Some disappointing news today that Mike Williamson has little chance of making the Swansea game on Saturday.
Williamson – little chance of making Swansea game, but could be on bench
That’s according to manager Alan Pardew, so it will be a good question as to who partners Coloccini, who will be returning the the starting line-up.
This is what Alan told the local Newcastle press today:
“Williamson will be a tough call.” “He hasn’t really done much.”
“He might have a run around in the reserves, but to ask him to play in the first team is a long shot.”
As we had mentioned earlier today, the Reserves play Bolton Wanderers at home tomorrow, and we would expect Mike to start that game and play about 45 minutes.
And then Alan was asked about Coloccini, and he said Fab just wasn’t fit enough to play on Saturday – which was a big pity:
“It wasn’t like I spared him for next week, he just couldn’t play.” “We don’t think he’s too bad – he’s got a chance for next week.”
“Tiote’s a possibility, and that’ll be a big lift.” “Not only have we lost three key players, we’ve got our captain missing as well.”
“It’s the spirit sometimes of people on the pitch that can make a difference.”
The Newcastle defense were just very poor on Saturday, there’s just no getting away from that, and it was disappointing and even painful to watch just how poor the lads were at the back.
However, it’s just one game and we had loads of injuries, but it will now be interesting to see who Alan brings in to partner Coloccini in central defense on Saturday, assuming Mike cannot make it.
We think he’ll choose Jame Perch, but Danny Simpson seems to have a better feel for center-back, although he’s a bit short.
But if they move Danny over and rely on Colo to head most of the balls clear, and organize the back four as he always does, the two full backs could then be Ryan Taylor and Davide Santon.
The 20 year-old Italian International, based on his performance on Saturday afternoon deserves to keep his place in the side.
He looked a good player in the making, and all he needs now is a run of games in the Premier League, so he can get used to the extra pace and physicality (I made the word up) of English football.
But this lad looks like he could turn out to be another stellar find by Graham Carr.
What do you think?
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