The team Alan Pardew played against Southampton last Saturday was probably the best team he could have played from the available players in the squad.
Steven Taylor – could get a start tomorrow
And that performance was simply a disgrace, and in particular the defense was very unsteady – especially the two central defenders – and our best player on the day was 21 year-old French U21 left back Massadio Haidara.
So it’s going to be interesting what team Pardew will start tomorrow – but he will need to make some changes – and we hope to see some evidence tomorrow afternoon that they have put in a good week’s training this week.
That was not the case at Southampton.
Up front we again looked toothless, so perhaps he will give Geordie Sammy Ameobi a start – because Sammy cannot do any worse than the others who have been starting, in the last couple of games.
It will be either Sammy or Ayoze Perez who will likely get the start for Yoan Gouffran on the left wing.
As a reminder – here is the starting line-up at St. Mary’s:
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Haidara
Cabella Sissoko Gouffran
Subs: Elliot, Taylor (S) , Tiote, Ameobi, Obertan, Armstrong, Perez
If Steven Taylor cannot get a start – so he’s given a chance to show what he can do tomorrow after Williamson’s howler last week — he far better pack up and plan to leave the Magpies in January.
That means we expect Steven to be given a start tomorrow. 😀
And Cheick Tiote is back and will start alongside Jack Colback in central midfield.
Here’s a possible starting eleven tomorrow against Hull City:
Janmaat Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Haidara
Cabella Sissoko Perez
Subs: Elliot, Williamson, Anita, Ameobi, Obertan, Armstrong, Gouffran
That’s only three changes from the side that were hammered 4-0 by Southampton – but as we said – it’s not like we have a strong bench these days.
What would you team be for tomorrow?
And we cannot see the lads taking much out of this game, mainly because of the demonstrations planned for tomorrow – and the very best thing that can happen is if we get the first goal – an early goal would be great.
If that happens we may be able to get something out of this game – but we are not holding our breath.
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