Injury Update – Ameobi, Tiote Close – Ferguson Could Return


Alan Pardew is hoping to have both Cheick Tiote and Shola  Ameobi back for the trip to Everton in two weeks time, and if Shola is fit he could even start the game at Goodison Park, because we need more bite and energy up front.

Shola Ameobi – could play at Everton

Shola and his brother Sammy have been sidelined with hamstring injuries, but it looks like Alan Pardew thinks Shola  should be ready for the game at Everton, where Newcastle need to put in a  good performance and get something out of the game.

Pardew has not been happy with the form of either Demba Ba or Papiss Cisse this season, and although Demba Ba tried hard yesterday, the two of them didn’t look a good partnership together, and the Newcastle manager may have to split them up.

If Shola is fit he could start up front, and what’s wrong with using Hatem Ben Arfa as a second striker at the moment, or even bring young Adam Campbell in and give him a chance.

Whenever we watch 17 year-old Raheem Sterling at Liverpool, we think that Campbell could be doing the same thing for Newcastle right now, but perhaps it’s too early for him.

Alan Pardew talked to the local press today about Shola:

“Shola has a good chance and I am hoping Cheick has also.” “We have two weeks to get him right. That is what we hope to do, get him fit and strong.” “That was Cheick’s game against Villa and we missed him like nobody else.”

“There were a lot of midfielders there and he would have bashed a few of them up.” “That is what we needed to do.” “I don’t think Danny will make the Everton game.” “Vurnon Anita was brought here for his versatility and I thought he was terrific.”

“He went to right-back and was terrific. He grabbed it by the horns and looked comfortable all game.”  “We still have Fergie and Sammy to come back.”  “We have three right-backs here. How many right-backs do we need?”

“Swansea lost their left-back on Saturday and it is a bigger blow for them than us losing Ryan, with all due respect to Ryan.”  “This is what big clubs are all about. We have to adapt.”

Why did Alan have to say that about Ryan Taylor?

The former Newcastle left-back target Neil Taylor will be out for the season after breaking his ankle in three places following a challenge from Sunderland’s Craig Gardner in Saturday’s 2-2 draw in South Wales.

It’s good that Cheick will not be traveling over the International break,  and can properly prepare himself for the Everton game, and although Danny Simpson will not make the game, it will be good to have Shola back on board and perhaps young Shane Ferguson too.

Shane’s in the Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming games, so he may even get a couple of games in for them, and as long as he’s not injured,  that would give him some much needed match practice.

If Cheick is available we would expect him to be in the middle of the park at Everton, and Anita at right back, and Shola could be one of the two strikers up front – and that sounds like a decent side.

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122 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Ochy – from last thread, we haven’t dropped 2 pts from the same fixture last season spurs n villa we got 4 pts n we got the same this season

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    If we drew with spurs n beat villa would ppl think that was that bad I wouldn’t so I don’t the other way round either yesterday was a point gained bcoz we should of got beat

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Ibiza. Your spot on nothing has changed with the way club was run from last year all that’s changed is fans expectations

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    …Ibiza and I are back now 😉 we just needed the time off and some needed to went their frustrations lol

    It is not like I think everything is peachy kean or whatever it is called 😉 but we need to keep perspektive as well…

    I would have liked to see a few need faces no doubt about it; Central defense is a worry from last season and we do have some concerns upfront.

    Ed raised a good question about why not play Benny as a withdrawn forward against Everton – he seems to be the dangerman these days 🙂 I would rest Cisse and I actually think Pardew knows he has to; the guy has been playing non stop for 11 months or so.

    Tiote should be back by then; I am going on a limb here so please keep in mind it is just a suggestion, but I might be tempted to play Marv on the left and Ober on the right come net time 🙂

    Is Simmo alright? or what is his status? I am really gutted to hear that Raylor might be out for 6 months 🙁

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Ochy & Ibiza when we got promoted back to the prem the board released a statement on how the club will b run n they’ve stuck to it

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  • Shane

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    So C.Ronaldo has revealed he is no longer happy at Real Madrid…

    Worth a cheeky bid? a straight swap with Xisco could clinch it. You have to be bold!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Davy….I think you’re forgetting out 3 points at Stamford Bridge last season….easy to forget, not like we saw a wonder goal or anything 🙂

    Still, forget last season. 4 points from these opening 3 games is decent. Not wonderful, but certainly not terrible.

