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New Signing Could Get Surprise Start At Right Back At Cardiff


Rafa Benitez will be without right-back DeAndre Yedlin next week at Cardiff because of his knee injury and he could be out a long time depending on the extent of his injury.

Normally we would expect Javier Manquillo to come in to replace Yedlin, but Rafa has talked about how good it was to get Federico Fernandez into the club last week and that he provides experienced cover in defense.

So maybe Rafa will be looking to see how Fernandez is in training this week and he’s already match-fit having played for West Brom a week ago.

Federico Fernandez – can play at right back

He would bring more height to the team if the right-footed player comes into the side at right-back in the absence of Yedlin.

And lack of height seemed to be a problem on Saturday with Spurs scoring with two unchallenged headers.

Here’s some of what Rafa has already said about Fernandez, whom he knows well from managing him at Napoli:

“That protection from injuries was the main thing behind the decision to bring in Fernandez,”

“If you have him, maybe you can go to Clark, and you can protect Dummett or there is Manquillo who can play on both sides. “

“We were trying to bring in someone with experience in the Premier League who could cover (in defense).”

“The position in defense that he wanted was a center back and left back,”

“The number ten is another position but if you can’t have everything then at least make sure that you protect yourself with experience and with the level to compete in the Premier League.”

“To lose Lejeune before and now we see what happens with Yedlin, it’s not ideal.”

Those words at least suggest Rafa could use Fernandez at right back as well as at center-back.

It could be that Fernandez can eventually become the starting center-back this season alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles.

We’ll know soon enough but the starting team at Cardiff is going to be interesting.

Comments welcome.


39 comments so far

  • G

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m sure I read somewhere that Schar can play either side of full back too? Not sure to which standard mind.

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Good thinking Ed

    Pochettino had clearly done his
    his homework and the right side
    of Dubravka’s goal was defo targeted

    However neither Fernandez or Schar
    according to their profiles hav ever played
    full back

    I would prefer Jamie Sterry to be brought in

    (he’s 4 inches taller than Yedlin)

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    if he plays RB will have a solid defence especially arielly as Dummet is good in the air, but we will offer zero going forward.

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  • JohnJ

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    As per Ed who runs this blog!

    “We’d ask that you be civil towards other readers and refrain from obscene language”

    It seems to me that there’s an awful lot of shooting other posters down on these pages!

    The blog would be a better place if we could all showed respect for each other and accepted that we often have different opinions but the one thing in common should be Newcastle United.

    My opinion of Mr Ashley is pretty low but I respect the fact that others may have an opposite point of view.

    The constant scoring off other bloggers becomes rather boring in my opinion!

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  • Mag52

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley Out.

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  • TyneMouth

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Last season, before the final whistle of the very first game we had lost two of our back four to injury, LeJeune and Dummett. Both players then missed the first half of the season.

    This season we have lost LeJeune before the first game, and then Yedlin at 90 minutes. Deja vu or just bad luck?

    Rafa was right to focus on defensive recruitment despite numerous critics considering unnecessary, pity the negotiation team couldn’t get Rafa’s targets ‘over the line!’…

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Jib, I’ve said since the first pictures of the squad coming back for pre-season that Sterry seems to have bulked up over the Summer.

    I saw him at SJP for the Forest League Cup match and he looked skillful, disciplined and willing but lightweight in the challenge. If he has added a bit more core strength, I feel sure he could do a job.

    Also, I know he’s a right back but surely if required he could do a job at left back too?

    I think we’ll be seeing a bit more of Manquillo however, hopefully Rafa can help him to step up.

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  • Mag52

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    Top news about your latest check up Ed. Looks like you’re in good hands.
    Rafa made a good point about getting players in early in the transfer window. Quite sure it has gone way over Ashley’s head.
    Had Rondon and Muto been right up to speed, we might have got something out of Saturday’s game.

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m pretty sure in the modern game
    any CB could make a fist of full – back
    They sort of play a fb role when wing-backs
    are deployed and it’s 3 across the back.
    Also
    don’t forget Isaac Hayden has played right back before

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Mag 52
    Rondon had a good pre-season at WBA
    Muto was with the Japan squad in Russia

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  • Mag52

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib.

