Leon Best And Danny Guthrie Back In Newcastle Squad

While Jonas Gutierrez will miss tomorrow’s game against West Brom with a thigh strain, both striker Leon Best and midfielder Danny Guthrie are fit again and in the squad.

Danny Guthrie – could start tomorrow?

And it would seem that Alan may use both Guthrie and Best for the game tomorrow, and it could well be that he’ll give young Danny Guthrie a start in central midfield.

This is what Alan said today:

“It’d be nice to field one or two of those, so maybe one or two of the youngsters at Stamford Bridge can wait until next season,”

Pardew will want to play the strongest side he can, and it could be, depending on how the returning players have looked in training this week, that he’ll draft Danny Guthrie in central midfield with Joey Barton.

He’ll probably prefer the more experienced players to the youngsters if only to put out his strongest side in an attempt to end a very satisfying season on a winning note.

This could be the team tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini Taylor(S) Enrique
Taylor (R) Barton (c) Guthrie Ferguson
Ameobi Lovenkrands
Subs: Soderburg Tavernier Ameobi (S) Smith Ranger Best Kuqi

That doesn’t look too bad a starting eleven, and the bench is stronger than last week too, with Alan Smith again on the bench.

After the game the players will show their appreciation for the fantastic support they have once again received from the fans this season, with a lap of honor.

We’ll keep a look out for what Jose Enrique does, to see if indeed it looks like it’s his last game for the club.

The team will also be wearing their new home strip tomorrow, and so they must win – surely! 😀

A win will see Newcastle fans in orbit after the game, after a season where the lads have shown they can compete with the big boys again.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • The Entertainers

    May 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Fair enough the senior lads deserve the chance too, always interested in watching Best, as jury still out for me’, here’s to hoping he bags another goal or two!

  • Benton Toon Exile

    May 21, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Dont you think Best is as good as most of the strikers we arelinked with i.e. Boothroyd, Cole.

    Best needs a run in the team, a bit of luck, is quick, strong and a better player than both Ameobi and Lovenkrands.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Best before his injury had a few games where he won everything in the air and he was consistantlg sscoring

    Like to see him again but would love to see sammy ameobi also as he was so comfortable in carrying the ball

  • Nufc_mo

    May 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I would rather Play the Youngsters over Best and Guthrie… they are just getting back to full fitness and an injury now could ruin their pre season, also the youngsters will have that Hunger to prove to Pard’s that they are ready to make the step up to the first team next season…

    Also on a side note, whats the difference between Ameobi and Ameobi(S), both of their first names start with an S 😛

  • Indian Magpie

    May 21, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    No Need to risk them, give youngsters a chance.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Hair is one difference

  • beegee90

    May 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Lovenkrands has scored in his last 3 appearances vs west brom so hope that continues

  • GeordieRob

    May 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    From what I saw, Best didn’t seem to create many chances. There were no Tevez-esque runs past 2 or 3 defenders and then slot home the finish. What I did see though, is when the assist was served up on a plate, he hammered home the goal. West Ham he got two assists from Loverman, ditto Birmingham, ball spilled in front of him v Arsenal, can’t remember Everton… But you get the picture…

    Without trying to constantly slag off another of our strikers (who cops a bit of stick anyway), I think that’s the major difference between Best and Shola for mine. Shola just doesn’t finish reliably. The amount of times he gets played through into space and then scuffs the shot… It’s so frustrating.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 21, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    Geordie rob…i agree, but he can hold the ball up and flick on as well.

    He doesnt score goals frim nothing but he just seems to be in the right place and although he doesnt finish spectacularly he finishes effectively.

    He is also two footed….he scored a hattrick with his left….smashed a amazingly powerful shot off the bar against plymouth last seasin with his left…..but he took a free kick this season with his right

  • GeordieRob

    May 21, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Agree Robby Bobson,

    I think he’ll be even better with some speed on the flanks with some dangerous crosses coming in.

  • The Entertainers

    May 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m not knocking Best, just reserving my opinion. Thought he looked unplayable against ‘ammers . He needs games undoubtedly, like I say I look forward to watching him play more.
    He’s also still very young, 23 , I believe so he’s great to have in squad.

  • MonsterMagnet

    May 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Four strikers on the bench Ed? I don’t think so. I’d expect Richardson and Lua Lua to be on the bench in place of two of Kuqi, Sam Ameobi, Ranger or Best.

  • RedMissionBells

    May 21, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Would we get fined by the FA if we play majiority of our youngsters ?

  • Crawfordladd17

    May 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #14

    2 strikers
    a winger
    a Centre Midfielder
    a Left Back

    I would like
    M’Bengue £6m
    Douglas Franco Teixeira £4m

    Campbell Free
    Enrique £15m
    Routledge £1.5m
    Alan Smith £2m
    Xisco £2m
    Kuqi Free

  • Brutooon

    May 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Best is definitely better than Ameobi

  • nightfa11

    May 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #16

    best was consistanly scoring? dont get me worng..hes decent..but 4 of his 7 goals were from deflections from their keeper or sth.. so luck had a big part in it

  • dave 1961

    May 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #17

    did best score while he was out injured as he only had 6 goals scored in 4 of the 11 games he played, the rest of the time he’s been injured.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 21, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #18

    Nightfa11 I think you will find a lot of goal scorers have a large % of their goals in the same category that you are putting 4 of Bests in.

    Personally I don’t care how he puts the ball in the net, I’d sooner have a lucky player that can get 20 scrappy goals a season than a player that scores 8 nice cleanly hit goals.

    Best is fine as far as I am concerned, the lad showed when he was given a chance that he knows where the goal is and before he started scoring he was looking every bit the part of a goal scorer, his movement is good he wins his fair share of balls and is prepared to take on a shot when the opportunity presents and he gives effort for the cause.


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