In a recent poll we conducted goalkeeper Tim Krul came out on top as the most improved player at the club this season with a huge 42% of the vote, with over 1600 readers casting their vote.
Tim Krul saves brilliantly from a Vidic point-blank header
Steven Taylor was second on 17% and Ryan Taylor third on 13% and captain Colo third on 9%.
And it’s hardly surprising that the top four players are all in the Newcastle defense, and have started every single game in the Premier League so far this season.
Tim Krul was also our Man of the Match on Saturday with 7% of the vote followed by Steven Taylor on 10%, and is seems that Tim just cannot wait for the game against Chelsea at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
Tim says the lads are full of confidence and it will likely be the 14th league game in a row that Pardew has played an unchanged defense:
“I’m really pleased with it. Thirteen games with the same back four in front of me,” “Everybody knows their jobs and everybody is doing their jobs.”
“The manager has put a defensive unit in front of me, and it’s ten times better if everybody can stay fit, which they have done.”
“Saturday against Chelsea is a tough game but one to look forward to, especially on the back of a fantastic result at Manchester United last weekend. Our confidence is sky high.”
“It is a perhaps a good time to play Chelsea. We are full of confidence and they maybe are a little bit down because they are not on such a good run.”
“But saying that, we will have to be on our toes because they have still got some world class players in their team.” “It will be great,”
“The city deserves success and the way we are playing now, the people are really wanting to see us play again.” “That is how it should be and all the players and staff feel proud that it is sold out.”
Jonas Gutierrez will serve a one match ban on Saturday after being sent off for two yellow cards, and his sending off was just before Tim’s save shown above, which was from the resulting free kick.
Alan can play either Sammy Ameobi or Danny Guthrie in that position, but unfortunately bad news today that Cheick Tiote will again not make the game, so Danny will start again in central midfield for his sixth successive start.
This is what we think the starting eleven will be on Saturday:
Simpson Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Taylor (R)
Obertan Guthrie Cabaye Ameobi (Sa)
What’s you starting line-up for Saturday?
PS – I was honored to write a piece about Gary Speed for the Daily Telegraph article dedicated to Gary, which was published last Tuesday, and had quotes from supporters of the various clubs he had played for.
Gary will get a fitting tribute from Newcastle United and the fans on Saturday, before the kick-off.
May Gary rest in peace and our hearts go out to his family.