Davide Santon – will he make debut tonight?
And we have to hope it will be the beginning of a lot more communication between the Newcastle Board and the fans, which is badly needed.
More two way communication can only help with the current vacuum that exists between Ashley and Llambias and the Newcastle fans.
And we are told that Mike Ashley remains “passionate and committed” about the club, but those seem like hollow words when the owner never utters one word to the fans – he should fix that.
There’s a big opportunity tonight for the Newcastle side to keep the momentum going, and even bring back the feel-good factor on Tyneside, and a win tonight will do exactly that.
The bench should be very strong with Danny Guthrie and Shola Ameobi fit again, and pressing for a starting position.
Alan Pardew seems fairly upbeat about things and as we reported yesterday, even thinks that James Perch can do a job at the back for the club:
“My first XI will be very strong and I look at my subs and think the bench is strong too. We’ve got some young players coming through who have progressed very quickly.”
“I think that’s now turned out to be – with Willo’s injury – an area where perhaps I’d have liked a bit more cover,”
“But Perch is back and I think his best position is at centre-back, from what I’ve seen of him. We’ll probably use him there.”
It would be good if James Perch can make a contribution to the team this year, as it is likely that Newcastle will go after another experienced center-back in January, after they failed to get in Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham, on the last day of the window.
Indeed it would be great if Newcastle can bring in a top striker and two defenders in January, as the club are still short of another top class full back.
And with Davide Santon being able to play on either side, Newcastle could even still bring in Erik Pieters of PSV, after they failed to meet the Dutch club’s asking price of around £6.5M for him in the summer.
After all, Derek LLambias said Newcastle will definitely be investing that £35M back into the club, so three good players in January would be a good start, and even make up for the recent disappointments in the transfer market.
A win tonight at Loftus Road will also go a long way to restoring enthusiasm back on Tyneside.