With Danny Guthrie out anywhere from four to six weeks with a groin strain, we mentioned that Haris Vuckic or Dan Gosling could get a chance tomorrow at Carrow Road.
Mehdi Abeid – could get a chance tomorrow
But we didn’t know if 19 year-old Frenchman Mehdi Abeid was back from playing for Algeria in the Olympic qualifying games, but he is, and he could even get his first start in the Premier League for Newcastle tomorrow.
Alan Pardew seems confident that players that will come in tomorrow will be able to do the job for Newcastle, so we have to think training has gone well this last week.
So Dan Gosling (21), Mehdi Abeid (19), Haris Vuckic (19) and even Ben Arfa (24) could all come in for the injured Danny Guthrie in the starting eleven for tomorrow’s game.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“Mehdi’s back with us.” “He’s had three games with Algeria, and he’s ready to rumble, so we have got players we haven’t seen yet.”
Pardew has shown that he is more than ready to give youth a chance at Newcastle, and Sammy Ameobi has come on a ton since Alan gave him his big chance at the end of last season.
Alan is right when he says with players like Cheick Tiote and Dan Gosling out injured, it simply will give a chance to some of the other players, who have been waiting for their chance for months.
“That’s part of a football season.” “It’s very rare that you run through with 13 or 14 players.”
“Unfortunately for us, it doesn’t look like we’re going to do that. We lose Cheick for the African Cup Of Nations, and I’ve already penciled him in to be in and around the team then.”
“Those two, Abeid and Gosling, have a good chance of playing in that period.”
It would be great to see Mehdi start tomorrow, since he played really well at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, when he played the whole game in the 4-3 win at the City Ground on 20th September.
However, we think that Dan Gosling, maybe because of his extra experience, may get the nod to start tomorrow, but we wont hold our breath either.
Pardew is still hoping that captain Coloccini will be fit enough to play tomorrow, and since it looks like he had a chance to play a couple of days ago, and had rapidly improved since picking up his thigh strain last Saturday, we have to hope that the Newcastle captain can line up alongside James Perch tomorrow.
If Colo can play, then Newcastle must have an excellent chance of getting something out of this game, and after picking up only one point from the last nine points available, and having our goal difference decrease by five goals during that time, a win would be absolutely terrific.
The positive thing is that when players this season have been given their chance, they have generally played very well, and Danny Guthrie is the latest one to shine in the first team, when given his chance to replace Tiote.
Of course all the players know how Newcastle play the game, and what each player needs to do when playing in a particular position, and of course that’s nothing less than very good coaching.
Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve Stone have done an excellent chance in getting Newcastle so organized and well drilled this season, especially in defense.
If we can win the game tomorrow, or even get a point, things will again be looking up on Tyneside.