Time For Pardew To Be (Very) Bold In His Team Selection

It looks like Papiss Cisse will be fit to play on Monday night at the Britannia Stadium, and it’s going to be interesting to see what Alan Pardew’s team selection is for the game, because Newcastle really need a win if the manager is to improve his chances of keeping his job on Tyneside.

manu riviere close up scores palace

Yes – Manu Riviere after scoring his second goal on Wednesday – a penalty

There are a couple of things that Pardew will have to think about.

One is whether he keeps the 4-2-3-1 formation that he has used all season, and plays only one striker up front, but with Papiss Cisse in form and fit again, he could play two strikers, and today Olivier Bernard, the former Newcastle left back has said that Manu likes playing alongside another striker.

Olivier had this to say in the Chronicle today about Riviere:

“One of the things you need to know about Manu is that he’s a player that prefers to play with a strike partner. He isn’t your traditional target man.¨

“And I think this week at Palace we saw the result of him having a team-mate a little bit closer to him.¨ “In his first few games he was played as a lone striker. He has been frustrated.¨

“I would like to see how he does in a 4-4-2 – a system that teams don’t seem to want to play at the moment – with Papiss Cisse.¨ “He would be the second striker in that situation.¨

“He’s a player that will work hard and he’ll create chances, and get goals in the long run.”

Riviere showed on Wednesday night that with the right service he can score goals, and he scored two good goals for the Magpies to help get the 3-2 win, and it was a good performance from the lads.

So Pardew could even go with a 4-4-2 formation at Stoke to have a greater goal threat up front.

The other decision for Pardew to make is whether he plays 17 year-old Geordie Adam Armstrong in the starting eleven, and the very promising local lad showed with two assists on Wednesday night, he can provide some creativity to the side, and in addition he is a goal-scoring threat himself.

It seems like time is running out for Pardew, the longer it goes without Newcastle getting a win – so team selection is going to be very important for the manager.

We’d like to see Adam Armstrong start in the number 10 position if we keep to a 4-2-3-1 formation – and then Pardew can always bring Papiss Cisse on if we need goals in the second half, and maybe even move to a 4-4-2 formation.

Pardew could even start Papiss Cisse up front,  since he is a more natural lone front than Riviere.

A defeat at Stoke and time could be called on Alan Pardew’s tenure as the Newcastle manager – so our players, and Alan himself have to go all out for the win on Monday night.

What would your team be on Monday night?

Comments welcome.

You can follow us on our three social media sites below:

24 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Why is it everyone knows this but Pardew ? .

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #2

    cos he cant comprehend the fact he could be wrong
    as and when he does realise it his head will no doubt explode

  • Slank

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #3


    Did anyone else see Sky Soccer Saturday and what Phil Thompson said ?

    He had checked (how I don’t know) the contracts that Pardew and the coaches have and if they get sacked they will receive as compensation the full amount of their contracts. The way I interpreted that was seven years salary.

    When Jeff Stelling then asked Phil Thompson what does that mean. Phil Thompson said that they won’t be sacked.


    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Choose the Most Illogical Team Selection, and this will be the one for which Pardew will choose for Monday Evening ?

    Stoke have a good team and will not be easy to beat !

    We need to win, otherwise we,ll be stuck to the bottom like glue, just like the Mackems were for most of last year until they managed to start playing well at the end of the season and saved their Prem status !

    I can,t say , based on our last two performances that we will get anything more than a draw from this game?

    I,v been wrong before, however, so don,t hold your breath !

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Bonjour messieurs.

    I’m watching Hull vs Man city in order to see Beny playing. The only thing i see now is City tearing Hull apart…

  • Ron Knee

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #6

    West Ham have been allardyced. Another dinosaur manager.

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #7

    2-1 City…

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #8


    benny is on the bench no need to watch it till gone half time for a chance to watch benny

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9


    CIty got 2 goals out of 3 shots on target, a pretty good ration… but Hull did far more better, 1 goal out of… 0 shots!

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10


    Yes sure! Still, this is football, my favourite game!

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #11


    yeah I know what you mean I watched fool v everton earlier now its ryder cup time and then arsenal v spurs

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Well, let’s come back to NUFC. Is really Pard under pressure for monday night, or is that another rubish talk from a bad newspaper?

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Ryder cup? Sorry, France is a socialist country, we do not play Golf.

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #14


    Mangala is out of his game, he first scored an header in is own net and then conceded a penalty.

    Hernandez scored it.

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #15


    I don’t know there must be pressure on him to get us back to winning ways
    but is going to get sacked I wont believe it till its happened

    the lawyer statement for me has given him till after the swans match

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #16


    you got some crackin courses there and a big tourney coming there soon cant think which

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Half time, what an offensive game…

    Last time we played that way, it was against Benfica in Europa league.

    Can’t remember such passion in our play since that.

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Good old time…

    THe mistake was probably to keep Pard at the end of that season.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Watching Sunderland vs Swansea I can see us getting comfortably beaten off both of these teams with Pardew in charge unless he changes that bloody formation and get pressing higher up the pitch !

    That Buckley looks pretty good is a Toon fan and was available for 3 million would have been a good addition on the wing for us ! Also Routledge again looks good why did we let him go again ??

    If Janmaat is injured for the Stoke game its going to be a bit of a reshuffle with Dummett at right back but Sammy and Cisse need to come in on a 442 I would go for :

    Dummett RB
    Haidara LB
    Sissoko RW
    Tiote DM
    Colback CM
    Sammy LW
    Cisse CF
    Riviere CF

    I think Cabella should maybe be benched just for this game as Stoke will kick him all over the pitch bring him on the 2nd half if we are chasing but he will have nightmares with Shawcross and Huth crunching him!

  • Markaccus

    Sep 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #20

    There is a french player in the european team. So at least ONE of you plays golf!

    On another note. I hate golf

  • beermonkey

    Sep 27, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #21


    have you ever played it

  • niafron

    Sep 27, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #22


    Yes, we’re a socialist country… with a couple of billionaires. Well we also have the best cheeses and wines in the world, so altough not a perfect country, it’s not so bad…

  • Markaccus

    Sep 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #23


    Whitley bay pitch and put. Which i was quite good at. However, i have neither the time, money or the inclanation to learn it properly, it absolutely holds zero appeal to me. The only attention i give it is the last day of the ryder cup, just to see the score in hope that Europe have beaten the yanks at something.

    Then again i love watching cricket, which many others find boring. Suppose it takes all sorts

    I dont even like golf computer games.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 27, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #24

    I’d eat my hat if he doesn’t pick this team
    Janmaat (Haidara) Collo Willo Dummet
    Colback Tiote
    Sissoko Cabella Gouffran
    Riviere (Cisse if fit)

    And there’s no way what we play is 4-2-3-1. Not when Sissoko plays as a defensive midfield/ target wing man & gouffran just runs about covering fullback. It’s a 4-4-1-1 with defensive wingers & two defensive midfielders. Straight out of Moyes’ tactic book


You must log in to post a comment.