Issue 240 – 24 October 2009

Kevin Keegan. This is a name that is now synonymous with Newcastle United, despite lifting League Titles, European Cups and suchlike at Liverpool and Hamburg.

A great player and manager for us, recent years were not so happy for any of us as Kevin ended up in the middle of the chaos that reigned at St.James’ Park.

Following Kevin Keegan’s successful tribunal appearance against Mike Ashley and Newcastle United, top Mag writer Colin Whittle examined how this great United figure ended up in conflict with the club.

Could anybody really rely on Dennis Wise over Kevin Keegan….read on.

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Champaz 5pts

I've wanted to see Mclaren try 3 cb's and wing backs for a while now, mainly becausei think Haidara gets caught flat alot when playing fullback but how can you think Mitrovic is guaranteed a start when Perez looked very tricky last game?

Hughie 5pts

Interesting concept to play 3 CBs. Likelihood is that we will have about 30-40% possession, so decision is whether to try to stifle that or to play a more attacking lineup. I don't think we can compete with Arsenals keepball, but it needs chasers like Anita to rattle them (like Liverpool did the other day). Therefore I would not play Sissoko who is lazy defensively. I'd play with pace on each wing --ie Thauvin and Obertan (who unlike Sissoko does mark back), with Mitrovic up front if Mertesaker and Koseilny are out. Two harrying midfielders would be Colback and Anita, then Perez or Wijnaldum (if he can do that job??). Back four Janmaat, Mbemba, Collo and Dummett if he's fit.

NatTurner 5pts

Does Gigi really pick himself already? For me he's been the least impressive of the big four signings, which speaks to how exciting the other three look.

Tradge 5pts

Surely switch Thauvin and Sissoko around, Moussa is best utilised through the middle whereas Thauvin is a natural winger!

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wor monga 5pts

That team looks good to go, for me, Sam…I’d be be happy to see it starting against the Gooners…Janmaat and Haidara can add pace to the attack, and we’d be tight at the back…midfield ticks all the boxes for me…Thauvin, and Mitro up front,”Say No More”…(to coin a phrase from the immortal Geordie comedian, Eric Idle)

Steve1221 5pts

Not a chance in hell we'll play 3 at the back, it'll be the same setup as last week with Janmaat coming in for either MBemba or Taylor and Thauvin replacing Obertan.

killyted 5pts

yep good strong team,the only change I would make is go with a back four,leaving out colo,and play perez just off mitrovic

stepaylor 5pts

Drop colocinni the club captain after his best game in years?

stepaylor 5pts

Not to mention play a very inexperienced at premier league level non english speaking mbemba with an often rash stevie taylor?

killyted 5pts

@stepaylor  you have just said it best game for years,all of last season he was rubbish any team with pace will kill him,young mbemba spoke very good English on tv I thought we were playing football not giving English lessons.anyway just my opinion oh by the way I have been in the pro game possibly some idea

stepaylor 5pts

You think taylor is quicker than colocinni over 6 yards? Not to mention superior decision making/reading of the game?

Not arguing mate i appreciate your replies and input i just feel more confident with colocinni over taylor.