With so many Newcastle players in top form at the moment, the problem for manager Alan Pardew is who to leave out for the trip to West Brom on Sunday, when we have a chance to get our 5th win on the trot.
Ayoze Perez – after scoring on Saturday against Liverpool
Mehdi Abeid is the latest of a number of players over the last few games to get kudos for their excellent performances when the chips were down, and the defensive midfielder has just been called up to the full Algerian squad for their African Cup of Nations qualifiers this month, after he has already played four times for the Algerian U23 side.
Certainly Mehdi has a fan in local lad Jack Colback, who had this to say about the 22 year-old player who was born in France of Algerian parents:
“Mehdi’s shown he’s capable of handling the step up to this level. He’s a very good player.” “He went out on loan last season to the Greek League and did very well.¨
“You can see in training that he’s got the ability to be able to do it in this league, and he’s shown twice now that he can.” “But everyone who has come in has done well.¨
¨And it gives the manager a tough decision each week to pick the team.”
Alan Pardew has to make a few decisions – does he start Papiss Cisse or Ayoze Perez up front, with there still being a question mark over Cisse’s fitness.
If Cheick Tiote is available does he bring the experienced Ivorian straight back in and put Mehdi back on the bench, after two great performances?
And at some point Ryan Taylor has to be considered, after his Man of the Match performance at Manchester City, in what was his first game back after 26 months out with two serious ACL knee injuries.
These are the questions we bet Alan didn’t think he was going to have a short 19 days ago, when we still hadn’t won a game in the Premier League.
But as we have all seen, things can change very quickly in football, and we’re glad its been for the better for Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!!
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