Alan Pardew is almost giving his starting team away against Liverpool on Sunday.
Cheick Tiote – Mr. T returns Sunday
Alan was interviewed today in his press conference for the Liverpool game, and he verified that both Ryan Taylor and Cheick Tiote have been back in training today.
This is what he said about the two important players for Newcastle:
“Ryan Taylor has come back to us today, which I am pleased about, and Cheick Tiote is back and roaring like a lion,”
“He is looking forward to the game and he will play.”
Tiote has missed the last two games with a thigh problem he picked up at the Emirates, and Taylor has missed the last three game, but is back again after recovering from his calf strain.
So it would appear that Alan is saying that Cheick will come in at defensive midfield, probably at the expense of Danny Guthrie, who will drop to the bench on Sunday.
We think that Ryan Taylor has a good chance of starting the game at left-back, and this could be a very strong side that Newcastle field against 7th placed Liverpool.
Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini will miss this game with his hamstring injury, and Alan said that James Perch will come in at center-back, as the lad did so well in the second half at West Brom:
“He’s in good shape and he feels confident,” “He definitely won’t play in this game and will possibly miss Swansea but we have our fingers crossed for Bolton on Easter Monday. There’s a chance he could play in that game.”
Newcastle have 12 days off after the Bolton game, before we play Stoke City at home, so if there are any doubts about Colo at that time, he should not play against Bolton.
With Cheick and Ryan back in the starting eleven, this will be close to Newcastle’s strongest team, and only missing Fabricio and Steven Taylor, who of course is out for the rest of the season, but the local lad will be back in early July, fully fit and ready to go.