It’s a good example of the increased competition for places at Newcastle this season, that Davide Santon has three players who can play at eft back and challenge him for the starting position – Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and we shouldn’t forget Vurnon Anita, who played a full season at left back for Ajax a few years ago.
Davide Santon challenges Eriksen on Sunday
With Mathieu Debuchy missing the next game against Norwich because of picking up his fifth yellow card at Tottenham, Alan Pardew will have to decide what back four he plays a week on Saturday against Norwich.
We think he will bring back Colo back into the middle and switch Yanga-Mbiwa to right back, but there are many other things he could do.
With a back four player not being available and Colo now fit and ready, we cannot believe the manager will leave his captain on the bench, but with Williamson and Yanga-Mbiwa playing so very well recently, he may not want to disturb that partnership.
Davide Santon can always switch over to right back, and he has talked about that in the local papers today:
“I can play right-back.” “I prefer left-back but I know I have to improve my left foot. When I play left-back I can go left to right.”
“When I play right-back and try to go inside it is a little bit more difficult but I enjoy both.” “If the manager needs me to play right-back I am here to play where he wants me.”
It’s going to be interesting as to what choice Alan makes, because he also has three defenders – Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and Steven Taylor – who are all likely to have recovered from their hamstring injuries and be available for selection for the home game against Norwich.
In our poll between the two most obvious choices, most readers seem to favor playing Yanga-Mbiwa at right back and bringing back Colo.
The Newcastle squad is suddenly looking very strong these days, but we have to be field a top side against Norwich and try to get our third Premier League win on the trot – that’s the next immediate challenge for this improving Newcastle team.
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