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.
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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