These Players Coming Back For West Ham Game

After the game on Saturday a delighted Alan Pardew talked about some of his players being fit again for next week’s trip to Upton Park, where we will take on an in-form West Ham United side.

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Fabricio Coloccini – back on Saturday?

But it’s not clear who will be able  to return this week,  but our guess would be Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mehdi Abeid and maybe even Manu Riviere.

It’s a good question as to when Davide Santon is fit to play – and that cannot be far away now.

With all those good players becoming available,  it’s going to be a very difficult job for Alan Pardew to know who to leave out of the match-day eighteen, never mind who to start.

If Colo and Steven Taylor are available, we think the central defense will be made up of Coloccini (for his experience and to organize things) and big Mike Williamson at West Ham – to combat the heading threat of a certain Andy Carroll.

So that would be tough on Steven Taylor, who has played well when he’s been in the first team this season.

Paul Dummett will probably move to left back – although that would also be tough on Massadio Haidara who had another good game for us on Saturday.

If Cheick Tiote and Mehdi Abeid are available then it’s a good question who Alan will play – but we cannot see Cheick walking straight back into the side, and at least for 30 minutes on Saturday Ryan Taylor looked good in the middle three and he also provides a threat from set plays.

We would think Mehdi would come back in if he is fit again from that broken toe.

Up front we’d be surprised if the front three are changed, with Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez producing every week at the moment, and Remy Cabella seems to be getting to grips with the Premier League and just needs a goal to get things underway.

There again if Rolando Aarons is fit again he will come into the reckoning, and this all shows Newcastle have some strength in depth in the squad for this season, but that’s only because we are not in Europe.

If we do somehow qualify for Europe next season, that will be difficult for us because teams like Tottenham and Liverpool are showing that being in Europe can have a negative effect on their Premier League performances.

If we do get into Europe we will have to bring in more players over the summer months. – and the very last thing we want is to be fighting relegation again while we are in Europe. 🙁

But at the moment that’s all in the future, and the question at the moment is what our team could be at West Ham on Saturday, with some good players returning from injury.

One thing is for sure – every player starting this Saturday knows he is fighting to keep his place in the team – and that cannot be bad.

Howay The Lads!!

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20 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Given contribution on the field, I’d give Sammy a contract, even ahead of Aarons. Aarons has shown plenty of promise, he needs to work just as hard as Sammy to secure a contract.

    Like I said elsewhere, I was unfairly biased against Sammy, not any more. Imagine a little FB (many aren’t big) glancing to his left to see what he’s up against, before the players emerge. Seeing Sam must scare the sxxt out of him 🙂

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I understand what you are saying re Aarons having to work just as hard as Sammi, but imo given Aarons is 3 years Sammi’s junior he should be given a new contract straight away just for the potential he has demonstrated. Maybe with a lot of performance related bonuses/clauses to keep him hungry, rather than just a long contract on decent cash. But we should be tying him down just on potential at the moment.

    Sammi on the other hand has always shown flashes. This season he has added consistency, partly due to a reasonable run of opportunities. If he keeps it up then he should certainly be tied down to a new deal.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    You have to say fair play to Pardew for the turn around and the way the word team spirit is being bandied around. Nobody can be blamed for thinking that Pardew had lost the players as well as the fans after that appalling abject display at Soton. Maybe he did have his hand forced with injuries and the football is still pretty shite but at least he seems to have the players back onside, I think it’s going to be a long time before he has the fans singing his name, winning a certain game in December won’t do him any harm.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m with you on Obertron there are much better players than him out there and it would be a shame if he’s offered a new contract.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not sure Tottenham or Liverpool are struggling because of Europe. Liverpool are struggling cause they bought poorly, and some players haven’t settled, coupled with Sturridge being injured.

    Spurs lack a consistent finisher, and Pocchettino doesn’t seem to know what his best side is yet. Plus Kaboul is awful, other than 1 good season for them he has been pretty disappointing for them.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Seven games unbeaten all this started with a 2-2 draw with swansea from that game 6 wins in a row.


  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #7

    One thing that has not really been discussed on here is the consistency of players -specifically I’m thinking about Sissoko. Over the last few games he has been excellent -the power of the bloke never ceases to amaze me -he has not got the best control in the world but his power running leaves the opposition for dead.
    Over his career a constant criticism of him has been consistency -note over his career not just at SJP. The gist being he has a 50/50 ish record of playing well and playing poor. I hope this aspect of his performances has changed and we see -more than not – him playing like he has done in the last couple of games -which has been superb.


