One of the big questions surrounding Newcastle’s home game against Norwich City tomorrow, is what the back four will be, given that Frenchmen Mathieu Debuchy is suspended for this game, after the in-form Frenchman picked up his fifth yellow card of the season at Tottenham almost two weeks ago.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in action at Tottenham
It’s almost certain that Mike Williamson will hold his center position, but with Fab Coloccini on the bench at White Hart Lane, Alan Pardew may be tempted to bring back Colo and maybe switch Yanga-Mbiwa to right back.
But both Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett are also fit and available for selection, and in fact it looks like the manager will have a full squad to pick from for tomorrow’s game.
This is what big Mike Williamson had to say in the local press this morning:
“Consistency does help.” “But the fact of the matter is we have got fantastic centre-backs at the club and it doesn’t matter who you play alongside, you know you are playing with quality players.”
“I think the management are striving for that consistency.” “We’ve been working on defending from the front. As a group that has shone through.”
“We’ve all had to put in a shift and work on that side of our game.” “Tim Krul was a brick wall at Spurs. It breeds confidence through the team.”
“You know that if you get beaten by a good piece of skill you have world-class keeper there.” “Keeping clean sheets against Chelsea and Spurs shows he has found the right balance to keep it tight.:
“It’s a great platform because we know with the quality we have in attack, we’ll score goals.”
Injuries have not been the massive problem they were least season for us, and we have to credit for that to new Fitness Director Fay Downey, and it’s not very often any team in the Premier League has a clean bill of health.
There are a number of combinations for the back four tomorrow, including Santon moving to right back and Paul Dummett coming in at left back.
But it depends on whether Alan Pardew is willing break up the very successful partnership between big Mike and the improving Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in central defense, and we have a hunch the manager could keep those two together again for Norwich.
Nobody could have done as well as these two in central defense over the last three games.
What do you think?
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