    It’s not the same as preseason training with the players you’ll be playing alongside.

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  • Diddly

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Good news about latest check up Ed. Ali’s goal identical to the one he scored in world cup. Yedlin shud have been tighter on him. Bad mistake

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Mag52
    You said “right up to speed” inferring fitness

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14

    I said yesterday Yedlin was covering Lascelles – facing across the 6 yard box as the cross came in. He was doing what he should have been.

    Alli ran in behind him, into a space he could not cover in time. The player who saw his run and failed to cover it was Ritchie.

    Kenedy could have worked harder to close down the player who crossed also.

    I think it was a poor goal to concede, all three players made slight errors in judgement which led to the goal. To pin it all on Yedlin is harsh IMO.

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  • posada

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Some CBs just don’t have the pace or mobility to play FB.

    Sterry, a reserve player essentially, should be able to come in and do a job for a few games.
    Whether he can do it consistently or not is another matter. That’s the key to being good enough in the long term.

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  • crawfordm

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    Dennis Wise live on Sky Sports News at 10.00
    More pro Ashley shite on Sky ?????

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  • toon22

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Maybe they should try and get Jib on there with him

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  • posada

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Yedlin gets targeted by all teams. Did in the Championship.
    Not a good defender.
    Short, but there are top FBs who are short. He can’t judge the flight of a ball.
    You can be short but be an excellent header of the ball.
    Sadly he is not.

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #19

    It’s never harsh to pin the blame
    on Americans.
    😛

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  • TyneMouth

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #20

    If Yedlin is ruled out for a significant period, it might be the right time to play three at the back.

    3-5-2, perhaps…

    ……………………DUBRAVKA…

    …..LASCELLES…. SCHAR… DUMMETT..

    RITCHIE.. SHELVEY… DIAME… KiSY……KENEDY..

    ………………………MUTO…….
    …………………………………..RONDON….

    VIVA BENITEZ..

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Yedlin is actually solid defensively and decent in the air for a FB. The problem with this site is you have a lot of people that no jack about football stating opinions and then a load of nodding dogs agreeing. RobLeenio clearly has knowledge of the game and states it exactly correct. Yedlin as a FB should tuck in acting all most as a CB when the ball is on the opposite side of the pitch. This happens as the left cb (Clarke) will have to move out of the central area towards the ball leaving Lascelles to move towards the near post/central area. Yedlin should tuck in just behind the Lascelles and it is the RM job to then get in and cover the back post area. Believe me I played as a wide midfielder all of my career and it was my biggest issue in tracking back and covering this area for crosses (I only played at a county level but still the tactics employed were to a decent standard).

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    The one problem I do have with Yedlin is he needs to understand when to go forward and when to stay back as he bombs forward at every opportunity and there is times when we need to play a little more conservative.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #23

    This is a big chance for Manquillo or Sterry to step up and show they can play consistently at premier league level Manquilo was not comfortable at left back but he is right footed so you can see how that would be an issue!

    Hayden for me could be an excellent defender and might get a shot at right back

    One things for sure Cardiff are going to attack the right wing and pepper it with crosses to the back post so whoever plays there on Saturday will need to be alert !

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Nufc-83
    May I offer thanks on behalf of the nodding
    dogs that you condescend to partake and
    share your superior knowledge of the game.
    The blog is truly blessed by your august presence
    and those that think you are a pompous prick
    just don’t understand.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #25

    The other factor with Yedlin vs Alli is that Alli was in forward motion, Yedlin was back-pedalling as the ball came over his head. It’s far easier to jump running forward than running backwards. Finally, given a near 6 inch advantage over Yedlin, Alli would always be favourite.

    Ritchie is one of my favourite players – I voted him player of the season last term – and had a very good game otherwise but no players are beyond reproach when they turn out in the black and white. He should have realised that Yedlin would struggle and helped him out.

    I played left back (to a poor standard) and wouldn’t have been happy with my winger handing over responsibility and standing watching the results. All for one and all that.

