With Steven Taylor having broken his nose in Saturday’s game, Newcastle’s streak of five games in the Premier League with an unchanged side, may be broken next Monday night at Stoke City.
Steven Taylor – getting treatment for broken nose on Saturday
It’s a strange situation this season because Newcastle now have a very strong squad, but will not play many games because they are not in European competition.
The top sides play almost twice a week, and are able to use their squads efficiently and give their players a game because of the extra games, but Alan Pardew has the luxury of being able to play almost the same team every week, because of Newcastle are only in the league and the two local cups.
When Newcastle were playing in Europe they would regularly play over 60 games a season, but last season Newcastle played just 42 games, with 38 league games, three Carling Cup games and one FA Cup game at Stevenage.
The solution is obviously for Newcastle to qualify for Europe next season, otherwise there could be a lot of unhappy players at Newcastle, with so many good players not getting a game.
Newcastle are in action tomorrow night at Blackburn in the Carling Cup 4th round, and it seems inevitable that Alan Pardew will have to give games to some of the fringe players, but exactly how many changes he will make from Saturday’s line-up is not clear.
We’re assuming that Steven Taylor will definitely not play in that game, and what Pardew will probably do is pack the bench full of stars, in case they are needed in the game, which of course Newcastle desperately want to win to get through to the quarter finals.
And an amazing statistic is that eight players have started every league game this season for Newcastle.
This is what Danny Simpson said about the stability in the team:
“It helps,” “If you’re playing next to the same person week-in, week-out you build a good relationship with them on the pitch. We’ve got some great players on the bench and even in the stands.”
“When you play you’ve got to make sure that you are playing well because there’s people in the stands who can take your place. It will help the players who are playing at the moment.”
But it could be that Alan Pardew will be forced to change his side next Monday night at the Hawthorns if Steven Taylor cannot play.
There was news yesterday that Steven Taylor will need to wear a mask, so we have to hope he can play in the mask for a few games while the broken nose heals, much like Shola Ameobi did after he broke his cheek bone earlier this year.
But if Steven cannot play next Monday night, then with Mike Williamson still being out injured, who will come in?
From what Alan Pardew has said in the past it appears that James Perch could get the nod, but Newcastle need to sign another center-back in January, because we are short of cover in central defense, and we’re pretty sure that’s exactly what they will do.
What do you think?