We had thought that young Tamas Kadar would make his debut tomorrow at WBA, after a good string of performances at the back with local lad Steven Taylor.
Fabricio Coloccini – likely to start tomorrow
But it looks like caretaker boss Chris Hughton may be tempted to bring back a fit-again Fabricio Coloccini for tomorrow first league game with West Brom at The Hawthorns.
The Argentine International missed Newcastle’s final friendly of the pre-season with Dundee United – with just a minor knock – but has been in full training all week.
We would expect Coloccini to be moved out before September comes around with a cut-price deal or a loan move, to get him off the wage bill, but Hughton expects the South American to figure prominently at West Brom tomorrow.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Colo has trained with us and is fit for West Brom.”
“We were fortunate to be able to play him in the Leeds game although he did have a slight problem.” “It was a game when he had a slight problem but he could also play on.”
“It was only because of circumstances that he played that night and that’s why he was left out at Dundee.” “We needed to give him that little bit of time to recover fully.”
“He’s fine now.”
The Newcastle back-line could be Colo partnering Steven Taylor at the heart of the defense, with Ryan Taylor and Jose Enrique taking up the two full-back slots. Not a bad defense at all with Steve Harper between the nets
Hughton is clear his selection was never affected by Sebastien Bassong’s move to Spurs, because Seb misses the first two games of the season with being sent off against Fulham at the end of last season.
“Our work with the back four was never likely to change that much because Seb would have been suspended, we have been planning without him.”
“All I can do is speak up until the present moment.” “We have been fortunate to have the large majority of players available for the majority of the time.”
“That’s always a plus.”
“On top of that we have seen the emergence of Kazenga LuaLua, Tamas Kadar and Ryan Donaldson, who has trained with the first team most days.”
“He’s made great strides, so that is a benefit to me.”
Certainly we would expect both 19 year-old Tamas Kadar and 18 year-old Kazenga LuaLua to figure prominently this season, as just two of the youngsters who will step up to the plate for the first team this coming season.
We need a number of them to do just that, if we are indeed to secure promotion at our very first attempt.
Howay The Lads!!