    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    if we r in europe we need to fkn buy 10 players for every poss exludng gk. n cb we already have dat guys from forest

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    I agree. I have often criticised Sissoko for going missing in games, and lacking consistency but as you say his level over this run has been of a high standard week in week out. Long may it continue.

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Need to keep Dummett at centre half the lads been sensational in that position
    being back Abeid for West Ham and either Taylor or Collocini if Carroll isn’t playing

  • g.s.tooner

    Nov 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #11

    I would agree with Willo over Saylor for West Ham. They have a lot of big powerful and I think we’re going to need a calm and well organised defense who can routinely break down play and get the ball upfield.

    You can call Saylor many things but cool headed isnt one of them.

    I would also stick with Perez over Cisse. He’s lightening quick and makes great, well timed runs behind the defence. I think he’ll cause a lot of problems for a rather slow west ham defence.

    Give Abeid the starting spot. He’s earned it so far. Would also rather see Abeid getting playing time with continuous rumours of Tiote’s departure.

  • Sav

    Nov 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Dummett and Colo have looked the best pairing I’ve seen for us this season. But I hear you about Carroll. If someone could only teach Sammy to heed the ball, we’d be flying. What a waste of height.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Another point which has not been discussed much is Abeids’ injury. So far I think he has been a bit of a revellation -with opposition teams probably not knowing much about him and ultimately failing to control him – this may have changed in time.
    However, he has been very well -so far. The aspect which concerns me is the comeback from his broken toe. I think King Percy has suggested a couple of weeks as the toe in question is not one of the important toes????.
    I have always understood that a general guide to calcification of broken bones was about six weeks. So I’m a bit surprised if he could return before this time frame. Note – whilst I have had many broken bones – I’ve never had a broken toe – so I would be interested if someone who has can enlighten us further.

  • jayo

    Nov 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    spoke to Abeid on Saturday outside shearers said he would be back for the next game don’t know if he meant west ham are next home game

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    I have broken both my big toes on a number of occasions. It really does depend on the break for the big toe, there is little you can do other than strap it and protect it, but I have been back playing at best in 3 weeks, at worst it took nearly 2 months to play without discomfort.

    Depending on how bad the break was and which toe, 2 weeks is possible, although you would probably be playing through the pain at that stage.

  • shear-class

    Nov 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Mister Tuff – spoke to abeid after qpr game were he kindly posed for picture with my daughter he said he’s back this week for West ham

  • Malta Mag

    Nov 24, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #17

    There’s a bad habit on this blog at dismissing players who go off the boil or who are out the picture for some time and thus forgetting great past contributions. A case in point is Jonas who never failed to give 100% yet was easily cast aside as soon as his performance dropped. Steven Taylor was another as was Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson and Goufran , all of who died for the cause at given times. Now the same is being done with Tiote who for me would be first on my team sheet. The bloke epitomizes the word “warrior” and on his day, there isn’t a better defensive midfield player in the country.

  • duncandisorderly

    Nov 24, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Hmm can’t agree with the point re Tiote. He has always given the ball away in dangerous positions and is far too reckless in the tackle. It wouldn’t overly worry me if he was sold for a large wedge in January, though we probably need to give him a few games before then if that is to happen.

    And on the subject of Steven Taylor, he’s upped his game this year but for far too long he has disappointed and not shown the intelligence required to be a first-choice CH.

  • YankeeToon

    Nov 24, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #19


    Agree with duncan on this one. Never really understood the obsession with Tiote, yeah he has started to for us but have seen he be way to lazy, not put in a challenge or back track and have a goal conceded, rack up to many needless penalties and try to dribble and ball handle in needless situations and give up the ball.

    Abeid, much like Colback, on the other hand hand has closed out everyone in his area, handled the ball nicely in tough areas and has been positive on the break.

    Gotta say they both look the part and the future is bright for the both.

    Also Tiote willing to be fit for country yet not play for the team that pays him his living wages I think says everything you need to know about him.


    In Abeid and Colback we trust.

  • TheIndianToon

    Nov 25, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #20

    You have to remember we go to Upton Park with our tails up, as compared to our hosts. They will try keep possession and push hard, which works well for our counter-attack strategy (if that is actually the strategy, LOL). Got to have the playin 11 as below:


    Wat say?? We win this and Burnley, December will be so much more fun….. HWTL


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