There looks set to be a number of changes to the Newcastle team v Liverpool tonight.
John Carver has indicated that he will change both the starting eleven, as well as making changes when it comes to which positions certain players are playing in.
The Newcastle Head Coach saying that he ‘hopes’ the changes will also change the team’s fortunes.
Various media have carried John Carver’s quotes below and the players claimed to be most likely to lose their places in the team are Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran.
Though all three of those have already been in and out of the team this season, so not the biggets surprise if any or all were left out, with naturally the biggest problem being of who you replace them with.
“Maybe I need to change the team to start with, maybe I need to change a few positions of one or two players…hope that sparks something.
“Going to Anfield you are going to need characters. I want to see some energy and I didn’t see energy last weekend. We talked about outworking Sunderland and they outworked us…again – we can’t let that happen against Liverpool.”
Team usually responds to disappointment?:
“This group of players usually responds after a disappointment so let us see how they do.
“I won’t just pick a side solely on ability, it will be about characters, too.”
Just like Alan Pardew before him, it is all very well talking about dropping players and makibg changes etc etc but the big problem is the number of poor players at the club, the majority lacking either the necessary ability or character, or both.
One suggested alternative to those who failed so dismally against Sunderland is18 year old Adam Armstrong who has only started one Premier League match. Surely throwing him in tonight is a massive negative for such a promising young player and putting him in a struggling side lacking character won’t exactly help his development.
Mehdi Abeid would be the choice of most to start against Liverpool and indeed was for the Sunderland game, though he only made the subs bench. Reality is though that Abeid has only started a handful of games himself so expecting him to come in and change things dramatically is unrealistic. Though having said that it is definitely a no-brainer that he should play.
As for others such as Vurnon Anita and Gabriel Obertan…what can I say?
We are definitely into the territory of shuffling deckchairs around on the Titanic but at least one rumoured change should definitely happen. Jack Colback is said to be returning to his midfield position and just maybe with both him and Abeid in there, they can at least stem the expected red tide that will be surging towards Tim Krul’s goal tonight.
John Carver says that this group of players usually ‘responds after a disappointment’.
Hmmm, well only 3 wins in the last 18 games suggests otherwise, unless by responding he means collapsing even more spectacularly in the next game?