for Newcastle fans for the team selection this Saturday at Stoke, is who will fill the left-back spot, in the expected absence of Spaniard Jose Enrique.

Jonas Gutierrez – willing to play anywhere for Newcastle

And we think that Alan Pardew will go for experience and will not play young Shane Ferguson, although Shane will no doubt be on the bench and may even get a run-out sometime in the second half, depending on the state of the game.

Argentine Jonas Gutierrez played right back for Argentina in last year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but he always plays out on the left wing for Newcastle United.

It will be Alan Pardew’s decision as to whom he plays on Saturday, but we would expect Stephen Taylor and Danny Simpson to be the full backs, and take your choice as to who will start at left-back, since both Steven and Danny have played there before for the Newcastle club.

Jonas is of course is quite prepared to play at full-back if Alan wants him to play there. and he’s played in both full back positions for Argentina.

Stoke are 2 points behind Newcastle in the league table, so a defeat is the very last thing we want to see on Saturday.

And of course  a win, as always, would be great and that’s especially true since there’s another long 2 weeks before our next game, which is at home to relegation strugglers Wolves.

Having a defeat as the last game was not too easy to handle over a two week period, as we all found out after being beaten 2-1 by Everton on 5th March – our last game.

If we had won that game, we would have all been talking about qualifying for Europe and all that good stuff.


Jonas told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I’ve always said that I will play anywhere for the team and perform whatever role the manager asks me to.”“Playing further back won’t be a problem for me.”  “I would be comfortable wherever the manager wants me to play.”

“I have played there for Argentina, and it would not be an unusual thing to do.”  “The main thing is picking up points and wins for the team.”

“I only look to the next game – it is wrong to look any further than that at this moment.” “We just need to keep doing our best for the manager and the fans until we have achieved our goal this season.”

Those are good words from Jonas, and he could be a player who may surprisingly leave Newcastle in the  summer, unless the Tyneside club show they have some significant  ambitions for the future,  and start to spend the £35M Carroll cash wisely, by bringing in some very good players to strengthen the Magpies  squad.

As far as the Stoke game goes, we are looking for anything but a defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, and will be absolutely ecstatic with a win.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • PoolieToon

    Mar 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    I imagine this one is going to be our defining match, expect a grueling battle.
    Hope we can stay ahead of them

  • geordieforeva

    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t mind Jonas at LB with Shane on the wing. We can bring on tayls in the 2nd half… Gives us more attacking impetus

  • lewman

    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    i reckon we should hire a few bouncers from some of the bars in town, play them in the middle with mike ashley as a centre back next to williamson and colo up top next to nolan with steven taylor on the right wing, simpson rb, jose lb and krul on the left wing.

    i reckon that team will be able to cope with the physical threat from stoke and we can even bring on best and ameobi late on once mike ashley gets a bit tired.

  • Ezedoesit

    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Definitely would like to see Jonas at left back and Shane on the wing. The way Jonas fights for the ball at times it makes me think he could play well there. Hope we put in a better performance cause we’ve been below par of late. HWTL

    Not a footy thing but check out this funny video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL8uOqYo_00&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 17, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Put Shane at left back, but Squeeze big Sol in the middle. It is going to be a cascade of high, long bombs into the Newcastle box, and there will need to be mass and highth to deal with that. Ferggy can be the outlet to the outside.

    A key strategy will be to limit Stoke corners and throw in by Delap. Keep the ball in play, as Stoke does not have the finesse (that I’ve seen) to score from open play.

    Newcstle due an OG in its favor. That may be the only way to get a point.


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