Steven Taylor has not played since that first half at Manchester City on Monday, August 19th, when he was sent off, and at least in the first half our defense just couldn’t hold the City attack, and Mathieu Debuchy had an awful game.
Steven Taylor in action this season
Of course with Yohan Cabaye refusing to play because of the Arsenal interest, we have to think some of the Newcastle players, like Debuchy, were affected by that.
But in the last few games the defense seems to have gained a new found resilience and strength, with Mike Williamson and Yanga-Mbiwa both playing very well indeed, and at the start of the season were second choice to Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor in central defense.
Mike wasn’t even in some of the initial match day squads, and Mapou had some poor games – like that first half at Everton.
But both players are excellent professionals, and Mike Williamson stuck in and kept his head down in training, and Mapou learned from the mistakes he had made – and both have come back as better players, and that’s to their credit.
And Mathieu Debuchy in the last few games has looked like one of the best right backs in the Premier League.
In fact Alan Pardew can play two different sets of back four and both are strong:
Debuchy Coloccini Taylor Santon
Dummett Williamson Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
What the best four is these days at Newcastle is anybody’s guess, but it’s hard to see Williamson or Yanga-Mbiwa not playing, given the form they are in at the moment.
This is all very good for Newcastle, because as we’ve seen in the last few games, that competition for places makes out players play at their very best – since they want to keep their starting positions.
This all sounds very good to us.
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