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Kadar The Best Option If Coloccini Cannot Play?

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:

  1. Simpson Coloccini Perch Taylor (R) – if Fabricio is fit to play
  2. Simpson Kadar Perch Taylor (R)
  3. Simpson Santon Perch Taylor (R)
  4. 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.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 8, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1

    HOPE collo will be fit if not 100 percent then give him rest

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 8, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2


  • Ben3arfa

    Dec 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    if coloccini plays hel play alongside perch not kadar

  • Dannyo

    Dec 8, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Just continuing here from the last thread.

    Yup, fully agree with you, Dyer will a big threat against Raylor. Still hoping for a Santon start…

  • Ollieh51

    Dec 8, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    @Dannyo – And Routledge, and Sinclair and even Graham…

    His positioning isn’t great but also the raw pace players have is going to ruin him too.

  • GFH

    Dec 8, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    I really hope Collo is fit and I’m sure AP will partner him with Perch and keep Simpson and Raylor if he is.I think it is a shame Kadar hasn’t had more playing time as he showed up well in previous games and always looked like a natural left sided centre-back whenever I ve watched him.No doubt he is being monitored in practise and most of us have heard the whispers that he isn’t developing but I think playing time gives confidence and experience necessary to develop.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 8, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Kadar over Perch all day long.

    There is no way for a skinny player to be a Centre Back. Its like a short version of peter crouch

  • TS -77

    Dec 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Remove Colos hair and he wont be any taller than the other availible defenders.. 🙂

  • alext109

    Dec 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #9


    With guthrie out for 3/4 weeks with groin injury Pardew might play Perch as defensive midfielder and have kadar partner Colo if he is fit.

  • Jan Stavik

    Dec 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    I’d rather play Steve Stone than Perch. He’s a liability, as we saw against Chelsea…

    Kadar has been out in the cold, but for sure he’s a more natural centre half, throw him in!

  • Brutooon

    Dec 8, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    I rather bring back Marcelinho (who is on his 40s) to play as our Centre Back than PERCH

    Boumsong and Bramble look Good when compare to Perch

  • nden85

    Dec 8, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    Simmo – colo/kadar – santon – raylor
    Oba – Cabaye – Gosling/Abied – Guti

  • nden85

    Dec 8, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #13

    I’d rather play with 10 men than with perch. Am i right in thinking that every game he’s played in this season has resulted in us conceding 3 goals? Notts Forest, Blackburn, Chelsea. What other games has he played?

  • Bao Zheng

    Dec 8, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I have a gut feeling Tamas would do well. Frankly, I think it would be better to risk losing than risk crocking Collo for the rest of the season.

  • Dearka

    Dec 8, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #15

    or 5. Taylor (R) Simpson Kadar Santon


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