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Pardew Hints At Defensive Line-Up Against Everton

8:36 am, Sunday, September 29th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

We hope that Fabricio Coloccini will stay at Newcastle for longer than just this season, although over the summer, he didn’t commit to anything but this season at Newcastle, and  we could even lose him next summer, and certainly Alan Pardew relies on the Argentine International to marshal his defense, especially since it’s a fairly new back four.

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Paul Dummett – pushing for first team start

Newcastle have played Debuchy  Coloccini, Yanga-Mbiwa and Santon as the back four in front of goalkeeper Tim Krul this season, but we gifted three goals to Hull City in our last league game, and Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett came in against Leeds in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday and both looked good.

So we were wondering if either player can keep his place for tomorrow night’s game.

However, this is what Alan Pardew has said about his new back four:

“We have got a new back four this year because Mapou has played all year, and Colo, Mathieu and Davide Santon.” “That’s been our back four, with goalkeeper Tim Krul, quite settled. Thank goodness, and long may that continue.”

So with those words it could be that the Newcastle manager will keep the same defense from the Hull City game, and the message to all five players would have to be to prove you are worth your starting position, after the frailties shown against Hull City.

But on the other hand if Pardew is not going to change his defense after a poor showing, and give opportunities to those challenging for a starting position, when will he change it?

What do you think our defense should be tomorrow night?

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Tags: Coaching · Fabricio Coloccini · Newcastle News · Paul Dummett · Premier League




8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonbrother // Sep 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    if coloshitty has to play (which he doenst) he should be played as adefensive midfielder.

    As long as he plays Centreback, in a flat back four newcastle is doomed to continue conceding cheap goals. Fortunately for Tiote, Jonas and Williamson they werent on the pitch for cowardly fans to blame when we shamefully conceded 3 goals at home to HULL city

  • 2 Expat MAG // Sep 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Pards will select the same back four as the Hull game although Dummett is knowing on the door and pressurizing both Debuche and Santon

    Concerned about Lukaka as his bustling style may upset Colo and Mbiwa, even though he’s just a young man

  • 3 mattnufc // Sep 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    @TB
    If you think Coloccini is a bad player you are either brainless or trolling.

  • 4 toonbrother // Sep 29, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    @mattnufc
    I did not say he was a bad player I said he is a rubbish centre back.

    Pros
    He anticipates play and reads the game very well. His ball distribution is also quite good. These are skills that lend themselves to playing Defensive midfield or the “libero” role in a 3-5-2 formation.

    Cons
    As a central defender you cannot be as weak in the air as he is or as prone to drifting into no-mans land the way he does. He is so slow he often dives into tackles he has no need to instead of marshalling away the threat. Consider the number of cheap goals we have conceded from the centre of the 6 yard area. This is indicative of a central defence incapable of commanding the area. Ive said it for ages. We will remain mediocre as long as Colocinni’s place in central defence is considered sacrosanct. I honestly wish i didnt care as much as I do. Because its so bloody frustrating dumb fans and Pardumb cannot see this. Perch, Williamson, |Saylor,Bassong, MYM the list of failed partners for Colo goes on and noone seems to have the gumption to question this

  • 5 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    @TB. The reason the players you listed are all failed partners of Collo (with the possible exception of Bassong), is, quite simply, that they weren’t good enough. No fault of Collo.

  • 6 mattnufc // Sep 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Well, we’re going to disagree then.
    Yes, his aerial dominance and his pace are definitely his weakest aspects, but rarely does a defender excel in every aspect. And even if he did, I’m sure he would be playing for a bigger team than Newcastle is at the moment. His reading of the game is second to none, and for that reason alone, most people believe he is a great defender; he was voted in the PFA Team of the Year for 2011/12 and is becoming a member of the starting XI for the Argentinian side already qualified for the World Cup.
    When Coloccini is not playing, Newcastle feel hollow in defense, in my opinion, as also mentioned by Pardew this week.
    P.S. Don’t insult fans as ‘dumb’ when it only appears to be you who doesn’t appreciate Coloccini in central defence.

  • 7 condren // Sep 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Colo is absolute class!!

  • 8 Sav // Sep 29, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Tiote instead of Anita would have fixed it against Hull. Against Lukaku, Baines and Barkley, I’m not so sure. I think we may be relying on Cisse, Ben Arfa and Remy to score at least 2 between them to keep us in it. And if Ben Arfa is about to have another bad day at the office, I’d stick Anita wide right quickly.




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