    On expectations, most are saying their change is due to ambition. I really don’t know what it is, but I don’t feel it’s realistic. Slow steady progress will do us fine for now imo.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    alreet lads

    the result is not the big thing for me, its the manner of the performances playing 4 4 2 which is really bugging me

    tottenham he changed to 4 3 3 and we looked better, same at chelsea

    why oh why is he not seeing a pattern, if it wasnt for the amazing talent of ben arfa we would have lost every game (ifs and buts i know) but hes not going to save us every game

    cisse and ba looked stranded and lifeless up front together, atleast when theyre a 3 with ben arfa we look fluid even if ba has to sacrafice his attacking threat, but at 4 4 2 has he had any real attacking threat anyway??

    please pardew mix things up for everton!!

    also when are we going to see marveux start?? im a gig admirer of jonas and it wouldnt HAVE to be him that got replaced but marveux is the second most gifted player at our club and could make a hell of alot more difference starting than coming on for the last 10 minutes

    rant over

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    big*

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza – yea a know about Chelsea but Ochy said we were 2 pts less from spurs n villa which we aren’t

    I agree top 6 again n Europa league is what we should b looking at this season

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Hyphen…Gig as in “Giggity”? – New voice to the forum…Hyphen is Glenn Quagmire 🙂

    Marv will be introduced slowly, similar to Benny last season. Do doubt Pardew starting him late will be the reason we missed out o

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    also i know ba scored against tottenham first but ben arfa was the stand out player and totteham had us on the back foot when they scored

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Cont…out on CL or whatever target we fall short of.

    Davy….Ahh, I missed that bit of the statement and thus stand corrected 🙂

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    hahahaha but who’s going to take me seriously if they know my real identity?……..

    ……..gigidy

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Heard Klasnic is a free agent. I think we should snap him up. Anythings better than shefki kuqi. Do you guys remember that?

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    If we go to everyone n get a point that’s an improvement on last seasons results n bcoz we lost at Chelsea were 3pts down but those can b made up by say beating Norwich away which we lost last season

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #17

    Hyphen…You have to ask yourself…did anyone take you seriously before? 😉 Only playing with you…a little

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    That should b if we go to everton not everyone

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  • AussieToon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    More Spin from Pardew.

    Whatever said and done, we could of, with just a little more investment from Mike Ashley, gone to another level.

    The problem is we haven’t, we will be anywhere from 5-8th where if Mike was serious, we could have given the top 4 a real shake. Real damn shake.

    3 million outlay. Disgusting.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #20

    if we can beat chelsea at home though we will have equalled our points against them, easy as that 🙂

    im confident we can get more points than last year, wev definately got the players to do it, id just like to see them utalised better

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Hope the international break sorts us out.

    We’ve played well for 45 mins this season so far in my opinion.

    And that was against a very poor greek team.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #22

    aussie

    im still confident we can finish 4th

    havnt seen anything from tottenham arsenal liverpool or everton that says we cant

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #23

    Gateshead think the same top 4 is on

    Everton shola n Sammi will b back as will tiote n fergie, looks like Simpson will b out though

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Aussie….Would have been much better for Pardew to come out and say “We cannot match last season as Ashley is a tight ass who doesn’t believe in the squad and neither do I”.

    Have you approached the board to see if you can get a job as a motivational speaker and stop Pardews spin.

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #25

    Top 3 will b Manu, man city n Chelsea n 4th is anyones I reckon don’t kno why ppl are worried

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #26

    davybtoon

    you know what people are like man hahaha

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  • roadfighter

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #27

    I reckon Arsenal are favourites for 4th at this stage, they can be very dangerous going forward – good thing RvP is no longer part of their squad.

    Although if we get our strikers performing and scoring 4th place is well within our grasp… 🙂

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Anyone who saw the game yesterday or was at the game, can you please tell me what antics did Cabaye get up to? I have read a lot about him sulking and kicking up a fuss, is that true?

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #29

    4th spot is a straigth fight between Arsenal and Newcastle. No other team involved.

    And our last game of the season? Home game against Arsenal…a play-off for the Champions League?

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  • ppb

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    @ibiza while you were away i had the unenviable job of having ruddy back. joys.

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  • AussieToon

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #31

    @Gateshead-Mag

    What have we shown? We have been terrible this season. Ben Arfa brilliance, twice has saved our backside. For the majority of games we have been piss poor.

    Despite what people think, we do not play the ball as much as we are told. We lob long balls far too often. Andy Carroll would have been amazing in our set up. Pardew wanted to change the system but we still play this shocking 442 formation that is absolutely bollox.

