Some good news for a change for Newcastle fans, is that Cheick Tiote will return from his two match suspension tomorrow night, against the might of Manchester United.
Cheick Tiote – after scoring his only goal for Newcastle
And then captain Kevin Nolan will return for the important game at Blackpool on Saturday, so we just have to hope we have no more injuries in training or in the game tomorrow night, so Newcastle can start to field some strong sides in the remaining 6 games of the season.
It also could be that Dan Gosling, now back training with the first team, will make the bench soon, maybe even for the game at Bloomfield Road, and that would be great news.
And we expect Ben Arfa to be back in a few games, all being well, and maybe even for the game at Liverpool on Sunday,1st May – which is in two weeks time.
Cheick Tioté will return to the first team tomorrow, and it would appear that Danny Guthrie will get another chance to show he’s good enough to stay at Newcastle, and is likely to be the attacking central midfielder.
And Shola Ameobi is only 50-50 for tomorrow’s game so if he doesn’t make it, it will be very interesting to see who would get the start alongside Peter Lovenkrands – we have no idea who will start, but it’s between Ranger, Kuqi and maybe Phil Airey.
Not much of a choice for manager Alan Pardew to have these days – and count me out – because I couldn’t find where I left my boots 30 years ago. 😀
Alan Pardew talked about the very tough game against the Red Devils tomorrow night:
“I think it’s a fixture that I genuinely believe Manchester United boss, Alex Ferguson, will be very wary of.”
“Maybe not so much because he fears us as a team, but because he fears the ground and the sort of reaction that it can inspire the team to do.”
“For example, the Arsenal game. Four-nil down and our first goal goes in and suddenly, suddenly you felt the ground erupt and impact on the game.”
“That’s what he’ll fear perhaps more than the team. But I honestly believe that he’ll genuinely fear this game.”
With Shola Ameobi still maybe crocked for the game, Shefki Kuqi will feature at some stage, and he’s never played against the likes of a Manchester United.
He must be dreaming that Alan Pardew brings him on in the last 10 minutes with the scores all level, and he get the winner in injury time.
If that happens he’d be the Toast of Tyneside, and Shefki will in later years be able to tell his grandchildren what he did against the mighty Red Devils – again and again and again and again …….
We’d be ecstatic if that happened tomorrow night, but the conventional wisdom is the Manchester United machine will just be too revved up and too powerful for a rather ordinary looking Newcastle side in recent games.