Pardew Names 18 Man Squad – Here’s The Likely Starting Eleven


If anybody thought that Dan Gosling has a future on Tyneside, that’s probably not going to happen, as Dan hasn’t made the 18 man squad for the game at Manchester City tomorrow night, which will be the final game in the first round of games in the Premier League this season.

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Steven Taylor – will he get star tomorrow night?

And two expected results today, with Tottenham beating Crystal Palace at Selhust Park 1-0 with a second half penalty from new boy Roberto Soldado, although Palace looked a decent team and gave Spurs a good game.

And Chelsea easily beat Hull City 2-0 with two first half goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard, but Hull made a game of it in the second half, and manager Steve Bruce will be well pleased with the performance of his side.

And in the 18 man squad for Newcastle is Davide Santon, who was reported yesterday as being a doubt for this game, but Yanga-Mbiwa could play there – but no place for Geordie lad Paul Dummett in the squad.

The rest of the squad is basically as expected, with Gabby Obertan making the squad:

Newcastle squad: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Obertan, Tiote, Cabaye, Sissoko, Anita, Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran, Cisse, Marveaux.

Newcastle will probably start the following team tomorrow night:

Krul
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Santon
Ben Arfa Cabaye Sissoko Tiote Gutierrez
Cisse

What would your starting eleven be?

It’s a toss up between Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa as to who partners Coloccini in central defense, and Mapou is also an excellent left-back and could even be challenging Davide Santon for the start at left back.

Not sure what formation Alan Pardew will play but it’s like to be some variation of 4-5-1 with Papiss Cisse up front as the lone striker.

But the bench will be strong:

Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Anita Gouffran Obertan Marveaux Ameobi (Sh)

In fact that 18 man squad is strong, and will be even stronger when Loic Remy is fit, but Joe Kinnear still has to deliver another top striker in the next 15 days.

And from what we’ve heard from readers who have seen Juventus striker Alessandro Matri play regularly in Italy – the Italian would seem to be a good addition to the Newcastle squad for just £6M – and we have it on good authority that Newcastle can actually afford that fee. :D.

Matri turns 29 years old tomorrow.

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372 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #1

    We don’t really know who Pardew will select for the XI tomorrow night, but we suspect it will include Jonas.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #2

    The team will be built around our best player Jonas the genius Gutierrez

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  • ~Joke-innear~

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #3

    I feel sick.

    Just the thought of having either Tiote or Jonas in the lineup makes me cringe… but both of them?! I think i’m gonna puke.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #4

    How do you know his 18 man squad Ed?

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Belfast
    The cover that Jonas provides on the left for our defense is vital, because we all know Santon can’t be bothered to do the job himself.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #6

    In infinitely more interesting news…

    Neymar has just made his competitive debut for Barcelona

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  • Rake

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Away at City I would resent Jonas playing but accept it. At home we need a winger who can attack.

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  • lesh

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #8

    15 days of the window left and I wonder if Ashley is reflecting on Kinnear’s two week holiday when he could have been working on deals? Another striker would have added to this squad as would a pacy winger who can put in decent crosses. But, no.

    That man has been a complete washout so far and he’s got a fortnight to make a contribution to the club!

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  • Matt

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #9

    gonna get hammered tommorrow night same players and manager as last season nothing will change

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  • Belfast

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Play Mbiwa left back and play Santon left wing, problem solved.

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  • Matt

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Watch them heads drop when city score in the first 5mins

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  • Moe

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Wonder what Obertan is doing to be in the 18 man squad .mustn’t has he?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #13

    He does a good job tracking back like, but anytime you have a chance to counter attack away from home he’s far to slow, goes round in circles, falls over etc etc

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Great news, no Mike Williamson. Good squad apart from Shola.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #15

    I hope we start M’Biwa at left back with Santon left wing – I am gonna be bold (/deluded) and say 1-1 with Cisse scoring a worldy.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Belfast
    Dont even think Jonas is much help at that either. How many times have we been opened up on the left under this tactic of having Jonas cover the left while Santon does all the winger work.

    But the simple fact that Jonas made 2 or 3 runs down the left all preseason will justify his spot in the team. Sad really.

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  • puretoon

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Matt @ 9. couldn’t agree with you more mate! I honestly don’t know what fans were expecting this season as it’s same boring manager with same boring style of football and same players-it’s not so much the players-apart from Jonas and Shola, but the manager.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Obertan’s decision making is a joke.

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  • TimKrulFan

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Where’s Vuckic and where’s Bigi are manager is an absolute prick he will never give a player from the youth a chance.

