SholaAmeobi27Fresh controversy today as Nigeria’s coach is adamant Shola will be joining up with his preliminary squad for the African Nations but the more immediate situation is how Alan Pardew sets his team out today against Manchester United.

Despite only appearing as a substitute for the final half hour, Shola was the stand out player for Newcastle against QPR, winning 31% of the votes in our man of the match poll. His winning goal and overall play giving Alan Pardew extra food for though in his team selection today.

United’s two most consistent players of recent times, Vurnon Anita and Davide Santon, were unsurprisingly next in the voting with 28% and 21% respectively. No other player getting 5% of the votes.

While barring last minute injuries it is guaranteed both Anita and Santon will start at Old Trafford, Shola has belatedly given Alan Pardew an extra option as to who he plays up front.

My belief is that we’ll see Shola playing as a lone striker with Ba in behind him and Cisse making an appearance from the bench at some time, as whetever happens it is going to be a tough shift today.

So I predict a 4-4-1-1 with Obertan also coming into the side on the right to largely try and negate Evra’s forward runs.

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6 comments
Andgeo
Andgeo

We all know what is needed. We don't need emails, transfer summits, financial restraint or endless speculation. We need serious investment, using the money that should be there, at least £50m is owed to the team, with plenty also available for wages. The squad doesn't need assessing Schteve!! Every supporter can tell you what we need, we have been telling fatty and penfold for over two years now, it's glaringly obvious!!!!

Priorities are

2 X CENTRE HALFS (our defence is a joke)

1 X STRIKER (we can't score)

1 X CENTRAL MIDFIELDER (we can go through entire games without creating one shot at goal)

This has become a mantra, and maybe should be a chant at the Gateshead match, if you don't pull your finger out!

Kazie23
Kazie23

The only player we are close to getting is Ivan Toney from Northampton and that will be it

Toonarden
Toonarden

I don't think Ashley and his Merry Men have even heard of half of these players let alone tried to sign them!

How can you sign players when you have no idea about professional football and how it works, or who the relevant players on the market are?

We're relying on a Board consisting of a geriatric chief scout whose only claim to fame is bringing some real duckeggs into the club like Ferrerya, Obertan and Luuk De Jong, a former captain who is only happy to be a mouthpiece for the discredited owner, a below average manager (or is that head coach?) who is mostly and disparagingly known for being The Wally with the Brolly and last, but not least a 'Managing Director' who seemingly can't 'manage' to tie his own shoe laces let alone run a top Premier League club..

Then at the very top we have the man himself, the guy who knows the price of everything and the value of nowt.

Hold hard boys this season, it's going to be a very bumpy journey.

Andgeo
Andgeo

Whatever it takes! Fat man out NOW!