Adam Campbell Very Likely To Start In Athens


The Newcastle squad left Newcastle Airport earlier today for Athens, and at least we now know who the players in the squad are,  and it turns out that Alan has taken 19 players along for the first leg of the Europa League playoff with Atromitos FC.

Adam Campbell – likely to start in Athens

This is the 19 man Newcastle United squad that traveled to Athens Greece this morning – in alphabetical order.

Romain Amalfitano, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Papiss Cisse, Dan Gosling, Jonas Gutierrez, Steve Harper, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Davide Santon, Danny Simpson, James Tavernier, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson

So now we know who was on the plane the next thing to do is to work out what the starting eleven will be.

The Ameobi bothers are both injured and so is Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote and Shane Ferguson, which explains why they are not on the plane and Ben Arfa is suspended for Newcastle first thee Europa League games, which is why he’s not on the plane.

And Fabricio Coloccini did not travel so we would assume he will be fit for the game on Saturday at Chelsea, and it’s interesting that Tim Krul and Steve Harper made the trip, but Rob Elliot didn’t.

We had suggested the following as the possible starting eleven on Thursday night earlier today:

Harper
Tavernier Williamson Perch Santon
Taylor (R) Bigirimana Gosling Marveaux
Demba Ba Vuckic

But Demba Ba will not play and neither will Vuckic, because they are injured, so with Ba, Ameobi and Vuckic all injured, we have to think that Adam Campbell will get a chance to start up front with Papiss Cisse, as the only two recognized strikers in the party.

So given that, here another shot at the starting eleven for tomorrow – how about:

Harper
Tavernier Williamson Perch Taylor(R)
Obertan (Amalfitano) Bigirimana Gosling Marveaux
Cisse Campbell

That’s the best we can do, but it will put Cisse at risk for Saturday, unless Shola is fit,  but we don’t know how serious his injury is.

And we have to think that Amalfitano will get some playing time tomorrow, and may even get a starting position on that right wing.

It’s a really tough decision for Alan Pardew to make, and we would think an almost completely changed starting eleven would work best, and put Newcastle in good shape for the Chelsea game less than 48 hours later, while still possibly getting the win tomorrow night, but the manager said yesterday he will not do that.

And Pardew will have some experienced players like Cabaye,  Gutierrez and Anita on the bench in case Newcastle need to come back, if they go behind in the game.

What team would you start tomorrow night?

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359 comments so far

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #1

    i cant see us starting with 2 strikers away from home when wev only took 2 away with us, from what pardew has said about easing him in i think wel start with cisse and obertan just behind

    campbell getting minutes second half to give cisse a rest for saturday

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Ruddy

    What do you mean about those senior players?

    That they should be supported?

    I agree if that’s what you mean. But can understand a fan frustration when you see them make the same mistakes week in week out. At their age you need to take a bit more responsibility and make sure you win the fans over.

    I would support them and never boo them during a game but Can understand why people get annoyed.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Given we only have 2 strikers and Pardew has hinted at he’d be happy with a draw, I would be surprised to see a 4-4-2.

    I’m going with a 4-5-1 or possibly 4-3-3.

    ————Harper—————
    Tav—Perch—-Willo—Raylor
    ——–Anita——Bigi———
    Obertan—Gosling—-Marv
    ———-Cisse/Campbell—–

    If 4-3-3 then move Gosling Back and play Obertan and Marv alongside the striker.

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #4

    There’s no way Campbell will start tomora

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Repost

    Sage

    Every player regardless of age deserves our support, any fan who deliberately doesn’t get behind a player is no true supporter. Every time HBA gets the ball the place erupts into life, but get Obertan on the ball and he is greeted with groans and cries for him to just give it, which can hardly build his confidence.

    Obertan is not exactly what I would call a “senior player” either, the lad is only 23 years of age and is desperately short of confidence.

    I don’t understand fans frustrations at him because he has the potential to be a very good player, Pards gets behind him so why can’t the fans?

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  • APBWA

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Can’t think why Krul would travel to be put on the bench…

    Krul
    Tav Taylor Willo Taylor
    Obertan Anita Bigi Marveaux
    Cabaye Cisse

    When we are 3-0 up bring Campbell on for Cisse, Abeid on for Cabs and put Obertan up front, with 3 cms and Marvs in the hole

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Ruddy I totally agree! I was having this exact same discussion a couple of days ago.

    The lad needs our backing!

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #8

    apbwa

    i think its nailed on that harper is starting mate, krul will be there just incase,

    if the manager tells you to travel you havnt really got a say

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Ruddy

    Agree try deserve our support.

    I’m just trying to see if from some people’s point of view.

    People naturally get behind more confident and charismatic players and give them more of a chance.

    It’s the same in every aspect of life. People with confidence always get a better following.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #10

    @Zero your post on the last thread touched me in ways my uncle couldn’t manage. Thankyou.

    I would love to see this lad in a senior game. He’s got so much potential. Hope he lives up to it some day, preferably soon

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  • phillyg

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #11

    apbws – abied hasn’t got on the plane.

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #12

    @gateshead

    I agree, I think he mite play a 4-5-1 tho with the two wingers cutting inside to help cisse up front or summit like that

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #13

    PPB

    Disturbingly comical 😛

    Sage/Torq

    Obertan lacks confidence, that shouldn’t be a reason not to get behind him, it should be exactly the reason why we should get behind him!

