There is good news this morning that Newcastle captain Fabrico Coloccini thinks he has a chance to make the game at Norwich on Saturday.
Tamas Kadar – will Pardew give him his chance on Saturday?
And while we’ve heard very little from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew this week on the injury front, he will still need to decide who will play alongside Perch if Fab fails his late fitness test.
Some news coming through is that Danny Simpson could be switched to center-back with Davide Santon coming in at right back.
But there’s a couple of things we don’t like about that – it means the back four will have three changes in it, with Danny now playing in a different position.
And the second thing is that with Danny 5’8″ tall, and James Perch at 5’11”, there isn’t much height at the back with that formation.
That’s why we think if Colo cannot make it, then it’s either Davide Santon or Tamas Kadar coming in to partner Perch, and we would favor Tamas Kadar for several reasons.
- Tamas is more used to English football than Davide
- Kadar is a natural center-back – his best position
- The Hungarian has a huge incentive to play well to get a new contract at the Newcastle club
- He has shown in the past he can play well in the Newcastle first team and is calm and collected with a good temperament
In our poll this week James Pertch and Tamas Kadar are also the two at the top, and the poll is still open if you’d like to vote.
We have no idea about what’s been happening in training this week, which could give us some pointers, and Alan Pardew is unlikely to reveal his thinking in his press conference today, although we may get some clues during his questioning.
Of course we would hope that Colo would be fit, so here’s our top four selections for the back four on Saturday:
- Simpson Coloccini Perch Taylor (R) – if Fabricio is fit to play
- Simpson Kadar Perch Taylor (R)
- Simpson Santon Perch Taylor (R)
- Santon Simpson Perch Taylor (R)
There was some good news yesterday that Hungarian defender Tamas Kadar has been given squad number 40, and presumably will now be part of the first team squad, but it remains to be seen if he will be sent out on loan in January.
If he shows up well in training, why would Alan Pardew send the lad on loan, if he is short of central defenders, and of course Tamas is a very decent left-back too.
Danny Simpson admits he hopes that Colo will make the game on Saturday, as he did two weeks ago when he was a late doubt for Old Trafford, having suffered a back spasm on the previous Friday afternoon:
“It was massive for us when Colo was declared fit at Manchester United when we thought he would miss it,”
“His composure, his reading of the game and his defending in general, he is a top-class player.” “It gives you confidence when you have him alongside you.”
Yes we know – that’s why it would be great if Colo can play the full game on Saturday, but Newcastle must try to strengthen their squad this January with at least one new center-back coming in, and preferably two new defenders.
Let’s know what your top back four is for Saturday – assuming Colo doesn’t make it.