    Let’s put it down to early season rust and hope Rafa can stamp on it. It was a good all-round performance Saturday, we should be heartened – better 2-1 vs Spurs than 4-0 vs Liverpool after spending huge money. West Ham looked all at sea.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #26

    “Shock and concern have spread around the music world overnight following reports that soul singing great Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill”.” (Torygraph)

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #27

    I thought West Ham just didn’t look like
    a Pellegrini side.
    Manuel is 65 next month
    I wonder if he’s past it

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    Aretha at 76
    a life-long smoker (she even smoked while singing)

    https://wlm3.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/aretha_franklin.jpg

    is paying the price.

    Surrounded by family at bedside
    doesn’t look good

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #30

    Jib

    Still, she made her three score years and ten.

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Yedlin was improving defensively in second part of last season. Hopefully nothing too serious and time training with Rafa etc will help

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #32

    The problem that West Ham might have is the change in mentality that is expected when you bring in all of these players they will be expected to go toe to toe with the likes of Liverpool and got spanked !

    They will now be expected to roll over teams like us and we will nail them on the counter as will a lot of other teams who are organised and hard working

    Our easiest victories last season were against West Ham we totally battered them home and away

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #33
  • Ron Knee

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #34

    Local derby:

    U23 match: 20th August 2018

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  • Munster Mag

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #35

    We haven’t given any credit to the cross either. It was laser guided

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #36

    Might not be about where’s the money gone ? but more about where the money might be going ?

    Maybe Philip Day should have come up with £160m to save HofF, pay their suppliers and beaten Ashley to the deal. Sounds like a bitter looser on this occasion.

    Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct is facing calls to boost payments to out-of-pocket House of Fraser suppliers.
    Sports Direct bought the 59-store department store chain on Friday for £90m, just hours after it went into administration.
    Some suppliers expect to be paid just 2p or 3p for every £1 they are owed. But Philip Day, who also wanted to buy House of Fraser, said Mr Ashley should pay suppliers – who are said to be owed £70m – “in full”. A spokesperson for Sports Direct repeated a statement issued on Friday which said it aimed to “restore the right level of ongoing relationships with the luxury brands”.

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  • posada

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #37

    Nufc-83
    Aug 13, 2018 at 10:21 AM
    Comment #21
    Yedlin is actually solid defensively and decent in the air for a FB. The problem with this site is you have a lot of people that no jack about football stating opinions and then a load of nodding dogs agreeing. RobLeenio clearly has knowledge of the game and states it exactly correct. Yedlin as a FB should tuck in acting all most as a CB when the ball is on the opposite side of the pitch. This happens as the left cb (Clarke) will have to move out of the central area towards the ball leaving Lascelles to move towards the near post/central area. Yedlin should tuck in just behind the Lascelles and it is the RM job to then get in and cover the back post area. Believe me I played as a wide midfielder all of my career and it was my biggest issue in tracking back and covering this area for crosses (I only played at a county level but still the tactics employed were to a decent standard).

    **************
    Yeh get all that about moving over to cover.
    My comments about Yedlin were based on his general play over a couple of years rather than that particular cross and goal conceded.
    If he is solid defensively and decent in the air why is our right side targeted so much by other teams. Perhaps their managers know jack about football as well.
    We seem to concede goals from that area quite a bit.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 13, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38
  • Wayayman

    Aug 13, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Some great football discussion in amongst Jibs petty little comments.

    RebLeenio & Nufc83 – exactly right about Ritchie/Yedlin and I think that’s partly why Rafa keeps taking him off. Ritchie has great energy and keeps the offensive tempo high but he totally threw Yedlin under the bus on Saturday.
    He’s always pointing and gesticulating when a man is running towards him with the ball, and he’d be a proper mare to have playing in front of you. The whole ‘passing him on’ shout to Yedlin was made just as the cross is about to come in to the far post.
    Yedlin looks towards where Ritchie is shouting and pointing and instead of Ritchie tracking Allie, he stops. By the time Yedlin looks back, the ball is in the air, Allie has timed his run and Yedlin appears to be in no mans land when actually he was doubling up with Lascelles as he should be.

    Ritchie gets a lot of praise, rightly so but Yedlin gets a lot of undue stick when we concede from that side. It’s happened before, and it will again this season unless Ritchie starts doing the right thing defensively.

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