The news in the Northern Echo today is that it looks like Fab Coloccini will not make the game this afternoon at Norwich City.
If Coloccini is out will Simpson mocve to the middle?
If that news is correct, and we don’t whether they have inside information are are just surmising what could happen, then Newcastle will be fielding two out of position players at center-back, with one of them being James Perch.
We keep reading that Danny Simpson could be moved over to the center from right-back, but a Perch – Simpson central partnership doesn’t look a strong one to us.
There’s not much height or heading ability in there, but if Coloccini does miss the game today, the big news will be what the back four will end up being.
We’d like to see Tamas Kadar brought in, because he’s shown he’s got the temperament to handle a big game like this, and he’s also plying for his future at Newcastle, and that has to be a great incentive for the 21 year-old Hungarian to play well.
The good news from Alan Pardew this morning, who doesn’t mention Coloccini at all, is that it’s likely that both Mike Williamson and Cheick Tiote could return to the side next Saturday when Newcastle entertain Swansea at St. James’ Park.
A win is a good possibility in that game.
Italian Davide Santon could also come in somewhere in the back four, and it seems that Dan Gosling is favorite to replace the injured Danny Guthrie in midfield.
Alan Pardew is still remaining upbeat – as usual – as he talked to the local press this morning:
“We have had a little run of injuries, which you can get at any stage of the season,” “In some ways you can feel a bit aggrieved about that but, on the other hand, Cheik Tiote looks like he is not far away.”
“He is not going to make this weekend but he could be back for the Swansea game next week. That will compensate for Guthrie.” “Mike Williamson is similar. When he comes back he has to build on last year, when he was terrific for us.”
“Like Ryan Taylor, he has to take his opportunity.” “Norwich are in the Premier League for the first season and are doing brilliantly. Once you stay in the division you get that extra TV money and you can build again.”
“Paul Lambert has already shown he is a good manager with back-to-back promotions.” “If he gets the funds, he will make a team which can stay in the Premier League and have the same sort of run as Stoke.
“They have similar sorts of crowds. He has done a brilliant job.”
If Coloccini does miss the game this afternoon then we have to say that a draw would be a good result, and we have to hope the rest of the lads up their game, so we don’t come away from Carrow Road empty handed.
And hopefully in January, Newcastle can further strengthen their squad with a striker and two defenders, and of course a good run through the rest of this year could help owner Mike Ashley to decide to do just that.
Howay The Lads!!