Since Newcastle have lost so many of their first team squad in the last couple of months, it looks like the Magpies will rely on some of their top youngsters and fringe players in the last two games of the season.
Haris Vuckic – could get a start tomorrow?
Of course Newcastle don’t have any choice on that, but that’s not bad news at all, since some of the youngsters are top players in the making, and you have to remember how good the second team were earlier this year in the Carling Cup games.
The second team that beat the Chelsea second team at Stamford Bridge on 22nd September consisted of a lot of the Newcastle teenagers in that game.
Alan Pardew talked to the Evening Chronicle today about tomorrow’s tough game at Stamford Bridge:
“It’s very, very important that we approach the game with a positive attitude.” “I’ve seen a lot of Chelsea, and I know the power they exude over teams that go there with the wrong attitude.”
“There have been good players who haven’t shown up there – I can think of Robinho for Man City once, he was absolutely awful.” “You’ve got to have the right approach, and expect to win. If you don’t have that approach, you’re in for a very difficult afternoon.”
“We’ve got one or two players who haven’t played regularly coming into the team, and I want to get them and the senior boys in the right place. I thought Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic played well in September’s Carling Cup win at Chelsea.”
“I think we’re going to face a very different Chelsea team. League games are much tougher than those cup games.” “We’re buoyed by that, though.” “They’re going to be in the squad at some point between now and West Brom – we’re going to have a look at one or two players.”
“There are also some senior players I haven’t seen a lot of, Ryan Taylor and Nile Ranger for example.” “Over the next couple of games, we’ll perhaps see a bit more of those type of players.”
Newcastle will be without injured players Kevin Nolan, Steve Harper, Danny Guthrie, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, while Leon Best is still on his way back from his ankle injury.
But it could be that both Leon and Alan Smith will not be ready for the last game of the season, which is a week tomorrow at home to WBA.
That’s nine first team players who will not play for Newcastle for the rest of the season.
But on the positive side, it’s a great chance for some of the youngsters like Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Nile Ranger and Kazenga LuaLua to show manager Pardew know just exactly what they can do for Newcastle.
We may be surprised at how well they will perform against Chelsea and WBA.