Coloccini Very Doubtful – Tiote And Williamson Return Next Week

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!!

13 comments so far

  • seantoon

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    GK krul
    RB Taylor
    LB santon
    CB simmo
    CB perch
    RM obertan
    LM guti
    CM cabaye
    CM abeid
    AM Ben arfa
    ST Ba

  • alip123

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d play Abeid in central midfield today. It would allow Cabaye to be more attacking and more effective than he has been, as he has been more defensive with guthrie.

    I think we’ll draw, but hopefully escape without any injuries today.

  • CaptainGeordie

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Argh…. you gotta me kidding me ? Abeid over Dan Gosling,You’re having a laugh.

  • seantoon

    Dec 10, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Why what’s funny about it? You seen the kid play?

  • phillyg

    Dec 10, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    My team for today:-

    subs-both ameobies, obertan, gosling,lovenkrands,elliot,raylor

    benarfa on the wing should kill norwich and feeding our strong physical frontline. I’d start with best and ba to get the winning partnership back and bring shola on if needed as he can be effective from bench. Also sammi and obertan could be leathal against tired legs.

  • phillyg

    Dec 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree with seantoon, abeid would be more suited than Gosling as gosling likes to bomb on and join the attackers which would leave cabaye doing more defending. Abeid will sit back and allow cabaye to go and do link play with attackers.

  • GeordieoftheSouth

    Dec 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    I really like the look of Seantoon’s team, but if I was Norwich I would lump the ball in the box to Morrison alot, we have no height at the back.

  • toontime

    Dec 10, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    I think the team could be as follows:




    Ben Arfa


    The average age of that team is just over 23 and a half.

    I think people sometimes forget how young our squad is at the minute. All bodes well for the future, especially if we can add to what we already have.

    I believe we should have enough going forward to worry Norwich and score at least a couple. Let’s hope our makeshift centre halves cope with whatever is thrown at them. We’ve always got Tim Krul behind them though!!!

    Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    If we are going for teams mines

  • Sav

    Dec 10, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    This could be the toughest of the last 4 games. We could get a hiding by Norwich which we can’t easily write off like the one against ManCity.
    I just hope Obertan can hang onto the ball for 5 seconds.
    Whatever happened to Leon Best? – he was forming a great partnership with Ba but is well out of the picture since Ben Arfa came in. More than half the goals we have conceded have been from set pieces and I’d be happy to see the big grafter on the pitch for us this afternoon whether in attack or defence.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Dec 10, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #11

    If the worst comes to the worst and Collo is out then we need to play with a high defensive line and use central defender with pace. That is why I would pare Kadar and
    Santon. Both lads are lightening quick and both stand at 6″2. Also remember Kadar is actualLy a centre back.

    Norwich have scored more goals from headers than any other team in the premiership. Hence, the high line.

    My team for today: Krul

    Simmo Kadar Santon Raylor

    Obertan Abeid Cabaye Gosling Spidey


    Subs: Ameobi, Samiobi, Perch, HBA, Fergi, Best

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Mo there is definitely some logic in your central defensive pairing and the high line, Morrison and Holt are the big threats from set pieces and general play and the high line would force them to have to run and we would have the better pace from Kadar and Santon.

    By all accounts they both have pace to spare so let’s see if it is utilised. The last thing we want is to let ourselves get pushed back onto Krull and cramp his space while letting Holt and Morrison be in scoring range.

    Simpson is no slouch either so a high line should be something we should be able to use to our advantage.

  • giimps

    Dec 10, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Im pleased I dont have to work this conundrum out, what I would say though is leave the players in the positions they have done well in.
    Guti and Raylor have worked well, Simmo and Obertan have worked well, Perch played quite well when he came on.
    If I was making the decision I would put Perch and Santon at the back, leave the midfield the way it is and the lb and rb ,put Gosling in with Cabaye and play with Ba and Benny as forward players.
    obertan and Guti can terrorise their fullbacks with Cabaye Gosling and Benny to run the midfield and provide support to the back line for the pumps up field.
    We are playing a well organised Norwich side, who have 2 very decent forwards, but I think we have the players to get at them and I would say Ba is a better footballer than either of their 2(although i do like Morrison)


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