Leeds United A Real Test For Newcastle Tomorrow

Newcastle now have two testing friendlies as the final two steps in getting ready for the visit of Arsenal in two weeks time.

John Carver – Leeds will be a good test

Newcastle will face Leeds United at Elland Road tomorrow afternoon, and then Newcastle will host Italian side Fiorentina next Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park, in the final preparation game for the visit of Arsenal the following weekend.

John Carver talked to the Journal this morning,  about what the coaches look for in pre-season:

“When you’re planning pre-season you’re looking for progress with every game; this certainly gives us the perfect build-up following the trip to America,” 

“A game at Elland Road with a great home crowd, a decent away following and good opposition will be a real test and – although it’s up to the manager – I’m sure you’ll see a team that is closer to the one that starts against Arsenal.”

“We’ve got a few important players coming back in. Yohan Cabaye trained with the reserves on Friday, as did Ryan Taylor and Joey Barton, Mike Williamson, Danny Simpson and James Perch will all be back too.”

“The only real absences will be Cheick Tiote, who is sorting out his visa in Ghana, Ben Arfa, Shane Ferguson and Danny Guthrie.” “I think you’ll probably get more of an idea of where we are in pre-season after this game. It’s a perfect test for us really.”

“Alan Smith’s had quite a bit of playing time in pre-season and he will be involved I’m sure,”  “Obviously it’s up to the manager but I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be.”

John mentions Alan Smith because the 30 year-old is likely to get a rough reception from the Leeds fans tomorrow.

That’s because Alan left his home town club in 2004, after Leeds were relegated, and joined Manchester United, who at the time were bitter rivals of Leeds.

What made it harder to take for the fans, was that Alan had often said he would never ever play for Manchester United.

It seems that fans have long memories and don’t like their players leaving the club, especially when they are local lads.

And that’s when it’s not often even their choice, and in today’s football world of big business, relegated clubs have to unload their top wage earners, if they are to stay above water with the finances.

That’s exactly what’s happening at Chris Hughton’s Birmingham City right now.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 30, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    What time is kick off??

  • kilcline

    Jul 30, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Will we be playing a 4-5-1 formation then? Be interesting, Ameobi had some quality games alongside judas last season but went back to his lazy ways.

  • CynicalasEva

    Jul 30, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Why dont we gt Adam Johnsom om loan fora season – Im sure he would be great as teh floating forward (ala HBA)

  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 30, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    kilcline who do you think will be the midfield

  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    5 in midfield Guti rw, barton, gosling, cabaye, marveaux lw. When you think we have a canny midfield.

  • kilcline

    Jul 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6


    There is not alot of midfields in the prem that will be stronger than that. Barton could get 10 goals this season i reckon.

    Throw Ben Arfa and Tiote back in once fit and that is a quality bunch.

    Striker and left back still required.

    We should just try and sign Johnson, Man City will still spend big before the end of the window.

  • kingkev9

    Jul 30, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Just wondered how Carroll is a judas!?

  • Burni

    Jul 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #8

    Tonytoon I believe kick off is at two the more and nufc.com states that it’s on lutv so we may even get a stream from somewhere!

    Also, kingkev carrol is a judas because he was on an all right contract here, realised he could get more at Liverpool and demanded more from the board here! They rightly refused and he went to play for someone who would pay him more straight away! He would never get placed in the reserves as he was our star striker so he was not forced out before u say it, so yeah this all came from a man who said he would never leave as he wanted to be number 9 for his home club!

    Did you not know this happened?

  • MadAboutToon

    Jul 30, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    kilcline, well noticed about ameobi, him and carroll had a good partnership, most people on here couldn’t see that and just slag him off when the real problem was playing lovenkants up front. i can only imagine it being a better partnership with ba who is faster and more creative than carroll.

  • kingkev9

    Jul 30, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Burni- did the club not accept a bid for him? Hmmm. If the club wanted to keep him they would have turned it down. The bid was accepted at 2.30pm not 5 as davey Craig (ashleys right hand man) reported. If the club accept a bid then they obviously want to sell the player. Nolan, Carroll both forced out, as Barton will be too.

  • PujiT

    Jul 31, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #11


    i read this blog A LOT and all i ever see from you is negativity! though it may be true and frustrating that ashley is running the club as a business and that maybe we aren’t getting the best deal as fans, i dont believe you can force a player out so long as they wish to honour thier contract! so it must be a mutual thing! right?

    i also must question your loyalty to the club as all you ever seem to post is slanderous drivel!


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