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  • stk85

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #14

    id like to see

    ——————krul
    tavernier-willo-perch-raylor
    —————anita
    ——–gosling—-bigi
    amlfitano–obertan—-marv

    give campbell last 30 mins. i want obertan to start and have a stormer, the lad really needs it

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Aug 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree, Obertan needs to be supported because with confidence he could be a very good player. I liked it when against Tottenham he lost the ball near spurs goal and ran back really fast all the way to our goal to help Simpson. Good commitment from him too. Just needs some confidence and little bit of luck and hopefully he will improve.

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  • Kyo

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Why would we play Cisse in this game? He needs to be rested for the Chelsea game.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #17

    @ruddy did i tell a joke?……

    Obertan away will look good. Not many of our “supporters” to groan whenever he gets the ball.
    My tip, Obertan to score at any time

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Ruddy

    I agree. I support all our player.

    The only time a player spent deserve support is when he is clearly putting in no effort. Like Owen did near the end.

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  • Zero

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #19

    ppb im glad Zeroitti Bangoloate could be of help, Pappa Bangoloate would be proud ive touched you in that way, at last pappa those lessons you gave me have come to bloom.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Mutiny

    That’s the spirit! If only Obertan read this blog so he would know that not everyone thinks he’s useless!

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  • GeordieDan

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Any links for the game tonight lads? 😀

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  • APBWA

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Suprised about that one @11, gosling instead then

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Gateshead

    Thanks for pointing that out mate, I should have put Good? in there (Australian lad) but had young Campbell on the brain.

    Cheers mate.

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  • GFH

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Not sure where it started , but really want to join in the call to support all our players ( thats why we’re called supporters after all ). Obertan has suffered grief from the terraces , as if that is going to build his confidence and help him play with flair!It becomes a vicious circle , the more you boo the worse it gets.You shouldn’t undermine the confidence of you own kids , and compared to me at least , thats what these young lads are , despite their fame and salaries.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #25

    PPB

    “That last post touched me in way my uncle never could…” very droll.

    Sage

    He’s a prat but I still supported him up until that final game when we got relegated…

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  • MNTOONARMY9

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Obertan, like all players short of the “great ones” has things he does well and things…well, let’s just say things he can work on. He’s fast and plays defense, but he needs to work on his final ball/cross to keep defenders honest. Good point that he’s only 23…there’s still time…you can coach technique—you can’t coach speed.

    I still like Obertan as a 70 minute replacement at a wing or withdrawn forward…he’s so damn fast that he’ll knife past center backs who have been hoofing out there for 70 minutes.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #27

    @zero you’re my hero.
    I might have to refer to myself in the third person just to emulate you

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Ruddy

    Owen never even tried. He just stood and meandered through games.

    A decent striker who put in expert and that season could be different.

    No hard feelings to him, just dint appreciate him at the time

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #29

    mo drysdale

    i think campbells going to be quality, but would be a bit much asking him play 2 positions hahaha

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  • wakey

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Call me crazy…but i’d go for this –

    ————————–Harper————————-
    Tav————-Perch———–Williamson——R Taylor
    Amal———–Anita————Bigi—————Marv
    ————————-Gosling——————————-
    ————————-Obertan——————————

    That’s just crazy isnt it?

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  • toonking

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #31

    when we play chelsea on saturday i get a feeling may go with a 5 man midfield and play for a draw although we did win 2-1 last season i think part of that was down to the manager only being stand in also they were probably had more focus on winning the champions league than going in through top 4 finish.
    in other word he might drop cisse or ba for anita

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #32

    I made my thoughts on owens stint with us clear once. Only mfh cared that day

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  • Zero

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Zeroitte Banoloate appreciates your humbleness, but hero i am not, Zaltan is the true gifted one. Zeroitte is just a poor Italian made copy whos posts are subject to Eurobots amusement.

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  • veto

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #34

    like to see campbell get a start , hope we have a decent run in this and the kids gets some proper game time , perfect chance for marveux ect to stick their name down for the first team come sat

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Gateshead

    Exactly mate, a bit small 5.6 ish for a centre back.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #36

    @sage. Owen was the wrong player for our team. He needed lots of good service which he never got. I think he stopped trying in the end because of this.
    A lot of blame was heaped on him because he was the “big buy” @17million.
    While i don’t like the guy much i think he could have looked good in the right team. But instead he was bought for loads, paid loads and expected to perform in a team which wasn’t able to play to his strengths at the time.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #37

    My only concern with obertan is that he is not direct enough.

    Gareth bale, ronaldo. Etc have shown that if you are quick it’s sometimes best to knock the ball 20 yards past the full back and back yourself to beat him to it.

    Hopefully this is a confidence issue and not a decision making issue he has.

    Either way whilst the lad is on the pitch he will get by full support.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #38

    pardew plan b

    cant really comment owens performances as i cant really remember but his goals to games ratio for is was good, he just didnt play enough games

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #39

    still dont like him tho haha

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #40

    @sage i think its a bit of both. His decision making isn’t great anyway but its affected even more by his lack of confidence imo

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