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  • lesh

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #20

    89Norcal // Aug 18, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Maybe I’ve been a tad harsh on Kinnear. Here’s me thinking he was on holiday when in fact he was trying to get Neymar signed up!

    On topic, let’s not underestimate the lads eh. Look at Aston Villa possing Arsenal yesterday and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t bring the points back from Citeh.

    Howaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy the lads – show them what the Toon’s about, shove it up them!!!!

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  • Ashton

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #21

    M’biwa is a much better footballer than Taylor. Only Pardew and his stupid assistants are oblivious to this fact, it seems.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Ashton

    I very much agree with you. I would even go as far to say that this season I think M’biwa will establish himself as by far the best defender we have at the club.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #23

    @lesh

    I’m sure Kinnear was in talks with Santos, but when he called asking for a player called Meemars de Sanos, they couldn’t understand what the f*** he was on about.

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  • toonicle

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m fine with Taylor starting at CB and Mbiwa going to LB but guti shouldn’t be starting over marv anymore.

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  • lesh

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Good grief we’re starting the Shola and Jonas bashing early.

    Give those guys a break – the season hasn’t started yet although we’ve had a summer of it haven’t we. Pathetic.

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  • TimKrulFan

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #26

    We all know what the line up is going to be and so does every other manager in the league.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #27

    sorry lesh, i’ll give Jonas a 2nd season to prove his worth. The guy deserves it. After all, he puts in maximum effort 🙂

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  • lesh

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #28

    89Norcal @23…. Lol, nice one

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  • CDEVINE69

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #29

    m’biwa is by far better than Steven Taylor. partner him in defence with Colo if santon is fit to play left back, then debuchy right back, krul in goal obviously. i think we Will play 4 2 3 1 so play tiote with anita as the holding two then Ben arfa sissoko and cabaye in the 3 with cisse up top.

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  • lesh

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Fair do’s Norcal, he does work his chuckies off making some good runs forward and offers support in defence too.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #31

    CDEVINE I like the prospect of Cabaye in a more advanced position but just sub Tiote for Sissoko. Anita’s crisp passing with Sissoko’s strength to contend with Toure.

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #32

    lesh
    Yep but he needs to make goals as a winger. Honestly wouldn’t mind if he was LB, put Mbiwa in center and Santon on the LW or swap with Hatem on the RW, but won’t happen.

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  • Yorkgeordie

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #33

    I wish you would all get off Jonas’s back. He will let nobody down. Probably the same people sing Marveaux praises, one kick and he hides the rest of the game and Anita who gets brushed off the ball easy. Jonas is ok, but then I’ve actually seen them all play.

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  • Ashton

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    M’biwa’s spatial awareness is miles ahead of Taylor’s. People may not realize this fact but he is much more cultured as a defender than Taylor will ever be. We might not see M’biwa putting his face on the line of fire and sacrificing his own life every time the opposition attack because he doesn’t need to. He just calculates where the ball is heading and accordingly he times himself and cuts the ball without any fuss or heroics.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #35

    I think the first thing that has to change is this deluded belief that we can play 4-2-3-1. Unless we play it the way Chelsea do, ie have our CF coming deep and having our 3 AMs running past the CF then we will never be potent with it.

    We should be taking our lessons from Liverpool, play a 4-3-3 with an interchangeable front 3, which may in time dropping Cisse unless he learns how to be flexible in terms of positioning.

    As it stands we have a manager who would rather play 4-4-2 if he could get away with it.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashton

    Part of the reason why Saylor may need to throw himself in the line of a shot, or throw his head where it shouldn’t be is down to the fact that he hasn’t defended the situation properly in the first place and as such needs “heroics” to salvage the situation. I don’t mind Saylor, he’s a 3rd choice CB at best, certainly nowhere near the excellent M’biwa.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Southampton splash another £15m for Pablo Osvaldo.

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  • Ashton

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #38

    But diving for the ball like an absolute lunatic than acting like as if you were hit by invisible bullets is very cool.

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  • DevonToon

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #39

    All this jonas bashing is harsh, he has been a real bloody servant to us since we went down, the whole team was shit last year, not jonas or anyone else’s fault pards quashes the creativity outta players

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 18, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Yorkgeordie

    As a player you obviously play when the manager tells you to, but Jonas has let us down quite a bit. He basically stunts our offense and it’s a blend of his lack of ability and the inherent responsibilities he has within Pards’ tactics (such as covering the entire left hand side).

    IMO we have a bit of dynamism in our offense since we could convert Santon, use Guti as the occasional attacking fullback instead, and swap wings with Hatem or Santon depending on whether we want more crosses or wingers cutting inside.

    Marveaux isn’t the greatest but he’s miles ahead of Guti.

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