    I just see other teams improving around us and we won’t get the injury luck we did last season. Instead of battling in the same area as last season, if Fat Man got his wallet out and invested in the team that made Europe for his brand and back pocket the greedy fucker, we could be challenging for Champions League.

    If we drop out of Europe next season, you think Cabaye, Ba, Cisse, Tiote, Ben Arfa will hang around when offers come in? Nope. Then we sell them and try and bargain again and try to achieve what we did last season.

    Mediocre street. That is where we will always be. No ambition whatsoever with these guys in charge. Look at what Pardew is saying. We don’t have the squad to take Europe seriously? If we had ambition we would get the squad to try and win the thing!!!! We would have the squad to try and bring a trophy to the club for crying out loud! But again, we dont have the squad to take the Capital One Cup seriously……

    No trophy’s. FA Cup is achievable, Capital One Cup is achievable. Europa should be achievable. We are a massive club, but we have a small club mentality with Ashley in charge.

    Also Pardew can’t and won’t step on Ashley’s toes, he has to spin hence why he was hired. Admire him in a lot of ways, I do, but he has some serious weaknesses and being Ashley’s mate is a massive one.

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  • bills-son

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #32

    Said it last season and I’ll say it again – we lack a commanding creative midfield player. Cabaye just doesnt do it in enough games and HBA cant control a game from the wing. Because of that we need all or most of our team to be on song to control the play and that hasnt happened yet this season. Diaby yesterday for Arsenal was a classic example of one player controlling the tempo of the game from midfield – he looks like a younger quicker Yaya Toure. He was back in defence, tacking and spraying the ball around in midfield and a constant threat around goal. The only player we have who can play like that is Cabaye but – as much as I like the lad – he has been way overhyped by fans compared to his performances. He needs to step up a notch this season for me.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #33

    Is it a complete break for us the next fortnight or do we have any EL games coming up? I know it is the International break 🙂

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  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    Team for Everton I would like to see:

    ————————-KRUL——————————
    SANTON—–S TAYLOR—-COLO——-ARNITA
    —————–TIOTE—-BIGI—————————
    ———CABAYE—BEN ARFA——MARV——-
    ————————CISSE——————————-

    Bearing in mind Santon wants to play right back, and Arnita played left-back for Ajax on lots of occassions, so switch them. It will stop Santon cutting onto his better foot, he can run the line and whip some first time crosses in.

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  • Super Magpie

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Repost from yesterday:

    Angry, frustrated and dissapointed,

    The referee was atrocious today. As were we in the 1st half.
    WHEN WILL PARDEW REALISE 4-4-2 DOESN’T WORK?
    We can’t play 4-4-2 and nobody can argue with that.

    Simpson is now injured with his hamstring so that’s a few weeks out for him. Perch will probably be ok but that leaves 6 defenders to cover 4 positions. Utterly disgraceful.

    Credit to Villa (except the 10 minutes of time wasting the cheating Tw@s) . They played well and deserved a draw. Their keeper was also brilliant today ( but should’ve been sent off for time wasting on many occasions).

    We were saved by Ben Arfa again. Bigi was excellent when he came on. Jonas at LW doesn’t work and was awful in the 1st half. But played much much better in the 2nd as a defensive midfielder, Krul saved us on a few occasions as well. Cisse and Cabaye were non-existant.

    Pardew needs to realise 4-4-2 doesn’t work for our team.
    We’ve left ourself a mountain to climb in our past 2 PL games. And were lucky to be level with spurs at half time.

    I don’t ever want to see 4-4-2 again. 👿

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Jesper…Complete break I believe.

    PPB….You didn’t enjoy having Ruddy alongside you? Was he ruffling feathers?

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Can anyone give a an update on yesterday’s game; we played 4-4-2 in the firt hlf and from what I cn gather we didn’t look great at all. How about the second half, beside Benny’ wonderful goal, did we look more composed and did AP stick to his beloved 4-4-2?

    You gotta hand it to him, he really loved that formation 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #38

    *loves

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  • roadfighter

    Sep 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #39

    @ bills-son – Diaby was class yesterday.

    I do however disagree with some of the Cabaye comments. If the likes of Anita [when playing CM or DM], Tiote, Perch [when playing CM or DM] and Bigi can contain possession and free up a more advanced Cabaye we will be able to hopefully see him provide the cutting edge passes and drive that he is capable of…

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  • Jesus1983

    Sep 3, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Ba and Cisse have started the season poorly but are you seriously wanting Shola in the team ahead of them? LOL

    Ba started last season slowly too – they will come good. Dropping them certainly isn’t the answer!

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