Alan Pardew has come out today and said that he wants the Newcastle team to play with a high tempo tomorrow afternoon, when they host newly promoted Swansea City at St. James’ Park.
Mike Williamson – could he be a surprise starter tomorrow
And Alan also said that tomorrow’s game is important, but so are all the four games through the end of this year:
“We want our tempo to be high and we want to be at full pace,” “We are going to have to be very patient against Swansea.”
“They can take tempo out of the game, and that’s something we don’t want to do. We are the other side of that.”
“We will expose ourselves at times because we want to push the proceedings,” “I’ll be honest, Brendan plays more of an open game than I do.”
“He expands the pitch a little bit more, and therefore he encourages his players to keep the ball.” “They get you into a lull and then pick you off.”
“We know it’s an important game on Saturday, and it’s important period for us now through Christmas.”
” Swansea have defended very well and a team that plays like Swansea are likely to make an error and gift a goal.”
There are still some injury concerns for Newcastle with Coloccini, Tiote and Mike Williamson all in full training yesterday, and any one of them could start tomorrow.
It will depend on how they looked yesterday in training, and how they train today, that will help Pardew decide which ones get the nod to start against Swansea, if any.
The newly promoted Welsh side have only 2 points from their seven road games, but they did force a 0-0 draw at Anfield on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th, so they can play well on the big stage.
Both Tiote (knee) and Coloccini (thigh) are only 50-50 for tomorrow, and it could be that if Colo cannot start the game, Alan Pardew will ask Mike Williamson to play at center-back and probably pair with James Perch.
At 6’4″, Mike is good in the air, and the partnership last week at Norwich – Simpson and Perch – was not a good one and they were weak in the air.
And you have think Alan Pardew would never play that partnership again if he can help it.
If Tiote doesn’t make it tomorrow, and with Danny Guthrie (groin) and Dan Gosling both out (suspended for three games), it seems the defensive midfield position is between 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid and 31 year-old Alan Smith.
And we’d love the see the Frenchman make his Premier League debut tomorrow.
Of course Cabaye can also play defensive midfield, so maybe Abeid could come in as the attacking central midfielder tomorrow, and show what he can do for Newcastle.
But once the team is announced, it will give us a better idea of how we could fare against Swansea City, and with a full strength Newcastle side, we would expect to pick up all 3 points.