No Cisse, Ba, Cabaye Or Ben Arfa – Big Test For Magpies

First teamers who did not make the trip today to Maritimo today included the two Senegal strikers Ba and Cisse, and French Internationals Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, but everybody else from the first team squad seemed to be on the plane today.

A smiling Haris Vuckic this afternoon at Maritimo

Hatem Ben Arfa is suspended from European competition for this match, so it wasn’t a surprise that he wasn’t on the plane, and it seems that Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana and/or Dan Gosling will make up the central midfield.

And Alan Pardew made no bones about it this afternoon, and said he thought it would be tough test for his young Newcastle side, in our first group game in Europe for six years.

This is what Alan said:

“Maritimo will give us a test, you can be sure of that, but whatever team we put out I want a win.’ However keen he is to take three points though, Pardew does not hide the fact the Europa League is not his top priority.”

“I make no bones about it, the Premier League comes first and then it’s the FA Cup before the Europa League and the League Cup.’ “I may not have been in the Champions League yet but I have played or managed in just about every round of the FA Cup and was minutes from winning it as both a player with Crystal Palace and then as manager at West Ham.”

“It would be fantastic if Newcastle could enjoy a run to the final, although we try to win every trophy available.’ “Having started my career in non-league football I know just how important the grassroots level of the game is.

“These sorts of clubs are a great asset for the local community, as much as they are for the players.’

This is the squad that made the trip today in alphabetic order:

Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Adam Campbell, Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling, Steve Harper, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Davide Santon, James Tavernier, Steven Taylor, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson

We expect the team to be somthing like this tomorrow afternoon, when the game kicks off at 6:00pm local Newcastle time:

Perch Williamson Taylor(S) Ferguson
Obertan Bigirimana Anita Amalfitano
Ameobi (Sh) Vuckic

There could be some changes to that team with Tavernier and Sammy Ameobi possibly in the starting line-up.

And with Adam Campbell making the trip, we could even see him come on in the second half, and the local youngster has been in cracking form for the Newcastle U21 side this season.

Newcastle will be going all out for the win tomorrow night, but we suppose a draw would also be a decent result.

What do you think?

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9 comments so far

  • JacksonTOON

    Sep 19, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Shola will get the job done!!

  • jamesnufc86

    Sep 19, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Sky sports just said that Guti and Cabaye are injured ? That’s not true is it ?

  • JacksonTOON

    Sep 20, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope not! Cabaye is vital to our midfield and we need him, guti would also be a huge miss.

  • karasu

    Sep 20, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think such a squad is sufficient at all. For those who don’t know, Maritimo came in 5th last season in a tough Portugal League among competition like Porto and Vitoria. Not wise at all if Pards is planning on winning this thing.

  • lee1892

    Sep 20, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope Amalfitano gets a good run out

  • check the toastie

    Sep 20, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #7

    Saylor shouldnt play, in fact he shoudnt be there, if he gets injured we are well and truly knackered. Should be at home wrapped up in cotton wool, with our precious front line.

  • markmac

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #8

    @7] Im with you on that 1! if all the other young lads are playing why not just chuck Good in there! # sink or swim

  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 20, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    I would Put The Likes of Sammy and Young Campbell on from the start then the seniors at the final 3rd .. we cant have any more injurys at this stage Norwich then 2 man U games coming up..


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